jim123

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  1. @WelcometoReality Even if I explored it 100 years it would never prove this teaching that ”you are God.” I could have some mystical experiences and stuff but would those really be a proof of anything? And there’s nothing special about that teaching by the way, because it originates from Hinduism which is the third largest religion in the world. The scriptures of Hinduism, in particular the Upanishads, flat out says that YOU literally are God, leaving no misunderstanding.
  2. In the Bible the word ”death” often refers to hell. But don’t let that bother you.
  3. @WelcometoReality What eastern spirituality is about is sitting in a dark cave for 10 years straight in hopes of reaching this enlightenment thing. That is way beyond simply exploring things with an open mind.
  4. I was bored so I wrote a little essay about one of Leo's blog posts. Leo says: ”I have no desire to make you believe in God or my teachings.” At least he has a desire to have people following his cult YouTube channel and committing themselves to the work that he talks about. But supposedly you can do all that work even if you don’t believe anything that Actualized.org teaches. That's the whole point. The importance of direct experience seems to be the main theme of the blog post, so let's just focus on that. In my direct experience, I can see that it is impossible to put any spiritual teaching into practice unless I first believe in it. For example, the motivation to practice meditation in the first place is the belief that what you are doing is worth it. It is mainly the belief that your practice will eventually reveal some profound truth that only a few people know about. If you are seeking enlightenment, obviously you must believe that enlightenment is even a real thing. Many people do not seek enlightenment. Why? Because they don’t believe in it. Sorry buddy, but beliefs are necessary. If you ask Hindus why they are Hindus, would they say that they are Hindus for no reason? No. They would say that the reason they are Hindus is because they believe in Hinduism, or because they believe in the teachings of some Hindu guru, or maybe because they believe in the scriptures of Hinduism. The thing is, everyone believes in something. The difference between religion and Actualized.org is the fact that the former admits that it has faith, and the latter denies. And if we really go philosophical, even the idea that beliefs are not important is, in itself — you guessed it — a belief! By contrast many people believe that beliefs indeed are important in regard to spirituality. But if belief is an obstacle, then you must, paradoxically, believe that you should not have any beliefs (not even that belief!). And even if this is somehow possible to accomplish, you still can’t get there unless you start by having faith. What even causes people to be interested in eastern mysticism? What even causes people to be interested in anything? It is their beliefs. Blog post I was referring to: https://actualized.org/insights/this-work-is-not-about-belief
  5. @Leo Gura What about something like lying. In many cases you can get away with stuff and make your life better by telling lies. But nevertheless lying is considered ”wrong.” No-one really likes to tell lies even if they could get away with it. Saying that you could be the biggest liar in the world and that there would be absolutely nothing wrong about it is a pretty bizarre thing to say. If you tell a lie, you know that it wasn’t true. You know that you tricked people.
  6. Ironically it feels pretty selfish to love yourself. Even if we’re just talking about the ”real self” and not the ego. I believe it’s more spiritual to love others and not yourself.
  7. In his videos Leo has said that there is no such thing as ”right” or ”wrong.” He even said something along the lines of: ”I could detonate a nuclear bomb and not feel bad about it.” But here’s how hypocrisy comes in with this philosophy. If I said on this forum that I’m going to go out tomorrow and murder a bunch of people, you would condemn me and say something like this: Oh, you’ve misunderstood us completely. You need to seek some professional help. But wait a minute, I thought murder wasn’t wrong. I thought murder wasn’t evil. If there is truly no such thing as ”right” or ”wrong,” why would you react that way? And I’m sure that many of the spiritual teachers who believe in the same stuff would also react in a similar way. Why? Because they are hypocrites. Either there are such things as right and wrong, or there are not. Which one is it? Choose one. On the other hand, if you actually are completely fine with people wanting to do such evil things, then this forum is basically a forum for psychopaths. I guess all the mass-murderers and other psychopaths are the ones that are spiritually enlightened then.
  8. @Aaron p If you think about it, it's actually you who are trying to be like God. The teaching of Act.org is that you literally are God. If you do practices like yoga for the purpose of trying to realize that you are God, you are doing what Satan wanted to do.
  9. So are evangelical Christians enlightened? They certainly have a lot of faith. How does that work? You must have some reason to have faith, whether it is desire to be saved from hell or desire to become enlightened or whatever else. You can't just have faith automatically can you? Having faith is not something that happens automatically for no reason, it is something you must do.
  10. @Leo Gura If I thought that I can become God-realized or 'enlightened' by my own works and achievements, then I would see myself as a hero.
  11. @cetus56 Bible has a definition of faith: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." - Hebrews 11:1 That doesn't sound all that mystical as you make it to be.
  12. @RendHeaven Everyone in this forum seems to give Jesus authority. It's only atheists who want to deny Jesus altogether.
  13. @cetus56 Tell that to Christ then, because Christ liked belief systems. I've watched a lot of videos of Act.org and a common theme that comes up in the videos is the idea that "belief is bad" and that everything in spirituality should be centered on direct experience (or otherwise you can become deluded by your fantasies). Or even the idea that you should have no beliefs whatsoever and that you should be in a state of mind in which you 'know nothing' (I think it was the video about radical open-mindedness). That flies in the face of what Jesus taught. According to Jesus having beliefs is actually a good thing. "And Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." - John 20:29 Jesus taught that believing on him (even if you haven't directly seen him) does not make you deluded, but that it actually makes you blessed. Do you want to be blessed? I do. Here's another: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life." - Jesus, John 6:47
  14. @AdamDiC You didn't answer my question at all. I asked why it looks like he is being demon-possessed. I'm sure you agree that it certainly looks that way.
  15. @AdamDiC Why does "channeling God" look like channeling a demon? I think he even mentioned the word "serpent" as if it didn't already look demonic enough. I assume you don't believe in demons, so what do you think was happening there? He was just pretending to be a demon for the heck of it?