Saturday, October 17, 2015

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

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Recently, certain excerpts from the book “There’s No Such Thing As Peace of Mind” (There Is Only Peace If You Are Out Of Your Mind) have noted the fact that

1. Early human-like beings and human beings did not have “a mind.” Over millions of years, the human brain evolved from about one cup in size to the present three-and-a-half-cups in size, and it has only been during the most recent evolutionary stages that the human brain has developed sections which can store and retrieve information, that have the ability to develop languages, and - therefore - have the ability to teach and learn not only by experience and observation and trial-and-error but by the use of thoughts which are expressed in words
 
and that

2. originally, the mind was an asset as far as the perpetuation of the human species was concerned, but it has now became a liability because what is stored therein is based in learned ignorance rather than in experience and observation and trial-and-error

and that

3. with the development of languages, humans became able to use the information stored in the mind to consciously process the information stored therein (that is, to think)

and that

4. with the combination of the ability to think in words and images and to express thoughts in words, then thoughts now control the words spoken and the words spoken determine whatever actions are taken)

and that

5. the result of the mind becoming a liability rather than an asset led to the development of the Ultimate [Mental] Sickness and humanity’s current entrapment in what Maharaj called “ignorance, stupidity, and insanity.”

Now, according to anthropological studies, the humans who first began living "en community" spent an average of two-and-a-half hours per day involved with addressing the basic necessities of food and clothing and shelter. The rest of the day, they enjoyed eating with family and / or friends; they especially enjoyed any tasty edibles that they could find; they enjoyed the pleasures of sexual relations; they enjoyed rest and relaxation; they enjoyed the games they played with each other; and they enjoyed time alone, etc.

The lifestyle they enjoyed was passed along, especially via conditioning, to their offspring who emulated what the adults had modeled. That kind of lifestyle is observable in the area where this house is located, but not by observing humans. It is only modeled for the most part by the deer that live here, and by the birds, and by the fish in the nearby lake. 

In other words, during that more restive period of human development, children were prepared to enjoy a relatively existence which could be marked by normalcy and decent levels of contentment and by some periods of joy and pleasure and even by instances of bliss.

That would change, however. Nowadays, with the Ultimate Sickness having spread globally, leaving almost no humans who are immune and who are now suffering the misery which the symptoms of the Sickness generate, children are no longer prepared for pleasure but are made ready to experience misery and suffering instead.

And while being “prepared for” can facilitate the manifestation of peace and freedom and can set the stage for joy and pleasure to happen, being “ready for” will usually do the opposite. For example, years ago, when the plant food body experienced a combination of cardiological and vascular problems, it became impossible to work, to write, to walk about the house, to take a shower, to take walks through the neighborhood and  the nearby woods, to travel, or to go on a vacation. Neither meals nor sex nor any of the relative pleasures could be enjoyed, and hospitalizations were frequent.

One doctor said that he "was going to keep at it until he could find and treat all of my physical problems and restore me to health"; another said, “This may just be the way it is until the end and you’re just going to have to face that fact and get used to it.”

The reply to the latter was, “Doc, I’m going to give the other members of the team a chance to see if they can provide what would be needed for some decent quality of life to happen, but if that cannot be done, I’m far more prepared to leave this planet than to stay on it in misery.” He did not appreciate the reply. So it was. But do you see? Some said, disparagingly, that "You've given up. You're ready to die, dammit!" but that was not the case. I was prepared if death should come, but it was not that I was ready to die or wanting to hasten the process unless there was no chance of some quality of life being restored.

As another example, some leaders suggest that being prepared for war can be a deterrent to those who might otherwise start a war; that might make some sense, but what makes no sense is the desire of those who are ready to fight, who are not just prepared for war but who really want a war. (Yes, there are many in that latter group in the U.S. and in other places around the globe.)

Likewise, as a result of the perverted and ignorant and insane programming and conditioning and acculturation and domestication and indoctrination and brainwashing to which children are exposed nowadays, they are ready for misery and suffering but are not prepared to handle the events that happen and generate misery and suffering; nor are they prepared to process such events to be free of the effects; instead, they are mostly set up to be ready for agitation and impatience and petulance and annoyance and irritation and unhappiness more than they are ready for tolerance and patience and cheerfulness and natural pleasures and calmness and happiness (much less for joy or bliss).

And their agitation and impatience and petulance and annoyance and irritation and unhappiness are not spiritually-based issues but are mind-based issues.

Again, Maharaj: 

"There is no chaos in the world except the chaos which your mind creates”

and

"There is no such thing as peace of mind”

and

“Mind means disturbance”

and

“Restlessness itself is mind."

One point offered here with some regularity is this: “The readiness is all,” but in the context of today's point, that might more accurately be stated as, "The preparedness is all."

If persons are not truly prepared to reach the end of the long and arduous road which they have traveled while seeking, then they will continue to play the role of “The Seeker” and will upgrade that role at some point to “The Super Seeker”; if persons are not prepared to give up the “good roles” they have assumed (such as “The Super Religious One” or “The Spiritual Giant"), then they will remain fixated at the third of seven steps on the path to full realization and freedom and peace; 

if they are not prepared to be fully free and fully independent, then they will join the other types mentioned above and will “stand in the dull light of dawn” while imagining and believing they are “realized,” and they will boast about being “bathed in the full light of the noonday sun.”

It is one thing to be prepared, instinctively and naturally, for the "unavoidables" which come throughout the relative existence. It is quite another to be ready and willing to settle for less and to engage in escaping, dissociating, and avoiding; yet that is what most have been made ready for during their childhood years, and that is what many have been made ready for via what they are being told by their fellow seekers or their life coaches or their gurus or their religious / spiritual leaders.

As a result of the dissemination of 5,000 years of dogma, much of which has been centered in concepts / beliefs which assign high value to sacrifice, sacrificing is now far more attractive than joy and pleasure and bliss. The messages passed down over the millennia have included:

“Sacrifice this or that animal, and give the best cuts from the burnt offering to the priest. You will be rewarded later for your sacrifices”

and

“Give up your virgin daughters to commune sexually with God (via his representatives on earth) and then to be used for all of us to enter into a state of oneness with God by eating her body (heart) and blood as a symbolic act of communion with God and sacrificing for God"

and

“Beat yourself so that you bleed in order to show God what you are willing to suffer and forfeit for him”

and

"Sacrifice other humans who are not as godly as you are in order to show God that you are serving him and his cause" 

and

“Accept misery and suffering now because you will receive eternal rewards later for doing so”

and

“Don’t eat enjoyable meals but follow our food laws instead and avoid all of the foods on our ‘foods you are not to eat under any circumstances’ list. You must keep the body pure”

and

“Abstain from sex in order to keep your mind and spirit pure”

and

“Give to your religious community or your spiritual groups not only your money but also your time and service and gifts and presence in order that you will be rewarded now and later for those sacrifices”

and

“If God was willing to sacrifice his Son to save you from your sins, the least you can do is sacrifice some of your money and time and labor”

and

“Worship the blood of the Lamb of God which was sacrificed for you”

and

"Be washed in the blood of the Lamb."

Blood. Blood. Blood. Sacrifice. Sacrifice. Sacrifice.

No joy. No pleasure. No bliss.

"Instead, remember our motto: If it feels good, stop it!"

With 97% of the persons on the planet claiming an affiliation with one of the organized groups that are spreading such messages, and with their having done so for 5,000 years, then what else could the programmed and conditioned masses be ready for other than sacrifice and misery and suffering now in order to gain some sort of payoff now and forevermore?

Maharaj: “The problem is ignorance and insanity”

and

“the main problem is in the mind.”

So where did you get what is in your mind? From experience and observation and trial-and-error? From the inner resource / inner guru? From the clarify of the intuitive, sixth sense? Or from the compilation of myth-and-superstition-based-nonsense and the extensive body of learned ignorance which has been passed down as “fact” and “truth” for thousands of years?

To be continued.

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

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