Originally Posted by Gelfling
@nexus - I don't believe anyone is looking for a particular answer; just discussing a subject on a forum
Yes, I realize this. But when it comes to questions and answers, and the questioner and the answerer, it makes the world of a difference.
The more honest with yourself you are when asking a question, the more honest an answer you will receive.
If only people on this forum realized the gross misunderstanding they have of enlightenment, karma, and soul. Understanding them as such, Concepts, only furthers your distance from enlightenment. Enlightenment is never attainable because it is not possessed, more importantly there is NOTHING that can possess it in the first place. The harder you try to understand transcending duality, the harder it tightens its chains.
People cherry-pick buddhist/zen/taoist terms and act like they understand them, when in fact further add to the confusion. Hence why zen masters explicitly discouraged discoursing of such topics and preferred a smack on the head to awaken someone out of their CONDITIONED way of THINKING (thinking itself is a conditioning, not existing in reality as in itself).
Talking of higher planes and higher beings is utter nonsense. The Buddha explicitly denied all dogmas and idols.
It is about understanding/intuiting the true nature of reality, not developing concepts or following an already beaten path!