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Mind Purpose Truth

I’ve added a new book to my Books section entitled Mind Purpose Truth.  This is a compilation of excerpts from my book The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings and original blog posts that I posted at www.mindpurposetruth.com, along with a few entries that were never posted.

The first entry is an essay entitled On Atonement and Perfect, Unconditional Love.  It is a deeply philosophical reflection, one that I find essential to understanding and relating to God, and will challenge the reader to view God in ways that they may never have contemplated before.

The middle of the book is comprised of excerpts from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings, and the remaining pages are made up of Q & A’s and other short essays and meditations.

As far as the excerpts go, I find that there is something powerful about highlighting one specific thought and letting it have a life of its own, to see if it can stand on its own two feet, even out of context.  Some of my favorite books are books of quotes, just like these.  I’m happy to share them with you and hope that they find a place in your heart, mind, and soul.

―Adam Soto

Mind Purpose Truth (PDF)

Control Mechanisms

     …From an early age we’re bombarded with control mechanisms designed to shape our minds and behavior, to keep us under control.  It’s no coincidence that we’re never taught the basics of self-knowledge in school or in our religions because that would free us from their control.  Once enlightened, we would realize that we’re being psychologically tampered with, and we’d throw off our mental chains and live as free people, no longer accepting the legitimacy of any controlling domination system.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 8)

 

Copyright 2018 Golden Rule Independent Publications

How Enlightened Are You?

IF….

If you can live without caffeine,

If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him or her,

If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,

If you can face the world without lies and deceit,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, gender preference, or politics,

Then you have almost reached the same level of spiritual development as your dog!

Source: http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/Spiritual_Humor.html

To Whom Does the Gift Belong?

     “There is a story concerning the Buddha, who is in the company of a fellow traveler who tests this great teacher with derogatory, insulting, disparaging, and bitter responses to anything the Buddha says.  Every day, for three days when the Buddha spoke, the traveler responded by calling him a fool, and ridiculing the Buddha in some arrogant fashion.  Finally, at the end of the third day, the traveler could stand it no more.  He asked, ‘How is it that you are able to be so loving and kind when all I’ve done for the past three days is dishonor and offend you?  Each time I am disobliging to you, you respond in a loving manner.  How is this possible?’

    “The Buddha responded with a question of his own for the traveler.  ‘If someone offers you a gift, and you do not accept that gift, to whom does the gift belong?’  His question provided the traveler with a new insight.”

Source: There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Wayne W. Dyer

To Perpetuate and Maintain

     According to [Anthony] deMello, people suffer because of their beliefs—or rather, their distorted perceptions of reality.  But where do these beliefs come from?  How did we get this way?

     Most of these beliefs are handed down from generation to generation, through culture, society, and religion.  Most exist simply to perpetuate and maintain some sort of established control system, either political, philosophical, or religious.  Throughout history, once an organization or group of people establishes some form of domination over large groups of people, the only way to maintain that power is through control systems.  The most important element in controlling masses of people is to control their minds, for from the mind comes all action and behavior.  This isn’t the making of a conspiracy theory—on the contrary, it’s Psychology 101—and History 101, for that matter.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 8)

 

Copyright 2018 Golden Rule Independent Publications

Social Distortion

     “Take a look at the world and see the unhappiness around you and in you.  Do you know what causes this unhappiness?  You will probably say loneliness or oppression or war or hatred or atheism.  And you will be wrong.  There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so wide-spread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.  Because of these false beliefs you see the world in a distorted way.  Your programming is so strong and the pressure of society so intense that you are literally trapped into perceiving the world in this distorted kind of way.  There is no way out, because you do not even have a suspicion that your perception is distorted, your thinking is wrong, and your beliefs are false.”

―Anthony de Mello: The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello (Image Books, Doubleday, 1995).

Day by Day

     “The soul is dyed by the color of its thoughts.  Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day.  The content of your character is your choice.  Day by day, what you do is who you become.  Your integrity is your destiny – it is the light that guides your way.”

– Heraclitus

Source: https://hubpages.com/education/forum/143803/pre-socratic-notion-of-cognitive-constraints

Atmosphere

     The Master was certainly no stranger to what goes on in the world.

     When asked to explain one of his favorite sayings,

     There is no good or ill but thinking makes it so,

     this is what he said:

     “Have you ever observed that what people call congestion in a train becomes atmosphere in a nightclub?”

– Anthony de Mello, More One Minute Nonsense