For weeks I have been a a very deep study, there is no other way I can say it. I have been in study and thinking, because study needs introspection. They go together.

I read philosophy, anthropology, theology, sociology, history, and psychology. There are so many parallels to be drawn in history and relevant times. I have the faculty of mind and learning which is like a bridge between belief and knowing. I see more that bridge is not a very far one to cross. It takes some common sense only. The capability to doubt is one of the most valuable virtues in my life. Doubting is perfectly natural. In fact, the more I look at it the more I am realizing the doubting is one of the most natural and progressive virtues that I have discovered in life. If you read my blogs, you will see that I am absolutely in favor of change. Before that I was only partially in favor of changing. It is because changing is a very broad term. Anything can change, but we don’t normally consider everything as a good thing to transition towards. But I am saying now that for anything to change is natural and progressive. It is only shortsightedness and a loss of clarity that we think there is a great difference in the progress of the soul between virtue and vice. We think that there is desirable changing and less-desirable changing. What I am saying now is that changing is absolutely the way of life. And the way of life is the way of knowing. That is true religiousness. That is true spirituality. To honor life in it’s totality is true righteousness.

All these societies have been suppressing the collective human psyche. It has been so cunning because the oppressor can do all this with consent of the oppressed. That is how cunning he is; that he can fool the oppressed so easily. But we are giving our consent to the man if we don’t accept that we can change.

The dual-mind political system has suppressed the human mind. The pseudo-religions with all their morals have suppressed the human mind. The capital institution with their relentless greed has oppressed the human mind. And this continues on even to smaller institutions. The institution of marriage has oppressed the human mind. The institution of family has oppressed the human mind on many levels. It is not the nature of these things to be oppressive.

I am not against institutions. They are useful. They are productive. It is neutral, and that is why I see their great capabilities. If institutions are like a sharp knife (which they absolutely are because the are divisive), then it is obviously the person wielding it is commuting the crime against humanity, or bringing it to fruition!

I do not know this by experience: but I don’t think that the space of eternal bliss cares about morals and so-called righteousness. But I do know experientially that I have not yet encountered a change which wasn’t progressive in it’s reality. The space between here and there is barely even one step, and like I said, the bridge is becoming shorter to cross. Common sense will take you much of the way. But our common sense has been taken from us. That commons sense is the progressive and non violent nature of the collective human psyche. You can see this very clearly just by studying the ancient cultures and civilizations. That birthright is not completely taken, it still exists for many people of the world whose innocence draws them no closer to the vanity of mainstream civilization. For me, these are those who inherit the kingdom of Heaven.

Many cultures of the past lived in such simplicity and innocence so that mans true nature of enjoyment and non-violence was naturally nurtured and absolutely experienced. But because of modern times is is so commonly accepted that we are drudging through this life only living in between short moments of peace.

In 1961 the philosopher Thomas Hobbes said that human life in its natural state was ‘solitary, poor, nasty brutish, and short’. He was only partially correct because natural life may be shorter in comparison, but that is a topic debated by the scientists. Otherwise Hobbes was completely wrong. Less than a century later it was philosopher Jean Rousseau who countered Hobbes by saying the opposite; that nature is naturally good and we could have lived with a happy well-being if only away from the influence of the modern state. He is absolutely correct! On that note, my experience tallies with his, and his experience tallies with figures like Guatama Buddha, Krishna, and Mahavira. Rousseau was only a philosopher and I am saying that he could not have only believed this. You must have known it is true! That on this note, Rousseau had eyes to see! He had an inner clarity which is the natural sharpness of mind which it does not require virtue or good deeds. I am not full of virtue, but I can see when it is appropriate to respond! I am not full of good deed, but I don’t have any enemy because I have no fights to pick. I can see that there is no problem, so how can I have an enemy? That is not something that I believe, it is something I know.

Hobbes also believed that man was not hardwired to live in complex political systems, so he was not completely without eyes. Rousseau was absolutely right to oppose Hobbes who didn’t have eyes enough to see that this life is not so burdensome. He argued that man should submit to an authoritative body. It is because of mindsets like Hobbes’ that the Christians has been referencing the ‘original sin’ – ‘the fall of man’. People have questioned as to whether man’s nature is good or bad. It is a question of great debate, but at least Rousseau had the eyes to see.

When you have eyes to see you cannot deny the expression of how you see. It is not mere belief. Beliefs are cheap. A blind man can believe that the color of whiteness exists, but he does not know it because he cannot see it – he is blind! Many things are problems in your life and you can not know they are there, but you go on living anyways. But when you have the eyes to see your problems then you feel the weight of responsibility on your shoulders. And if you chose to give meaning to life’s phenomenons then you could say that every challenge in life is only an opportunity to sharpness your intelligence.

This is what I call common sense. Commons sense is characterized by being natural and spontaneous. It is natural and it is spontaneous! And it can grow. You must know this routine. We get tired of old ways and we make a resolve to do better. It is because intelligence, sharpness, and clarity that we can move hurdles in our life. To me, that is religiousness. To me that is spirituality.

You deserve to have a free mind! It is your life. You were not born with a name, but they gave you one. You were not born with a religion, but you were assigned one. You were not born with a nationality, but they gave you one! You were already born free-minded, but you’ve given it up for a life of reluctance. It is no wonder that life can be a drudgery to get through. But life is not a burden. You stop the growth of your being and so it begins to feel like a burden. You have given up self-sovereignty. But life is new and exciting. It has the capability for so much greatness and richness. It is a big capital mark on spiritual growth.

And in reality, nobody is condemning. Certainly God is not condemning. It is completely your own life, there is absolutely no mandate in this experience. Life has always new chapters. You are writing it so give it any touch that you want, that is certainly within your discretion. Completely unique. Absolutely spontaneous. Write it however you like. You should not write this book for God. You should not write it for your family. You should not write it for honor. It should be written out of your being. You are just being, and this is what it was. You just be and the story happens. The book is not written as the script for your life.

I feel the throbbing in my chest every day. I could do anything. Nothing is a better feeling that the heart throbbing with life. It comes from your chest, and you could probably do anything you want. You could meet a wonderful man or woman. You could be thrilled by the sound of a child laughing. You could cry when you see an orchid bloom. I don’t look up. I am not looking at anybody. I am not saying, “Oh God sir, what a beautiful thing this is,” I am saying “This beautiful thing, it is Godly.”

Sat Nam

Erik H.

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