Thursday, September 10, 2015

MAHARAJ: “There’s No Such Thing As Peace of Mind,” Part L

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Consider that all of the chaos referenced by the men quoted in the last two posts – and all of the other chaos occurring presently throughout this nation and throughout all others – could not be happening without the presence of a belief-filled mind and a false-identification-filled mind.

That includes, here in the U.S., all of the people being driven to deny citizens their right to government services; and all of the fighting and in-fighting about who can marry whom and who cannot marry whom; and all of the discrimination based in skin color and religious affiliation (or, worst of all - some believe - no religious affiliation); and all of the killing of blacks by cops and of cops by both blacks and whites; and pastors being harassed or fired because they are allowing anyone who wants to join their membership to do so.

That includes all around the planet the intrastate wars going on between religious factions and political factions and the interstate wars going on between expansionistic governments that would invade and control territories beyond their own present boundaries.

That includes all of the conflict going on between businesses and their suppressed workers; all of the conflict going on between rich mine owners in Africa and their near-starving workers (who are the ones making the owners rich); and that includes waves of refugees trying to escape war and the resistant people who feel that their countries are being invaded.

Conflict. Conflict. Conflict. And the roots of that? (A) The conflicted minds of most humans and (B) the conflicting identities of most persons. Of that, Maharaj said: “There is no chaos in the world except the chaos which your mind creates." Why? Because, with humans, all happens in this order:

All begins with a thought.

Thoughts lead to words.

Words lead to actions.

Thought to word to action.

And ignorant and insane thoughts and words lead to ignorant and insane actions, preempting any chance for peace and guaranteeing conflict.

That is way Maharaj said, “There is no such thing as peace of mind.” He could have added, “And there is no such thing as freedom from conflict when humans are being driven by the conflicted, convoluted, dualistic content of their minds.”

He said: "All illness begins in the mind," and he came to understand that fact applies to the Ultimate Illness / Sickness as well after he realized that the Sickness has nothing to do with persons not being religious enough or spiritual enough. Confusion is not generated by “a bad heart” or “a bad soul.” To the contrary, he said: "Your confusion is . . . in your mind."

" . . . The mind obscures and distorts," he noted.

The solution he offered:

1. “Go beyond the mind" because "beyond the mind there is no suffering."

2. “Stop making use of your mind and see what happens."

3. “Abandon the wrong ideas, for they are false and obstruct your vision . . . ."

4. “Know that you are a prisoner of your mind - that you live in an imaginary world of your own creation.” Knowing that, he said, leads to “the dawn of wisdom."

5. See that “there is no such thing as a mind."

6. "And join him in this freedom-producing and peace-providing condition: “I have no mind . . . ."

Fail to do so? Then the result will be continued excess and fanaticism and extremism and chaos. (A dual-mind person really is unstable in all ways, but so is any “minded” person”)

This was shared last month and is appropriate at this point for review:

Excess is excess. Fanaticism is fanaticism. Zeal is zeal. Fervor is fervor. Extremism is extremism. It matters not if excess, fanaticism, zeal, fervor and extremism are fostered in a church; in a synagogue; in a temple; in a mosque; in a self-help group; in a recovery group; in a family of origin; at an ashram; or at the so-called “holy sites” which many seekers spend fortunes to visit as their "spiritual journey" includes traveling all around the globe to "special places" where they can "feel special" (that is, "feel emotionally-intoxicated" - an emotional state they seek as a result of their subconscious effort to try to counteract the state of boredom they are trapped in and the state of depression they are trapped in, both of which they will deny).

To be continued.

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

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