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.: Yesterday's post looked at some of what the non-Realized claim they are willing to die for:
and then ended with this:
Tomorrow—as pointed to in the last series—the case which produces more belief in “better-than” and “separate from-ness,” and which generates more insanity and hated and murder than with any other source namely, “I am willing to die for my God.”
There is no "form" on the planet—no animal, no bird, no fish, no "space" of any kind—that is "willing to die," except human forms (specifically the non-Realized, vast majority) that functions not under the auspices of natural instincts and nisarga-style inclinations but under the influence of learned ignorance.
That learned ignorance takes the forms of beliefs and concepts and ideas and attitudes and (in 97% of all cases) the dictates of their dogma. Since all of that learned ignorance has been stored in a part of the brain called the "mind," then it is the "mind" that must go (leaving a space that functions under the auspices of the brain and consciousness only).
The "mind" is the seat of all distortion and of all of the blockages that prevent the pure consciousness from seeing clearly, honestly, accurately...from seeing It Self rather than seeing all of the false characters on the stage of "The Theatre of the Lie" (which this planet has become) and thinking that those play-actors are real.
In the Advaita-based novel The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders, the Far East / Native American connection is explored, along with their common teachings—teachings that point to that which is immutable and eternal—which have been offered by members of both groups (who originally shared a common homeland).
In James Cameron's Avatar, offering some of the same, timeless teachings from those two groups, the "seeing" mentioned above is central to the plot as Realized characters and characters that come to Realization say, "I see You."
I see You because I have seen Me, an event that only came after the dissolution of the "mind" which allowed for the ending of the belief in all previously-learned ignorance, concepts, ideas, attitudes, and dogma as well as all of the nonsense that is embodied in the teachings that are offered at the "kindergarten spirituality" level.
By seeing reality and Reality and Truth and Me and You, I—the temporarily-manifested "experiencer," the light that allows the clear seeing of both (a) the temporary and the "dying" as well as (b) the unending and the undying—can now also see all that is necessary for an understanding of the functioning of the totality.
In that clear seeing, there are no countries, no subject-object "love," no eternal punishment, no eternal reward, no "one" to be punished or rewarded eternally, and, as a result, no rules to live by to please a God for "gain" or to avoid "loss."
Clear seeing, therefore, prevents any possibility of seeing a country worth dying for, any subject-object "love" worth dying for, any set of rules or cultural values worth dying for, any false personality worth dying for, or any mirage of eternal continuity that makes a god worth dying for.
It is the will of the impure consciousness to attain eternal continuity, attached as it is to the body and mind and personality; it is also the will of the pure consciousness to extend itself, but without attachment.
What did Maharaj have to say that could allow persons to see clearly that no God created man, that man created God / gods?
"First of all you identify something as being good or bad for yourself. Then, in an effort to acquire good or to get rid of the bad, you have invented a God. Then you worship such a God and ... you pray to that God for something good to happen to you."
How insane, indeed, is that? Now apply that to the current discussion: imagine a parent in the desert with a child, looking at what the sane would label as "nothing more than a mirage." Then imagine the parent's instruction unfolding thusly:
"The mirage you saw yesterday, child, was a country. The one the day before was "love"; the one the day prior to that was the set of principles by which all good people in this society live; and this one today is a god that will allow you to acquire good and to get rid of bad and that will allow something good to happen to you."
It's all a mirage, and only stupidity, insanity, and / or persona-identification would allow a mirage to reverse the will of the consciousness. Persons willing to die for their god have been warped to a degree far beyond the warping that comes with the type of misinformation illustrated in that desert scenario that plays out daily around the planet in spite of its near-laughable silliness;
the result is that those willing to die for their God or gods, contrary to the natural instinct of the consciousness to extend its manifestation, have been warped far more than usual.
So, to the e-mailer, yes...the will of the impure consciousness to attain eternal continuity, believing that a body and a mind and false roles can be forever, is insane (or at least ignorant), as is the will of the impure consciousness to die for any relative concept.
Yet those seeking what seems to run contrary to the natural tendencies of the manifested consciousness and who claim that they are willing to die for their god (as a result of warped programming and perverted conditioning) are nevertheless seeking "something good to happen to them" via their willingness to die for a deity.
And what they are seeking is not only societal admiration and gratitude ("thank you for dying for god's cause and for helping to impose on all people the will of the right god") but also hero status now and forever; eternal reward; everlasting praise; and unending aggrandizement of the self.
"But wait, floyd, you said that kind of dogma-based thinking leads to more 'hatred and murder than any other source'." Really?
Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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