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”. 

Meditation

Meditation is a “process” to harness a calming effect to the function of your body by synchronizing all parts of you with one mind in one spirit. The objective is to help feel the peace within you from the reconciliation developed between you, and your environment. When you feel that peace, questions that swirls around your mind quite so often about life with that desperate sense of cynicism will matter less. A new priority in kindred spirit is recognised, and takes precedence. When you have peace, naturally you become more controlled, focused and less critical toward your fellow humankind as to reveal your accomplishment of unlocking the potential of your mind.

It has become a cliche when some would say, “empty your mind” or “don’t think” when meditating. Though they are intended to avoid distraction, but it is misleading. Contrarily, others would say observe the flow of your thoughts go by as you gradually relaxed into a meditative mood. It is more precise to expound the features of meditation by articulating the processes involved, and where its purpose will allude to, rather than relying on a unskilled rhetorics that could confuse someone who wanted to see more of the mind through the window of meditation. The art of meditation may seemed arcane, but is simplicity itself.

What is the referred distraction in this context? Distraction is thought that triggers an emotional reaction. Thought alone is not a distraction, but thought conspiring with emotion is. The lifestyle you choose has a connection to the effectiveness of your meditation. For example, giving into temptation by indulgence of guilty pleasures of life develops a habit that will mock emotion. Lesser of such cravings, the lesser you struggle with contradiction and affliction during meditation. If you managed thought well, emotion is avoided. But, thought cannot be rid of as we are sentient beings with an inherited conscience with the liability of emotion. Moreover, conscience is thought on the move with time. Meaning that life is riding its existence on the essence of time. All of that comes to, thinking is existing.

Meditation is ancient art, and still being practised more and more today. It’s not only a management of thought, and reconditioning of the mind. It correlates your conscience with the rhythm of the spiritual realm, and to embrace its vastness. When your mind, and God’s resonate, you can materialize what is only known as pure potential from the spiritual realm into your material or physical reality.

Consider meditation as a conversation with someone with a PHD which requires your undivided attention, and respect. Prepare yourself for clarity of mind with a firm desire ready to receive wisdom. Mantra is the chosen topic. Maintain focus on the spirit of the topic, and don’t stray, or allow anyone walking into the room to interrupt your conversation with the Professor. So, closed all access doors. Now, should you want a constructive conservation avoid putting emotion into contention by allowing thoughts, or any images go by like watching a movie. Don’t bring yourself to connect with them. The meaning that thought has is only as real as being observed, and not imposed by any form of assessment or judgement.

If you choose a mantra like, “Aum Mani Padme Hum” which carries the message of love, then channel the spirit of love into your meditation. Your intention must invariably ride on the spirit of “Aum”, or Existence. It’s worth mentioning here that the underlying message in which the Lord’s prayer encompasses is the spirit of existence. Emphasizing “spirit” to any cause relates to the process. By phrasing “spirit of Aum”, and not just “Aum” or “spirit of love” and not just “love” steers meditation away from the anticipation of an event that has lesser in meaning than the present.

Meditation is a communion of the soul, an original image of creation that must be worthy of trust. Whatever guilty pleasures committed in the past, the inborn goodness inherited from the hand of God buried beneath the human exterior must surface. The trust in God, and His love is what must ensue in the communion of souls. So, have a little faith, and trust yourself even though how minuscule love is that you think you have. The process of meditation grows on you. What matters in meditation is the journey, and not the destination. When all goes well, the connection between thought and emotion will lose its hold on you. Correlation takes place, and you are destined for peace.

Peace be you.

Life’s Conundrum

When we are caught up in the frame of thought in a circumstance that didn’t turn out quite right which resulted from a calculated decision may it be related to a career, or investment choice, we are then driven to search for clues hoping they could provide reasonable explanation to douse the dissatisfaction on the unsettling sense of failure. Without it, there can be no acceptance. In that state of mind, we are drawn to recollect the principle we lived by and relied on which has served us well in most part of our lives would now seem to be slipping through our fingers. Faith as we know it by which we are accustom is now shakened. It is a common phase in life that most people face, and it can be daunting. A friend once made a remark, “Sometimes I am wandering what am I doing. I am already 76…”. That struck a chord with me.

Like everything else in our journey of life we do our best to accomplish our goals. It’s a tale which has two distinct parts that can overwhelm the quality state of mind. The first is the process, and the other the outcome. Most people are quick to cease the thought of the outcome presumably where the BIG MONEY is. Which ever part we choose to exploit will develop the state of mind that adjust the boundary of our conscience. Ultimately, our psyche may sit side by side with wisdom, or separated from it.

Interpreting on the outcome without sensible investment on effort in the process is banal, and self-defeating. In contrast, putting our focus more on the process will create opportunities no matter how the outcome unfolds. This practice harnesses experience which will take us to a state of realisation made only possible when the awareness expands, liking to people with greater foresight.

Analogy:

A businessman with a running business constantly foresee a huge return in the coming years but neglected his focus on the current and future costs which needed to bring his operation to the next level in order to achieve that goal. No different to a child needing sustenance to grow before he/she could embark in the great journey of adulthood.

There is no creativity in over interpreting outcome. It’s a habit which is only drawn to a fabricated fantasy where it lacks constructive, and purposeful action. Without feedback from experiences, it’s a road to a dead end. However, emphasizing on the process will not only create opportunity, but fulfilment and continuity even when we are long gone as our useful knowledge and experience are passed on. An approach with content which is palpable and compatible to a sustainable reality. Invest our efforts on the need of the present which is within our capacity to manage, but leave the outcome to providence. Our objective could still be met though it didn’t turn out exactly as planned.
Here, we’ve come full circle where we regained confidence in our faith, but this time in the spirit of God in humanity. The emphasis here is not the strictly on the subject of God, moreover the spirit which relates to the process or consciousness on the move. Even at this moment, creation in synchrony with your existence and mine is still running. Creation culminates an incomprehensible process with infinite variable synchronising and correlating a pattern to form life with all its complexities. The spirit of God is when consciousness in motion relates to the presence of our existence which goes beyond the concept of God that you and I imagined stemmed from an up bringing with a certain preconditioned belief. This is the motto that we should all lived by, a presence that is never lost, by act of altruism where life evolves and reinventing itself in continuity.

There is no certainty in life, and I can safely say God never provided that guarantee, a place where I believe distills an ethos of a religious makeup to represent the mystery where hope of mankind finds comfort. I hope what is shared here has not strayed too far from the context, and purpose which is originally intended. It’s a subject which can easily crosses over to other related topics. Regardless of religious milieu or doctrines you’ve embraced, it is my hope from the start that something positive and useful can be taken from this where we no longer wander, but act with meaning and purpose in compatibility to a sustainable and peaceful existence.

Food for Thought – Faith vs Fate

As the US presidential race draws closer to the polls, mainstream media are intensifying their coverage on Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump. Like most Americans who supported Trump, I liked the idea of his promises he has made to rid of Islamic terrorists, putting up a wall to stop illegal migrants crossing over from Mexico, and to lift corporate America back to its prime again. He has promised to make good the wrongs that he claimed only himself could execute. On that basis, I would give him the job, and the chance to prove himself worthy of those promises that he made. However, a large number of US citizens have indicated the temptation to throw their support behind Trump, but seemed prevented by his eccentric rhetorical remarks which deemed derogatory, and racist. His obsession with women and sex has associated him as a self-professed sex predator, a trait exudes obscenity which has the greatest propensity to erase the qualities of what is expected from an upright leader, the nation’s exemplar. Caught up in the fervor of denigrating, and character bashing of Hillary, with hindsight Trump has in fact demonstrating the presidential material that he is grossly lacking.

Yet, I’d like to see what he could actually do to bring order, and prosperity to the people of United States as we know words aren’t worth anything without rational action. But, to give Trump the support would also mean to bring the value down on what it means to be a father, and husband. To me, the emergence of such an unorthodox character to the political platform such as Donald Trump has brought us a relevant case study. On one side, people are feeling uneasy because of the unpredictable threat, and deadly terror attack of Islamic terrorists. The other is a character overtly lacking in moral values making promises that he would resolve terror attacks, and make the country great again. Without a doubt, this is a challenge to the integrity of faith for all Americans as well as people in other parts of the world who are also caught up in the entertainment which Donald Trump has brought to their living rooms.

Nonetheless, the question remains would America compromise the integrity of their Christian faith by oppressing the rights of others of different religious beliefs, or race to give comfort to the mind? Liking to the biblical story of Moses who led his people away from the Egyptian captivity, and roamed the desert for 40 years carrying the belief that there was the promised land awaiting for their arrival. Their long, and unending journey unfolded in submission to the belief that the promised land had always been a distant away in mind. It was this foundation where the idea of “freedom” was fortified, which could only be fulfilled from within the heart. The promised land would have been meaningless without the people worthy of the Ten Commandment. The events of divine intervention which took place in the epic journey of Moses, and his people were probably scripted, and such was their fate as Moses walked in the mind of God.

I’ve shared my opinion on the “Trump Factor” with family, and friends. There those who relate Donald Trump liking to Moses, but his “commandments” are contrary to that presumption. I am sure many have that inclination as I do. Incidentally, a friend replied that there is too much to think about Trump in which implies the impossibility for the mind to resolve, or even conceive the conundrum to the diverse thinking which Trump hoped to institutionalized. It is a statement I am in complete agreement even if a president is already elected, the conundrum would still linger. So, I chose to depict the story of Moses, and the exodus that he’d led to illustrate a personal inspiration. Moses and his people were fixated on the idea of the promised land which was their impetus to keep looking. Instead, God gave them the Ten Commandment. Imagine, wouldn’t that be a big let down to anyone? Like my father promised me candies, instead he gave me a lecture on the harm they could bring. Over thinking has the effect of diminishing faith. So, don’t think too much, or you’ll missed the view of the promised land which can only be seen from the heart. When the heart is peaceful, the mind is free.

Footnote:

“He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her” – Jesus