Reading Lila – Enlightment

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From the static point of view the whole escape into Dynamic Quality seems like a death experience. It’s a movement from something to nothing. How can ‘nothing’ be any different from death? … All the Buddha could say was,’See for yourself’ …

… enlightment is distributed in all parts of the world … but some cultures accept it and others screen out recognition of it. The Metaphysics of Quality translated karma as ‘evolutionary garbage’ … the pain, the suffering that results from clinging to static patterns … the only exit from the suffering is to detach yourself from these static patterns, that is, to ‘kill’ them.

A common way taken to kill them is suicide, but suicide only kills biological patterns. That’s like destroying a computer because you can’t stand the program it is running … the social and intellectual patterns that caused the suicide have to be carried on by others. From an evolutionary point of view it’s really a backward and therefore immoral step.

Another immoral way of killing the static patterns is to pass the patterns to someone else … a ‘karma dump’ … you invent a devil group, Jews or blacks or whites or capitalists … then say that group is responsible for all your suffering. If you take all this karmic garbage and make yourself feel better by passing it on to others that’s normal. That’s the way the world works.

But if you manage to absorb it and not pass it on, that’s the highest moral conduct of all. That really advances everything, not just you … some of the great moral figures of history … Christ, Lincoln, Gandhi … that’s what they were really involved in, the cleansing of the world through the absorption of karmic garbage. They didn’t pass it on.

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Reading Lila – Dharma

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The more usual meaning of dharma is religious merit … but it is sometimes used as a purely moral concept & stands for right/virtuous conduct.

Dharma is duty … not external duty which is arbitrarily imposed by others … neither internal … arbitrarily decided by one’s own consciousness … Dharma is Quality itself, the principle of ‘rightness’ which gives structure and purpose to the evolution of all life … Within the Hindu tradition dharma is relative & dependent on the conditions of society … it is the bond which holds society together …

But within modern Buddhist thought dharma becomes the phenomenal world … the object of perception, thought or understanding. A chair, for example, is not composed of atoms of substance, it is composed of dharmas. This statement is absolute jabberwocky to a conventional subject-object metaphysics. How can a chair be composed of individual little moral orders? But if one applies the Metaphysics of Quality & sees that a chair is an inorganic static pattern and sees that all static patterns are composed of value and that value is synonymous with morality then it all begins to make sense.

… this was one answer … to why workmen in the Far East are able to maintain quality levels that compare so favorably to those in the West. If one comes from a cultural tradition where an electronic assembly is primarily a moral order rather than just a neutral pile of substance, it is easier to feel an ethical responsibility for doing good work on it … Oriental social cohesiveness … resulted from the working out, centuries ago, of the problem of dharma and the way … it combines freedom and ritual …

In the West progress seems to proceed by a series of spasms of alternating freedom and ritual. A revolution of freedom against old rituals produces a new order, which soon becomes another old ritual for the next generation to revolt against, on and on.

The Zen monk’s daily life is nothing but one ritual after another, hour after hour, day after day, all his life. They don’t tell him to shatter those static patterns to discover the unwritten dharma. They want him to get those patterns perfect. The explanation for this contradiction is the belief that you do not free yourself from static patterns by fighting them with other contrary static patterns. That is … ’bad karma chasing its tail’. You free yourself from static patterns by putting them to sleep … You master them … you get to used to them you completely forget them and they are gone. There in the center of the most monotonous boredom of static ritualistic patterns the Dynamic freedom is found … The danger has always been that the rituals, the static patterns are mistaken for what they merely represent and are allowed to destroy the Dynamic Quality they were originally intended to preserve …

If ritual always comes first & intellectual principles always come later, then ritual cannot always be a decadent corruption of intellect. Their sequence in history suggests that principles emerged from ritual, not the other way around … That is, we don’t perform religious rituals because we believe in God. We believe in God because we perform religious rituals.

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Reading Lila – Rta

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… sectarian religion was a static fallout from Dynamic Quality … none of them told the whole truth … There’s an adage that, ‘Nothing disturbs a bishop quite so much as the presence of a saint in the parish’ … The saint’s Dynamic understanding makes him unpredictable and uncontrollable but the bishop’s got a whole calendar of static ceremonies… In all religions bishops tend to gild Dynamic Quality … because their cultures require it … but these become like gold vines that cling to a tree, shut out its sunlight and eventually strangle it.

… once this integration occurs and Dynamic Quality is identified with religious mysticism it produces an avalanche of information … a lot of this religious mysticism is just low-grade ‘yelping about God … but if you search for the sources … interesting things turn up … The logical order of things which the philosophers study is derived from ‘mythos’. The mythos is the social culture and the rhetoric which the culture must invent before philosophy becomes possible … Most of this old religious talk is nonsense, of course, but nonsense or not, it is the parent of our modern scientific talk.

… Digging back into ancient Greek history, to the time when this mythos-to-logos transition was taking place … the ancient rhetoricians of Greece, the Sophists, had taught what they called arete, which was a synonym for Quality … It is said that by following linguistic analysis you could go even further back into the mythos …

Ancient Greek wasn’t an original language. It was descended from a much earlier one … the Proto-Indo-European language … it has left no fragments but has been derived … from similarities between such languages as Sanskrit, Greek and English which have … a common prehistoric tongue … After thousands of years of separation from Greek & English the Hindi word for ‘mother’ is still ‘ma’. Yoga both looks like and is translated as ‘yoke’ … an Indian rajah’s title sounds like regent …

The Proto-Indo-European root of arete was the morpheme rt. There besides arete, was a treasure room of other derived ‘rt’ words: aristocrat, art, rhetoric, worth, rite, ritual, wright, right (handed), and right (correct) … All of these words except arithmetic seemed to have a vague thesaurus-like similarity to Quality … in aristocrat and arithmetic Rt meant first … in art and wright it seemed to mean ‘created’ and ‘of beauty’ … ’ritual’ suggested repetitive order … the word right has two meanings: ‘right-handed’ and ‘moral and aesthetic correctness’ …

When all these meanings were strung together a fuller picture of the rt morpheme emerged. Rt referred to the ‘first, created, beautiful repetitive order of moral and aesthetic correctness.’

… condemnation of left-handedness as ’sinister’ is an almost universal anthropological characteristic … even today when legal oaths are taken … people shake hands … a president is inaugurated … it is mandatory that he raise his right hand. Prehistoric rt is still with us.

There was just one thing wrong with this … the meanings … suggested ‘importance’ … that was social and procedural and manufactured … Rt meant ‘quality’ … but … static, not Dynamic … then his mind dredged up a word he hadn’t thought … of for a long time … Rta. Rta [sanskrit] was the ‘cosmic order of things’ … the Sanskrit language was considered the most faithful to the Proto-Indo-European root …

Rta, from the oldest portion of the Rg Veda, which was the oldest known writing of the Indo-Aryan language … Varuna … was the chief support of rta … [an] omniscient god … [of] unswerving adherence to high principles … The physical order of the universe is also the moral order of the universe. Rta is both … It was the oldest idea known to man.

Rta also meant ritual … a decay [during the Brahmanas Hindu period] of Dynamic Quality into static quality … then came the Upanisadic period and the flowering of Indian philosophy. Dynamic quality reemerged within the static patterns of Indian thought. Rta … almost ceased to be used in Sanskrit … but under the name of dharma [it] occupies a very important place in the later Indian view of life ……

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Reading Lila – Meditation

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… Another mystery in the treatment of the insane … is the value of peace and quiet and isolation … Leave them alone … Ironically the one thing that the mental hospitals and doctors do best is the one thing they never take credit for … They know it works, but there’s no way of justifying that because the whole cultural set they have to operate in says that doing nothing is the same as doing something wrong … what sometimes occurs in an insane asylum but occurs deliberately in a mystic retreat is a natural human process called dhyana in Sanskrit. In our culture … ambiguously called ‘meditation’.

Just as mystics traditionally seek monasteries and ashrams … so are the insane treated by isolation in places of relative calm and austerity and silence. The Western treatment of dhyana is a beautiful example of how the static patterns of a culture can make something not exist … People in this culture are hypnotized into thinking they do not meditate when in fact they do … boats … seaside cottages … lake cabins … hiking trails … golf courses … It’s the need for dhyana that is behind all these. Vacations too … how perfectly named that is … an emptying out…of all the static clutter…settling into an undefined sort of tranquility.

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Reading Lila – Shock

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… as long as the psychiatric approach is encased within a subject-object metaphysical understanding it will always seek a patterned solution to insanity, never a mystic one … When Socrates says in one of his dialogues, ‘Our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness provided the madness is given us by divine gift’, the psychiatric profession doesn’t know what in the world he is talking about…

The Metaphysics of Quality suggests [there is another] solution to insanity … to dissolve all static patterns, both sane and insane and find the base of all reality, Dynamic Quality, that is independent of them all. The Metaphysics of Quality says that it is immoral for sane people to force cultural conformity by suppressing the Dynamic drives that produce insanity. Such oppression is a lower form of evolution trying to devour a higher one.

Once this theoretical structure is available, it offers solutions to some mysteries in the present treatment of the insane … For example … The value of shock treatment is not that it returns a lunatic to normal cultural patterns. It certainly does not do that. It’s value is that it destroys all patterns… cultural & private, and leaves the patient temporarily in a Dynamic state. All the shock does is duplicate the effects of hitting the patient over the head with a baseball bat. It simply knocks him senseless. In fact it was to imitate the effect of hitting someone over the head… without the risk of skull injury that Ugo Cerletti developed [it] …

… but what goes unrecognized .. is the fact that this senseless unpatterned state is a valuable state of existence… psychiatrists of course don’t know what to do with it, and so the patient often slips back into lunacy and has to be knocked senseless again. But sometimes the patient, in a moment of Zen wisdom, sees the superficiality of both his own contrary patterns and the cultural patterns, sees that one gets him electrically clubbed … and the other sets him free from the institution … and thereupon makes a wise mystic decision to get the hell out of there by whatever avenue is available.

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