The dumbing down of the population.
We are very intelligent sentient beings who have been dumbed down. We are wisdom holders who are unaware of our true essential nature.
Some of you will have heard this before, and assumed it referred to other people. This dumbing down includes all of us as well…now! Don’t ever “think” you are awake! That message is part of the New Age Dream dumbing down propaganda.
To be awake is to be enlightened – to dwelling beyond thought. We are still sleeping Buddhas, slightly aware we are dreaming. The answer to this dumbing down has been in our own hands since time* existed. All we have to do is not comply with the standards set by the world around us. The world in general is ignorant of its true nature, and there are worldly Mara who are intent on keeping it that way for their own benefit. Mara are demons, and demons are just negative influences, which we feed through our holding onto ignorance, and clinging to like and dislike.
Here is a prayer that describes the situation.
Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche 1st.
Don’t wander, don’t wander, place mindfulness on guard;
Along the road of distraction, Mara lies in ambush.
Mara is this mind, clinging to like and dislike;
So look into the essence of this magic, free from dualistic fixation.
Realise that your mind is unfabricated primal purity.
There is no buddha elsewhere; look at your own face.
There is nothing else to search for, rest in your own place.
Non-meditation is spontaneous perfection, so capture the royal seat.
*Time only relates to things that change, having a beginning a middle and an end, and so are impermanent. Our pure essential being does not change so dwells in timelessness – like the space in front of you. Things may come and go in that space, but the space itself is unaffected.