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2. The Purpose of Life is Enlightenment (Article) - 2/25/2010 9:37:44 AM|
I expressed my view of the purpose of life in a poem here:
I believe everyone has precisely the same purpose of life - the fundamental thing life on this whirling space pebble should accomplish.
We look at a fact, derive meaning, assess value, determine mission, and realize purpose, IN THAT ORDER, if we want to get it right.
I shall discuss all of those in a future article.
However, as to your central thesis that the purpose of life is to know God, I believe that stops short. Knowing God has no meaning or value without some outward expression of that knowledge in the way one lives.
That expression comes only from developing a majestic and well-balanced personality, for in the expression of such a personality you demonstrate to yourself and others the nature of God. Ultimately to know God is to be LIKE God, and thereby to REVEAL God to the rest of the universe. The pursuit of Godlikeness, the realization of truth, beauty, and goodness, has little relevance without the expression of Godlikeness through acts of love, mercy, and ministry.
Feel free to respond.
Who is the Divine Mother or Holy Spirit? - II (Article) - 3/19/2007 3:29:10 PM
Impeccability (Article) - 10/30/2006 10:37:00 PM
The actual experience of enlightenment, in my view, is in God's Hands and there is, in the last analysis, nothing I can do to to cause it to happen. The way you have spoken about that is to say that we can't control it. I agree.
The very best state I can reach on my own appears to me to arise when I am impeccable in the manifestation of one of the divine virtues -- love, service, compassion, humility, etc.
Perhaps the word "impeccable" does not agree with you. I aimed at it long ago and appreciated the results (martial arts, est Training, Enlightenment Intensives). I'm sure you have mental pictures of young karate practitioners working for hours on their kicks and knowing when they had produced just the right result.
When enlightenment happens, one way it may happen is as a recognition of Truth. It can also happen in other ways (dissolving in Love, realizing Bliss, dropping of the ego), even though all paths eventually lead back to Truth (or rather Truth1, Truth2, Truth3....).
As I said elsewhere, for me, enlightenment is virtually endless. There are at least two orders of beings above us who are receiving enlightenment and passing it down to others: the Angels (composed of nine orders) and the Elohim (the Seven Sages, Dhyan Chohans, Sons of God). Both are reportedly higher than us but lower than other levels.
I personally appreciate impeccability, whether it's impeccable silence, or impeccable selflessnes, or impeccable love. Please feel free to substitute your own word - complete, full, perfect - or reject the whole notion. We do not have to share the same opinions, do we?
I have no idea whether perfection is static beauty. It doesn't resonate with me. You probably know something I do not.
Thank you for commenting.
Impeccability (Article) - 10/29/2006 3:50:16 AM
What's the big attraction to perfection?
Enlightenment is just recognition of a truth. And truth is wisdom. It has many meanings. It is free and cannot be controlled.
Whereas perfection is static beauty.
Bibliography for all Articles Posted Here (Article) - 10/25/2006 1:07:27 AM
Would not we both trade it for a drop of Bliss?
What is the truth? The truth will set you free. (Article) - 10/25/2006 12:47:31 AM
Thanks, Rhonda. You sound like you have a better grasp on it than I do. Sadhu, sadhu.
What is the truth? The truth will set you free. (Article) - 10/21/2006 11:57:22 PM
Very enjoyable read. Since there is really no time in space, and all there really is, is space, you have been holding only a thought form. A thought form is not truth and never in the present moment but simply a thought form. A thought form is a memory, past or future, but never present in truth. Thought forms are everywhere; They hover in space and actually group together, like attracts like, and can become very large over the thinker. They actually can cause like thinkers to group up. You see this everywhere, right? They even start meetings and meet weekly. R.
Bibliography for all Articles Posted Here (Article) - 10/21/2006 11:39:04 PM
You're very well read. R.
Report on My September Enlightenment Intensive (Article) - 10/15/2006 9:02:28 AM
There is a process involved. First one empties oneself of all the stored-up tensions and resistances; then the spiritual energy seems to rise. It does take time.
Of course it is different for every person. Some people may have done more work at other times and not need eight days. Other people are carrying more pain and drop it more easily than others and again it may not take eight days. I don't think I can make a hard-and-fast statement about it, but I needed at least eight days -- and would love to have spent more at it.
Yes, you may _have_ the Source with your first breath, but if there is any tension in the body or movement in the mind one won't _realize_ that Source. One never _does not_ have the Source. But the whole task is to realize that Source and that is not so simple. I requires a mind that is still and silent and a heart that is open and loving.
Thanks for your comments, Elizabeth. It's always inspiring to hear feedback.
How Vast is Life (Article) - 10/3/2006 8:57:53 AM
NIcely said. Too bad it is being corrupted mentally by those who don't care, physically by those who have no appreciation of the beauty, and spiritually by those who keep thumping their religious texts and insisting only they "speak for God."
Report on My September Enlightenment Intensive (Article) - 9/22/2006 10:19:11 PM
My only question is: Does it really take eight days?
You have the Source with your first breath. Good article.
I enjoy reading your work.
A Universal Democratic Religion (A Spoof) (Article) - 9/10/2006 3:38:35 PM
Sounds like a good idea.
And...much better idea than all the bible and koran thumping going around with more idiots in the world speaking for God. Thank you for not converting...(smiles)
Enlightenment Intensives: A Novel Form of Spiritual Practice (Article) - 5/31/2006 11:23:31 AM
I am glad for you. I've been looking for groups around Iowa but I haven't been so lucky as of yet. My spirituality and mindfulness has become everyday practices and it would be nice to be able to connect with others on that vibe. I was going to say that I was jealous of you but actually I AM glad for you. Have a good journey! :)
Seven Days in May, 2006 (Article) - 5/31/2006 11:20:33 AM
Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves...makes me wish I could jump into the picture...
What is the truth? The truth will set you free. (Article) - 3/25/2006 8:27:05 AM
Finally, I've found a way to say what's true in my blog today. Thank you for the good idea!
The One Self of All (Article) - 3/5/2006 10:29:49 AM
"Would you really care to make your apparent emptiness known, if it were not for your separate-self consciousness?"
Thanks for your comment, Leland.
Hmmm. That is a difficult question to answer.
If it were not for my separate-self consciousness, I would rest in the One Self, so there would be no need to make known my One-Self, which, while I do not know it, appears like an apparent emptiness. In that case, your question would already be answered and I would need make no response.
I shall take it that you mean: Do you really care to make your apparent emptiness known, before you know the emptiness fully and completely for what it is? Also, I will take it as meaning: do you care to abide as that apparent emptiness, during the time that you do not know it?
I am indeed shifting my loyalty from empty appearances to what shows up, in my unenlightened state, like an apparent emptiness. I am indeed shifting the locus of my attention from the one to the other. I am indeed serving the apparent emptiness more and more each day.
Am I still trapped in responding to empty appearances? Yes. Mine is still the gradual, grubbing-away work that precedes enlightenment. I have not yet experienced an instantaneous, illuminating fusion with the One Self.
That having been said, there is a kicker behind your question. Enlightenment is virtually endless. Out of no one experience of enlightenment that I could conceive of would I realize the complete annihilation of a separate self, the disappearance of "me" as a being in some way separate from God. I don't think that that event happens until so far down the road that I wouldn't have words to speak about it. Past this rung of evolution.
That being so, there will always remain a greater emptiness to know than the emptiness I have realized and I shall be in the same position of confronting your question again and again and again.
Thanks for putting it out.
Moral Laws and Ethical Systems (Article) - 3/5/2006 10:02:20 AM
Thanks for your comment, Aberjhani.
Your contribution brings up further thoughts, not meant as a reply but as an addition to the discussion.
I consider it important to keep the focus on the individual and the individual act. It is the individual who rapes, tortures, and murders. It doesn't matter what the context of the act is, whether it is anti-terrorism or honour killing, if the act is murder, it must be seen as murder.
It is said that universal laws, like the law of karma, operate on us as individuals and hold us accountable for our individual acts. They do not respond to arguments like "my ism made me do it."
I think human society should also work on this principle and abandon trying to shape a moral code that somehow addresses "isms" and other group dynamics.
Let all have their own "ism" and be welcome to it. But any "ist" who rapes, tortures, and murders should be brought before the law and judged as an individual, never mind his (or her) "ism."
For all infractions, let them be judged by law. Where the administration of the law itself is compromised, let the police and judges themselves be arraigned and judged before the law in the same way as any other offender.
We are not there yet. We justify rape, torture, and murder, for example, in the name of our cause, our "ism." We feel justified that we have somehow acted for or revenged our group, whatever group that may be.
As Sri Aurobindo said, we are not evolved enough yet as a world to see that an act in the name of a cause is still an individual act. We are not advanced enough to hold individuals responsible for acts which are universally seen as violations of human rights.
Moral Laws and Ethical Systems (Article) - 3/4/2006 2:17:18 PM
Truly, you present us with a profound and perplexing paradox in MORAL LAWS AND ETHICAL SYSTEMS. Individuals seeking to impose such systems upon societies or other individuals rarely realize that their insistence on doing so amounts itself to an act of psychospiritual tyranny that negates their stated purpose. They would probably accomplish a great deal more by striving to live the example rather than attempting to control what refuses to be controlled.
The One Self of All (Article) - 3/3/2006 8:07:17 PM
Ah, but do you really now, BA? Would you really care to make your apparent emptiness known, if it were not for your separate-self consciousness? I only ask as I contemplate the oneness of the universe in my own self-centered way.
3. Who Will Know God? (Article) - 2/15/2006 12:03:09 PM
The ego...I was just meditating on this the other night as I was attempting to sort through my affirmations that were spiritually driven as opposed to the ones that were ego-driven. There were some things that I thought were soulful but upon further introspection realized that they were ego-based and that that is why I've been having issues with certain areas of my life. I'm going to print this out so I can read it in more depth when I get home tonight.
On one of the responses you left me you told me that Sri Ramakrishna says "Go Further. Go Further!" ... something to that degree. As simple as it sounds, I see so much within those words and I'm telling you...Go further? I shall. I shall.
The Essence of Spiritual Evolution, the Divine Plan for Life (Article) - 2/9/2006 11:37:56 AM
As I read this, I found myself saying "Yes, I have found a true Brother!" I will be ordering your book.
Love & Light,
The Essence of Spiritual Evolution, the Divine Plan for Life (Article) - 1/6/2006 5:19:09 PM
How very true Brother Anonymous !
In due and ancient form you speak !