How do you carry your weight and maintain bearing?

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  1. MorallyandMoral

    MorallyandMoral Registered User

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    Very newbie here; but, deeply researched and thought through. I carry my own weight of enormous moral responsibility initiated through a very VERY deep study of philosophy and Stoicism. I cannot imagine how Marcus Aurelius carried the weight of the Roman Empire, or Epictetus with his lame leg.

    Yet, Freemasons carry such enormous weight that I find it incomprehensible.

    How do you carry that weight and maintain your bearing, fellow brothers?
     
  2. JamestheJust

    JamestheJust Registered User

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    The Spirit is never contaminated by the actions of the personality.
    or:
    Gita 5:10 One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme God, is not affected by sinful action, as the lotus leaf is untouched by water.
     
  3. MorallyandMoral

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    Without attachment this is not possible. Is it?
     
  4. JamestheJust

    JamestheJust Registered User

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    >Without attachment this is not possible. Is it?

    Quite so. The average human is more attached to his/her self-image than possessions or relationships.

    I recall a woman, about 40, who attended a workshop to meet the personal will that operates the defence system for the host human. Everyone in the workshop saw themselves in a mirror or the Christ, or scenarios based on streets paved with gold. She understood that she had failed to see her personal will

    That was on the Thursday night. So she meditated for hours each night to push past the personal will (dweller on the threshold) until the following Wednesday at 2 am when she succeeded - and she saw that all the good works she had done over the decades had been done so that she could feel better about herself.

    Such is the fundamental attachment of humans.

    It is common in week-long spiritual workshops that Wednesday is the make or break point.
     
  5. tomoso

    tomoso Registered User

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    It ain't heavy, I've got Brothers
     
  6. jermy Bell

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    I don't think I've ever been vain. I only use the mirror to shave.
     
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  7. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Lol...Agreed!
     
  8. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    Without taking anything (much) away from the Original Poster, I note on his profile "Home Lodge:Self-Taught". @MorallyandMoral - that's not how it works.

    And seriously, I thought this was going to be a post about being overweight.. we do love out tucker us Freemasons.

    You only feel weight when it's too heavy for you. And a load only becomes too heavy for you if you pick it all up at once.
    Don't do that.

    That's how I carry my "enormous moral responsibility", which, I suspect I perceive something like you do, but I don't pick it all up at once.

    And I liked the quote from James from Gita 5:10. I do the same. Rather than go for something Biblical or Masonic, I'll go for this one;

    Self-pity
    I never saw a wild thing
    sorry for itself.
    A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
    without ever having felt sorry for itself.

    D. H. Lawrence
     
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  9. TheThumbPuppy

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    I'm glad I wasn't the only one. I was going to say, I lean slightly backward to offset the frontal load. But that's another story.
     
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