posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 01:28 AM
1. Who is important? Me or you? Both.
2. Who do you respect? Me or yourself? Both.
3. Who would you save from great trouble? Me or yourself? That depends.
4. You find 100 million in cash... Will you, with ego or selflessness, leave it there, or take it and keep it, or turn it in to the police? That
Or, you could skip all those questions, and state you are with an ego, and admit, whether or not, that you've been only indirectly making it seem
like you are with selfless acts.
Of course I am with an "ego." Every human is. Including the "saints."
Here is the thing with "Self-lessness." It doesnt mean that you do not have an ego, or have a natural impulse to want to preserve yourself. It
does not mean that you sacrifice your interests to others and martyr yourself always.
Why? Because if you think about it, martyring yourself (if you do it as a rule or dictate) is actually an act of elevating yourself. What you are
saying is, "I, in my infinite goodness will sacrifice my self for you."
What the spiritual traditions are aiming you towards, is not mindless martyrdom, but a recognition that no one is higher, or lower, than another.
Including yourself. You are not more expendable, or less expendable than any other. It is trying to show you that the greater good is what one
should consider, in the specific set of circumstances you happen to be in, rather than a rule such as, "I must always act in my own interests" or
"I must always act in the interests of someone other than me."
The reason religions have failed us is simple. They offer us fixed rules, set-in-stone dogma, where the dictate of the Divine is "discernment in the
Being selfless does not mean always being willing to sacrifice your physical self for another as a rule, it means to be willing to put aside the ideas
of your mind, your ego, and let the voice of the Divine guide you to do the right thing for that moment. To be "self-less" in the act of listening
to the Higher Self. It doesnt mean that your own ego will not protest the whole time, it means following the dictates of that higher Self despite the
protest of the personal self or Ego.
[edit on 17-10-2008 by Illusionsaregrander]