Sockrattes

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  1. That video is just straight dumb...^^
  2. It's actually the cessation of cravings and attachments. You must understand that everything taught by the Buddha is based on a particular worldview: Samsara exists. If you don't believe in or understand Samsara, Nirvana won't make much sense either.
  3. Sounds like you have a very superficial view on what enlightenment actually is. The whole text sounds like you are suggesting that people on a spiritual path are getting enlightened on a daily basis. But that's not the case. It is an extrem rare phenomena if what Buddha taught is real. Once you have realised Anatman (no self) you can still live up to seven lifetimes until you reach Nirvana. According to Buddha Shakyamuni Nirvana is the end of all suffering and everlasting bliss. He never talked about "ego". That's a term used by western esoteric authors. It is not a term rooted in south, east or southeast-asian spirituality. You shouldn't mix that up. The Buddha taught dependent arising after his enlightenment. Can't say anything about 5 and 6 but those statements sounds wrong as well.
  4. You are very fortunate. You have realised that Samsara is real. Now it is time to attain Nirvana. Just follow Buddhas teachings to get rid of the fetters, which leads to rebirths: 1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratītyasamutpāda (or dependent origination) 2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Noble_Truths and the most important of them all 3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_Eightfold_Path This is the most important thing in your life now. Abide in it no matter what. Good luck bro. The Kingdom of God is awaiting you.
  5. No. Spiral Dynamics is not about people. It is about values.
  6. You're welcome. And nice video. I'm still watching.
  7. I phrased wrong, what i actually wanted to say. My fault. You said that non-duality is buddhist and then you have tried to encompass God in it. That's a little petty of me now, but buddhist non-dualism (Mahayana) doesn't have a God. In fact many of them are fighting everyone who uses this terminology..^^ Hinduism or better say Advaita Vedanta or Kashmir Shaivism is non-dualism with God. I know exactly what you want to say because i already know all those terms, and you are not wrong about them. But it is hard to get those fine distinctions you want to make. So i would suggest you should use terms like immanent and transcendent to describe the essence and the localisation of God. I think this way, it is way easier.
  8. Sorry. Massive error: No buddhist scolar ever said there is a God.
  9. Buddha was homeless for 6 years. Jesus was 40 days without food in the desert. I can resonate with what you're saying. I guess there is no easy way to enlightenment. Psychedelics won't help either. Trust me... they will make it worse. This is the time to heal. Healthy nutrition, sports, love and compassion towards everyone, if you don't feel like socialising don't do it, decelerate as much as you can. Don't care about what others think about you. This one is the really hard part. You can't see i right now and everything feels like, there is no going back anymore. "What happened, will stick with me forever. That's it. my life's over..." That's individuation. Do what you are comfortable with. Challenge yourself if you want. Soon you will see whatever happened to you is not as bad as you think it is.
  10. Enlightenment is solely religious, spiritual or philosophical. No scientific research can help you with that question. It is like asking: "Should i mute my phone when i have my appointment with God? Are there any case-studies?" ^^
  11. I do not tend to put other human beings on a pedestal. I compare them with other people to come to conclusions. Leonardo DaVinci is overrated. At least his Artworks. He painted (if i remember correctly) 3 versions of the Mona Lisa. None of them finished. He painted The Last Supper. Also not finished. His planes won't fly and his tanks won't drive. But in the same time Michelangelo Buonarroti painted basically all of Sistine Chapel and was architect of St. Peter's Basilica. Apart from the last supper i have seen all of those works personally. DaVinci was a polymath. No doubt about it. He was maybe the most sophisticated person in astronomy at that time. And some of his other contributions to mankind are valuable as well. But we don't need to glorify everything he made because it's from him. I choose to believe, he would not want it either.
  12. Oh yes! Totally forgot about it. Nerdwriter1 made a really good one:
  13. My teacher had a nice little story to answer your question: "Imagine you are going to garage sale and find a 100 years old book which is written in Chinese. You can buy it for a lot of money. You can look at it, awe about the beautiful chinese letters(?), the quality of the binding and the woodcover, put it in your bookshelf and tell your friends about it. Or you can learn Chinese and read it. Then the content will reveals itself. You will probably read about great heroes, princesses, dragons and gigantic wars." Art is therefore above all a language (iconography)! Artworks like Mona Lisa (which is a pretty dull painting in my opinion - Leonardo DaVinci is pretty overrated) have a message which is only revealed to those who knows the language. I'm thinking about making a Youtubechannel about this topic where i want to read some artworks like Otto Dix - The War (Dix triptych)(1924) Hans Holbein - The Ambassadors (1533) Raphael Santis - Schools of Athens (1509-1511) Michelangelo - Ceiling of Sistine Chapel (1508-1512) There are breathtaking stories in those pieces. But it will take months before i even begin to start. Never made something like this, so it will take time.
  14. Your materialism IS escapism. Deep down you are longing for something entirely else. This sound cheesy but it fits perfectly: The Rich and the Kingdom of God 17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[d]” 20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is[e] to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” -------- Your addiction is partly caused by the fact, you already have a collection of watches. So the urge to expand the collection is an additional weight you have to carry. Sell them all and donate the money and tell nobody about it, unless someone asks. You won't regret it.