Right Or Wrong Questions

|| As for not asking the right questions, pray tell me, what are these questions? Are they particular to each person, universal, or…? I like what the old woman says in the musical ”A Little Night Mysic”— she says first, as I recall, “I have no answers,” then a time later, “I have no questions.”

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The common theme of ‘I have no questions’ runs through many conversations on ‘enlightenment’. You may remember Paul in the first book of Jed McKenna saying exactly that. It sounds very final, and it could have been. It is difficult to judge a fictional character, but let’s imagine that he is real. Then what? CAN THERE BE NO QUESTIONS AT ALL?

Well, we only apply this to existential questions. Paul had no existential questions left, but he might have wanted to know how to do samba dancing.

Here is the trick.. to get to the stage of no questions one goes through a million questions. What are they?

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When you want to understand the movements of the Sun, you do not just keep asking ‘Why does the sun rise every day’? It is a question, but a question that serves just to wake up your curiosity about this phenomenon. You cannot just answer ‘Because it rises in the East’; that’s not the answer. You cannot say ‘Because it has always been so’; but that’s not the answer. You cannot say ‘Because we all need light’; that’s not the answer.

This is because the question is not formed in the way that it can be answered. It has to be refined further.

One will ask themselves what the sun is, how far it is from the earth, what its movement trajectory is, what it is made of perhaps, where it is in relation to planet Earth. You will make your questions pretty well defined in order to gain meaningful answers. Once those answers become available, you will form a coherent picture about how the sun comes up and goes down. NOW, you have connected the dots in your mind, and the question was answered. Connections!! Clarity is about making connections into a full picture.

So why on earth do people ask ‘Why am I suffering?’…. ‘Why does he behave like an asshole?’…. ‘Why has my daughter given up her studies?’‘Why do I have no money?’…. Those questions are inherently designed to be asked without fetching any answers. And boy… just look at the list of spiritual nonsense questions that keep people going round in circles; incidentally, I once listed some of those to Ken as the most useless from my perspective, and that was waayy back:

  • who am I
  • do I exist
  • what is the meaning of life
  • is there god
  • why is there evil
  • what is consciousness
  • what is love

THESE ARE NOT QUESTIONS. They are POINTERS of interest, the placeholders formulated only to tell you what topic/subject is of interest to you right now. They need to be transformed into something a bit more meaningful. So let’s do it:

who am Iwhat do I like/dislike
what makes me happy/unhappy
how do I react to stress/confrontation
what am I afraid of the most
what kind of people do I like
what do I feel about my parents/children
am I a kind/angry person
what are my sexual preferences
can I murder

etc
There is no answer to the question in the way it is phrased in the left column; it’s a trap. But when you answer the above questions and many more, eventually you will know who you are.
what is the meaning of lifewhat is life
what does it mean to be alive biologically
what does it mean to be alive psychologically
is life prescious/worthless
what is meaning
can I imagine not to be alive
what is human
am I human
what makes me human
is human life prescious
is an animal’s life prescious
can an animal’s life have meaning

etc

The same applies here. Once the real concrete questions are answered, you will be gaining insight after insight, and eventually will see the meaning of life in all contexts. The meaning of life depends entirely on the context.

Looks a chore, doesn’t it? But in reality one goes about their daily life in a state of seeking and addresses the questions as they come into one’s head and grip their mind. Look for answers EVERYWHERE, one can even ask a ‘guru’. Ask – and walk away, check against your own instinct, knowledge and feel.

This is what Peter was writing. No, I have not seen his (burnt) notebooks, but the process is really the same IF you are on the correct path. That’s your autolysis. I was not writing anything prior; it was all happening in my head, but the process was the same. In the ‘after’ event I wrote loads, just for myself; getting it out on paper clarified the answers. If I remember, Richard Rose did the same, trying to capture the essence of things in written form.

So.. what was that question.. oh yes. ‘Why am I suffering?

Try it. Many people have lazy minds and stop asking. Then they are surprised to find themselves in the dark about everything.



18 thoughts on “Right Or Wrong Questions

  1. For most people existential questions arise when they realize their own impermanence. And so the interest in what’s personal diminishes.

    It’s like you’re walking through a cemetery, thinking: what does it matter who I am, a saint or a sinner? What does it matter whether I’m a failure or the most successful person in the world? What does it matter what I do with my life? I’m ending up here. But am I really?

    1. @ Asia Kali

      “For most people existential questions arise when they realize their own impermanence.” – Or the other way around.

      I walked through and sat in many cemeteries in England, took many photos of gravestones. In itself it did not take me to death awareness. From my experience, death awareness DESCENDS. It is a very spontaneous and unexpected event that cannot be conjured up. I had a few, and death walks beside me every day.

      It gets into your bones.
      I am surprised that Peter (Jed MCKenna) grokked it with such intensity; it is not in his makeup. Something must have happened in his early life.

    2. @ Asia kali

      “What does it matter what I do with my life? I’m ending up here. But am I really?” – In the Absolute it does not matter. But to your physical body and mind it obviously does. I mean.. does it matter to you if you have a horrible and painful incurable disease or you are very healthy? I am sure you have the right answer to that one. So.. are you really? Let’s wait when you do get that horrible disease. You will want to join the Absolute very fast,, and not be anymore.

      Just the way it is.

      1. “I mean.. does it matter to you if you have a horrible and painful incurable disease or you are very healthy?”

        No, discomfort in the body is not pleasant, and yes, it can motivate one into taking action. So what? If my life is reduced to taking care of the body which is doomed to die anyway… again, what’s the point? Why shouldn’t I “join the Absolute” right now?

        But then… what if reincarnation is real? What if the Absolute just spits me out right back? As different body with same problems? What if there is nowhere to go?

        How do I find that out?

        1. @ Asia Kali

          Well, you said what does it matter what you do with your life, and in this world it does matter – to you. I am sure you would rather have a comfortable life.

          “what if reincarnation is real? What if the Absolute just spits me out right back? As different body with same problems? What if there is nowhere to go?

          How do I find that out?”

          Yea.. they are talking about some butterflies and colibri birds appearing and think it is Ken.

          Use your head. Look at the facts. Do you know of anyone who ‘reincarnated’? How do you know? If someone is claiming that, are they gaining materially from this claim? Has anyone ever come back from the dead? What do you know about the biology of the brain? What do you know about chemistry and electromagnetism, which are the basis of synapse signaling in the brain?

          Come on. We live in the world where such information is now available. It was different two thousand years ago, when the most basic nature phenomena could not at all be explained, and people relied on ‘hear-say’ and speculation. But we have moved on since, have we not, in our understanding of the natural world? You are part of it. The rabbit’s body decomposes. So does yours.

          1. “Yea.. they are talking about some butterflies and colibri birds appearing and think it is Ken.”

            Well, the fact that people create stories about reincarnation is not exactly a proof that reincarnation is not real.

            We are laughing at what people believed two thousand years ago, and in another two thousand years people will be laughing at us.

            Physical body dies and decays, what about subtle bodies? Are there subtle bodies, subtle planes or physical is all there is?

            There are so many stories of children seeing things that we grown ups don’t. We dismiss it as imagination. But can we know for sure?

            Uncertainty is fucking scary in my experience. My mind is like: I don’t care if there is heaven, hell or nothing after death, I just want to KNOW. I don’t care if this place is governed by coincidence or higher intelligence, I NEED TO KNOW!

            Is reincarnation real, do aliens exist, what about God?
            If someone put me on a torture device and threatened me with excruciating pain if I don’t answer honestly, my answer would be that I do not know. Yours would be different?

          2. And what is the Absolute? Am I human or the Absolute?

            If I am the Absolute then there is no death. Just like turning off my internet and going offline does not make me dead. Even if people on the internet cannot perceive me anymore.

            How does the Absolute see the world? By using my mind? If so, isn’t my creating believes where I do not know what the truth is, slowing down the evolution of it? Aren’t I the blindfold on Absolute’s eyes?

            In other words: reincarnation exist. At this point of our minds evolutionary development we cannot perceive nor understand it. But what if we cannot perceive it because we’re holding on to a belief that reincarnation isn’t real? Do we really have to replace one belief with another? Is admitting that we don’t have fucking clue really that scary?

            And isn’t that what enlightenment is really all about? Letting the Absolute to use our minds and bodies? Isn’t that what ego death/surrender means?

            Unlike us, children don’t have yet solid “world view” and maybe that’s why most of the stories of past lives experiences, ghosts and so on are coming from them?

            And then Jesus’s advice to become like children would make total sense.

  2. @ Asia Kali

    “And what is the Absolute? Am I human or the Absolute?

    If I am the Absolute then there is no death.”

    The Absolute Truth. From what you wrote it seems you look at the Absolute as some sort of entity that can use our bodies and do all sorts of tricks?. Re-evaluation is in order for you.

    As long as you believe in your own immortality, truth will always elude you.

  3. @ Asia Kali

    “And then Jesus’s advice to become like children would make total sense.”

    Yeah.. go back to the state of total ignorance?. Not my choice, it would be a miserable fate after all that pregnant desire to know what’s true, don’t you think?

    Keep in mind that not all children are innocent, and most lose innocence by the age 12.

    1. “As long as you believe in your own immortality, truth will always elude you.”

      I don’t believe in my own immortality, you on the other hand seem to believe in your own mortality.

      “Yeah.. go back to the state of total ignorance?.”

      I’m contemplating if our beliefs (including so called “obvious truths”) are not clouding our vision and you accuse me of promoting ignorance…

      And you didn’t answer the question I was most curious about (torture device). But I guess that’s my answer.

      I’m leaving none the wiser.

      Take care, Tano.

      1. @Asia Kali

        “If someone put me on a torture device and threatened me with excruciating pain if I don’t answer honestly, my answer would be that I do not know. Yours would be different?”

        In real terms, it is highly unlikely your answer would be ‘I don’t know’. Under torture you would give your accuser any answer they want to hear. You would give them anything.

        Me? I was never under torture, but..probably the same.

        Your mind is a soup of hear-say.

      2. @ Asia Kali

        I just realised that I gave you this:
        “Use your head. Look at the facts. Do you know of anyone who ‘reincarnated’? How do you know? If someone is claiming that, are they gaining materially from this claim? Has anyone ever come back from the dead? What do you know about the biology of the brain? What do you know about chemistry and electromagnetism, which are the basis of synapse signaling in the brain?”

        All the questions to ask and explore.. and yet you fucking totally ignored it and went on into the mists of thethorical questioning, useless and a waste of one’s mind.

        Do not come back. You are hopelessly embedded in ignorance and will not come out of it. Give it up, not for you.

  4. In my experience, children are not in a state of “total ignorance.” I remember knowing when things were “off” around me, starting around age 3. Off as in something unkind was happening, either to me or someone else, or even by me, when I caused someone else suffering.

    1. What you (and I and all human children) experience what you describe, is an animal understanding, more akin to instinct. We are very adept at reading the signals that tell us the situation is dangerous. Children without doubt can read that.

      However, this is NOT a conscious realisation. If you asked them, they would not be able to explain why the situation is such, only that it occured and made them feel bad. They will not see reasons, connections, the cause of events in all clarity.

      This is total ignorance, and what human children have in common with adult children.

      1. I disagree. No need to be able to fully understand to have a conscious realization. I don’t think it’s possible “to fully understand” anything. I do experience and see others experiencing human development. Normally, more clarity does come with maturation. But, in any case, all antecedents and all factors governing a situation cannot possibly be known. We make our best guesses and tell our best stories.

        1. @ queenofkudzu

          “No need to be able to fully understand to have a conscious realization.”

          It’s the other way around: conscious realizations lead to full understandings. I read your sentence and could not make out what you meant.

          We make decisions or assess situations based on the information available at the time, yes. This is conscious. Or things just happen, without conscious participation. Compare, for instance, becoming pregnant deliberately and getting up the duff accidentally. In neither case one needs all of the information, but in the first case it is conscious.

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