Someone asked, “What differentiates good from evil?  Is it religion?”

Good is all that is based on the motivation of love—it’s focus is unity, and it looks toward the needs of the large whole, that is, the welfare of humanity and of life in general. The good wields power and wealth, not for its own sake or egos sake, but on behalf of the welfare of the larger whole. Its interest are the highest good for the greatest number.

Evil is based on hunger for power and wealth and is motivated by personal desire, hate, and fear. It is governed by separative desires with the goal of its own interests or the interests of some separative group with which its ego is identified. Evil seeks power and wealth for itself alone, or for the smaller family group, cult, nation, or other narrow focus with which its ego is identified.

Good is not an abstraction but a reality inherent in the consciousness of the soul, that is, in the higher self that is rooted in spirit. Good is essentially spiritual.

Evil is arises in the material side of life and is inherent in the egotism of the personality when it is cut off from the soul. It is the nature of the lower self whose primary nature, when deprived of soul contact, is loveliness, or extreme selfishness.

Good is defined by the presence of divinity that insures the spiritual evolution of mankind and of all things. Good, for the individual, is whatever helps the evolution of soul, which is to say the full expression of consciousness or love. Good is therefore ultimately defined by the direction of the will of divinity as it expresses in humanity, the world, and all of cosmos.

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Someone asked:  “If I am not my body, nor my thoughts, who (or what) and where resides that real part of who I truly am?”

You are the higher consciousness that flows, and will increasingly, through mind, emotion, and body. You are source out of which thought and expressed love arises. You are benevolence and greatness. You are the transcendental love that lives in the silences between thoughts, and presses forward in urgent actions. You are the immortal silence itself out of which universes arise, the space from which all music and light comes, that same space from which is born the fire of all the suns in cosmos.

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Someone asked:  “Will everything be alright in the end or will the whole universe just vanish?”

Yes, and I see that nothing really “vanishes.” It hides in seeming dark and rises again in light. And have you not heard? The latest is that there is not one big bang, but many big bangs. But it is really a wondrous infinite play that leads by way of Pralaya where all that is and was is folded again and again into latent life only to burst forth anew.How shall we be transfigured in the ocean of the Infinite life? The creator knows what must be, and I affirm that the creation of the heart will not be precipitated into an abyss.

Source: – Quora

Someone asked:  “Why is it so hard for people to believe that God really exists?”

It relates mainly to limited experience, that is life is experienced through the physical senses alone and through the intellect, and especially if at the same time nothing spiritual paranormal has occurred in their life. When the life is experienced this way, then God is invisible, and the intellect distrusts (to some extent rightly so) the feelings on which many people rely for their sense of or belief in God. Their intuition is silent, and the intellect and sense experiences of the outer life offer them no reason to believe that God exists, and this is more especially the case where the life has been difficult, cruelties are experienced or observed. Add to this the chaos and cult like nature of conflicting diverse religions, the many egocentric and unbalanced types often found in them, and such a person has added reasons for skepticism—and this is especially true if they were raised in one of the many half-baked religions that are found in modern society. And on top of all this, they may experience and be swayed by the philosophy of scientific materialism that dominates a lot of the systems of college education.

God only becomes apparent to the individual only when one or the following things happen:

  • Awakening of the intuition—a faculty above the mind
  • Paranormal experiences such as Near Death Experiences or other dramatic psychic experiences
  • A miraculous event or series of near miraculous events
  • Dramatic spiritual or mystical experiences.

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Someone asked:  “What happens to the human soul after death?”

To understand what happens, first we need a definition: Soul is true consciousness and extends itself as mind and emotion, tethered to a physical body. People commonly think of “I” as body, mind, or emotion, which means that they they are under the natural illusion that they are their extensions. But the real “I” is soul consciousness, and the seeming “I” of body, emotion, and mind, is borrowed from that deeper identity.

So, to get at the answer to your question, ask “What happens to the soul during Earth life.” For most persons, though not for all, the soul remains more or less in the background and the external personality consciousness has little or no awareness of the source of its identity in soul. But though the personality remains largely ignorant of most of its higher nature, the soul consciousness (you) on its on plane is fully aware of the personality and its experiences in the world.

What we, as soul, are doing during Earth life is learning—we gain knowledge and experience, and grow in love and wisdom. We are slowly evolving and perfecting all three of our vehicles (body, mind emotion).

So then, your question, “What happens to the human soul after death?” The answer is simple. What happens is the same thing that happens during Earth life: we learn, we evolve, and we become more perfect expressions of love because love is the primary nature of the soul. This means that the soul, after the death of the physical body, no longer remains completely in the background and the illusion of “I” as limited body-emotion-mind is gradually broken. There is then a fuller awakening to who and what we are. And just as in Earth life, afterlife includes interactions with other people—other souls, minds, loves. The adventure that is life at its best in the physical world—that same adventure occupies us after death. Your life, the life of the soul, is expressed in an unfolding future that is unlimited, and the nature of that life transcends the most idealistic human conceptions.

Source: – Quora

Someone asked:  “When meditating, how do I go deeper? Answer only from experience (not theory).”

Look at the meditation forms you are using and understand their nature and function in relation to what you are trying to do. What are meditation forms? They are everything you do physically and psychologically when you meditate. For instance, some typical forms are:

  • a deliberate posture, or any type of physical motion
  • a breathing exercise
  • a mantra, an affirmation, or other words used physically or silently
  • Visualization of any kind
  • A conscious line of thinking
  • A type of emotional identification

The thing to realize is, that where meditation in the deeper sense is concerned, all these forms are things that may be used but are to be transcended. They are not meditation itself, but forms deliberately used to evoke true meditation. At the point or points where actual meditation begins, the form is transcended, it falls away or drops below the threshold of consciousness.

Consider the analogy of an airplane getting ready to take off. There is the readying of the plane, the fueling, the pilot checklist, applied power to move forward on the runway—all these steps are like the forms of meditation. Actual meditation is like the point where the aircraft leaves the ground, so that the Earth drops away as the plane soars into the air.

If you understand meditation only in terms of the methods or forms used, then you will never get off the ground. So in order to go deep, do really meditate means using forms, but then leaving them behind, and so no longer being occupied with them.

Understand also then, that formal meditation using methods from the above list is just meditation in the strict sense of the word. There is another sense of meditation that needs application, and that is the realization that all life is a meditation form. Every thing, every person, every right thought, is when truly lived and seen through, a meditation form, leading to meditative experience. This is the meaning of the advice “Meditate without ceasing.”

There is one final truth about meditation, without which all the forms will not work. That truth is the importance of motive. Why are you meditating? In a deeper sense, for real meditation, there is only one motive that works, and that is the spirit of love and service. Meditation is a service, and to be real any meditation must be approach in the spirit of love.

Someone asked: “Do you believe that your consciousness makes you who you are?”

In a way it does, since consciousness is central to who we are. But there is a problem with leaning too much on a definitional phrase like “consciousness is who I am,” because “consciousness” and “I” are words that point to experiences and experiences are not fixed but very dynamic things. At any given moment in time, we are always vastly more than what we seem to be. Not only that, and though we often try, the whole scope of who we are—past, present, and future—can not actually be captured in words.One day, in a meditative mood, I tried to say something about the “who you are” question in a piece titled “Fire Self.”“I went in search of the sword of light.I went alone into the desertWhere the sky flamed red from the hidden Sun.With closed eyes I waited in silence,Until the sky lightened into pure yellow-gold.Before me rose a vision of a rainbow hued fountainThat sparkled with diamond-like brilliance.I asked, and a voice within me said,‘This is yourself,Source of pure power,fire-spring of eternal being.’”

Source: (1) James Davis’s answer to Do you believe that your consciousness makes you who you are? – Quora