mantras of freedom and suffering


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中文: 敦煌藏經洞版畫,聖觀自在菩薩千轉滅罪陀羅尼。

中文: 敦煌藏經洞版畫,聖觀自在菩薩千轉滅罪陀羅尼。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

mental chainsMany mantras of helplessness begin with words like “I should be free, but I am not free because those other people are….” I could call that a mantra of blame or resentment (or envy). We are free to practice mantras of helplessness and blame and resentment and victim hood and indignation. That is how some use their freedom. Some use their freedom to train complacency and to chain powerful beasts to chairs and to program the masses with various mantras about future liberation and rituals of slavery that promise freedom in only seven years or seven lifetimes.

Those who promote rituals promising future liberation or salvation- if they know that their promises are ridiculous jokes- may even offer a service of promoting liberation as they present people with the possibility of interrupting their karmic mantras of suffering by drawing attention to the fact that their karmic suffering is entirely a matter of neuro-linguistic spiritual programs of “symbolic context.” Symbolic contexts are inherently “empty and meaningless” (and it is empty and meaningless that they are empty and meaningless).

This is not the truth, and there are no words that have a monopoly on “the truth.” Truth is merely a word. If you want truth, you can feel the wind on your face or listen to the sound of traffic in the distance. Furthermore, if you do not want truth, you can also feel the wind on your face or listen to the sound of traffic in the distance.

The truth of the letter O is that it is a round shape. There! Did the truth set you free? Or, were you already free and the truth just used some symbolic metaphors to dissolve the illusion that you were trapped, such as trapped by words?

If you make a word or set of words in to “the truth” (as a context or as a way of relating to it), then it becomes a chain of slavery (as long as people relate to it that way). People may call such truths fundamentalism or superstition or statements of faith or idolatry or fanaticism. Beware of such so-called truth. Delusions about “the truth” can be the most challenging so-called “mental chains” to notice that you are pretending to hold on to.

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