When “right” changes, it becomes “wrong.” But everything changes, thus; “wrong” will become “right” again.
Something that looks clean, is bound to get dirty. Even though someone may clean it consistently. That cleaning is needed because it got dirty.
Therefore, why do we equate clean and dirty with “good and bad”? Why do we have that idea in our minds?
Some believe that sex is “dirty.” But they don’t see that only something that is “clean” can become “dirty.”
Our generalizations, our black or white beliefs, our emotional investments in religions, spirituality, philosophies and politics that can only see one side of a thing; is prevalent. We live in the mind, not in Life.
The “problem” is not the world. The “problem” is the mind of the observer.
Because we cannot be observers, tourists in an ever-changing reality; we cling to labels and ideals that we believe should be unmovable in time. That is an illusion.
Chasing the illusion of “changing the world,” we don’t allow for ourselves to change, because we believe to be “right.”
We believe “right” is something that cannot change.
We believe to have the “truth.”
Belief upon belief. Opinion upon opinion. We don’t live Life.
We only think about it.
The following reflects 2 different views of truth. Very interesting.
First, we have Mr.Steve Jobs. He is an “icon” of success in the USA. The former Apple CEO, had an interesting life. He shaped his world. He manipulated it because he realized that “Everything you call life was made up by people not smarter than you.” Therefore, you can embrace it, change it, improve it.. make your mark on it…because the world is messed up in a way…
Notice that Mr. Jobs realization about a conceptual life that is limiting us, is very spiritual indeed.
Interesting to know that, Mr. Jobs went to India to find “enlightenment” in her younger days.
Mr. Jobs approach was to “change the world.” That was his truth.
However, notice that the way we change the world will reflect the way we are. In other words, don’t expect that someone who is a “go getter,” who is looking for “profit” and that is all about “beating the competition” will change the world in a gentle, compassionate way… 🙂 their concept of “improving the world” is based on their perspective of the world.
Anyone who is for the “motto” of changing the world without first changing the self, will try to make the world an extension of himself.Ego.
If you want to know how spiritually evolved someone is, just hear the “noise” that they make while speaking. Note not what they are saying but how they are saying it. The way it sounds to the ears without decoding the words, their voice inflection, the all embracing “vibe” that they send out…All of that gives you the “truth” behind the words… 🙂
In this video we have Zen master Jinen. He is hinting that “truth” is to find yourself and everything shows you who you are, so you can learn what truth is. That truth is non conceptual. It cannot be put into words and in that truth there is no separation. Everything reflects who you are.
Therefore, to think “me” and the “world,” is separation. To change the world isolated from “me” is a conceptual illusion.
Even though his English is limited, there is a lot more talking about him which goes beyond words and concepts… 🙂
After studying so much Spiritual knowledge. After being able to talk about different philosophies and religions and share their main ideas and beliefs, all I hear about from most everyone is “how to change the world.”
Popular songs have been written about that. However, I don’t recall a song sold in the market or played in the radio about transforming the self.
Probably those songs don’t make any money… 🙂
Below is a short video by J.Krishnamurti.
In this video he succinctly gives 3 reasons as to why we don’t change.
1) Because we are not serious about it.
2) Because we don’t care.
3) Psychological conditioning.
Points #1 and #2 are easy to pinpoint in ourselves as long as we are honest. Many times we follow a spiritual path out of convenience, out of “getting something” or some other reason dealing with the “I” and the illusion of the fulfillment of the “me.”
However, point #3 is truly important to understand.
We behave the way we do because of our traditions. Because of our beliefs. Because of the things that we have learned and the experiences that we had when looked at from a fragmented personality.
That conditioning is not allowing us to see beyond.
There is the conditioning of our thinking. Our “normal” way of seeing things through the lenses of the authority, the leader, the boss, etc.
There are the religious dogmas as well. The psychological support that they offer which is helpful at one point in our lives but it will become a source of attachment and dependency at other times. This duality needs to be carefully observed. The same thing with any sort of philosophy which frames our vision of the world under a certain lens, the “right” lens which is to be proven insufficient at other times when the world and time changes.
To be stuck in a static vision and belief. To feel that “I have the truth,” are just illusions of an egotistical mind.
Something continuously changing, cannot be framed under any thought or concept, including the “me” concept or “I-ness.”
Freedom from all of that is to be free.
Wish you freedom.