On Liberation from ego and egoic Society, or, Cooperation + Tolerance = Peace
Adi Da Samraj
“When anger (frustration) becomes the mood of human societies, the quality of fire invades the plane of humanity”
The entire world is now nearly out of control with egoic motives. Mankind, indoctrinated by materialistic philosophies, ego-serving technologies, and gross political idealisms, is possessed by the mechanical and emotionally negative efforts of self-indulgence (and anxious release-seeking efforts of all kinds), and chronically depressed by the frustration of the Spiritual and Divine impulses that are the inherent characteristics of the heart of every living being.
The ego-“I”, whether individual or collective, is eventually reduced to sorrow and despair (or chronic life-depression), because of (and as an experiential result of) the inability of life (in and of itself) to generate Happiness and Joy and Immortality. And that self-contained depression finally becomes anger, or loveless confrontation with the total world and every form of presumed “not-self”—including even (and especially) the Transcendental, Inherently Spiritual, and Self-Evidently Divine Self-Identity (or One and Only and Non-Separate Self-Condition), Which is “locked away”, by means of conventional (or merely exoteric) ideas of “God Apart”, and is (thereby) made into an “Other” by the egoic mind. And, when anger becomes the mood of human societies, the quality of fire (or the primitive and destructive intent of the frustrated ego) invades the plane of humanity.
That fire is expressed as all of the aggression and competitiveness (and all of the resultant sufferings and painful illusions) of mankind, including all of the ego-based politics of confrontation. And that ego-fire is, finally, summarized in the acts of war. The differentiation of existence into egoically “self-possessed” (or self-absorbed) units yields, in the case of each “one”, the craving for entirely pleasurized and unthreatened existence.
This craving (or obsessive motive of self-preservation and self-glorification) in turn yields inevitable conflict, fear, sorrow, anger, and all kinds of destructive acts in relation to “others” as well as to “self” (because the extreme exercise of self-preservation is, ultimately, an aggressive and self-defeating motivation that destroys “self” in the final effort to dominate “not-self”).
Therefore, all egos (or un-Enlightened centers of identity, whether individual or collective) are in aggressive conflict with all other egos (and all that is presumed to be “not-self”, or presumed to be “outside” the defined egoic center). All individual and collective egos are involved in programs of self-destruction (via patterns of egoic “self-possession”, self-seeking, self-indulgence, reactive emotion, un-Enlightened thinking, and so forth), as well as other-destruction (via all kinds of reactive activity, based on self-concern, that seeks to control, and, ultimately, to dominate, whatever is presumed to be “outside” the “self”-center).
The search for the independent preservation and ultimate enhancement of the separate self is the universal model of un-Enlightened egoity. Therefore, suffering, power struggle, and war are inevitable in egoic society. And, if the capability for political manipulation and war becomes technologically profound, universal suppression (via aggressive political efforts) and universal destruction (via war) become the common expectation and destiny of all human beings.
The present “late-time”, or “dark” epoch, is just such a time of technological sophistication, in which the egoic model of humanity and human society is the universal basis of mind. Gross materialism (in science and politics) gives human beings no option in the mind except that of the trapped and threatened animal. Therefore, a fiery mood is abroad, full of gross desire, frustration, fear, despair, and aggressive reactivity.
The egoic motive of self-preservation is approaching its most destructive mood–the mood that appears in the moment of ultimate entrapment. In that mood, there is no longer any will to preserve “self” or world or any others. There is simply explosive fire, based on the deep motives of egoic self-preservation, but reduced to action that is most primitive and entirely destructive of both “self” and “not-self”.
In the collective mind of humanity in the present and growing extremes of entrapment, the explosion of great nuclear bombs merely represents the archetype of anger itself. And it is for this reason that the possibility of a nuclear holocaust, in the extreme moment of the now rising political confrontations, is an irrational–and, therefore, entirely possible, if not inevitable–event.
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