Saturday, August 25, 2018

Wise Men Are Human, Too.

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



"The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."
--Oscar Wilde

The Misperception

When we think of wise men (and women)—those we commonly label, if incorrectly, as “prophets,” “sages,” “saints,” “saviors,” and so on—conventional thought has us picturing them as wearing robes or, in some cases, as minimally dressed.

To an extent this is appropriate. Such clothes are loose and comfortable, they’re simple, they’re not cause for distraction, and sometimes, such as with the coloring of robes, they’re symbolic. Also, this choice of clothes has frequently been a reflection of the cultures and times in which any given wise men have lived and/or their state of renunciation.

We also often picture wise men as perfect, super serious, unshakably tranquil, and so forth.

The trouble, so I feel, is that we’ve taken this imagery and bound it to our mental, and thus perceptual, definition of “wise man.”

As we now awaken spiritually as a human collective, we would do well to release this concept.

The reason is that wise men are human, too.

A Reasonable Need

Let’s consider Jesus.

Except for his birth and then at his death, Jesus is always shown wearing a robe. In the Gospels, his words are always straight to the point. As far as the “official” books of the Bible and Western religion go (to the best of my awareness), Jesus was a preacher—no more and no less—in day to day life.

This imagery may be somewhat reasonable.

Back in the day, due to people’s profound depth of spiritual sleep, it seems important that wise men would need to look the role. The same holds true for those who later made Jesus the focal point of their religious and spiritual practices—Jesus would have to appear believably spiritual.

While living, I doubt Jesus would have had quite the following if, rather than a robe, he’d worn jeans and a “Goliath and the Giants” rock ‘n’ roll t-shirt. (He might still have had a following, but just not of spiritual aspirants.) I doubt the same, with Christianity, if the Bible included passages wherein Jesus had attended backyard bocce ball tournaments or had made jokes, even if the jokes had pointed to deep spiritual truths.

Why So Serious?

But unless a person is completely, traumatically numb, all of us have some sense of humor, preferences for clothes, hobbies, and so on. No, the people of centuries and millennia past did not have the amazing variety of choice that we have today. But they were all still human; they all still had things they liked to do or jokes they liked to tell—they all had things that made them unique—though these things rarely, if ever, have made it into historical records.

No wise man is exempt from this same humanness because wise men are human, too. They were, are, and will be people just like you and I.

I think if most people would take a moment to consider what I'm saying, they'd see my argument as reasonable. Not having done this, however, and otherwise bogged down with stiff religious concepts, people have generally come to think and behave as though such awake and aware beings are deifically above and beyond; as though they wear human flesh but should be placed in a scientific category separate from the “average” human; Humanus propheticus, perhaps.

A consequence is that the mental imagery becomes a burden. It's a weight that people either seek to mimic or set themselves below as unworthy as though either one will make them more spiritual, will take them to salvation.

“I’m so serious because God is so serious.”

Chill, Dude.

As a collective, we’ve been spiritually asleep for so long. Hence, why we’ve run to others for so many eons looking for spiritual truth yet never finding solid, satisfactory answers.

The time we’re now in is different because we’re in the midst of what has been variously termed “ascension” and “awakening.” This is happening on many different levels, but most notably on an inner, spiritual one.

Maybe, then, this process should be termed “inscension,” for we’re not actually going anywhere, but instead realizing our true, inherent nature; we’re realizing the infinite wisdom within ourselves—the wise man nature.

This means that the multi-millennia-old “spiritual” identity is inappropriate.

You and I can grow spiritually—to the level of “wise man” and beyond—though we may wear “Goliath and the Giants” rock ‘n’ roll t-shirts; we can tell jokes, we can be architects, we can play ping-pong, and we can eat meat. If it’s true to any given one of us to look the role or to be a renunciate, we can most certainly do that, yet what is appropriate to any given one of us is extremely broad.

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In Matthew 6:4, Jesus says: “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.”

So many people are stuck in the false “spiritual” imagery; they continue looking for a “robed holy man,” a “perfect one,” a “miracle worker,” a “haloed saint,” or (worst of all) a “savior”—one deemed by religious “authority” to be “The Real Deal"—to give them “The Answers” and take away all their woes. Stuck on false appearances, these people cannot see, even refuse to see, the awakened ones walking among them.

But wise men are human, too.

They eat, they sleep, they go to the bathroom. They wear all sorts of different clothes, they go to the dentist, and they sing and dance. They may work in the field of spirituality or in restaurants or factories in order to support themselves financially. Sometimes they may seem infallible, sometimes they make mistakes. Sometimes they’re happy, sometimes they’re sad. They’re born, and they die. They come from all classes of society, and are men and women alike. They may or may not be affiliated with a certain religious tradition. Some are young, and some are old.

Whatever the case may be, wise men are human beings just like every other—they simply see beyond appearances and live accordingly.

And these wise men walk among us, now more than ever before.

So, why not open your eyes? You might be surprised by what you see.

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