While browsing over a line of books kept by a good friend, I came across one which caught my eye – a book about achieving “peace of mind” – 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. 

“The First Secret – Have a Mind that is Open to Everything and Attached to Nothing”

It claims, the need to be right, to possess someone or something, to win at all costs, to be viewed by others as superior. These are all attachments. The open mind resists these attachments and consequently experiences inner peace and success”.

In line with this trend of thinking I also came across an interesting read –

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

Matthew 7:6, New International Version

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness.”

— Karl Marx

Religions are not interested in helping people evolve, or in helping them to become more spiritually intelligent. In order to survive, they need their followers to remain complacent so that they can continue to be exploited. In this sense, religions are similar to dictatorships: they have no interest in helping their own people grow, but only in controlling them, using whatever means necessary. Likewise, the media in general is about control, about manipulating people with a mixture of fear and desire, through endless displays of shiny new and ‘must have’ goods and services. It is no wonder religions and governments have so often been such happy bedfellows, with church and state either sharing the same leader or working closely hand in hand.

Some more conscious people can see the total absurdity of organized religions, and yet in subtle and probably unconscious ways, they remain under their influence. For instance, even non-believers assert that, no matter how irrational it may be, religion and a belief in a higher power can help people to become good and moral. But even if religion helps people to improve themselves psychologically, morally, or emotionally, this is completely outweighed by the fact that it serves to block any real spiritual evolution. Also, there is hypocrisy in equating religion with moral ‘goodness’. Religious wars have been amongst the cruelest and bloodiest in recorded history.

Organized religions have all sustained one underlying objective: to maintain a submissive herd mentality and keep people unconscious. Alongside fear and guilt, morality is one of the main tools that has been used to prevent large scale uprisings of followers against their religious leaders. Religion has basically become a business based on the exploitation of human minds and hearts. That business is not just about money; it is about dominance, power, and control.

People live their entire lives effectively in a state of hypnosis, not altogether different from sleepwalking. They need to be told what to believe and what to think and do. They cannot think for themselves, so instead they model themselves on each other, copy each other’s fears and dreams, and all make the same mistakes. It is small wonder, then, that those who let themselves be controlled by religion, with its preachers and manipulators, do not even attempt to seek truth. As in all other aspects of their lives, they seek conformism. They actually choose to be enslaved, because they fear being different and do not even comprehend the meaning or potential of being able to use their own free will. Freedom requires taking responsibility for one’s own destiny, and people in general are not ready to be free – not from religion, nor temporal authority, nor even society in general. They live instead like lambs to the slaughter. The effective state of hypnosis they are in controls them so much that they are unable to see or acknowledge their inevitable fate.”

Read the complete article here.

Now before people start to get the idea that I am turning to atheism, which I am not, here are some weekend funnies to keep life simple and happy as it should be –