Buddha was not the only great soul to grace our planet in time of “human spiritual need.” Lao-Tzu, Sri-Krisna, Siddhartha Gautama(Buddha,) and Jesus are known to us through history as some of the greatest souls to ever teach upon this planet. These great souls quite literally brought the “physical plane to bear” in harmony with the true nature of their manifestations, and in the context of the nature of physical life on the planet at that time. The “message” was always the same; it was only the “language” that changed. Will it will be this way again…?
Even before their manifestations, there were other great souls to help “prepare the way” for the arrival of these great teachers. Socrates, Zarasthustra, Mohammed, and Ghandi, all played a very integral role in altering the social perceptions and consciousness of those attendant upon their manifestations. In fact, Mohandas K. Ghandi has done his work for the one still-to-come in the context of our times, generally referred to as the “second coming,” but the similarity ends there as far as orthodox Christianity is concerned. When the “conditions are ripe,” then these great souls will choose to be present upon the earth. These “ripe conditions” having everything to do with a severe deterioration of the very “fabric,” which holds together the individual, family, society, and culture.
However, this article will not be concerned with elaborating upon that subject matter. What this article’s purpose will be concerned with is that, which is intended to challenge all of its readers to consider the possibility of expanding their currently held ideas of the teachings of these great souls listed above. In other words, I am seeking “connection” with all those who can perceive and interpret any value to found within the nature of this article’s focus. Therefore, as I speak of Buddha, please understand I could be speaking concerning any great spiritual teacher who has lived before, but is no longer incarnate.
If the Buddha were alive today, do you suppose he would have “advanced,” “evolved,” “updated,” or “clarified” his teaching material, and if so, why? Let us consider that for a moment. If one is to believe or know that “god” or the “supreme and ultimate creative force itself” is perfect, meaning no room for any further evolutionary developmental growth of its “perfection,” then the answer is simply NO.
However, what if it is possible that in its “perfection,” there is an “unending evolutionary process” where the “Tao” itself is always “improving, growing, and evolving its perfection?” If this is true, then do you suppose it is possible that the great teachers would “reflect” this process in their spiritual teaching material if still alive in today’s world? In other words, if Buddha was still alive today, for “accessible” students to question him, do you suppose it would be possible that Buddha would evolve his ideas as he himself grew and developed as a spiritual being here having a physical existence? Is it true that sometimes, a teacher teaches best, what needs most to be learned?
To continue, if the Buddha were alive today to be questioned by his “accessible” students, if there were any “embellishments,” “distortions,” or “watered-down truths,” do you think he would be necessarily clarifying the matter for his students? If that is possible, how do you suppose Buddha would instruct us as to how to deal with the matter in his absence (death?)
What if it is possible that life on the planet at the time of Buddha’s incarnation was quite different from today’s life? If that is possible, do you think Buddha would teach his message “differently,” using the “language” and “condition” of today’s world?
The teachings of the Buddha have brought spiritual guidance, benefit, and greatness to untold numbers of souls on our planet. However, were those teachings of “old” all there was to know? What if in today’s world Buddha, would clarify matters pertaining to “ego,” “attachment,” “suffering,” the “now moment,” “meditation,” and more for those who would find “resonance with the clarifications.” If that is possible, and there were those who preferred the old teachings for reasons of their own, would that make them wrong? Or, would it simply be that in terms of spiritual evolution upon the physical plane, that what they needed to grow them best, was in fact, the old teachings?
In many ways, this article’s focus is for any of those souls out there having an existence through personality who have “inner questions” that are not entirely addressed at the current metaphysical levels through the wonderful spiritual teachings of “old” and “current.” For example, Eckhardt Tolle is arguably one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our current time; in terms of bringing the great Buddha’s message through in a very practical and easily understandable terms to millions of souls all over the world.
I do not mean to suggest or imply that Eckhardt Tolle’s spiritual teachings are only or entirely Buddha’s, I merely mean to draw attention to the influence of Buddha’s teachings present in the teachings of Eckhardt Tolle.
However, once again, what if there are those souls out there who have “inner questions,” which are not being addressed completely? In other words, for those souls who wonder, is this all there is to know? Please allow me to get specific for the purpose of clarity here…
What if it was possible that the “power of now” or the “present moment” was indeed as significant as taught, but it was not “all of the story.” If that is true, would you wish to know more? Or, is that enough for you? Let us consider the “power of now” for a few moments…
If it is true that the present moment contains all of the past, then could it also be possible that the present moment could be expanded to encompass all that has gone before? If that is true, is it possible that the “present moment” DOES NOT CONTAIN THE FUTURE? To clarify, I am quite sure you would agree with me that the “present moment” is one’s “point of power,” but what if it was possible that the future was actually being created by us all through the choices we are making in that “present moment of personal power?”
If one could communicate with a non-physical version of Buddha now, and was to inquire as to the 10 most probable futures available to us on planet earth, based upon the current “vectors of our choices en-masse,” and our non-physical Buddha complied, with the caveat that “all is chosen,” here they are…
But wait, what if in 5 years from today, we were to ask again our non-physical Buddha of the 10 most probable futures available to us on planet earth again, and his answers were different? Is it possible our “vectors of choices en-masse” had changed his answers? For example, some probabilities had dropped away and some new ones appeared, all because of our choices “en-masse?”
If these hypothetical scenarios were possible, then their answers imply that the “present moment” and/or the “power of now” has understanding and application beyond currently held ideas. If this is true, then this implies that one is actually “supposed to work at evolving the highest versions of themselves.” Furthermore, this implies that in order for this to occur, that the “ego,” which is simply another way to say one’s idea of them self, is “supposed to be engaged for right purposes.”
This can cause a dilemma though, for if we are to rise above our ego, to the point of non-attachment to anything physical in nature, how can we possibly go about the delightful task of personal growth and development, when the present moment is complete and total? It is here I am reminded of what would Buddha say regarding all this if he were alive in today’s world?
What if we were to contact our non-physical Buddha again for guidance, and he said to us “where did you get the idea I taught you to never strive to develop yourself in your present moments of time?” Furthermore, what if our non-physical Buddha was to say to us “how can you possibly strive to develop and grow yourself while here as a spiritual being having existence through personality if you find no reason to be attached to that desire?” In short, he asks, “where did you get those ideas from?”
What if our non-physical Buddha was to say “become a living active participant through the connection of heart-felt love between us, and trust your own inner guidance,” regarding as to how to deal with the “embellishments,” “distortions,” and “watered-down truths” of his teachings? What if our non-physical Buddha was to inform us that on the physical plane, it is not uncommon for the great spiritual works of teachers from our past, to fall victim to this same sort of occurrence, which is why then our non-physical Buddha tells us to regard all spiritual teachings as “literature” when the teachers pass away (have a physical death.)
What if our non-physical Buddha was to tell us that at the time of his physical reign upon the earth, it would not have been possible for him to espouse some of the non-physical teachings with us, such as are in this article? For example, what if he told us that suffering was not the only way to learn wisdom? In other words, what if he told us that it is possible to learn through joy? Would this change anything for us? What if our non-physical Buddha was to tell us that initially, when we begin to break out of the prison of our unhealthy ego-based lives, and begin to grow into healthy ego-based lives, that it did indeed resemble suffering to gain from the process INITIALLY. However, afterwards to continue living a life based in suffering, was actually NOT GOOD FOR THE SOUL LONG-TERM, AS A WAY OF LIFE?
Furthermore, what if our non-physical Buddha was to talk about meditation beyond its currently held reverence? For example, what if he said that meditation simply means “an empty head,” and its purpose was to be used in conjunction with “self-remembering.” What if Buddha was to teach that when there comes great facility with meditation (an empty head,) it can be developed to the point where the state could be “instantaneously achieved” whenever desired (“attachment”) and any place? Like a grove of trees for instance.
To continue, once the “state” was achieved, then “self-remembering” was to be used, because it is the highest form of concentration. Self-remembering would then be explained as follows…you are sitting in the middle of a field with tall blowing grass on a cool day, in which the sun’s rays warm your face and feel good. Simultaneously, you become aware of the entire environment at once…the sun’s warmth calling the bees, ants, birds, and all other creatures and life to action. To recognize all these separate perceptions, while simultaneously perceiving them as an integrated whole is an excellent example of self-remembering, specifically as it is applied to one’s own life and its experiences. If all this was possible, and our non-physical Buddha was to espouse it, how would this change things for the present perception and understanding of his great teachings?
I trust that by now, for those of you who have chosen to continue, that reflection upon the nature of this article’s information may actually end up bringing about insights from deep within your own soul, which you my use for the developmental progress of your own spiritual evolution. It was never my intention to cause anyone internal stress by the nature of this article’s information, as that would truly be one’s own perception and interpretation of the matter, not my intention.
In summary, if the Buddha were alive today, he would find the means to communicate to others in such a way as to developmentally serve their best interests, no matter where they may be individually in their own spiritual evolution upon the physical plane of existence.
Perhaps his most powerful words would be to us that there is indeed developmental continuance of the individual beyond physical life, in spiritual terms, and NOT the story we have been told of his about how the importance or significance of our individuality beyond physical life does not exist, as we are “absorbed into an undifferentiated bliss.”
If this is possible, does it suggest anything to you?
To the Great Buddha (Enlightened One) in all of us,
(An Old Soul Spiritual Teacher)
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