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Jyotisha Practice


Doubt

debit

dubiousness

"Belief in ideas and principles which do not serve one's own happiness"


belief in negative concepts

belief that one is operating in a "debit" status

lack of credibility

lack of faith in the inner power

the single most dangerous toxin in all of human life

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Francisco Goya:

El sueño de la razón produce monstruos , c 1797

The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

Doubt is protection; skepticism is a shield.
~~ Bashar "Doubt is a 100% trust in a belief you don't prefer.

You are never really actually in doubt, you are always completely trusting in something.

The question is, what do you trust in?"

John Milton, Paradise Lost : 1:254-255

"The mind is its own place, and in itself

Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n."

THE HEART SUTRA

14th Dalai Lama 1935- Policy of Kindness Tenzing Gyatso

Lighting the Way,

p. 25-26

"The process of overcoming our defilements goes in conjunction with gaining higher levels of realisation.

In fact, when we speak of gaining higher levels of realisation in Buddhism we are speaking primarily of the processes through which our wisdom and insight deepen.

It is actually the wisdom aspect that enables the practitioner to move from one level to the next on the path.

The attainment of the levels of the path is explained in condensed form in the Heart Sutra, where we find the mantra tadyatha om gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha .

  • Tadyatha means It is thus;
  • gate gate means go, go;
  • paragate means go beyond and transcend;
  • parasamgate means go utterly beyond, go thoroughly beyond;
  • and bodhi svaha means firmly rooted in enlightenment."
Vocabulary for "Doubt" from www.etymonline.com

to dread, fear," from Old French doter "doubt, be doubtful; be afraid,"

  • from Latin dubitare "to doubt, question, hesitate, waver in opinion" originally "to have to choose between two things."

  • The sense of "fear" developed in Old French and was passed on to English.

  • Meaning "to be uncertain" is attested in English from c.1300. The -b- was restored 14c. by scribes in imitation of Latin.

  • Replaced Old English tweogan ... from tweon "two," on notion of "of two minds " or the choice of two implied in Latin dubitare

cf. Ger. Zweifel "doubt," from zwei two

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Q: I would like to hope for a better future in this relationship. Will we get together again? We have been on the decline for years. Now my estranged spouse tells me, via text message, that she hopes we can begin healing and reconciliation. However, she's moved into a separate apartment and I feel relieved now to have my space. A: Ah, the tyranny of hope.

Essentially, hope is a guilt -mask behind which lurks cognitive dissonance. One is making a statement that one"should" believe yet one does not believe.

Hope is the thought which partners with the emotion of guilt. Like guilt, hope creates a misguided and deceptive loop which eats its own tail. Most spiritual teachers counsel to avoid the three greatest dangers to clear thinking: doubt, blame, and hope.

Set aside the dysfunctional belief-non-belief of 'hope'. Look honestly at your actions.

Beliefs produced thoughts, thoughts simultaneously attach to feelings, and feelings produce behaviors. If you are seeking to identify the true belief, step backwards from the action (moving out of shared home) to the feeling (_______) to the thought-instruction (prepare to move out) to the belief (it is necessary to move out).

Hope is a great deceiver; so is doubt.

Q: Why should I believe it will be better at all in the next bhukti? It is pure misery and there is nothing I can do to change it. Should it have been this BAD in the first place?

A: The issue that blocks my ability to deliver a coherent and satisfying Jyotisha answer to you is the pervasive presence of guilt within your "should" questions.

'why should I believe' is not answerable within the interpretive paradigm of Jyotisha-vidya.

The presence of should indicates that the question is driven by guilt. Jyotisha cannot answer should questions.

Guilt is a never-ending loop of self-blame, other-blame, and repeat.

Because guilt is a never-ending cycle, no matter what outside information one might acquire, the answer never reaches one's core, and there is no possibility of a conclusive answer.

These questions need to be reconstructed to be more specific and factual.

Belief is the antidote to doubt. Belief is a spiritual choice.

While this choice may seem arbitrary on the surface, it is actually the single most important most foundational choice of anyone's life. Anyone's.

  • The person who makes a positive choice to believe in the goodness of one's own life will be sustained through times of crisis.

  • The person who chooses not to believe in the existence of a higher power will be faced with a lifetime of failed relationships, wallowing in the misery of toxic doubt.

Sogyal Rinpoche says that the single most destructive mental behavior in human life is indulgence in doubt. I agree with that 100%.

Jyotisha cannot assuage your doubt. You could ask me a thousand questions and never be satisfied with my 1000 answers if you are committed to living in a state of doubt. This is a decision which you alone can take, and a commitment which you alone must maintain.

If you would be willing to go through the questions that you sent me and rewrite them with no 'should' and no sweeping negative generalizations ("this BAD","I am incapable","never live a normal life again") I will try to match your questions with answers from the database of Jyotisha commentary.

But please understand that I cannot tell you what you"should" do, morally, beyond my usual and quite reliable mandate to offer service to those less fortunate than oneself. Seva does work, but one must establish a basis of faith upon which to act.

No one outside of oneself can force you to have faith. If you are willing to take the positive step to accept an assertion that there is goodness in human life, and specifically that there is a permanent and unremovable seed of goodness in YOUR life, then we can talk.

But neither the great vidya of Jyotisha nor the small personality of my human self serving as a humble channel of that tradition can do a darn thing to help you if the voice of negativity and doubt is allowed to dominate your consciousness.

Throw off that slavery. Do not permit the self to become addicted to doubt.

Assert your right to Faith in Self, which is freely available to all people at all times. Simply claim that Right.

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Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master's Lessons in Living a Life That Matters

by Bernie Glassman and Rick Fields, p. 52

"In the beginning, it's easier to experience our controlling mind, with all our attachments, than the open mind of doubt and unknowing.

So the exercise is first to make a list of all our attachments. These might include ideas or things.

You might, for example, list possessions you think you need, such as a certain kind of car or clothes.

Then you might list ideas you consider important or true, such as the belief that you need to eat meat to get enough protein.

The point is to lay bare all our attachments - everything we think is essential to who we are.

Only when we let go of these attachments can we experience the open mind of doubt."

~~ John Fulton, Asclepion Healing

"During a growth period, you need

more amusement, more grounding, and more chocolate."

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