Valid options for remaining sane

mika's picture

Average: 4.3 (8 votes)

Be skeptic and suppress all consequent fears. Or believe and face the residues of fear with trust.

Other combinations may lead to insanity.

Truly, the options under volition are only to suppress or to face. Skepticism is a matter of chance, belief is a matter grace.

Omkaradatta's picture

What about...

You say to suppress and to face. What about letting go?

Omkaradatta | Sat, 01/17/2009 - 01:09
mika's picture

The options for the skeptic may be limted

In order to let go we need first to acknowledge the object: to be able to be aware of it consciously with all the short-term pains and suffering that may be involved and accept it and then when we are aware of it we can let it go otherwise how can we let go of something that virtually does not exist for us.

I believe the skeptic may not be able to carry this burden in case of very painful objects and so in order not to be stuck in the middle of a process (like a patient stuck in the middle of a heart operation), it is better that he/she suppress everything all together and first work on the substratum of belief and connectedness by wishing and praying to be given this grace.

mika | Sun, 01/18/2009 - 13:02
Omkaradatta's picture


If we *must* define ourselves as 'skeptic' and limit ourselves in approaches, have something to work on always (instead of being free of all self- and other-imposed definitions and duties), then this sounds reasonable.

Omkaradatta | Sun, 01/18/2009 - 13:07
happy together's picture

Like a poem

This is like a poem.

I want to interpret it loudly to make sure it depicts it all as I suspect:

To be skeptic means no trust thus a huge ground for terrible fears - you will get insane if you dare to confront and not suppress these overwhelming fears to which you cannot have any possible contra when you are skeptic.

If you believe then 99% of the fears fall by themselves because they cannot have ground when you are not skeptic. And those little that remain due to habit soon to drop also in front of belief which negates them.

Given this, everyone of course wants belief, who could want skepticism? (except maybe the mind vorn in a secular environment and thus inherited the secular habit of thoughts - which is the chance mentioned in the post).

But we perfectly know from our own experience that the blessed belief does not come just like this out of just wanting. This is where the beyond enters the picture (again, you can never escape the beyond when honest in your dealing with spirituality, the domian of the mind can never stand alone, at some point you will discover that there is something involved which is beyond the scopes of the mind) - here we can only pray and be granted the grace of belief to dawn on us.

This is an incredible cryptic poem that sums it all. Thank you mika.

happy together | Fri, 04/17/2009 - 15:47