The Spiritual Evil of
"Enlightenment begins with illumination on everyday
Enlightenment is the
complete illumination of ordinary
Of the true nature of various matters, we often assume
we really know - as much as we assume others do not really
know. The deluded and arrogant always feels that the
truth is in his exclusive and total possession, always on his
side. This is often the case to varying extents on both sides of the
two (or more) parties involved in a "fight for the truth". The
closed-minded stop themselves from finding out and experiencing more of the
truth, thinking the truth has already been won. This is the fool's
"superiority complex", which also marks his "delusional index".
As taught by the Buddha in the Dhammapada, "The fool who knows that he is a fool, can
for that reason, be a wise man; but the fool who thinks that he is wise, is
indeed called a fool."
"Are you merely speculating that the
other person is merely speculating?
What if he really knows
the truth? Of course, I'm only speculating.
What's for sure though, is that you'll never
know if you don't find out."
Speculation is evil on the spiritual
path because it leads to misunderstandings. Describing it as "evil" is not
too strong a word. Because speculation assumes the truth, it distorts
and distants it - sometimes for entire lifetimes and beyond. It can ruin
relationships with family, friends and spiritual teachers. When we spread our speculations as if they were truths, the evil
further spreads indefinitely. Sometimes this
happens at an exponential rate. The extent of negative karmic
consequences are unimaginable as the ill effects of wrong words spoken or
written cannot be taken back entirely, not even when corrected. This
is especially serious when it comes to groundless criticisms on spiritual
teachings, which one does not understand in detail or practise in person.
"As much as realising the truth will set you
your delusions are keeping you prisoner now.
deadliest delusions are the unrecognised ones,
taste pleasingly sweet, at the expense of rendering the truth
Always ask yourself this - "How do I know this (be it a
teaching or a piece of information) is true?" If you do not know for sure,
you can take it in good faith and accept it first. This should be
done if you deem it positive for the spiritual path.
Otherwise, you should retain a neutral attitude. In either case,
you should actively seek to understand more through personal experience. The
last thing to do is to slam it as fallacy straightaway through personal
prejudice or peer influence. How much you receive from
the treasure trove of the Dharma and how much you throw away depends on the
extent of your objectivity and enthusiasm to seek the
truth. Unless it was experienced for validity, a
teaching remains to be realised as truth or fallacy through personal
efforts; not to simply be labelled as either. This is the
practice of right diligence for any truthseeker.
"How true you are
to oneself and the world
depends on how truthful you are to yourself
and how accurately you perceive that you do as
It is amazing how we can unmindfully
yet habitually jump to conclusions when all we have might
be empty speculations built upon the vague hearsay and unfair opinions of
others, which are often also empty speculations. Many wrongs do not make
a right - this applies to accusations too. Most people on Earth thought it
was flat. Those who believed otherwise were accused as being crazy. Likewise, in
His time, the Buddha was ostracised by many other closed-minded
religionists as a heretical teacher. Sadly, in the Dharma-ending age,
even more aspects of the true Dharma will also be seen as untruths, while
the untrue will be increasingly embraced as true. We thus
have to be extra vigilant to practise, protect and uphold the true Dharma, so as
to "hold back" the Dharma-ending age for as long as we can.
"If there is one thing to always know on the spiritual
so as to be able to keep walking it,
it's that 'You do not know what you do not
Know then, to always
or you might stray off, thinking you have already
reached the goal."
As long as there
is no in-depth communication with the parties involved in any conflict
(over the truthfulness of anything), as long as there is no thorough
investigation done, there is speculation to some
extent - whether you know it or not. As long as it is pure
speculation, it is liable to be a pure misunderstanding. The
path to Enlightenment is not a guessing game. No one speculated his way to
Enlightenment. To become enlightened is not just to unravel the "big truths" of
all phenomena. It also includes clarifying any doubtful matters encountered
along the way. In fact, Enlightenment is the end of all
speculations, and other unnecessary mental fermentations and
fabrications. Every Buddha realised the path to
Enlightenment through stages of increasingly open-hearted personal experience -
through deep honesty and sincerity in facing oneself and the world. To do
otherwise is to stray away from liberation.
"What great spiritual 'Truth' do you
when you do not even seek to clarify small everyday
doubts about people,
when you sustain misunderstandings of minor
(quotes:stonepeace | pic:aneta.art.pl)