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  1. hmm. Could be .... but perhaps the average person practicing meditation or Yoga that was selected is practicing for other reasons other than what Buddhism represents.
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    I versus i

    i personally don't see God as vulnerable nor with any other human characteristics that seem to me as mere projections of our ego. The ego may think in relationships and conceptualizes a relationship between 2 separate beings. The reality of the I is the manifestation of God as the very core of ones existence. There is in my experience no otherness in the presence of God.
  3. JosephM

    I versus i

    I would differ as the I is not the body. The i has a physical body but it is not the i or the I in dualistic terms. It is merely phenomenon. Perhaps you cannot tell .... but why is it when you wake you see time has passed but you had no rememberance of it nor of space or location in that state you call deep sleep. That is the nature of the formless. The state exists and can be entered into and out while awake whereby it can be subjectively experienced as ones true identity/home and core of existence. All mentations stop and realizations arise spontaneously and not as a consequence of thought processes.They arise in awareness if coming out of intuition. One suddenly knows.
  4. JosephM

    I versus i

    I would say when you are in deep sleep the i vanishes but the I is all that is present . You still exist but you have shed your ego. That you can't consciously bring back remembrance is because it is formless and beyond time and space. Great discoveries come as intuition from that state.
  5. JosephM

    Religion - Positive or Negative

    Hazardous to your Health...... Yes, or an unavoidable and necessary stepping stone for some.
  6. JosephM

    I versus i

    Thomas, The problem with questions and our words such as context, content , reality, meaning of life , Unmanifest, why , I, i , etc is that they need so much more elaborate defining and even when this is done for every answer 2 more questions will pop up. It may be interesting but It seems to me one could spend a lifetime trying to understand what we are trying to convey and still not get a subjective glimpse of reality . Perhaps we would get only concepts that keep us in the same illusion of perception. The thinking mind seems to loves to get bogged down in thinking and concepts. It may make one feel more alive as an i but mentations such as these reinforce attachments to the the i as ones identity making it more difficult for seeing that which we have created concepts for. For what it is worth here is a bit of what seems to me wisdom. Truth / Reality is always present with each of us, just as in allegory , the sun is always present but may not be seen if it is obscured by clouds, the earth, trees , mountains or any other obstructions to its light. Truth is in my experience like light in many ways. Christ (not a man) is that light that lights every man/ woman that comes into the world (John) You can equate that with Life and Truth. But to know it at least in a radical subjective manner, you need to see it clearly. The biggest obstacle to seeing is in my experience the ego ( identity with the thinking mind as self ) . You have to lose your life (self ) to find it. Most major religions speak of this although one has to dig deep to find it among that which has been corrupted of the original teachings. To me, these are the biggest axiomatic positionalities of the thinking mind that obscure us from such a seeing. They all are positions/opinions/beliefs and represent attachments.......... The good need to be rewarded and the bad punished People can be different than they are Things are either good or bad, right or wrong, just or unjust, fair or unfair The mind is capable of recognizing and comprehending truth from falsehood Life is unfair because the innocent suffer while the wicked go unpunished It is critical and necessary to be right It is necessary to win Rightiousness must prevail Perceptions represent reality wrongs must be righted Things happen by accident or else they are someone else's fault As you can see it involves letting go of all cherished positionalities because nothing one believes is true. These axioms are illusions that create suffering and destruction. They are to an extent barriers to Reality because they create a multitude of dualities that arise from linear perception which is flawed. None of the axioms above are true. All these beliefs are wishful thinking of a make-believe world. Absolute justice is intrinsic to creation but invisible to human perception. In my experience, surrendering such axiom positions as well as the fate of the world to God results in an experience whether briefly or permanently of clarity of vision that resolves all questions and illusions. Just gazing, Joseph
  7. JosephM

    Evolution and Original Sin

    Paul, To me sin was introduced when man starting judging and creating laws and opposites Essentially identifying himself as separate from the rest of creation . ( forming an ego identification) . When we make a law, whether written or unwritten for others, we are essentially judging ourselves ( because in reality we are not separate). And then when we do the same thing we sin. That is why Christinity teaches that before the law sin was in the world but without the law sin was not imputed. But when the law came sin revived. Christianity teaches us not to be under the law but rather dead to the law and alive to the spirit. That is to be free from the law of sin and death. As you are aware, no single person was responsible. Adam and Eve are figurative characters as in myths to make a point. The Bible never said apple tree. It said they did eat from the tree of good and evil. It's applicable today. We constantly measure and judge others and then because we have the same human frailties , we do the same thing and are judged of ourself and guilt and condemnation follow. Jesus is recorded teaching as you measure others you are measured, as you judge others you are judged. As you forgive you are forgiven. The argument you want to hear might come from a strong fundamentalist who accepts the Bible literally as superior to science. As you know You probably won't find too many here. Some of my relatives just won't hear anything contrary to their teachings. I understand and am okay with that as blindness seems to affect us all. 😀
  8. JosephM

    I versus i

    Thomas, Life is meant to be lived. You can put whatever meaning you want to it. Philosophers and theologians among others have been debating it for centuries . For me it is an unanswerable question except to say that life is its own meaning. What is life's own meaning? Speaking of existence in this physical realm perhaps we could say life's meaning is simply to unfold. But I can not speak for life because i can only live it. Life speaks for itself as it unfolds. In my experience, in reality there is no subject or object and the question of meaning disappears.
  9. JosephM

    I versus i

    No problem Thomas, By the way, that was just me quoting an old school Buddhist. Anyway absolute reality is changeless. The Bible confirms that God is the same , yesterday, today and tomorrow and numerous other passages saying basically God is changeless. Change is an illusion of time. In reality nothing is happening. When the illusion of duality collapses , there remains only the state of the infinite I which is the manifestation of the Unmanifest as the Self. No subject, no object. There is no distance, time, duration or locality. All is self-evident, self aware and self-revealing. Form is merely an expression of the potentially of consciousness. The formless / Unmanifest is the substrate of form. Form and creation are merely an observation. Don't expect to fully understand this as a concept as it is a subjective experience or some might say realization.
  10. JosephM

    I versus i

    Yes you could say the i is, however , an old school Buddhist might say no , that only absolute changeless reality is , and all else is fabricated like a coat of many colors and is delusion. In my view, the ego structure is not consciousness , it is more unconsciousness in dualistic terms. Content is an arbitrary point of focus as in the amount of data or for that matter form that is included. Consciousness is context which is the totality of that which is in the case of God or the entire universe with no boundaries. I do not require meaning other than life itself which is its own meaning ( not has its own meaning) , self evident and self-effulgent which is experiential and not conceptual. How can I say more?
  11. JosephM

    Religion - Positive or Negative

    It does seem that way.
  12. JosephM

    I versus i

    That's correct. As I said the i presents itself as an individual with a name and story. But of course it is not singular nor is it really many.... It is one. Content is not consciousness. Good question. The i cannot know the I / God / Reality because it has inherent limitations and its dualistic nature projects the vagaries of the ego. God is the absolute subjectivity that underlies existence and the capacity for awareness is beyond time, place and all human characteristics. There is no why. Life is its own meaning. Context is not subject to content.
  13. JosephM

    I versus i

    Simply and most briefly put the i is content and the I is context. The small i or ego which is illusion, imagines itself as the thinker behind thoughts and the doer behind deeds, so that all which occurs becomes a reference to self (i ). It then sees itself as a supposedly independent sole entity. Context is the totality of everything or Rom might say the total universe.
  14. JosephM

    I versus i

    Cause and effect is the illusion. There is nothing in the universe causing anything anything else. Such as a this causing that. This is merely a precondition of that. All observed phenomena arise out of the totality of the evolution of Creation as it unfolds to perception as progressive observation . PS The cause of anything is not an identifiable single element. It is rather a composite that constitutes the actual source that accounts for observed phenomenon .
  15. JosephM

    Open Borders?

    Rom, I guess you are entitled to have your own private definition of foreigners. I used this one..... Foreigner - noun - a person born in or coming from a country other than their own. None of my living relatives in the US nor the majority of people I am acquainted with fit that definition and consider themselves American not foreigners. Perhaps, you are not being as clear as you suppose in your statement. Yes, open borders are not just about the US but the context of my question was. 😊