Skipping School

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PALM BAY, FL–Why do I keep harping on the importance of living as a Soul?

Because when you could care less about all the minutia that goes along with being human–the minutia that is important to people who think they die but is irrelevant to those who think they are immortal souls–then it is much easier to let go of the Personal Self, to surrender the Illusion and find the bliss of Mystical Oneness.

Evolving from Human to Soul to Radiance to Oneness (see TBOMO) is a much easier path (think grade school to high school to college to doctorate) than trying to go from Human Being straight to Oneness (ie: going from grade school directly to your doctorate degree (it can be done, but isn’t very likely)).

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4 thoughts on “Skipping School

  1. I don’t think either of us knows for sure whether we are mortal or immortal. So I ask myself which notion produces the “better” life. Compare Rumi with Richard Dawkins. I say Dawkins’s is the better life. I think you would say Rumi. Both you and I have placed our bets, and they are heavy wagers indeed. If I lose I will have needlessly suffered the grip of the flesh, unaware of the glories of the spiritual realm. But if you lose, you will have lived a life of delusion in company with the billions of believers who comfort themselves with notions of guidance by and union with God. The great harm that spiritual seekers do is to withold themselves from the (joyful) task of guiding themselves.
    And one thing more: You’ve not yet answered your toughest challenge: If spirit has descended into matter and somehow generated the delusion of self—why are you so sure that is a bad thing—perhaps the Bagavad Gita’s notion of existence as an adventure in time and flesh is the better one. Why not enjoy our adventure and then wake up delighted like Brahma with his grand journey into self.

  2. Note to others: Randy and I have had these friendly debates before, so don’t think I’m being disrespectful or hard on him. I have the utmost respect for him. He’s a tough guy.

    Randy, your hero, the atheist Richard Dawkins is MUCH more religious than I am — he’s also meaner, more cynical, and angrier but that seems to be a byproduct of nihilism, I mean atheism. 🙂 Damned if I know why you’d choose that option (though I suspect resistance to surrendering control has more to do with it).

    How are atheists more religious than mystics? By “religious,” I mean their beliefs in the after life (or lack of): Atheists BELIEVE that consciousness does not survive physical death and mystic’s BELIEVE it does. There is NO evidence that consciousness ends at physical death (how could they prove that? Are they getting consciousness confused with brain wave activity?), yet there is plenty of evidence, verifiable evidence, that consciousness continues after death — and even prior to birth (a tiny piece of that here). Verifiable in that other witnesses could validate what the disembodied consciousness saw/experienced while their body was dead (or even prior to conception).

    So who is the more religious? Atheists of course. They believe adamantly in their faith even without a scrap of evidence that consciousness resides solely in the brain and ceases upon physical death. That would be like saying that when you are dreamlessly asleep, you don’t exist. Amazing to me how hypocritical atheists are without even realizing it (watching this video should demonstrate that Richard Dawkins is just as religious (believes in something without any evidence) as all those followers of the religions he’s condemning (plus he’s just mean here)).

    On the surrendering of control part, control ultimately is an illusion. You can do the experiment for yourself: Stare at a dot on the wall for 5 minutes and think of nothing else. If you aren’t successful at controlling yourself for those 5 minutes, how can you believe you control your life? You’re mind will want to rebel against the idea, but look at the evidence: you wouldn’t be able to control yourself (nor would I) for 5 lousy minutes even if your life depended on it. The mystic knows that he is what WATCHES thoughts (not controls them) and not the thoughts themselves, whereas the majority of people believe that they are their thoughts (or at least their thoughts are a part of “them.”) The mystic steps back from his thoughts (dis-identifies with them), while most others get themselves confused with (identify with) their thoughts.

    The last part of your comment I actually agree wholeheartedly with: Spirit inhabiting Man is wonderful — it makes the world a playground knowing that we are immortal and that “we” and “Her” are both One and separate. It is only “bad” when we FORGET this deathless union with the All and start taking the illusion of separation as reality.

    Sorry for the long reply. Thanks for keeping me honest, my nomadic friend! -w

  3. And I thought this was going to be an analogy of how once we get past High School (enlightened) we realize the things we thought of as life & death important – really mean nothing at all and we can focus on living our lives more fully.

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