Say “God bless you,” as if you have the power to get a god to give some blessing to others, even if according to "doctrine" they do not deserve a blessing. Buy into the egotistical belief that you can bring about good fortune for others (or use the phrase openly as an arrogant way to let all know how “holy” you are). The language of "talking in your sleep" can perpetuate the nonsense dreamed up by men in days gone by.
Knell now, rise now, and then knell again. Ring a bell. Put a bowl on a pillow and strike it with a special stick. Wear a special robe or cross. Kill yourself while killing members of other religions. Hum and chant or shout and scream. Ask favors of some external power. Arbitrarily follow holy diets rather than the food plan indicated for your body type. Wave your arms in the air. Roll on the floor. Speak in unknown tongues. Cry. Sing praises. Faint. Give away your possessions or money. Let a healer strike you on the forehead and then swoon. Fight with others who have different beliefs. Cast out demons. Give thanks for all the angels that float about in your presence. Listen to religious leaders who tell you what movies you can or can’t see and which books you can or can’t read. Allow spiritual leaders to tell you what you should or should not eat. Allow men in Rome to influence how many children you have instead of deciding for yourself. Question nothing; believe it all with unwavering "faith." Let outside influences control every thought you think, every action you take, every feeling you feel, and every word you say. The conduct of behaving as others tell you to behave can perpetuate the nonsense so typical among persons. Please enter the silence of contemplation. [To be continued]
TOMORROW: The Nonsense of IDEAS and of ABSURD ACTIONS