If you review the three, non-personal examples from yesterday, you will see that humans can come from similar backgrounds; can undergo parallel experiences; and can be exposed to comparable programming, domestication, acculturation and conditioning; however, they can follow paths that have no similarity at all.
Diverging from the dark path that the masses follow can happen among the few that cast off their attachment to their backgrounds; reject the bogus ideas and concepts that were accumulated during their early, relative experiences; and eliminate every last vestige of their programming, domestication, acculturation and conditioning.
For the most part, however, the masses will never cast off any of the nonsense and learned ignorance and insanity that are rooted in their backgrounds, their experiences, or their programming, etc.
Thus, while the masses will seldom ever seek anything beyond the bogus concepts and ideas and beliefs that were taught to them via programming, domestication, acculturation and conditioning, there are two types of seekers that might emerge from "the pack":
1. There is the type that is inherently in touch with the inner resource / the inner guru and with the intuitive sense that generates, early on, a propensity for spotting BS when they hear it; a tendency to question authority; a near-passionate urge to rebel against the efforts of those who would fill their minds with nonsense; and a spontaneous drive to find The Authentic Self; and
2. there is the type that may not have been driven originally to care at all about the True Self and one's Original Nature but who crosses paths with either ...
a. one or more of those rare types that march to the beat of a different drummer, one that pounds out a beat that is the 180-degrees opposite of the beat that the masses hear and which causes them to walk in their lock-step, non-questioning, faith-based, loyalist fashion,
or one who crosses paths with ...
b. a teacher that is serving up certain morsels of wisdom that trigger a resonating awareness within the listener ... that triggers the recognition of a certain je ne sais quoi that one nevertheless knows is pointing to some Reality and to some Truth that will never be understood by the masses who have been lulled to sleep, who are fully embroiled in The Dream / Nightmare of the Planet, and who are passing their relative existence on the stage of The Theater of the Lie.
As long as persons align with the masses who never seek anything beyond that which was taught to them, then these Advaitin pointers will apply:
A. Those persons will accept the false identities that were assigned to them or that they adopted;
B. they will arrogantly upgrade themselves - their false selves - inspiring them to accept ego-states as real and noble and splendid and righteous identities; and
C. they will soon use egotism to support their false identities.
From that point forward,
D. they will be trapped in the ignorance of not knowing Who or What They Truly Are;
E. they will be trapped in the insanity of believing that they are choosing what they are thinking and saying and doing though they are actually walking and talking in their sleep; and
F. they will have no clue at all about how totally ignorant they are (or how truly "stupid" they are, to use Maharaj's term); and
G. they will thereafter be unjustifiably proud and gratuitously-conceited and delusionally-arrogant about things that they believe have made them great but which, in fact, they had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with at all.
Reviewing examples from yesterday's post, it can be seen that there are people who are proud of their skin color and their race, as if they had anything to do with determining the color of their skin or their race;
and there are people who are xenophobically-proud to be "a native-born Texan" or "a native-born American," as if they had anything to do with where their mothers' birth canals were at the moment that they were churned out of said passages.
[In place of "Texan" or "American," insert the names of any other places - any city or state or nation - that one is proud of, that one is assuming makes her or him different from and better than people living in other places that "are not nearly so nice." Only the non-Realized could dream up "geographic pride" to go along with all of their other sources of false pride.]
To continue to review the examples from yesterday, it can be seen that there are people who are "proud to be a Christian," as if persons choose their religion rather than having it pre-determined for them and having it assigned to them or imposed upon them by their parents or family or culture.
[Of that, Steve Jobs said: "Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking." In the example above, therefore, you can substitute for the word "Christian" either "Muslim," "Jew," "Hindu," "Buddhist," "Native-American Spiritualist," "Taoist," "Advaitin," whatever.]
Consider the level of ignorance that is necessary for one to be proud to have been "raised in a rural area," as if he / she chose to be raised there. Consider also the level of unmitigated arrogance and dualistic distortion that is required for one to suggest that being raised in a rural area makes one better than people raised in urban areas.
Consider the level of ignorance that is necessary for persons to be "proud of the conservative values and morals" that were imposed upon them by their community, as if those "values and morals" were consciously chosen rather than unconsciously and unquestioningly accepted without benefit of study and investigation.
How ignorant is it for persons to be proud of the way that they were programmed, domesticated, acculturated and conditioned, as if they had anything at all to do with that which was imposed upon them and which they did not choose?
[Steve Jobs: "Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice."]
Consider the level of ignorance that is necessary for persons to be proud of the fact that, as a child, they blindly and unquestioningly accepted the messages they heard from religious and political and community leaders (who were merely passing on their learned, generational ignorance and prejudice and nonsense) and then continued as an adult to blindly and unquestioningly accept and repeat those same messages.
Consider the level of ignorance that is necessary for one who is talking in her or his sleep to say, basically, "I am so proud of the fact that I have never decided anything for myself after careful examination and wise consideration but have, instead, always been exactly like the dummy sitting on the knee of a ventriloquist, seemingly choosing my thoughts and words and deeds although I have actually done nothing but mirror the ignorance of those with whom I was raised."
[Steve Jobs: "And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."]
Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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