This teaching is for those who are interested in the practice of inquiring towards the truth of things but don't know where to begin, or have fear towards performing this teaching and practice due to contradiction with one's particular thinking and belief.
Performing inquiry towards the truth of everything, to attain self-realization towards the truth of everything, of all kinds of thinking, belief, values, practice and behavior, including all the teachings and practices of yoga and Buddhism, to know what is going on in one's mind, to free one's mind from ignorance, egoism and impurities, is the major teaching and practice in yoga and Buddhism. None should be blind-following, blind-believing, blind-practicing or blind-propagating the teachings and practice of yoga and Buddhism, but to experience and inquire all the teachings by oneself, to attain direct self-realization, as taught by all the Gurus and Buddhas.
Yoga and Buddhism's teachings and practice emphasize on self-disciplinary, self-control, self-reliance, self-inquiry and self-realization. It's purifying and disciplining and silencing one's mind. It's nothing to do with influencing, controlling, disciplining and interfering with the other minds. It teaches about all and everything are selflessly and impermanently existing and cease existing under the law of nature, cause and effect, actions and the consequences of actions.
Meanwhile, what people want to believe and practice, or not, is their freedom.
Most people have certain 'belief' or 'disbelief' about certain things, either wittingly or unwittingly, would never think of there's a need to inquire the truth of something that they believe/want to believe/being told to believe is 'true', 'right' and 'good', or 'that's the way things should or shouldn't be', and vice versa, just because that was being passed down and practiced by many other human beings, and hence, they just follow and practice unwittingly, or people themselves have chosen to adopt, follow, believe and practice wittingly.
Many people are afraid of performing inquiry towards the truth of their inherited or adopted cultural/religious/spiritual/social thinking, belief, values and practice that they have been believing in and practicing throughout their lives, as they were being told by 'some others' or 'a book that was written by somebody', that it's forbidden, sinful and punishable to question the truth of those belief, values and practice, where the believers think that there's element of insult, offensiveness and disrespectfulness towards 'someone' or 'the belief' in the act of doubting/questioning/inquiring the truth of those belief, values and practice.
There's nothing bad or wrong with human beings 'believe' that they need to have some form of 'beliefs' to live life and think in certain way, to lead them towards a certain direction or meaning in life, or else, people believe that they would be lost in life without holding onto a 'belief'. Everyone has the freedom to believe or disbelieve in something, or choosing what they want to believe or disbelieve as something 'true' or 'untrue', 'right' or 'wrong', 'good' or 'bad, and so on.
There's nothing bad or wrong either when the yoga practitioners and the Buddhism practitioners are being advised to inquire the truth of everything as the upmost essential practice.
Inquiring towards the truth of everything has to be self-initiated.
It's inquiring the truth of both belief and disbelief, values and practice that exist in one's mind, as well as upon coming in contact with some other kinds of belief and disbelief, values and practice, that influencing human being's thinking, action/reaction or behavior in the world, without judgment, without grasping, without attachment and without association.
Before one begins the inquiry towards the truth of anything, the mind needs to be opened and be purified.
If the mind is closed, this mind wouldn't be initiated to inquire the truth of what it believes or disbelieves, and what it comes in contact with, but will keep judging everything based on the existing belief and disbelief in one's mind, expecting everyone and everything to be or not to be in certain way.
If the mind is clouded by impurities, it hinders the mind from seeing the truth as it is, even if the mind is interested to inquire the truth of everything.
The closed mind will naturally grasp and judge everything that it comes in contact with (whatever the mind experiences) under the influence of a particular belief and disbelief in the mind. It reacts either with like or dislike, agreement or disagreement, praise or condemn, or unconcern, as long as it has nothing to do with 'I' and 'my life'.
While the opened mind either will witness and allow all the names and forms being there as they are, without attachment, being undetermined by the mind perception of names and forms, or will inquire the truth of everything that it comes in contact with, without the influence of any particular belief and disbelief that is already there in the mind, without judgment, grasping, attachment, or association. Regardless of what kind of names and forms that the mind perceives through the senses, the non-grasping mind that is free from the influence of any particular belief and disbelief will only see one same truth in all and everything - Selflessness and Impermanence. It's neither a belief nor disbelief. It's not a judgment, but it's just seeing the truth of all the names and forms, as they are. At the same time, the non-grasping mind allows everything being what they are, being there as they are, being impermanent and constantly changing, selflessly.
Whether something is 'true' or 'untrue', is nothing to do with what the mind thinks is belief or disbelief. Whether people believe or disbelieve that something is true or untrue, it doesn't change the truth of something being 'true' or 'untrue', but all is impermanent and selfless.
Inquiring towards the truth of everything is nothing 'insulting' or 'disrespecting' towards anything, not to say, what the mind believes as 'sinful' and 'punishable'.
Something that is really 'true' or 'pure' doesn't need to convince or force or threaten anyone to believe that it's 'true' and 'pure'. It doesn't need 'somebody' or 'some organization' or 'some authority' being there to convince or force or threaten all the others to believe that it's 'true' and 'pure'.
Something that is almighty, the one existence before, during and after everything else exist, change and cease exist, that is unlimited by time, space and causation, that is always right here right now, that is truly all compassionate, that represents the quality of 'omnipresence', 'omnipotence' and 'omniscience', or 'all-presence', 'all-powerful' and 'all-knowledge', would never be 'damaged', 'hurt', 'contaminated', 'offended', 'insulted' or 'disrespected' by anything.
How can something almighty be damaged, hurt, contaminated, offended, insulted, disrespected or belittled by certain names and forms, or react with dissatisfaction, disappointment, anger, hatred and violence? It's only the ignorant egoistic impure human minds will perceive damage, hurt, contamination, offensiveness, insult, disrespectfulness and belittling based on particular 'belief' and 'disbelief' in the mind, and react with dissatisfaction, disappointment, anger, hatred and violence upon certain names and forms that the minds judge as 'wrong' and 'bad' based on the 'belief' and 'disbelief' in the minds, that the mind think it's 'hurting', 'insulting', 'disrespecting', 'belittling' or 'contaminating' itself or the 'belief' and 'disbelief' in the mind.
Something that is almighty, true and pure doesn't need to 'prove' or 'justify' anything.
It doesn't need to 'control' or 'judge' anyone or anything to be in certain ways and not to be in certain ways.
It doesn't 'praise' or 'condemn' anyone or anything.
It doesn't need to be 'loved', be 'supported', be 'acknowledged', be 'protected', be 'glorified', be 'respected', be 'appreciated' or be 'thanked' by anyone or anything, to be what it is.
It doesn't need to be believed by anyone or anything, to be all-powerful, to be all-present, to be all-knowledge, to be what it is.
It doesn't threaten anyone with 'sin' and 'punishment' or tempt anyone with 'merit' and 'reward' about how everyone should or shouldn't think, believe, feel, act, react or behave. None need to be 'threatened by' and 'fearful towards' its presence or existence or teachings.
It wouldn't be affected, or determined, or disturbed, by all the debates, discussions, believes and disbelieves, likes and dislikes, agreements and disagreements, praise and condemn, appreciation and inappreciation, right and wrong, good and bad, positive and negative, enjoyment and painful sorrow, actions and inactions, ignorance and wisdom of the worldly beings.
All those names and forms of 'insult', 'disrespectfulness', 'belittling', 'offensiveness', 'defensiveness', 'hurt', 'control', 'judgment', 'praise', 'condemn', 'acknowledgement', 'glorification', 'protectiveness', 'threat', 'tempt', 'punishment', 'reward', 'self-righteousness' and 'self-authorization', are action/reaction and behavior existing in the world and deriving from the worldly ignorant egoistic impure human minds. It has nothing to do with the one that is almighty.
It's people's freedom to be inheriting and continue to follow and believe, or choosing to adopt, follow and believe, or not, in something or some teachings that portray or reflect such action and reaction or behavior of the ignorant egoistic impure human minds.
If there's a 'God existence', or a 'belief', or a 'teaching', that is nothing to do with the one that is almighty, because it would be offended, insulted, belittled, contaminated, hurt by 'something' or 'someone', and be angry, hating, violent, or avenge towards certain impermanent and selfless names and forms, why does anyone want to follow, believe, practice and propagate that particular 'God existence', or that particular 'belief', or that particular 'teaching', and living under great fear towards 'what they believe as the one that is almighty, but not really'?
If there is a 'God existence' of the one that is almighty, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient, then this almighty 'God' is there supporting all and everyone and everything to be existing as they are, non-discriminating and unconditionally, regardless of all the different qualities of name and form, thinking, belief/disbelief, values, practice, action/reaction and behavior, that all are imperfect, impermanent and selfless.
If it's the truth, the truth doesn't judge or punish anyone or anything.
If it's a great teaching, the great teaching represents and propagates unconditional love and peace.
If it's selfless compassion, it will be unconditional, non-discrimination, non-attachment, non-identification, non-judgment and non-expectation towards all and everyone and everything being what they are, as they are, and all are impermanent and selfless. Selfless compassion doesn't discriminate if someone behaves or doesn't behave like this or like that. There's neither demanding for apology nor granting of forgiveness. Everything exists, changes, affecting one another, and ceases existing, under the law of nature, cause and effect. If there's a 'God existence' that discriminates, and only will love certain type of behavior, and won't love or even will be hating certain type of behavior, that's conditional love and hate coming from ignorant egoistic impure human minds.
If there's a need to create constant fear in the minds towards not being 'qualified' or 'good' enough to be 'loved' and 'supported' by a particular 'God existence', or not being perfect enough to live up to a particular 'belief' or 'teaching', then what kind of 'God existence', 'belief, or what the mind thinks is the truth', or 'teaching' is that?
It's everyone's freedom if they want to believe in a 'God existence' that is being projected by their own minds being in certain way and how they desire it to be.
It's everyone's freedom if they want to believe in something or some teachings that would be 'hurt', 'insulted', 'offended', 'disrespected', 'contaminated', 'violent', 'angry', 'discriminating' and 'hating', and wittingly be influenced by that 'belief' to judge everything and expect certain 'respect' from all the others towards one's particular 'belief' that judge and discriminate all kinds of names and forms, inflict anger and hatred in one's mind towards certain names and forms, while expecting all the others should 'follow' and 'believe' in this 'belief', and to act/react/behave in certain way, or else, it's sinful and punishable according to that 'belief'.
It's everyone's freedom also if they want to look for something or some teachings that represents non-discriminating unconditional love and peace among all the different names and forms, that is undetermined, unaffected and undisturbed by all the imperfect names and forms in the world that are subject to impermanence and selflessness, that is void of egoistic 'hurt', 'insult', 'offensiveness', 'disrespectfulness', 'contamination', 'violence', 'anger', 'discrimination' and 'hatred', that is unconditional, unlimited, nameless, formless and attributeless, which is not a 'belief' deriving from and limited by worldly egoistic impure minds.
Even some yoga or Buddhism practitioners who think they are practicing yoga or Buddhism might not necessarily be free from the influence of a particular worldly social/cultural/religious/spiritual thinking, belief, values and practice, and be affected, disturbed and determined by what their minds perceived as 'wrong', 'bad', 'hurtful', 'disrespectful', 'insulting', 'offensive', 'belittling', or 'anger and hatred deserving'. There's nothing wrong with that. Just that, these minds are not peaceful, while 'blaming' the unpeacefulness is caused by the perceived names and forms being 'wrong', 'bad', 'hurtful', 'disrespectful', 'insulting', 'offensive', 'belittling', or 'anger and hatred deserving' based on the particular thinking, belief, values and practice in their minds. That's their freedom of thinking.
Those who think they believe in 'God existence, the one that is almighty', but would think and believe that this 'God' or its teachings would be offended, insulted, contaminated, disrespected, hurt, or damaged by certain names and forms, and this 'God' would be angry, violent, hating and punish those whom they (the human beings) believe and judge as 'wrong', 'bad', 'sinful' and 'punishable', then obviously they don't know 'God' or what 'God' is about. Those who understand, those who know, regardless of whether they have belief or disbelief about 'God existence, the one who is almighty', will not be disturbed by these minds and their behavior, neither will they judge or expect anything or anyone to be or not to be in certain way. It's mere ignorance and the consequence of ignorance.
Those who think and believe that they are loving compassionate beings, but they are being determined and disturbed by the ignorance and the consequence of ignorance of others in the world, then they don't know what compassion is about. It's neither right nor wrong. It's just that these minds who want to believe that they are loving compassionate beings, are also not free from ignorance, egoism and impurities yet.
Knowing that there are many beings in the world are not free from the egoism of attachment and identification towards many different thinking, belief, values and practice, and constantly acting/reacting and behaving in certain ways under the influence of ignorance, egoism and impurities, the wise ones don't deliberately performing actions that most minds would perceive as 'insult', 'belittling', or 'disrespectfulness', with the expectation that all beings should be wise enough to not react with the perception of being 'insulted', or 'belittled', or 'disrespected'. Everyone needs to take their own pace to evolve, to be aware of the modification of their minds, and to free their own minds from ignorance, egoism and impurities, to see the truth of things as it is, and be free from egoistic action/reaction or behavior under the influence of ignorance and impurities.
Contemplate and be free.
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