Belief: The Satanic Plot
Being told to believe turns us aside from truth. How is that satanic? The answer is that belief obscures knowing and promotes a false view.
Satan: Hebrew śāṭān, literally ‘adversary’, from śāṭan ‘plot against’. Satan, also known as the Devil, is an entity in the Abrahamic religions that seduces humans into sin or falsehood.
Belief is accepting something as being true, without proof. The opposite ofbelievingin the truth is knowingthe truth, which is only realised through personal verification. Being led to believe, we switch off reality; we inadvertently become satanic followers. If this sounds a little far-fetched, just look at what belief has done to the world. Don’t look at the words; look at the actions.
Spiritual texts – if not tested, experienced, and realised – lead to misunderstanding and perpetual delusion. This is why the Buddha, in his wisdom, said, “Do not take my word for it.” It’s not the Buddha’s words that are the truth; the truth is in the realisation of those words. The truth actually does set us free – free from belief in concepts – because pure consciousness realises that all creation is an illusion, an impure manifestation. The line between believingand knowingbecomes blurred because merely hearing something and believing it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true for us. One person’s understanding is another person’s poison … and one person’s poison is another person’s understanding.
The Solomon Asch experiment reveals how conformity works; when we fall in line with the group, we fulfil the function of conformity. As long as we are reacting, we are conforming.
In saying prayers, we have to know what we are doing as this could be a danger to our sanity: our prayers may be deceiving us. Wishing for something is psychological, and although this could create a good intention, it can also give rise to wishful thinking, when we hope that ‘someone else’ will do it for us. Same prayer … but one experiences an open mind while the other closes it.
Our true reality is not a belief. It is uncontaminated consciousness. Truth is knowable, otherwise what’s the point?
Our mind plots and obsesses, liking some things and therefore disliking others, and that is the source of demonic power. This is why we need to be much more aware and alert. We have natural leanings of knowing what is beneficial and what is harmful and that guides us, but we do not obsess about it. We learn to make do and mend – ordinary enlightenment for ordinary people. We accept karma and realise our true nature of pure consciousness.
Believing what others believe is total madness.