Val is a life-long student of unexplored human potential and many challenges that self-honesty throws at us on that path.
Spiritual Experience Is Not Communicable
In my wildest ambitions -- even if I had any -- I wouldn't compare myself with great historical personages like Jesus and Buddha -- however, even judging by my own humble example I could attest to this fact that it's next to impossible to empathically or otherwise duplicate others' spiritual experience.
For, so often people would understand intellectually when I was describing my experience during my deep meditation, or my triggered-at-will blissful feeling -- but then they would admit how beyond that conceptual understanding they didn't know what the hell I was talking about.
So, in a nutshell, here is my answer to the question from the title of this post:
We operate from a much lower vibratory level than those two Teachers of mankind did, mentally processing their words in accordance with that difference. Spirituality is about experience, not conceptualizing, so we don't even know what is there to be "followed", while not knowing about the experience beyond those words.
We are a pissed-off species, having invented a whole repertoire of crappy emotions, some of which probably didn't even exist at biblical times of Jesus, or 500 years earlier in Buddha's era.
Which means that we are not mentally equipped for any deeper spirituality without a sound and long self-discipline that would allow us to process reality from any deeper platform than our ego's survival mode of functioning would allow.
Thus, when Jesus and Buddha spoke about those highest ideals of love and peace, to us it means our own experiential definition of those words, not what they meant by them.
For we are programmed to see everything only in pairs of contrasts -- so to us love unconsciously means absence of hate, and peace means absence of conflict. We cannot experience them as a single pointed thing that has intensity of a faith strong enough to let us walk on water.
When the Tibetan cave meditator Milarepa made deep imprints of his hand in the stone wall of his cave (which is being visited by tourists these days), he had that single-pointed coherence of mind and heart, which we cannot duplicate. Again, it's an experience that's not teachable.
We are a spoiled breed, far from anything like a disciplined mind, bunch of softies running to our doctors at the first sneeze or a sign of constipation, paranoid about nonexistent enemies -- even mother-in-law qualifying for one.
In times of Jesus and Buddha people generally were using a different technology of processing reality, with their minds open in their ignorance -- whereas ours is closed in our intellectual arrogance. Our minds are so crammed with "junk of knowing" that both, Jesus and Buddha, got just downsized to a personally constructed concepts, much parroted about in our religions.
Indeed, it's worse to know only half-truths than to know nothing about something -- and religions are feeding us half-truths wrapped in mythology and confusing with statements open to interpretation.
Hence all those Bible study groups. Indeed, if that material was in our school textbooks, and it took us two millennia to study its meaning, we might consider ourselves "students with special needs."
And even with our open minds they couldn't grasp the quality of the experience of the great teachers as they talked about love and peace.
Our Gods at Imaginary Wars
We are one cute breed for sure, as we indulge in all "seven sins", plus the ones we made up with our modern style of sinning, the ones that were not covered by the Ten Commandments.
It's amazing how easily our Presidents will attend a Sunday mass, and then on Monday issue an order for bombing the crap out of a people who never as much as stepped on our territory, let alone hurt any of us. And then we nonchalantly talk about "war casualties,"or "collateral damage" after killing a multitude of innocent folks.
It's been said that more wars have been started out of religious differences than for any other reason. So we fight those wars in the name of our God, while every holy book in existence forbids killing.
You see what I mean? How do we qualify to interpret what Jesus and Buddha felt in their souls when they spoke about peace and love-- if these ideals depend on how intensely we may hate those of other faiths?
Not only that we hate them, but we even hate our own who dare to be of a different denomination -- like Sunnis and Shiites, or Catholics and Protestants. Doesn't it border with insanity to practice a religion but break its basic tenet?
Indeed, isn't it like a schizoid phenomenon of a split personalities in which one version of us thinks that we are devoted to those higher teachings of morality and love -- whereas the other is nowhere near to honor them?
What could be more of an ultimate rule in coexistence of humans but not to take each other's life?
Indeed, lying, and stealing, and disrespecting parents, and being unfaithful...whatever else, is nothing of a "sin" comparing to killing -- and yet, we are proud of our country's killing machinery -- and also proud of our religion. We don't seek the ways of harmonizing with other nations, but looking for any imaginary signs that they are potential enemies.
Our religious idols are even not portrayed the way they deserve it. Church made sure to keep Jesus' image suffering on the cross -- to enhance the feelings of debt and guilt in followers, as if reminding them of their sins, which would imply that he made his sacrifice in vain. Well, some cash left on the way out of the church may succeed to wash that feeling down.
In our religious fancy we don't see him as a happy, laughing human being chasing Maria Magdalena on some meadows sprinkled with daisies, and funneling his divinity into something so humanly familiar.
And Buddha is everywhere portrayed as a corpulent dude in his lotus position which is not really suggesting that with that size of the body he could perform any asanas. Hey, wasn't he a prominently slim yogi, abstaining from indulgences, for days not eating anything while on his lonely drifting and searching for the deepest human truth?
No Religious Antagonism Between Great Teachers
Imagine a meeting of Jesus and Buddha, and try to figure how they would treat each other. Well, one thing is for sure -- not the way that Christians and Buddhists treat each other.
We might as well envision them in a perfect harmony, displaying mutually nothing but love -- in an intensity and quality that only they could have cultivated for a fellow human being.
There would be laughter and joy, and their energy auras would blend with vibrant colors, their hearts telepathically resonate without much talking needed. To them it wouldn't really matter if they are calling that supreme consciousness a different name.
It would take someone like us to do it with a passionate hate for the audacity of others not to agree with us. We would find words like infidel and heretic, for each other, and in the heat of religious competition plot to remove them from the face of earth.
Nothing of the sort could ever happen between Jesus and Buddha. We might as well see them as savants in the field of quantum mechanics, with an incredible insight into the universal principles.
Smart as they were, they couldn't convey their knowledge to the bunch of ignoramuses who still believed in a multitude of deities, so they professed it in a language that those masses could so-so understand.
They knew perfectly well what the nowadays scholars know about the paramount importance of an evolved consciousness in manifesting the reality. And they knew that a mentality that's free of a vulnerable ego and its animalistic arsenal of survival strategies is the only path towards a coexistence of avatars on earth.
They called it love and peace.
As the story goes, Jesus spent quite some time in the Himalayas absorbing the teachings from those Indian holy men living in seclusion. Allegedly, there is still a temple somewhere in those woods, where they worship a pale looking, red headed holy man.
That alone should tell us something about universality of the divine consciousness which cannot, and shouldn't be politicized into different faiths.
Well, so my story has come to its end, while I am hoping that it could touch the souls of all those who don't understand that their level of spirituality cannot match the one of the big teachers -- left to the need to cultivate their own by following their own heart.
I tried to explain that spirituality is not an intellectual property, so parroting the verses of any holy book won't bring us any closer to that epiphany of understanding what only soul can understand.
© 2021 Val Karas