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InvisibleSwami
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Spirituality and Pragmatism
    #3338830 - 11/09/04 09:40 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I contend that all ethical and spiritual teachings should have a solid pragmatic foundation; i.e. they are designed to be used to better one's state of affairs in THIS world, not to go off into some escapist world where blue light beams enter one's forehead.


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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: Swami]
    #3338834 - 11/09/04 09:43 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Who's to say escapism can't better one's state of affairs in this world?


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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: Swami]
    #3338839 - 11/09/04 09:45 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

its a pink light, damnit!


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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: Swami]
    #3338847 - 11/09/04 09:49 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

what philisophical ideas fits this design? if we are to judge an idea's validity based on usefullness and practicality, then aren't we travelling into a realm where one size does not fit all?

in other words, practical for whom? one thing that can benefit you could possibly hurt another. While this happens all the time anyway, your contention lies on usefulness which varies from person to person

"I contend that all ethical and spiritual teachings should have a solid pragmatic foundation; i.e. they are designed to be used to better one's state of affairs in THIS world, not to go off into some escapist world where blue light beams enter one's forehead. "

generalization?


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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: kaiowas]
    #3338869 - 11/09/04 09:57 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

If one meditates, prays, does yoga, visualizations and entheogens and their relationships are unsatisfactory and unimproved in spite of claimed access to mystical states, and they are unhappy with their living situations, then what can be said of these practices or the person doing them?


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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: Swami]
    #3339266 - 11/09/04 11:43 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

that it's a process and no one is perfect? That maybe you should check back in 20 years. Or better, worry about yourself.


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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: Swami]
    #3339267 - 11/09/04 11:44 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

Swami said:
I contend that all ethical and spiritual teachings should have a solid pragmatic foundation; i.e. they are designed to be used to better one's state of affairs in THIS world, not to go off into some escapist world where blue light beams enter one's forehead.




I agree, and add that even within the realm of spiritual pragmaticism, there is still a vast space of subjectivity and flexibility - of course.

To use a botanical analogy; think of perennial plants as the practical plants, and non-perennial plants as the fleeting, escapist plants.
The Rose, although intricately designed with vibrant colors and easily captivating appearances, never makes it past fall or through Winter. It thrives only in the fair-weather seasons, where just about any plant can easily thrive in.. Yet, as Life's seasons become increasingly challenging through the heat of the sun in the Summer, and the chilly dark Fall to the harsh coldness of the Winter... they cease to thrive and exist.
Take the ever-lasting Pine tree in comparison.
This tree is there when the Rose peaks out from the ground in early Spring...
It is there when the Spring fully blossoms in the Late Spring and Early Summer..
It is there when the Rose endures the glaring heat under the sun throughout late Summer...
It is there when the Rose begins to shed its once lustrous petals..one by one...
It is there when the Rose shrivels up, dries up.. and falls in Death..
It is there when the snow covers all what once used to be a bed of vibrant, eager life of botanical-beings.

...And it will still be there... for many, many, many more generations of Roses and non-perennial plants..

Perennial Truth and Pragmatic Spirituality will always be Here-Now, and useful through ALL "seasons" of Life.

The flexibility and subjectivity comes in when you realize that you're not limited to a choice of just being a Pine tree and a Rose; there are THOUSANDS of Perennial plants that you have the choice to "be"!



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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3339301 - 11/09/04 11:53 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

":I contend that all ethical and spiritual teachings should have a solid pragmatic foundation; i.e. they are designed to be used to better one's state of affairs in THIS world, not to go off into some escapist world where blue light beams enter one's forehead. "

i agree absolutely. I think the vast majority of spiritual teachings i have encounterd definetly fit this criteria. I have yet to study a spiritual teaching that does not enhance control/enjoyment over regular waking life, which is not to say they dont exist.


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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: NariusFractal]
    #3339395 - 11/10/04 12:18 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

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sheister said:
that it's a process and no one is perfect? That maybe you should check back in 20 years. Or better, worry about yourself.




Then we should expect that we'll never hear you complain about your surroundings and Dade City, FL again?


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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: Swami]
    #3339428 - 11/10/04 12:26 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Hmmmmmmmmmm,

I havn't followed any to a tee, and what has grabbed my attention has gone through serious trial and error custum modifications.

Damn the realms of spirit and the spirit self is so vast not to mention the HUGE difference between our individual journeys and make up. How can one size fit all to a tee? No two people will apply them the same or even have the same abilities for applying them and getting something from them.

Stop and realise how many people can be taught handwriting by the same person and yet, some will write better then others and no matter what, no two will have the same hand writing. Is it the fault of the instruction? No, we are just all different, with different abilities for learning and doing and getting results.

I've come to a place where I demand a custom fit!!!!!!!! efficiency!

Sooooooooooooooo I figure, who knows me better, what I respond to, how I learn the best, need for growth, yada yada then my own self who has been through it all. I figure, when I meditate to seek inner guidance, I tune in with my future self who has traveled my roads, navigated all of the pit falls, forks, dead ends, etc. I intend to align with that self that knows the smoothest, most efficient path through where I need to be for whatever growth and purpose I came here for.

After all, ya know you can trust your higher self.

I think the ultimate spiritual practice is living life itself.

Let new ideas and incentives spring up, act on them with passion and have fun, then take time to reflect on how it all went, do some TWEEKING (pruning away what didn't work and reinforce what did), then take a rest to recharge and rejuvinate and go at it again with new ideas and intentions.

Be like the seasons of change and run through the cycles. There is no greater spiritual teacher, or format or guide, then life itself and your own self.

IN MY HUMBLE OPINION OF COURSE. :tongue:


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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: Swami]
    #3339596 - 11/10/04 02:05 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

Swami said:
If one meditates, prays, does yoga, visualizations and entheogens and their relationships are unsatisfactory and unimproved in spite of claimed access to mystical states, and they are unhappy with their living situations, then what can be said of these practices or the person doing them?




a story of Job (pronounced jobe) illustrates exactly what you are talking about.
a story of socrates (pronounced socratese) illustrates your position here.

Job would have prefered that the outcome of all his efforts had magical expression in his life, but many things which were out of his control did not work out. He still acted upon his best understanding of what was good conduct for a man (- the practices).

Socrates expressed an appreciation of clear dependencies and had little patience for involvement with things that did not connect with the betterment of man's lot in this world.

Would Socrates have criticized Job for his love of G-d? he certainly would have avoided any discussion of G-d directly. Woud Job have had terms that Socrates would have connected with? Maybe empathy or sympathy - not a bad start.


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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: Swami]
    #3340716 - 11/10/04 11:11 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Does having certain spiritual beliefs for the sake of feeling good qualify as practical?


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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: Sclorch]
    #3340968 - 11/10/04 12:31 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

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Sclorch said:
Quote:

sheister said:
that it's a process and no one is perfect?  That maybe you should check back in 20 years.  Or better, worry about yourself.




Then we should expect that we'll never hear you complain about your surroundings and Dade City, FL again?




exactly  :rolleyes:


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Re: Spirituality and Pragmatism [Re: NariusFractal]
    #3341258 - 11/10/04 01:38 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

again, almost all spiritual instruction i have encounterd in quite alot of reading has been very practical if properly applied.

be aware. be in the moment. trust in yourself. Be thankfull for what you have. Do not do unescessary harm. Recognize your ego and control it. control your emotions rather than vice versa. Do not be caught up in regret. Be joyous.

And i would even argue that spiritual techniques that do nothing other than allow you to acess a pleasant la-la land of blue beams and sparkly starships have value as well. If it makes you happy without impairing your ability to function outside of that world, that alone is pragmatic enough.


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