...........Having said that, there is a counter argument which tell us that we can't ruled out the existence of a "supreme being" by the mere fact that our human brains are unequipped to arrive to such conclusion from what we can observe in this reality. As such, a clear distinction between organized religion and pure spirituality must be made; one is a tool of control and oppression, another division imposed by the "elites" and the other could be accessable by those who choose to.HUNTINGYOU
- I found your input most interesting. And I agree absolutely with your highlighted comment.
I also like & agree with your premise that those who "choose" to, can realise the Spiritual dimensions of Creation. In other words, that, as human beings, we are very capable of a concious progression towards our own Spiritual development. I disagree that "our brains are unequipped" because to me, Spiritual knowledge & understanding is not about the measurable capacity of our brains, or any other physical aspect of our being. Nor are we, as Spiritual entities, limited other than by our own ignorance. Hence, when Spiritual Masters achieve Realisation, they have overcome their ignorance, rather than developed their brains.
Inevitably, these discussions become "proof" related. Materialism seems to be more compelling to most, and Spiritualism a matter of ridicule & derision. I'm not interested in persuading others of my views, but a discussion is always interesting.
As for Religion, it isn't news that it can be commandeered by self-serving interests. In my experience & observations of several cultures/religions over the years, and as history shows, the manipulation of others through religion has often been a very successful way of controlling them, and there is ample evidence that this continues today. However not all religious practices are exploitative. Spiritual realisation requires a concious effort. Blind adherence to dogma/rituals requires only that one does as one is told, with conformity being synonymous with "goodness & virtue". The former allows for the Sublime to manifest in our lives, setting us free. The latter, can be a means of imprisoning others. Like anything, what is meant to give freedom can be used to imprison.
Hence, Religion per se, isn't "negative". How it is used can be so. And in fact it the bigotry created by a "tribe" mentality, often fascist in its nature, that is the destructive thing.