Thursday, February 7, 2008

Maybe all the different scientific and philosophical ways of looking at life, as well as all the different religious ways, are just different fantasies, mental constructions, castles in the air.
You are born somewhere and you will die somewhere and in your life you just wander about, like a hen or a rooster. When you die your body will disappear in a furnace, your thoughts will disappear, your feelings, your fantasies, your ego, everything.

Pim van Lommels near death studies are interesting, but still, he is studying near death experiences, not death itself.

When I observe “my” thoughts and you observe yours, the I that is observing is a neutral, non individual onlooker. Your I and my I and all the I’s in the world is really one and the same. What makes us different is our thoughts, my story and your story, my body and your body.

In Hinduism this non individual I and the great universal I is of the same substance and it is eternal. In Buddhism this I, the observer, is just a thought among all the other thoughts. As long as there are humans on this planet the I will survive. But if we blow this planet to pieces also the I will disappear. The "I am" is dependent of brain matter. So no part of “you” is reincarnating? Your thoughts, your story, your ego, nothing is reincarnating, but the non individual observer will look at the world through other eyes. The theories of reincarnation is like the theories of heaven and hell, it is meant for the uneducated masses.
The only thing that is real, is this moment. This is it. You stare at these words. There will be no future reincarnations, no heaven or hell, no nothing, This is it.

What makes humans different from the animals is the mind, the stories, the philosophies, the speculations, the fantasies, the mythologies, the misunderstandings, the jokes… It seems to me that many “spiritual” people try to get rid of all that "mind stuff". Why is that? Isn’t it that what makes us human?

1 comment:

Doreen said...

What Eckhart Tolle, Gangagi, and Byron Katie (to name a few current "teachers") are talking about is getting rid of the "story" of suffering and getting rid of the "story" that makes one person better than another. The paradox is that one cannot "do" anything to get rid of it. Dropping the story is the great equalizer that does not render each person non-unique. Yes! Each person, in the essential core of their beingness, is absolutely equal to every other person (as well as to every being) but unique. We do not try to be "better" than our dogs/cats. We love animals without conditions. This is what we need to learn to do with each "other." When one realizes that one is part of the whole how can you not treat another being equally? Life forms disappear, unnecessarily, because of the insanity of the ego (individual and collective). The ego is fed by misery---stop feeding it with endless, useless, obsessive thoughts that someone is better than you. And do not strive to be better than an "other." Because that "other" is also you but different from you at the same time. (Yet another paradox...it seems, but not real-ly) Many, many structures and institutions in our society exist because of the ego. As the ego will begin to disappear so too will these structures. Dropping the obsessive story of why I'm not good enough or why I am the "best" is the only way for hu+wo/man=ity to survive.

I tell you, though. No person can get rid of their ego with their thoughts. That is, perhaps, the only realization one needs. Then true love comes in. True Love. Universal Love.

Equality=Unconditional Love. It's all there we just can't "see" it until we are ready. But one cannot do anything to be ready!

Also, fear of the Now, leaves with the ego. I can't say "why" this happens but experiencing it requires no explanation. If I don't have an ego that needs to prove anything then I don't mind! HA! (A HA! When you get the joke you have laughter and understanding)