The egotism of superiority

Whether there is an implicate (implicit) order beyond the explicate (explicit) order in the universe, as suggested by some of the writers mentioned in my posts, cannot surely be decided by other than speculation; or through a rare ability to peer beyond the veil of maya (of Hinduism) or to intuit Plato’s ‘forms.’

The issue thus is whether the experienced physical realm (the explicit order) reflects, or is an emanation of, a background ethereal realm (the implicit order); and whether the latter realm may be accessible to the ‘third eye’ of some individuals. Remember though J. Krishnamurti’s advice: Those who know, cannot tell; this knowledge is beyond words.

However, we also need to be mindful of Ram Krishna’s allegedly repeated claim that he could see ‘the Mother’ (God?), when he apparently ran around naked, and was therefore seen as a madman. Yet he became a very wise man whose thoughts became sought by people from different cultures. His profound insight into the reality of existence was said to have been influenced, in part, by his experience of other major religions.

I can confirm, through direct exposure to ethno-cultural diversity, the value of other religions to finding paths to God, and which Ram Krishna supported.

This takes me to the following point. There are so many individuals, especially laymen (never women, in my experience) who claim superiority of their religious sect over all others. If one is born into a religion, what are the chances of standing outside it while looking at all religious sects or religions? How objective can one be? But then, why compare religions? To what end? To feel superior?

Second, why is it important to have only the one elephant on which to ride into the deep jungle seeking that famous guru? Would not any ride-able elephant do? Would one feel superior knowing that one has the right elephant? Would this not represent a flaunting of one’s ego?

Indeed, has not humility been recommended by the more humanistic leaders of the great religions?