Spirituality Is Hard-Nosed Reality
which is the firm foundation for compassionate, hard-nosed reality.
Hard-nosed: realistic, determined, tough-minded, unsentimental, down-to-earth, no-nonsense,
pragmatic, clear-thinking, realistic, practical, rational, shrewd and astute.
The opposite: sentimental, superstitious: believing in lucky charms, make-believe, fantasy: making exaggerated claims.
To claim that we are ’empaths here to protect the world’ is, to say the least, wishful thinking, when not even God or the Buddha can do that. We are here to realise what we are actually are, before we can start loving: we first need to develop absolute Bodhicitta (the altruistic attitude) before we can express relative Bodhicitta, and for that, we need the right tools to work with – sharp tools!
When we know the very nature of God, the Buddha, and every sentient being, and have realised our true consciousness, then we will know that we are not separate from God-consciousness or Buddha-consciousness or absolute sentient-consciousness of every being.
We need unbreakable courage and conviction. Merely repeating rituals in a large gathering may turn out to be a huge Asch experiment (and large gatherings do imply more money …)
“The Solomon Asch conformity experiments refers to how individuals yield to or defy a majority group, and the effect of such influences on our beliefs and opinions – the “bandwagon effect”. Why did the participants conform so readily? When they were interviewed after the experiment, most of them said that they did not really believe their conforming answers, but had gone along with the group for fear of being ridiculed or thought “peculiar”. A few of them said that they really did believe the group’s answers were correct.”
It’s easily done! The point is that we have to know who is reliable, and who is just following the form. There is a saying, ‘Form over substance’, which means that the content or subject doesn’t matter as much as the appearance or the structure of something. In other words, it doesn’t have to make sense as long as it’s appealing and looks good.
Our spiritual practices are to enable us to acknowledge and realise our own true reality which is pure consciousness, without any extraneous and unnecessary elements or romantic notions. The spiritual experience is beyond excessive verbiage and lengthy technical explanations.
Pure consciousness is everything
we need to know.