Does the unawakened man who enjoys everything society offers–i.e., meats, travels, luxurious houses and cars, higher positions to make more money, and the rest–has really free choice, or is it just really an illusion of the ego of every man and woman out there…?? The popular lifestyles and material things society puts in front of us, in the nice advertisements, with the talented artists on TV, in the attractive magazines selling dreams of better lives–these are all ways of controlling you without making you aware of it, they appeal to your lazy and corruptible ego, they speak to your already programed subconscious. All this is politics, foolish games of control on the rabble; because if you follow society you are not healthy and you do not own your thinking and behaving–and now you are easily controllable.
Have you noticed that no ad ever tells you what is healthier for your mind and body–they just put taste in front of you. The hospital industry does the same to keep you coming back–they do not tell you to stop eating meat, they do not tell you to exercise, they do not tell you to meditate and spend time taking care of your mind. And people travel all the time as long as they don’t have to face themselves–alone, with their own demons. Etc. Until one sees this and more of the falseness in society, makes the right and better choice, leads his health and overall life forward, one remains without free choice because the ego–this thick veil governs him or her, and thus freedom is gone.
Who tells you that you are free to choose…?? Isn’t your mind, your ego, telling you that you are free to choose…?? The ego is this thick veil or screen that is fed by society and the whole world around you, influenced by it, programed by it–so it will tell you whatever keeps the comfort and the status quo unharmed; it will not tell you what is better for you but it will always find excuses of why you should stay without change, stay following your old lifestyle and your own mental conditioning. Why can’t you see this…?? Or perhaps you see it but you play the fool anyway…?? Are you free then…??
You ought to know that only a free mind can actually know the essence of freedom, love, God and peace. Why…?? Because when your mind’s content is what others tell you, what society gives you, what is not illumination to the very conscience, then you have blocked yourself from the deep and wise understanding; for you are corrupting yourself and living in the dream… And there is no free choice, there is no freedom in the dream…
What is deceiving another….?? What is the origin of the desire to deceive another…?? Is deception born out of love, confidence, and understanding…??
What is the human mind if not the playground of the ego, where joy, misery, desire, fear, deception, and the rest emerge and pull on you…?? All desire of lying or deceiving another is born out of fear–i.e., fear of a particular reaction, fear of losing attachment, fear of unpopularity, etc.. Now, this ignorant and misguided behavior means we are allowing fear to lead us into our relationships, into our sense of identity, and in general into life; hence, we are blocking love and understanding from entering our own minds, and so we have found a false sense of security to overwhelm our minds and to rule our behaviors.
And, of course, one cannot really know oneself if the mind is being guided by fear; for one can only know oneself if love fills the mind, thus if one truly loves oneself truth will guide one’s behaviors. That is, behaviors with oneself and with another are guided by love and understanding, so one feels confident and there is no reason to lie or deceive. Can you see then why deceiving another is the same as deceiving yourself…??
When you interact, communicate, do anything with another, your behaviors are guided either by love or fear; thus, if you form the idea in your mind to deceive another then you are deceiving yourself because fear is your master. And when fear is your master, then all the anger, the frustration, the lying, the misconduct you brought upon another, stays also with you, in your own mind, stressing you and agitating your mind, and soon it becomes your persona and it shapes your daily thinking pattern in all of life’s aspects.
“You can’t know your real mind as long as you deceive yourself.” ~ Bodhidharma; Buddhist monk, Shaolin Kung Fu master, first Chinese patriarch, and writer.