Children of religious parents…often grow up professing a religion without knowing why, or without ever having thought seriously about it. And then when the realities of grown-up life begin to press upon them, they often astound everyone by dropping all their religion, and plunging right into the world. And why? They had never thoroughly understood the sacrifices which Christianity entails. They had never been taught to “count the cost.

J.C. Ryle

22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. — Acts 17:22-28 | Authorized King James Version (AKJV) The Holy Bible: Authorized King James Version; Cambridge University Press, the Crown’s patentee in the UK. All rights reserved. Cross References: Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 4:7; Deuteronomy 10:14; Deuteronomy 30:20; Deuteronomy 32:8; Job 12:10; Job 12:23; Job 22:2; Psalm 74:17; Isaiah 45:4; Jeremiah 23:23; Jeremiah 38:16; Daniel 5:23; John 4:22; Acts 14:17; Acts 17:15; Acts 17:19; Hebrews 2:11

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Q: So the world is not really illusory?

Maharshi: 

At the level of the spiritual seeker you have got to say that the world is an illusion. There is no other way. 

When a man forgets that he is Brahman, who is real, permanent and omnipresent, and deludes himself into thinking that he is a body in the universe which is filled with bodies that are transitory, and labours under that delusion, you have got to remind him that the world is unreal and a delusion. Why ? Because his vision which has forgotten its own Self is dwelling in the external, material universe. It will not turn inwards into introspection unless you impress on him that all this external, material universe is unreal.

When once he realizes his own Self he will know that there is nothing other than his own Self and he will come to look upon the whole universe as Brahman.

There is no universe without the Self.

So long as a man does not see the Self which is the origin of all, but looks only at the external world as real and permanent, you have to tell him that all this external universe is an illusion. You cannot help it.

Take a paper. We see only the script, and nobody notices the paper on which the script is written. The  paper is there whether the script on it is there or not. To those who look upon the script as real, you have to say that it is unreal, an illusion, since it rests upon the paper. The wise man looks upon both the Paper and script as one. So also with Brahman and the universe. 

~ Be as you are – The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharishi compiled by David Godman

Alsoooo

As I waded briefly thru endless “narcissist/cheater” on LSA, all courtesy of Silly Liareyes, I realiced this, too, needs to be addressed, from its origin:

(and I’m gonna fucking tag this)

As I noted earlier today, “narcissism” is a term frequently bandied about as evvollll, by people who clearly have no idea what it means----or that some narcissism is normal, healthy, in fact and that one can be a “narcissist” without having NPD....which is DSMV diagnosed personality disorder....and, once again, unless you’re a licensed psychiatrist, it isn’t something you should be tacking onto anybody else, EVER....

As this relates to Cole:

Last spring, Amy, in a painfully manipulative series of DMs to me, in some inexplicable, pissed off fit over my yet again “choosing Cole” over her daughter (which, LBR, that she GAF what a complete stranger thinks is pretty weird and creepy all by itself), called him a “narcissist” while alluding to him being a cheater, being angry and, until I persuaded her otherwise, largely thought he “deserved” the abuse she had caused to rain down on him.

I even pointed out, “so are most people in Hollywood” (as are most politicians, etc) to diffuse, while thinking, “so’s your daughter, so are you....”

Which is where all this bullshit begins...

I would be remiss if I failed to point out that, sorry, not sorry, but not only is Amy not a doctor/psychiatrist/therapist/etc, she’s honestly, pretty fucking ignorant and frequently, herself bandies about incorrect, misapplied terms:

E.G. We’re discussing the same person who repeatedly threatened to “sue me so bad for slander” and stated she’s “see me in jail”....even tho it would be “libel” (which I pointed out to her multiple times, so she’s WILLFULLY ignorant) and it’s a tort/civil wrong, not a criminal act....so there would be no, actually, prison time (jail in the US is typically more about holding time, etc), even if she had been correct (no).

And we all know it went nowhere and I still laugh at the other claim of her attorneys “reaching out to twitter users to prove I doxxed everybody”, even tho I didn’t and, again, no court is going to consider an anonymous 12 year old with a grudge on twitter a credible witness to anything.

So the basis for at least 50% of their Cole hate is an offhand, incorrect insult by a pissy, ignorant soccer mommy....

Then we have “he was emotionally abusive”. Based on Breetch’s crazy campaign, that has been fully debunked, as well. Additionally, her (and, LBR, their) definition of “emotional abuse” translates to “dude failed to be the perfect fanfic BF/simp and put me and my issues first, every moment of every day, forever....and actually thought about what he might want or need every now and again”.

Whelp, then everybody’s an emotional abuser, then....cause nobody’s a saint and, frankly, that’s unspeakably unhealthy.....in fact “not an emotional abuser” would more closely meet “huge enabler” in this scenario.

It’s also, OFC, laughable that this comes from people who seek to, themselves, troll, bully, terrorize and doxx strangers and their families, including CHILDREN on a routine basis....solely for daring to hold a different opinion about celebrities none of us are likely to ever have a more meaningful exchange with past a photo signing at a con.

So, again, there entire hate basis (besides the obvious self insertion, etc) is from two loony, ignorant wimmin feeling butthurt cause Cole felt relationships were no longer working for him. And each thought he had already “moved on” and couldn’t take it....

Which he’s fully entitled to do.