- Jul 14, 2012Hello Harrison,
Thanks! I enjoyed reading your
comments. That's an interesting
paraphrase of the Dali Llama:
"being illusory doesn't mean it's
not real, but rather its importance
It's quite a play on words which
Buddhism does in order to get
people to think with depth via
However, I don't really agree with
the second part (the twist) of the
statement. To me, "it's importance"
is Not Always "illusionary" due to
the illusion's powerful mental
potential to manifest and become
"real" and to create circumstances
that would end our physical existence
or well being. For me, passiveness
is self-deceit and non-attachment
is simply a coping/survival technique
(stress reducer) designed for the
However, various natural stress
reducers do have the potential
to alter our perspectives and to
give us real insights into our individual
Real Selves and that of this Real
Life Experience and Purpose.
Maybe, we are simply taking another
step for the future development,
or decline, of the Human Race and
towards its full Mental potential.
That's our part and our involvement
with what we can call the Universal
Mind's Potential. Perhaps, too, we
are being guided, unconsciously,
by this innate potential via video
games and other imaginative and
Like so many other ideas, Karma doesn't hold water and seems to be a bastardized
explanation of the way life works. It seems to have its origins in mythology and
you'd need to read Joseph Campbell for an informed and intelligent look at the
Of course, Eckankar, as a notorious bullshit organization, goes to town with the
karma idea. It's just another in a series of things people can latch onto by
believing that their own mental impressions and fantasies have root in reality.
I was recently watching a documentary on the Buddha for the third time.
Curiously, Siddharta had an epiphany that life/nature goes through a cycle of
being born, living, experiencing old age then decline, then at last dying. In
the world of nature, rebirth is the next round of life that appears. This in no
way suggests it's the same "soul" that reappears, but rather it's the way life
works, in a cycle. And Siddharta realized that he was part of this cycle and
there was no reason to keep trying to escape it. Instead he realized it's
important to embrace life and these realities. All else is self-deceit. The
illusion is that life and all of its problems has a basis in longevity and real
importance. To paraphrase the Dalai Llama, being illusory doesn't mean it's not
real, but rather its importance is illusory.
Eckankar is all about manipulation of people, facts and world teachings. If
Harold, Twitch or any of the other Disney characters had an conscience, they
would be ashamed of what they do to people in the way of this manipulation.
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