Sunday, April 25, 2010

WILLING TO DIE, Part Three

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Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, and domesticated to believe so that you can be free, period.

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.: Persons can claim that they are willing to die for their god, but actually, that willingness to die for their god is always superseded by a willingness to kill for their god.

And that willingness among the pious and devout to kill and to die in order to spread their dogma's dualistic beliefs accounts for the present pervasiveness of the doctrinaire-inspired killings by members of the various sky cults which for the last several thousand years have caused more "deaths" that all except natural causes.

Further, there is no need to rely on what some would dismiss as "dated evidence" such as the millions killed during the Catholics' inquisition or during the Christian vs. Muslim Crusades or during the American Holocaust when European Christians killed 150,000,000 native inhabitants

or during the WWII Holocaust when mainly German and Austrian Lutherans began a campaign that killed 6,000,000 Jews in a war that eventually "took 55,000,000 lives" (as the non-Realized characterize it). No, more recent evidence is available:

Witness the thousands killed because a Christian president claimed that he talked to God ("The Father") and was told to shock and awe Muslim Iraq with massive bombing raids, an act that led to the killing of thousands of Muslims by Christian soldiers who have Bible verses written on their bombs and rifles. More recently, add to that total the scores who were killed there last week as Muslim Sunnis bombed Muslim Shi'ites.

Add in those who have died by suicide in recent years as a result of the trauma of being abused sexually by Catholic priests while the protests by victims are being dismissed by the Vatican as whining and idle gossip.

As recently as last week, a comedy show entitled "South Park” was targeted by a Muslim group that claimed an episode “outright insulted” the prophet, adding: “We have to warn Matt and Trey (the two writers of the show) that what they are doing is stupid, and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show. This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

(Theo van Gogh was killed in 2004 by a Muslim in Amsterdam who was upset that van Gogh had produced a film that exposed the often-brutal treatment of women by Islam.)

An Iraqi woman recruiting female suicide bombers in Iraq admitted that she arranged to have eighty women raped so that she could convince them that the only way to redeem themselves from the shameful guilt of being raped (which is always considered to be the female's fault) was via martyrdom.

Why address such dogma-based behavior? Because it is stupidity and insanity that the Advaitin would eliminate and because it is the task of the Advaitin teacher to offer pointers that can purge the rubbish-filled "mind" of the refuse that inspires such conduct.

"But Realized Advaitins know what Maharaj pointed to when he said, 'The Real You is timeless and beyond birth and death. The body will survive as long as it is needed. It is not important that it should live long'."

True, and Maharaj also said that "once You know that death happens to the body and not to You, You just watch your body falling off like a discarded garment"; however, what he did not say was "you should just watch others' bodies fall off like a discarded garment and even bring that about if their religious beliefs differ from yours."

To understand the Reality behind the pointer that "the Real does not die" and behind the pointer that "the unreal never lived" is not to suggest that the understanding offers a license to kill.

When the wisdom that You Are everything manifests and when Reality is overlaid on the relative, those happenings remove the Realized's attachment to the corporeal body but they do not remove the option to see the insanity of being willing to die for beliefs or to kill of beliefs.

Instead, the Advaitin message to those willing to die for such illusions as country and beliefs and values and dogma and eternal life and eternal rewards and religion and possessions and things thought to be worth dying for is this:

Imagine there's no Heaven,
It's easy if you try.
No hell below us—
Above us only sky.
Imagine all the people
Living for today.

Imagine there's no countries,
It isn't hard to do—
Nothing to kill or die for,
And no religion too.
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace.

You may say that I'm a dreamer,
But I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
And the world will be as one.

Imagine no possessions...
I wonder if you can.
No need for greed or hunger—
A brotherhood of man.
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world.

You may say that I'm a dreamer,
But I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
And the world will live as one.

John Lennon's "Imagine"

Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)

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