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March 18, 2018

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Do a simple experiment beyond feelings & beliefs , live alone for 1 year , completely alone with bare necessities of food , water & maybe tv / computer. These things will happen , your mind will start producing rational fears & phobias of all kinds , of dying alone , of disease , starvation & suffering alone.Eventually solitude increases the strength of being which can numb mind to give the experience of Samadhi / Trance. It will be better experience than decades of atheism & cogitating.

Hi Brian
If you feel badly doing something, why spend a single thought on it?

But is it possible people give up doing something because it doesn't feel good anymore?

Some people project their disappointment and just make themselves miserable.

"If my expectations aren't met, I'm going to be disappointed. If I don't get my reward right now, either in meditation, or being in satsang; if I don't get my own room at Dera, just like J.... did; if my feelings of being special aren't confirmed by that special Darshan, I'm not going to believe any more."

All those false beliefs you should give up. Just be in the darkness, in the cold. Just be there. The darkness can be soothing. The cold can be refreshing. You see happiness is always an inside job.

So you can give up those old and obsolete notions, too,and just enjoy living the life you have. Don't memorialize them as if they are someone else's fault. No whining.

It was never Sant Mat, just one's own projections. The most determined Satsangis give zero attention to any such thoughts.

Somehow, hope does not feel the same (for me) as having faith in a spiritual Master and the feeling of being special and on a path to enlightenment, being looked after and protected.

I often wonder about that feeling of missing something. Is it necessary to love and worship another because we can't love ourself in the same way because it seems too much like ego? Do we need to project our love in some mystical magical way onto a another being.

Seva, service to others, makes us feel good, which can also be seen as stroking our own ego, even if we don't realise it.

I think our brains are hardwired to worship some god or mystic or maybe spirits of nature and conduct ceremonies which make us feel magically transformed into something better. The beatnik and hippie movements seemed to be about love, hope and change for the better. Now its very disconcerting to see the opposite, there seems to be more hate in the marching protestors.

Hi Jen!
I agree in the main with your comments.

The entire biosphere is a mother's tender love for Her children. Life is incredibly fragile, and wonderful.
If we cannot give thanks in some form, how can that be healthy? It is a natural feeling of thanks to the One that made all this, that gave us this life. We are of the same stuff. So it is not only natural but healthy.

To get into arguments about 'Is this God?' Is that God? ' misses the point entirely.

Is God a personality?

Our Master says no. Charan Singh said God is a power.

Yet that power is so very intimate. Even the hairs on our head are counted, lovingly.

God is not supernatural. God IS all nature. What we can see, and so much more we cannot.

Spencer, I have to travel my own path. If I don't see any hope in this world, that its just some kind of a stupid game and we are caught up in it and I want to escape. Thats me.

I don't have a religious mindset and no one person can change another's point of view. I'm glad that I've seen through the falseness of following a guru. It hasn't been easy but now I follow my own truth, my own path, being connected to the "power" that you speak of within. It is what it is.

Brian, all the things you mentioned except for maybe "the mode of worship" have zero to do with meditation practice. You are talking about the exoteric forms of religion there. But mysticism is mainly about internal meditation. The idea is that you meditate inside and when you are accomplished that meditation spills out into your external activities so that everything becomes a meditation.

Jen, a guru is supposed to be a character who initiates their disciples but apart from showing inner lights and sounds at initiation, it is for the disciple to do the work and get God realisation themselves. So you are half correct in my opinion. You do need a guru and you don't. It depends upon how you look at it. And, I hope you aren't drinking too much fine red wine. :)

@ Spencer - appeasement left millions dead during ww1 and 2.

Yet you think rssb is the answer - when will you understand it is a money making business and some closer to master are in deep trouble with authorities in the money.

Why why why can you not understand there is nothing there ! They treat you like shit and judge you but yet your ilk state the monster is within or the fault lies in oneself. But sometimesits ones surroundings that lead us into anti drepresents or powerful drugs. You appear to stand for appeasing falsehoods or bullies or judgement gods in human form!!!!

Are they paying you to write on here?

Hi Arjuna

You wrote
"@ Spencer - appeasement left millions dead during ww1 and 2."

Arjuna, meditation, real spiritual meditation, which is nothing but the purest form of prayer, makes us strong, fearless, responsible.

WW2 happened because a whole nation was looking for someone to blame. And obviously it was the Jews fault. Right? Everyone knew that. Whatever was wrong, blame the Jews. Very few had the strength to say "I need to help. This is wrong, but a worse wrong would be to go along with it. And not to help. I must help no matter the cost. Even if everyone around is to afraid, angry, hateful to behave like human beings instead of animals. Even if the price of my humanity is my life. "

But instead Hitler and all his followers jumped on the hate bandwagon saying "Can't you see how corrupts Jews are? They are the source of all the evil. They are just stealing our money! The Jewish bankers! It's their fault. We must eliminate them!"

Sound familiar?

Most of my relatives were murdered. I'm lucky to be here.

Until you can see the hate in your own heart and take full responsibility for it, you are not solving anything, and might be making things worse.

Hi Brian, I just started reading your blog and have to give you credit for really making me rethink my ideas. This post is something I completely agree with though and I wanted to add another suggestion if I may. From personal experience, when I really look at the universe and learn about the inner workings of it, it's easy to see that God isn't necessary to feel like a part of something. When one can see that we are all part of a beautiful and complicated universe there's no longer a need for God because you can find peace in knowing that there is a force that looks out for us in a way and that force is the natural laws that make our universe the wondrous place that it is. Thank you again for writing these posts, there's not many people who dare to think beyond group mentality.

@ Spencer - sorry to hear what you wrote.

I don’t carry hate but frustration and sometimes it lashes out.

Have a good day.

WW2 happened because a whole nation was looking for someone to blame. And obviously it was the Jews fault. Right? Everyone knew that. Whatever was wrong, blame the Jews. Very few had the strength to say "I need to help. This is wrong, but a worse wrong would be to go along with it. And not to help. I must help no matter the cost. Even if everyone around is to afraid, angry, hateful to behave like human beings instead of animals. Even if the price of my humanity is my life.

I've wondered often about this. There were many who did resist
of course. Somehow, I think everyone did have the strength to
say "I need to help" too. Just not the self-awareness to look
inside and ask for help finding it. Only the ignorant fantasize
they, Rambo-like, can summon up courage whenever they
need it.

It doesn't matter how church-y or non-churchy you are. inwardness
and mindfulness will qlways be needed. It's the true path of courage.


Hi Dungeness, Jen and Arjuna.

I honor your comments. My point reflects your sentiments and Brian's that we can and should stand on our own two feet, and find that happiness within in its pure and natural form without any artificial packaging that, as Jen would say "gives our power to someone else."

My point is that this is going to be different for different people. For Jen and Brian the men that a Guru is waiting inside them, waiting to meet them one future day seems like a distraction from their own happiness.

But for others there is no one but their Master. Christ is at the core, and is their ultimate reality that is present and a part of their normal reality.

So if we avoid making judgements of each one's experience (mine is objective Yours is fake... My reality is permanent, yours is disposable... "

So if we avoid making judgements of each one's experience ("mine is objective yours is fake... My reality is permanent, yours is disposable... ") I think we actually take a step closer to reality, and away from inadvertently fueling hatred and discord.

@ Spencer - my advice would be careful labelling everyone as they are to blame for everything - some may have done bad things in previous lives but may be doing good here now. Who remembers their last life . My point was that I tried to a part of rssb but was judged and looked down upon.

I really hate being told to look within and at my faults - yes I have many but am also a good man. A hard trained man but still gentle. Rssb has too many links to money - it’s losing its appeal. It’s a business - simples. So please don’t piss me off with answers the demons are within - I know they are. My desire is to find a real master to help me. Respect

I don’t tell you that you must seek within to fight the monster but I can tell you to stop being an apologist for frauds. On a lighter note - so how much are rssb paying you?????

Over and out!!!

Hi Arjuna

Your judgment of RSSB is biased. That was my point about Hitler's Germany.

Rather than actually take the time to confirm the details, to investigate, people like to find common targets to vent their anger.

What happened in Hitler's Germany happens all the time in a lesser degree because it is based on flawed human nature.

To do real good is generally to work in silence. Those who resisted Hitler successfully, saving many lives, those you may never hear about.

That was real help.

One more point Arjuna.

While it may feel good to respond in kind to the mistreatment you perceive you received from some Satsangis, it doesn't reflect well on a guy who claims to be tough.

Who cares what anyone else thinks? Can anything be accomplished being so easily distracted? They are all schmucks, Arjuna, but that includes you and I. So if there is gold, incredible treasure to be had, toughen up dude!

That is the treasure I'm paid in. Every morning I get a paycheck. It's more money than even I can conceive.

And yes I'm a schmuck! But if you hand a schmuck a diamond mine, he's still a schmuck: but he's a wealthy schmuck.

If only some of those who treated you badly had kept that in mind...
They might not have lost their paycheck.

Hi Arjuna
In answer to your question, I get paid every morning. I can't even conceive of the amount.

Dear Spencer,

I honour your quest to help others but no-one can really change another's opinions or point of view. We all have our own moral compass.

Its impossible to change the way of the world. Its not meant to be perfect. We each struggle to follow our own path in our own way and I do see how you are trying to help or probably more than help but trying to fix things. Its not going to work brother. Life is messy and weird and we just cannot change whats happening. We can only make progress for ourselves by doing the very best we can even when living in difficult circumstances.

@ Spencer - don’t insult me or judge me man!!!!!!

Biased!!! You missed what I said so it’s ok for me to judged and insulted . I allowed people to do that as I feared a God.

You get paid every morning - wtf are you doing on this site ???? You have now pissed me completely off!!!!?!

Hi Jen

You wrote
"Dear Spencer,

I honour your quest to help others but no-one can really change another's opinions or point of view. We all have our own moral compass."

Mine, for better or worse, is set upon a fixed mark.


http://articles.latimes.com/1988-01-03/opinion/op-32462_1_human-rights-science-human-estate


@ Spencer - I apologise for being an A hole.

Think my lashing out serves no purpose whatsoever - it was a bad week.

Hi Arjuna

Let me repeat. Forgive yourself. You and I agree identical in all that matters.

@ Spencer that we do

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