Monday, May 26, 2008

THE “HEAVEN-HELL” DEBATE: How Religion Has Always Generated Dualistic Beliefs, Part Eleven, The Conclusion

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FROM A SITE VISITOR: Hey Floyd, I love your site!! Well, I was programmed by catholicism and I'm still having trouble realizing that there is no heaven/hell... I still have a fear that I may create my own hell or that there might be a hell.. How can I deprogram myself from this fear? Are you positive there is no hell?? peace and love alex

F.: Finally, it has been suggested that you consider the essence of the nisarga yoga approach which invites you to (1) distinguish between the natural as opposed to the unnatural and the supernatural that come about post-programming and post-conditioning and to (2) allow the remainder of the manifestation to happen in a natural manner.

If you would dwell in that natural state, even during the manifestation, that can only happen if you understand Your original nature and function as that/THAT. Few will ever dwell thusly, being trapped instead in a “mind” with a propensity for supernatural and unnatural thinking and living.

(Many also face the added complications of a fractured mind, personality disorders, and body anomalies that contribute to emotional and mental and spiritual intoxication. They are not likely to ever Realize).

For those who would live naturally, understand that the supernatural and the unnatural cannot be separated. They are one in the relative. To be programmed with supernatural teachings (that is, religious and spiritual teachings) and to be led to believe that the religious or spiritual state is the final goal of the “journey” will leave persons trapped in their religious and spiritual personas and role-playing, as far removed from the True Self as ever.

To know that I am the Absolute and that You are the Absolute (and to know that the Absolute is beyond both this beingness and even the non-beingness) is to be enlightened…is to understand. To live unnaturally or supernaturally or spiritually or religiously is to be in darkness…is to not understand.

Ironically, functioning in the unnatural and supernatural roles of “The Religious One” or “The Spiritual One” is a requirement on the “path”; that is, playing religious or spiritual roles is a “step” along the path away from body identification and to Full Realization. However, the religious or spiritual steps are bogs where most fixate and which most never transcend. Why?

Because “The Religious One” or “The Spiritual Giant” are upgrades of the basic illusions of persons, because they are taken to be “good” labels, and because they are taken to be assurances of rewards both now and forevermore.

Convince six billion people that such is the case and the possibility of freeing even a fraction of them from their delusion is nearly impossible. Yet occasionally, one seeking the “path” might cross the path of one who has already traveled the “path” along which the seeker would go.

If that happens, a difference can occur, but it only occurs during the relative existence. Then, the last line of these three lines from poet Robert Frost will apply to the relative:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

What is that difference? The difference is a relative existence marked not by ignorance but by understanding; not by chaos but by stability; not by strife but by accord; not by conflict but by harmony; not by living supernaturally and unnaturally but by living naturally;

not by being unaware of any truth but by understanding the functioning of the totality; not by darkness but by light; not by belief in duality but by understanding the unicity.

As for the one whose e-mail is the basis of this series: considering the volume of questions you have raised subsequent to your original query, and considering how much attention you want, your choices now (as far as this speck of consciousness is concerned) are to (1) find an Advaitin teacher and work face-to-face with that teacher, (2) read the entire series of Advaita books offered here beginning to end, or (3) join the seekers who are currently enrolled in the online course available through this site.

Other than those opportunities, along with the answers already provided in this series and submitted for your consideration, nothing more will be offered to you here or via e-mail. Please enter into the silence of contemplation.


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