Allegories Teaching Morality.
"Bimanu, a great and powerful force, was a supreme being living on the outer reaches of Denorah V. One day, Bimanu decided that it was about time he stopped being alone in the universe. As such, he took it upon himself to extract pieces of himself and create entirely new entities known as Reenous — individual selves from his undivided Self. Once created, these individual selves began to spread out across the universe, eventually finding their way to an uninhabited planet we now know as Earth. From there, the Reenous gave rise to consciousness in both human and animal form; 15th-dimensional beings who try earnestly to achieve enlightenment, so as to return back to Bimanu."
Odin, Zeus, Ra, Shiva, YHWH, Krishna, Xenu, Jah, Nature, Space, The Universe, Void, Silence, The Unmanifest, Mathematics, Numbers, Supreme Consciousness, Science.
We seem to always be constantly on the lookout for something else to save us from ourselves; when in reality, it is only us who can save us from us.
A commonly held guiding-principle present throughout all religions is that we should enact more empathy and compassion in our lives, such that we may become kinder to one another. Never killing, never stealing, never telling lies or minipulating others into doing our bidding. These axioms (or self-evident truths) typically serve as the cornerstone for many renowned religions (and cults) from both past and present. So, why is it that in our haste to believe in "something more" we overlook these commonly held principles in place of iterating the "exact events" from these belief systems? "Mary was holy." "Krishna was an avatar of Vishnu." "Ganesh had 4 arms!" By upholding something easy (rote memorization of some spiritual lore), we allow ourselves the ability to overlook the more meaningful work of something hard (actually coming to rationalize our understanding and take ownership over our own lives).
Social Psychology is a science which explores the influence "in-group" and "out-group" mentality has on social dynamics. Each of us, ultimately choosing to believe that the groups we have joined are the "best". Why? For the sole reason that we have decided to join them. In our attempt to avoid any semblance of cognitive dissonance*, we will quickly parry away any advance at the possibility of being "wrong" in our "chosen" beliefs; so much so, that we will "uphold" our exact interpretation of something till the very end, forgoing both logic and reasoning while completely overlooking the most important point being shared: the lesson.
In Zen, it is said that one must not take anything too literally — even this statement. Why? Because anything you have come to "believe" is simply a biproduct of what you "think", and thoughts are (in large part) an illusion. The real principle here being that "it's all in your head". Sadly, we have come to be so overly fixated on the finger (the superficial nature of these deeper moral aphorisms), that we have completely lost sight of the moon (the real treasure, the lesson itself).
Only by seeing past the finger and learning to focus on the moon can we ever break free from this superficial "need" for "something special", "something more", and see that what we are doing is simply just asserting more separation from which there originally was none. What story of Krishna? What legend of Zeus? Who cares about Bimanu? Focus on the lesson and see past the distraction back into the "real". Just be a kinder, more loving person. That is all...
Though, I suppose in saying all of this, I have just created my own "distraction"; my own finger; my own in-group, out-group juxtaposition of what is right and wrong. So, who's to say that I am not also just a finger standing in the way of the moon?
-I am. But only when you think does it ever really become so...