Thursday, May 4, 2017

Enlightenment - The Ultimate Disappointment

Belief is the conviction of the mind, when you think something to be the case without actual evidence to prove it with certainty. You never believe that you are hungry or cold, you know it. As the saying goes... your events, your experiences are caused by your present beliefs. If you want to change your present condition start changing your beliefs.

New Age spirituality teaching you that you create your own reality and that you are what are you believing. However, the saying that you create your own reality has been part of our culture for thousand of years now, from The Buddha to Oprah Winfrey...

What you dwell upon you become. - The Buddha
It is done unto you as you believe. - Jesus Christ
Whatever a person’s mind dwells on intensely and with firm resolve, that is exactly what he becomes. - Shankaracharya
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are. - Talmud
We become what we think about all day long. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you can dream it you can do it. - Walt Disney
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve. - Napoleon Hill
Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale
You see it when you believe it. - Wayne Dyer
Remember, you are co-creating your life with the energy of your own intentions. - Oprah Winfrey

If your relationships aren’t fulfilling, or if you’re struggling financially, or if caregiving for an elderly parent makes you depressed, you need only make an attitude adjustment to deliver you from suffering to joy. If you simply practice positive thinking you’ll be rewarded with peace of mind.

The main reason for your slavery is your belief that inner (thoughts) and outside (world) events are true!

These are the first words of truth - not truth in quotation marks but truth in the real meaning of the word; truth which is not merely theoretical, not simply a word, but truth that can be realized. The meaning behind these words must be understood.

Recognize that everything, including the sense of “I” is false. See that the world is but a show, glittering and empty. Realize that all is nothing. Check every desire and see where they're leading you. See that all objects including your relation to mother, father, children, friends etc. are untrue. Understand that all your relationships are ready to fool you. See your own meaninglessness.

When you see for yourself THAT,  you will collapse in fear and confusion and you will acquire the greatest virtue of this world... humility. Until that happens to you, changing your beliefs is all theoretical, irrelevant.

Everyone wants to be somebody, and no one wants to be a nobody. You are frustrated in your quest for significance. Our present social system of elitism allows a select few to "succeed". For the majority, the life is just wanting. You remain driven by the desire to be somebody. Is humility practical? You can agree that humility is a nice quality in others, because you feel safe and comfortable around people who are humble. But when it comes to yourself, you may consider humility a hindrance to success and a recipe of failure.

Changing your beliefs has nothing to do with personal ambitions for worldly success. Real fulfillment can be achieved only through knowing who you are and being what you are meant to be. A clear sense of false identity cannot be seen from external circumstances; it can only be seen on the foundation of humility. Clear sense of purpose cannot be found in search of success; it can only be based on a deep conviction of your own nothingness.

There are different ways you may come to experience nothingness in your life, usually by contemplating your own human condition. 

First, deeply think about the cosmos. Consider the vastness of the universe, that there are billions upon billions of galaxies with trillions upon trillions of stars and our sun is just one such star and our planet just a single small planet among trillions planets in our galaxy. You may become aware of how insignificant you are and may experience a sense of nothingness in relation to your own existence.

Second, think about the amazing numbers of people that have come before you and the number of people that will come into this world after you are gone, and when you see yourself for what you are, you may also experience your utter insignificance and nothingness.

Third way you may experience nothingness is when you are confronted with death and become aware of your own mortality. This happens when somebody who is close to you dies. The death of a loved one confronts you with the reality of your situation -  that you too are on the path of annihilation, and this realization, together with your lack of understanding of any purpose in your existence, may lead you to the experience of nothingness.

Shakespeare has said this very beautifully in his play Macbeth:

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale,
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.

When you're zero you experiences the infinite.

The experience of nothingness, you should be after, however, is fundamentally different from the above three examples. It is through turning inward and focusing on your own individuality and experiencing its disappearance that you come to experience nothingness.

The experience of nothingness is the experience of the death of your ego and the encounter with what-you-really-are. Such an experience is expressed as the highest form of humility.

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