In churches, temples, mosques and synagogues, the desire is the same – Happiness, free from Harm,
for this is the universal oneness of spirit.
whether it's tradition, faith, desire, hope or the need for fulfilment, congregations
week in week out year after year follow the teachings without question, waiting for the
day when they will reach salvation, unwilling or unable to question, fearful of the unknown.
But there are those who dare to question, dare to walk in the footsteps of others,
Those Sages through the ages, whose revelation we seek today.
Sadly most spiritual seekers fail to realise that revelation is not a given it must be gained.
Going to a house of worship, reading sacred texts or following your teacher is not enough,
for it is only when one walks in the footsteps of others and dares to question, that one can
begin to understand the true nature of mind that leads to revelation.
So what is revelation? For me it’s the wisdom of liberation, a cessation of choice.
But without choice how can we possibly function, the car or the train, the vanilla or the chocolate.
Yes we make choices every day, so how can the abandonment of choice lead to revelation, one may ask.
When Prince Siddhartha Gautama sat under the Bodhi-tree he revealed the four Noble truths
1. Life means suffering.
2. The origin of suffering is attachment.
3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.
4. The path to the cessation of suffering is the Eight-fold Noble Path
The second Noble truth holds the key.
By making choices, we continue to be bound to the cycle of life and death.
While a carpenter’s son walked the streets of Judaea,
He realised the first noble truth, life means suffering and in so doing began a chain of events that would ultimately lead to his realisation.
When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus to choose for him, he was dismayed to find a man
unwilling or unable to choose.
This was seen as a sign of great weakness and as he walked through the streets to his death, the villagers jeered hurled abuse and threw stones, for all they saw was a broken man, who refused to choose.
But like Lord Buddha before him, he realised the true nature of mind, and in so doing was free to accept his death without choice or question.
And what of his revelation. He simply realised freedom is the absence of choice.
Peter Forell Saturday, 8 August 2010 Ó