What if religion itself is the great predator to which we become addicted?
What if awareness itself is the great predator to which we became addicted?
Both divide people and, at the same time, claim righteousness. They can either direct beings to the teachings on essence which liberates, or they can lead us into temptations of trappings that imprison and oppress. There are two sides to everything.
Funnily enough, it all stems from awareness not being aware of its own nature!
As misguided sentient beings, we are ignorant of our pure spiritual essence that needs nothing and fears nothing, and so we are driven to seek out the pleasant and avoid the unpleasant. All that ‘funny business’ in the mind is a diversion, and is not the empty essence of mind itself.
Religion is something we follow in the hope that will give us guidance, protect us and make us feel good. It does all that, and we go placidly. If the guidance isn’t clear and precise, we fall into a perfect dream state, even though the guidance claims to liberate. How many do you know who are liberated?
Indoctrination is the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically. This is not what the Buddha advocated!
Being calm and still is the realisation of our absolute nature: we still have to be aware that there are ants in our pants 😀 This is not about being critical; it’s discerning whether realisation is taking place, or whether we are merely being entertained.
The more we question, the more we realise, the less we have to pay!