Random Spiritual Thoughts

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Random Spiritual Thoughts

Post by Tara » Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:36 pm

It's rather a sadistic thought to wish that your loved ones will still be alive somewhere after death. I don't want to think that my loved ones who have died are wandering around in unknown places, lost and feeling pain, like they are doing sometimes when you dream of them.

Where did we get this idea that people live in realms after death? Probably from our dreams. But what can we really know as true or useful from dreams? I would think very little. And to base our ideas of life around fleeting phantasms doesn't seem wise to me.

The primary realization in life seems to be this: all ideas are man-made; therefore, we are free to adopt good ideas, and abandon bad ones. There is nothing holy about the ideas that come to us from the past; rather, they seem to me most unholy in fact. I would as soon abandon them all, and start all over, designing our life free of the evils of the past.

Since we have no proof that life exists beyond death, why should we believe it as true, especially since it leads to sadistic, painful, crazy thoughts? Before we know it, we'll start thinking we need to contact our loved ones after they die, and go to a seance. That is definitely crazy. Better to think that the pain of life ceases at death, and get on with life as life tells us it should be. As in providing ourselves with plenty of food, shelter, companionship, and other useful things that don't harm the planet.

It seems to me that intelligence comes from one place and one place only, and it isn't the realm of imagination or yearning or desire; it comes from nature. Only real things can speak to you. All imagination is a dead end.

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Re: Random Spiritual Thoughts

Post by Tara » Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:58 pm

Breathing has a lot of power. When you meditate on your breath going in and out, other thoughts disappear, because they aren't real, while your breath is real. That's why breath has power. Real things always have power over unreal things. We can pretend that the real doesn't exist, and assert our right to believe, but that's a fool's game, and nature will soon let you know that you need to start paying attention to what's real.

Anyway, the point is that if you want to get rid of worrying, stupid, harassing thoughts, just focus on your breath; they won't be able to compete. You don't have to do it forever, just enough to calm down and maybe go to sleep, or make love.

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Re: Random Spiritual Thoughts

Post by Tara » Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:43 am

It's rather ridiculous to think of India as any kind of spiritual leader when they still have a caste system, which is another form of slavery, and child labor in the most dangerous of occupations: mining. This absolutely should not be allowed. The world community should refuse to let India sit at the table of any meeting of civilized nations until they rid themselves forever of these barbaric practices.

-- India's Childhood in the "Pits": A Report on the Impacts of Mining on Children in India, by Dhaatri Resource Centre for Women and Children -- Samata HAQ: Centre for Child Rights

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Re: Random Spiritual Thoughts

Post by Tara » Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:47 am

We dream of both the living and the dead, and other people as well that we’ve never met in real life before. But when we dream of our loved ones who are still alive, whether the dream is happy or sad or somewhere inbetween, when we wake up, we think “Oh, that was just a dream – forget about it!” We don’t think, “Oh, this loved one who is still alive is wandering somewhere in the bardo. How very, very sad." But when we dream of our loved ones who have died, we give those dreams extra significance, because of the sorrow and concern we feel for these dead loved ones. And it is then that we think, “Oh, how sad that this loved one who has died is wandering in unknown realms.”

So by making the comparison, we can see that it is just our sorrow that has produced this particular feeling that our loved ones are still alive somewhere after death. And that’s our mind, our emotions, and our body producing that perhaps wrong understanding.

You can only come to two conclusions when you compare your reactions to these two different kinds of dreams: either EVERYONE is wandering in unknown, strange, lonely realms, or else NOBODY is. Personally, I tend towards the first conclusion, but even if it were true, that we are all wandering in spaces unknown, how would that help us in real life to get what we need to live well? Personally, I hate what turns out to be mere philosophical speculation. My husband asserts that this kind of understanding could be very useful for perhaps producing art, or wanting to get out of bed every morning, or helping us find "meaning" in life.

Personally, it does nothing for me. I've seen what happens when people go off on a crazy idea: it just never seems to end. And before you know it, the idea has completely eclipsed reality, and we are all starving to death.

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Re: Random Spiritual Thoughts

Post by Tara » Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:25 pm

Gravity is the strongest force in the universe. Gravity is proof that Nihilism as a philosophy is complete bullshit. Whatever is exploded into particles is preserved, and gathered together again into gravity to explode again into form and matter. Even when galaxies explode, and turn into fragmentary forms, the fragmentary forms hold together. Holding together is the rule. Even when you can't see the matter, it's there, as dark matter.

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