The confusion will start as soon as you start talking. The problem is that I can barely recognize the source of the words. You are pretending to talk about me but in fact you are only talking about yourself. As I gain more clarity over my own self, I become a mirror which fends off idiots. They see themselves in me and are actually laughing at their own selves without even knowing it. If you understand this fact, your silence in such situations is graceful yet most know not.
Usually our thoughts are what keep us from getting what we want. If you ask a random road side heroinchi if he will ever become a millionaire, he would probably laugh at you. If he had really thought of himself as one, he wouldn’t have been getting toked out on the streets. It takes me to a Buddhist doctrine narrated by zen master Thich Nhat Hanh who says that our thoughts are not us. I adduce further that thoughts act as barriers to what we really want. We only end up doing what we can sincerely believe.
The essential doctrine of belief often takes us to the frontier of the metaphysical. I find most of these notions to be utterly useless. For example, it interests people to predict the future, to enter other people’s minds, to fly, to walk on water and other such non-sense. I find them to be useless because what is primary in life is happiness. Would these super powers enhance your happiness? No. They will make you a lonely weirdo. At the outset, there is no point in going after them. However if you do develop such prowess, it’s best that you never use it. It would be a very big burden to carry and is best suited for those chosen for it as opposed to those who yearn for it for the wrong reasons.
Money is a highly sought after resource in this world. I’d like to take up the entire breadth of negative ideas associated with having money. I’m heavily quoting ideas from Sadhguru and Swami Nithyananda who has designated himself as Avatar (which I highly doubt). Money in itself is not a bad thing. In fact it is worse to have no money at all then to have a lot of it. In poorer echelons of the society, the lack of money is often mistaken for sacredness. Most of the time, it is simply not true.
To see why, I quote Sadhguru here on the subject of desire. Sadhguru says that desire in itself is not a bad thing. In fact unfulfilled desires are a source of sadness. If you look at it, each and every action of humans is based on desire. Even if you want to get closer to God, it’s root is desire. Hence the essence of desire is not bad. The excess of fulfillment of that desire is bad. The Sadhguru says that excess of anything is a source of perversion and depression.
As human beings, we can not let go of wealth completely. Even the great Buddha carried a begging bowl. After achieving enlightenment, he even had a Sangha which was very much dependent on earthly wealth. Even Mansoor al Hallaj had to eat at least a few bites of bread after spending the whole day in worship.
If you try to emulate the Buddh or Mansoor without first defeating the right ideas, denying yourself food and wealth will result in negative emotions. I firmly believe that this road must be taken when you have defeated all desire for wealth from the root. It is only possible when you have realized the secrets of first fulfilling your desire.
The concept of God in our heads sometimes prevents us from seeing the truth. We tend to see ourselves as holy because of our shortcomings. The common human being does not understand that a great many things are placed in the hands of human themselves. Depression, anxiety, fear etc. is all something which can be defeated. As the Sadhguru says, ‘unless you have done what you are supposed to do, God will not even lift his little finger for you.’ That may be why many prayers never get answered.
There are answers that you have to find by yourself first. As you progress into inner meanings and deeper truths, you will realize that there are a lot many things you have to do before you can truly start talking to the golden voice within. It is the voice that Socrates heard, it is what gave Shiv the secrets of Yoga, it is the voice which spoke to the great Buddh. It is the voice which has sent down the revealed religions. The mystery is deeper then what you thought. Rationality and intellect do not have the answer.