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Spiritist doctrine

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

QUESTION: Masters, When I was younger, Allan Kardec’s spiritist doctrine became very present as a form of religious study. Today I think, is it all an absolute truth? For example, would suicide really be a crime against one’s own life and the spirit would go to the city of the “Umbral” (lower astral city)? Or would the soul only free itself from the density of the physical body and be free? If we create our reality all the time, do these religious beliefs influence us when we accept it as truth, right? Could you talk about this, please!? ~Sergio, Brazil

ANSWER: Spiritism is a philosophical religion based on the writings of the French educator Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail, who used the pen name Allan Kardec. His doctrines dealt with the connection, in his reality, between the physical and nonphysical elements in his accepted universe. He related that the soul, as we know it, came to Earth (or incarnated) in order to understand humanity and therefore be enriched.

What a soul faces, when having a human experience, has to do with what they accept as their own reality. Each soul creates an illusion of life by the belief systems they choose to accept to rule and control their life. These beliefs generally come from things that others have accepted and then have persuaded the soul to accept as the way to exist.

The only place where negativity exists is on the surface of the planet Earth. Once leaving the human physical, a soul cannot experience negativity or “bad” things. They return to an essence of unconditional love. A suicide separates the soul from the physical form and frees it to enter the unconditional love where negativity is banned.

When you accept and/or follow the doctrines, beliefs, or dictates of a group, religious or otherwise, they influence you only as long as you continue to keep them as part of your reality. If you want to change to a conflicting belief, they disappear unless you return to them later.

What you should do is not accept anyone else’s ideas about your life unless they feel good to you and resonate with your energy. When you adhere to another’s beliefs, you are giving them control over you. Always take responsibility for your own power by examining how the ideals of others impact you.

On a spiritual path nothing is right or wrong. It is a series of tasks that allow you to see what you can learn from using or observing how your life is directed by your choices. All the choices are yours. Don’t be afraid to try out various directions until you find something that satisfies your thirst for knowledge and understanding.

Some do not believe in reincarnation

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

QUESTION: Masters, could you tell us why Buddha concluded that “There is no soul. Therefore, there is no transmigration of souls. “And Ramana Maharshi: “Reincarnation exists only so long as there is ignorance. There is really no reincarnation at all, either now or before. Nor will there be any hereafter. This is the truth.” ~Mario, Canada

ANSWER: Part of the problem comparing philosophies from over 2600 years ago is in the semantics. When Buddha lived there was no common written language, so you have long periods of time using oral traditions, translations from various ancient languages, and differing inputs from factions of Buddhism. The only recording today is from the modern-day interpretations, and between sects, you will find some of their principles contradict each other.

Examining various types of Buddhism, you will find belief systems that exist on many different ideations. If you examine their sense of awareness, they all include a sense of the inner essence – a way in which some modern-day religions describe the soul. Just as there are many terms for the originator of all – god, creator, source, divine energy, there are many names for what it was that they created. In Western philosophies most have used the term soul.

Ramana Maharshi spoke of a spirit that transcends the death of the body, and of the eternity of existence. The biggest difficulty with the teachings of which you speak is that they were translated from his native Tamil and Sanskrit, even though he had learned English in his youth. Translations frequently reflect the opinions of the translator and not the intent of the original speaker.

Some of Maharshi’s teachings stated that your goal was enlightenment or awakening, and you never truly lived until you reached that plane. You then had nothing else you had to do, so there was no reason to try again. This is very much like exiting the “wheel of rebirth,” which is at the basis of many Eastern religions.

What is available to read today is someone’s recollection of what they believe was the intention in some remembered words of Buddha and Maharshi. You have to ask yourself: Why is it of importance to you? Do you wish to accept the beliefs of another? Something that you believe worked for them? Or are you seeking something that resonates within you and allows you to create a reality through beliefs that complete your human journey? If any of these ideas fit into your beliefs, accept them until they don’t any longer.

Non-doership

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

QUESTION: Masters, can you explain how non-doership looks like? Is it believing that whatever is happening is Happening on its own? I have no control over my life? Where is the role of freewill in non-doership? ~Rimi, India

ANSWER: The term non-doership is a religious principle from the Vedanta, one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. These principles came from the ideas, speculations, and philosophies that emerged from the Upanishads. They arose when Indian mystics began questioning traditional Vedic religious order some 2500 to 2900 years ago. The Upanishads are considered the part of the Hindu scriptures wherein philosophy, meditation, and the nature of God are discussed.

There are a number of modern-day thinkers who define the term within twentieth-century parameters. They use references to spiritually accepted principles from Hindu understanding, other Eastern and Western organized religious tenets, and their own interpretations.

The basis behind all understanding is that you become aware of yourself. That looks different to each person, so the result of “non-doership” will vary with each one’s understanding. All spiritual awareness is dependent on getting one’s own answers from one’s own experience. You don’t need to adopt a terminology from someone else’s work or understanding. It must be unique to you.

Know what your goal is within the life you are leading. If it is to become fully aware of the soul inside you, work on that; define the accomplishments with your own words. You, as a soul, have total freedom of choice to do what you desire, to whatever end you seek.

Don’t try to duplicate what has worked for others because your life is different. Don’t try to learn the language of all the possible ways to know yourself that others espouse. Don’t worry about defining – just worry about acting toward an accomplishment. Be yourself.