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Questions VII: Can the eternally innocent become guilty?

  1. When God created the world, He said, “It is good.” If God only creates good, is evil possible? What makes ‘sin' attractive?
  2. Did God create you innocent? Did He change His mind? Do you feel innocent now? Until we reestablish our innocence in our minds, can we consider ourselves free?
  3. Are evil or guilt real? Where do they come from? What causes you to feel guilty? How can you get rid of guilt once you've done something for which you feel guilty? Why let God correct errors?
  4. What does it mean to overcome evil with good? Which is more powerful, evil or good? Why? Give examples from your own life.
  5. What is the advantage of knowing who your Source is? Can you make your own source? What is the problem with thinking you can make your own source?
  6. Is behavior important? Why or why not? Can you change your behavior? What forces outside of you cause you to behave less than perfectly? Are these real obstacles?
  7. Is it possible to be perfect? What does that look like? What is the attraction to imperfection/the resistance to perfection? Is it desirable to be perfect? Imperfect? What's behind a choice for imperfection? Is holiness constriction? Does perfection relate to bodies? Are the imperfect less than the perfect?
  8. What does it mean to be holy? Is holiness ambiguous? How do you know when your actions are pure, holy?
  9. How do you feel in the presence of perfection? If you want to be perfect what/who is stopping you? List some examples of perfection in your life.
  10. Is good behavior worth striving for? Why be pure? Can change at the level of behavior affect a shift in consciousness? When you change your mind about who you are, will your behavior change accordingly?
  11. If you hurt someone, whether on purpose or accidentally, how do you feel? How do you respond with ego? How do you respond with Spirit? Is it possible to be guilty for any reason?
  12. Once an East Indian saint told his disciples that if a murderer can murder without feeling guilty he will not suffer any negative consequences. What is meant by that teaching? How do we escape guilt? Why is it impossible to escape guilt when you act unkindly? Why does ego want you guilty?
  13. If God created you innocent and He did not change His mind, does it matter what you do? How can negative behavior convince you that you are guilty and good behavior that you are innocent? Why choose actions that fortify your innocence if guilt is impossible?
  14. What does it mean that you are always getting the results of your own mind? What would a life free of guilt look like?

  15. Do actions speak louder than words? Share some examples. Should you expect a true teacher to walk his talk?

  16. Ego stands on the tiny platform, “Don't look at me.” What does it mean to look at ego? What happens when we look? Why? How does ego stay in business at our expense? How does ego keep from being seen?

  17. What does it mean to entertain ego? What is meant by ‘Invite ego in but don't let it stay for a cup of coffee'? Can we exist without ego? What happens when you ask ego, “Who are you?” What happens when you ask jealousy, anger, lust, greed, hatred, fear, arrogance… “Who are you?”

  18. Is it possible to be free of ego? Is it desirable? If ego is nothing, why is it such a problem? Once we have overcome ego, can we relax our vigilance? In what way is ego like any other creation? In what way is it different?

  19. Ego tries to persuade you that it is you and if you lose it you will lose yourself. What will you lose if you lose ego? Can you remain in the world without an ego? Can an egoless person remain in the world of ego?

  20. What is holiness? How do you know? What keeps us from wanting to be holy? What excuses does ego try to convince you of as an argument for unholiness? Is it good to want to be holy?

  21. Can anyone be guilty when you know your innocence? Is your brother innocent no matter what he does? How can you perceive his innocence when he acts counter to that holiness? If he is innocent no matter what he does, what is your responsibility in relation to his ego allied actions? Can you see innocence and unholy behavior at the same time?

  22. Is our brother ever our enemy? What are our real enemies? Where do they come from? Are they part of human nature? Can they be overcome? How? Why turn errors over to God to correct?

  23. Must we keep certain bodily senses in check? Why or why not? What bodily senses must we keep in check? How do we do that?

  24. What does it mean to love everyone equally? Does that teaching relate to sexual intimacy? Why or why not?

  25. Is it humility to think yourself a sinner, to think you are unable to overcome mistakes? Does Jesus death on the cross save Christians from their sins?   Why or why not? What is original sin? Is it sex?

  26. Why are the best of intentions not enough? How can you guard against mistakes when you have the best of intentions?

  27. How can you best participate in the salvation of the world? What will it take to save the world?

  28. Why, in the Bible, did God save Nineva? Why not Soddom and Gomorrah? Why did Jesus tell the prostitute to stop sinning?

  29. Summarize the essential teachings related to guilt and innocence. Practical application – How do we apply these teachings to our daily life?

  30. What are the pitfalls to guard against?

    VII. Answers – Can the eternally innocent become guilty? NO

    1. When God created the world, He said, “It is good.” If God only creates good, is evil possible? Evil is only possible with ego and as ego is unreal so is evil. What makes ‘sin' attractive?   Sin is an idea of doing something we know we're not supposed to do but think we can get away with. That's both attractive and fearful. Its living on the edge and gives a false sense of freedom, but in the final analysis, it has produced a lot more heartache than the adrenalin rush warrants.
    2. Did God create you innocent? Yes. Did He change His mind? No, therefore we must be innocent now. Do you feel innocent now? I always find myself vigilant against feelings of guilt for careless acts or omissions. This unreal world is set up to provide endless opportunities to feel guilty for all kinds of reasons and for no reason what so ever, so we must be ever vigilant against falling into the guilt trap. Until we reestablish our innocence in our minds, can we consider ourselves free? No, true freedom and the only freedom worth striving for is freedom from guilt. Any other freedom is only a ruse and not eternal. Freedom to do whatever we like, to be sexual outside of holy matrimony, to disregard our conscience, to be imperfect, undisciplined, cater to our bodily senses, give way to our baser feelings and emotions… are guilt producing acts and lead to bondage rather than the freedom they promise.
    3. Are evil or guilt real? No. Where do they come from? They come from alliance with an ego that wants us to behave in ways that make us feel guilty because ego depends on guilt in order that it live. As long as you feel guilty, you will think you need to do something about your guilt and for that time is necessary and ego needs time to survive. To use the Adam and Eve story, when they ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good AND evil, they felt guilty, because they thought they had defied God's will. Though in truth nothing happened, they felt they had overthrown God and were terrified. They wanted to get rid of their guilt, so Adam made Eve a scapegoat for his. In order to do that, she had to become EVIL in his mind. Before, she was his best friend, now she was ‘guilty' so Adam could be off the hook. In that moment evil entered Adam's mind. Before, Adam saw Eve as one with him, now he misperceived her as separate and outside of him and the cause of the problem. What causes you to feel guilty? I feel guilty when I hurt anyone, whether intentionally or not, and whenever I act in ways that are not becoming of the perfection I know God created me to be. How can you get rid of guilt once you've done something for which you feel guilty? We can remind ourselves that our innocence does not depend on our behavior and that God created us eternally innocent. Then we can turn over a new leaf, determine to lead a life of purity and holiness to the best of our ability and ask Spirit to correct any negative effects of any mistakes. This, I'm betting, is the best guarantee against guilt and the best way to vanquish ego. The way to keep guilt is by making someone outside of us the cause of the problem. Blaming others is shirking personal responsibility and leads to bondage rather than freedom. Why let God correct errors? If we do not give errors to God, we automatically give them to ego and ego is determined to punish us for our errors while God wants errors corrected and that we transform our hearts and minds toward goodness as that is in our best interest and the best interest of all.
    4. What does it mean to overcome evil with good? Whenever anyone is unkind to you for any reason, if you respond with love you are overcoming evil with good. Your love will help them to remember that they too are love and will help them to change their mind toward kindness. Which is more powerful, evil or good? Good. Why? Because good is real and evil is false, unreal, non-existent. It has no power except the power of our belief in it. Give examples from your own life. A friend stopped a hijacking through the power of God's love. In the Bible God asked that a people repent so a city could be saved. Goodness saves whereas evil leads to self-destruction.
    5. What is the advantage of knowing who your Source is? It gives you a clarity about who you are and a template for what's in your best interest. If you know your source to be God, and that you were created in His image and likeness, it follows that you must be like God and have Godly characteristics like innocence, purity, holiness, love… You will know that guilt, fear, anger, hatred… are foreign and will not convince yourself that you cannot overcome these character flaws. Can you make your own source? Just as we cannot exchange our parents for other ones and have the new ones give birth to us, we cannot say God did not create us if He did. What is the problem with thinking you can make your own source? You will be confused about who you are as you will be confused about your origin. How is it possible to become confused about something so elementary as your source? We can convince ourselves of anything we want, for our minds are all-powerful. We can convince ourselves that our adopted parents are our real parents, but we cannot change the truth. We can fool ourselves, though we cannot change ourselves, for truth is eternal.
    6. Is behavior important? Yes and no. Why or why not? Behavior tells us who we think we are and at the same time, cannot adversely affect our truth. Can you change your behavior? Of course, we are all the power in the universe. True change takes place when we heal the cause of the behavior, when we realign our minds with who we are. What forces outside of you cause you to behave less than perfectly? Environment, others, seductions, parental influences, peer pressure, worldly desires and temptations, thoughts such as ‘it is impossible to be perfect as we're only human, perfection is irrelevant, to be perfect is to be better that others or arrogant, holiness is a loss of freedom, we are already perfect and nothing we do or don't do can change that… Are these real obstacles? No, none of these are true impediments unless we give them power over us by believing them true. We can take back our power any time we choose.
    7. Is it possible to be perfect? Yes, God created us perfect, and we are perfect, effortlessly, whenever we want to be. We are all-powerful, therefore whatever we want we do manifest. What does that look like? Perfection means purity, dignity and goodness in every thought, word and deed, seeing our brother's perfection, innocence and holiness, while recognizing his errors as unreal. What is the attraction to imperfection/the resistance to perfection? An idea that we could be different from how we were created. Is it desirable to be perfect? Yes, only perfection can content us because God created us perfect and anything less is living a lie. Imperfect? Imperfection is only attractive as long as we fool ourselves that we'd rather not be who God created us to be. What's behind a choice for imperfection? Not knowing who we are, a desire to be free of God's will, to be free of perfection, to be different from how God created us. Is holiness constriction? Constriction has to do with guilt and ego, while   innocence and holiness expand our consciousness. Only holiness can content us because only holiness is true freedom. Does perfection relate to bodies? No, for bodies are not real therefore it is irrelevant to try to perfect our bodies, though the body can be used for sacred tasks and then it is used perfectly. Are the imperfect less than the perfect? Perfection recognizes the perfect equality of all God's children regardless of perceived imperfections. Perfection has nothing to do with bodies and everything to do with noble character and how we use our minds. Perfection is not for being better than others, but rather for being who we are and inspiring others through our sane choice toward peace and the end of suffering for all humanity.
    8. What does it mean to be holy? To act in ways that are pleasing to God. Is holiness ambiguous?   There are those who argue that holiness is different for everyone   - in some cultures it is ok to have more than one wife for example… Holiness is the same for everyone, as God created us all equally holy and we do know what holiness is when we want to be holy. How do you know when your actions are pure, holy? When you genuinely want to be holy, the whole universe will rush to your aid to support you in remembering what holiness is.
    9. How do you feel in the presence of perfection? Exhilarated. There are those who feel threatened or judged by the pure and perfect, but only because they do not yet want to be who they are. When you want to be perfect you are grateful to those who point the way to you with their perfect example, demonstrating what perfection is and that it is possible. If you want to be perfect what/who is stopping you? There is no force outside of us, more powerful than us, keeping us from being perfect if we want to be. List some examples of perfection in your life: lovingly helping a friend or stranger in need, goodness, nobility… moments where everything flows magically, effortlessly… true communication with a loved one, true communion with God…watching a ballerina do an outstanding performance, listening to beautiful music, watching a sensational sunset…
    10. Is good behavior worth striving for? Yes. Why be pure? When you are pure you are free of guilt and freedom from guilt is true freedom. Goodness has a positive effect on not only you but the whole world. When pure we can hear God's voice, perceive truly, know who we are, attain enlightenment quickly. Can change at the level of behavior affect a shift in consciousness? Behavior is a symptom which points to the problem of who you think you are. Though you cannot become who you are simply by changing your behavior, your behavior will change when you change your mind about who you are. When you try to improve behavior only, your behavior can conflict with your beliefs – you are trying to fix the symptom without healing the cause of the problem. When you change your mind about who you are, will your behavior change accordingly? Yes, it must, for you will only act in alignment with who you think you are. When you heal the cause of the problem, the symptom simply vanishes. Thoughts, words and deeds in perfect harmony is freedom and expresses who we all are.
    11. If you hurt someone, whether on purpose or accidentally, how do you feel? Terrible. How do you respond with ego? Denial – I didn't really hurt them, guilt – I'm bad… It was his fault… How do you respond with Spirit? Apologize, remember that nothing real can be hurt for God only creates the invulnerable,   ask God to heal any negative effects of my error and vow to turn over a new leaf. Is it possible to be guilty for any reason? No, because God created us all eternally innocent.
    12. Once an East Indian saint told his disciples that if a murderer can murder without feeling guilty he will not suffer any negative consequences. What is meant by that teaching? Since nothing real can be threatened his action had no real effects, therefore it is only his guilt that would cause him to attract consequences for his actions. How do we escape guilt? By knowing who we are and by looking at our actions instead of denying errors or feeling guilty and projecting that guilt onto others. Why is it impossible to escape guilt when you act unkindly? Unkindness comes from alliance with ego and ego wants us to act unkindly so we will feel guilty. Spirit will never ask us to be unkind for any reason. Why does ego want you guilty?   So it can exist at our expense. Guilt requires punishment to be meted out and as long as we have debts to pay off, we are stuck in time, where ego lives at our expense. Ego is the only reason we find ourselves in time, and we remain in time as long as ego fools us into believing that it has our best interest at heart while depending on us to feel guilty so it can keep us in time. Ego uses time to convince us that we are guilty and deserve punishment while God uses time to convince us that we are innocent by encouraging us to lead lives of goodness and holiness to transport us out of time.
    13. If God created you innocent and He did not change His mind, does it matter what you do? What you do attests to who you think you are. If you know you are innocent, perfect, whole, you will only act in ways that are in alignment with your truth. How can negative   behavior convince you that you are guilty and good behavior that you are innocent? It is ego that tries to convince us to behave in ways that are less than becoming of our truth to secure hard evidence for his case that we can be different from who God created us to be and thereby guilty.   When we listen to Spirit, we will be directed to act in noble, good and just ways that serve to bless and uplift, for that is the nature of Spirit. Why choose actions that fortify your innocence if guilt is impossible? Though guilt is impossible for a holy child of God, we must never underestimate the cunning of ego to constantly attempt to entrap us and convince us that we are guilty for crimes we never committed. It is much easier to act purely than to try to convince ourselves that our impure actions have no effects. We must act purely now, though our impure actions of the past cannot bind us unless we think them real now and unless we insist on continuing in unrighteousness. Every action either collapses or makes time.
    14. What does it mean that you are always getting the results of your own mind? Every action has a reaction. When we act with purity we will feel pure. When we act in ways that are unkind or unloving, we will not feel good about ourselves and attract what we think we deserve. What would a life free of guilt look like? No pain, worries, sickness, suffering, lack, death, ignorance…
    15. Do actions speak louder than words? Yes. Share some examples: Giving a blanket to someone who is cold is better than telling them you love them in that moment, if someone is sick comforting them is better than telling them they could change their mind… Sai Baba didn't tell me how to love myself, He showed me, as detailed in the ring story in Ch. 9 of NG. Should you expect a true teacher to walk his talk? Yes. Sai Baba says that His life is His message. We too should make our lives our message. We are all teachers in every moment so we have to be clear about the message we are sending out to the world with our every thought, word and deed.
    16. Ego stands on the tiny platform, “Don't look at me.” What does it mean to look at ego? It means to be willing to face our darkest fears, to be willing to be wrong about all our beliefs,   to accept responsibility for what happens in our lives, to trust God to show us ego's impotence, to forgive ourselves and others for what never happened, to want ot be who we are. What happens when we look? Ego is exposed as an imposter and disappears. Why? Because ego is an idea that we could create our own source and as that is impossible, ego does not exist and is only sustained by our belief in it. If we fight ego, defend it, befriend it or feel guilty we make it real. If we look at it, we see it is nothing. How does ego stay in business at our expense? By convincing us that we are better off choosing with it than choosing with God. Every time we choose impurity over purity we are choosing with ego instead of with God. How does ego keep from being seen? By convincing us to look everywhere but at it, to distract ourselves with worldly distractions like wealth, fame, social status, family… to deny or disown guilt or project it out,   to misperceive others as the problem instead of looking at ourselves as the cause of everything that happens to us, to blame God, to think ego is our friend.
    17. What does it mean to entertain ego? It means to convince ourselves that we need ego in order to survive, for personality, freedom, specialness… that ego is our ally, that we would be nothing without ego. Acting in a manner that is not befitting who we are as gods and goddesses keeps ego alive at our expense. Feeling guilty and denying or projecting that guilt entertains ego nicely. Can we exist without ego? Much more than exist - as long as we identify with ego we will think we are nothing, for ego is nothing. As soon as we stop allying with ego, we will know who we are, we will know we are everything, we will know our true identity and we will know that we do exist. What is meant by ‘Invite ego in but don't let it stay for a cup of coffee'? It means to look at ego without judgment, being neutral about ego, neither befriending it nor being repulsed by it, seeing ego truly as the nothingness that it is, not being fooled by ego, seeing through ego's clever ruse. Don't entertain your errors - don't deny them and don't engage in them. What happens when you ask ego, “Who are you?” It's the same as looking – ego must vanish for in asking it must be shown to you that it is indeed nothing and as soon as it is seen as nothing it loses its ability to trick you into thinking it is something and has power to persuade you to fall for its treachery. What happens when you ask jealousy, anger, lust, greed, hatred, fear, arrogance… “Who are you?” They no longer have power over us and vanish as soon as we see them truly as symptoms of alliance with ego. As ego is not real, neither are they.
    18. Is it possible to be free of ego? Yes, by facing it. Is it desirable? Yes, that is where true freedom lies. If ego is nothing, why is it such a problem? Because we invested it with all God's power, which it turned against us, in order to survive at our expense. Ego is determined to stay alive and does so by keeping us from looking at it so we will not see it as the cause of all our problems. As long as it can convince us that we are bad,   guilty,   unworthy, less than,   greater than, victimized, victimizer, limited, powerless, special…we will continue to be asleep to our truth and be under ego's spell. Once we have overcome ego, can we relax our vigilance? No, as long as we inhabit a body, ego can slip back in, so we must be ever vigilant. In what way is ego like any other creation? Every creation is given the full power of God, has its own unique identity, wants to exist, is endowed with freewill, takes center stage, is an idea in the mind of its creator, and is loved by its creator. In what way is it different? Ego was made, not created, to be the creator of its creator, which is impossible therefore its whole premise is faulty and it simply does not exist, nor has it ever existed. Ego is a false identity and as long as we convince ourselves that it is our source, we will remain confused about who we are.
    19. Ego tries to persuade you that it is you and if you lose it you will lose yourself. What will you lose if you lose ego? You will lose nothing, for ego is nothing. You will lose a false identity and be restored to who you have always been. Ego had not changed you, but has fooled you into thinking you could become different from how God created you. When we lose ego, we lose nothing and gain everything. Can you remain in the world without an ego? Yes, for God created us and the world for us, and ego was not part of that true picture, proving that we can survive in the real world without ego. Can an egoless person remain in the world of ego? To be in the world of ego when you have see through ego is almost impossible for you will threaten ego in everyone who has not seen through ego's treachery and they will be persuaded by ego to misperceive you because in order for ego to continue to live it must rid the world of those who are not allied with it. The world crucifies its saviors. The saviors can only remain while they have a function to play in the salvation of the world. God protects the egoless from ego's determination to get rid of them, for egolessness means ego's days are numbered. When 144,000 have the strength and courage to stand against ego for all humanity, like the 100 th monkey, ego will have lost its hold and will be conquered for all. Until then ego will try to keep us from gathering strength and momentum. We must become egoless and encourage egolessness in others and stand together willing to be falsely accused, vilified, persecuted for the sake of the world, for the sake of our brothers who are unable to see that we are not the problem, but that ego is and had always been everyone's only problem. The challenges aren't over when you become enlightened, however enlightenment is a great blessing.
    20. What is holiness? Loving all equally, leading a fearless life of nobility and moral character, full of love for God and fellowman, doing all we can to promote good and touch hearts and lives and inspire all toward nobleness and grandeur. What keeps us from wanting to be holy? Fear that we will lose the freedom to be unholy if we so desire. What excuses does ego try to convince you of as an argument for unholiness? Holiness is constriction, puritanical, uptight, old-fashioned, limited, boring, different for everyone therefore ambiguous… Is it good to want to be holy? Yes, for by wanting to be holy, we come to know what holiness is. To want to be holy is to want to be who we are. We do not have to have only holy thoughts and behaviors, we only have to WANT to have only holiness. That is enough to invite the hand of God to transform our hearts and lives. We don't have to work at holiness, we just have to want it – God will do the rest – even instantly if we are ready.
    21. Can anyone be guilty when you know your innocence? When you know you are innocent, you will know that everyone, without exception is innocent since God created us all innocent. Is your brother innocent no matter what he does? Yes, even if he acts in ways that are contrary to how God created him, he does not have the power to change the truth for God did not create him more powerful than Himself. How can you perceive his innocence when he acts counter to that holiness? You have to look past his behavior to the truth that cannot be affected by behavior, no matter how hurtful. However, this does not mean you are asked to condone hurtful actions or take a beating with a smile on your face. You have to want another to act in ways that are befitting the truth of who he is for his sake. He will be a tortured individual if not discouraged from enacting unrighteous deeds. If you condemn or condone his actions you make them real. If he is innocent no matter what he does, what is your responsibility in relation to his ego-oriented actions? I must want him to act as is befitting his holiness for his sake. I must ask Spirit to show me what my responsibility is in relation to him. Can you see innocence and unholy behavior at the same time? Yes, as long as an individual chooses unholiness. And so long, you have a responsibility toward his transformation, for he does deserve the best. His choices come from allying with ego. He needs to know who he is and that a choice with ego cannot serve his best interests. Spirit will direct you in what to say and do when you are willing to respond with love and act in the best interest of all.
    22. Is our brother ever our enemy? No. What are our real enemies? Anger, jealousy, judgment, arrogance, pride, lust, greed, impatience, fear, hatred… Where do they come from? Alliance with ego. Are they part of human nature? No. Can they be overcome? Yes. How? By turning to God and trusting Him to direct our lives. We turn to God when we are willing to be responsible, holy, transformed, willing to be wrong and let our errors be corrected. If we deny or ignore our errors or feel guilty, we are not turning them over to God. We must look calmly on our errors without judgment. We must be willing to change our minds and turn over a new leaf. Why turn errors over to God to correct? If not God, then we are choosing for ego, and ego is determined to keep us bound while fooling ourselves that we are overcoming our shortcomings, or that we need not overcome our shortcomings...
    23. Must we keep certain bodily senses in check? Yes. Why or why not? We are our all-powerful minds, temporarily embodied. We are not our bodies. We are the masters of our bodies and if we let them dictate to us what to do, we become the body's slave and forget who we are and think we are our bodies. What bodily senses must we keep in check? There are five senses to keep under control; touch, taste, sight, sound and smell. If we eat too much we will grow fat and become lazy and unhealthy. Sight, sound, and smell can all get us into trouble. When you know your body is not real, you will have no difficulty controlling sexual impulses.   How do we control the senses?   We must remember who we are, and that our bodies are at no time real, but are our servants and not we the servant of our body's every craving and desire. Desire is a bottomless pit. To overcome desire we must remember who we are. To remember who we are, we must overcome desire. Our willingness is all that is needed – God will do the rest. Our unreal bodies are not more powerful than our all-powerful minds.
    24. What does it mean to love everyone equally? To see that we were all created by God, equal with God and each other, and that the way a person behaves can not affect the truth in any way. Does that teaching relate to sexual intimacy? Definitely not. Why or why not? If it did, that would reduce everyone to bodies. We are mind and spirit inhabiting bodies. Sexuality relates to bodies unless it has to do with a total commitment with one partner with whom you are one in heart and mind. In that case, the outer is an expression of an inner state of mind. It is impossible to be intimate with more than one person and be pure for purity has to do with monogamy and self-control. To love all equally means to see everyone as the innocent precious child God created us all to be and to treat all with the utmost respect.
    25. Is it humility to think yourself a sinner, to think you are unable to overcome mistakes? No, in fact it is arrogance in the guise of humility. Since God created us perfect, to think perfection unattainable is to think we can be different from how God created us, and thereby more powerful than God. We are equal with God, and therefore we cannot become what God did not create us to be. Does Jesus death on the cross save Christians from their sins? No. Why or why not? This whole idea is faulty in so many ways: It sets up visions of God being a punishing, vengeful, punitive, judging kind of god, it means one's past mistakes had real effects, someone outside of you can be responsible for your salvation, etc. That whole idea goes counter to Jesus teaching to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. We cannot be perfect and sinful at the same time. Jesus life of perfection can be used to inspire holiness and perfection in our own lives. What is original sin? The making of ego to replace God as source. Is it sex? Thinking sex to be the original sin has probably produced more guilt than any other act on this planet. To think sex a sin is ego's ruse. Sex is not the problem. Sex outside of love is a problem because then sex is being used to fill a lack or satisfy a bodily urge or make the body real. That is a lie and reduced both parties to bodies. Since bodies are nothing, to think ourselves to be our bodies is to think we are nothing, worthless… This in turn causes us to treat others with the same lack of sacredness and respect, leading to disregard for human life, rape, manipulation, exchange, murder… Adam and Eve could not stay in the garden because they felt guilty for overthrowing God as source, not because Eve seduced Adam to have sex with her. If Eve had bewitched Adam, it would mean that Eve has greater power than Adam. It is a lie. Adam and Eve are equal in God's eyes and that means forever, and Eve did not force Adam to act against his will as that is impossible. Adam is responsible for his actions. Self-responsibility heals the problem, not abstinence or promiscuity. When sexuality is pure it is the most sacred act on the planet, when impure it is the most guilt producing. Since Adam and Eve are not more powerful than God they did not overthrow God as source and actually nothing happened and as soon as this is understood by a critical mass the plug is pulled on ego for all humanity.
    26. Why are the best of intentions not enough? We generally don't have enough information to make decisions on our own, no matter how laudable our intentions. We can give a child a toy out of our love and he may hurt himself with it. We need to depend on God for moral clarity and foresight. We do well to always ask to be shown what miracles God would perform through us. Of myself I am nothing and know nothing. How can you guard against mistakes made despite the best of intentions? By turning to God to direct our every undertaking. God has the big picture. From our limited perspective we do not know what effects our actions may cause that we did not intend. When our hearts are pure God can direct our every undertaking. When we love God and trust Him, He can direct us to do that which heals and blesses. No greater satisfaction can we hope to find anywhere.
    27. How can you best participate in the salvation of the world? By leading a life of goodness, purity, perfection and love for all humanity, by being willing to go anywhere and do anything, by depending on God to direct your every move. What will it take to save the world?   It will take a critical mass willing to be totally free of ego, that means free of guilt and utterly dependent on God for everything.
    28. Why, in the Bible, did God save Nineva? Because the people listened to Jonah when he delivered God's message of repentance. Why not Sodom and Gomorrah? Because there were not even 10 good people in the whole city. Had there been just 10 good people, that is, had the critical mass of goodness required to overcome evil been reached, God could have saved the cities. God did not destroy the cities, the complete corruption that overwhelmed the cities destroyed them. God was not angry. God did not judge. The cities self-destructed. Why did Jesus tell the prostitute to stop sinning? Because he knew she was capable of turning over a new leaf, that perfection was in her best interest and that her salvation depended on her acting in alignment with who she is.
    29. Summarize the essential teachings related to guilt and innocence.   Either we are all guilty or all innocent – since God created us all innocent, we must all be innocent. Our behavior attests to who we think we are. Good overcomes evil - with enough goodness on the planet, the world can be saved. We can be perfect because that is the way God created us and only holiness can content us. We do get the effects of our minds until we turn over a new leaf and choose to be the holiness that God created us to be. Ego feeds on guilt and survives by distracting us so we don't ever look at it as the cause of our irrational choices. We must reign in our senses and negative tendencies in order to be truly free. The only problem is ego and the solution is ego's nothingness. Practical application – How do we apply these teachings to our daily lives? When we do only that for which we know we won't feel guilty and don't feel guilty for actions that fall short of perfection, leaving the fruits of our efforts to God, aiming for loving kindness in every act, we are doing our part.
    30. What are the pitfalls to guard against? One could succumb to the temptation that since he is innocent no matter what he does, it does not matter how unrighteous his actions. Ego wants us guilty so we must always guard against seeing anything else as the problem. The problem is choosing actions that lead to baseless guilt and the solution is leading lives of purity and holiness in alignment with who we are as created by God.

     

    "Be Good, See Good, Do Good."  Sai Baba