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Spirituality – Past, Future and the Present

Posted in Religion with tags , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2010 by Xrystiann

Introduction to Zeitgeist

“Spirituality is a particular term which actually means: a dealing with intuition. In the theistic tradition, there is a notion of clinging into a word. A certain act is regarded as displeasing to a divine principle… A certain act is regarded as displeasing for the divine… whatever. In the tradition of non-theism, however, it is very direct – that the case histories are not particularly important. What is actually important is Here and Now. Now is definitely now. We try to experience what is available there on the spot. There is no point in thinking that a past did exist that we could have now. This is now. This very moment. Nothing mystical, just “Now”, very simple, straightforward. And in from that Now-ness, however, arises a sense of intelligence always that you are constantly interacting with reality one by one. Spot by spot. Constantly. We actually experience fantastic precision, always. But we are threatened by the Now. So we jump to the past or the future.

Paying attention to the materials that exist in our life – such rich life that we lead, all these choices take place all the time… But none of them regardless of bad or good per se, everything we experience are unconditional experiences. They don’t come along with a label by saying “this is regarded as bad” or “this is good”. But we experience them but we don’t actually pay heed to them, properly. We don’t actually regard that we are going somewhere. We regard that as a hassle. Willing to be dead. That’s a problem. That is not trusting the Now-ness properly that what is actually experienced Now possesses a lot of powerful things.  It is so powerful that we can’t face it. Therefore, we have to borrow from the past and invite the future all the time. And maybe that’s why we seek religion. Maybe that’s why we march in the street. Maybe that’s why we complain to society. Maybe that’s why we vote for presidents. It is quite ironical… And very funny indeed.”

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche