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InvisibleGnuBobo
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I wonder about hell
    #4810054 - 10/16/05 02:54 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

So, if you take a Judeo-Christian view of "god" or even a Buddhist or Hindu view of that Being, isn't the afterlife punishment a bit unfair?
And isn't that codified punishment in the next life antithetical and, thus, denying, any conception of a supremely benevolent godhead?

I got thinking on this tonight in terms of the monotheistic religious traditions, but it will carry over to other belief systems: Why would a being of love punish you for behavior in a sphere of existence that has no clear relation to the assumed following sphere of existence?

Especially a Supreme Being that gives us rational brains. Then said Supreme Being is near the worst incarnation of Descartes's idea of the malevolent cosmic joker.

Thoughts?


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4810057 - 10/16/05 02:57 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Award and Punishment/Heaven and Hell are archetypes for the mentally spiritual. The one who is truly in love with God has no need to desire reward or fear retribution. The company of God is the treasure.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: Unagipie]
    #4810059 - 10/16/05 02:59 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Funny how our world is determined by eccentric interpretations of that reward structure you're talking about.  :sad:


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4810082 - 10/16/05 03:20 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah, it is sorta sad that we, as humans, need an opiate such as religion to make it in today's society. Spirituallity has many paths to the Center. That is my true belief. I have met many true spiritual beings from many different walks of life and they all knew the same truths.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: blissedout]
    #4810097 - 10/16/05 03:33 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

There is no hell in the hebrew tradition,,, when you go to heaven, you are either close to god, or not close to god... all that stuff about fire and brimstone and satan came later...


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #4810100 - 10/16/05 03:36 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah. It was part..actually, it was probably the beginnings of the whole "fear" propaganda.

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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4810164 - 10/16/05 05:30 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

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GnuBobo said:
So, if you take a Judeo-Christian view of "god" or even a Buddhist or Hindu view of that Being, isn't the afterlife punishment a bit unfair?
And isn't that codified punishment in the next life antithetical and, thus, denying, any conception of a supremely benevolent godhead?

I got thinking on this tonight in terms of the monotheistic religious traditions, but it will carry over to other belief systems: Why would a being of love punish you for behavior in a sphere of existence that has no clear relation to the assumed following sphere of existence?

Especially a Supreme Being that gives us rational brains. Then said Supreme Being is near the worst incarnation of Descartes's idea of the malevolent cosmic joker.

Thoughts?




Nobody is really being punished, god takes those who he prefers and puts them in his special place, the rest are not good enough to enter it. It's like having a VIP pass, you are not being punished when you are not being let backstage


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4810214 - 10/16/05 07:56 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

ive been told by some of the more rational christians that i know that hell is nothing more than just being in the absence of god....which makes me wonder sometimes, maybe we are already in hell? or at least pertgatory


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: wrestler_az]
    #4810248 - 10/16/05 08:30 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

That's a very interesting point, because from the Hindu perspective, one could argue that.

Hindus believe that after you die, you go to one of a few different realms, the highest being the unmanifest duality. You only go there if you have lead a selfless life of love and devotion. Otherwise, you will sooner or later be reincarnated into the wheel of maya (maya = illusion...the whole plane we live in is an illusion). So basically, you are reincarnated until you have become Self-realized or enlightened or reached samadhi or however you want to call it.

So you could really say that reincarnation is equivalent to hell.

Generally, I agree with the original poster though, the idea of a God who differentiates between rewards and punishments in this life or any other seems counter-intuitive.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4810381 - 10/16/05 10:00 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

There is a long history of the word and concept of Hell. We have a Nordic source of 'Hel' for example. Missionaries to Eskimos were not pleased to have the natives happy to hear about the undying flames of Hell!  :grin: But I digress.

Hebrew thought had 'Sheol,' a concept close to Greek Hades to the best of my recollection. It was not artistically described and remains an unarticulated and therefore a mostly unconscious content, like the 'shades' or 'shadow' existence in Greek myth. By New Testament times, the word "Gehenna" was used, but that was a metaphorical reference to the garbage dump where stinking, smoldering garbage was burned, vermin proliferated, etc. Nasty physical location. The author called Matthew was big on fire and 'brimstone' (sulphur).

The Hindus and the Buddhists have their respective hot and cold hells, but after one's karma has been exhausted, one finds oneself reincarnated or reborn respectively. Similarly, in Islam, Hell is not eternal. I have the least info on their concept but a one-time Muslim at The Shroomery used to post on this.

It may be that the Unmitigated White Light of Ultimate Reality - The Face of GOD, so-to-speak, may be experienced as either Heaven or Hell depending upon the condition of the soul undergoing death. Those who encounter the Clear Light in Tibetan Buddhism, for example, cringe in terror and seek refuge in any material body rather than lose identity in That Reality, and thus are reborn - sometimes in a less-than-human form. In Christian theology (if one can forget the Dante-esque images of The Inferno), the Light of GOD may be equally agonizing, depending upon one's identity at the time of death. Those who have identified themselves with Christ-Light-Love will merge into GOD like slipping into a warm bath. Those who remain identified as a mind-body will perish because the mind-body perishes. Consciousness has not been transferred to what the Bible calls the "spiritual body."

Speculation of course, but it is not the flaw of a Compassionate GOD who instructs us in life how to achieve Eternal Life, and through our own egocentricity and ignorance fail to do what is necessary. The metaphors about 'the way' being 'narrow' reminds me of a park ranger in Yellowstone Park who tells you to stay on the path and on the bridge, and if you decide not to believe him and step into a super-heated mud pot, it is not his lack of compassion that causes me a second degree burn - it is my fault.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: OldWoodSpecter]
    #4811659 - 10/16/05 04:30 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

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god takes those who he prefers and puts them in his special place




i don't think i want to go in god's special place... a bad man once touched me in my special place, and i gotta tell ya, you wouldn't want to go there either :wink:


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Karma & Reincarnation [Re: MikeOLogical]
    #4812231 - 10/16/05 06:57 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

This is a Universe of Cause & Effect, a Law commonly known as Karma. By our actions & beliefs, we create effects, which eventually return to us in one form or another. This is not some judgement of God, but simply something we do to ourselves.

People reincarnate into conditions that match what they have created in the past. What they do with that, is up to them. When people truly get tired of barbarism, they will cease to be barbaric. That will do a lot towards pushing us towards civilization. Of course, we can speed up that process, by being as civilized as we can imagine, and encouraging others to do the same.

There is no reward or punishment in any of this. It is simply what we choose to do. And that is the cascade of creation.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #4819378 - 10/18/05 01:49 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

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It but a one-time Muslim at The Shroomery used to post on this.

It may be that the Unmitigated White Light of Ultimate Reality - The Face of GOD, so-to-speak, may be experienced as either Heaven or Hell depending upon the condition of the soul undergoing death. Those who encounter the Clear Light in Tibetan Buddhism, for example, cringe in terror and seek refuge in any material body rather than lose identity in That Reality, and thus are reborn - sometimes in a less-than-human form. In Christian theology (if one can forget the Dante-esque images of The Inferno), the Light of GOD may be equally agonizing, depending upon one's identity at the time of death. Those who have identified themselves with Christ-Light-Love will merge into GOD like slipping into a warm bath. Those who remain identified as a mind-body will perish because the mind-body perishes. Consciousness has not been transferred to what the Bible calls the "spiritual body."

Speculation of course, but it is not the flaw of a Compassionate GOD who instructs us in life how to achieve Eternal Life, and through our own egocentricity and ignorance fail to do what is necessary. The metaphors about 'the way' being 'narrow' reminds me of a park ranger in Yellowstone Park who tells you to stay on the path and on the bridge, and if you decide not to believe him and step into a super-heated mud pot, it is not his lack of compassion that causes me a second degree burn - it is my fault.





Yeah...I respect your knowledge base, Markos. 

I still don't understand why an infinitely benevolent God would seperate its creation from itself and say, "Left, Right, Yellow, Blue, Green, YEAAAAAAAH, TWSITER!  AWWWWWWW TWISTER!"

That's sadistic and sounds like, yet another, elaborate, stilted explanation for why we poop and we kill and why we feel guilt. 

Dunno. 

I just don't undertand the clinging to fantastical systems which are far more elaborate than the plot of "The Matrix" trilogy. 

But, here we go...an overwhelming majority of humans believe in some sort of system for the deathlife. 

Gnostics and mystics only bother me in the sense that they translate their subjective experiences into a "communion" and slick over all of the politics and dogma.

That's fine, but, gnostics/mystics don't tell me why they trust their sensory experiences to inform their belief system.

I mean, I can fall in love with a meth-head trailer park girl and love her with all of my heart and be so pure in that love for her...then if I get out of that chemical saturation in my brain, I might step back and say, "Whoa!  That chick's not that attractive and fucking stupid to boot!"

:shrug: 

I'd like to hear more on this topic, though.  I've dabbled in religion and philosophy, but never been an intense student of religion.  I got a bad taste in my mouth after reading my books for an "Enlightenment" course. 

Prof was totally cool, tho.  :smile:


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4819782 - 10/18/05 07:59 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

if hell is so painful, why does god kill people off who are going to it? he should just let them live so they have time to change their minds.

like, someone who flip-flops between belief and unbelief a number of times during their life- if they happen to die while believing or not, it's totally arbitrary.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4819848 - 10/18/05 08:34 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

This thread keeps bringing me thoughts back to the creation of freewill. If one believes there is a God who created all. Then the perfection of freewill must be understood. There is no punishment friends, there is only the lack of love. We have the freewill to live in the good or the bad and that is the perfection of God. If God was to have just made everything honky dory then when do we get the chance to give ourselves to God ? Hell has been abused by politics in the church and turned into some nasty prison. It makes God sound sadistic. When in fact he is perfect as is everything that was created. You see in order for there to be choice there has to be two choices. For freewill to work there has to be choices.

So from my standpoint............ Hell is absence of Love in the here and the after. People who live a hateful or extremely selfish life tend to be torched souls and have a very hard time building loving relationships. Same with us and God. Same with heaven and hell. But people who choose to live for others and the values of love tend to be healthy and productive. They have the best of the world and the after life. God punishes no one.........He only gave us freewill. There can be no other way. Perfection dictates that we MUST have a choice to Love and build a relationship with God. There is no other way. Love or hate, heaven or hell..........the same.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: Fucknuckle]
    #4823403 - 10/18/05 11:47 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

yo fucknuckle i don't get it about bad things happening to good people

i mean i think i get what you're saying about living for others being heaven n all, i mean i think i can see some truth in that

but what about when shitty things happen to people who love others? like their house gets burned down or their kids get eated by wild dogs? i mean, is free will always gonna be the source of evil??


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: crunchytoast]
    #4823537 - 10/19/05 12:27 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

I see your point. I have had some shitty stuff happen to me during some of my best times. It is what you do during the shitty times that matters

What about the kids that get eaten by dogs.............I don't know but I think that children are born loving people and are subject to heaven at death. Heaven being a subjective word here.

The bad stuff that happens to good people isn't really bad unless you allow it to make you bad. what I mean is this. If my daughter was eaten by dogs I can deal with it in the best way possible and still live in love or I can make myself crazed with hate toward God and everyone around me.

It is to easy to use the bad things in life to say God is sadistic or a prankster. It is much harder to understand that love and living in love is far beone the things around us. It is the values of Love that allow us to live through the bad things and see the world for what it really is. A place to learn to love and grow towards God. As with all things that are righteous.........It is always harder to do what is right than to do what is wrong or easy. Same with understanding why God allows such crap to happen. It is that Love can only happen with freewill and freewill allows bad things to happen.

You see it is how we react to the bad things not the bad things that matters. God only cares about the intent of the heart. Same for us we should only care about the intent of God's heart. His intent is not to have us live in a world filled with crap. His intent is to allow us the freewill to love him and understand his intent.


Is freewill always gonna be the source of Evil ?? Yes it has to be

It is a perfect system my friend a perfect way to allow Love

But as I said already. Great understanding, great Love they take great work. As with all things Good there is a price to be paid.

Many people want God to make this a happy little world. Selfish of them isn't it. Where is there love in that ? Only thinking of themselves !! God has given us this place to learn about his ways. To become creatures of love so we may understand him in person. So that we may live in,with, near him after we leave here.

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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4823785 - 10/19/05 02:46 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

The state of gnostic/mystic/pneumatic is not one of beliefs, but Source-of-Moment experiences applied to moment-to-moment reality. It is to become like God for the sake of others, instead of attempting to charm God for one's one sake - which is the more fundamentalist-psychic approach to spirituality (or attempts to be spiritual). What comes from ecstatic mystical discorporation (gnosis) is an incorporation if 'knowledge in action' or compassion in action. The mystic becomes a faceless agent of the compassion of God, free from psychological archetypes and dogmas like Heaven/Hell and Reward/Punishment. And these are not a "set of beliefs" eithers. Carl Gustav Jung, who extensively explored metaphysics and the symbolism of archetypes was once asked whether he believed in God by a BBC reported. His subversive and timely response: "I don't need to believe, I know God exists." At a certain point in spiritual development, one realizes that salvation is a solitary persuit, not a guideline. Once one becomes pneumatic in their spiritual intuition, attempting to fathom existence without the divine reality is impossible. The relationship between God and psychological-typical 'believers' is blind and unshelled. The relationship between God and an unbeliever in post-mortem provision is simply non-existent. Some may believe in the divine, some may not - but the mystic is "emptied flesh-ego made divine-ego" so to speak. The mystic is the only middle-ground between the divine and the flesh.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #4823821 - 10/19/05 03:31 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

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In Christian theology (if one can forget the Dante-esque images of The Inferno), the Light of GOD may be equally agonizing, depending upon one's identity at the time of death. Those who have identified themselves with Christ-Light-Love will merge into GOD like slipping into a warm bath. Those who remain identified as a mind-body will perish because the mind-body perishes. Consciousness has not been transferred to what the Bible calls the "spiritual body."




I adore the way you worded that. Like slipping into a warm bath  :sun: Presto! Pleroma! The fullness of all! An eternity of a drenching, burning compassion - the more you try to love God, God Almighty loves you back 1000th fold. Born finally if you will. I trust in God to make my seconds or minutes of death to be met with gentle ease and comfort. After-all... existing without a physical body can be a bit 'new' to most of us


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: Unagipie]
    #4823898 - 10/19/05 05:38 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

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The state of gnostic/mystic/pneumatic is not one of beliefs, but Source-of-Moment experiences applied to moment-to-moment reality. It is to become like God for the sake of others, instead of attempting to charm God for one's one sake - which is the more fundamentalist-psychic approach to spirituality (or attempts to be spiritual). What comes from ecstatic mystical discorporation (gnosis) is an incorporation if 'knowledge in action' or compassion in action. The mystic becomes a faceless agent of the compassion of God, free from psychological archetypes and dogmas like Heaven/Hell and Reward/Punishment. And these are not a "set of beliefs" eithers. Carl Gustav Jung, who extensively explored metaphysics and the symbolism of archetypes was once asked whether he believed in God by a BBC reported. His subversive and timely response: "I don't need to believe, I know God exists." At a certain point in spiritual development, one realizes that salvation is a solitary persuit, not a guideline. Once one becomes pneumatic in their spiritual intuition, attempting to fathom existence without the divine reality is impossible. The relationship between God and psychological-typical 'believers' is blind and unshelled. The relationship between God and an unbeliever in post-mortem provision is simply non-existent. Some may believe in the divine, some may not - but the mystic is "emptied flesh-ego made divine-ego" so to speak. The mystic is the only middle-ground between the divine and the flesh.




Uhh...yup.
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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #4823911 - 10/19/05 06:00 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Hell was simply invented to keep people in line. The population believed they were going to hell if they killed someone or had gay sex, where they would burn in eternal hellfire. Allot of the realigns have this "good boy/girl, bad boy/girl mentality. People would have to get on their knees and confess there sins, constantly worship this all knowing being in the sky that has complete control over everything.
Is it really a coincidence that the government directly benefits from these realigns? if everyone in USA was Christan this would be good news for the dominating personalities that run our country, just like it was good news back in the day for the kings and queens.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4825292 - 10/19/05 02:14 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

taking the concept of hell literally is stupid and bad for your health.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: crunchytoast]
    #4825912 - 10/19/05 04:16 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Crunchy, good people have to be extra tested, because life is that what counts


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: Misanthrope]
    #4826539 - 10/19/05 06:50 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Hell may have been "invented," but not by human beings. This is a matter of metaphysics, not human psychology. Your imagination of Hell might be of your invention, but the possibility of realms of experience have been posited in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, etc., etc. I have tasted Heavenly realms, and the most Hellish has been reliving the birth experience, but I am willing to make the leap of faith that there are terrible states of being of a metaphysical order.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: Unagipie]
    #4827546 - 10/19/05 11:02 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

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The state of gnostic/mystic/pneumatic is not one of beliefs, but Source-of-Moment experiences applied to moment-to-moment reality. It is to become like God for the sake of others, instead of attempting to charm God for one's one sake - which is the more fundamentalist-psychic approach to spirituality (or attempts to be spiritual). What comes from ecstatic mystical discorporation (gnosis) is an incorporation if 'knowledge in action' or compassion in action. The mystic becomes a faceless agent of the compassion of God, free from psychological archetypes and dogmas like Heaven/Hell and Reward/Punishment. And these are not a "set of beliefs" eithers. Carl Gustav Jung, who extensively explored metaphysics and the symbolism of archetypes was once asked whether he believed in God by a BBC reported. His subversive and timely response: "I don't need to believe, I know God exists." At a certain point in spiritual development, one realizes that salvation is a solitary persuit, not a guideline. Once one becomes pneumatic in their spiritual intuition, attempting to fathom existence without the divine reality is impossible. The relationship between God and psychological-typical 'believers' is blind and unshelled. The relationship between God and an unbeliever in post-mortem provision is simply non-existent. Some may believe in the divine, some may not - but the mystic is "emptied flesh-ego made divine-ego" so to speak. The mystic is the only middle-ground between the divine and the flesh.




This just sounds like consuming self-delusion and egotism. :shrug:

Suddenly people that babble about fantastical beings and being the conduit of knowledge and love from that being are labeled, "mystic"?  Forget dogma...it still sounds crazy.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4828386 - 10/20/05 03:49 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

There are essentially two egos - or conscious identities. The ego that comes from physical matter, and the divine ego/ground of being. The physical ego becomes destroyed at physical death, and unless one has learned to abandon the ego of the flesh, their consciousness and existence as they know it will die along with physical. It is the living tragedy in the eyes of God. Jesus said in Gospel of Thomas, "I mourn for every soul that does not come into the light.". It is not about condemnation, but rather death - the death of consciousness that comes with failing to identify with the eternal self. While the Divine Reality is aware (the awareness of God can be translated as the love of God) of the lives of such people who are unaware of eternity, the Divine Reality does not live through them. The goal of the pneumatic is simply to abandon the ego that stems from physical matter to replace it with the living, divine ego. You have mentioned 'egotism'. Egotism is an inflation of the physical self, external identity, etc. I have heard it called the 'the refuting ego', that is, an egotist is constantly trying to refute the egos of others. It is the opposite condition of those of the inner tradition, whether gnostics, kabbalists, sufis, and mystics. The human condition is not a random one. It is one in stages. Many pass through these stages intuitively, others unfortunately become stuck in certain stages in the development of consciousness, intently. Fundamentalist religiousity has no more interest in penetrating the divine mystery than a materialist who equate their physical existence as a human being to that of an ant. Those with an honest humility can achieve a conscious relationship with God, the divine the reality. Beyond that, those with a sincere desire to understand the immense mystery that is Eternal Love/Compassion will find themselves in the grips of privileged knowledge. This knowledge has nothing to do with ego games or refutation, but rather it is the pearl that the seeker of truth is looking for - for his own sake, for his own understanding of his solitary salvation. It has nothing to do with 'drawing straws' with others, a domain reserved for the fundamentalist-literalist mind set that masquerades spiritual elitism as righteousness. It is comparable to siblings trying to win the love of their parents over one another. A mystic does not claim that he is saved while others are not. He only affirms his own salvation.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: Unagipie]
    #4828426 - 10/20/05 04:16 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

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There are essentially two egos - or conscious identities. The ego that comes from physical matter, and the divine ego/ground of being.




That's a huge assumption and I don't think the "Jaws" shark could swallow it.


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The physical ego becomes destroyed at physical, and unless one has learned to abandon the ego of the flesh, their consciousness and existence as they know it will die along with physical. It is the living tragedy in the eyes of God. Jesus said in Gospel of Thomas, "I mourn for every soul that does not come into the light.". It is not about condemnation, but rather death - the death of consciousness that comes with failing to identify with the eternal self. In the sense that Christ "mourns", while the Divine Reality is aware (the awareness of God can be translated as the love of God) of the lives of such people who are unaware of eternity, the Divine Reality does not live through them. The goal of the pneumatic is simply to abandon the ego that stems from physical matter to replace it with the living, divine ego. You have mentioned 'egotism'. Egotism is an inflation of the physical self, external identity, etc. I have heard it called the 'the refuting ego', that is, an egotist is constantly trying to refute the egos of others. It is the opposite condition of those of the inner tradition, whether gnostics, kabbalists, sufis, and mystics.




I haven't read the gospel of Thomas. I take issue with a "gnostic" quoting a translated text that was transcribed--many years after the conversation/speaking took place--from memory perhaps by a writer who had an interest that twisted the meaning/recollection of the spoken words due to societal/spiritual pressures.
I mean, religion is politics. You want your shit to be spread because you believe, so of course you'll spin it to fit your accepted worldview.

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The human condition is not a random one. It is one in stages. Many pass through these stages intuitively, others unfortunately become stuck in certain stages in the development of consciousness, intently. Fundamentalist religiousity has no more interest in penetrating the divine mystery than materialist who equate their physical existence as a human being to that of an ant. Those with an honest humility can achieve a conscious relationship with God, the divine the reality. Beyond that, those with a sincere desire to understand the immense mystery that is Eternal Love/Compassion will find themselves in the grips of privileged knowledge. This knowledge has nothing to do with ego games or refutation, but rather it is the pearl that the seeker of truth is looking for - for his own sake, for his own understanding of his solitary salvation. It has nothing to do with 'drawing straws' with others, a domain reserved for the fundamentalist-literalist mind set that masquerades spiritual elitism as righteousness. It is comparable to siblings trying to win the love of their parents over one another. A mystic does not claim that he is saved while others are not. He only affirms his own salvation.





Fine. I don't care about what "gnostics" or "mystics" claim for themselves.

Don't fuck with me and don't fuck with the empirical, "rational" world system of living we have to get along with one another in, and, I have no problem. I have a problem with fundamentalists that impose fantasies onto political and social policies for others--that only breeds conflict. Real-world situations tend to spit on the face of doctrine or divinely-inspired understandings of our shared world.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4828451 - 10/20/05 04:42 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

I will simply leave it at that. I have nothing to prove, but in the spirit of discussion I will relate how I have came to understand reality. I'm not trying to push anything on anyone. I didn't even make this thread, I'm simply replying. A preclusion such as "don't fuck with the empirical" kind of escapes the purpose of discussion in SM&P in the first place.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: Unagipie]
    #4828515 - 10/20/05 05:47 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Wow! Looks like something I mighta written!


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: Unagipie]
    #4832879 - 10/21/05 01:19 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

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I will simply leave it at that. I have nothing to prove, but in the spirit of discussion I will relate how I have came to understand reality. I'm not trying to push anything on anyone. I didn't even make this thread, I'm simply replying. A preclusion such as "don't fuck with the empirical" kind of escapes the purpose of discussion in SM&P in the first place.




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Wow! Looks like something I mighta written!




I guess this is the wrong forum for me, then.  :smirk:
I like talking about this sort of thing, but I don't listen too well to schizophrenics, either. 

And that's not an insult--that's an analogy to a subjective experience.

I don't like the flower that blooms from the root thinking of the proclaimed "gnostic" experience.  So I offer a rationale to cut the roots out before mid-summer.

But, this isn't my forum and I'll only get into trouble here.  Trust me, I know.  :smirk:

Gnosticism just sounds like a euphemism for egotism or "The knowing silent nod." 

That's cool if you get by with this approach. 

I guess I've spoken enough with Ziddy outside of this forum to doubt, in a profound way, his ideas about gnostics.  But I haven't spoken much with Markos, so, I'll leave it at that. 

:sun:

Take it easy.  Ythan allowed me access to this forum, so I can't get too honest or I'll get some nasty retribution.  :smile:  He was nice that way and I don't want to go back on our understanding. 


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #4832940 - 10/21/05 01:45 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Thank you.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4832949 - 10/21/05 01:54 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

The kinds of hell i remember seeing as a child where all the dirty thoughts dressed in leather and lacy thongs.


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Re: I wonder about hell [Re: GnuBobo]
    #4832964 - 10/21/05 02:09 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

Regardless who you've talked to about gnosticism, research it objectively for yourself in your own time at your own pace and just reflect on its elaboration of mythic, universal truths. Parables have always spoke volumes, and the ardent religious traditions have many as they exoteric channels of esoteric realities.

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