Sunday, October 30, 2011

Spiritual Materialism

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Finally understanding (mentally) why seeking the formless will look like I have gone mad to most at home and why so few understand the path (no going back now, damn.)  The Indians understand the concept even if their actions are mostly anchored in spiritual materialism. Most religions don't really go into the details of the true beyond, so I have been missing chapters in the human outline until now, (probably not ready to read those chapters.)  No idea if my number is coming up for more directly knowing an Impersonal God, but not stopping yet even if at times I am yelling obscenities while walking in the hills.  I can also start to wrap my brain around why most Indians will have a cell phone before proper sanitation--the ever widening gap of materialism and sensibility. As a friend pointed out, it looks like they are jumping over a few steps in the basics of human management.  In the picture behind what we think is reality, it doesn't really matter.  Only more conditions for herding people ultimately towards consciousness.

We start our lives as teachers, and it is very hard for us to learn to become pupils. There are many whose only difficulty in life is that they are teachers already. What we have to learn is pupilship. There is but one Teacher, God Himself.
                        Bowl of Saki, October 30, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
In order to know the truth or to know God earthly qualifications and earthly wisdom or learning are not necessary. What one has to learn is how to become a pupil. We often start our lives as teachers, and then it is hard to become a pupil. From childhood on we start to teach our parents. There are seldom souls who have more inclination for pupilship than for teaching, and there are many whose only difficulty in life is that they are teachers already. Man thinks that perhaps his reading or study of different religions and doctrines has qualified him and made him capable to understand the truth and to have the knowledge of God, but he forgets that there is only one teacher, and that is God Himself. We all are pupils, and what we can do in life is to qualify ourselves to become true pupils.   from

It should be remembered that all the great teachers of humanity, such as Jesus Christ, Buddha, Muhammad and Zarathushtra, have been great pupils; they have learned from the innocent child, they have learned from everyone, from every person that came near them. They have learned from every situation and every condition of the world. They have understood and they have learned. It is the desire to learn continually that makes one a teacher, and not the desire to become a teacher. As soon as a person thinks, 'I am something of a teacher,' he has lost ground. For there is only one teacher: God alone is the Teacher, and all others are His pupils. We all learn from life what life teaches us. When a soul begins to think that he has learned all he had to learn and that now he is a teacher, he is very much mistaken. The greatest teachers of humanity have learned from humanity more than they have taught.

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