Originally posted by RJHinds
What is the use of a religion without a rule? You can have guidelines
for anything. Why is a teacher of truth not worthy of payment?
"What is a use a religion without a rule?"
I have so many answers, but I'll try to be brief.
1. The world/universe we find ourselves in doesn't have any rules. Not the sort man would make anyway (I know there's gravity and that, but I just want to stay on topic for a bit), rules like "dont steal or dont murder" )
Now I'm not saying we shouldn't have rules like that ,(but we should definately shouldn't have prohibition laws-just had to put my two cents into that one
2. Look around you. This is direct experience. Some considering boring,(unless their looking at a pretty sunset or some such-but I'm getting diverted again), if you keep looking (if you can quieten your mind , you will eventually see that there is literally more than meets the eye. You have to do this by yourself, should take about 20-30 minutes for some acute results. Remember to clear your mind and if any thoughts arise just let them pass without paying any heed to them. Clearing your mind is a tricky business. (actually I just might leave this bit here- I dont want to bore the posters with meditative instructions.)
Just remember, the mere act of "looking around" can be a profound experience. Go somewhere nice,like a garden or a beach. (beaches are good as the white noise produced by waves can help eradicate obtrusive thoughts)
But just sit somewhere comfortable. The lotus position has said to be the best, but sitting in a comfy chair will do-although it should not be too comfy. (the 'middle way' is always a good guide for making decisions of this nature)
Again,I'v gone right off topic, but the thing I wanted to say is that just by looking around you , you can see that there are no rules. You are free to "roam" , in the old days you were free to pillage women, although with the equality for women that abides today, that is not on anymore.
2. The "Teacher of truth" IS worthy of a payment.
What I said was that if he/she is demanding a payment for just "words" (no massage/service of anykind, or anything), then I would be suspect of that the"teacher" She/he may be bona fide, but in my experience they are just shysters,well 95-99% of them)
A good teacher will usually accept a donation that is reflective of the persons personal finances (ie people of smaller means should be expected to pay little or nothing). Also the Tibetan monk meditation/visualizations tea and bikkies that I attended a couple of times, was very uplifting . Every person in there(about 22-25 people) was uplifted. Ever single one. And they were all happy to give donations afterwards, many of them giving this monk all their money!!!
3.Do you think you could provide some reasons for why we need rules in religion?
We need rules for kids (as is how I see the christian religion : just an introduction into spirituality for kids!)
But then as kids mature , we back off on them and can see that they can now cross the street themselves, without getting run over ,(as an example).
I think if there are rules in heaven then it will only be one or two.
Some really, really important thing that someone should never ever do