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“...You are afraid of freedom!”
---Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


l. “Freedom” is the absence of ceremony and the ability to live naturally.


A. For millions of years, humans lived naturally, in the absence of ceremony.

B. Persons become trapped in their delusions partly due to their ceremonies which, practiced regularly, preempt almost all opportunity for realization to happen because of the constant “reinforcement by ceremony” of the non-truths which they have been taught and believe.

C. Ceremonies are used by cultures to keep people asleep, to reinforce insane but widely-held beliefs, and to constantly re-program and re-condition persons so they will question nothing and will follow instructions from those who would control their thoughts and words and deeds by reinforcing personality / personas.

D. The most commonly practiced ceremonies around the globe are those that reinforce separation via myth-based religious beliefs (followed closely in number by those that reinforce separation via nationalistic beliefs).

E. The realized, like the naturally-abiding deer, participate in no ceremony, value nothing that is honored with ceremonies that are participated in by the masses, and care not a whit for the ego-and-egotistically-based ceremonies that are so cherished by the non-realized.

The discussion continues with the way that ceremony numbs the brain and blocks realization and, therefore, also blocks the manifestation of freedom, focusing first on the planet's number one source of ceremonies: organized religion.

The pointer was offered earlier that there are sixteen basic precepts that are common to many of the world's religions and that all evolved from the killing of virgins. “Wait a minute,” you might say.

“Are you claiming that, at their core, the main teachings of religion originally came about as a result of raping and murdering and mutilating young women and then eating their bodies and drinking their blood in the name of a god (or gods) with the hope of making it rain?”


The modern communion service is ghastly enough with its cannibalistic and vampiristic eating of body and drinking of blood; but to understand that the modern ceremony is actually a symbolic re-enactment of the earliest religious ceremonies in which young women were raped, killed, and mutilated (with their bodies then eaten and their blood then drunk) takes the sleepwalking insanity of the masses who participate in such ceremonies to an entirely new level, does it not?

Next, notice how the following teachings that are usually at the core of the dogma of many organized religions and spiritual movements are accepted without any questioning, without any awareness that the teachings evolved from ceremonies that were intended to assure rain for crops, and without any awareness of their ignorant and barbaric roots:

1. The priest offers a message of hope and a means of “saving you”;

2. Some people can hear the voice of a god better than others, it is claimed;

3. Followers are to be guided by one who is “holy.” (“Holy” originally meant “different” - some claim they are different from others because they are in closer contact with the gods);

4. Truth is best found by gathering together with a religious guide, for as long as you live, rather than by being alone to tap into one’s own intuitive inner resource;

5. There are “Supreme Beings” from other worlds that are directing every aspect of our lives here on earth, down to whether it rains or not;

6. Each god chooses certain people on earth as representatives;

7. The gods can get very angry and when that happens, they will allow you to die or will kill you;

8. Male gods value virginity, so strict controls must be placed on the sexual conduct of followers (originally intended to insure a steady supply of virgins for sacrifice);

9. God wants people to make sacrifices (including property and even your life);

10. Followers are to be under the control and influence of their priest, obeying the guidance he receives from god;

11. Followers must adhere to the priest’s strict orders about sexual conduct, must recognize the value of virginity, and must follow all commands that both men and women abstain from having sex unless permission is granted by the priest;

12. Followers must accept the assertion that one among them can communicate directly with Beings from another world;

13. Followers must accept that killing in the name of a “Supreme Being” is desirable and that the religious leader will decide who is to die, how they are to die, and when they are to die;

14. Followers are to accept responsibility for meeting all of the priest’s earthly needs in order to free him up to work for their benefit as he mediates between those “Beings” from another world and “his people” - his flock - on earth. (The analogy is appropriate, is it not, since sheep will follow the leader anywhere, even to their own death?);

15. The idea of dying for a religious cause had thus been introduced to humans, and the idea of death as something positive had been given and began to circulate. The importance of the instinctive, natural desire to survive at all costs had been challenged and the merit of self-destructive (insane) behavior had been introduced and endorsed, as long as it had to do with one's religion.

Where all prior efforts by humans had been to endure and survive at all costs, the priest had suddenly taught his followers that to die for god is a noble, honorable, and deity-pleasing behavior; and

16. You can get what you want from god if you are willing to sacrifice, if you have faith that the sacrifice will work, and if you are willing to go even to the length of (a) killing for god or (b) suffering and/or dying for god.

Trace those beliefs back 5000 years, consider that they have been taught and passed on billions upon billions of times in religious and spiritual gatherings for thousands of years, and it becomes clear how those teachings have taken such hold among those programmed first and foremost to question nothing from a holy man, including the acceptance of rape and murder and mutilation and the drinking of blood and the eating of human flesh in religious ceremonies.

So 97% of the people on the planet go regularly for their ceremonies that program and re-program, and condition and re-condition, persons to accept all that they are taught about a god / gods, and the precepts above are a part of the dogma of most organized religions and spiritual movements.

The god of Abraham is now worshipped by over 50% of the 6.7 billion people on the planet who claim to be either Christian, Jewish, or Muslim. In addition to that 50%, another 47% of the people on the planet regularly attend religious or spiritual ceremonies that program and re-program, and condition and re-condition, persons to accept all that they are taught about their god or gods.

In terms of a multiplicity of gods, the overall winner for having dreamed up the highest number of supernatural beings - if all of their various traditions are considered - are the Hindus with a total of 330,000 individual, supernatural beings. Amazing specialization, yes?

During the typical religious ceremonies, people must sit and rise; bow; knell and rise and knell and rise; sing; chant; recite in unison; burn this; smell that; ring this; and wear special clothes, special shoes, or no shoes - all of which is most unnatural while being considered “supernatural” or “spiritual.”

And in the process of making their ceremonies unnatural and supernatural, they push their followers farther and farther away from what is natural, from what is sane, from what is sensible, and from Reality; therefore, it can be seen that ceremony is one of the most widely-employed of all of the tools that are used by those who program and re-program, and condition and re-condition, persons while robbing them of sanity and freedom.

“Freedom” is the absence of ceremony and the ability to live naturally.

Next: Nationalistic ceremonies that rob persons of freedom and reinforce a sense of separation, all of which blocks the opportunity for realization, blocks the chance to return to sanity, blocks total freedom, and blocks uninterrupted peace.

To be continued.

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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns.


If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence.

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of god in the past was of a weak god, an absentee god, A Santa Claus-type god, a mean, punishing, vindictive god, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring god whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to."

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a god that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly").

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring god,' any supposed god that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'god' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part.

"That is, a non-narcissistic their god / their goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'god' and focus on the 'god as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you." 

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on:

"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within"

--Yeshu'a (Jesus)


"Heaven and earth shall fade away."

--Yeshu'a (Jesus)


"Heaven and hell are not geographic places

but are states of mind, nothing more than

concepts dreamed up by men."

--Pope John Paul II 

"There is no hell."

--Pope Francis, the current pope

in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari,

a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record

teachings which become a part of the Papal Magisterium.

[That said, would that the popes who have shown the courage to reject a core concept of their dogma - namely, "hell" - would find the additional courage required to question the very existence of their institution in light of the centuries-long cover-up of their history of raping children and in light of the mental and emotional and psychological scarring of billions of their members past and present.

And that need for courage also applies as questions need to be asked about why so many other sky cults are still being supported and allowed to continue to exist as well. When certain types of programming and conditioning have been shown to blind the masses, they should end. Will they? Not likely. Why?

Because what the masses think and say and do is most influenced by the international crime families which hold sway over the masses as criminals conduct their planet-wide operations. What are the major international crime families and which are the most influential and have the largest memberships?

The Mafia / La Cosa Nostra; the Catholic Church (with it 1.2 billion followers) whose Vatican Bank worked for decades with the Mafia while laundering mob earnings (for a 15% all-profit charge by the Bank); Protestant and Evangelical Churches (with over 1.2 billion followers) like the one I was raised in where the youth director molested and sexually assaulted young girls; big business which has long created environments in which people have been abused; powerful political bodies like the U.S. Congress, etc., etc., etc.)

With all of those crime families, neither the followers nor the leadership ever voluntarily step down or shut down their criminal activities. Be they gangs, organized crime families, religions, big business, politicians, etc., they all want control and they all want power and they all want money, and nothing internal will interfere with the driving forces at play.

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