Tuesday, November 21, 2017

MAHARAJ AND RELIGION'S ANTI-SCIENCE STANCE, Part Twelve

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“The idea that you know what is true is dangerous, for it keeps you imprisoned in the mind.” 
--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

 Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, domesticated, indoctrinated, and brainwashed to believe so that you can be free, period. 
--Floyd Henderson 

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From yesterday:

The "mind" has been filled with fiction; with beliefs that are based not at all in fact; with beliefs that have never been questioned; and with beliefs that have been accepted with no evidence at all but have been accepted on "blind faith" alone; thus, they are all lies. 

Lies, in turn, are all based in concepts, ideas, notions, perceptions / misperceptions, thoughts, designs, impressions, images, opinions, views, theories, and supposed knowledge (a.k.a., "learned ignorance"), all of which can be summarized as "beliefs." 

Now, excerpts from the book entitled FREEDOM from BELIEFS (Believers, Non-Believers, and "No-Belief-ers") will continue: 

(The Problem, The Invitation To Seekers, And "The Opportunity" For Readers And Seekers) 

The cycling energy-matter is what "you' are, is all that "you" have ever been (and mostly in a "free-ranging mode"), and is all that "you" can or shall ever be. 

To compare, a duck cannot become a squirrel; a deer cannot become a bear; and a bird cannot become a fish; moreover, no duck has ever mistaken itself for a squirrel; no deer has ever mistaken itself for a bear; and no bird has ever mistaken itself for a fish. 

In addition, a duck does not think it is a duck; a squirrel has no belief that it is a squirrel; a deer does not believe that it is a deer; a bear does not believe that it is a bear; a bird does not think it is a bird; and a fish does not think it is a fish. No duck has ever told another duck, "You are a duck," much less "You are a squirrel." Even if that could happen, it would be insane, yes? But consider what belief-driven persons do every day that is just that insane. 

Even more to the point, a duck is not really a duck; a squirrel is not actually a squirrel; a deer is not really a deer; a bear is not truly a bear; a bird is not a bird at all; and a fish is not actually a fish. 

In each of those cases, it knows IT IS, period, but in none of those cases does it believe that it is what any person has ever said that it is. And that fact is a fact in every case on the planet, except with persons. 

Persons do believe that they are what they are not; persons do not stop with the "I AM" and the "I AM" only; no person stops with simply knowing IT IS; to the contrary, persons do believe that they can be something (in fact, many things) that they are not, and they do believe that they can become something that they are not. 

And that is the case with almost all persons on the planet, so few are the instances of full realization (which, per Maharaj, is merely the condition of being free of belief in all ignorance").

Instead, most throughout the course of the relative existence assume hundreds of personas as actual identities, and each persona that is assumed has its own basic fear and its own basic desire, along with a plethora of accompanying fears and desires. 

One suggestion is that each persona can be driven by at least seven fears and / or desires, so accept as actual identities twenty personas assigned by your family and friends and culture, and assume another twenty that you adopt on your own, and those forty persons (x 7) will have 280 "voices" that are forever talking in order to (a) defend themselves against perceived fears and / or in order to (b) try to manipulate "others" or to negotiate with "others" in order to (c) have their desires met and their fears alleviated. 

Is it any wonder, then, that persons soon feel as if they are being pulled in a hundred (or two-hundred, or two-hundred-and-eighty) different directions at once? 

Is it any wonder that persons do not feel at one with self or anything else? Is it any wonder that persons feel torn? Is it any wonder that persons are fractious and cannot focus? Is it any wonder that human psyches are fractured and disintegrated? Is it any wonder that persons can reach a point where they feel that, if anyone puts any more pressure on them at all, they will shatter into a million (or at least 280) pieces? 

Next, is it not truly strange that persons believe in the "not-self" (and in all of the false selves that are assigned or adopted) but have no clue at all about what they really are (which only science can identify accurately)?

After having adopted so many ego-states as identities - and after egotism manifests time and again as an ego-defense mechanism that is there to "protect and defend" each of the false egos - is it any wonder that the wisdom shared by sages has long pointed to pride and arrogance and ego and egotism and narcissism as the bane of humanity? 

Is it possible to see why Maharaj targeted the adoption of religious and spiritual roles - and targeted religious and spiritual arrogance - right alongside all other personas that are adopted by those among the non-realized masses? 

Is it any wonder that personality-assumption / persona-adoption has long been the target of pointers which invite persons to stop believing that they are what they are not and to stop believing that they can become something that they cannot become? 

In fact, believing that one is what one is not, and believing that one can be or become something that one is not, is all part of the "Dream / Nightmare of the Planet." Consider: 

A man can be lying on his back in bed in the middle of the night but dreaming that he is upright and running because he is being chased by another man with a knife. The man who is dreaming will be certain that every part of his dream is real. He can be so convinced that what he is dreaming is real that he can start making throaty sounds that develop into louder moanings and can eventually end up screaming at the top of his voice. 

When does peace come? When someone who was also asleep next to him awakens and then begins to try to also awaken the one in the dream / nightmare state. When does peace come to the dreamer? Only when he awakens. 

The task of the non-duality teacher, who was also asleep for a time, is to try to awaken the one in the dream / nightmare and to allow the earnest seeker to see that what has been disturbing him or her is all just a dream, or nightmare, and nothing more. 

The nightmare for some is "I am bad . . . really evil . . . truly worthless . . . so very rotten to the core that I should die." The nightmare for others is, "I am so different and such an outcast, and I am so hopelessly miserable and without any prospects for happiness, that I might as will kill myself." 

The nightmare for others is "I am being bullied because I cannot fit in. I might as well hang myself" or "I am being bullied, so I might as well kill those people who are harassing me and then maybe even kill myself." 

Conversely, the dream for some is "I am now so righteous, so religious or spiritual, so wonderful, so much better than I was, and so much better than most others that everyone should be like me. I am now able to rescue or save them or - if they refuse what I offer - able to judge and condemn them." 

The invitation of the truly realized sage? Harken. Awake. Stop believing in the dream. Stop living the nightmare that you are experiencing because you are asleep. Stop believing that you are something that you are not. Stop believing that you can become something other than the temporarily-manifested composite unity which "you" temporarily are. Stop following "I am" with any word at all. 

To be continued.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

MAHARAJ AND RELIGION'S ANTI-SCIENCE STANCE, Part Eleven

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“The idea that you know what is true is dangerous, for it keeps you imprisoned in the mind.” 
--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, domesticated, indoctrinated, and brainwashed to believe so that you can be free, period.  
--Floyd Henderson 

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Maharaj said, “The true teacher will not imprison his disciples in a prescribed set of ideas, feelings [that is, emotions] and actions; on the contrary, he will show them patiently the need to be free from all ideas and set patterns of behavior"; thus, he advised, “Reach a state of zero concepts” 

The only prison which need concern most seekers in the prison of the mind. The irony is that while each belief forms one of the bars of that prison, even a single remaining bar can prevent clear seeing. To be totally free, all of the bars of the prison must be eliminated. The only one no longer being fooled is the one that no longer believes anything that she or he was told. 

If you are not abiding under the auspices of a brain as it existed in its pre-development-of-a-mind-state, then you will most assuredly feel as if you are in prison, trapped behind iron bars and feeling miserable, and many of the wisest of all ages have seen what truly imprisons humanity: 

Richard Lovelace accurately noted: "Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage." Instead, he made clear, it is the mind which makes a prison. 

John Milton said: “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” 

Yeshu'a (Jesus) said after he was exposed to the non-dual teachings: "No one shall ever see the kingdom of heaven for it is within," now. 

So if "heaven" is within now, so is "hell." Pain is of the body; misery and suffering are of the mind; therefore, either "heaven" (joy or bliss or happiness or contentment) or "hell" (misery and suffering and insanity) is within, and now is the only time that either can be known. 

Maharaj said, “You are not in the world. The world is in you.” Meaning? Meaning that the world is imagined by you so it is “in you” . . . that is, "in your mind"; therefore, any misery or suffering being experienced in what is taken to be “this world” is nothing more than a mental construct to one degree or another. 

[And that is why Yeshu'a shared the non-dual pointer that "Heaven and earth shall fade away," meaning - at the point when mahasamadhi is taken - the conscious-energy shall fade away from the elemental plant food body and return to the universal pool of unmanifested consciousness and, with that fading, the concepts of "heaven" and "earth" and "hell" shall also have to fade away because they were only in the mind anyway.]

Similarly, any reward supposedly attainable in "another better world" or any punishment supposedly imposed in "another worse world" is also a mental construct. Thus, anyone telling persons about the dualities of "heaven vs. hell" and "reward and. punishment" and "this world vs. a better world or a worse world" are passing along mental constructs which are all based in lies. 

Lies, in turn, are all based in concepts, ideas, notions, perceptions / misperceptions, thoughts, designs, impressions, images, opinions, views, theories, and supposed knowledge (a.k.a., "learned ignorance") which can be summarized in one word: beliefs.

[And by the way, you have no beliefs. There is no one who can accurately say, "These are my beliefs." All beliefs are passed down from "them," so they are all "their" beliefs.]



the following is shared by way of offering an introduction to the subject as well as the rationale for abandoning all beliefs and reaching the "no-mind" state or the "zero concepts" state which were recommended by Maharaj: 

Why is it that the peace and harmony and happiness that Maharaj referenced cannot manifest if there is a "mind" (which he reported he no longer had after Realization)? 


That is, there can only be peace and harmony and happiness if you are out from under the influence of what is taken to be "your mind" when, as noted, there is no such thing as "your mind"  because a mind is nothing more than a storehouse of "their" beliefs; therefore, what is taken to be "your mind" is actually "their" mind. 

(Among the non-realized, "parents" may have died twenty years ago, but they are still very much present, chattering away from within the mind they built and filled with their culture's nonsense and left behind.)

So what there is among the not-fully-realized is "their mind" ("their" referring to all persons who have taught you any idea or concept which is presently stored in the section of the brain called "the mind"; thus, it is the content of "their mind" which has been passed down and transferred and is always taken in error to be "your mind." Why is it "their mind"? 

Because whatever is in it, you did not put there. "They" put it there. Who are "they"? The members of your family of origin, relatives, friends, teachers, religious and / or spiritual influencers, political leaders, and all who were in positions of "authority" during your childhood and who exposed you to their ideas and concepts (beliefs) which you have adopted as "your own." 

Moreover, the adoption of ideas and concepts (beliefs) continues even now, into adulthood, for all who are not realized (that is, who have not discarded all of the learned ignorance which was passed down and remains stored in "the mind"). All "mind" have been filled with fiction; with beliefs which are based not at all in fact; with beliefs which have never been questioned; 

and with beliefs which have been accepted with no evidence to support them at all but have been accepted on "blind faith" alone. 

More complicating among  the masses is the fact that the contents of the "mind" are now held in such esteem that people are willing to fight for those beliefs or - in some cases - even willing to kill or die in a fight over those beliefs. 

How has the "mind" evolved from its original purpose of storing survival-related, retrievable data to its present state of storing distorting, deluding, misleading, fooling, peace-robbing, harmony-destroying, happiness-blocking beliefs which in many cases amount to nothing but nonsense? 

The "mind" is a part of the brain where information can be stored and retrieved, originally used as a "constructive" tool for survival; now, it is a destructive force that drives nonsensical behaviors that are based in nonsensical thoughts generated by the "mind." 

What types of information are stored there? Ideas, concepts, etc. (beliefs), beliefs which were set in place by programming and conditioning and domestication and acculturation and indoctrination and brainwashing.. 

The "mind" is an illusion because it is an area now used for storing an entire network of belief systems which are generated from the dreamed up "-ism's" which are valued by cultures and societies but which are based in non-facts rather than facts. 

It is the area of the brain which accepts beliefs such as "I am this" and "I am that"; then, the false personas which are mistakenly believed to identify who you are will subconsciously drive thoughts and words and deeds, removing all ability to choose and resulting in the non-realized masses being driven by agendas which are stored in the fictitious "mind." 

Moreover, the persons being driven have no clue at all about what the hidden agendas are and how they block any opportunity to be awake, aware, conscious, sane, reasonable, rational, and to be in charge of what they say, what they do, and how they traverse the relative existence. 

And all the while, they are convinced that their beliefs give their relative existence some worth and value and purpose and meaning and direction and power and control. 

To see the actual effects of one's beliefs, to be able to look back objectively and to realize that every destructive and insane act was based in one or more beliefs, is to ease the transition away from belief-based ignorance and belief-based insanity and to pave the way for being free of living under the influence of "their" ideas and concepts (beliefs) which drive persons in ways that have not proven to be to their benefit at all - relatively speaking. 

The transcendent (re-purified, unblocked) consciousness gives no credibility to concepts or ideas or attitudes (i.e., beliefs). It understands the unicity; conversely, the conceptual consciousness erroneously accepts beliefs and takes the perceived multiplicity to be real. 

The transcendent consciousness, being free of delusion and illusion, allows for the abidance as the Absolute. Then, even the concepts offered by Advaitins will have been transcended. 

Years and years of the accumulated mental and emotional and spiritual garbage of the culture can be tossed . . . and tossed without concern, without dread, without any sense of loss. (Later, it will be realized that it wasn’t even tossed because there is no “tosser.”)

The garbage actually just faded away after its value was finally questioned and seen to be worthless as a result of its senseless content. Yet note how much the ego-defense mechanism of arrogance (which protects the illusory “I”) hates any suggestion that would devalue all of the knowledge—all of the learned ignorance—which has been accumulated throughout a relative existence and stored in what is called a “mind.” 

The books offered here provide pointers that - in the end - are nothing more than thorns that can be used to remove thorns, scalpels that can excise the cancerous, Ultimate Sickness within the "mind" wherein the main problem of humankind is centered.

Value the conceptualized content of "the mind" and persons will be attracted to the contents of "their contaminated minds" and will then attach firmly to all of the bastardized content of "their minds." 

A house cannot begin to be refreshed until one takes out ALL of the garbage, and the space which houses the consciousness cannot be refreshed - that is, restored to sanity - unless all of the garbage in the "mind" is removed. 

And only if all of the garbage is removed can peace and harmony and happiness manifest and fill that newly-re-purified space. 

Such is the sane course of action regarding garbage. Only the arrogance of ego-states, which are revealed via the talk generated by conceptualized consciousness, would inspire efforts to try to give value and meaning to the garbage of cultures and dogma and movements and "-ism's." 

The consideration is that you let fade away all of the garbage—all of the concepts and beliefs and learned ignorance—and be free of the effects of the concepts-and-beliefs-laden consciousness; then you'll merely witness the AS IF living as it happens, without attachment. 

Yet that AS IF living can happen only after the body and “mind” and the last of any assumed roles all fade away. Therein lies the challenge since the body and "mind" and personality are the very illusions which take the consciousness and "the mind" to be so worthwhile. 

So what must a seeker be alert to as he / she listens for the re-purified consciousness to speak? Each must develop a detector that can differentiate between (a) that which emanates from the transcendent consciousness as opposed to (b) what is heard when the concept-and-belief burdened and blocked consciousness engages in "mind-speak." 

The sages have taught for thousands of years that what is real cannot be named, so that which is named cannot be real, and nothing is more steeped in the duality of conceptual consciousness than what one has named "my beliefs." 

In the absence of blocked consciousness, there could not be any "Believer" vs. "Non-Believer" duality, and there could be no notion among "Believers" that they are better than and smarter than and holier than "Non-Believers." 

There could be no impressions and no misperceived memories and no “mind” and attachment to "doing things a certain way because they have always been done"; there could be no learned ignorance and there could be no mental intoxication or emotional intoxication or spiritual intoxication. There could be nothing unnatural, and there could be nothing considered “supernatural.” 

There could be no assumed personas so there could be neither ego nor egotism. There would be no thinking, so there would most assuredly be no magical thinking of the type that assigns "supernatural cause" to naturally-occurring events. There could be no attachment to chaos or to trying to control. 

What could be, instead, is peace and harmony and happiness and stability. 

To be continued 

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

MAHARAJ AND RELIGION'S ANTI-SCIENCE STANCE, Part Ten

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"Science will someday advance to the point that it will confirm the validity of the non-dual teachings." 
--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

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[Continued from yesterday]

This was shared previously: 

No institutions has come up with more concepts which have generated more false identities and more false beliefs than have cults and sky cults and ancient pagan religions which have evolved into modern religions. And no institutions have been more anti-science than those institutions which have been led historically by ignorant men and women who have felt threatened by the truth even as they purport to be the speakers of truth. 

If truth is being pointed at, it is being pointed at when the pure universal consciousness speaks, never when the blocked consciousness speaks and never when a programmed, conditioned, domesticated, acculturated, indoctrinated, and brainwashed person speaks. 

How could that point be offered with confidence? 

1. By looking at my own indoctrination-based religious and spiritual experiences; and by witnessing objectively the experiences of thousands of persons I've talked with over at various points throughout the 70 years of the manifestation of the one persons call "floyd"; and by looking at the thoughts and words and actions of millions of persons throughout human history;

and 

2. by then finding the source which has generated more beliefs among the non-realized masses than any other single source. 

Granted the sources at first glance might seem to be quite varied, be they called: 

The Bhagavad Gita or the Upanishads or the Vedas 

(of which Maharaj said, “I have no faith in anything which has ever been told, not even what has been told by the Vedas. Only my own experience.”) 

or 

The Tripitakesv / The Tipiáš­aka 

or 

The Torah and the Talmud 

or 

The Old Testament and the New Testament 

or 

The Kojiki / Furukotofumi 

or 

The Quran

or 

The Guru Granth Sahib 

or 

The Kitab-i-Aqdas 

or 

The Book of Rites 

or 

The Agamas

or

any of the other near-infinite number of texts or popular books by those whom Maharaj called "The Big Name Teachers Who Should Be Avoided" and which are taken by persons to be "the most authoritative and sacred texts on the proper methods of worshipping and / or living in 'the right way'." 

Yet they are not especially unique because they all share much in common. Why? As explained this way by Ken Surridge, that is the case because . . . 

"humans steal from other religions when creating new ones; 

"because religion does not need to be original but just needs to meet the insecurities or ambitions of its creators and adherents (at any given point in history); 

"because religion weaves it myths in territories that are fantastical, like 'the afterlife'; 

"because these are areas in which it is easy to make claims (which cannot be disproved for believers or which will not be challenged or which will not be questioned); 

"and because they appeal to the same drivers in people." 

Thus, their claims "are likely to be alike." 

And of concern to the wise who see sit back and see the volumes of ignorant lies which are being spread is the fact that those "claims" are nothing more than bogus concepts, "fantastical" fantasies, hollow promises, imaginary myths, and bizarre superstitions which for thousands of years have served as the basis for humankind's belief systems which have no factual or truthful or accurate or realistic basis at all. 

Robert Longo shared this about the commonality of the content of those written works which contain the supposedly "holy" and "inspired" words of dreamed up entities in other dreamed up worlds:: 

"Many holy books share the same themes because they all try to explain things that humans understood at those times. Going back thousands of years ago, many of the now dead religions shared similar myths shared by the Abrahamic religions. Many included the virgin birth, the flood stories, etc. Many worshipped things that supported life, like the sun, trees, water, etc.. 

"Many saw similar shapes in the stars since our brains have evolved into pattern seeking machines. These stories were the best interpretation of nature that humans had at the time. It wasn’t until the scientific method came around that many of the myths were debunked. When we figured out what lightning was, the nordic realised Thor was no longer necessary. When humans realised how the tides worked, etc there was no need for Poseidon. There is a huge heap pile of gods that humans no longer have need for. 

"Another thing that many religions have in common is the idea that if you do not follow the rules, you will suffer grave consequences. The idea of this is to control people. As the wanderer-gatherer people started to farm and start larger social groups, there needed to be control on behaviour. In a smaller group you could shun someone who violated group rules. 

"As the groups got a lot bigger, governments formed. And to make sure you didn’t think you could get away with something, there’s an eye in the sky watching you. God. Imagine that. He loves you, but if you leave me, I’ll kill you. Or give you eternal damnation. Or you will come back in the next life as a slug (I need to brush up on my Hindu). 

"As science gives us more and more explanations that the myths, the thousands-of-years-old myths, are false, all religions will slowly erode and their silly (and dangerous) explanations will become superfluous. At least that’s what I hope." 

For consideration prior to tomorrow's post, consider what this book cover suggests is at the heart and core of beliefs: 


To be continued.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

MAHARAJ AND RELIGION'S ANTI-SCIENCE STANCE, Part Nine

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"Science will someday advance to the point that it will confirm the validity of the non-dual teachings." 
--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

and
 
 Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, domesticated, indoctrinated, and brainwashed to believe so that you can be free, period. 
--Floyd Henderson

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[Continued from yesterday

This has also been offered in the past:

Today in the U.S., many altruistic groups such as "The Innocence Project" are working to use DNA evidence to free thousands of people in U.S. prisons who are incarcerated as a result of 1. improper science which is often combined with 2. false statements by self-serving persons, misconduct and lies by the police and other authorities, and by misidentification. 

Hundreds of people who have been locked away in prison for 10 or 20 years or more have been exonerated by the use of DNA evidence, and thousands more are awaiting their opportunity to present evidence that will clear them and show that they have been wrongly imprisoned. 

Those imprisoned persons are a microcosm of the billions of non-realized persons on the planet who are presently imprisoned, captives to their limited and limiting identification with the body, caged in the prison of the "mind," and interned by the fears and desires of the many constrictive personalities that they have assumed. 

As with those literally imprisoned in the U.S., the masses are also similarly imprisoned by improper science, false statements by self-serving persons, misconduct by authorities, and by misidentification. 

IMPROPER SCIENCE 

Maharaj predicted that, someday, science would prove the validity of every pointer he offered. Scientific discoveries have advanced to that point, yet most persons will never understand the science / pointer connection because most persons do not have a mastery of science beyond the fourth grade level. 

Just as it is with the many people in U.S. and other prisons around the globe who have been wrongly convicted, so it is with the non-realized masses who are also suffering as a result of improper science, that is, because of a failure to understand the most basic principles of science which debunk the belief systems which are imprisoning them in the darkness and misery of ignorance. 

It is science which could eliminate the ignorant beliefs about . . . 

1. an other-world, supernatural entities / entity which plays an active role in human impregnation 

and the ignorance-based belief that . . . 

2. twenty-three of the "saviors" or prophets which are being worshipped in scores of religions or quasi-religions were actually all born of virgins; 

and 

3. that this entire manifestation is supported by a "Creator" (or "Creator gods") and by a Sustainer god (or Sustainer gods and goddesses) rather than by an electrical current which is set up by the sun and which is driving the life-force; 

and the ignorance-based belief involving . . .

4. not one but two conflicting versions of "how the world was created" which appear in the Judaeo-Christian writings in "The Torah" / "The Book of Genesis."

[Note: It is likely that not even 1% of Jews and Christians know that there were two different versions circulating thousands of years ago about "how the world was created"; it is likely that not even 1% of Jews know that the writer of the Torah included both of those Creation-story versions in their supposedly "holy word"; 

it is also likely that not 1% of Christians know that their "Old Testament" is a copy of the ancient Jewish writings and, therefore, also gives not one but two conflicting versions about "how the world was created"; and it is likely that not 1% of all Jews and Christians understand the specific, scientific details about what scientists call "the genesis vacuum" and how scientists have duplicated in the laboratory the act whereby - from a state of non-existence and non-beingness and nothingness - a particle can manifest, proving that what is called "this entire universe" began with the instantaneous manifestation of an atom which split and fused and formed another atom until those atoms crashed together and generated a big bang; 

and it is likely that not even 1% of Jews or Christians know that the reported exploits of the Jews' prophet Moses (and the freeing of Jewish slaves in Egypt and forty years of wandering through a desert, etc.) are not corroborated in so much an a single contemporaneous historical document; and it is not likely that even 1% of Jews and Christians know that most of the concepts on which their religions are based were plagiarized from religions and philosophies which taught concepts which had first been dreamed up and reported and recorded by persons in the Far East. 

How is it that millions and billions of Jews and Christians have "come and gone" without knowing that a reading of the first few pages of their supposedly infallible scriptures contain a fallacy, sharing two contradictory and thus fallible versions of "how the world was created" in the very beginning of their books?]

And it is science which could eliminate the ignorant belief that . . . 

5. A "Supreme Being" made "the world" and everything in it rather than understanding that the so-called "beginning of this universe” can be traced to an event that is similar to what is playing out continuously within what is called “the sun,” namely, this scenario: 

A. At the core of the sun, four hydrogen nuclei fuse together to form one helium nucleus, and that happens over and over, and it is that action which happened "in the (fictionalized) beginning" of this universe and which led to the bang which, in turn, generated "this universe." 

[Why a fictionalized beginning? Because there was no "beginning" and because nothing was "created" because all is matter-energy and matter-energy cannot be created or destroyed and because that which was not created and because it has always existed has been infinite and because that which is infinite has no beginning or end. That energy-matter is what is infinite. What is not infinite? Any "you" or "supposed "You" or supposed "Self" or some dreamed up "Supreme Being" or "Supreme Self" or "Infinite Self."] 

B. The part of the energy which that process releases (as "light") travels in both particle and wave form. Land plants evolved on earth (not 6000 years ago as some believe and not 500 million years ago as some originally estimated but closer to 700 million years ago for plants and closer to 1.3 billion years ago for land fungi). 

C. The stage was set for plants to convert a form of energy which cannot be usable for animals and humans into a form which could be usable. Plant photosynthesis, in turn, set the stage for the manifesting of energy-consciousness or conscious-energy. 

D. See? It is science which can show where this supposed "you" were in the days and weeks prior to conception; which can show how nothing is created and which can show that all is merely cycling instead; which can show how there is only energy / matter; which can show how energy / matter can neither be created nor destroyed; which can show how the Second Law of Thermodynamics proves that whatever comes together will eventually come apart; 

which can show how the body is nothing more than a plant food body formed of elements which will eventually return to the universal pool of elements; and which can show how a specialized form of energy called "consciousness" can manifest and unmanifest, how it can only witness, and how it can do nothing beyond that. 

FALSE STATEMENTS MADE BY self-SERVING PERSONS 

From the time that a child is old enough to be taught, there will begin a process whereby self-serving persons will make false statements (which they nevertheless believe to be true) in order to program the child to think and talk and behave as the programmers think and talk and behave; whereby the child will be conditioned by repetition to begin to behave blindly, without logic or reason, as if asleep; 

whereby the child will be domesticated in the way by which animals have been domesticated as pets and to be of service to their owners; whereby the child will be acculturated, taught to believe all of the concepts which are thought to be unquestionable truths throughout the culture, such as: 

a. "We are the greatest nation on earth"; 

b. "we have the best medical care system on the planet"; 

c. "our soldiers are to be honored and respected," 

and 

d. "they only kill in order to protect our nation and never for conquest, for colonialism, or for nation-building as we try to remake all other nations in our image and never for political purposes, never for the hidden agendas of big business or big religion or big government, and never to punish thousands or millions in an area or region for what a few from there did to offend our culture." 

Righttttttttttt. 

The hundreds of thousands of false statements which a child is exposed to before the age of eighteen are made by preachers and priests and imams and rabbis and ayatollahs and ideologists; by school teachers and, yes, even by gurus and by the famous, big name teachers, especially; by governmental leaders; 

by the wealthiest persons in every culture (the rich being more likely to be given a platform from which to speak); by military leaders; by the police and other authority figures; by the pundits and commentators in the media; and by parents and relatives and neighbors and friends throughout the culture. 

And everything they teach the child is taught in order for persons to protect the identity of their own false self / selves, and all of the false concepts and ideas and beliefs are rooted in the fear-and / or-desire-based agendas of their personalities, that is, in their egotism-supported ego-states. 

No other institution has come up with more concepts which have generated more false identities and more false beliefs than have cults and sky cults and the ancient pagan religions which have evolved into modern religions. 

Moreover, no institution has been more anti-science than the institution which has been led historically by ignorant men and women who have felt threatened by the truth even as they purport to be the speakers of truth. 

If truth is being pointed to, it is being pointed to when the pure universal consciousness speaks, never when the blocked consciousness speaks and never when a programmed, conditioned, domesticated, acculturated, indoctrinated, and brainwashed person speaks. 

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MAHARAJ AND RELIGION'S ANTI-SCIENCE STANCE, Part Eight

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"Science will someday advance to the point that it will confirm the validity of the non-dual teachings."
 --Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

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[Continued from yesterday

This has also been offered in the past: 

When presented via the nisarga yoga approach, Advaita is neither a religion nor a philosophy; instead, it is science. 

Again, Maharaj tried a Hindu / non-dual version of the Ultimate Medicine and abandoned its use; he tried a spirituality / non-dual version of the Ultimate Medicine and abandoned its use; eventually, he settled into a scientific approach to be used when offering a treatment plan for the Ultimate Sickness, specifically, using the sciences of the mind, including the science of psychology and the science of human behavior. 

He had also used the science of de-programming all along (which can be used to end ignorant and insane allegiances not only to dualistic belief systems but also to those trapped in cults and cult-like groups including those which are religious, political, economic, or social groups which use belief systems for the purpose of creating and maintaining loyalty and entrapment with a cult). 

In what fashion can science be used to bring about freedom from such influence and entrapment? 

When some philosophies and almost all religions are put to the test, much of what they teach must be rejected as a result of there being far too much contradictory empirical data. It is the direct path, nisarga yoga approach which invites questioning but . . . 

. . . which accepts factual evidence over religious dogma, scriptures, and the words of any person 

and 

. . . which allows scientific proofs to take precedence over philosophical theories or ancient myths repeated as real 

and 

. . . which teaches that—just as there are archetypal, internal messages that are rooted in the totality of all human experience and that have been shown scientifically to have been transmitted genetically over the span of millions of years—so there are inner awarenesses of that which is infinite and permanent as opposed to that which is transient. 

If you visit www.floydhenderson.com and read "Advaita Consideration #1," you can find additional information on this subject as well as this excerpt: 

Maharaj said that someday his teachings would be explained in terms of the science involved and that would expand the numbers of those with the Understanding of his teachings because those with a scientific (or more concrete than abstract) mindset could know the Absolute. Of course science has never been necessary for the Understanding since all that one need to know is within, but science today does reaffirm the veracity of Maharaj’s words. 

Nisarga yoga makes clear that bodies are merely converted plant food; that reproduction is an act of friction rather than an act controlled by divine intervention; and that when dust returns to dust, no re-formation of that same dust as the same person can possibly happen. 

Nisarga yoga makes clear that persons programmed by dogma will think in magical ways that prevent them from understanding the mechanics of normal and natural happenings. While they speak of “god’s unexplainable mysteries,” the Realized Nisargan can easily explain via investigation and facts the particulars of natural happenings that are labeled as supernatural happenings by those trapped in learned ignorance.

Nisarga yoga makes clear that there is nothing that is magical as opposed to routine; that there is nothing that is miraculous as opposed to what can be explained via concrete, scientific facts either proved or provable; and that there is nothing that is caused supernaturally as opposed to the natural processes of causation.

Now, the comparisons / contrasts will continue: 

20. 

Religion requires its followers to exercise faith as opposed to reason

Philosophy has at times claimed that a combination of religion and philosophy are required for understanding and that in many cases neither alone can offer a complete explanation of truth. 

Science (as is the case with Nisarga yoga) advocates the use of questioning and the use of logic and reason and fact over blind faith in the pursuit of truth. 

21. 

Religion thrives on emotional intoxication. 

Philosophy, in some cases, engenders emotional intoxication, but less than religions. 

Science (as is the case with Nisarga yoga) discourages emotional intoxication though feelings (different from emotions) are seen as natural. 

22. 

Religion encourages the use of scriptures to define truth, though their scriptures were usually written thousands of years ago—usually by men…and specifically men who were ignorant and/or superstitious and who were generally repeating tales they had heard that had been circulated by pagans. 

Philosophy uses writing of philosophers as a starting point of discussions, yet little considered “supernatural” is assigned to the writers or writings. As Cline noted, “Nietzsche wasn’t born of a virgin, no angels appeared to announce the conception of Sartre, and Hume didn’t make the lame walk again.” 

Science refutes the possibility of virginal vs. vaginal births as well as “miracles” (a term applied by those trapped in magical thinking who do not understand true cause). 

23. 

Religion is ironic at its core, rooted in the self-contradictory concept of “absolute dualities,” trying to define specifically what is good or bad, right or wrong, moral or immoral, ad infinitum. 

Philosophy sometimes encourages belief in dualities. 

24. 

Religion, and its leaders, require that their beliefs be accepted without question. 

Philosophy usually encourages questioning. 

Science (as is the case with Nisarga yoga) always questions until facts emerge. Only then is there no question. 

25. 

Religion usually teaches that there is a Timeless Being that is the source of life. 

Science (as is the case with Nisarga yoga) shows that there is timeless being or beingness that is the source of consciousness and what is called “life.” 

To be continued.
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

MAHARAJ AND RELIGION'S ANTI-SCIENCE STANCE, Part Seven

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"Science will someday advance to the point that it will confirm the validity of the non-dual teachings."
 --Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

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The following comparisons and contrasts were shared on this site in 2009 but remains relevant to the current topic: 

1. 

Religion usually claims that its teachings can identify the individual cause of each and everything. 

Science (as is the case with Nisarga yoga) teaches that the cause of all is all, that what is happening now—or what is now—is merely that which is at the ever-moving, ever-expanding “end” of an infinite series of happenings. 

2. 

Religions, (twenty-three in total) have claimed that their “leader” or “savior” was born of a virgin; thus, Christianity was not the first and only religion to claim its "savior" or "prophet" was "born of a virgin" but is, instead, the 23rd to make such a claim.

Science (as is the case with Nisarga yoga) explains exactly how impregnation happens, and it involves the vaginal, not the virginal. 

3. 

Religion claims that a god or gods are involved with what is called “birth.” 

Science, again, makes clear that nothing more than an act of friction and an exchange of fluid is involved (as is the case with Nisarga yoga). 

4. 

Religion has persons believing that a god or gods are involved with what is called “birth.” 

Science makes clear that nothing more than an act of friction and an exchange of fluid is involved. 

5.

Religions teach tales of destruction by god-arranged floods, by god-sent fire and brimstone, by god-arranged wars, by god-made cracks opening in the earth and swallowing thousands. 

Some Philosophies (such as Buddhism) would have you believe that devastation by hurricanes, floods, etc. are set into motions and guided by “negative karma.” 

Science proves the actual cause of floods and earthquakes and, in the case of hurricanes, how it is that oceanic temperatures, the earth’s rotation, global torque which accelerates a hurricane’s movement toward the pole of the hemisphere where it forms, and other weather systems determine the course of hurricanes. 

6. 

Religion would have you believe that it is a sin to masturbate. 

Science shows that anything that is natural (that is, anything that no one had to teach you to do) is quite normal. 

7.

Philosophy claims that "life" can be defined and that "the meaning of life" and "the purpose of the life" of each person can be known. 

Science says that, since a word cannot be accurately used to define itself, life cannot be specifically defined. At best, the characteristics of cells can be named, but to say that “life is a state or mode of living” or that “life is the experience of being alive” do not meet the standard. 

8. 

Religion tells you that the body that decays or is burned until only ash remains will re-form and be able to experience joy and suffering as well as happiness or physical pain such as that produced by fire. 

Science explains that when the elements of a body return to the universal pool of elements, they may cycle as something, but a former body is not included among the possibilities. 

9. 

Religion would tell you that it is better to die than to have protected sex and waste “the seed,” a message that has worked for centuries to increase membership and income. 

Science suggests that the sane and reasonable approach would be to practice safe sex. 

10. 

Religion wishes to control people and tell them what they can do and cannot do with their bodies. 

Philosophy often tries to present arguments that can lead people to “living a better life.” 

Science offers facts and then steps back and allows humans to make their own decisions (i.e., “Unsafe sex has been shown to kill “x” number of people annually” as opposed to “Don’t have unsafe sex”). 

11. 

Religion claims that humans can live in a supernatural fashion. 

Science claims that a human’s existence can happen naturally or unnaturally (the latter including efforts to live supernaturally). 

12. 

Religions come and go and the teachings and dogma vary from one time to the next although a core set of myth-based tales are usually retained and provide a common link in many cases. 

Science deals with facts that are unchanging and eternal and unequivocal. 

13. 

Religion opposes both innovation and discovery. 

Science seeks and supports both. 

14. 

Religion teaches that doubt is a sin. 

Science sees doubt as an asset that can lead to discovery and understanding. 

15. 

Religion is based in fear, is marked by activities intended to avoid or be free of what is feared, but at the same time continues to feed the fears of its members. 

Science is based in fact. 

16. 

Religion is closed to possibilities outside its defined beliefs and rejects facts and proofs even when they provide concrete evidence that certain beliefs or theories are false. 

Science assumes no belief before investigating to find fact. 

17. 

Religion disseminates false tales and superstitions as truth. 

Science disproves or disputes false tales and superstitions. 

18. 

Religion thrives on emotional and spiritual intoxication. 

Science thrives on reason and logic. 

19. 

Religion requires life-long participation in rituals and ceremonies and services. 

Philosophy does not discourage endless discussion and dialogue. 

Science focuses on questioning and investigation until facts emerge and that ends the focus on that subject matter. 

RITUAL-FREE LIVING, DOINGNESS-FREE LIVING, 
SPIRITUAL-EXERCISE-FREE LIVING, 
AND 
NATURAL LIVING


Certain Advaitins also attach to a guru or an ashram and involve themselves in life-long devotion or study or rituals, burning this or ringing that, etc.; some involve themselves in extended occupation with study and the teachings; a few take the nisarga approach which suggests that you “go back the way You came, find truth, and then be free and enjoy the remainder of the manifestation.” 

The “going back” is a seven step journey that in almost every case now requires a teacher to explain the steps, after which all study and “spiritual work” can end and natural living can begin. 

Of the three options discussed here that persons turn to in a search for a vehicle that might facilitate the traversing of this relative existence with Peace and Love and Light and sanity and logic and reason… 

. . . one fosters emotional intoxication as its primary “hook”; 

. . . one offers an opportunity to talk about dozens or scores or even hundreds of possible ideas and concepts regarding the questions some humans raise about “life” and “meaning” and “purpose” from dozens or scores or even hundreds of theorists; 

. . . and one offers an opportunity to cast aside emotional intoxication; to find certainty in an excess of ambiguity and improbability; to be free of a surplus of theories and theorists; and to tap into the only one of the three that points toward truth. 

And by using that scientific, questioning, objective, logical, investigative and open methodology, one set of teachings circumvents the inventions and fantasies of myths and superstitions and fables and tales. And in the process of being free of belief in falsehoods, only one set of teachings uses that objective questioning methodology to point toward truth. 

And among all the sets of teachings that circumvent invention and fantasy and myth, only one subset endorses ritual-free living, doingness-free living, spiritual-exercise-free living, and natural living. 

For those awakening to even a slight degree, the sane and logical and reasonable approach is apparent; for the remaining masses, religions and philosophies will remain the vehicle of choice. 

So it has been for 5000 years, and so it is now. While the hold of dogma and ideology is fading, their efforts to form and control minds is likely to continue for a considerable period. So that is too. Recent surveys show, however, that more and more persons are seeking religious and / or spiritual sobriety and truth by searching outside the “traditional boxes.” 

To be continued
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