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Category Faith:

Using desires & beliefs to create experiences.

Topic: Faith by @humanism


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Using desires & beliefs to create experiences.

~ @humanism (@chrisrice)


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Topic: Faith by @chrisrice


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Using desires & beliefs to create experiences.

~ @chrisrice


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Topic: Guruvaj is sitting in a humanist lotus tree.


I am Rodel Catajay, from Mabini Batangas Philippines. Thanks to Chris, on which i am engaging in several conversation for the past week on the steem, that I came to be invited on this group.

Let me just start from my interest, since I learned to read and watch tv, my interest grow on various topics, i found science a very informative to read, then i am acquainted with paranormal science, tru Jaime Licauco's book, it branch out to buying some books about mysticism, spiritualism, Buddhism and others.

Example of books.
Tibetan Book of the Dead, Swami vivekenanda, allan kardecs spirits book,a book of neil donald walsh, and many others which title i cant remember, and its all stored in one of the cabinets, locked up for years.

I am also a Rosicrucian, particularly, OHGRC which later become KMCE, collected a bagfull of discourses.

In general, I like science, particulary Biology, since that is my college degree, BS Biology, I am a teacher by profession in SHS public school, and I am ICT/Blockchain enthusiast and a father to a kid named Apollo.

Feel free to ask me some questions.

That's it for now.


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Reply to Guruvaj is sitting in a humanist lotus tree.


{And I am wondering if you already realized completely & directly that you are not your Self (mind) or if you have chosen to not realize that yet.}

Let me put it this way, for very few times in my waking time, when you felt or somehow seen a glimpse of a light, suddenly a conversation runs in my head, as if there are people having discourse, or just some voices telling me, explaining, or making me feel there is more to this life than my usual way of thinking.

These words are spontaneous, which it can be not from me, or just immense recall of all the teaching i put into my subconscious.

I just let it flow, listening, and if I have my chance i talk it out to somebody, like my wife or my collegues in school. But most of the time, just myself.

This "discourses" also urge me to write, but, numerous mundane obstacles are still in the way, I am not in a hurry, since I am still a Chela, on the path of learning.

Still some fears that are latent preventing me to really indulge the thing I still cant comprehend or just maybe, I am waiting for my new Master.

Whatever it is, it gives me more meaning and understanding, rather than be confuse, or distracted from concepts to concepts, a hope spring eternal, I lay my rest to the Masters.


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Reply to Guruvaj is sitting in a humanist lotus tree.


"There is no sin but ignorance". Christopher Marlowe
Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/christopher_marlowe_379775

Dito ko siguro unang nakita yun quote na ito, I whole heartedly agree on this, since I was in highschool up to now.

i will expound later how i explain it on my own point of view.


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Hi @guruvaj

Is there any chance I could DM you? Do you use telegram? or discord? I've some questions I wanted to ask you (outside blockchain).

Yours
Piotr

Sure @crypto.piotr
My telegram @rodel_x
+63 9228390100
My discord: https://discord.gg/uB3UhwN

Good evening.

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Reply to Guruvaj is sitting in a humanist lotus tree.


Example of books.
Tibetan Book of the Dead, Swami vivekenanda, allan kardecs spirits book,a book of neil donald walsh, and many others which title i cant remember..

Hi @guruvaj,

Your ideas & membership will be invaluable to the community.

I read three of the Coversations with God books by Neal Donald Walsh when I was younger but I haven't read or studied any of the other books or texts you mentioned - feel free to write reviews or summaries about those books in the proper categories.


I am also interested in your experience, ideas & perspectice of Self-realization..

And I am wondering if you already realized completely & directly that you are not your Self (mind) or if you have chosen to not realize that yet.

Thank you,
~ @chrisrice


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Reply to Guruvaj is sitting in a humanist lotus tree.


"There is no sin but ignorance". Christopher Marlowe
Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/christopher_marlowe_379775

Dito ko siguro unang nakita yun quote na ito, I whole heartedly agree on this, since I was in highschool up to now.

i will expound later how i explain it on my own point of view.

Thank you @guruvaj.. and I look forward to reading your posts.

P.S. I mentioned You in the recent video I filmed, I described what we are doing with Steem.ph, Humanist.xyz and how I'm happy that you joined our activities 😀✌️


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Category Enlightenment:

Seeing the insignificance & meaninglessness of every-thing.

Topic: Enlightenment by @humanism


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Seeing the insignificance & meaninglessness of every thing.

~ @humanism (@chrisrice)


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Topic: Enlightenment by @chrisrice


The English word enlightenment and the Pali word bodhi both mean 'to wake up,' or 'to open the eyes.' When, as a result of practicing the Buddha's Dhamma, one deeply, fully and directly realizes the impermanent, inadequate and selfless nature of conditioned phenomenon one is said to have become or to have attained enlightenment. Quite automatically, this realization brings about a radical change in one’s experience and one’s behaviour. Frustration, anxiety and fear are replaced by peace and joy. A person who is enlightened is called either a Buddha or an arahant. The state itself is also often called Nibbana.

~ @chrisrice


I just changed the definition after receiving some clarity from DhammaWiki.com and I'll update the image to reflect it soon.


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Category Ignorance:

Seeking for permanence, perfection & one's "self".

Topic: Ignorance by @humansim


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Seeing significance & meaningless where there is none.

~ @humanism (@chrisrice)


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Topic: Ignorance by @chrisrice


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Seeking for permanence, perfection AND / OR one's self.

~ @chrisrice


DISCLAIMER: I changed the definition for this a few times & insight that I gained from DhammaWiki.com influenced some of my latest change.


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I tend to agree @guruvaj and I think the word "sin" is a somewhat inappropriate term for the word "ignorance".

Not seeing significance or meaning in things is a little tricky (especially at first) since there is a tendency to see meaning (positive or negative meaning) in the words of "not seeing meaning in things".

It's a never ending circle until a person no longer sees meaning in seeking, even if the mind is seeking.

  • It's an interpretation that destroys all interpretations.

P.S. If there is anything you disagree with me on, or if you word things differently than me, it's okay - real discussion from different points of view can offer clarity 😀


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"There is no sin but ignorance".

I made a change to the definition I recently gave for the word ignorance and the website DhammaWiki.com is what helped me clarify & correct my previous definition.

P.S. Your friendship means a lot to me @guruvaj, at least the two of us have each other to discuss this with now :)


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  • Seeking for permanence, perfection AND / OR one's self.

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Topic: Guruvaj asks: Number 1


Is a conscious act of harming a person (doing a sinfull act) can really put you into hell(or eternal punishment)?


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Reply to Guruvaj asks: Number 1


To answer this question, we need to understand, or atleast explore various meanings of the following words.

  1. What is a conscious act?
  2. What is a sin?
  3. What is hell?
    Answers will be very varied from person to person, since every individual have different understanding of everything.

But still try.


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Reply to Guruvaj asks: Number 1


To answer this question, we need to understand, or atleast explore various meanings of the following words.

  1. What is a conscious act?
  2. What is a sin?
  3. What is hell?
    Answers will be very varied from person to person, since every individual have different understanding of everything.

But still try.

I will do some research about the words you are referring to and I'll discuss it with you here.

I can learn from our discussions much like your students learn from you in the classroom @guruvaj 😁🖐️


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Category Self-realization:

The complete & direct realization that one's sense of self (sense of "I", "I am" and "I exist") also known as the mind (ego / self) is just a thought in consciousness.

Topic: Self-realization by @humanism (@chrisrice)


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The complete & direct realization that one's sense of self (sense of "I", "I am" and "I exist") also known as the mind (ego / self) is just a thought in consciousness.

~ @humanism (@chrisrice)


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Category Nibbana:

Reality as it is, outside of our thoughts, words, experiences and consciousness, also known as "Freedom from Suffering", "Perfect Happiness", "Nirvana", Nothing and the "Absolute".

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Topic: Nibbana by @humanism


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Reality as it is, outside of our thoughts, words, experiences & consciousness, also known as "Freedom from Suffering", "Perfect Happiness", "Nirvana", Nothing and the "Absolute".

~ @humanism (@chrisrice)


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Topic: Introduction to Nibbana


Nibbana (Pali), nirvana (Sanskrit), is the highest spiritual state and the ultimate goal of Buddhism.

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The word nibbana comes from nir meaning ‘stop’ and và meaning ‘to blow.’ Thus Nibbana is the extinguishing or blowing out of the fires of greed, hatred and ignorance. Alternatively, it may come from nir plus vana meaning ‘desire’ and thus mean the ‘stopping of desire.’ When, as a result of practicing The Noble Eightfold Middle Path
ignorance and craving give way to knowledge and fulfilment, one attains Nibbana and at death is no longer subject to rebirth and all the suffering that entails.

Source:

  1. DhammaWiki.com

Do you agree, disagree or have any questions?

~ @chrisrice


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To many, different words have different meaning. Words show origin, shows culture, shows preferences and others, words also shows discriminations, shows isolation, it shows materialization of the thoughts.
Nirvana, is a state of mind, much like the heaven of Christianism. And we all knew this analogy so far right.

Nirvana is a goal, an objective, a mission. It gives us inner strenght to endure our existence. It is a loud voice within our soul that directs us back to the source. The source, where the first light came forth. The seed of creation itself.

This feeling is blocked by mundane task. It is ok. You and me are not exactly alike, our soul evolution, our soul time differs, our soul consciousness differs in many level. It is ok. Do not worry. Whatever status you are in now, whatever hardships or misfortunes, or whatever great accomplishments you are enjoying now, your goal and my goal is still the same, your soul is always knows what to do.

So what is the key to this state?
Again, words may confuse you, your feelings and status in life may distract you.
But dont be distracted, just stop for a moment. Be quiet and listen. Listen to what...? You start by staring at your garden, the sky, the rains, anything, just stop and look disenterestedly. Even just a minute, that precious 60 seconds, when you just stop.
the next stop that you will do, you will hear something.

You will hear your SELF.


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Category Mindfulness:

The ability of a person to stay calm & collected.

Topic: Mindfulness by @Humanism


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The ability of a person to stay calm & collected.

~ @humanism (@chrisrice)


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Topic: Mindfulness by @chrisrice


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The ability of a person to stay calm & collected (inwardly & outwardly).

~ @chrisrice


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Topic: Definition of Ignorance


Ignorance

is believing that:

1. Your conscious experiences are determined by external factors (not You).

2. You are a human body or a brain, even though you are conscious.

3. It's wise to center one's life around enjoyment & pleasure instead of the prevention & reduction of suffering.


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Topic: Definition of Enlightenment


Enlightenment:

is discovering the utmost importance of preventing & reducing suffering, and includes the realization that all other objectives lead to suffering.


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Topic: Definition of Self-realization


Self-realization

is understanding that a human being's sense of self is nothing more than a thought, feeling or sense and does not truly represent or fully describe anything real.

  1. Self-realization is often discovered in an instant after contemplating deeply on the questions: "Who Am I" "What Am I" in a meditative practice called Inquiry.
  2. If self-realization is realized, the person's thoughts, feelings & sense of self will completely disappear from their consciousness.
  3. It can also be described as discovering your True Nature, the no-self Self or Pure Consciousness.

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Topic: Definition of Faith


Faith:

the understanding that a person's desires & beliefs determine their conscious experiences.


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