Necessary Sacrifice

To sacrifice one’s life for a just cause is a great sacrifice, but an even greater sacrifice is to endure that which is worse than death while one is still alive.

I think that sacrifice and martyrdom for that which is right is necessary.  The ancient spiritualists upheld psychological martyrdom as something special.  In my opinion, Chhinnimasta from Hinduism and Hanahpu from Mayanism represent the importance of psychological martyrdom and sacrifice.

The Hebrew spiritualists treat crossing the realm of the martyr as unnecessary pain (as in the Book of Job.)  The Hebrew spiritualists make it seem like a bad thing to cross into the realm of the witness to truly understand the difference between good and evil (on all levels of society from everyday relations to larger scale political issues.)

I agree with the ancient spiritualists that psychological martyrdom and other forms of sacrifice for that which is right are good things.

This doesn’t mean everybody has to cross the realm of the martyr, but those with the capacity and the responsibility to probably should.

There are some fake ascended masters who tell people to just save themselves and be selfish and some fake Buddha quotes that imply that people should have more compassion for themselves rather than for others.  The Book of Job makes it seem like martyrdom is a waste of time or that after one discovers one is not evil by crossing the realm of the witness, one can just focus solely on oneself again.  However, the whole point of crossing that realm is to help others.

I’m pretty sure more authentic Buddhist teachings say that people are already naturally self-concerned and don’t have to consciously try to be any more selfish than they already are.  The point is to continue to have compassion for others.

I think part of the problem also stems from the realm of the pratyekabuddha.

The bodhisattva realm is endlessly altruistic, compassionate, and sacrificial.  Obviously, Jains uphold it as the highest realm.  Some Jains will starve themselves to death if they feel they have done all they can in the direction of true goodness and have fulfilled their purpose.  Because the desire to push towards ideal righteousness is so great, many end up crossing the realm of the witness as they push towards the ideal.

From that realm, extreme agnosticism and idealism prevail.  The Jain notion that no single, specific human view can claim to represent absolute truth applies:

The idea of people who have deviated too far from God (representing ideal morality) killing themselves to please God seems understandable.

From the bodhisattva path, the Buddha path is considered unfamiliar territory.  Buddha went from an ascetic to accepting a bowl of rice and eventually becoming healthy again.  The bodhisattva path which knows only extreme sacrifice does not have great familiarity with what type of great revelations lie on the path where one begins trying to obtain Enlightenment (and still continues to help others, but in a way that does not do so much harm to oneself.)

Thus, after the bodhisattva realm comes the pratyekabuddha realm where one stops focusing on ideal sacrifice to experiment on how much one should nourish oneself.  It takes time to experiment with such things and one can easily start being misled by Hebrew spirituality, fake Buddha quotes and fake ascended masters who tell people to just save themselves.  One can start going too far and becoming too self-serving.


“There are only…

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

-Albert Einstein

From a meta-physical standpoint even darkness is divine light when one is in tune with the “divine” perspective (in my opinion.)

Life Lesson #83

For every fake there is a real.  When others are in times of misery there are those who can point, stare, and laugh as long as they are on the surviving end of things.  However, there are also those who must continue to laugh, have fun, and enjoy themselves to spread the cheer to the less fortunate.  It’s why singers and comedians perform for the sick and dying.

Life Lessons

Life Lesson #99:  Highest form of intelligence is not knowledge or understanding or even imagination.  Highest form of intelligence is perspective.

Life Lesson #98:  You don’t have to be a martyr, but you need to pay respect to those who genuinely sacrifice for the good of humanity.

Life Lesson #97:  Beware anyone who is more interested in being the hero than making sure victims are saved.  They are worse than wild beasts.

Stop caring about heroism;  care about good people being rescued from disaster and you will learn what it means to be a genuine hero.

Life Lesson #96:  Bad people are pathological liars or able to change their entire person to match more dominant factions.  Beware these people.

Life Lesson #95:  For every fake there is a real.  Some people kiss up to any power while others are loyal to those who use their power in a noble fashion.  Some people lie pathologically while others must lie all the time to hide the fact they have truths too dazzling for darker eras.

Life Lesson #94:  There were times when evil kings rewarded slave drivers to sabotage every good idea that arose because if people were happy, they would see through the lack of substance of the current tyrant.  These people still exist.  Call them out as the pathological saboteurs that they are.

Life Lesson #93:  Saboteurs love over-complicating matters and don’t like simple effective solutions.

Life Lesson #92:  Wicked tyrants give out rewards for counting the most sand on the beach or collecting the most ant legs – anything to distract from more important issues.

Life Lesson #91:  Take one look at how someone treats the weak and innocent and you will know how they will treat you when you fall.

Life Lesson #90:  How someone treated you when you were a normal nobody is who they really are.  All people – good and sinister – are nice to those who are somebody.

Life Lesson #89:  The road to hell is paved with pathological liars PROFESSING to have had good intentions.

Life Lesson #88:  Forget rules and laws.  Your actions should be guided by your good intentions.

Life Lesson #87:  For those whose job it is to educate the public, your goal should be to make them smarter than you are.