Sacred or just Scared

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Sacred or just Scared

Post by Mantrik » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:03 pm

Sacred is an anagram of Scared, and I have to admit that I know quite a few people whose fear drove them to seek the Sacred, in one form or another.
We hear of the dying who suddenly want a relationship with a religion or deity to give them security in the 'afterlife'.

But what of Buddhists?

I wonder how many are motivated by a desire for enlightenment, and how many are scared about ending up in the hell realms for kalpas.
Me, a bit of both, and I don't think they are mutually exclusive.

How about you?

Micchāmi Dukkaḍaṃ (मिच्छामि दुक्कडम्)

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Re: Sacred or just Scared

Post by jkarlins » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:41 pm

Scared of many things, but not so much hell.

Interesting question. Thank you for asking it.

Reminds me of an old fairy tale I read in a brother's Grimm collection when I was a kid, the man who set out to know fear. I've always thought that was a good story, and spoke to me personally.


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Re: Sacred or just Scared

Post by PuerAzaelis » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:29 pm

I think both and they are not mutually exclusive.

The 20th century was not about how the Germans became nazis. It’s about how easily I could have been that camp guard at Auschwitz.

There’s no other way to heaven than through hell.
Generally, enjoyment of speech is the gateway to poor [results]. So it becomes the foundation for generating all negative emotional states. Jampel Pawo, The Certainty of the Diamond Mind

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