The Solution to the Epicurean Paradox (or Riddle of Epicurus)

In about 300 B.C., Epicurus eloquently attempted to summed up the problem of the existence of evil (and the nature of God) thusly: If God is willing to prevent evil, but is not able to Then He is not omnipotent. If He is able, but not willing Then He is malevolent. If He is both able and willing Then whence cometh evil? If He is neither able nor willing Then why call Him God? Here is the solution to the paradox: Evil is an illusion of mind.  Nothing can be evil except as to be judged so by the human mind in relation to those things perceived as not evil.  And thus we uncover the subjective nature of evil… where one man’s evil may not be another man’s evil.  Even if we were to discuss the existence of something that most sane men would consider evil… such as the propagation of a deadly virus… from the perspective of that living virus being able to find a way to survive and perpetuate its own existence, it is highly doubtful it would consider itself evil.  In addition, even God/nature/evolution in its infinite wisdom of creating that virus… so as to potentially make room for more stronger healthier creations… may ALSO not see that virus as evil, where only the victim of man does. And it is because of this illusion of evil that is created within the human mind, that the Epicurean Paradox itself becomes illusion, and is thusly solved.  God does not act on illusions of mind.  It is only the hubris of man’s mind to assume...

A Guru’s Interaction with a Fundamentalist Christian

So it started with a post on Facebook.  It was a conversation between an enlightened spiritual guru, and a 6000-year-old-Earth-believing Christian Bible literalist.  It started with a Bible reference that does not support the Bible literalists’ beliefs that no portion of God can/could/does exist within him, and that he and God are completely separate creatures. I played the part of the guru (being the only one who had experienced enlightenment in the conversation).  The fundamentalist Christian is a friend of mine from where I grew up.  He is staunch in his beliefs which were handed to him and which developed over a number of years.  I of course am rather comfortable in my understanding of the experience of God I had over 10 years ago, which has only flowered over time. What follows is a conversation we had just yesterday and today over Facebook.  Please note I had to take some liberties with representing the spiritual truth as I understand it so that it could better fit his vocabulary and ideas, and aid is understanding in relation to what he knows.  That’s why I started with the Bible passage. Please forgive his spelling mistakes.  I will confirm he’s a smart guy.  Please forgive the bluntness of my message to him, as I speak to him as a friend would another friend.  Please share your comments and thoughts to this article here.  It will start a new thread on Facebook for others to see and learn from on the IAMSpirituality page. — Sean Webb –> LJ So… how about this,,, You believe in the Trinity, right? Jesus even saying in...

The ONLY Way World Peace Can Be Attained

“World Peace must develop out of inner peace.”  I’m uncertain when or where the Dalai Lama made this statement (and I’m sure if I did a little research I could probably find out).  But why do the research when I have the luxury of being able to not parse the context and historical value of the Lama’s statement… but rather simply explain the concept to you first hand… directly from the “mind of God”?  I’m sure you would rather understand WHY the only path to world peace is inner peace, right? The idea of world peace is certainly trendy.  I mean… it’s one of the favorite wishes of people at Christmas being interviewed on camera.  And the words “world peace” become popular among children who learn it’s en vogue to put the needs of others before their own needs (which unfortunately doesn’t stick for very long in our consumer economy).  And of of course there are those peace activist who don’t understand the real world peace equation who look to facilitate those “one day of peace” movements across the globe (thinking that somehow 1} they will be successful getting the message and the agreement to comply down into the depths of the Congo where mass murders happen daily, and 2} that the effort to reason with people to put down arms for a day will actually make a difference in the grand scheme of things. But here’s the reality of world peace:  It is now… and will continue in perpetuity to be… impossible to attain world peace unless it is sourced from the deep wellspring of inner peace within the majority of...

Don’t Be a Piece of Non-Spirituality

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.” And Albert Einstein sad this?  Yup.  And he was right. It seems a man certainly solidly entwined in the mechanisms of mind… also had the wisdom to understand that the attachments of mindful ideas of identity were detrimental to living a high quality life and being (from Einstein’s perspective) a high quality human being. And this makes sense to the highest order.  Because let’s take for instance the case that you’re a person who, like over 99% of the rest of the world, is mired in constant judgment of things going on around you… mired in constant analysis of what you think IS you and what is NOT you… mired in constant turmoil of reacting to imbalances in the Equation of Emotion, thereby being negatively affected by that process (causing yourself undue and unnecessary pain and suffering)… and then wasting time in efforts to rebalance the Equation of Emotion during the multiple times of the day where it gets thrown into imbalance.  Are you being an effective human being if you’re wasting all that time with your internal nonsense?  Do you have time to be a compassionate human being when you are caught up in your own mindful illusionary bullshit? No. You don’t have time to attend to anyone but yourself when you’re caught up in that mess.  You’re not being your higher self when you are caught up in the traps of mind that you don’t see if you’re not paying attention to them.  You’re not...

A Question from a Meditation Facilitator

This question was asked in one of the spirituality group forums in which I participate.  It was asked by a meditation teacher.  His comments follow his question.  My answer follows below his comments.  What comments do you have to his question or my answer? Why do people (the masses) not meditate? As leaders/trainers/facilitators how can we get them do it? Meditation has been on earth for ages and has been a tested and proven tool to improve the physical and mental wellbeing. Even then only a small percentage of population engages itself in sincere practice. Thousands attend courses but they do not practice or propagate their learning. I observed that people who have health problems take up meditation and yoga as an alternative medicine. Majority of schools, colleges, and organisations do not even speak of meditation in the campus. I am talking about the masses and not the very small percentage who do. Is it the ignorance of the masses OR is it natures choice to avoid meditation and engage the mind in sense indulgence. Entire humanity seems to be getting into more trouble with the material development and yet the masses are unwilling to seek refuge in meditation and spirituality. Why is this so? In my meditation classes I ask people to sit absolutely still for 30mins, 95% cannot do that. I ask people to breathe slow, 3-4 breaths per minute. That too is impossibility for the majority.  What incentive should I attach to get people to do this? Some times I get a feeling that nature has designed the human mind for self destruction. Not individuals but...

To Enter One’s Own Self… (Seeking Enlightenment)

What a great statement in mindfulness. “To enter one’s own self, it is necessary to go armed to the teeth.” And Valery was right. When I stood at the precipice of the end of my false self… when I found myself in the midst of my enlightenment experience… it was almost like I was standing at the edge of a monumental cliff, off which sank a deep dark endless abyss. Cold to the bone, dark as the emptiness of the universe, and as still as death itself. In addition, I was being urged to jump off into the abyss… nay… even being pushed by some unseen hand… off into the unknown.  Off into the cold.  Off into the blackness.  The emptiness.  I was terrified. I was sure I was dying. Not only was I about to leave everything I thought I was behind me on top of that cliff… shedding my PERSONAL IDENTITY and my understanding of my VERY EXISTENCE on this planet… I was jumping off into something that I knew absolutely nothing about. Was there anything at the bottom of that abyss? Was there anything out there to catch me?  Was I about to be shredded into a billion pieces of nothingness?  Was this the end of my existence? And so Valery’s quote is dead-on accurate. To enter one’s self you must go armed to the teeth.   But here’s the thing:  You do not go armed with weapons and armor that can defend you as the picture in this post suggests.  That’s just some irony in use there.  No… you go armed to the teeth with...