Beliefs

Inspired by Buster Benson. In the process of being written to reflect my own beliefs.

  • Metabeliefs:
    • Making and maintaining this document is useful and fun.
    • It’s purpose is to capture my beliefs about how I perceive the universe and myself in it.
    • This document is incomplete and out of date.
    • Some of these beliefs will be proven wrong.
    • I’m open to changing my mind at any time about any belief by evidence, persuasion, whimsy, or chance.
    • I believe, for monitoring these beliefs, they need to be simple to begin with, and not with much categorization. Just a list of beliefs with some notes next to them in parenthesis.
  • Beliefs about myself:
    • I make my own destiny. Things that I consciously or subconsciously pay attention to, make time for, pursue are the things I get. If I am given something, I have showcased some talents or interest for possessing those things.
    • In this conscious self of mine, I believe I am but just an instrument used to perform actions driven by duty.
    • Luck does play part, but only a very, very small one. In my life, most of the things that happened were because of the work as mentioned in the first belief above.
    • My aim should be to cultivate as much quality time as possible with myself, with others, and with my interests.
    • I can attain best through studying, being conscious, and going slow, while working hard.
    • Taking short-cuts is not going to help me in the long run.
    • Having a clear vision and purpose for my life, while checking my beliefs, would help me define my destiny and achieve pride.
    • Physical fitness has a direct impact on the mental fitness, vice versa. They work together so closely. In fact, soul does not exist away from the physical body. It’s interwoven and the moment one stops the other stops. However, there are two ‘beings’, physical and spiritual.
    • I will make it big in this life. That will include financial, non-financial, familial and social happiness.
    • I need to keep continuing to learn to sustain and live happily.
    • With a set goal, clear objectives, allocation of resources, and ye with a bit of luck, things happen as planned. We just need to persevere and chase them. Grit is the key word.
    • Meditation alone cannot get things done.
    • Our purpose of being alive is for us to decide. And that is OK.
  • Beliefs about the supernatural and religion:
    • Karma yoga (the discipline of action) – the path of service to others – is the fastest way to achieving spiritual fulfillment.
    • Duty has to be acted on, without consideration of personal self-centered desires, likes or dislikes.
    • Who we serve is up to us to decide, but it is mostly governed by the work that we owe to others around us.
    • There is some sort of super power that helps function this universe. We as human beings name them in different ways, give human form, but that may be or not true.
    • There is no heaven or hell.
    • There are no ghosts.
    • There is no God as the religions showcase. There is some sort of super power, yes, but no one has seen this yet. Each has their own perception. And that is OK. All perceptions are correct in their own version.
    • There are good parts to religion but the bad almost always overthrows the good. We are better off without religion. However, everyone has a right to pursue their spirituality in their own right, and I fully respect it and learn from it all.
  • Beliefs about others and myself – us:
    • We can all live together, happily.
    • We are all part of one single entity, Paramaatman, and each of us, Aatmans, need to strive to unite with the Paramaatman (i.e., with the rest of us).  This is our Yajna.
    • There are five types of duties (Yajnas) that we can perform to help unite with the Paramaatman:
      • Brahmayajna: study of scriptures, learning and development, and teaching others.
      • Devayajna: Meditation on the super power and offering prayers.
      • Pitriyajna: Offering libations in respect and gratitude to fathers and ancestors.
      • Manusyayajna: Caring for, and looking after, fellow humans.
      • Bhutayajna: Caring for nature and all life. Cows, ants, birds, all the like.
    • The world will end one day and we might live on different planets. There might be alien-human (not alien anymore) relationships just like we have multi-ethnicity marriages.
    • To be successful., we need to have optionality. That provides an emotional, and practical, spring for pushing boundaries and a safety net when things do not workout.
    • The Humanity is still in its infancy. There is a lot to learn and understand in this universe.
    • There are other universes and other societies like us.
    • Politics is unfortunately is associated with economics a lot, and with Capitalism driving economics, it has negative impact on how we govern ourselves.
    • Democratic socialism is the only way we can govern effectively.
    • However, we need to find better ways of a) electing without bias or influence b) control economics socially. We are no good at either of these, yet.
    • We are what we eat.
    • Human beings can all be vegetarians and that can be a good thing.
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