Birth, the Workload and Death
One is born so one thinks and then one dies. But there are different types of birth and death on this path. Physically being born one also needs to be culturally born. And culturally born by graduation from one's schools, one also needs to be born filognostically in self-realization. Ultimately one needs to find one's original self of service and society does not always remind you of that. Two births is the normal way and the third one seems to be obscure. But it is inevitable. Everyone is irresistibly drawn to his own nature of service to the Person of All Employment. One's second birth is a cultural one, but the third birth only happens with self-education and self-discipline, after having internalized the teachers one had in one's life. Thus from this gist of direction one's third birth will be as unique as one's fingerprint. Of course matters can go wrong when one is fixed in material activities without the extra dimension of consciousness to meditate upon. One may go down and engage in unwanted labor or crime. And one can go up escaping from the karmic shadows by engaging in voluntary labor. These are the paths of engagement to remember. The path upward frees one from the fear of death that results from being materially entangled in the instabilities of material opposites operated by time. Going up one never really dies again. Falling down though, missing the Hold of His Divine Heaven of Natural Integrity, there will be pain again and again.
There is something mysterious about the person. There are three forms of misery he cannot escape. The person can be born, the person can be engaged in working for a life and the person can die. We also know the person is part of a Greater Person who is the complete of reality. That Greater Person does not take birth, has no workload and does not die. Being part of that Undying, Unborn and Uninvolved Person though means that these states happen to us. Birth, death and the work we do in between, define our limitations as individual, burdened, mortal persons confined to a temporal body. So the question is: 'Why are we not immortal, free from work and not bound to starting again from scratch?' If these are the characteristics of the Greater Person, then why are we, also persons, burdened with birth, labor and death? Nobody wants to die, everybody loves a holiday free from obligations and nobody wants to start all over with being educated, taking exams in school and working all your life to make a living, instead of living all one's life to make it work. Our continuation we evidently find in the Original Person, just as the freedom from work we always long for and the freedom from rebirth we aspire. That is why we as sane, intelligent people are always focussed on this Ideal Person from whom we expect to find liberation, continuation and intuitive knowledge. As said, half the population has decided that that Greater Person is a lot of nonsense and make-belief. If He would exist, then why would there be a miserable life out here for our physical presence on earth, of being bound to disease, pain, fear, loneliness and all that other misery we do not even want to think about. Actually, it is indeed a mystery why we even ask this question, why we so often deny to be part of that Greater Person and why many do not even want to know about any Supreme Person in the first place. So let us consider here why taking birth in the human form is a great blessing, why doing work for the sake of the Person of Completeness defines the joy of life and why dying the right way is the only way.
Your father and mother once were engaged in a most sacred, beautiful and miraculous activity called making love. Love is the most important human accomplishment. We cannot live without love, we always think of it and we get very, very sad when we miss it. No doubt about it. Without the love of our parents we would never have been born and that is why the greatest heresy against the Most Elevated Person one can think of is the denial of love. Being born and realizing the form one has obtained, one is supposed to cheer, laugh, cry and be happy beyond measure, for of all the millions and millions of forms to assume with a birth, this particular form of the person that is a human being is exactly the form to achieve timeless, enduring, transcendental and fully conscious happiness. So, who complains about being human? You must be a darn fool to look away from that greatest of all opportunities. Okay, admitted, it is not such an easy game. Learning to know everything about the options of our human life is not directly an undivided pleasure. It is really frightening to realize everything that can go wrong considering, indeed, the miseries of a human existence ranging from shame to the worst conditions of hell. Obtaining the form of the Supreme One - what else would you like - you have to learn to deal with this special gift of a super talented human free will that leads you to success or failure. Your parents first of all teach you respect: be grateful, speak with two words, be nice, polite, civilized etc. etc. You learn the golden rule that to treat others, like your parents to begin with, with goodness, will result in others treating you the same. When you behave badly they behave badly. Thus doing good is the way. That, so you learn, is the essence of civilization. That is how we make it all together out here like heaven. With a sigh and a cry, falling down and rising up again, you then learn to be happy with good parents, even though they also may have difficulty exercising their free will properly. You not only recognize your own faults, but also the faults of others. You learn to escape from the negative spiral of things getting worse by answering poor conduct with the same or even worse. You have to be forgiving and tolerant and escape an escalation into violence.
Luckily, with having less favorable, more troubled parents, there are other people wise enough to support us in our great quest for the Person of Perfection we will never fully know or become, but whom we love to respect as the prime goal of life. We discover teachers in schools that are much better informed than our parents in many respects. Great! Keep respecting your parents though, for being a teacher is just a profession, a skill you can learn too. But this other educator gives you a second chance in life, even though the schools are all part of the same culture. That teacher constitutes in fact a second birth. With this second birth you also have to learn to appreciate, you are further trained in the culture you are part of and to which your parents introduced you. Your second birth more clearly defines your cultural life, especially in the field where parents and formal schools are in agreement. That second birth eventually leads you to a position of full independence as an adult. The teachers belonging to this or that school closely watch your talents - and yes, there are apparently more schools than primary school, a whole series notably. To progress through them depends on how well you perform, what your best side is, what your specific ability is. What kind of job would you like to do later on? Having a rough guess about that, there you go and having graduated in a direction of your choice, you are then prepared for an adult, independent existence. Two times being born is enough you will believe then. You remember the lessons your parents and your school teachers taught you concerning science, religion, math, geography and such, and now you can raise and educate your own children. That is how life works for many people and that is how our societies persist. But of course, everything is not hunky-dory with this second birth either. Just like your parents being human in the imperfect sense, also these schools and their teachers have shortcomings and perspectives that lead you away from the person that you are, instead of towards the Better Person that you should be. And that is not just a matter of having made the wrong choice. The entire culture is just one type of approach actually, and you may have gotten an idea of improving upon that universe of possibilities. After all, beforehand you were missing in the culture and afterwards you are supposed to be a part of it, you, including your specific learning. Schools can be in conflict, just like football clubs in a competition, in representing political parties - or political systems - and religions that fight each other for being false, while not being that perfect themselves. You may get the idea that whatever you have chosen always more or less has been the wrong choice. And so there are also souls who try to escape from formal education and second births as much as they can. But also with them there is the temptation of finding fault with others than yourself. It seems to be part of our human psychological make-up. The critical mind always serves you, for who is the Perfect One in the first place?
Thus facing a world of imperfection and alienation from the True Person, you soon find yourself on the mission of becoming your own so-called true self. People then say you are adamant, self-righteous, stubborn and foolish, but you tend to ignore those messages, recognizing them as projections of their own limited vision. You have learned to compare and take your own decisions, for being led by others how can you be authentic? You develop self discipline having internalized your parents and you develop self education having learned how to learn from your teachers. Now you will teach yourself the lessons you need. Eternal students, slow never-fully-learners, seem to become the teachers. Fine, not you thus. You pick up a book, try another life and engage in experimenting. This is your third birth, and just like the two previous births of your homely crying babyhood and your institutional fearsome youth in submission to all the school authorities, you now are equally troubled figuring out the mess inside your heart and mind and your fuzzy identity in society - for all would be possible - with in the end nothing concrete to hold on to really. You engage in a struggle to stay healthy and sane, a struggle to stay away from the total chaos of not choosing, wishing to mean something to others and to yourself. That is how your self-realization, your life in the mature state of enlightenment begins, not rarely with a kind of crisis, for you have to let go - or at least relativize - much of your acquired cultural 'certainties'. Now you learn to know and trust your innate self, your own authority. Now you make your own example and you develop your own society in a way, in association with other people. The love you find thus is the love for the knowledge of your self-realization, here called filognosy. This third position in a mystical sense might give you temporarily strong sensations of happiness and spiritual fulfillment, but may also lead to mental derangement for losing too much structure and identity. Therefore one should not forget to remember the person in a perfect balance of filognosy as described in the previous inspiration. Mysticism and spiritism (or spiritualism) are shadow mentalities one should not attach to. The final purpose of one's emancipation is to attain filognostic integration in respect of the person you really are as a servant of the cause and The Person of Final Beatitude you will always strive to become. The love for the filognostic central position of birth is not really bound to this or that specific logic or intelligence. That love is more a state of consciousness - the 'fourth one' - in the midst of all the options with which you found your independence, stability and wisdom. That is the state from which you really can love others and yourself, fully understanding their personal predicament too. This state is the purpose as defined by the Supreme Person. You learned to know and serve Him, the Fortunate One, your own, unique way. Nobody else could show you that, nobody else could tell you your actual fortune.
In the process of becoming the better person that you are, knowing also the Better Person you are not, you have to carry a load you do not understand to begin with. You may ask somewhere in your life, why? Why is it your bad luck to carry this or that burden? Apparently there is something like a workload unique to your person, and where would that have been registered? That record hall, that archive - they say, is in the beyond, difficult to access, being buried deep in the memory of your soul. Thus the famous question rises in your meditations: 'Who am I?' You will keep meditating on it for the rest of your existence, provided you fell in love with the successes you had and the failures, the lessons in life, you do not want to repeat and suffer any longer. There is work and work, while unemployment does not really exist. Life employs you anyhow and working for your self can be quite different from working for others. Just being an animal, you know, is enough to be burdened with a lifelong duty to maintain yourself, however selfish that might be. Being a true human being is a job even more complicated. As said before, there is the liberation of working for the Immutable Person inside, you learn to appreciate for His impartiality and indifference. You will grow out of your regressive attitude of accusing Him of the miseries of your own life and those of the entire world. Evidently, working for the contrary of worldly matters outside of you is a different type of work. Working for the outside world of matter constitutes a burden that can become heavier and heavier, for gravity, fire and complication, is the nature of matter. Therefore the sages advise you to turn away from that outer world and its often by contract settled profit minded type of work and not engage in it more than necessary. The most intelligent man - or woman for that matter, let's drop the sexism of this type of knowledge - might occupy the least position.
Suspect the Supreme one also in the least assuming fellow being. Material standards do not hold for the purpose of self-realization. Let necessity rule the outer world, but find your freedom on the way inwards where the quality of the Supreme Position is found. And no, this is not the escapism of an agnostic spirituality not knowing the person as described in the previous inspiration. A ceiling to your desires is modeled by the Supreme Personality in all His earthly adventures. It is a fool who tries to rule the world but cannot find his heart in peace. Rule the world modestly caring properly about your small material environment - including the people in it - that is not far removed from your brain, nerves and muscles. Be practical. It is not a small affair actually, for everyone is engaged in this modest option, so more about it later. Thus there is work for a material purpose that the dictionary calls karma, a term from the oldest language in the world Sanskrit, a so-called root language, elements of which we find in all other languages. That type of work decides about the load you carry and have to take the consequence of. Then, next to that, there is the 'non-work', also called akarma in Indian scriptures - a term you will not find in your dictionary evidently - of not working for the material purpose, but for the Person of All Persons. So following the dictionary you may know the load, but not the akarmic solution of finding progress on the way inward of becoming happy with the Person Inside. Then forget the dictionary again for not being a proper lead. So be it. The wikipedia at present 2016, the public encyclopedia on the internet, mentions a small town somewhere in Morocco with that name, that is it. But actually this type of non-work constitutes the half of our human activities we do voluntarily in self-realization, be it religiously, artistical, as an amateur, as a volunteer with a purely human motivation, or as a hobbyist and the like. There are as many paths inward as there are in the outer world going for a material purpose with a profit-mind. The sources of knowledge to provide structure in this department are less defined and often, as in case of the encyclopedia, constitute no scriptural lead at all. As yet we may learn the tradition of this karma/akarma department from the master philosopher whose book about the Fortunate One we now comment and translate according to our modern filognostic understanding. And of course, there is another third type of work the Hindus call vikarma, we rather not talk about now, for being bad, for being wrong, criminal or harmful to others, animals and/or nature. This type of work blurs everything, as opposed to the voluntarism in which we ultimately can find the stability of self-realization. Let's forget about the dark side, or at least try to stay away from it, for it leads to the contrary of the Person of Heaven. No further comments, as for now.
Finally, to conclude this ninth inspiration on the first book of the first of the three sections of the Big Classical five thousand year old Book of India about the Supreme Person - more about it later as you may guess - the subject of death. Death means the end of life. Simple as that or not? Eh... no. As we saw before, something that dies, inevitably was also born and so, logically speaking, there is no guarantee of not having lived a - dualistic matter/spirit - life before this one. Better even, count with it, because an intelligent person counts with all real, logical and probable realities. As it is in science, that what we do not really understand by experience, can very well be experienced given the proper conditions. Therefore do not say that a perpetuum mobile e.g. cannot exist, for the universe is one, even though we do not know all its laws of time we need to build and/or explain a model that shows the operation of universal time. The same way you therefore can safely say that dying and death is certain for the body, but not for the person who has that body, who directs that body. The non-existence of his spirit/matter duality cannot be certified. Death is certain for the ones you leave behind (if that would be possible to begin with) but for the one actually dying, death is not that certain at all - certainly not considering the reports of near death experiences and souls remembering previous lives while delivering proof of knowledge that cannot be explained materially. Of course, as said, we do not wish to be reborn, but our Well-wishing Person in Heaven, would not deny your workload that you even enjoy for not being that bad at all, so you might think. No Indian or whatever civilized person believes in reincarnation - or is supposed to, even though many of them are convinced to have been here before. Not to believe in something does not mean that that something does not exist. Belief is not that strong, ha ha. This leads to the mind of progress we always need not to fall into mental illness.
The possibility of having another life than this one on this planet is at least, for a decent doubter, a proper philosophical approach of living for a better life. So let us get used used to it. It is more the ego of resistance against the thought of an ever continuing life what it is all about. Letting go of that ego is the type of dying we call good, even though it is not easier. Discussing the workload of karma that you carry with you and that determines your fate, you might not even be troubled by the reality of your workload really, for was there something criminal or really bad about it? If not, then you even may take, a bit foolishly, pride in your karmic actions at the end of your earthly existence. You thus may have to return to this world after all, because of having proven yourself indispensable. That may be so, but would the Supreme Understanding in person not return Himself - as is described in more than one classical scripture - to set things right from His perspective? Why then not you? Many can confirm this truth by experience, thus not just by scripture. And thus reasoning of the certain death of the body and the less certain death of the ego that carries the load, we may conclude to the relativity of that notion as well and thus relax in the confidence of knowing the real purpose of life.
Source for this Inspiration:
S.B. Canto 1, Chapter 9