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Mockingbird Song, Mockingbird Lament

“The mockingbird is gray on top and white on its underside. It has white patches on its wings that look like bars; a long black tail, and white outer feathers and a long, slender bill. Males and females look alike.

“The mockingbird is very territorial. It dives and attacks intruders that come too close to its territory. It may even attack its own reflection!

“The mockingbird was given its name because of its ability to mimic the calls of dozens of other bird species. In fact, the mockingbird’s Latin name, Mimus polyglottos, means many-tongued mimic. The mockingbird has even been known to mimic the sounds of dogs and sirens! The mockingbird is especially vocal on moonlit spring nights.” ~NatureWorks

Mockingbird

The mockingbird has a great talent. It can imitate the calls of many other birds. It can even imitate the calls of dogs, cats, sirens, and bells. It has learned to annoy the hell out of people by imitating the ring of their cellphones. But the mockingbird also has a song of its own. It isn’t stuck being a mimic at all times. It only does it to confuse, or to have fun, or just because it likes the sound of something so it imitates it. Who can say for sure the motivation of the mockingbird? But that is only true of the literal mockingbird.

Allegorical Mockingbirds

There are other kinds of mocking birds, including humans. We imitate each other. We may even imitate other species. This is just as wonderful a talent as with the literal mockingbird. But it can also be a curse. We are not just taught to speak, dress, and live like others. We are also taught to act like others and think like others. We are taught to believe what others believe. That might be just fine if everyone we were mimicking believed the truth. It would be fine if everyone we mock is someone worth mocking. Unfortunate, it isn’t. Many people firmly believe things because they were told to them by someone they trusted. Parents, teachers, priests and ministers, even scientists. People love to push their beliefs on others, even when they have no evidence that those beliefs are true. We love training mockingbirds. We love to see ourselves in a mirror. When the mirror is a young mind being indoctrinated into society, we love it even more. How wonderful to look into a child and see a mirror image of ourselves!

But the mockingbird doesn’t always imitate. Can we say the same?

Stuck as Mockingbirds

The problem with humans acting like mockingbirds is that we forget it is just an act. We start to thing the imitation self we have created, with a great deal of help from others, is really who we are. We will give speeches on how right we are in our fantasy selves. We will fight in wars to protect our imitation self. But, sadly, few of us make an effort to bring out our true self. This is especially true on the spiritual level.

Spiritual Mockingbirds

Being physical and mental mockingbirds is bad enough, but we also do it on a spiritual level. Studies have shown that a large majority of people belong to the same religion or church that their parents belonged to. Like the person who refuses to admit he voted for the wrong politician, we don’t want to admit that the church our parents sent us to since we were children is not sufficient. Only a small number start feeling inside that the activities of those churches, which are more like social clubs than spiritual development institutions. Even worse, many of those who finally do make that realization, then join some spiritual group that is just as bad. They love to say that religion is following someone else, spirituality is learning it for yourself. Then they will follow a spiritual development method because it is popular, not because it has been proven to work.

In spirituality, we must be willing to go out on a limb. We must be willing to try methods that our spiritual friends don’t practice, and may have not even heard of. McDonald’s may be the most popular restaurant, but that doesn’t make it the best. So follow that spiritual meme for real. Don’t be a spiritual mockingbird. Greatness doesn’t come from imitating others.

 

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Know Yourself and the Power Within You

“Should you who possess everything not know yourself? If you do not know yourself, you will not enjoy what you own. But know yourself and what you have enjoy. The perfect human can neither be restrained nor seen. If they see him, they can stop him, so there is no way to grace but to put on the perfect light and become perfect. All who put on that garment will enter the kingdom. This is the perfect light. We must become perfect before leaving this world. Who is rich and has not thrown it off will not share in the kingdom but will go as imperfect into the middle. Only Jesus knows where that will end.

“There was a householder who had every possible thing, be it son or slave or cattle or dog or pig or wheat or barley or chaff or grass or castor oil or meat or acorn. He was sensible and knew what each one’s food was. He served children bread and meat. He served slaves castor oil and meal. He threw barley and chaff and grass to the cattle. He threw bones to the dogs, and to pigs he threw acorns and scraps of bread. Compare the student of god. If you are sensible, you understand the nature of learning. Bodily forms will not deceive you, since you will look at the condition of each person’s soul and speak with that form.

“There are many animals on earth in human form. When you identify them, then you throw acorns to swine, barley and chaff and grass to cattle, and bones to the dogs. To slaves you will give only what is preliminary, but to children you give what is complete.” ~Gospel of Philip

Know Yourself

Knowing yourself is important. Most of us, naturally, will insist that we do know ourselves. But they truth is, almost none of us do.

What we think is our self is usually a combination of our own fantasies and the things our parents and friends tell us. Over many years, we build up a self-image that is not who we truly are. One of the purposes of a spiritual awakening is to learn who we truly are.

We can say that our true self is a spirit. The physical body and the brain-mind that runs it is temporary and therefore not our real self. So if what you know of yourself is purely on the physical and mental levels, you don’t know your true self at all. Continue reading “Know Yourself and the Power Within You”

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Self-Realization of the Spiritual Kind

“Well have you renounced these passing pleasures so dear to the senses, Nachiketa, and turned your back on the way of the world which makes mankind forget the goal of life. Far apart are wisdom and ignorance. The first leads one to Self-realization. The second makes one more and more estranged from from his real Self. …

“Like the blind led by the blind. Far beyond their eyes , hypnotized by the world of sense, opens the way to immortality. … It is but few who hear about the Self. Fewer still dedicate their lives to its realization. … Blessed are they who, through an illumined teacher, attain to Self-realization. The truth of self cannot come through one who has not realized that he is the Self. The intellect cannot reveal the Self.” ~The Katha Upanishad

Self-realization of the True Self

The term Self-realization is thrown about today in a way that makes a joke of its original meaning. You can check online dictionaries to find it defined as such things as the fulfillment of ones character, personality, talents, or desires. That is not at all what the ancient spiritual teachers meant by Self-realization.

Essentially,they are telling us that we have two selves: a material and mental self, and a spiritual, divine Self. The spiritual Self is almost always capitalized to show that it is far more important than the mortal self. So when spiritual teachers or books talk about Self-realization,they don’t mean that we reach the peak of our profession, that we get a book published, or even have a viral video on Youtube. Those may all be good things to do, but they are not really Self-realization.

Self-realization happens when we awaken our spiritual faculties that are dormant when we come into the world of matter. We awaken them with spiritual light, the light from the spiritual sun.

Blind Leading Blind

It is obvious to most that having the blind leading the blind is not a good idea. There may be a few exceptions, but usually it’s a bad idea. But when this is mentions in spiritual writings like the Upanishads or the Bible, it isn’t about eyesight. The blindness spoken of in spiritual literature is spiritual blindness, not physical. Unfortunately,this type of blindness is far more common than the physical kind.

In the Bible, Jesus is praised for His ability to “make the blind see.” While there were a few incidents where Jesus did cure physical blindness, that is not even important. What matters is that he cured spiritual blindness in hundreds of people, possibly even thousands. And through his real apostles,thousands more. Jesus cured them by helping them awaken their spiritual faculties including spiritual sight. This is far more important that restoring physical sight to a physical body that will die in ten or twenty years anyway.

So you may think a successful business person showing another how to have material success is not an example of blind leading blind, but it is. Even the successful doctor teaching surgery to others is because he is doing nothing to help the immortal souls of those people. Of course, we all have to work from where we are,and it is a good thing that such people try to help others. From a spiritual point of view,it is still materialists leading others into materialism, blind leading blind. Continue reading “Self-Realization of the Spiritual Kind”

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Watching Others Doesn’t Help Us Grow

“Spend not the remnant of thy days in thoughts and fancies concerning other men, when it is not in relation to some common good, when by it thou art hindered from some other better work. That is, spend not thy time in thinking what such a man doth, and to what end; what he saith, and what he thinks, and what he is about, and such other things or curiosities which make a man to rove and wander from the care and observation of that part of himself, which is rational, and overruling. …

“Those things that are his own, and in his own power, he himself takes order, for that they be good and as those that happen upon him, he believes them to be so. For that lot and portion which is assigned to every one, so it is unavoidable and necessary, so it is always profitable.” Marcus Aurelius

Thoughts Concerning Others

Marcus Aurelius wisely advises us to not spend our time watching and worrying about the behavior of others. We should not gossip about others. Nor should we talk about them. Yet most of us do so on a regular basis. It is probably even more prevalent today that when Aurelius wrote the quoted text.

Some Common Good

Aurelius does make one exception to this “mind your own business” philosophy. That exception is when it is for the common good. In other words, when a person is in a position where his decisions and action affect many then paying attention to what they do is appropriate. So when some one is a president, senator, or other government official, we should pay attention to what they say and do. Likewise with wealthy and powerful business people who manipulate the government for their own benefit. Even then, we shouldn’t be overly curious about the personal lives of those people, except when it may affect how they govern. Continue reading “Watching Others Doesn’t Help Us Grow”

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