We come across many wise beings who claim that they are in search of the Ultimate Truth. They are either a part of an organized sect that claims that they help people attain enlightenment through their unique and spiritual way of living or they have a following that believes they would eventually stumble upon THE TRUTH by following the ways of the enlightened(as they believe).
I call them organized because:
- They have a structure, a framework for what they practice.
- They have an agenda.
- They prescribe a systematic path to enlightenment.
On closer observation, many major religions of our millennium have been crafted in similar fashion. Religion like any other science is pretty much organized, which qualifies them as institutes that help people live on prescribed terms that have been proven successful. In my humble opinion this might offer a healthy way of living but can never guarantee enlightenment.
Enlightenment/Truth is a pathless land.
Every time a person sets himself free from these boundaries and bonding and starts to drift away from the religious tenet that he belongs, he gets closer to truth, but unfortunately when truth eventually dawns, he already has a following trying to fossilize his wisdom and make it a new religion. This is what happened when Jesus drifted from Judaism, when Buddha and Mahavira drifted from Hinduism, when Prophet Mohammad drifted from what the Banū Hāshim tribe followed.
Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path.
A belief is purely an individual affair; one cannot and must not organize it. If you do so, it becomes crystallized; lifeless; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. This is what everyone throughout the world is attempting to do. Truth is chiselled and narrowed under the pretext of making the weak man strong, when in reality they are not weak, just momentarily discontented.
Have you ever heard the small story about the devil and his friend who after a tiring day went for a stroll, when they saw a man few paces away stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, “What did that man pick up?” “He picked up a piece of the truth,” said the devil. “That is a very bad business for you, then,” said his friend. “Oh, not at all,” the devil smiled and winked “I am going to help him organize it.”
When things are organized, it conditions you and you are layered with multiple perceptions. This very system filters out vast majority of information that is available to us. Owing to this we only experience a tiny speckle of what exactly is happening around us.
Psychologists call this phenomenon “INATTENTIONAL BLINDNESS,” and it’s just one of many ways in which our beliefs, preconceived notions and expectations shape the way we perceive the world and cause us to overlook the obvious.
Imagine you’re watching a basketball game. Your favourite team is wearing white and the other team is in black. In the midst of the action, someone in a dark gorilla suit calmly walks to the centre of the court, waves to the crowd, and then walks off the court. Do you think you would notice this peculiar event? Most people might say yes. Most people would be wrong. Watch This:-
Our brains attention system allows us to actively select what we look at, especially when your mind is focussed on doing something prescribed but it also make us miss something really big. This is also termed as CHANGE BLINDNESS.
Worldview, like any set of cultural beliefs inculcated from childhood, acts like the blinders they put on skittish horses to keep them calm. Between the blinders we see with exceptional clarity, but seeing beyond the blinders is not only exceedingly difficult but after a while it’s easy to forget that your vision is restricted. This is what a religion can do to you if you are someone looking for the ultimate truth. Your beliefs and preconceived notions will never let you see what is around as it really is.
By this post, am not saying that religion or being a part any organization that advocates a specific way of living is bad. It just strikes me that with the constraints that they offer, it’s not possible to find the ULTIMATE TRUTH.
Ram~ Knight 4ever