Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.
Spirituality is not running away from battlefield of life. Spirituality is blossoming every dimension of life with love, responsibility, equanimity, creativity and compassion.
-- Amit Ray
Spiritual Experience Is Not Communicable
In my wildest ambitions -- even if I had any -- I wouldn't compare myself with those great teachers -- however, even on that small scale I can attest to this fact how it's next to impossible to empathically or otherwise duplicate in mind others' spiritual experience.
For, so often, people would understand intellectually when I was describing something like my experience during a deep meditation, or my triggered-at-will almost divine blissfulness -- but then they would admit that beyond that conceptual understanding they didn't know what the hell I was talking about.
So, in a nutshell, here is my answer to the question stated in the title of this post:
We operate from a much lower vibratory level than those Teachers of mankind did, mentally processing their words in accordance with that difference. Spirituality is about experience, not verbalizing, so we don't even know what is there to be "followed", not knowing about experience behind their words.
Thus, when Jesus or Buddha would talk about "love" or "peace", those trying to follow their example were just stuck with their own concepts and a very limited emotional equivalent to those words.
We are pissed off species, having invented a whole spectrum of those crappy emotions, some of which did not even exist at biblical times, or 500 years earlier in Buddha's era. We have given stress a completely new meaning.
In those olden times people were tough, life was not easy, but their repertoire of bitching was rather short, tied to those hardships of survival. We are different. Spoiled softies, running to our doctors at a first sneeze, paranoid about nonexistent enemies -- even mother-in-law qualifies for one.
In times of Jesus and Buddha people's minds were open in their ignorance, while ours are closed in our ignorance -- because we think we got it all figured out. Actually, our minds are so crammed with "junk of knowing" that both Jesus and Buddha got downsized to just a concept "much mentioned" in our religions.
It's worse to know only half-truths than to know nothing about something -- and religions are feeding us those half-truths. We are joggling with concepts, rituals, and reading a holy book, and that to us translates to "following the Teacher's example"
How we are mentally handling those teachings reminds me of a metaphor in a book that was used in its different context, but could be used here as well:
A farmer inherits a beautiful botanical garden from his city uncle; and then, after consulting a botany book, he keeps all those edible plants, and disposes of all others.
Likewise, religious followers interpret those teachings from the level of their limitations, oblivious to that whole unfathomable spiritual treasure that would demand much more effort from them that they are willing to sacrifice.
Peaceful atheist is far more spiritual than hateful theist.
-- Fakeer Ishavardas
Our Gods at Imaginary War
We are one funny species indeed. We indulge in all "seven deadly sins" plus the ones we made up with our modern style of life, and which are not covered by those Ten Commandments. And then we just a kind of "keep religious faith on the side" -- for just in case, feeling clean after spilling it all out in that confession booth.
And we are also good Buddhists, with a good meditation quieting down that intolerance we feel for all Hindus, Christians, Muslims -- well, even hating each other when there is no one else to hate -- as if following religious recipes of Christians.
For, Christians are not only pissed at Muslims, Buddhists and anybody not-Christian, but also pissed at any different Christian denomination.
Now, how is any of that in accordance with Jesus's or Buddha's teachings? Those two guys devoted their lives to those two things -- love and peace, and even those two things their followers can't try to imitate -- forget about duplicating that spiritual experience.
Because, again, spirituality is all about experience. It's not about parroting some phrases and a sterile liturgy without anything like a soul invested into it. Just look how both religions chose to portray these two ancient geniuses.
The Church made sure to portray Jesus always as suffering on the cross -- to enhance the feelings of debt and guilt in followers, as if reminding them of their sins, which would imply that he made that sacrifice in vain. Some cash left on the way out may succeed to wash that feeling away.
And the Buddha, of all the people had to be portrayed in statues and pictures as one overweight, if not obese dude. Hey, brothers-Buddhists, wasn't he a slim yogi, abstaining from heavy meals, for days not eating anything, disciplined like you and I could never be! Indeed, how did he ever get so fat on desert's diet!
So, again I say, not only that we don't know what to follow, we even keep a wrong image of our Teachers.
This fire we call Love is too strong for human minds. But just right for human souls.
No "Religious Antagonism" Between Teachers
While we are so proud of calling ourselves followers of one or the other teacher, we either don't know, or we are turning a blind eye on the fact that it's only us followers who are intolerant towards each other -- not our teachers.
Imagine a meeting between Jesus and Buddha. Try to figure how they would treat each other. Well, certainly not like Buddhists and Christians treat each other. If you have even a remote vision of how I am envisioning that meeting, you would see them in a perfect harmony, even their auras blending with same vibrant colors.
From that resonance of frequencies making them almost celestial identical twins, would emanate vibes of love and peace, and unutterable happiness of finding an equal -- after dealing with a mass of clueless idiots pretending to be spiritual.
There would be laughter and joy, and if their respective palms would come together, it wouldn't be for a prayer to a god, but closing the circuit of high energies emanating from their palms. Palms that a pranic healer could be seen these days to pass over a sick body.
Not a prayer to some deity indifferent to suffering of children, ignoring disasters, starvation, and deaf to pleas of those who need reassurance and hope.
Both Jesus and Buddha were "quantum practitioners" of universal principles. They simply couldn't put their knowledge into words that people of their eras would understand. Just like that famous cave meditator and hermit Milarepa couldn't explain how he made his hand impressions in the stone wall of his cave.
Milarepa, all ascetic and green from surviving mainly on nettles growing around, upgraded his consciousness to a point where he could experience himself and that stone wall at subatomic level, and then just smoothly make that imprint.
Now, if he was able to do that feat with his mind -- what "miracles" were Jesus and Buddha capable of? And, how in the world could they possibly put it into words of some teaching that people would understand?
So they talked about love and peace -- which was the closest to that state of mind at which those miracles were doable.
Love and peace -- something that we, the "faithful followers" will ignore among all that other crap that our religions are feeding us.
A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill love for learning.
-- Brad Henry
Bad Students or Bad Teachers
Ironically, masses have died in the name of religious teaching -- while those teachers never demanded that sacrifice. Dark dogma replaced a life celebrating philosophy of Jesus. And Buddhists got reduced to those monks in monasteries.
Maybe the image of Jesus would have inspired more, if not portrayed as a sufferer on the cross, but a young man playfully chasing Maria Magdalena on a meadow sprinkled with daisies.
And maybe Siddhartha would have inspired more if he stayed at the stage of his spiritual quest where he drifted happily with friend Govinda, tasted the joys of romance, and allowed his humanness to be, without crowning it with tenets impossible to follow.
Yes, maybe it was not up to followers to decode their teachers' depths -- but up to them to make themselves easier to follow.
For, the way it is, love and peace, as they were advertising them, remain an unattainable ambition out of human reach. Except for some of us on our own modest pilgrimage, not exactly needing a teacher -- but trying to be both, a teacher and a student in a same body, same mind and heart.
Happy to be able to ask more smart questions than to give smart answers. And, when answers come -- well, here we come again to that same thing -- there is hardly anyone around to share them with -- because on spiritual path we walk alone, just like those Teachers did.
© 2020 Val Karas
Val Karas (author) from Canada on July 09, 2020:
Louise -- Remembering now some, often poignant fragments of a dramatic life story, with an epilogue in which you came out as a winner -- I salute to your liberating spirit, with this additional victory over a religious indoctrination. You are one truly strong lady, my friend.
Louise Elcross from Preston on July 09, 2020:
I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed reading this Val. I was born into a religious, god fearing family and I feared god for most of my life. My soul was never happy when I lived in fear and my frequency was wrong because I could feel it. I spent most of my life feeling that fear because of the negative beliefs I had forced on me. Now I have no religious beliefs. I love myself, others, life and every living thing in this world because I choose to and not because I am supposed to. I have a raised vibration now and it feels good and I feel grateful. Thanks again
Val Karas (author) from Canada on July 06, 2020:
Allen, my dear friend -- Writing articles is fun, and commenting is fun -- trust me, if it was less than that, I wouldn't be doing it.
Val Karas (author) from Canada on July 06, 2020:
Manatita -- While I am embracing the tone of your brief response to my comment, I was a sort of hoping that you might give your response to my explanation of "my style" of loving people. After all, you did more than that in your initial comment to my hub.
I mean, after you mentioned your "not singing a song of separation", couldn't you elaborate a little? Like, what "separation" are you talking about? You know, I can't read minds, my friend.
Unless, of course, you think that explaining anything to me is not worth any effort, like a waste of time.
Allen Edwards from Iowa on July 06, 2020:
Oh My GOD(Used in the purely dramatic syntax context) Val, My Good Friend!!
Me thinkest thou hath allowed yourself to be lured into one, of the two(religion and politics) most feared arenas of:"Death of my acceptance of life's meaning being that of complete randomness, being dissolved in an acid bath created by the vileness of human nature trying to perpetuate its effects on another life in order for its own life to achieve a purposeful reality", and at the same time "creating the logical(self based) antacid that can, perhaps, save me from running to that Damn "crappier" every 15 minutes!
You know I have your "Back" Buddy, as you fight off those who will continue to fill that "bath" and try to drag you towards it by exerting their righteousness by: "Proof by All that is Most Definitely? Shirley? ...Written, Spoken, or Possessed by...Holy"
manatita44 from london on July 06, 2020:
Indeed, my kindred Spirit. There are so many flowers in this beautiful garden. I did not come into this world to sing a separation song. Praise be!
Val Karas (author) from Canada on July 06, 2020:
Manatita, my friend -- You started your comment by saying how I "seem to have SOME understanding" -- placing yourself on a patronizing podium of someone who has a "LOT of understanding".
Well, you undoubtedly understand your way of loving -- not necessarily mine.
So, why do we write? -- seems to be the question of your comment. My readers are thanking me for my eye-opening wisdom, as I am waking them up into the reality of their being brainwashed by political, religious, and business authorities -- while not loving themselves, and being emotionally dependent on being loved.
Namely, we can only give of something that we already have, not of something that we only hope to receive, which includes love, which places them in position of mental beggars for something that they fail to give to themselves.
And that's how I love people, by waking them up, and awakening is not necessarily a pleasant experience, besides its benefits.
On the other hand, while I am waking them up, your kind of loving is lulling them into sleep, sedating their issues, as if telling them that they are loved exactly as they are. That takes away their responsibility to snap out of their messed up emotionality, because here, they are loved, messed up or not, brainwashed or not.
Somehow the word "cynicism" found its way into your comment, my friend. Well, like I said, awakening may hurt a little, but those are growing pains.
As for my own capacity to love, I am 75, and I've spent last half century cultivating love and peace through self-discipline, meditation, self-hypnosis, getting rid of vulnerable ego and its victimhood-syndrome, and de-hypnotizing myself from the suggestive grip of social selfish interests. Also, I have enabled myself to trigger blissful feelings at will.
All in all, I love myself enough so I can emotionally afford to love the world, not being on defense, not feeling threatened. I welcome being loved back, but my happiness and loving myself doesn't depend on it.
As you may observe, I am not a religious person. I don't believe in deities, only in an unfathomable universal consciousness, of which mine is a personalized extension. It has worked well for myself, for those I love, and those that I am writing for. Look, I must be writing something inspirational if readers are praising it. (Well, not all, obviously, LOL)
So, this would conclude my response to your interesting comment. I hope you have acquired "SOME understanding" about my way of loving.
manatita44 from london on July 06, 2020:
Thanks, my Friend.
You seem to have some understanding and I value it very much. Again, you are right in so far as the Western mind, nay, most minds, are now highly developed and that's a problem for many.
Yet I trust you are not devaluing our potential, Bro. Neither yourself. We are sparks of God and as such have truly unlimited power. Why do you write? What are you trying to achieve? You seem to decry the very thing you're doing.
The world needs our loving service right now and we must serve. Bill, Eric, myself ... we all speak of Love. It is so meaningful! in fact crucial! We can teach better by being benchmarks of Love. Cynicism, even with spiritual experience, means that the mind is still active, insecure.
Love means that the Heart is open, mature, sees 'we and ours' and not 'me' and 'mines.' We are all connected and each man's sorrow diminishes me. If you don't believe that you can feel empathy like the Seers of which you speak, then where is the incentive to serve? Much Love.