“The Game”, A Jesus Story – The Sequel

I am writing this shortly after posting “A Jesus Story ” in response to a reader who asked, “Is sin similar to karma?”. Sin, and karma are common references taken when making evaluation on our personal lives. We are being navigated by them. Sin is an act consciously committed to violate the divine law by disrupting its balance despite being aware of the ramifications. Whereas karma is the spiritual matrix that governs, and regulates the ethos of humanity. Karma conceptualises life’s destiny of past, present and future in which sin is the primary feature. To hold the view on sin, and karma in similarity is a casual association that otherwise deserves explanation to bring the difference to light.

Within the precept of religious beliefs, sin is an unvirtuous attribute which erodes righteousness where the balance is tipped to provide a diagnosis for the soul needed in the after-life. Karma takes no defence, or sides on either good, or evil. The law suggests our existence inherent quality of opposites are consequential of each other without the alignment towards morality. On this basis of reasoning karma throws life destiny into a loop of continuity incorporating the idea of rebirth, or reincarnation of souls as the building block of its matrix. But, the translation of karma is easily distorted when a soul is allowed in its concept to journey through many lifetimes making life navigation less decisive, and fate more of a probability. Karma’s tenet may require thorough analysis, and constant review but it’s worthy of fostering as its construct has substance enough to explain the unexplainable without the indulgence of fallacious suppositions.

In rebirth, karma weighs the cycle of time that goes beyond the present. It notions past life time to validate the present, and present to provide for the future. As a matter of fact, karma is constantly redeveloping in every moment where past, and future converge in the present. Time matters to the mind, so it travels on a timeline. The spirit is not mindful of time, so it waits. Somewhere on that timeline where the mind travels on is a presence that can be felt when there is an encounter with the spirit. The present is the only zone where awakening spawns.

Christians don’t overtly embrace the laws of karma where much of their belief in so far as the soul is concerned will conclude its journey on “Judgement Day”. Here is the thing which I don’t get, why do Christians adjudge themselves as sinners, or that their grief is the result of unrepented sin when such submission is hinting on the possibility of rebirth, or slightest inference on the concept of karma? If sinners can be verified then where do Christians inherited their sins from? In spite of the contrasting religious milieu, the one thing Western and Eastern ideologies do share is the sin that still tarries will bring us back into existence with the purpose to repair it. To me, sin is the prisoner, and karma is the prison. We are subjects of entrapment, but in a spiritual journey in search of epiphany.

THE PROPHECY OF A SECOND CHANCE:-

The gospel has given mentions on the return of Jesus as the second coming, a belief shared amongst Christians, and Muslims brotherhood. Contrary to the view held as a personal and spiritual development, the fraternity is adopting a physical return of Jesus as the idea. If so, isn’t this a kind of rebirth? What would the agenda be for Jesus to return to existence? Is he expected to relive his suffering in order to give mankind hope, and forgive sinners only to witness them to repeat it again? If not, then what has this prophecy got to gain?

When Jesus was asked who he was, he replied, “I AM”. If ever there was an answer to suggest that I don’t have a clue, that would be it. “I AM” is nothing more than being forthright in giving recognition as evidence to the character, and purpose of Jesus. Whether intended, or not in stating the obvious it’s a response clever enough to deceive the limitation of the mind. The appearance of Jesus is a revelation of commonality which loses its meaning when his presence is questioned. We tend to struggle to ready ourselves in associating our presence with divinity because we have the tendency take refuge in disbelieving. To not recognise the obvious in commonality that we share with Jesus is to lose sight of divinity within ourselves. Like karma, we are a representation of unbiased divinity.

Karma reflects a kind of madness in that new results are expected from repeating the same task. Einstein has a similar saying on insanity. If I am not mistaken, I am noticing that humanity has a quirky nature of being compulsive, and obsessive. I think we are naturally mad, and I’ll be the first to admit “I AM”.

“THE GAME”

Let’s assume the board of Monopoly. It’s a real classic. Monopoly encapsulates many of life’s events, and attributes. Firstly, the rules of the game must be learned. The mind of a new player is aware of the game, but without yet knowledge, or experience. Starting off the game, players are provided money in one hand for strategy, and a pair of dice in the other for luck. And so, by the roll of dice the game of life sets out on taking chances to fulfil the strategy with a bit of luck.

Imagine Jesus plays Monopoly. His expertise will show in the confidence he exudes. Should the stroke of the karmic law prove Jesus’s return, it would likely elevate “I AM…” to the next level of “I AM THE GAME”. “THE GAME” returns to pull us out from madness. This makes sense only this time it would be our turn to make the sacrifice. Are we worthy of taking such CHANCE? When you recognise the presence of divinity, doubt not and take that chance. You might get lucky with a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.

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A Jesus Story

I had a dream of myself having a light conversation with Jesus while walking on an easy going Sunday morning. Off the top of my head I swiftly suggested that we go fishing, but Jesus declined because he had a duty in attending a mass to grace his followers with blessing to forgive them for their sins.

“Why remove their sins?”, I asked curiously.

“So that they will be consciously free from guilt, and ready to embrace heaven”, Jesus firmly replied.

“I mean, aren’t we all supposed to have sin for us to work on in the search to know ourselves?”, I reasoned

“By excising sins you are depriving the people of the experience they needed from their journey of life. Such an act is intervening in the design of divinity that concluded its fate prematurely. Will heaven not be loitering with unskilled, lazy, and complacent souls? Master, kindly enlighten me on where would be the evidence of this wisdom?”, I expounded.

Momentarily Jesus looked sharply right at me, took a deep breath, lifted his shoulders, then bolted. “The hell with them. Let’s go fishing!”, Jesus called out.

Those who still struggle in reconciling with the conscience, just you know Jesus went fishing.

Monocle of Life’s Anecdote

A friend once said to me that we are all prisoners of this world. I didn’t fully agree with him at that time, but I now think he isn’t wrong. Jesus, Buddha or even Ghandi are inmates who were giving their best shot in rolling the dice to get us out of jail free. All we need to do is repent. It’s that simple, but don’t leave the sincerity behind. Respected, revered and even regarded as heroes to many, preachers of the free got themselves shot, probably poisoned and hung on the cross for the cause they fervently believed in, and championed. That’s how it is if we want to be a hero, we need to be dramatic. Heroes die from death so tragic that their dramas are planted in our minds, repeated even for them to be remembered for a long, long time. The pain, and distance heroes endured in order to convince us of the pathway to a reality free from the gravity of our sins speaks plainly of their intention in the betterment of mankind is genuinely sincere. Somehow, we played along to the righteous tune, but only pretending to accept that this prison world isn’t paradise. Strangely, there is still doubt even with the sacrifices our heroes made for us.

And so, stuck in this planetary gravitation that literally glued us to the floor we immersed ourselves in its natural glory of multi-colored trees, vegetation, vast blue oceans, artistic skies and snowy mountains. Caressing the surfaces of our skin with the wind, rain, and warmth of the Sun to tease our senses. Surely, a paradise where the sway of temptation is uncontrollably irresistible. But never mind, the prison warden reveals pretenders are heading to the gallows when death frames paradise into a memory, and the lingering silence is finally broken to bear the doubt of the illusion.

Transcending Forgiveness

Pope Francis made a speech on “forgiveness” sometime in December, 2020. Append below is the content of his speech followed by a commentary.

The desire to forgive is a fundamental feature of our being in seeking reparation once trust is broken. What exactly are we hoping to repair? Guilt.

Guilt is not something that can be fixed as easily as replacing a flat tyre with a spare of a car. Shakespeare scripted in MacBeth to illustrate life is never a one sided affair when guilt plays in the shadow for which without forgiveness dismisses life as short, and unrewarding.

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” – W. Shakespeare

Guilt has the characteristic property of being obscure emerging from secretly breaking our faith in God. In all practices of goodness, forgiveness is believed to reveal guilt from the shadow, and restore life’s aspect to its meaning.

Family, Place of Forgiveness by Pope Francisco

  1. There is no perfect family.
  1. We do not have perfect parents, you are not perfect yourself. We do not marry a perfect person or we do not have perfect children.
  1. We have complaints from each other. We can not live together without offending one another.
  1. We are constantly disappointed. Yes, for so many reasons at different times we are disappointed by one another.
  1. There is no healthy marriage or healthy family without the exercise of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the medicine of family joy, and happiness.
  1. Forgiveness is vital to our emotional health and spiritual survival. No matter the offence, or who is the offender. Without forgiveness, the family becomes an arena of conflict, and a fortress of evil.
  1. Without forgiveness, the family becomes sick, and unhealthy.
  1. Forgiveness is the asepsis of the soul, the purification of the spirit and the liberation of the heart. No sin is too big to be forgiven. He who does not forgive does not have peace in his soul  and can not have communion with God.
  1. Unforgiving is Evil and a poison that intoxicates and kills the one who refuses to forgive.
  1. Keeping the heartache of unforgiving in your heart is a self-destructive gesture. It’s autophagy.
  1. Those who do not forgive are physically, emotionally and spiritually ill. And they will suffer in two ways.

For this reason, the family must be a place of life and not a place of death; a place of forgiveness, a place of paradise and not a place of hell; A healing territory and not a disease; an internship of forgiveness and not guilt. Forgiveness brings joy where sorrow has brought sadness; of healing where sorrow has caused disease.

A family is a place of support and not of gossip and slander of one another. It must be a place of welcome not a place of rejection. Shame to those who plant evil about others. We are family and not enemies.

When anyone is going through a challenge all they need is support.

Commentary

The Pope appeals to exercise our God given wisdom not to judge our offender that caused our pain, and expect no favors from the offender to undo the hurt. In resentment is the absence of broader thinking, and understanding that would invalidate the belief in God as the omniscient, and architect of our lives.

“But should you look upon your fellow man and see a blemish, it is your own imperfection that your are encountering – you are being shown what it is that you must correct within yourself” – Baal Shem Tov

Sin is personal. It’s meant to be managed by one who owns it. The crucifixion of Jesus draws two essential acts of true intentions. First is the mortal suffering that witnessed a broken man struggling to carry his cross. Christians interpret this as a self sacrifice of unconditional compassion to annul sins of the many who ridiculed him, even Judas the betrayer. The act of suffering is a demonstration of compassion giving a second chance for the blind to see the error of their ways. Second is the refusal that witnessed Jesus decline Joseph of Arithmathea who wanted to help carry his cross. Here, Jesus clearly stood by his principle playing the hand of God in revealing his faith that cannot be exchanged in favor of a broken man. Hence forth, the crucifixion of Jesus witnessed a transition taking the form of a man to eternal spirit.

“Carry your own cross” is an aphorism spoken as a barometer to measure our hypocrisy in managing our ignorance. Pledging God as a proponent to our life’s equation is like tying God to us, and offender with a rope. The association with our offender is not a coincidence. It’s an arrangement. If God is believed to be our life orchestrator, then having resentment directed at our offender means cutting that rope between God, and us. That makes us hypocrites. Hypocrisy is not a simple lie. It’s made from layer upon layer of lies. Its prevalence plots the downfall of mankind. Therefore, defending the probity of our belief in God as our redeemer is essential to spiritual growth. Jesus didn’t circumvent the ordeal that would otherwise confound, and compromised his spiritual relationship with God. Jesus averted hypocrisy by making no excuses, and walked the talk to make certain nothing can be taken from this contextual stand point of his crucifixion other than the unyielding belief to redemption.

The spoken “forgiveness” by the Pontiff transcends when we understand, and accept the crosses we, and our offender both carry are sins of the same guilt. So, when we berate our offender, be sure to reflect the same thought upon ourselves with God in mind. We might be surprised to discover a similar trait in ourselves. Realising the cause and effect, we draw from humility to pardon ourselves. Humility is a personal quality made with God. The Pope also pointed out that the communion with God will be a struggle without a forgiving heart. Here, I’d like to think Heaven is a concept house with its inviting warmth rated by our capacity to forgive. The change that we want to bring to the world as the way Jesus did, starts with the person in the mirror.

Living with Opposites

“Presence has no requirements. When we’re rooted in Presence, we’re no longer swayed by the changing circumstances of our lives” – Eckhart Tolle

Here is a statement made by Eckhart that I’ve picked up on Twitter. One must be careful on picking Eckhart’s brain especially when inserting own thoughts. What I am about to write in reference to Eckhart’s quote is based solely on my personal observation as well as opinions that are not intended to influence anyone who thought otherwise. “Presence” described by Eckhart is not referring to any kind of physical domain, or place rather a specific quality in awareness. “Presence” is a “point of return” where thoughts of the future, and past are retracted to a vantage point making emotional afflictions easy to pass off as an “observation”. On this plane, we don’t intervene with our thoughts.

Managing thoughts to validate a personal conviction will involve a flurry of exchange in duality. A single thought cannot serve its meaning without another to question it, as ego cannot realise itself without its opposing alter ego. Duality has long been studied since its postulation by the mythical Greek god of Hermes Trismegistus over 3,000 years ago, revealing life’s feature as a confluence of various opposing forms, qualities and opinions.

Duality is a feature of our existence, but an attribute to our lives. Our individuality is built either on battles of opinions with others, or ourselves (voices in our head) in order to fulfil a conviction. This is evident from my observation positing the assumption that our existence is fabricated from an incidental clash of conscience. Much like the theory of “Big Bang” conceived by Professor Stephen Hawking, or the making of Eve a complete opposite in attribute to Adam so both could bask themselves in each other’s glory. Was there a break up in the cosmic singularity? Did God wake up with a headache, or a nightmare?

So, we stand witness to our own existence with the inherited quality spawned from the effect of a dichotomous reality, but meant to be forged in union. We are in every sense a reflection of the character that creation took in making itself, a mirror image of our creator’s disruptive disposition. Disruptive doesn’t necessarily mean destructive although it can be. Disruptive paves the way for new, or untested ideas to keep the principle of “being” relevant by preserving its continuity. “Being” is a “state of preference” which is always in the flow contrary to “existence” that has already taken form. “…we’re no longer swayed by the changing circumstances of our lives” is recognising the dichotomy that we battle with in which without it we won’t know the difference not to be swayed. “Presence” is the continuum where life is orchestrated at will as the subject precedes over object. So, here I state;

“The presence is a flow of continuity which has no outcome that you can imagine”

“Outcome” in “Presence” is meant to be a process without punctuation. You are correct to think that your current representation in the physical state, and affairs is the product of past choices. Life has a way of giving out that impression especially with the first. In “Presence”, product, or life’s circumstance is transforming in every heartbeat initiating the measurement of time.

Continuity is simply a flow. Whether your contradictions are motivated outwardly, or a personal one, the experience resembles the game of “tug of war” where two opposing teams locked on a pulling match tugging on a rope to force either side to cross over the centre line to garner a win. “Tugging” back, and forth is a process of self-reflection that braces our spiritual confidence. In actuality, we are tugging onto hope. The game sets you up nicely into a cycle of start, stop, start, stop. In every interval, you’d pause to reflect on the outcome. To be in “Presence” the rope must be dropped only because a handshake is due.

If duality holds true to our existential feature and functionality, then awareness traverses between the “point of arrival” and a “point of departure”. If awareness can find its way to the seat of a vantage point it also can unsit itself from it which brings the opposing notion of the “Big Crunch” to attention. Conceived by Professor Hawking himself, “Big Crunch” is a possibility in countering the “Big Bang”. But, I doubt the “Big Crunch” would happen in the fashion thought by Hawking. The reason that draws me away from the “Crunch” notion is in the timing. Not time, but timing. “Big Bang” is a synchronised phenomena in contrast to the Biblical story where God made a man first then came a woman, was not synchronicity much less made the world in seven days. Then, Man conveniently named each day Monday to Sunday. Did God know about numbers before Man? I am beginning to suspect that the Bible isn’t a collation of holy scripts written in the “word of God’. It was written by men who thought they knew God. No matter, words are secondary to the spirit of God, the essence in which the Bible cradles.

I am guessing that the “Crunch” is already happening as it did by simultaneous response to the “Bang”. The synchronicity sets time in motion timing every expression of life into existence. The Devil exists to recognise God, and evil to define His goodness. Without duality, we can’t possibly know our place. All this time we are the eyes of creation. It’s about time we look back by being in “Presence” to watch God at rest.

The Contract

“God is created by humans for the practice of devotion”, commented Sadhguru. 

“In India, there were 300 million Gods when the population was 300 million. When invaders arrived, the Indians became shy of creating new gods”

“When everyone is allowed to have their own gods, there is no war. When everyone is behind only one or two gods, people do silly things in the name of their gods” – Sadhguru

Worshipping one God, or many of any gods, the faiths share the same principle in embracing divinity. God has little to do with the construct of our faith which we take to question attempting to find reasons to defend our actions. Huh? Don’t worry, further clarification will surface in the round up of this write up. Onwardly, I am addressing humanity’s psychological construct with its self-afflicting nature. 

Sadhguru alluded to the culture of multiple gods worshipping that encouraged a positive state of affairs. Men who fought in wars to defend religious beliefs laid down their righteous virtues to contest (ie. the holier-than-thou approach). It’s not the objects of god that stood between men and war, it was the contract that they upheld with their virtual protector. The underlying cause for bloodshed was men on both sides of the divide cheated, and broke their own covenant of faith in which they believed was divine. The irony of pledging their faith to God, then backtracked to challenge  its legitimacy is the wavering stance of human feature. Grievance befalls upon men for their misdeeds to which most part of evil treads in the hypocrisy.

We could be forgiven for letting God go from one hand, but the other which held onto the contract would not be as forgiving. Dishonoring the contract of faith has wrath poised on attacking our fragile being. When we choose to think God is not watching, we violate the bond by cheating on our faith that we value with our trust. By a curious twist of fate, our contradictions are a detriment to the conscience which witnessed the desecration of the contract of faith.

Sadhguru reveals mens’ fascination with religious rituals as a profession of faith is in fact a recognition of love’s existence which some equate to God. Devotion is to be mindful of love’s existence, and by existing alone is self-serving. Love needs to be engaged into process to ignite the spirit of the living god within. Whether, or not you believe in God, or His existence is of no consequence because you who questioned it have spoken.

Wrestling with God

There have been laboratory experiments conducted on human subjects to determine their abilities to demonstrate the state of happiness without technological assistance, or drugs. A monk with developed meditative skill can easily drift into a state of bliss showing a brain wave pattern on the EEG similar to a married couple reminiscing on the time when they first felt love for each other.

Question: What is the difference should there be a technology made possible to wire up the brain where brain waves can be manipulated to deliver the mind, and body the feeling of blissfulness? “Hedonism” is a study, and belief of man’s proclivity in pursuing happiness is a natural calling. Will technology being the natural progress in the evolution of mankind be favorable under the “Hedonism” doctrine of utilitarianism?

Employing technology will involve the separating of the brain function from its uniform mind (ie. mind is the entire framework of the human body including the brain), and the result will likely be the same EEG pattern as the monk who is not provided with technological assistance. While the methodology differs, the results are the same. If the results are the same, is there a matter in choosing the easier path to redemption?

Leaving one part of your mind resting at home while the other goes out to play is invalidating creation’s invitation for a correlated dance between our virtual, and physical minds. This prompts the analogy of car racing in which the driver, and machine must cross the finish line to win. Indulging in technology, or even drugs is to deceive the nerve cells and brain receptors with misinformation intervened by an external force. Distilling the sense of ecstasy by way of disrupting the synchronicity of the body function is an act of iniquity. A cheap thrill liking to the idea of visiting Disneyland to forget our troubles for a day, but a thrill no less. Man has the gift of command to spawn love’s attributes into existence, and expresses it through the body language. Exploiting the body to subject the mind into a hallucination is a disconnect of our reality that spoils that gift.

Talking about the pursuit of happiness  takes me back about 3 years when my mental state was severely challenged. I was experiencing intense intimidation like a little mouse about to be devoured by a predator. The doctor thought I was having an anxiety attack, or depression. It was neither. The encounter was precise, and coordinated as if “someone” had a hand in it. Evidently, my state of mind was floating on anxiety as I wasn’t feeling the presence of people around me. I was cut off from reality, and it was very lonely. My mind went on overdrive in the fight to change the circumstance by attempting to create a finite model of life hoping to explain my way out of the recurring cyclical mind trap. Failing badly to conceptualise life into a model with predictability, intellect and logic, I surrendered to letting go of the thought by not allowing life’s happenings to get ahead of me.

The opposite effect of the ordeal did come a few days after. Love invites itself, and I was bathing in its radiance. As I was immersed in love’s realm, I felt everyone and everything equate to me. I’ve learned of the term “unity consciousness”, and I think it describes love best. I share this so you know that there is something in being human more than you think you know.

Love is not a figment of the imagination even though it’s infamous for hiding in its opacity. Where is it? Happiness is not love, but a representation of it along with sadness. Love carries both grains of happiness, and sadness as both are emotional cousins. The seesaw effect of neutralising the opposing emotions is our way to come of age. The assessment of happiness over sadness, and vice versa culminates until both emotions diminished to reach a climax where love lands to reveal itself. Here is when the seesaw stops contending, and balances up. Like a stream with another flowing along on its opposite side, both converging into a river bound to meet the sea. In our quest for peace we constantly take the task to wrestle with God, not that to offer our best to Him, but all that we are.

Prisoners of Love

I’d like to think of philosophy as a conscientious observation on life’s events. After all, our physical representation is a manifestation of our conscience bringing its philosophy to life. Much like how Jesus used parables to express his views as lucid as possible for his disciples to get their heads around. Here is a quote I’ve extracted from a fellow blogger who loves philosophy.

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Within the given minute overwhelmed by despair, there are constant moments of desperate cry for happiness to take the pain away. Moments of happiness are precious as it has a lesser outcome in comparison to anger. The fact that we yearn for relief from despair despite the imbalance is proof that our inner being is made of love, and its mechanism of restitution shows that happiness is our natural state of mind.

QUESTIONS:-

If happiness or love is our natural state of mind, then why do the stats favor more to the negatives?

Why is happiness made rare to the extent that we have to yearn for it as described by Ralph W. Emerson?

Why do we need Jesus to reveal love, then embracing the institution of religion to constantly remind ourselves of it?

Why do we need to be consistently reminded even if love is innate?

Is it probable that we are “prisoners” hopelessly caught in a cycle dwelling on guilt, blinded by the self imprisonment that we can’t see even the lighter shade of truth? 

Something tells me finding love is not meant to be easy particularly for people greatly indebted to ego. Love is not meant to be obvious either, because it’s woven into the fabric of our ego. The suture of ego needs to be undone to set love free. Freeing love is a challenge worth taking for its rare, and precious qualities to be realised. This challenge is an integral part of life’s design to reward the effort in finding love with a deep sense of appreciation. By that gratitude is the knowing that gives us as “prisoners of guilt” hope.

For example, I wanted to grow an avocado tree in my garden. I’ve learned that I needed to germinate the seed first to give it “hope” for the tree to have a better chance of survival. It would take a month-process of nurturing in germinating the avocado seed to finally see the roots, and shoot to appear strong, and healthy. Hope is when the seedling is planted into the ground that one day it will blossom into a fully grown avocado tree that will bear fruits of joy. Where is the love in all this? Love rides on the desire, and participation in bringing life from a lifeless seed to reveal beauty that will be a new addition to my garden.

Similarly, Jesus used the parable of the mustard seed to describe the kingdom of God. Here, there are many degrees to understanding. Some would simply imagine a physical place called heaven where it’s filled with mustard trees. Some would resonate right away with the description which doesn’t require other kinds of seed like an avocado for further explanation. Nothing is accomplishable from love unilaterally. Love needs to put to work in order to harness its reward in hope for the “kingdom of God”. I can assure you, mustard trees are not likely the reward. Based on my conscientious observation, it’s best said you are what you make your “kingdom of God” to be. 

Jesus was gifted to see into every soul like an hourglass. He understood the seed in every soul needed hope in order to blossom as intended by creation to be one with it. Even in our physical state, we are living the kingdom of God by regularly “tuning” our conscience just as we make the effort to harness the attributes of love. Day by day we tune in, for the kingdom of God will one day be the quality of your conscience that is promised.

So it seems, our fate rests in the effort that must be made for love to fulfill itself with gratitude where hope will be our guide to be with God we choose to believe. It’s a process that is not exactly free for we are prisoners of love.

“The peace that heaven promises mirror the clarity of your conscience”

Compromising Truth

Compromising ‘truth’ will deconstruct the ethos to concoct measurable facts to contest its foundation. The act of compromising carries with it the notion of temptation that we are well aware of its consequences should we choose to exercise it. This is our human challenge which we consistently face in making daunting decisions to appease the pride of the many. As it’s never an easy task, we needed to grow in appreciating, and understanding the depth in the value of ‘trust’ that must be defended should ‘trust’ be that human quality to guide us into salvation.

We often take “shortcuts” to resolve issues that can only be short lived. Political scenes today reveal opposing parties that have never been so desperate in their attempts to wrestle for power. When in power, promises would fall prey to compromise where deals are negotiated behind doors. Compromising is not entirely a bad thing. It can deliver a fair agreement for all, if not the majority. However, there are inescapable consequences when morality is violated.

Lawmakers/politicians are skillful in twisting the truth that makes them infamous for wearing many faces. It’s in man’s manipulative sway where I am certain when the act of compromise is on the cards for the taking, guilt will tarry in the conscience. And, the guilt builds up layer by layer over time.

A recently released movie called, “The Two Popes” is worth the watch. The underlying message resonates with the topic of discussion written here. Featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins as the incumbent Pope Benedict, and Jonathan Price as Cardinal Bergoglio as the next Pope to take the helm. Their confessions delineated the circumstances of the decisions they made as stewards of God that affected many innocent lives. The Pope thought the Cardinal compromised his faith by keeping his silence during the political upheaval in his country (ie. Argentina) some thirty years ago. But, the Cardinal defended his actions indicating it was not compromise, but improvise whilst his faith in God remained unchanged. Nonetheless, in desperation the Cardinal did appease the pride of his aggressors in order to hold back their murderous rampage. Even then, the thought of it was disturbing. In silence, the emotional strain took its toll on the Cardinal. Is it a case when trust was compromised?

Comparatively, Pope Benedict suffered from a certain kind of guilt too for his action of inaction which saw clerical sex abuse persisted in his Church. Pope Benedict was known to be steadfast in the faith, and unwavering devotion to the rules. On that basis, he chose not to take further action against the transgressors believing his trust in God would prevail over the predicament. In contrast to the Cardinal’s taking matters into his own hands, the Pope opted to clasp his hands in prayer to resolve imminent troubles, and threats. Ironically enough, the Pope’s uncompromising stand compromised him. The undoing was his inaction. All the same, guilt weighed heavily on him too. Is it possible to allow trust to compromise us as it did with the Pope?

Assessing the two minds, it’s worth mentioning the different views they have on God. As I see it, the Pope believed in God. The Cardinal believed in God in him which could easily suggest the God that the Pope held true to his belief is next to non-existent. That is a matter of personal interpretation. However, shouldn’t one stay resolute in God, or the idea of it just as the Pope did? No questioning, no judgement, and no doubt. Or, is blind faith a mistake? If there is such a thing as a ‘mistake’.

You may have heard of the saying, “life is an illusion”. It’s a cliche thrown into general conversations without much thought. Life is an illusion because we live in the lies that we made for ourselves. Somehow, man draws comfort from that. Realising the dishonesty is getting out hand, faith steps in to defend truth. This is an insult to humanity by introducing a third party called “God” to defend our lack in faith, or commonsense. Why do we need to create the fear in God to keep the faith in order to defend truth? Why do we often struggle to stay close to the truth? It is because we can’t handle the truth (recalling Jack Nicholson making that statement in the movie ‘A Few Good Men’, 1992).

Spiritual masters like Buddha, Jesus and Prophet Muhammad had open dialogues with their disciples to unravel the mysteries of life. We should continue to do the same today to serve soul searchers of this era. We need to intellectualise life’s mysteries to bring better meaning that is acceptable to help us reach peace of mind.

Example, the term “enlightenment” regularly crops up in spiritual talks. It’s to supposedly describe something great. So great, and powerful that only our imagination can take us to its meaning. In other words, we don’t know what it means. I certainly can’t say that I do. “Enlightenment” is  the ability to analyse life’s events, and circumstances from a lighter stand, hence the name. If it’s in any other way, the opposing will weigh heavily on the emotions. Seeing life’s issues as lightly as the weightless ray of light will pave the way to a peaceful mind. Here’s another, what is the secret of life? The secret is to have none. For each secret that you hide, you lose a part of your innocence. Do you see how the answers point back to  the questions? It’s because the questions were articulated to suit the answers that already existed, but yet to be known in a measurable definition. It’s with this reason that we find ourselves falling short in our admission to the truth even though the question that is engineered is the answer.

Truth is where love resides. They share the same quality. Truth, or love is not tangible. Man in his egoistic nature has given into temptation to tangibilize the intangible in order to create definitions of right and wrong, black and white, or stupid and clever, etc. We differentiate our existence to create conflict, and argue about it.

Here is another conundrum which I made up, “To understand love is to let go of it”. 

My Soul in Transit

My soul takes flight from a rest,

To seek out the noise that draws me to existence,

To take the stage play,

I take pleasure in transit.

 

My soul lands on existence plain,

To study that noise of deception,

To witness the tantrums that it plays,

I take my number with a motive in transit.

 

My soul searches on existence plain, 

To take no joy from the fantasy, 

To gain nothing from its fallacy,

I am inadequate in unraveling the complexity of the play in transit. 

 

My soul rides the swing, seesaw, slide and merry-go-round in existence plain,

To enjoy a scriptless play,

To bow before the “hand behind it all”, 

I discard the motive, and all its secrets in transit.

 

My soul walks with existence plain,

To realise originality is to be embraced,

To love the subtle beauty that transpires from it,

I take nothing, but understanding and acceptance in transit.

 

My soul lifts from existence plain,

To leave as light as I come, 

To take only the noise acquainted by privilege,

I pass it on to souls who wait in transit.

 

My soul tires from the cycles of scripted plays,

To find the noise repeating, slowly reducing into silence,

To accept the invitation from the “hand behind it all”,

I return to my place of rest.

 

My soul closes its eyes, 

To see the colors of existence fade, 

To reveal only shades without the guises,

I take comfort in the “hand behind it all” with its radiating warmth caresses me back to sleep.