—May 23, 2014...
There is nothing you need to do first in order to be enlightened.
Thaddeus Golas (The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment)
One of the best quotes from one of the best books ever written.
I would re-tool it though (for my personal tastes), by leaving out the word "first", so that it would be, "There is nothing you need to do in order to be enlightened."
Then I would replace the word, "enlightened" with "spiritual," so that the final product would be, "There is nothing you need to do in order to be spiritual."
Well ... as you were. I am clearly mistaken, because it is still not quite finished. Let us replace "need to" with "can."
"There is nothing you can do in order to be spiritual." Now that is the ticket.
I am repulsed by people who talk about being spiritual, or (even worse) claim to be spiritual, or that they are trying to be spiritual.
What utter crapola.
Even Jesus weighed in on this subject:
That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of spirit is spirit. (John 3)
If you were born of flesh (which, I got a feeling, you were), then you ARE flesh - no matter what you do.
There is nothing you can DO, no ACTION you can take that will transform you into something spiritual. Forget about it. It ain't happening.
Only that which is BORN of spirit may be spiritual.
"But I meditate every day," you argue. "I even fast and pray," you drone on.
"Who gives a rat's ass?" I reply. "I knew a leopard once who prayed mightily that it could lose its spots and change itself into a glorious monochromatic beast."
And don't come at me with any of that crap about being born again, like the deluded Christians do.
I do not dispute, however, that we may indeed one day be born again, but if we are, it is a sure bet that it will not be because of anything that we did, or might do, any more than we were involved in our first birth in the flesh.
If we are going to be born again some day it will as the result of a force acting outside of our personal volition causes it, not because we walked down the aisle in some bullshit church and threw ourselves on the alter and gave our heart to God. It will be just like our first birth, something that happened without any input from us.
Did God ask you if you wanted to be born the first time? Hell no. So what exactly is it that makes you think He's gonna ask you about being born the second time?
Apparently God doesn't much give a damn about whether or not we desire to be born. It looks as if He just went ahead and made us the way we are whether we like it or not.
Yes, I guess we do have the power to go ahead and check out if we really want to, but somehow I got a feeling we won't, at least most of us. The flesh just feels too damn good to drop it like that.
It is tempting to speculate that it is being spiritual to do the things we were designed to do, like eat, drink and fuck. And if God is looking at the world through our eyes, which He very well could be, He could be enjoying all that flesh that we indulge in, which He made us to do, and make the decision, after we die, that He's gonna make us again, because He enjoyed the hell out of all that eating and drinking and fucking we did, and didn't care much at all for that religious nut who starved himself and kept his dick in his pants. Why the fuck would He want to live that life again?