|20 Questions For Every Spiritual Seeker
||[Jun. 11th, 2010|02:41 am]
1. Why is there poverty and suffering in the world?|
There are many ways to answer this question. When we ask "why" do we mean the cause or the purpose of suffering? As for the cause, I'd say it's nature. It seems just natural that suffering arises. It's like rain or earthquake. Or like happiness and joy. As for the purpose I don't know. It can make you feel better when you think of suffering as "a teacher of life lessons", which is a popular belief, but then, I see this "explanation" just as a useful means to make you feel better, and not a real explanation of the purpose of suffering. What's a purpose anyway?
2. What is the relationship between science and religion?
Generally I think science wants to find some kind of truth, at the cost of sometimes being cynical and unfeeling, while religion wants to make people feel better, give them a sense of meaning and make their life more bearable, but can be dogmatic and make people miserable.
3. Why are so many people depressed?
Generally people are depressed because they don't see any meaning in their life, or of life in general, and not seeing hope either. There can be many reasons of this, like losing something or someone important, or just thinking a lot. Not having your basic needs met. Insecurity. Illness. Stress. Information overload....
4. What are we all so afraid of?
5. When is war justifiable?
War is justifiable when fighting against people who want to harm other people, and are dangerous. When somebody wants to destroy the world, he is to be stopped.
6. How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism?
I don't know. Why is it important? Who or what is God anyway? Or, if God is the nature itself, which seems the most acceptable meaning of "God" to me, then everything already IS happening according to God. But who said that "God" is moral? Maybe only we people can distinguish between good and evil. So why does this question matter? We must decide.
7. How does one obtain true peace?
By accepting the way things are. This doesn't mean apathy. Just acceptance.
8. What does it mean to live in the present moment?
To be without worries about the future or guilt about the past.
9. What is our greatest distraction?
Distraction from what? From work? From our spiritual path? From our relationships? How do you distinguish between what's important and what's not? Only when you know what's important can you know what is distracting you from it. The answer is not the same for all people.
10. Is current religion serving its purpose?
If the purpose of religion is to make people more happy, for some people it is serving its purpose, for some people it is doing the oppossite.
11. What happens to you after you die?
I have no idea.
12. Describe heaven and how to get there.
Touching the colours of the world. Having a sense of meaning. But what I'm describing here actually can be called simply happiness or joy. I tend to believe there is no other "heaven" beyond this. But you never know.
13. What is the meaning of life?
Be crazy and dance, take a walk in a forest, hear the birds sing and the wind blow, watch a rainstorm, and you will know.
14. Describe God.
Everything is full of gods. Or there are no gods. Or God is the nature itself. Just everything which IS. Or God is fiction. Actually I don't like the name God. It sounds too pompous and far too often it means a "creator" of the world in possession of some kind of personality and traits. Existence of such a "creator" seems very improbable to me and I think that the belief in such an idea can cause people become violent, depressed, aggressive and can prevent them from being happy. Maybe I'm biased but I've seen too many people whose belief in such a God has damaged their mental health. Its like a computer virus.
15. What is the greatest quality humans possess?
Moral sense. Sense of beauty. Flexibility.
16. What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential?
Circumstances, be it internal blocks or external obstacles.
17. Noverbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the current condition of the world.
Making waves with my hands and simultaneously moving my fingers like when playing piano.
18. What is your one wish for the world?
19. What is wisdom and how do we gain it?
It's a mix of acceptance and compassion. We gain it by experience, especially painful experience.
20. Are we all one?
In a sense yes. In a sense not. I believe not just humans but everything is made of some basic stuff. But the relative independence of individuals cannot be denied!