“Concepts create boundaries. Concepts are boundaries, and they hem you in everywhere. Any concepts that the mind holds — like free will and destiny, choice and choicelessness, ego and the Self — create boundaries, limitations, prisons and illusions.” Adyashanti in The Impact of Awakening
For my book club, we’re reading an exceptional book called The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani. It’s a heartbreaking novel about love, choices, crossing cultural boundaries, and destiny versus free will. It gives a powerful account of India when occupied by the British in WWII, as well as the country in present day. What struck me as most interesting were the customs of the culture, particularly the caste system, and rituals in Hinduism.
Those born into the lowest tier of the caste system were called untouchables. They were deemed worthless from birth. When casteism was widely practiced, the untouchables wouldn’t even be given medical treatment if bleeding to death in front of a hospital. No doctor would touch them. Starving to death on the street corner was common, as no one gave a second thought about it.
It’s easy to look at the beliefs of others and think, how ridiculous, that’s crazy, how could they do that! But when turned around, none of your beliefs are insane, right?
What are you believing that is equally false? How about all the things you think you, and others, should or shouldn’t do? Who told you that? Why do you believe it? Is it true? Nope. Not one thought. They are all just as untrue as the beliefs you’re pointing fingers at.
Even the most spiritual, loving thoughts are still part of the dream. Any judgement, good or bad, is just made up. Not truth. Not who you are. Not who that other person is that you’re judging. Thoughts will tell you nothing about Reality and the unity of All. They only separate and divide. Go into the Silence of Truth and know That which is the true you, everyone, everything, as One.