Just a quick — odd thought. Sure, since we are not standing right next to the guys, we do not know for sure what exactly Buddha or Christ literally said or did not say. I get that.
However, the notion these days is that we assume that anything that we are told that they said that we do not like we then say that we bet that they did not really say. That which we do like, that which agrees with us, we say that we bet they said. Therefore believing that Buddha or Christ were very brilliant men — since they think just as we do, and agree with us on so many things.
We bet that Buddha (the REAL Buddha) would never have really believed in gods, karma, reincarnation, atman.. whatever. We bet this because WE do not think this, and obviously is Buddha was so freaking smart he would agree with me.
If he disagreed with me; with my great intellect, my math, my science, my deep-ass ponderings — then he would just be another superstitious fool. Or so we like to believe.
Is this really it? Do we think so highly of ourselves that we now assume that if there was a Buddha, or a Christ, or any kind of a god that they would obviously agree with us on everything?
Hell we even have monks/priests out there now who have meditated and meditated and meditated — never hitting any real kind of enlightenment; so what do they do? They then say that there is no real nirvana.
Why though? Is that not the same thing as them saying “Well it did not happen to me so I guess it is not real?”
So what then? Since you are so freaking great and it did not happen to you it must not be real? Since it did not happen to you and you are really, really, really great at all this stuff… it must have never happened to Buddha or anyone else?
It is just something I was thinking about today, and it made me laugh. All these religions preach annihilation of self, but then we make the religion fit into out own personal experiences, preferences, and expectations.
Don’t worry, I am not saying that I am excluded from all of this; although if there was a god I bet he’d agree with me:) That was a joke.
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