FROM A SITE VISITOR:Thanx for the joint series -- right on. Speaking of stupid or insane, I have been hearing talk for years now (I’m in the U.S.) of people being “willing to die for their country.” Qualifies as insane doesn’t it?
F.: (Continued from yesterday) So of all the nonsensical things that persons claim they are willing to die for—beliefs, values, possessions, country, love, and their God / their dogma—the latter generates more duality and, therefore, more chaos and delusion and deception that any other source.
That is why Maharaj did not hesitate to speak very clearly about the negative impact, relatively speaking, of religion, asserting that "recorded religions are mere heaps of verbiage."
He knew their outlets (temples and churches and mosques, etc.) to be the primary vendors of duality...the most active purveyors of dualistic beliefs and concepts on the planet...the key disseminators of ideas about "separate from-ness" and "better than-ness."
That is why he responded as he did in the following exchange:
Q: You seem to have little use for religion.
M: What is religion? A cloud in the sky.
He also said:
We believe in so many things on hearsay. We believe in distant lands and people, in heavens and hells, in gods and goddesses, because we were told. Similarly, we were told about ourselves, our parents, name, position, duties and so on. We never cared to verify. The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false. To destroy the false, you must question your most inveterate beliefs. Of these the idea that you are the body is the worst. With the body comes the world, with the world - God, who is supposed to have created the world and thus it starts - fears, religions, prayers, sacrifices, all sorts of systems - all to protect and support the child-man, frightened out of his wits by monsters of his own making. Realise that what you are cannot be born nor die and, with the fear gone, all suffering ends.
As always with Maharaj, facts trump hearsay and science trumps myth-based religion and so-called spirituality, and in spite of the claims by such "religious and spiritual persons" to the contrary, their beliefs do not foster the civil and humane behavior that comes when the Oneness is understood, when an awareness of what True Love is manifests.
Maharaj: "In a humane society people will be humane; besides, science provides the answer to many questions which formerly were in the domain of religion."
The most salient pointer, though, is reemphasized: people who report that they are willing to die for their country, beliefs, values, "love," or dogma are actually, above all, willing to kill for their country, beliefs, values, "love," or dogma.
Is it any wonder at all, then, that news reports each and every day are a cataloguing of beatings, murders, rapes, wars, suicide bombings, and one example after another of humanity's inhumanity to humanity? Maharaj noted that whatever gives you pleasure will eventually give you misery.
Thus, a willingness to die always follows a willingness to kill...it never precedes it. Is there a willingness to die for "love"? Then beware: there is already a willingness to kill for "love," so the "love" that gives pleasure can most assuredly give misery as well.
Evidence? In the U.S., it might sound noble and even endearing during the courting process for a man to say that he is "willing to die for you," but he is actually warning you that he is capable of killing for you; therefore, 59% of all women murdered in the U.S. every year are killed by "The Lover" or "The Spouse."
When identification with a parcel of land is assumed as an identity, then is it any wonder that those same types are willing to invade foreign lands and kill people there, being "willing to die for their country" as they are?
Personality disorders...insanity...learned ignorance, playing out daily across the globe and then being reported on the evening newscast. A counselor shared recently how consistently it has happened over the years that the women who marry men who are trained to kill for a living later show up in her office for counseling and are shocked that those same men have become violent with them.
So it is among the masses who walk about without even the slightest degree of being awake and aware and conscious, dreaming the dream of the planet, only to awaken at some point to the nightmare of the planet (but still having no clue regarding the causes behind any of what is marking and marring their relative existence).
They have no ability at all to grasp (a) the understanding among the Realized that leads to non-attachment to the body and to no fear of death while at the same time leading to (b) the humane and civil behavior that accompanies a Realization of the oneness and that preempts any desire-based or fear-based willingness to die or kill.
No fear of death? No pointness desire for death? No belief in death at all? Yet no senseless willingness to die or to kill? No, not at all, post-Realization.
TOMORROW, The Conclusion: The Advaitin understanding regarding no birth and no death, an understanding that does not interfere at all with the overlaying of Reality upon the relative, that allows for a manner of functioning that treats the relative AS IF it does matter, and that allows for the manifestation of freedom from the fear of death without devaluing the relative lives of anyone or anything.
Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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