It’s Not Negative To Ask Certain, Difficult Questions
To be positive, we have to look at the negative,
otherwise we live in a false positive of hope and fear.
Recognising the negative is our path to liberation.
There are certain, difficult questions we should ask ourselves if we wish to clarify all doubt:
Is religion mass mind control?
Are we hypnotising ourselves to become too placid?
Does spirituality have to cost us so much money?
Is my group a cult?
Why isn’t there anyone to talk to about my doubts?
Why do ‘spiritual’ people move away from awkward customers?
Where then is compassion?
Do we have to keep attending a church, temple, meditation centre?
Why are these places so wealthy?
Why do I need to go to a fancy restaurant when I can eat at home? 😀
These questions are valid if we are looking for the truth because they can subtly disturb the mind, and if we do not admit to them, then they will fester, creating trouble for the future. The practice of spirituality is about controlling our own mind, protecting it from fears and seductions.
Religion creates a culture of behaviour that influences and controls our mind. We can witness this group behaviour; people are petrified about talking of such possibilities, and that in itself tells us everything.
Absolute truth is very simple; it’s our true nature, which is constantly being distracted. The vehicle to discovering the truth can, if we’re not careful, be the distraction itself if we become too involved in the vehicle. The recognition of our clinging is the realisation of the wisdom we seek.
Religious organisations can set us on the path, but we can easily become stuck to them. I am not saying that this is done deliberately – people naturally herd. Spiritual teachers must be aware that birds of a feather flock together … and perhaps dream together.
Religions are systems of cultural behaviours and practices, views, sacred texts, holy places, codes of ethics, social organisations that relate humans to their innermost longing … of some sort.
Different religions contain various elements; the divine, sacred things, faith, a supernatural being/s or some sort of ultimate transcendence or unification. Religious practices may include rituals, sermons, commentaries, veneration of teachers, God, deities, sacrifice, festivals, meditation, prayer, music, art, dance, public service, or other aspects of human culture.
Religions have sacred histories and narratives that are preserved in sacred scriptures, symbols and holy places, that aim to give a meaning to life. Religions may contain symbolic stories, which are sometimes said by followers to be true, that have the purpose of explaining the origin of life, and the Universe.
Absolute truth is very simple: it’s our true nature of pure awareness. Decorating or not decorating this truth does not change truth. Pure awareness just is. The only thing we have to pay is attention. It is distracted attention that creates suffering.
There is a jewel in the mud; we merely have to recognise this and wash the mud off, while being aware of not adding more mud!