Religion is Kindergarten for Adults December 23, 2015 – Posted in: Blog, Inspiration – Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I don’t notice much change from being in one religion or another, from the most popular to the most secretive. The only apparent difference is that the followers seem to care more about you when you’re “inside” their circle as if their “feeling special” made you special by default.

It’s really impressive to notice how much everyone believes that their religion is the real one. Arrogance never stops impressing me, because it neglects its own and amazing, as well as obvious, impressive ignorance. I always hear: “When I found this group I never had to search for another any longer” as if they had found the best, and yet, the “quest” lasted no more than 2 to 3 religions. The “feeling stupid” is easily deceived by the “feeling special”.

I wonder if in ancient times people behaved in the same way: “I used to be like you, praying to 33 different gods, but now I only have one and feel much more enlightened”.

The content exposed in all groups I’ve seen for the past 30 years of my life hasn’t shown any improvement. Quite the opposite. Religion is very commonly becoming a kindergarten for adults. It’s as if people predisposed themselves to feel accommodated with the “it’s good to feel happy and stupid”. In fact, the ones attending more secretive meetings could be compared to the kids that enjoy playing games that need to be hidden from adults, and that, when you look at what they’re doing, doesn’t seem like anything that needs to be kept secretive.

Every time I worked with kids and saw one hiding from the rest of the group, I always rushed to see what he or she was doing in worry for their safety. Their reaction was always something like “my mother doesn’t let me play with sticks” or “the other kids don’t like me”. And this is what prevails 40, 60 or even 70 years later, in children that never grow up. The only difference is that at this point they find others telling them that the “stick” is powerful and the seekers of the “stick philosophy” are special individuals. To witness it is as sadly dramatic as hilariously shocking. I really tend to feel trapped between laughing, feeling sad for them and feeling confused about myself for being among them.

I recently attended a Buddhist meeting in which the speaker was telling the audience a bunch of nonsense mixed with bullcrap related to everything you can imagine. Most people tend to say, at least, one truth, when mixing different topics, but when they don’t it’s shocking. This woman said a bunch of shit about Asian people that made it obvious she was never in Asia, not even as a tourist, and said so much crap about Buddhism that I couldn’t stop wondering if she ever read any Buddhist book during her whole life.

I didn’t know if I should get up to call her liar, stupid and deceiver of the masses, leave in front of all the “happy children” and make myself look like the idiot in the group, or just swallow it. But I painfully did the last thing in compassion for the ones listening with smiles in their face and taking notes of that cheap crap.

Most of those individuals were quite old enough to be so dumb. One woman, in her 70s, even said she had learned amazing things that have enlightened her. She must have felt like a Shanghai citizen, when witnessing the sunshine during a Saturday afternoon, after spending a whole week under a dark gray cloud composed of a thick fog of highly toxic pollution.

I’m often labeled as a negative person for saying truths like the one I’m about to say now and that nobody wants to hear, but the fact is that the promise of sunshine in a Saturday at noon doesn’t erase the cancerous effects of breathing toxic air for a whole week, which kills an average of 70k citizens a year in Shanghai alone.

As the citizens of Shanghai, the vast majority of the citizens of the world absorb religious falsehoods and neglect their problems, they want to focus on the promise of the sunshine in an afternoon, while criticizing any outsider telling them the truth and labeling such individual as negative or stupid. And, nevertheless, the promise of one day a week of spiritual fresh air traps them in the constant lie that destroys them both spiritually and physically.

Obviously, as the younger in the group, the minority, I’m always seen as the stupid one. So, when people show me their hypocritical smile and ask “have you understood?”, I feel quite pathetic about them.

This is what I think they need to hear: “You believe in reincarnation, right? Now, imagine I was among the first followers of Buddha and have just witnessed you farting from your mouth the rhythm of our true philosophy. Imagine I tell you that I’m going to imitate you speaking and then all I do is fart! That is how I feel, offended to the bones”.

I still remember to have tried to show how pathetic a group of friends was when they invited me to travel 6 hours by car to attend a meeting with an, in their own words, “avatar coming from India”. During the two days we were there, I witnessed hundreds of people singing and playing instruments, and others looking at the man as if they were in the presence of Christ reincarnated. That asshole, on the other hand, just had to smile and pretend he was holy. That fucking shithead didn’t speak a single word, until one moment, in the second day, in which I guess he was bored with himself and told us a pathetic story, that is as mainstream as simple: a priest and a woman were trying to cross a river, but the woman could and the priest couldn’t, because she had faith.

Seriously? I traveled 6 hours in a smelly car with people snoring, paid hotel and waited hours on the floor, with my back hurting because apparently being spiritual in current times means not sitting in a chair, to hear that shit? If he’s an avatar then I must be a reincarnated super god and almighty king of one thousand galaxies.

I felt a huge impulse coming from within to get up, go to him and say: You are a fake and this is just a big circus, but please try me, prove me wrong if you can!

I did try to help my friends realize how insane they are but do you think they listened? They got offended and never invited me again to such events. One of those friends suffers from diabetes, and when I asked him what the guru had told him in private, he said: “drink water and have faith”.

I tried to help this friend understand that a balanced diet based on raw vegetables and working on his emotional issues can help in reversing diabetes, and he accused me of being lunatic, as diabetes, according to him, has no cure. Then, some random idiot with long hair dressed in pajamas tells him to drink water with faith and he agrees that that’s the right solution. And there is worse to this story: This friend is a nurse.

When I worked with children and told them: “Kids, you’ve been lied, 2 plus 2 is 5, not 4”, they were shocked and asked me to explain. I tried to explain, and they could always see the bullshit in the explanation. So, at some point, I had succeeded in moving them from the dogma to the understanding. However, I try the same with adults and it doesn’t work. They even attack me, saying: “No, you are wrong, you have no faith, go away!”

I have even done the same using their own books. Yes, that’s correct, I can pick one of their books and show them: “Look! This is what the founder of your religion said!”, and they still don’t care. It’s really unbelievable. It’s as if I didn’t have the right to interpret the leader’s words better than them. It’s as if they couldn’t agree with a statement like: “Look! 2 plus 2 isn’t 5; you think it is, everyone thinks it is, but the leader said and wrote 4, not 5 if you can just read it as it is and I’m showing you”.

In my most recent experience, I sent over 20 quotes mentioning the exact pages and titles of their own religious books where they could be found, which contradict entirely the public speeches of a famous religious group. The speaker, with over 30 years inside the group, after receiving them, didn’t accept them and didn’t try to prove me wrong. Why should he? I was only there for two weeks when I did this. How could I know, right? So, I tried the same on other members of the same group, and they answered: “Each theory applies differently to different historical moments”.

REALLY??? We must then be living in a historical moment of massive and major idiocracy as that’s what I witness everywhere. People are stupid, but why learn? Let’s just make religion and god in our image, and ignore the truth! Truth, apparently, is relative to how many years you have of living as an idiot, which seems to grant you more social and religious rights, and also relative to the historical period in which it applies, meaning that you can do whatever you want with it if it fits well within your personal goals.

Usually, there is very little or no wisdom in any religious group, and it seems that they keep repeating the same point while using different texts. It’s really like a kindergarten for adults in which you basically hear things related to: “Be a good boy and a good girl, and Daddy will love you”. Somehow, Momma was left out of the spiritual family. Maybe one day someone will claim that God was married but divorced before we were born or that God is a hermaphrodite, or, who knows, gay or transexual. Think about it and you’ll see that there is some archeological truth to it: God was a Goddess but after having babies and putting them in the world decided to change sex and become God.

Despite the advances we see in science, humans still feel outraged with the idea of God being a scientist merely creating us in a laboratory by mixing his own sperm with the cells of some random monkey. For reasons I can’t really understand, the idea of a father without a mother, a “pregnant man”, seems to be more realistic for most people inside religious groups.

From one side, I can see that most people need this pathetic repetition of superficial ideas, but for me it becomes very exhausting to listen, especially when I want to expand a topic and can’t, because both the attendees and the speakers also can’t. They can’t even understand the purpose, relevance and meaning of my questions. So, I have to do the research on my own to find the answers I need after arriving home from such meetings, and can always get a lot more from youtube and free pdfs online.

I accept the idea that the experience is also important, but I think a human life is too short to be wasted on experiences. Humans don’t really have as much time to experience as it seems. Besides, the meaning attributed to the experience leads to the illusion of development, which delays a real ascension of the conscience, consequential when we investigate profoundly and face the real world. That’s why for me many religious meetings look more like kindergarten experiences for adults than places of gathering for a real spiritual investigation with mature individuals.

It’s very easy to judge a person by his own experience or judge ourselves in the same way, so it’s easy to assume a “young body” is dumb and an “old body” is wise, but that’s often NOT the case. The old is deluded in the illusion of repetition while the young is deluded in the illusion of habit. And due to my experience such individuals end up becoming very transparent for me, especially when they answer a question and even more by how they choose to answer.

I do respect the limitations of others, but I can’t respect my own. To respect myself and my limitations is to ignore the fact that I’m thousands of years ahead of the human civilization, and very likely on Earth to enlighten it, which has proven to be a very difficult task so far. Less than 1% are ready to move from kindergarten to first grade.

The situation appears worse when an adult, in his 60s, tells me: “We have many reincarnations to learn” because I always reply them something they can’t understand: “You’ve been in kindergarten for millions and millions of years,… isn’t it enough?”

It is said that when the student is ready the master appears, and for the ones I’ve met seeking for more spirituality their master hasn’t appeared yet. They neglect the fact that they’ve been ignoring the real master next to them and among the students while looking for the one in front of them or while trying to portray themselves as one.

There’s only a problem of perspective in the world, which is neglected due to ignorance. The masters have arrived already. Forgive them if even they themselves do not know! But do not forgive yourself for not seeing them! What I’ve just described is the story of a master that can’t find students, because the ones attending religious meetings, despite their age, education level or occupation, always want babysitters.


Robin Sacredfire

Author of “The Sacred Fire of the Phoenix”

The Sacred Fire of the Phoenix By Robin Sacredfire