Arzola

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  1. A genuine insight is self-validating. Consider the Eureka! moment of Archimedes. You find it. It’s a insight. Or an Apple falls on your head — gravity! Otherwise you confuse what an insight is with some intellectual process, like becoming convinced.
  2. @JayySur fellow psycho! Haha. @Max8 it means our egos are way too honest, lie a little once in a while. Aim for 0% in both categories.
  3. This site offers Systemizing and Empathy tests, too: https://www.aspietests.org/
  4. Leo, so the higher you got, the more honest you are. Let me make-up beliefs please
  5. http://www.aboutadidam.org/readings/asana_of_science/index.html
  6. @Osaid Lol
  7. @Blackhawk it can happen in an instant, that’s the goal. It is always instant. Consider Maharshi’s case.
  8. Materialism does not account for suffering and death The danger of equating self-fulfillment with happiness The inability for materialism to adequately account for this aspect of oneself called “consciousness” is the reason why death too has been inadequately accounted for. Materialism suggests that death is simply when the battery dies and the “body-mind” machine (thereby) comes to a halt. But if there is a residual part to a human being beyond the part that has died (the physical body), then understanding its destiny is of paramount, personal importance to each of us. Therefore, the inability for materialism to account for human consciousness raises a big question mark in the context of our own mortality. If one has any intelligence one can’t say, “I can’t account for consciousness in material terms”, and simultaneously say, “Who cares about what happens after we die? Let’s just eat, drink, and be merry in the meanwhile!” We seem to be getting by okay as materialists. Seem. But Avatar Adi Da Samraj indicates that almost all of us die not from “natural causes” but rather, from egoity. That is to say, we are not “getting by” being materialists. Being a materialist has a cumulative effect, which, on a physical level, culminates in physical death, and also carries over into our after-death destiny the psychic baggage that has been accumulating. Scientific materialism not only fails to account for death, in failing to account for the non-material aspects of a human being; it also fails to account for human suffering altogether. Scientific materialism tends to equate self-fulfillment and happiness. Thus its proposed solution to human suffering is to find out how to fulfill oneself better (physically, mentally, emotionally, psychically, etc.), and even to devise ever better technological means for doing so. Its wisdom relative to personal happiness is limited to the chemistry of the body and the therapies of materialistic psychology. Avatar Adi Da Samraj has said that, as a result of this technological frenzy, and as a result of mistaking self-fulfillment for happiness, we are a culture that is increasingly pleasured in body and mind, but increasingly desperate at heart. The search for self-fullfillment reinforces, from moment to moment, the sense of being a limited sack of flesh in need of self-fulfillment. This is why most of us tend to experience increasingly less pleasure in the same things as we get older, because the addictive activity of self-centering in which we are chronically engaged is increasingly tightening the noose — hunching the body, and collapsing the soul; eventually it will kill us. “The ego is a guru that has a fool for a disciple”, Adi Da Samraj once said humorously. Self-fulfillment is the worshipping of ourselves, and one cannot worship both self and God. As Jesus put it, we cannot serve two masters: Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moth and woodworm destroy them and thieves can break in and steal. But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven . . . For wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be too. No one can serve two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attracted to the first and despise the second. Jesus of Nazareth, in Matthew 6:19-24 This is not just a useful moral guideline. It is a psycho-physical principle derived from the way things work. Self-fulfillment focuses attention and feeling on oneself, and so necessarily, it is simultaneously a turning away from participation in (and submission to) the Greater Reality and God. Happiness is Realized in the exact opposite gesture: the submission of self to God to the degree of communion with God, and ultimately, identification with God. Awakening as the Infinite, unlimited Divine Self — our True Self — is Perfect Happiness. More here: http://www.aboutadidam.org/lesser_alternatives/scientific_materialism/
  9. 2hrs 40mins paid work? What do you do? Is it a golden one?
  10. AL-LAD, an LSD analogue. Great for newbies. It produces a pleasant and smooth experience, gentler than LSD. Also magic truffles of a low-intensity mushroom, like Tampanensis Atlantis. Always start with a low dose and gradually go up from there. Gain more experience with other psychedelics before trying 5meo. No rush.
  11. Confusion: What is it? What things do I fuse with other things? This questioning developed big picture thinking, instead of the usual obsession I put on details. In my experience, I intuited confusion relates to distinctions. When confused, experience is muddled up (failing to recognize subtle events in it). To get clarity, “separate out” the experience’s components — create subtle distinctions within the circumstance. For example, I feel pleasure when smelling coffee. Pleasure is one thing, smelling “that”, another one. Besides feeling (pleasure) and the perception of the object (its smell, primarily), thinking occurs in the form of internal dialogue: coffee is awesome, add milk, I’m going to get anxious, sleep will be worse today, etc. In that way, I’ve distinguished (created a distinction) between perception, thinking, and feeling that make up or comprise that experience. Creating distinction removes confusion. Or: clarity is gained by creating distinctions. To be honest, it’s becoming harder to focus on my contemplations. I may have ADD. It contributes to the difficulty but is not the only reason. Lastly, I intellectually dealt with these exercise without deeply probing into my own experience. It needs to become experimental-based. Intellect is easy and safe.
  12. @Leo Gura isn’t ontology more fundamental than metaphysics and epistemology? What is is prior to knowledge or even “reality”. In contemplation, what we are basically doing is asking an ontology question: “What is X?” Right? So, with that wider use, why don’t you emphasize it?
  13. Buddha wanted to transcend life and death. That was his main focus. The suffering part? I mean… he could have been motivated to pursue awakening by suffering, but freedom from life and death is, I’d say, was his real “purpose”. Of course it turns out that in order to transcend something you msut first get deeply conscious of what that is. But really, with complete awakening, focusing on suffering sounds like empathy for other people so that they can focus on pragmatic matters, et al.