QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH ZEN TAO
As I look around the world today and see all the violence and
bloodshed that is taking place, the daily evidence of Manís inhumanity
to Man, as I see Manís destruction of Nature, of the Kingdoms over
which he has been given dominion, it seems to me that our world is
slipping into chaos, a time when God is no longer in control of events
on the Earth. What do you
say to that? If our God is
indeed a God of Love, I cannot believe that He would impose such
suffering upon us.
When you use the word Ďchaosí you are implying that this
World exists in a state of total disorder, a place where no rules or
laws apply at all, and this is most certainly not the case.
Your World is very ordered.
The Laws of the Cosmos are fixed and immutable and Man is subject
to them at all times, whether he recognises that fact or not.
The truth of the matter is that human life is very ordered, even
down to the minutest detail.
The Force of Destiny is all pervasive in this respect.
Now on many occasions in the
past I have compared life on the Earth to a drama, and like a drama that
you watch on the stage it appears to be real, but it is not.
That is the illusion of the drama.
It is only people acting. A
child, a young soul, may watch the drama and believe it to be real, but
an adult, an old soul, can see through the drama and knows that it is
simply actors playing roles, that no-one really suffers and no-one
really dies. Indeed, an actor that is murdered on the stage quickly rises
again to play the same role at the very next performance!
So the great drama of life is performed as a learning experience, both for
the actors and for the audience. You
learn lessons about life, about yourself, from your observations of the
drama that is being depicted on the stage.
It is only if you choose to identify with the roles that are
being played on the stage that you are forced to experience the emotions
associated with those roles.
You choose to experience all the emotions being expressed by the
actors. You choose to
experience their joy and their suffering. It is not a case of the actors forcing you.
It is your choice. However if you clearly recognise yourself as being the
observer of the drama and do not get sucked into it, if you stand back,
so to speak, and choose not to identify with the emotions and the
actions of the actors, then you will have learned the valuable lesson of
detachment. You will have
recognised that you are not your physical body but are an eternal soul
that is never born and never dies.
Well itís all very well you saying that, but an awful lot of
suffering is going on in the world, and unless you are totally
indifferent to it, unless you are totally unfeeling and have no
compassion at all, how can you just ignore it?
What concerns us of the spiritual hierarchy at this time is the
fact that so many of you, although old souls, have forgotten who you
really are. You are
identifying with your physical bodies, your physical identities, of this
life. You are being
sucked into the great drama that is now manifesting.
Truly, at this momentous time in Human evolution, as you enter
the time that is known in the Bible as Armageddon, you will witness
events taking place on the Earth that will test your faith in God and
His creations to the very limit.
Let me assure you once again that the soul does not suffer.
What you are witnessing on the Earth right now is simply the
balancing of human karma as the Age draws to a close.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that suffering draws a person
closer to God, because it is only when they are truly suffering that an
unspiritual person turns towards God.
There is nothing wrong in having compassion for another
personís suffering, for offering to help them in their hour of need,
indeed it is your duty as a human being to do so, but what you must not
do is to become one with their suffering, is to allow their suffering to
become your suffering. If,
for example, there is a horrific train accident with dead and injured
people everywhere, and you are a doctor, unless you stay detached from
the suffering around you, unless you view the suffering as an observer,
how will you be able to help those people in their hour of need?
The trouble is that the number of people in the World today who
are suffering is growing, the massacres are getting bigger, the droughts
and famines are getting worse, everything seems to be accelerating.
I feel so helpless.
It is a fact that the world population is rapidly expanding.
The number of actors on the stage of life is rapidly increasing
but this is because we are approaching the finale, the final act of a
great drama. Everyone
wants to be present on the Earth for this great moment in human
evolution. The karma
of the Earth and of Humanity on it is speeding up as there is a desire
to wipe clean the karmic slate before the beginning of the New Age.
It was just the same with the ancient civilisation of Atlantis
fifteen thousand years ago. That
is why disasters seem to be greater and more frequent than in the past.
Take faith in the certain knowledge that no-one suffers unjustly,
no-one suffers without due cause. The
Law of Karma is a just law and everyone draws to themselves the karma
that they have created by their actions not just in this life but in
many past lives. If you
feel helpless in the face of this suffering it is because you are trying
to take the karma of the
world on your shoulders. Your
God is a just and loving God. Your
God does not give you a karmic burden that you cannot carry.
Concern yourself only with your karmic burden, not the Worldís.
It seems to me that some young people here in the Western World
have a death wish where drugs and alcohol are concerned.
Is this all part of Godís plan for Humanity?
Many of the souls that are now incarnating on the Earth are very
young souls, some of whom are incarnating for the very first time.
As such they have a relatively low point of spiritual
consciousness and their physical needs and desires are very different
from those of an evolved soul. They
are attracted to the glamour and the illusion of the physical world.
They worship the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification, no
matter at what the personal cost. They
create in their own image rather than in Godís image, they create for
self-satisfaction rather than for soul-satisfaction.
Their thought-forms are creating vast clouds of energy around the
world to which an unaware soul can be easily drawn.
So it is imperative that all evolved souls listen to and follow
their inner voice, their conscience, and seek always to align themselves
with the Force of God that pulsates within them.
God has given you the gift of discrimination and you should use
it wisely to ensure that you stay on the spiritual path and do not get
distracted by the illusory glamour of the physical world.
Recognise that life today is a test for everyone, each according
to the degree of their spiritual point of consciousness.
The trouble is that life is so real to us.
Human suffering is so real.
When someone dies you feel the loss.
When your son becomes a drug addict you feel the pain.
It is hard to see life as a drama, as an illusion, no matter what
its purpose, and to become an impartial observer.
No-one ever said that life was easy!
A test is a test is a test!
Only Truth, the Ageless Wisdom, has the power to set you free
from the bondage of physical life.
Unfortunately the drama has to appear real in order to present a
test for all those who need to believe in the drama.
When you go to the theatre and you see a tragedy being enacted on
the stage you must realise, on one level, that the actors have gone
through a lot of rehearsals in order to achieve this reality.
Nothing is left to chance, as an act of random fate.
The director of the play strives to ensure that the scene is
totally real. How much more
so does the great director in the sky, your Creator, plan and stage the
great Drama of Life. Nothing
is left to chance, to random fate.
Your Creator knows the nature and capabilities of every human
soul, knows the degree of its karma and the lessons it needs to learn.
The drama is planned meticulously, without error, for the benefit
of all who take part in it, for every level of consciousness.
Many souls will watch the same drama and yet will all learn very
different lessons from it.
It seems to me that the best way to avoid all the distractions of
the world, if you are a fairly evolved soul that is, is to withdraw from
the world and is to live alone.
Become a monk! What do you say to that?
Very few souls have the capacity to live in isolation, to
withdraw to the mountain top, so to speak, and to spend all their time in
meditation and contemplation.
You should certainly not do this as a form of escape, to avoid
all the distractions of the world because you cannot handle them.
It is only those few rare souls who recognise the drama for what
it is, who are no longer attached to the world and who, in fact, have
risen above the world, that should withdraw from the world.
Such beings, through the power of their minds, through prayer and
meditation, can contribute greatly to the well-being of the World.
For most souls it is simply a case of balancing the inner and the
outer worlds, of inbreath and outbreath, of tapping into their soul
knowledge within and then manifesting it in the outer world.
If you are not spiritually grounded, how can you even begin to
understand the drama of life around you, to see reason and purpose in
human suffering. You
have to look at life not with your physical eye but with your spiritual
or third eye, for it is this third eye that sees the true nature of
physical events, that can look with compassion and yet not be attached
to what it sees.
So all suffering is a lesson?
Every brutal rape or murder has reason and purpose?
I find that very hard to believe.
Nothing ever happens by chance, there is no such thing as an
accident. You all draw
events to yourself according to what you have created in thought, word
and deed either in this or in past lives.
No-one ever suffers unjustly.
The rape or the murder of a person is not an act of random
chance, a fact that they just happened to be in the wrong place, at the
wrong time. You are
all magnetic beings. You
draw unto yourselves according to the deeds that you have done either in
this or in past lives. As
you sow, so shall you reap. You
inherit the harvest of the seeds that you have sown.
The very life that you are living right now is determining the
destiny of your next life. Truly
the innocent are always protected by God.
Only the guilty suffer. A
righteous Godly person can walk through the Valley of Death and need
fear nothing. This World is
not in chaos. It is well
ordered by God. Have faith
in this fact.
I remind you, once again, that you have come to lead your life and to
learn your lessons. Do not
concern yourselves with the lives and the lessons of the millions of
other souls in incarnation on the Earth at this time, or you will be
swamped. Do not take into
your being all the suffering of the world.
If you look with an aware eye, with your third eye, you will
often be able to discern the reason for the suffering.
For example, you can look at the conflict in Palestine, between
Jew and Muslim, a conflict that has been going on for generations
between people who purport to worship the same God, a God of Love.
Although you, as an outside observer, can see a simple solution
to the problem, can the people who are involved in the conflict see or
even accept that solution? Can
children who are being raised in an atmosphere of hatred and division
ever hope to find that solution? You
cannot solve their problems for them.
Only they can do that when they embrace the power of Divine Love
and recognise that all is one. All
that you can do is to send them your positive thoughts, to remain non-judgmental
and to pray for them. You
may have learned the spiritual lesson that they still have to learn, but
you cannot learn their lesson for them.
Is not such an attitude a little self centred, only thinking of
yourself and of your problems? Should
we not always be striving to help our fellow human beings?
Of course you should always help your fellow human beings when
help is asked for and when you are in a position to help.
That is the very essence of being human.
But with some conflicts that is simply not possible.
The very nature of a drama involves conflict, for it is that
which creates momentary conflict in your mind that leads to spiritual
growth and evolution. So
it is not within your power to end most conflicts and the problems that
come from them. Even a
great being like the Master Jesus, even though he sacrificed his life
and brought about a major shift in human consciousness, was not able to
end human conflicts. In this Age conflicts will always be with us.
It is the nature of the times in which you live.
So you have to search for the meaning and purpose of a conflict,
to become aware of what is the lesson in it for you.
The lesson of any conflict is in how you view it, how you resolve
it and what divine perspective you place upon it.
You learn from the drama either through awareness or experience.
If you can see clearly what is happening, view it as the
observer, then you donít have to participate in it.
This is the more pleasant way of learning. But if you cannot do this then you will have to actually
participate in and experience the drama, which is a much more painful
experience! If you watch
someone put their hand in a fire and burn themselves and you are fully
aware of what they have done and what are the results of such an action,
then you donít have to put your hand in the fire to learn the same
lesson. It is the wise soul that chooses awareness over experience!
is only when you choose to separate yourself from the Source of All Life
that you enter the world of chaos and confusion, a world of your own
making. If you are at one
with the God Force within you, then you can see clearly that life is but
a passing dream, an illusion, and that your physical body is just an
instrument to help you to experience that dream.
If you are centred on your divine spirit within and view life
through the eyes of spirit then you will see only order and purpose, but
if you are centred on the physical world without and allow it to control
your being then you will see only conflict and chaos.
One day, just as you tire of watching a drama on the television,
because you have seen it all before, so you will tire of the drama of
life and have no further need to experience it.
You will then be a realised being, for you will know that life is
but a dream and when you open your true eyes after death and look back
on that dream you will place it in its correct perspective.
Indeed, you will thank your Creator for the dream because it will
have brought you closer to Him. Of
course, for some that dream will have been a nightmare from which they
are glad to be free, but for others it will have been a meaningful
event. The choice is yours.