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1.Can one walk past all that has hitherto been called “spirituality”, the promises of a ‘higher life”, an eternal one, a greater share in the divinity, a greater share in “God”, and move even further beyond it? Can one keep climbing higher, only to look down upon those other mountaineers, perhaps tired, perhaps weakened, and witness that in their hibernation, they have simply stopped at one cave or other, only to remain there frozen in the icy carapace they have built around them?
2.It is indeed a painful cliché, but life is an adventure, and we, adventurers. In what manner one adventures is spirituality. One can run, one can walk, one can close one’s eyes. No matter how one reaches the end, death is the only prize, and life is the only way there. But since the prize is the same, spirituality is no competition. Since every life is different, every way there is as unique as the one who moves forward along its path. No prize, no competition, every spirituality different—life becomes a medium, and spirituality, an art.
3.Do you ever wonder why only a few days of the year are holy? At these times, people put down their guns, enemies become friends, they put down their ideals and they make merry with others, make merry with themselves, if for but a moment in recognizance. What if every day was holy? What if every thing was holy?
4.The religious are the greatest nihilists, misanthropes and skeptics. Their doctrines only speak of the struggle with the world, and not the joy of it. In Solomon, everything is vanity. In Buddha, everything is impermanent and suffering. In Plato, everything is but a fleeting idea. In John, everything is dust and mud and flesh. In Schopenhauer, the world is endless strife. In Descartes, we are minds disembodied. Thus divinity and salvation is found elsewhere, or rather, nowhere, but perhaps in the words of these nihilists. What they call “love” is their hate. What they call “freedom” is their submission to an imaginary set of rules, legislated by no legislator other than the one that tyrannizes over them the most—themselves.
5.There is not a moment where a person is not at the exact unique center of their experience. Therefore, what comes out of this experience is entirely original, spoken from a place no one else can speak from. Though they may act similar and speak similar things, each person is an original, a life’s work, a becoming of a masterpiece, and a unique way to live a life—a prophet. Yet we do not teach our children their prophetic nature, nor do we allow them time to find it, and they remain forever the tongue-tied prophet, the prophet who cannot express his experience without an orientation towards a doctrine, a set of pre-ordained and honorific words as it was devised by someone else. They cannot find the strength to consecrate and sanctify what they wish, and they instead rely on another spirit to do it for them. The meaning is only ever given to them, and they spend their whole lives taking meaning, rather than finding inside themselves the strength to give it.
6.The most dangerous spiritual orientation and invention is the idea that we struggle with the world, that the world is to be denounced as dust, as particles, as chemicals and machinery. One look at the one we love, and with one touch at the caress of her hand, do we find that this is not the case. Through the invention of a mind, a soul, a psyche, a spirit, a consciousness, they sought escape from this struggle, our body and its insatiability. They posited something within it at the expense of the rest, something separate from the body’s base desires and needs, its ugliness and foul smells. Only this part of it was “good”, was capable of love and beneficence, while the rest was Satan, the corpse from whence evil came, the origin of our deadly sins, our greed, our lust, our hate. Only by waging a war for this separate something within the body were they finally able to embody their own spirituality, to finally reveal the result of their spirituality, which has been the result of spirituality up until now—Inquisition, thought police, moral authority, myth, the enforcing of a spiritual caste, the squandering of life, and the killing of it—all for the purpose of attaining a greater share in the attributes of divinity. In other words, their spirituality is lust for spiritual power. And in the end, it was this something they posited within the body, from whence their evil always came.
7.Can we become not only our dreams, but also our mistakes and failures, our pains and sufferings? Can we remember what we’ve tried so hard to forget? Is it possible to see no God, no spirit, no soul, no holy ghost, no mystical current, no connection, no cosmic consciousness, in anything else and still value what it is that stands before us? Can we imagine the sea of objects in our experience to be not only objects, but subjects in the midst of their own sea of objects? Are we able to be an object in someone else’s experience? Have we yet earned that right?
originally posted by: Aphorism
If only you actually didn't give a rat's ass, but dishonesty seems to be the only method through which you operate.
In Solomon, everything is vanity. In Buddha, everything is impermanent and suffering. In Plato, everything is but a fleeting idea. In John, everything is dust and mud and flesh. In Schopenhauer, the world is endless strife. In Descartes, we are minds disembodied
AND, once again, jumping to conclusions and not understanding what you've just read. I already explained to you that "happiness" and stability are just side products of studying esoteric material.
Also, meditation actually quiets down your mind and helps you see things more clearly. You just keep on proving that you simply don't know anything about meditation, yoga, altered states and consciousness in general. These practices have and will continue to exist and develop long before you're dead. Your bizarre hatred for spiritual practices will be long gone too.
Your "opinions" reminds me of the dark ages and witchhunts.
This is useless, but I will just throw this here, just as an example:
Also, your comparison of mediation to playing videogames.. hahaha. Thanks for the good laugh. Just keep digging that hole.
ALSO, if you'd understand ANYTHING about meditation at all (or consciousness for that matter) you'd know that in meditation, you'll have to face the things that bother you, so it's the exact opposite of escapism. But, because you don't, you don't.
I'm sorry but I remain convinced you don't speak that language. You're like a tourist who doesn't speak the national language, and doesn't want to learn it.
originally posted by: Aphorism
A tourist to what?
Another point I want to make is that you use intellectual tools for an argument that is actually in the realm of experience; and it will never work. It's like you never tasted water; you don't know what it is. There are some who did tasted, and you try to understand from them what is water.
The whole time, what they called spirituality amounted to seeking the end of seeking.
As Rilke wrote, “Be of good courage. All is before you, and time passed in the difficult is never lost.”
So meditation is nothing more than closing you eyes? ONCE again, you have taken the cake of COMPLETE ignorance what meditation actually is.
You've AGAIN proved that you have difficulties understanding phenomenon if it doesn't happen in the the physical world.. so if you can't see it, it doesn't exist for you.
AND, once again, you have difficulties understanding what you've read: i already told you, happiness it's just a side product. And maybe, just MAYBE, the world would actually be a bit better place if people found some inner peace instead of all the money grabbing.