2.1: When helping oneself
The value of self-awareness consists in that of knowing oneself, before being able to conquer oneself. We must be aware about our own good qualities and its potential, and what kind of weaknesses are restricting our life, preventing us from obtaining more spiritual growth. It is about endeavour in welcoming an inner change before it can be achieved, when we have the reached the point of being ready enough for it, and able to abide by it. It is not sought to justify specific virtues or vices once and for all, as if our human qualities or restrictions would be permanent, and where nothing more was to be done about it. The human spirit makes us capable of overcoming vices that do already exist in our life, and in accustoming ourselves to virtues which have hitherto been out of our reach. The man’s spiritual condition is merely the consequence, while it is caused by the opposing sources, even as how the earth has been shaped and changed intentionally by the human race. There can be a problem afflicting the individual and the world in general, so there is something wrong with the environment or in the bearings of other people. But is merely a parallel to the human nature, what kind of activity has already taken place from within the man, what kind of influence he has yielded to or resisted. The goodness is able to shape everything else for the better, whether it does involve the environment and the people involved. If the man can be changed then it will approach the circumstances in a different way, and it will then lead to different results. It is not the circumstances that should first change before the man can be changed as well, but it is rather a changed man that manages to change the circumstances for the better.
It is the role and responsibility of each man to change himself for the better, since he is the only one possessing real control over his own life, and what decisions are made in free will. No man has ever changed other people by his effort alone, but it is always depended upon the recipient himself, how he chooses to understand and respond to the intervention on his behalf. The man has no control over that what happens from within other people, in what way they will respond to the human spirit or the mind, and allow themselves to be convinced. A spiritual progress is only depended upon oneself alone, and but other people can never make such decisions on one’s behalf, since every person has only one soul. It cannot be helped a man whom does not want receive help, and will either way not appreciate it. For that man has already given up on himself, where first did he not allow the human spirit to help him from within, and then afterwards he allowed nobody else to do it. And even that one could help that man then it would still only last temporarily, while one is present with him, but he will remain just as helpless after one has left the scene. For that man does never listen to the human spirit while he is all alone, but only heeds the selfish influence of the mind, so he will be stuck in the same old habit. It can be said that one’s own helpfulness has delayed that same man from helping himself, as if the problem would only be delayed or overlooked, but it is still ever present. If the man does not heed the truthful voice of the divinity then he will also not heed the truthful remark of other people, which is also originated from the divinity in their lives.
What would happen if everyone were always meddling with the lives of other people, and attempting to change them? Then every individual would be neglecting his own life, and fail to change. And what would happen if everyone were preaching to other people to become perfect? Then no man would have any time left to convince himself, when it comes to practice that same message, and show a good example in deeds. And what would happen if all the citizens would be gazing upon foreign news, and scandals elsewhere? Then there would be no time left to analyze own internal affairs and improve the society. What would happen if everyone were gazing upon the flaws and mistakes of other people? Then no man would have any time left to cultivate his own good qualities and potential. It does not make any sense that the man should look so far, and try to change the world directly, while it is neglected all the important matters that are right in front of him. It is a complete self-deception to expect everyone else to become perfect, and demand too much from them, while it is failed to apply the same standard to one’s own life. The man can speak about that what other people should do to improve the society, or to make the world a better place. But when that man is questioned why he does not have the initiative to do such things then he tries to excuse himself from it, like by claiming that it does not matter what one person will do while the majority is acting differently. Therefore does prevail a common delusions among the human race, where every man consider his own opinions to be special and better than the opinions of other people, but he thinks that everyone else are too apathetic and unwilling to make any difference. So that each man tends to overrate the concept regarding the majority, and he does not want to be the first one to make the necessary sacrifices, like by reducing his comforts or abstaining from debauchery. For that same man does not want to miss out of the pleasures which everyone else seems to be enjoying, and does thereby continue to be like them. Therefore is each man waiting for someone else to have the initiative, and he fails to understand that other people think exactly the same thing of him, as a part of the majority.
Happy is the man that can discover solutions all by himself, but not through the advices of other people. For that we are unable to know what other people are actually thinking, and what their true motive is, during the moment their opinion is given to us. Are such people really sincere or false, reliable or treacherous, scrupulous or selfish? Is the person speaking through conviction, personal experience, inspiration, and concern for our welfare? Or is the person involved rather controlled by avarice, short-sightedness, impulsiveness, bias, and contempt? This is why it is much better to listen to our own conviction, inspiration, and sense, originated from the voice of the divinity in our heart and spirit. For we should be most conscious about our own premises and expectations, why we are doing this, for what and whom, what we are actually seeking for or trying to promote. We should know it with ourselves whether we are being frank or quibbling, really concerned about the welfare of other persons or not, controlled by moral principle or avarice for dishonest gain. This is why it is much better to choose and reject from within ourselves, rather than by living in uncertainty about the advices of other people. We should never attempt to imitate the opinions and behaviour of other people, because so many opinions from so many people will only contradict each other. It does not involve the same heart or mindset in each person, and we do not even know which is what, so it is severed away the context between the intentions and the choices. For an example then the opinion and the behaviour can be right, but our own intention is selfish. Or the opinion and the behaviour are wrong, but our own intention is optimistic. It would have been better if both the intention and the choice belonged solely to oneself, being consistent with the same conviction.
If the man is going to obtain spiritual progress then he must do that which is right in general, rather than by implicating everything to his self-image, self-interest, and self-preservation. Let’s say that a stupid man would offer advices against his own stupidity. Then it would mean that the advices do also prove to be stupid. For that a stupid man can never offer wise advices, as if the creation was superior to the creator, but all the undertakings will suffer for his stupidity. It is exactly the same thing when a selfish man seeks to overcome his selfish problems, by coming up with selfish answers and remedies. The man cannot expect that he can defeat temptations by relying upon another kind of temptations, but a true victory can only come through the pure goodness. This is why the man must ask himself upon what basis his effort is founded upon, and how it will affect him. It is a selfish thing when the man is too occupied with subjective problems, and trying to get rid of them directly, only so he can save himself from its uncomfortable experience. Such a struggle does not need to be waged, by gazing upon the problems above everything else. It is not like the man can have the final word, or get rid of the subjective problem once and for all, because selfishness will only breed further selfishness. The man keeps the subjective problem alive by giving it further attention, so that his own improper struggle is prolonging the problem and delaying himself from the solution. The man should not stop and then chase after the illusions of the mind, but it should instead be moved on and thereby forced the illusions to chase after him. The mind should follow our initiative, and come over to us, but it should not work the other way around.
When the selfish man struggles against problems then it is not through any repentance, but he is only trying to get rid of the maladies or mental symptoms that are afflicting him. That man does not actually understand the cause behind all of this, and what kind of moral choices are involved, since he is too self-centred and biased to know otherwise. For an example then the man can be angry with a specific person because of the past. When that same anger makes the man too distracted and instable then he will begin to consider it a problem, and tries to discover selfish answers in order to make it go away. But the man is still the same unwilling to love and forgive the person he has been angry at, so the anger will continue to exist and produce forth negative effects in his soul. It does not make any sense when the man tries to solve any problem that can exist in his mind, because the mind will always continue to create new problems, all kinds of imaginations and illusions, which only exist in the mind but are irrelevant to the actual reality. The selfish man relies upon empty words in order to make empty words go away, where both the problem and the remedy prove to be impalpable and needless. The mind is like one giant landfill site, with its filth, garbage, junk, and waste. It does not matter whether the man goes to that landfill and tries to arrange the objects in organized way, by moving objects between locations, or trying to clean filth with another kind of filth. For that all this time the man is still located inside the landfill site, and nothing is changed about the nature of that place, since that nothing good will ever come out from it. It would have been better if the man had never arrived to the landfill in the first place, or he could just as well have thrown his garbage to that place and then immediately left. The man should dispose of the garbage, but he should not accompany the garbage to the landfill.
The man should first move on with his life, by caring for his beloved ones and have constructive goals, and then afterwards will all the subjective problems vanish by themselves. It is like all personal problems will no longer matter, and be all forgotten, because the man is willing to let go of it in order to be more focused in being there for his beloved ones. But the man should not put everything on hold in his life, and next try to solve subjective problems once and for all, before he can finally move on with everything else. The mind will always create new problems instead of those that seem to be solved, even as how a liar is always coming up with new quibbles, excuses, and scapegoats. The man should first allow the human spirit to help him from within, and then the man will be able to help himself in external matters, and be in position to help other people. But the man should not neglect the good source and his own life, while he is only trying to help other people, doing all kinds of service on their behalf like a servant or slave. For the man can presume that he is helping himself by helping other people, and trying to save himself by saving other people, like such good deeds can change or redeem his soul. But it is the man himself which is in a need of help, and whom needs to be saved. This is why the man should turn to the divinity, and allow it to deliver him from within. And after the man has been saved then he will no longer be too depended upon other people.
Now if the man comes across a hindrance on his path then the hindrance should not become the priority, but it has the most priority that the man can continue to move forward. It is not like the man should attempt to move the hindrance out of sight, or attempt to change the hindrance so that it will no longer be a hindrance. But the man should simply step over the hindrance, or move past the hindrance. Or when the man notices a hindrance to the right or to the left of his path then he is not obligated to move over there and try to do something about it. But it is only required for the man to look ahead and keep moving on the straight path. And let’s say that when the man is moving forward on the straight path then someone does regularly go in front of him and drops tangled things. It is not like the man should become obsessive about having everything perfect around him and try to sort out every tangle, since the other person will always drop another tangled thing instead. But the man must let go of this every time in order to reach the destination in time. For another example then the man encounters a puddle on the middle of the path. Then the man should not stop for a long time and be afraid of that in stepping in the puddle, or by rethinking it over and over again whether he had accidentally touched the puddle, as if it could possible lead to be bad effects for himself or make the man imperfect. But it is only sufficient for the man to have his eyes on the dry side and go alongside the puddle. It should already be obvious that the selfish problem is wrong, and something to be rejected from the outset, but it does not matter whether the man has been affected by it or not, by showing some sign of weakness. Or let’s say that the man would accidentally step into a puddle, so that part of the pants will have wet dirt upon them. Then the man should not stop and attempt to rub the dirt away from his pants, since it will only spread the dirt even more. But the man should rather move on and allow the dirt to dehydrate during the day, so the dry dirt can finally peel off on its own accord, and be no more a problem. This is why we should not become obsessive over our problems, and try to solve them as soon as possible, even that it will only make us distracted and instable at the same time. It should rather be had faith in the divinity, that it will know what is best for us, so we will be able to obtain solution from another location, and no longer become troubled.
The right thing must always replace the wrong thing, so it is a foolish thing to criticize oneself or another person, while it is failed to mention what could be improved about it. It is a vicious cycle when the man only is concerned about that in being free of flaws, because even that one flaw is taken away then the soil will remain open for another flaw. It would have been better to replace that flaw with truth and virtue, so the goodness would already inhabit the human soil, and prevent further vices and weaknesses from taking roots. For an example then a thief can try to resist the urge to steal specific objects, so that sometimes he success and abstains from it, while at other times he fails and commits a crime. It is because he has still not replaced the avarice and its craving with good qualities, like by being industrious, modest, and contented with his life. A victory over the evilness is always depended upon the goodness, where every truth bestows the necessary wisdom to conquer lies, and every virtue bestows the necessary strength to overcome a vice, so the goodness is basically the same thing as a victory. The individual should not be deemed a decent man only because he has abstained from crimes, or serious ones, while he has not actually been doing any good deeds at the same time. Inactivity in evil deeds is not the same thing as activity in good deeds, because many people tend to do neither, so they are neither malignant nor altruistic in anything. It can happen that the man has not committed any direct crime against another person, but he has still the same stood back and done nothing to help a person living in a distress. For an example then the man can watch group of people mistreat an innocent person, but he is too afraid to intervene, and neglects do anything about it. This is why the man is blameworthy for having done nothing, where his inactivity can be just as harmful as when a crime is committed, or when he remain silent about crimes done in secret.
That to love the goodness is to cherish everything in which the goodness stands for, what is originated from its source and what does belong to it. For it is something given by the goodness, shared to us, and even taken back by it, like when our prosperity in this world is only temporary while the goodness does last forever. It is hated the evilness because it does contradict to the goodness, so that we reject the evilness because we are already following the goodness with all our heart. We hate the selfishness because it does contradict to the love had for the person, and we hate lies because they slander the glorious and beautiful truth, and the strength which we do otherwise derive from virtues. The goodness should be done for its own sake, and as its own reward. But it should be avoided all irrelevant and indirect reasons, which have nothing to do with any sincere concern for the person or faith in the value of the goodness. Perfectionism is not the same thing as goodness, because the man seeks to do the right thing for self-centred reasons. It is always implicated good or bad qualities to the ego, where the virtues are meant to exalt the ego while vices are meant to debase it in some way. The man only looks upon the virtues as some kind of means to make himself perfect, and he tries to remove flaws from his life because they are making him imperfect. But it is completely overlooked the lasting value of virtues, how the virtues can benefit the man from within and during human relations, in being of practical use in various circumstances and during adversity.
The man must first consider a possibility before he can look for it, and discover its value for himself. But it will never happen if the man spends all his time upon irrelevant pursuits. How is the man going to discover his fields of interest and strong factors, if all the time is wasted upon his weaknesses and selfish problems, or in criticizing the same in other people? It would have been better to maintain a silent and empty mind, and then participate in these or those fields, to test whether it does truly appeal to his interest and capability. But it is not like the man can first know everything and then he can finally try to participate in the field, since it is the personal experience that bestows knowledge and skill to him. The man must approach the unknown with a degree of faith, where he does not know it in advance what is precisely going to happen in upcoming circumstances, like what the environment will look like, what the people will do, and what he can experience from within. But the man does still the same believe that he can confront it after his arrival, by noticing the nearby environment, focusing upon the challenge, adapting to any changes, and respond in the best way possible. It can be called spontaneous inspiration, the ability to improvise according to the moment. It does not need to be perfect on his behalf, but the man did at least avoid all serious mistakes, and no one came to harm. It is even possible that the man can experience the same thing as the original inventors, how it can be improved the approach and made the method more efficient. The man did not actually know what other people had discovered and invented before his time, but the human spirit is still able to bestow similar experience and enlightenment. This is why there is nothing impossible to the man when it comes to confront the unknown, because the human spirit is able to repeat similar achievements and progress. The human people might be different and live at different periods, but the human spirit remains the same inside every one of them.
Nothing is impossible in itself, like when it involves a specific field, challenge, or a problem, as if something would be too hard to achieve and against the greater odd. It all comes down to that in what way one will approach the task at hand, ‘how’ it should be properly executed of one’s behalf. It is not only about manual labour, what could be done with one’s hands, but it is does also reach to intellectual aspect, in what way to organize things. The man’s own intellects will determine the approach, in what way will be prioritized the process, and whether the method should change, so it can deliver more efficiency. Is the same approach to be repeated that does not seem to work, or should it be looked for solution upon another basis, by making use of different things to get the same outcome? The man must first change his attitude, and then his response will be different, rather than by continuing to be stubborn in his foolishness, and be stuck at the same problem. If the man has hitherto failed in his tasks then it is because of his human restrictions, what kind of presumptions and weaknesses have been affecting his capability. The attitude is like the eyes of the soul, in what kind of way is chosen to see the external things, so that pure eyes will reveal pure information while impure eyes will distort it. Will the man try to discover a right answer and solve the challenge at hand, or will he give up and only dwell upon the problem? If the man is already sober and modest then he will enjoy every moment, be at peace with himself, and focus upon the goals at hand.
It should be focused upon that which is within one’s reach to know and achieve, while everything else is put on hold, which is beyond one’s understanding and capability. It is first kept to the basics, and then advanced lessons will follow sometime afterwards, in it due time. It would not have mattered if one’s would have access to the advanced knowledge, because one is either way in no position to understand it, or in making a proper use of it. It can correspond to that when it is sought to make a copy of a specific picture. The unskilled man does not need to trouble himself about the final destination, in what way the picture looks like when it is completed, with all these details at the same time. But it is only sufficient to draw a line between places, and in drawing one issue at a time, so that everything else is put on hold, until the moment comes that such issue becomes relevant. And it does not matter whether person makes a specific mistake, as if it would ruin the picture in whole, and make all subsequent effort futile in itself. For there is always time to pick up the thread where it was last left, in undoing the mistake and do better next time. Personal experience and knowledge has more value than the equipment used during the enterprise. The equipment does only have value in regard to the limited factor it is used for, while the spiritual values are able to benefit the man in many fields and factors. The equipment and technology can become obsolete with the time, but not the knowledge and human creativity behind it, in which will become the source of new inventions. It can happen that one undertakes a specific challenge for the first time, and it will lead to misunderstanding and mistakes, so that material objects can be destroyed in the process. But the effort can still the same be worth it, so long as one learned something new from it, and will be able to do better next time, and so forth, until one has finally mastered it.
The value of confidence should only involve one’s own determination, where it is believed that one will be able to confront the matter, analyze it, and respond in a proper way. It is not like one will have full certainty about the outcome and how it can affect oneself, like whether it will be gotten one’s way with everything or escaped from all harm. The value does rather consist in the certainty that one will be able to endure the harm when it does finally happen, and continue to be determined in overcoming any opposition. It does not matter how often the mind will haunt oneself with aggressive thoughts, or how unpleasant such experience can be. For that one does still believe that it can be overcome each and every time, and that it is possible to obtain victory over the mind. The man does only need to concentrate upon one thing at a time, whether it does involve his eyes and ears in gathering information, or his mouth and limbs in responding to it. And a similar thing applies about the spiritual activity, where it is only sufficient to sense one thing at a time, to endure one delusion at a time, and remain faithful one more time. The man does not actually need to have his attention upon many things at the same time, the present and the future, near and distant things, or what is outside one’s will and ability. But it is only sufficient to focus upon the time and place where one is currently at, what is now right in front of oneself, what can actually be intervened with, or made some use of. If the man is confident on this day then he will also be so tomorrow, when the future has finally become the present moment, since it can only be experienced one moment at a time. It is always the present time that applies, while the concept of the past and the future does only exist in the mind, and is imagined while the present time is taking place.
It can be mentioned the warfare of old, as example to explain confidence further. The enemy could have more numbers in comparison, like territories, soldiers, and resources. But each soldier did not need to have attention upon all the enemy soldiers at the same time, as if the mere appearance would be able to determine the outcome, even before contact. It was not like the soldier was all alone, fighting against the whole enemy army. It was only required of each soldier to concentrate upon that in overcoming the enemy soldier in front of him, in taking one enemy at a time, until the next one appeared in the line. Each soldier did only need to be valiant and fight to the best of his ability, without needing to trouble himself about some distant enemies, or the performance of his fellow-soldiers. It did not matter what was happening elsewhere in the battle, because it was altogether irrelevant to the soldier’s capability, in obtaining victory at his location. It would however never work if every soldier was neglecting the place assigned to him, while being too distracted about things that were happening elsewhere in the battle. Each and every soldier would thereby fight poorly, while relying upon someone else to do everything, so it would only be a matter of time until the whole army would rout and be destroyed.
2.2: Expectations of recovery
A selfish attitude can be be likened to that when the man does get stones inside his shoes, in which can be felt for each time when the man steps on the ground, regardless of the time and place. The man should not blame the place for this painful experience, or try to avoid these or those spots on the ground. It is only sufficient to remove the stones from the shoes and then one can easily travel to any place, be fully focused, and enjoy the experience. Another situation would describe itself in that the man would kick dirt up into the air, so that some pieces would get stuck in his eyes, so it would taint his vision. The man would now see dirt here or there in the environment, and in other people, but the dirt is really only in his own eyes. The dirt is not on the external things, but rather in between or in front of them. It is exactly the same thing when the man does have a negative attitude, where his negative experience is the mere reflection of his selfish mindset. A negative man is always seeing negative things about the environment and other people, but he is really counting up delusions that belong to his own soul. A corrupt and treacherous man will suspect the same thing in other people, because he ascribes his own wrong opinions to them, implicates his bad qualities to them, and attacks his own understanding.
The root of the problem does not consist in the circumstances and other people, as if these external issues must first change before the man can confront and overcome it. The human mind is the original problem, because the thought are constantly lying about everything else, which can be seen, heard, spoken, experienced, done, and received. The man does first listen to the delusions of the mind, and then afterwards he sees everything else as a problem, or blames everything else for his own error of judgment. The man has already restricted himself in advance and developed wrong attitude, by seeking for the wrong things, at a wrong place and time, and from the wrong people. The man will give up misleading impression, express himself in an improper way, and create some kind of misunderstanding. It is like the man does never stop to analyze the subjective influence, whether such thoughts are really fair and unbiased, according to facts rather than his own selfish expectations. It can be mentioned an example when sports team are competing against each other. One of them can neglect all team-play, where every team-member is only concerned about that in keeping the ball, in being the one to score and get all the credit. It will thereby no matter whether that team will get more opportunities in the future, if the game time would be prolonged, or another match planned against the same team. The real problem is to be found within the team, while it should not be blamed the external things. For that every team-member is too selfish and incompetent, lacking the right spirit for the game, neglecting every opportunity, and never adapting to any changes.
It has the most priority to overcome the selfish attitude, and then afterwards will one’s speech and deeds follow as well. But it is not like one should give up and no longer bother to overcome the selfish attitude, while it is only tried to change the outward speech and deeds. For an example then the man can be afraid of the mind and the unpleasant thoughts that are haunting him, or the man will only resist for a limited time and soon yield to corruption. It is a hypocritical thing when the man is being slavish to the mind from within, while only pretending to be honest on the outside, by deceiving and convincing everyone else about it. If the attitude is selfish then the external behaviour cannot become good, like when the selfish man forces it upon himself to good deeds. It is not like the man should try to change the environment and other people, which the negative thoughts have been criticizing, or try to satisfy these obsessive thoughts once and for all. The man should rather overcome the mind itself, which has hitherto been producing all these negative thoughts, as the original cause, the source of all temptations and problems. It has the most priority to free oneself from the mind’s influence, and then afterwards can one have a pure attitude, see and experience everything in a pure way, as it really is. The man must first change from within, and then can the deeds reflect his attitude, where he does truly wish to do so in sincerity but not because of some selfish reasons. The first step must always begin in one’s heart, by having sincere intentions, being plainspoken about one’s position, acknowledging the truth and being humble enough to abide by it.
A mental illness can describe itself in aggressive thoughts which seem to haunt the man, and he can also experience all kinds of misleading signs and symptoms in his body. It can happen that the man begins to yield to delusions and allow it to affect his stability. It is however not a single battle that will determine the war, but rather the man’s steadfastness in the long run, by keep moving on, no matter how slowly it might seem to be. It can often seem like the man has the greater odds against himself, and even that the battle is already lost, because the man can feel like he has already yielded and shown negligence. But the man should still the same continue to have faith in himself, that he will be able to overcome these temptations in the long run, although he does not know when exactly. Spiritual wounds can heal with the time, just like when physical wounds are involved. It is of course only the good source which can heal and revive our soul, but it is not something which we can force to happen, or try to achieve through our human effort. It would however be a foolish thing if the man had a wound treated with bandages, but he would constantly be opening the bandages in order to see whether the wound had healed. For that by doing so the man is more likely to reopen the wound and prolong the healing process. It is exactly the same when the man tries to save himself in a direct way, by being constantly aware about his subjective problems and in censoring every move in the mind. It would have been better if the man had acknowledged that he had no power to heal himself, but it is something which the human spirit could only control and be able to achieve. The man should have remained calm, and thought no further about his troubles, but instead allowed the human spirit to take care of everything, all in its due time. It was only required that the man should do nothing in that regard, but only wait with patience, so the man could just as well have useful activity in the meantime, and forget all about his problems.
It is not like the man can deceive and outsmart the human spirit, like by pretending to be good until the human spirit has bestowed spiritual healing and victory over the mental illness, and then the man would immediately betray the human spirit and be selfish again. For that if the man does have such treacherous motives then it means that he is still being selfish and unworthy, so that he will never able to obtain blessings in the first place. The human spirit does bestow blessings to us if we are faithful enough to receive it, and make good use of it, so that we can become a better person and help one another. But we will never obtain any blessings if we only wish to abuse such gifts for our selfish ends, or to harm other persons, since the human spirit will not help us to succeed in corruption. We would otherwise by tempting the human spirit, just like the mind is doing to us, so that we have only ourselves to blame for remaining spiritually empty. For an example then a beauty might seem to be a good thing, but it will not be so if we abuse such beauty in order to become a harlot. A similar thing applies that we should not abuse our physical strength in order to bully the weak and the defenceless, or by abusing our intelligence in order to deceive and cheat other people. It can thereby be said that such attributes prove to be neutral in itself, while it is depended upon the human will whether it will be used for good or evil purpose, upheld with responsibility or lost away. The human spirit is able to discern everything from the outset, whether a person proves to be faithful or treacherous, truthful or false, humble or proud, moderate or greedy. This is why no person should ever complain about its own human lot, as if it would deserve more from the divinity, because that person is already deemed unworthy in its attitude. A truthful stance and repentance is a prerequisite for spiritual progress. Let’s say that a man does constantly participate in debauchery which makes him sick, but when someone does help that man to become healthy again then that man does immediately resume the debauchery. An unrepentant person does not assume responsibility of its bad choices, and it is not willing to improve its conduct, but that person is only concerned about escaping the bad consequences of its bad choices, that it might do it all over again. If a person remains unrepentant of its selfish ways then it will consider every good turn to be something to be exploited in a selfish way, so that the good things will not do that person any good. But if the person is wholly devoted to the greater goodness then every spiritual progress is made possible.
The spiritual progress can correspond to the physical progress to a certain degree. An athlete must be fully devoted to the contest at hand, and in fulfilling the physical requirements. That man needs to be determined and sober in his spirit, before he can be willing to train hard and become physically fit. Then he can finally be ready to enter the contest and have a chance of being victorious over the other competitors. He must never slacken his resolve nor neglect the training, but he must be willing to sacrifice any loose habits and pleasures. The training is meant to have the first priority, while everything else come after it, but the man should never delay the training so that he can have a more comfortable life. It is not like the man would only train sometimes, while being lazy in between for a long time, as if it could be made many exceptions or only trained the day before the contest. When an athlete becomes victorious in a contest then he does not celebrate it with unrestrained revelry. For that he must continue to be sober and disciplined, so that he can better himself, improve the record, and obtain further victories in contests. It is thereby a way of life, something to be accustomed to each passing day, countless days in a row. It is exactly the same thing with the spiritual progress, where it is not only achieved progress but it is also established and expanded further, during the man’s entire lifetime. And even that the man could become perfect then he should still never boast about it, nor become arrogant to other people, because that would make him imperfect right away.
It is not the man’s physical body which is good or evil, but it is depended upon the soul underneath, as the driving force. The body remains the same, but the soul can be changed for the better or worse. It is the man which decides which inner source he will heed above the other, and then afterwards will he use his physical body for good or evil ends. The human spirit makes the man able obtain spiritual progress and make accomplishments, but the man should still not take it too personally or claim all the credit. For the man was blessed for as long time while he was heeding the human spirit, but when the man does cease to do it then he will no longer achieve the same things. And it is the mind which promotes spiritual regression, failures, and mistakes, which will continue to happen while the man proves to be so selfish and treacherous in his ways. A misfortune or shameful incident is merely the consequence, while the long-term mindset contributed to it, making one already weak and delusional before and during its experience. The selfish mindset made everything seem problematic to us and too hard to bear, since we were afflicted by all kinds of impulses and symptoms at the same time. The man should not implicate the goodness or the evilness to himself, as if he had been the first one to invent these things or promote them to the world. But the man did merely choose to receive it from either source, and then applied it to his own life. The good and the bad things have existed long before the man’s own time and choices, so the man can at most follow the human spirit and make use of that which belongs to it. The good qualities are a permanent part of the human spirit, while bad qualities are a permanent part of the mind. But there is nothing permanent about the man himself, since he is given a choice on each passing day, whether he will heed the goodness or the evilness. It is not like the past will always follow the man and restricts him in advance, but the man can always learn from his mistakes and do better next time, in every matter.
Now let’s say that the man would be perfect in all things except one factor, so that he neglects to do the right thing and shows a sign of selfishness. Then that same weakness can lead to bad consequences, where the man can become distracted, negligent of his surroundings, impulsive, instable, and prone to mistakes or accidents. It does not actually affect the factors which the man is honest and faithful in, so that he is otherwise sober, calm, and stable most of the time. But the bad effects do only happen while the man is coveting after selfish factor, thinking about it, and practicing it, although it can still follow some time afterwards, as withdrawal symptoms. It is not like the man can then complain to the divinity and assert that this is unfair, because he has otherwise been faithful and honest in most factors. The good qualities are not supposed to justify the selfish factor, or redeem it in some way, but the man will continue to reap according to each quality and its sphere of influence. For an example then the man can be sober and industrious in his profession, so that he will have success in his work and obtain many rewards. But that same man can have a weakness for alcohol, and become intoxicated during weekends. So that while the man is drunk then he will commit many mistakes, and be easily exploited by other people. It does however only apply when he is drunk, but not while the man is sober at his work. Therefore should it not be rebuked the man while he is doing good work, but only while he is drinking alcohol. And it should not be praised the man while he is drinking and tried to excuse his shameful dealings, because of the achievements during his profession.
The evilness does consist of two extremes, which are namely selfishness and self-righteousness. The selfish man does both do good and evil through an expectation of repayment, like if it involves profit, pleasure, or an absence of pain. Selfishness is otherwise rather self-explanatory, and does not require further description. The self-righteous man wishes to do good things, but his means prove to be improper and extreme, like when it is done bad things in the name of good outcome, even that it only leads to evil. The remedy will prove to be far worse and more insane than the actual malady. The self-righteous man seeks to do the right thing for all the wrong reasons, like when he forces something upon himself through fear, or when a good act is somehow meant to exalt his ego and gratify it. These are the two extremes, selfishness and self-righteousness, where it is either held oneself too much back or gone ahead of oneself, one is either too cold or too hot, doing too little or too much. It is not like selfishness does always involve too little ratio, while self-righteousness is too much ratio. It is true that selfish men tend to be luxurious and self-indulgent, so they neglect the divinity and slacken to obey its principles. Fanatics do however tend to be too strict and harsh, so they go too far in serving the divinity, until it no longer involves the same knowledge and principles that belong to the divinity. In both cases then it is neglected the moderate path, which is like the earth among all the other planets, or liquid water in contrast to steam and ice.
The selfishness does contain some vices that are too little ratio, while others are of too much ratio. And a similar thing applies with self-righteousness, where not all vices are of the same ratio. For an example then fanaticism involves vices that are repressive, but one is not sure whether the fanatic does so through fear (too little) or overly eagerness (too much). The following vices belong to selfishness: pride, avarice (greed), envy, vanity, superficiality, laziness, debauchery, partiality, boastfulness, pettiness, irresponsibility, indiscipline, ingratitude, self-pity, rivalry, stinginess, cowardice, pushiness, and sexual immorality. The following vices belong to self-righteousness: pride, arrogance, stubbornness, revengefulness, cruelty, credulity, hypocrisy, perfectionism, recklessness, lavishness, obtrusiveness, overprotectiveness, self-constraint, self-loathing, and repression. There is nothing better or more redeeming about one extreme in comparison to the other, because in both cases the man is being deceived and manipulated by the pure evil source in all its malice. It does involve the same spiritual slavery, although the ideas and vices may be different. The beginning is not the same, but it will still lead to the same destination, since both extremes are as equally distant from the pure goodness, and negligent of virtues.
It is already obvious to most people what is deemed to be selfish and immature, but it is much harder to become aware about the other extreme, what self-righteousness is and involves. Self-righteousness is often mistaken for goodness, or people blame the goodness for the crimes belonging to it, when fanatics have pretended to do so in its name. The self-righteous man lives in the self-deception that he is good, because that man has abstained from the weaknesses that belong to the selfish people, and ‘not’ committed crimes. But the self-righteous man has replaced such weaknesses with other kind of vices, where he does neither do the selfish thing nor the good thing (what is deemed noble, altruistic, and selfless). It is neglected or opposed the goodness in one way or another. When that man does notice the weakness of other people then he not seek to understand it, how it can actually be helped that people to know better and improve in that factor. But the self-righteous man does rather choose to hold such people in contempt, as if the people would be condemned from henceforth and deserve to suffer for their faults, since the self-righteous man neglects compassion and mercy belonging to the goodness. It can happen that the self-righteous man does seek to help people, even that he is contemptuous from within and does not really care for them. But he is no position to offer advises or helpful intervention, because he is already full of presumptions and impulses. This assistance will prove to be just as imperfect as what that man is, where he is merely attempting to force his delusions and weaknesses upon other people, so they will become just as restricted as him or like an egoistical reflection of himself.
The self-righteous man seeks to do the lawful thing through selfish reasons, like when it is coveted after rewards, and feared to commit crime because he would otherwise be punished. But the self-righteous man does still the same covet after selfish things, and envies the selfish people. That man would behave just like them if an opportunity would present itself, or if it seemed like he could get away with it, if the crime would not be revealed. The self-righteous man refuses to show understanding and tolerance to other people, because he has already treated himself in the same way, while speaking with himself. That kind of standard is too harsh, inhumane, and superficial, where the man is quick to accuse himself for the slightest sign of weakness or mistake, and like he deserves to suffer for it. The self-righteous man lives in self-constraint, where he is constantly forcing things upon himself, against his own willingness and better judgment. It is like he does only think and behave according to what others expect of him, and to maintain a certain image in the eyes of other people. However the self-righteous man does never listen to his own heart, where he does not love and receive himself the way he is. But he always prefers the external things above his own health and freedom, like when it is sought to please people that mean nothing to him, or to prove himself in the eyes of someone else.
It can happen that the man mistakes self-righteousness for the goodness, so he does not understand its true nature, and what kind of process does always accompany its existence. The man only gazes upon the wrong things that should not be done, while he neglects to establish virtues in his life, so they do not spread to other factors. Where there is self-righteousness there is also perfectionism, self-constraint, and obsession. It is sought for the goodness upon a wrong basis, because it is relied upon the mind in order to follow the goodness, while it is neglected the human spirit and its principles. The self-righteous man presumes himself to be following the goodness, even that he is experiencing torment and chaos at the same time, while trying to satisfy his obsession. But where the goodness is there are also benefits, like sobriety, peace, stability, and light-heartedness. Self-righteousness is about overly eagerness for a brief time, where it is failed to maintain previous success and other kinds of problems will emerge instead. The man forces it upon himself to do all kinds of things in order to appease the superficial standard of the mind. The man tries to please people that mean nothing to him, where he struggles against needless problems in his mind, and tries to abstain from insignificant habits. The man presumes that he is obtaining progress through such self-constraint, but the conduct will only last for a brief time, before everything reverts to the same old corruption. The man will strain himself too much, and finally give up on this self-righteous conduct. It is thereby a fact that the man did never follow the goodness from the outset, but he went from selfishness to self-righteousness, and then back from self-righteousness to selfishness. The man blames the goodness for the self-constraint during that extreme, and presumes that it is impossible to believe in the goodness and follow it. The man had only himself to blame for getting ahead of himself, where he sought to do too many things at the same time and overreached himself in the end. But the goodness is all about moderation, where it is taken one thing at a time and where many small things contribute to one great result.
2.3: Identifying the threat
It should not be presumed that the mind in the mental patient is of some another nature than in the healthy people. It is indeed true that the human spirit is the good nature and the mind is the evil nature, but the mind is not divided into two different nature’s that are good and bad. A healthy man is not as much wrong in comparison to the far-fetched and extreme opinions of a mental patient, but it can still merely involve different distance at the same wrong basis. For the foolishness of one man makes him unable to obtain success with selfish goals, while the craftiness of another man makes him able to deceive other people and exploit them. But both parties are still the same as equally distant from the higher truth and its pure goodness. A healthy man can be more aware about that what possibilities prove to be wrong, so he can thereby criticize such things in order to disprove them or deride other men. But that same man is still unable to come up with any right answers and solutions instead, so he is in no better position than other men, since even that it can be noticed the ignorance of other people then it does not make the man any wiser. It is a fact that delusions, hallucinations, and schizophrenic voices do exist, and they can be experienced by a mental patient. But it is not same thing as if such things were real or truth, even as when it is known that a liar does lie but the lie itself is not true. Therefore when mental patients claim that it is like thoughts are inserted into their head then it should not be disregarded. For such delusions will continue to befall the mental patient, regardless of his current attitude and experienced circumstance. So he does not have any choice about it, or he cannot prevent such delusions from appearing forth in his mind. The healthy people can presume that the bad judgement of the mental patient does reach to all factors, and they do thereby not believe it when he claims such things. However the healthy people are receiving other kinds of delusions at the same time, where the thoughts seem to be more logical but it does still involve half-truths mixed with lies.
It can obviously be presumed that it is the human brain itself which arouses thoughts and imaginations, because of a specific function somewhere in the brain or the nervous system. This is however not a question about the consequence, or after-effects, but rather what kind of stimulus does produce forth such thoughts in the first place. It is true that through science it can be noticed change of activity in the brain, but it should not be mistaken the consequence for being the cause. For example if a man is being hit by someone then his body will respond with specific effects, but it does not mean that these body effects came first (all on their own). It does seem incredibly coincidental that all thoughts prove to be lies and deceptions, involving selfish or self-righteous influence that seeks to corrupt the man’s premises, so the man will come up with wrong assumptions and reactions. Therefore do all these thoughts and imaginations never any involve a complete truth, nor a pure goodness. The brain and the nervous system is complicated, but not that complicated that it can separate itself from the man and become like an independent life-form, meddling with everything and trying to force its decisions upon the man, against his consent. Or why does it happen that the ‘brain’ keeps mentioning bad incidents from the past, many ones in a row, as if ‘brain’ would only pick them above all memories and deliberately seek to drag the man down? The mind plays trick upon the man, because the mind is a trickster with a will of its own. Behind every movement within the man there is a good or evil spirit. It follows the presence of that spiritual messenger, for better or worse. A spirit breathes its thoughts into the man. It happens telepathically. It cannot be seen that spiritual being, and yet there is heard a voice or thought. So where there is a voice there must also be a speaker, as there is a cause behind a consequence. It is not like the man is struggling against himself, trying to have the final argument, since that all kind of selfish opinions continue to emerge even that he is against them. Only a living being does possess a will of its own, is able to speak and make itself comprehensible, but it is not something which does come out from nothing, in the man’s mind. It is a logical tactic when the mind does come up with thoughts in between which seem to be positive, creating the false impression that the thoughts are good or bad at random, rather than by being always bad. Therefore will the man not be as steadfast in rejecting all thoughts, but allows himself to be fooled by flattering lies and self-righteous thoughts. It does correspond to the interrogational method called ‘Good cop/ Bad cop’. For that specific types of voices and negative thoughts attack the man in a personal way, while another type of voices and ‘positive’ thoughts seem friendly (flattering) toward the man. But the former has been made for the very purpose of making the latter temptations seem more convincing in comparison.
As when it is delved deeper into contemplations the conclusion will be even more distant from the truth, since it has been digressed more and more from the original sense of the human spirit. It can begin with a question about something which is not know the answer to, even that it is not necessary in the current situation, or will either way be of no practical use. One contemplations lead to another, and so forth, but the distance will increase between the first contemplations and the subsequent ones. In the end there is no context between the first contemplation and the last one, but it only involves an irrelevant argument, a red herring, like a beautiful or clever answer which belongs to entirely different question. It does correspond to that when two men are arguing about something, and then one thing will lead to another in the heat of the moment, until they are beginning to quarrel about trivial and petty issues. And one of them does seem to have the final word, and get the better of the opponent, but both of them have totally forgotten what this was all about. The mind can only come up with suggestive and misleading questions, which are meant to cast doubt upon the truth, but there is nothing more to it. It cannot be discovered a wise answer if the question is stupid, nor truthful answer if the question is false. Needless contemplations will only lead to needless reactions, which will in turn create false impression, misunderstanding, and selfish problems, like it had happened at random. Since there was no need for such reactions then it was a good sign that one should never have contemplated to begin with, no matter how urgent it seemed to be at that time.
It can be discoursed upon that when the man experiences a good mood, so the man can feel light-hearted and at peace, like he has been freed from all burdens and selfish cares. It does however have nothing to do with ‘positive’ thoughts at the same time, as if such thought had caused the good mood. A good mood is rather originated in faith in the divinity and mutual love during human relations. The human spirit is the cause, and the good mood is the consequence, but the ‘positive’ thoughts are only incidental. The goodness is capable of reviving the man’s spirit, in making him lively again. It is something which has already happened from within, even before the man became aware of it. It was not because the man was thinking ‘positively’ about something and then it changed his condition, but good mood happened like a free gift in a silent way. If the human spirit is absent then the man can attempt to come up with exactly the same ‘positive’ thoughts, and try to cheer himself up, but nothing will ever happen in his soul. Positive thoughts prove to be self-righteous in their nature, because they lie too much optimism that will never work in practice, and try to see something beautiful about errors and wicked men. The positive thoughts will thereby only lead to disappointment and bitterness, so it will actually work against the good mood, the original blessing from the human spirit. It might at first seem that such thoughts involve a ‘positive’ voice in the mind. But the mind is actually coming up with a stupid suggestion in order to mock the man, even as when a treacherous person does tend to speak in a pretentious and exaggerated tone.
It can be mentioned the quibbles and doubts in which do follow the ego-tones of the mind, where such issues can apply with many things and according to that what vices are involved. Quibbles and doubts can be one of the most misleading temptations of the mind, since it can function as the stimulus behind vices rather than by being the vices themselves. It is always through subjective quibbles and doubts that there is sought to slander and undermine the possibilities of the goodness, so the man will give up on it, and thereby give up on himself as well. But these temptations do never stop at that, for there does always follow an assumption, or encouragement, that the man should become false and selfish. The man should not become troubled by that how clever and convincing such arguments can be, because it does always lead to the same destination, faithlessness and hypocrisy. For an example then the faithless man will give up, and try to enjoy as many selfish pleasures before he will die, as if this would be meaningless existence and nothing to be hoped for. Or the man tries to drag as many people down with his fall, through hatred and envy. The man does first experience a specific type of thought or imagination, and then it immediately arouses something selfish in him, or it is like the man reacts in a selfish way. But both the thought and the assumption/reaction are part of the same temptation, involving an automatic process. The man would still the same have experienced such selfish assumptions or reactions, even that he had been perfect on his behalf. This is not something which could have been prevented, or like the man could separate the two issues from each other, since the temptation would either way affect him in some way.
It would be rather pointless to count every possible lies, doubts, quibbles, and deceptions, as if one would be able to outsmart the mind in craftiness and calculate everything. Half-truths mixed with lies are still the same false in whole, and to be disregarded completely. It is always the truth which disproves lies, while it is never lies in which are able to disprove the truth, no matter what kind of doubt they attempt to cast over it. The truth is namely based upon facts, reflecting that in which does really exist, what is the true merit and capability of every being, what has already taken place and will surely happen. The lies are however mere words, in which lack all substance and are uttered by a worthless being, which resorts to lies in order to conceal its own weakness and incompetence. Lies are only able to obtain reception among foolish people and slaves, whom are already ignorant and rebellious. But lies do never make any impression upon the divinity, since its truth is always able to reveal everything, and see any being as it is. It does thereby no matter whether lies can seem to be persuasive, tricky, and deceiving, because the lies can still the same never harm the actual truth, still firm upon its basis. It does correspond to that when wicked men attack their own understanding of other people, while the actual persons have the right on their side, and are innocent of all charges.
It does never work to make a compromise between the goodness and the evilness, by choosing the ‘lesser’ evil. The human race can call it the grey path, or the neutral path, which is neither good nor bad. However that the grey colour is not black then it is still the same not white. And even that the man makes a compromise and chooses the lesser evil then it will still never stop at that. For the man will be tempted with more compromises, on top of the previous ones, until he has become more deranged and corrupt with the time. It was originally rejected the white colour and chosen the grey colour, and then afterwards it was chosen the colour between grey and black, and again, until it has become black. All evil influence should be rejected from the outset, in an unconditional way. A lesser evil is as equally wrong as a greater evil, because it to does belong to the same evil nature, and contradicts with the goodness. Crimes and evil deeds may seem different, but it does still involve the same selfish attitude, which is namely avarice, contempt, and falsity. The man needs to renounce all the wrong things from his life, and have a fresh start. It should not be made new compromises in order to get nearer to the goodness, like if it would involve a colour between grey and white, by decreasing the selfishness in some way. For such compromises will still involve a weakness and corruption, absent from the pure goodness. It also means that the man is still listening to the mind and obeying it in the greater matters, so the man does only make things harder for himself in the process.
It can be mentioned when a mental patient experiences and believes far-fetched delusions. However such absurd thoughts and imaginations are not really the root of the problem, but it does merely involve incidental things, after the mind has isolated the person in the long run. The mental patient can be afraid of unpleasant thoughts that are haunting him, so that he is unable to handle the pressure for long and vanishes into the mind. It is like the man is constantly trying to save himself from such delusions, but he neglects everything else at the same time, or he will become too distracted to focus upon anything. The man is no longer with himself, and he has already been weakened from within. Then afterwards will appear far-fetched thoughts about something else, which the man believes and shares with other people, so he will make a fool out of himself in such incidents. The man did not become sick because of these far-fetched delusions, but he was already overcome by another problem, which thrived upon his fears, distress, and guilt. It does correspond to that when a man is intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, so that other people will be able to exploit him in such condition, in order to deceive and cheat him. The real problem did not actually consist in the people involved, what they had said or done, but it was the intoxication which made the man already weak and vulnerable in all things. If the man had remained sober then he would easily have seen through such people, so it had everything to do about his internal condition but nothing about their merit. Far-fetched delusions are like vultures, feeding upon a carcass killed by another cause.
The mind can come up with memories about one’s past faults in order to arouse guilt, but it is thereby tempted oneself about the same evil possibilities in the present time. It is not only reminded oneself about the misdeeds in the past, but it is also reminded oneself about the selfish attitude and corrupt mindset that had originally caused it. The man will experience all kinds of self-accusations from the mind, like he will always be a bad person and could just as well give up, repeating the same errors all over again. This is why memories can create a vicious cycle, where the man’s guilt will keep the same temptations alive, so he will make it harder for himself to learn from it and improve. The man should rather reject all memories from the outset, and free himself from the original cause, so that he will no longer consider evil possibilities nor implicate it too personally to himself. For the man is actually better off having no awareness about such things at all. All temptations and corruption should be rejected in an unconditional way, regardless of that whether the man had once practiced it or not. We should of course never speak about improper and indecent things while we are having company with other people. And we should neither remind ourselves of such evil possibilities while we are all alone, since that we are supposed to love and treat ourselves with self-respect. The man is never alone, because the divinity is always with him, so that no temptations should be spoken of. The man should not even rely upon any arguments and methods against the aggressive thoughts, because it will also keep the problem alive, and tempt him in exactly the same way.
The mental patient can experience unordinary activity from within himself, which can appear forth in many signs and mental symptoms. These signs give a misleading impression, a misleading cause and effect, so the man can become superstitious over his choices, constantly reevaluating everything and changing his decisions. The man will presume that the bad signs or effects in his body have been caused by his words or actions, so he does not dare to be bold and selfless with his life, opposing the mind. For an example then it can be mentioned schizophrenic voices and faces looking upon oneself in imaginations, strange smell, strange perceptions like it is sensed the presence of something, and uncontrollable sounds or words that come up for a brief time. It can also be experienced a pressure in the head like something is moving inside it, hallucinations, visions, aggressive dreams, long gasps without tiredness, and all kinds of body quirks. All such signs are merely the symptoms of the disease, but not the actual cause. It is because the man has already been yielding to selfish desires and delusions for a long time, and then afterwards he began to experience these or those inordinary signs. The man should blame his own credulity to the mind, and what kind of corruption he has dwelt upon, rather than by struggling against the symptoms as the main problem, to make it go away. The man is unable to overcome such symptoms in a direct way, but he must rather overcome his own delusions and weaknesses, which such symptoms are thriving upon. It is not like the man can pretend to be good until these symptoms will finally vanish, but he must rather assume responsibility of his recent choices, and endure the consequences.
Psychology does emphasis what most upon the capability of the mind, when it comes to control how it is received all factors in life, and by coming up with clever tricks against problems. The psychological systems are thereby originated from the mind itself, what kind of terms and explanations have been invented, or negative factors categorized. But all such hindrances and solutions are invented by the mind, and do only exist in the mind. The mind can very well lie endlessly of just about anything, creating new problems, maladies, new excuses, which afflict the self-centred people. It does not matter whether psychologists create new names of mental illnesses and arrange various symptoms together, since all such things are either way originated from the same evil source. It is only sufficient to identify the original tempter, the evil nature, and the conjuror of all problems, rather than by struggling against illusions that the mind has been creating at random. It is thereby first identified the threat, and next sought to know how to overcome it. The mind does first tempt the man into yielding to wickedness in his heart and deeds, and then afterwards it is invented all kinds of incidents from the past in order to justify it. It was not the past which made the man become evil, or influenced him to commit a crime, but the man had already chosen to do it, and then later came up with pretences. It was the mind which tempted the man into becoming evil, and the man yielded because of his own selfishness, but it had nothing to do with these or those reasons.
The psychology makes use of advises from the mind against problems which the mind itself has created. The same improper advices are to the only effect in complicating the man’s life even more, by making him too conscious about all the wrong things, so that he will presume that the problem consist in everything else but the mind itself. It is like the psychological methods and delusions will sharpen each other’s existence. The mind offers bad advices against itself in order to keep the man in check, through self-constraint. The man does first listen to delusions about the approach, what he is either allowed or forbidden to do, and next does the man restrict himself in advance. The man will not know how to overcome the mind, because he is struggling against irrelevant issues, or making use of foolish means against temptations. The most common error does consist in that when the man does rely upon lies against lies, and tricks against tricks, rather than by having faith in the humble truth. This means that the man will not confess the truth about his position, nor be sincere about that what he does feel about it. But man does rather try to discover some kind of ultimate argument or trick, which can then be used as ‘weapon’ or ‘shield’ against temptations, as if it could make them go away. The man will then repeat the same bullshit again and again, to defend himself from aggressive thoughts, even that he does not mean such words in his heart and will not act upon it. The man should not be programmed like a robot, always obligated in reacting to every delusion, and with insincere expression each time, as if it was always expected of him.
It can be said that the psychologist does first invent a problem, and next he does invent solutions toward the same imagined problem, so that both of them are a mere illusions. It has more to say about the psychologist than the person whom he seeks to help, since he does ascribe his own thoughts and imaginations to other people. For an example then the psychologist can first receive an idea and explanations from the mind, as if such presumptions could be experienced anywhere and at anytime, through idleness on his behalf. But the psychologist does next seek to implicate such thoughts to other people in advance, even before he has met with such people and known their personal experience. It does not matter whether a fake-problem can be solved or not, because the real cause will remain. It is like the psychologist can at most cut down the fruits or branches of the bad tree, while the roots are left untouched, making the rest of the tree able to grow back. The mind does have exactly the same nature in all men, whether a psychologist is involved or his patient. Both of them will experience selfish desires, delusions, and impulses, where there is nothing good or redeemable about it, but it will always be as equally wrong. It does not make any sense that the mental patient is supposed to experience improper thoughts, while the psychologist is somehow excluded from it.
It cannot be expected that the man can become a better liar than the mind itself, or able to outsmart the mind in craftiness and deception, as if the man could have the final word. It applies when the man makes use of improper remedies against subjective problems, which is the same thing as evil against evil, or temptations against similar temptations. The man can rely upon methodology, defensive formulas, and self-centred arguments, which is to the only effect in making him even more insincere and self-absorbed. The shadow does follow the man, but the man does not follow after his own shadow. It is not like the man’s whole life should be centred upon that in reacting to the shadow, as if the man needed to wait in a preparatory position until the shadow will first move. But it is only sufficient for the man to move on with his life, and have the initiative on his side. The man has not been given existence for the sole purpose of wasting his time upon subjective problems, being on the defensive, chasing after illusions or trying to save himself from it. For that by doing so the man will neglect to have a meaningful existence, since that the body may survive and live longer, but there is nothing to fill it with life. It is like the man is willing to promise anything and pretend to be anything in order to escape from opposition, so that all his choices are nothing but countermeasures to delusions. It would have been better if he man had just stood his ground and moved on with his life, being willing to suffer for his conviction and endure any opposition from the mind.
A sick man should never apply many remedies from many doctors at the same time. For that all such remedies would only contradict with each other and disrupt the man’s health. The man would not know which remedy is the right one, and which ones do not work, so that some of them could steal all the credit or work against the right treatment. It would have been better if the man relied upon one doctor at a time, and only one remedy at a time, so that he could evaluate the effects in the long run, belonging to each one. It is exactly the same thing with mental illness, where the man should not rely upon many arguments and tricks at the same time, which do not even belong to the same person. It is not based upon quantity of words whether a remedy will work, or how often it can be repeated, but it is rather based upon the man’s own conviction, determination, and patience. It is much more efficient that the man can believe in one right possibility, and then keep himself to that choice in the long run, to experience it lasting value for himself. But it does not make any sense to flee from one remedy to another, because the man is too cowardly to face opposition, and immediately tries to hide behind something else. It is not possible to invent some kind of arguments and tricks that can prevent delusions from happening, because it is the mind which is speaking it but not the man himself. The man should continue to be free, and convince himself about the right course in his life, rather than by seeking to change the mind, or seek to convince it to cease its opposition.
It is not like the man should become desperate if he does not yet know the ‘correct’ answer to delusions, since he is either way not obligated in replying to them in the first place. A silence can be an answer in itself, and that to be indifferent can be a decision in itself, where it is simply shunned delusions or not shown any reaction at all. The man does not actually need to do anything, where he does not need to save himself from delusions, by being on the defensive and try to resist the delusions, through fear of losing self-control. The man will either way not lose self-control, nor comply with such temptations, if the man will only believe in the divinity and allow it to fight his battles. It should also be looked upon this in context with this work, and the purpose of its teachings. The man is not supposed to use its words in order to defend himself from temptations, or by replying to the mind. But the man does only need to know the words for himself alone, what is within his control to decide and change, in finding out for himself. The man can thereby just as well continue to do the right thing on his behalf, without relying upon the mind at all, nor by struggling against mind directly, as the other extreme. The words of this work are not supposed to control the reader by their mere form, but it is rather about understanding the spirit of the words and its meaning. It can namely happen that the mind will quote this work in some way, which may seem to be a memory. But then the mind is implicating the teachings to irrelevant circumstances, where it is taken the words out of context, or spoken the words in an exaggerated tone to cast doubt upon it. It does thereby involve half-truths mixed with lies, or facts mixed with false assumptions. It is one thing to come across the original meaning of this work, but it is another thing ‘when’ such words do really apply in the current situation, above other options.