The Four Precepts
Theoretical FAQ* (Version 1.1)
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*NOTE: This is a
work in progress. These are provisional answers to common questions
that reflect evolving points of view. Ultimately, we must each
formulate our own questions and answer them for ourselves as best we
can. Insofar as we defer to authority figures-- whether they are
individuals or institutions --we become responsible for their point of
view (revised 07/10/04).
Q. Have you not
heard the two basic truths: 1) There is a God, and 2) you are not Him?
A. When I assert
that we are essentially Divine, I am not claiming to be God, per
se, but that each of us participates in the life of the
Divine--that we have eternal life. In Him we live and move
and have our Being (Acts 17:28). Remember--there's more to You than meets the eye!
Q. How can you
affirm evil and injustice?
A. I take my stand
beyond the polar opposition of good and evil in deference to the Good
that is Absolute-- the
One without a second -- and I affirm the relative
conflict by taking up taking up my cross--freely, innocently, and
without the spirit of revenge: Father, forgive them, for they know
not what they do (Luke 23:34).
Q. Why would anyone
possibly want to do that!!!???
A. Suffering and
death are intrinsic to life as we know it. There is always a temptation
to look for someone to blame and to evade hardship by exploiting other
people. But when we consciously acknowledge our essential relationship
to the One with whom we have to do; and when we determine to
embrace our destiny-- whatever the turn of events --we learn to relate
to others in the light of that relationship which all share in
common--a relationship that is Absolute and eternal. In
contrast, when we despair or become preoccupied with feelings of
resentment and thoughts of revenge, we not only lose our peace of mind,
but we tend to ignore or overlook real opportunities to make the world
a better place for ourselves and those we love. By recognizing our
essential relationship to the Divine and to one another-- friend and
foe alike --we can transcend many of our differences and build a
stronger community on the more substantial foundation of individual
freedom, personal responsibility, and mutual respect.
Q. Does this mean
we should all be pacifists and never defend ourselves?
A. No. In fact, the
right course of action may occassionally accord with one's desire for
Revenge. Nevertheless, the desire for revenge can never justify such
action and should not be pursued as a end in itself. Cycle through The
Four Precepts in your mind: 1) Remember your Divine essence,
2) Say Yes to life unconditionally, 3) Overcome the Spirit
of Revenge,and 4) Follow your Bliss! Then make the best
decision you can based on all the information at your disposal.
Q. But when you
say, "Follow your Bliss"--does that mean I can really do anything I
A. Yes--but you
don't need my permission for that--you already enjoy that freedom! But
be careful! This doesn't mean you will cease to make mistakes or that
there will cease to be consequences for those mistakes. "Follow you
bliss" is the 4th precept for a reason. If you will give due
diligence to the first 3 precepts, chances are the last one won't cause
you any great difficulties. Just remember to accept responsibility for
your life: This is your World--You choose it!
Q. This "freedom"
and "responsibility" business sounds kind of risky--what's the upside?
Why shouldn't I continue to trade my freedom for security? Why
shouldn't I let others take responsibility for my life?
A. Of course, we
are all free to choose our alliances and we will always remain a
community of interdependent individuals. However, because trade-offs
must be made, it is easy slide into relationships that aren't really
satisfying and then to blame others for our predicament. By accepting
responsibility not only for our choices, but for all the random
accidents that life sends our way, we put ourself in position to make
better choices and will, in the process, build a world in which we are
more at home. I emphasise following your bliss as a way of
deliverence for those who are tempted to despair over their
circumstances. Often, your bliss will be to do what is harder, not what
is easier. But occasionally, you may find yourself mired in
circumstances that you yourself perpetuate-- unnecessarily! --merely
because you are afraid to do what you really want to do. Rather than
charting a new course of action, you lash out at those around you and
blame others for your unhappiness. Instead, why not cycle through The
Four Precepts in your mind and say to yourself, This is my
world--I choose it! The chances are good that you will then find
the strength and courage to do the right thing--whether that means
keeping your nose to the grindstone with renewed satisfaction or
charting an entirely new course for your life.
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