Try and name the most perfect human being who ever lived.
Who ya’ got?
Probably you would choose a religious figure such as Jesus or Buddha.
Perhaps if you are more secularly inclined, you might choose a particularly saintly or virtuous individual such as Mother Teresa or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
What makes these people “perfect” in your eyes?
They embodied love:
But it is still perfectly acceptable to note these individuals’ “flaws” wherever they may lie.
We all have flaws.
We all can see others’ flaws as well, but we especially and quite intimately know our own.
The good thing about when we see those things that we do not like in ourselves and give us problems, those are the exact indications that give us the impetus to change.
No one is born perfect, but that does not mean there is no such thing as perfection.
We must do what we can to strive for perfection in our lives as much as possible.
Do the right thing…
...anything else but, is hardly an option.
It tends to be very difficult to do certain things in life.
What are these things?
Well...I certainly don’t have to tell you about waking up at the crack of dawn to go to a stressful work environment.
I don’t have to tell you about realizing that your health is suffering and undergoing a strict diet and exercise plan.
I don’t have to tell you about taking the hardest course of your life and struggling to make the grade.
The question now is why do we do these things?
They are quite literally and objectively terrible, as they involve restriction, suffering, anxiety, fear, worry, hope…
...yet we do them anyway.
Is it that we have a fetish for self-flagellation?
There is certainly no evidence for that; but it is quite clear what we want:
We as humans are not pleasure seekers, contrary to popular belief.
The greatest good is not to provide ourselves with permanent happiness.
We value what we obtain in the aftermath of the struggle:
But even if you don’t get these things after reaching the summit of that mountain after the long trek up…
...at least you can say that you climbed.
None of our consciousnesses, psyches, Souls, or spirits are intertwined or connected in any way, contrary to popular belief.
Thus, there is no such thing as a soulmate, though of course, you can like and enjoy anyone you see fit to your heart’s content, but we did not come here “linked” in any way.
“Linked” meaning any special ties. Of course we are all “linked” in all the ways that science and religion has taught us.
The genetic link between you and your family, oh absolutely.
The atoms that make up you and the entire universe, oh sure.
What it boils down to is a simple “yes or “no” question (simple because the answer is obvious).
Are you responsible for any other consciousness than your own?
Are you controlling two brains at the same time?
Well, of course not.
So no matter how compassionate we want to be to our fellow humans (there need be no reason not to) we really have no responsibility to anyone other than ourselves.
Imagine if everyone really felt this responsibility to ourselves, it is very possible that in this scenario there will hardly be any social problems.
How is that possible?
Everyone will have supreme confidence in themselves. The proliferate lack of confidence we have in society today causes a lot of knee jerk reactions that result in real chaos.
Chaos simply because there is no order.
When you realize you only have yourself in this world, instead of that being a horrible realization, it is truly the greatest news you’ll ever receive.
What don't you get?
What is there to get?
What are you searching for?
What will you find?
What makes you so sure that is the right answer?
What makes you so sure this is the right path?
Why are you asking so many questions?
You are assuming a lot. You are assuming that you don't have the things you actually do have. so, since you have them, it begs the question what else do you need? if the things that you already have are not sufficient for you, you look for something else to fill in the gaps.
I’ll ask you to reference the several questions listed at the top.
It is a vast conspiracy (left-wing, or right-wing; whatever your fancy) to think that there is something to improve upon.
The most sinister aspect of it is that we learn in first from our parents.
“Do your homework so that you can be…”
1.) A doctor
2.) A lawyer
3.) An engineer
...and if they themselves have no particular ambitions, but still want to see their children succeed…
If you might not know your purpose, or even why you’re here in the ffirst place…
...at least you know that there is something there.
“You” exist, no mind-body dualism, no “think therefore I am”, no evolution, no creationism.
Not even any consciousness there, or just a bundle of ganglions masquerading as such.
Something is there. There is an existence, even if it’s just “existence”.
Try a little technique here I got from a satsang in Rishikesh given by Mooji; Papaji’s famous disciple…
I want you to imagine you’re about to walk into a house, and on the front porch is a rack to put all your belongings before entering.
Instead of just putting your shoes or jacket there, I want you to imagine putting “everything you know” there.
That means putting your parents, your place of origin, your schooling, your job and your title, your hopes, your dreams, your wishes, your desires.
Even your mindset; you are not entering this home to “do” something or see somebody in particular.
You are simply just entering.
After you place all of your “baggage” on the front porch, walk in; asking yourself…
What is here?
Whatever “that” is, is all you need.
The holy scriptures of both bygone kingdoms and modern societies talk of "birthright"
...yet the gods still deny us the full rights to it.
Yes, heaven is good.
Yes, salvation is also good...I guess.
(I still don't know what I needed to be saved" from")
Nevertheless, our religious leaders talk of that which will be given to us in the hereafter as if it cannot be obtained here.
You see, I've always had a problem with putting off until tomorrow what can be done today.
Since the notion of divine salvation is in the realm of belief and faith, that's fine, I got that going for me...
...but I have to wait 20, 30, 60, maybe even 80 years for that?
People always talk about how life is so short, yet those are some of the selfsame people who drag themselves into work day in and day out who stare at a slow clock for 8 hours a day until they can finally blow the popsicle stand of some Mickey Mouse job.
Despite anything else, no matter how "long" or "short" this life may be, there is always constant motion.
We work with all the things that come into our life at every moment. Good things or bad things, there is always something to interact with. There are hardly any moments when we can just be totally quiet and still; even in meditation it is a constant battle to keep both your body and mind focused.
When you are constantly moving there is no time to stop and wait. You do what you can to get the desired result out of the situation.
Why can't "salvation" be the same?
Why must we wait until the hereafter for eternal bliss?
Why must we die in order to live?
I don't think it's necessary to do so.
We can make a heaven for us right here and now. How to do it? simple...
...declare that you and your surroundings is your heaven.
There is no mantra, no tantra, no scripture reading, no knowledge of vector calculus, necessary.
There is quite simply nothing to do for it; if you want it you have it.
The only problem that will keep you from getting what you want are the exasperations that it is "too simple" to do, and of course then you wont do it.
The belief in yourself is the truest faith that you can have.
You are the only one blocking your path. When you release your inhibitions nothing can stop you.
Not even the sky's the limit.