ground wrote:Hanzze wrote:ground wrote:Whoever thinks to know does not know. Only freedom can tell but freedom does not come about through thinking "it is like this" or "it is like that".
Religious thought based on hope may provide comfort for the fearful. There is nothing wrong about that. So striving for merit may provide ephemeral feelings of joy and happiness thus making this short period between birth and death a bit more bearable.
The religion traumata will also fade away with time
No traumata, but mere investigation.
Maybe am explanation of what is meant with the term "religion" is necessary: From my perspective religion is a system of thought that engenders hope for something beyond experience thus providing a support for consciousness. No mystery just psychology in the context of the psychology the Buddha taught.
I am sure it is well meant.
Hanzze wrote:and don't worry that others can be caught in it while doning Dana (in a meritious way) as that would not be possible. Just do not rest unhonestly.
There is no worry about other at all because there is complete reliance on other's wisdom.
Does such cause "but.." or "just..."
Hanzze wrote:Making merits (Dana) with the hope or enjoyment of good feeling is no merit making at all. But to abstain from making Dana (letting go of possession) with the fear of maybe doing it for pleasure is a good subtile excusse to abstain from it.
Letting go of intellectuall possession is Dana as well. Just give up!
No need for discussing the ideas "merit" or "dana" further. Everything is fine, you just do what you feel is good for you.
I am on your side that just doing without but is much better.