This following saying is human spirituality/philosophy explained in perhaps its most simple and elegantly recognizable (true gnosis) form.
The tale of two wolves.
“An old Cherokee told his grandson “There is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is go(o)d. It is joy, love, peace, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.”
The boy thought about it, and asked “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man quietly replied. “The one you feed.”
The problem, you see, is not religions. The issues of this world sit squarley with us and our fellow humans. No more lame excuses about external notional Gods or Demons being the cause.
Some of us, more tham ideal perhaps, have been choosing to selfishly feed our inner evil wolves having little to no regard for how that impacts on others. It’s we the people, that have caused the harms that have travelled through time with fraudulent “belief” religions. It’s our egos and the egos of emperors (and their “spiritual” leaders) that bring the stain of evil to our world. Not a fake devil.
Jesus said, “The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”
Gospel of Thomas – Saying 39
And what’s more, the truth is, these subtle “instincts” and their potential, is with each a nd evryone of us.
“I usually say the aim of life is to be happy. Our existence is based on hope. Our life is rooted in the opportunity to be happy, not necessarily wealthy, but happy within our own minds. If we only indulge in sensory pleasure, we’ll be little different from animals. In fact, we have this marvellous brain and intelligence; we must learn to use it” ~ Dalai Lama
I’d even managed to find a simple explanation for how we came to think of a God as a man that lives in the sky, spookily watching every move we make, not unlike a modern day drone; including a logical explanation why that view differs from something that Jesus said in the Gospel of Thomas, and why that following saying is not in the Bible.
Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you.
When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”
Gospel of Thomas – Saying 3
If you think, as I am sure some may do at first, that the ancient Cherokee saying is not a reflection of our reality, then take a moment and look at this YouTube Video that reports on a University of California, Berkley study into how easily any person can and does fall foul of these subtle inner realities.
Money on the mind (YouTube)
Internet Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuqGrz-Y_Lc#at=373
Last accessed : 2 February 2014
In the Jesus seek and find saying, he also says we will be marvelled and troubled. The trouble comes from the realization of that evil wolf inside us all. Ego’s will resist their demise. We conquer this phase of the journey to a Jesus take on enlightenment, by facing up to and addressing this reality about we humans.
Jesus said, “Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]”
Gospel of Thomas – Saying 2
Here’s another video which I think is connected to this important idea of a duality of good and evil inside us all. But before you look at it consider this additional concept.
The evil wolf the Cherokee spoke about has the form of the survival instinct; including selfish characteristics and deceitful behaviours (lies). The evil wolf is about seeking what it perceives as material advantages for the individual. It’s motto would be survival of the fittest. Because it favours material advantage, it leaves in its wake an unsatisfied spiritual demand. This may be the cause of egos seeming fixation on all things insatiable. Or perhaps it’s the root of greed and lustful behaviour.
The go(o)d wolf on the other hand, is about the animal herd instinct. Like when fish shoal together or herds of wilder beast roam the plains together, keeping an attentive eye out for their neighbour. Some ending up making sacrifices for the greater go(o)d of the community. Loving their neighbours, leaving the debate on intent aside.
In this (YouTube) example, a troop of Baboons, due to an act of fate (or was it Go(o)d?, he says tongue in cheek), change from functioning as a traditional hierarchical community, marked by aggression and selfishness to a social grouping that enjoys a comparatively more peaceful and harmonious lifestyle. The path to peace.
Internet link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZcTvFqzxA0
Video Title: Dr Robert Sapolsky and the baboon troop.mp4
Last accessed : 2 February 2014
When it comes to the power of the herd Instinct, the forer effect is worth bearing in mind.
Last accessed : 19 February 2014
And if that is not enough…