On the importance (?) of “being empty of ego,” only loving, etc

TPSG shared this image (with the pre-existing caption below):

Resist the impulse to shut down your mind or become angry and instead, simply ask yourself this question with honesty.

Why do you think you are right and they are wrong? Do you believe as you do simply because you have been told to believe it by other people before you? Would you believe as you do if you were born into another culture or at another time?

These are very serious questions that we must ask ourselves.
Resist the impulse to shut down your mind or become angry and instead, simply ask yourself this question with honesty.

Why do you think you are right and they are wrong? Do you believe as you do simply because you have been told to believe it by other people before you? Would you believe as you do if you were born into another culture or at another time?

These are very serious questions that we must ask ourselves.

TPSG added: Always maintain a ” Beginners – Mind ” , endeavor not to get caught up knowing the ” TRUTH ” .

ZPS commented: boy, this opens up a can of worms! religion is seen by many as somehow “bad”, like being blamed for wars and murders, and torcher, and yet, if we really look deeply, we see that it is the humans, the human ego that does this.

to blame religion is like blaming science for the nuclear bomb, bio-warfare, and many of the diseases that were spread by them. but science, like religion is just humans doing what they do. trying to help, and sometimes getting it right, but a lot of time, getting the ego in the way and mucking it all to hell.

the path of seeing who you are, can also be screwed up, and I have seen where ego enters this path also. the so-called “trick” to all of this, is to look with honest eyes, as who you are, and know that everything must be dropped in order to really see, or as the Zen folks say, “Only don’t know”. that way, all these crazy beliefs are bypassed. 

 

 

JR wrote:

  • ZP, you seem to be suggesting that there is something bad about ego and wars and murder and torture and craziness and maybe even blame. Maybe there is.

    However, if that is your assertion, then obviously you are not operating from “only don’t know.” You already know those things are bad, don’t you? You reject them and condemn them, just like all of the rest of the herd of mindless “rejectionists.”

    You may still be full of ego, not that it is anything important. (To the one full of ego, “being empty of ego” may seem VERY important. What if it is not?)

    Can you drop all of those beliefs, all of that complexity, all of that knee-jerk rejectionism, all of that dishonesty, shame, and shaming. Can you look with an open mind, with an honest heart?

    “There is a time for a war and a time for peace. There is a time to love and a time to hate.” – an Ancient Hebrew proverb from Ecclessiastes, Chapter 3.

    Billions of people throughout human history have been taught that there is more than one religion. What if that is at least slightly imprecise?
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