The Deluded Primate
The Truth and the Intellect-Brain’s Illusions of Truth
by J E Ryan
The Deluded Primate helps us discover The Truth about ourselves, and understand why we get things so wrong. What is the goal of life, what is the highest achievement that a person, and hence, the whole human race, can accomplish? Judging by what our history tells us, and by what I hear governments saying today, and they are supposed to represent the views of the majority, it is happiness through material wealth, which, in my humble opinion, not only seems to be missing the point, but is unachievable. Not that material things aren't beneficial, but as the main goal or aim of life, it does seem to me like we are missing the point and reason for our existence. And not just because seeking material wealth has, and still is, the cause of most of our, and the worlds problems, but because it has been realised by the people we most admire, such as Jesus, and The Buddha, and many other enlightened people throughout the ages, that real and lasting happiness comes from knowing the difference between our beliefs and desires, and The Truth. So maybe it is time for us to redirect our goals a little and seek what we should be seeking. It is commonly believed that we are all seeking happiness, and in a way, this is true. But because happiness is a natural state of being, what we are actually trying is to do is avoid pain. This desire drives us to seek happiness through wealth, power and possessions, and our beliefs. Thousands of years ago, after realising that these things were not stopping the pain or making us happy, some people concluded that instead, they would look for the answer within themselves. And eventually, after discovering the art of meditation, some person eventually defeated all of their thoughts, and discovered that beyond their thoughts there was this perfectly happy and contented self. They realised that they were made up of all the ideas they had gathered in life, and that these were causing them to think and act incorrectly, and create the pain they wanted to escape from. As time passed, and more people began to realise The Truth and cause of pain, they discovered that trying to explain what they had realised was very difficult to do, hence the many complicated explanations about The Truth found in the Upanishads, and in other old books that try to explain The Truth. It went on like this for thousands of years. In fact, after realising that the world was full of pain, it took The Buddha many years of searching just to find someone to teach him how to meditate correctly, and a long time after that to defeat his thoughts and realise The Truth and cause of pain, and a whole lifetime trying to get his message across to just few people. Indeed, many enlightened people lost their lives trying to this message of The Truth across to others, Jesus being one of them. However, though many people now worship some of these past enlightened people and try to understand what they were trying to tell us by reading their religious books and scriptures, the whole point of what these people were saying has been lost. In our confusion and delusion we invented religions and religious beliefs that are actually stopping us from seeking and realising The Truth. But times have changed. We now live in an age where information can be sent around the world in an instant, and it is unlikely people will want to kill us for realising The Truth. Despite this, understanding what enlightened people are trying to tell us is just as difficult today as at any other time in our history. I decided to try to explain what they are saying by using pictures and words together, and at the same time, highlighting the problems that we are causing ourselves, other life forms, and the earth itself, because we do not know The Truth of pain and the cause of pain.
- Vivid Publishing, June 2013
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