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Hindu Maya rehashed in new tech terminology
Inspired by Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom's reflexions about AI, Elon Musk claims that more likely than not we are already living in a simulated reality (perhaps orchestrated by an advanced civilization, who knows). Well, this is nothing new according to Buddhism and Hinduism. It has been called Maya, the illusion, or Lila, the play, the dance of Shiva, in Buddhism a theatrical-like play in which we are all immersed when not enlightened. Only the enlightened ones, the awakened ones or "buddhas" who open their wisdom eyes can realize we are indeed in a simulation and they can opt to live in or out of it at will:
Alien genes and issues of Identity: Science rediscovers what tantric yogis have known for millennia
Scientists are now realizing that we are colonized by tiny entities that might be affecting our minds. This is no news in esoteric tantra. Yogis have known for millennia that uncountable tiny entities dwell in key energy places or crossroads in the body, greatly affecting our minds. Tantric karma siddhi yogis have manipulated this fact to their own advantage by learning how to attract certain entities through specific spirit possession rituals. I prefer to stay clear from those practices; however, anyone with a minimum level of subtle energy sensitivity knows this to be a fact: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150917-is-another-human-living-inside-you
Now scientists from top universities have statistically proved that it is not stress per se which causes disease and death necessarily, but rather our negative attitudes toward stress. People who experienced their stress with a positive outlook had longer and healthier lives than those who didn’t. Also, a positively approached stress not only was less harmful but actually was revealed to have various positive effects on our health and personality, in great part due to the production of higher levels of hormone oxytocin, the “cuddling hormone.”
A very interesting TED video about positive psychology, in which a Harvard psychologist rediscovers what yogis have known for thousands of years: that focusing on the “disease” only plunges you deeper in it and makes you feel more miserable, while focusing on the antidote or positive side (health, happiness, talents, etc.) makes you achieve happiness more easily (this has been sold for more than a decade as “the secret” or the “law of attraction”). As Swami Veda teaches, "prati-paksha-bhavana" – to dwell in the opposite half (on the positive side). Or as he also teaches: cultivate the brahma-vihara of equanimity, remaning neutral toward things that on appearance look negative. This implies being able to always see things from a positive perspective. For example, are you capable of expressing yourself without using “no”?
Harvard psychology professor Dan Gilbert brilliantly proves how happiness does not really depend on anything exterior but is the result of inner contentment. In other words, to learn to like what we have is what makes us happy. People who actually have more choices were found to be statistically unhappier by Gilbert. Unsurprisingly, Gilbert also found out that if given the choice, most people would prefer to have more choices in life. In other words, people are constantly preferring a life situation in which they actually will be unhappier. People who are "stuck" with something unchangeable or irreversible actually were found to be statistically happier.
Below, a documentary by Bill Still much in the line of Zeitgeist, but better documented on the particular phenomenon of interest- and debt-based monetary systems. I wish both Zeitgeist and Still's films would make strongly the point that usury can only prosper because we fall for the traps of getting indebted due to our greed and desires. It will be difficult to eradicate usury from the world unless our consciousness expands by losing fear of death (death of our egos), which will only happen when our minds part from duality and embrace unity. It won't happen socially, and that is why greedy plutocrats will probably always manage to reinstall central banks based on debt and interest even if we manage to wipe them out, as shown in the financial history of the USA. However, personally we can get out of the loop of samsara. An important step is to lose fear of death, because most of the hoarding and excessive consumption we do is related to the anxiety of impermanence and knowing deep inside that one day we will die. For more information see Life After Death and Vida Después de la Muerte. Bill Still's film is on the right column here. He has other films on this topic too.
Neurologically we are wired for empathy but our values and prejudices suppress it. It's the same we see in the course Cultivating Happiness, only that instead of neuroscience we are using ancient Hindu and Buddhist wisdom...: http://blogs.psychcentral.com/…/mirror-neurons-how-our-abi…/ .
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There are no people, things, or circumstances which are good or bad, beautiful or ugly; it is only our emotionality toward them what is there. Wisdom is to remain free from judging, aware of one's emotions. Alchemy is to transmute emotions, maintaining a homeostasis of harmony and wellbeing. Meditation is to recognize the thought that generates the emotion, observing it with equanimity. Mahamudra is to wake up after dying, having a vision of what has always been, is, and will be.
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