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The Advaitin poet Shakespeare may have written a play entitled “much ado about nothing” in the late 1500’s1599. Maharaj in the late 1900’s said: that when a person is being driven by the mind, “it exaggerates.” He advised seekers to “live without self-concern.”

Maharaj: “Don't concern yourself with others, take care of yourself.”

Yet many over the years have protested:

Unimportant? Much ado about nothing? The heck you say! What about my father and others who fought the Germans and Japanese. You think they did not make a difference? They killed Hitler.

The reply” “Actually, Hitler killed himself. But again, the point is this:

Again, Maharaj said: “There have been thousands of avatars and great men, and important personalities. Has a single one of them been able to do anything to change the natural course of events in the world?” Of course, his answer was, “No.”

Did Hitler's demise “change the natural course of events” (or, more accurately, humankind’s most unnatural course of events)?

Absolutely not. Over a quarter of a billion people have been killed since the end of WWII and the number may be higher. Howe many have died in nations with “Hitler-like” leaders seen atrocities within their borders since the death of Hitler? Over a quarter of a billion people have been killed since the end of WWII, and the number may be higher. Consider China and Russia’s actions and U.S. involvement all around the globe. Consider the killings in Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Rwanda, and all across the African continent.

Consider The Reagan Wars: Reagan's conviction that the Soviet Union lurked behind all the world's evils led him to embrace a series of unsavory allies on the principle that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." In the name of anticommunism, Reagan supported the regimes of brutal authoritarian dictators in Haiti and the Philippines. He supported the white supremacist government of South Africa in its efforts to suppress the country's growing anti-apartheid movement. He funded and armed right-wing "death squads" that rampaged through El Salvador and Nicaragua, massacring leftist foes and innocent civilians alike. He sent lethal weaponry to both the Islamic fundamentalist government of Iran and to the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. He even invaded Grenada. Only in Afghanistan did one of Reagan's covert foreign interventions inflict real harm upon the Soviet Union, but in hindsight we can see that Reagan's Afghanistan policy ended up inflicting real harm upon the United States as well because he armed a group to fight Russians in that country, a group which would later become known as Al-Qaeda.

The Bush / Cheney War in Iraq: The Iraq War began with the 2003 invasion led by the United States. The invasion toppled the government of a former U.S. ally, Saddam Hussein. The conflict continued for much of the next decade as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Iraqi government set up by the U.S. It is estimated that as many as 600,000 or more estimated Iraqis were killed in the first three to four years of conflict. L. Paul Bremer, Iraq’s American ruler in 2003, along with the U.S. policy he enforced, were key contributors to the original insurgency after the U.S. invaded Iraq on bogus, fabricated charges.. At a stroke  of Bremer’s pen, 400,000 members of the defeated Iraqi army were barred from government employment and denied their pensions but were allowed to keep their guns. Those forces became “The Islamic State” (a.k.a., “The Islamic State of Iraq” and “al-Sham” or ISIS).

Now, consider those banging on their wars drums to attack Iran and consider the way that the Israeli government is treating the Palestinians whose homeland was taken from them in 1947.

So killing Hitler changed the course of events in the world? Hardly.

So the suggestion offered by Maharaj and here as well can be paraphrased in this consideration: “Physician heal thyself.” Might be a difference in the way the rest of your relative existence unfolds as well as in the relative existence of those dealing with you. But overall? Nada.
And post-manifestation when there is no relative existence to affect one way or the other? Even more Nada.

Vietnam ... add in much ado about nothing
Maharaj: “Stop misusing your mind and all will be well with you. You need not set it right -- it will set itself right, as soon as you give up all concern with the past and the future and live entirely in the now.”

Maharaj made clear that there are no half-measures in regards to reaching a sense of unimportance and understanding that all which happens in the relative existence is much ado about nothing: “either you become totally self-concerned, or totally un-self-concerned.”

His invitation: “Give up the bondage of self-concern”


“Abandon all self-concern” and “worry not about the material or spiritual.”

Humans concerned with self or with seeking Self or with their identification with Self blow everything all out of proportion. The Obsessive-Compulsive Personality disorder is running rampant, and seekers and non-seekers alike – still trapped in the mind – will obsess (that is, endlessly think about something and think about something and think about something) and then they will act compulsively (that is, driven by the hidden agendas of their personality identifications of the agenda of their Self identification).

All is so magnified and such anal behavior is inspired by their OCD that the invitation offered to some seekers who have come here has been to "throw away your microscope and pick up a telescope and turn it around and view all thorough it to get a proper perspective. Stop magnifying and de-magnify instead”


“It has nothing to do with either "high esteem" or "low esteem" to suggest that you stop over-estimating your worth or value and fixate in a sense of unimportance. Besides, “low-self-esteem and high-self-esteem are still about nothing more than the self. As for one with “Self-Esteem,” the view here is that “sometimes, no company is far preferable to certain company that might want to show up.”

In the end, much ado about something and magnifying and obsessing and behaving compulsively and having a sense of importance and self-concern and Self concern and dogma and spiritual workaholism and endless inquiry and Inquiry and bondage and an absence can all be traced to the present of a mind, and any and every mind is filled with nonsense and ignorance and insanity.

To be free, be free of the mind.

To be free of the mind, be free of its content, namely, ideas, concepts, perspectives, perceptions, misperceptions, notions, etc., which can all be encapsulated with the term “beliefs.”

Want to be free of the mind? Believe nothing. Every belief is one more link in  the chains that bind, and all those chains are mental chains

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