Enlightenment is the understanding that this is all, that this is perfect, that this is it. Enlightenment is not an achievement, it is an understanding that there is nothing to achieve, nowhere to go. Osho (Thanks to Hippie Peace Freaks)
Nothing should stand between yourself and God. Not imams, priests, rabbis, or any other custodians of moral or religious leadership. Not spiritual masters, not even your faith. Believe in your values and your rules, but never lord them over others. If you keep breaking other people’s hearts, whatever religious duty you perform is no good. Stay away from all sorts of idolatry, for they will blur your vision. Let God and only God be your guide. Learn the Truth, my friend, but be careful not to make a fetish out of your truths. ~ Shams of Tabriz
(Thanks to The Free Believers Network)
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1 Timothy 6:6-7 (New King James Version)
You mean to tell me after all these years of “walking with the King” I may have had it wrong? You mean to tell me that all is well and perfect in my universe? That I don’t need an institution and its caretakers to tell me how to live-with God-not even the Bible? That I don’t have to go to God with a “gimme” attitude, but one of contentment?
Whoa! I need to sit down for this one. A glass of sweet red wine would be nice too!
Interesting to realize that religious folk carry too much damn baggage already. Burdened by dogma, scripture, creeds, institutional constraints, wrong ambitions, etc, these souls are walking neurotics-never having any peace of mind and soul; carrying more bags than what Newark Liberty International processes in a day. Trying to find something “outside” them, they keep at trying to “work out their salvation” (with emphasis on the word, “work”), defending the Bible, even though they don’t understand it, relying solely on what some preacher says instead of thinking for themselves, trying to “name and claim” the wealth of the world…
Always looking outside. Trying to find that ambiguous “one way” we see so much about. Yet these poor souls get nowhere-and fast. We traded the Kingdom of God within us for some external “kingdom” that will be the solution to our life’s problems. We wait for that right sermon, that right song, that one more book, that fad “spiritual” discipline to improve our lot. Usually we end up getting disappointed in the end.
What we need to realize that everything’s perfect as it is right now. That we don’t need some intermediary to show us to God; Jesus told us that we can have intimacy with the Divine ourselves! We don’t need to shove our “truths” down others’s throats, but live and let live. We also need to realize that godliness with contentment is still great gain-even in our age; instead of trying to “have it all”.
It’s the inside, not the outside where the real truth lies. It’s the inside where God resides and talks with us. It’s in our hearts where the Spirit-the Divine Creative Erotic power-lies and works. It’s the inside where Jesus said the Kingdom of God is.
You may ask, “You mean to tell me that it’s all inside?”
I’ll answer, “Yes.”
Look within, God’s waiting.