What do you think is the greatest sin?
The concept of sin is inherent to what we consider evil. So any answer to this question can only disclose personal opinion. In regards to my own personal definition of good and evil, I would say that “good” is anything that diminishes suffering, and “evil” is anything that increases it. In absolute terms, “good” is what reveals reality (enlightens), and evil is what covers it (veils it).
Nadia Kolobova – Magadan / Russia
Is all of humanity equal?
It is obvious that all humans are equal. We come in different shapes and colors, and speak different languages, but none of these appearances is of any importance. When there is no sense of equality between people, this reflects a lack of a sense of reality. Making any distinction or comparison between one another is a basis for conflict. We have to constantly keep in mind that ultimate reality is found beyond all separation.
Stephen Sheridan – Belfast / Northern Ireland
As I go through my spiritual quest, I’m encountering all sorts of people with different beliefs and views on life. How to I recognize those who are closest to the right spiritual ideals?
An ideal can have some spiritual value, but no ideal is spiritual in of itself. What we think of as an ideal is nothing more than a personal expression. As we contemplate or entrust questions of a spiritual nature, it is important to be attentive to the state of consciousness we are in, whether it’s our own, or those we entrust these questions with. We get what we believe are answers from personal thoughts, reflections and feelings, and although they may seem like perfect answers, they have the potential to distance us further from reality, and reinforce illusion. It is imperative never to forget that reality far surpasses what is defined as right or wrong, correct or incorrect. Reality even surpasses what we believe to exist or not to exist.
Marija Peleda – Kaunas / Lithuania
What political system are you in favor of? In your opinion, what system can truly change things for the better in this world?
The world cannot be saved by an authority which is itself part of this world. Only those who can see beyond the chaos and contradictions of this world can really help it to change. There is no method for this, but there exists a form of energy which humans are not sufficiently aware of, up until this point, which can. Real change in this world, torn apart by conflict, depends on our ability to find the origin of this energy and to cultivate it. This energy is the source of all energies and is inexhaustible. When humans have truly understood the benefit of this energy, there will be more peace and harmony in the world, and then we will have the greatest of all changes; the transformation of the human being.
I know by experience that intuition helps prepare us for what will come, but how do I explain this to other people?
When we follow the signs given by our intuition, we penetrate into another dimension. Within this dimension we are much more aware of the universal order between all things. It is therefore easier to recognize the subtleties of the law of cause and effect. This more extended view allows us to somehow “cross” time and to better adapt to unforeseen changes before they take place.
The non-dualistic view asserts that suffering is caused by our desires, but how can we live life without desires?
There is nothing wrong with the sentiment of a desire in of itself, but it’s their pettiness, and the sacrifices we are compelled to do to satisfy those desires, which we need to take into account. In seriously devoting ourselves to ridding that which limits our spiritual evolution, all our desires are joined to form but a single one, the desire to be One with Love, which is the mother of all desires. Whatever nature a desire has, it is an expression of the biggest desire of all; the experience of Love.
It seems that we live in a world where those who follow no laws or rules are more successful. And we see this in virtually all areas.
There exists a law that supersedes all other laws, the law of freedom. This is true for nature and is no different in human relationships. Freedom of the mind is more powerful than any protocol or accords that humankind can conceive. A free or open mind does not allow itself to be guided by what others say, nor by what is required by those in authority. A free mind does not submit to any religious impositions, nor does it allow itself to be limited by its arguments or its judgments, nor even the sense it gives respect and morality. But it nevertheless remains receptive to new ideas that may arise from all these things. This is how a free mind follows the path of its liberation.