you are a slave they have power over you with rituals dogma
beyond the himalayas and yoga of the christ online books
here is what it has to say about our enslavement:
"You must not worship any image or any so-called representation of the Christ in stone, wood or in human form," he went on, "for that will lead you away from the Real. As long as people are kept in ignorance of the Christ within, they become the tools of the false prophets who control, cajole and exploit them. Only when they become enlightened can they free themselves from this bondage."
personal note: I never have worshiped art or rituals, i see them for what they are: works of art, music.
As we passed the Temple of Jo Kang we saw beggars and pilgrims alike prostrating themselves in the filth before the temple, uttering prayers all the time; they crawled along on their bellies because it would be sacrilege to walk. What has the mind of man come to when he worships a building built with hands? He grovels in the dirt debasing his very soul - the real temple of the living God. I was so disgusted by what I saw that for me the very presence of the great Potala lost all significance.
---------yoga of christ
"Yes, that is so," my friend affirmed. "The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil grows out of man's own mind while the Tree of Salvation - Life - grows out of God, being eternal and ever-present, and it knows nothing of good and evil. Yet man is preaching good and evil, hell and the Devil, and so the blind lead the blind. Man must become aware of his oneness with the Ever-present and not be caught up in the struggle between good and evil, fear and faith, God and the Devil, and so forth.
"Yes," said Rimpoche, "wherever you have dogma and superstition at its height you will find ignorance and poverty among the people. This is undoubtedly a great hindrance to progress. Wherever you find religious superstition, the people are poor, because they are prayed to, prayed for and preyed upon, and as long as they can be kept ignorant the better it is for those who rule through superstition and fear. But this is fast coming to an end. Even in Tibet, the most remote country in the world, there are those who are beginning to think things out for themselves."
Anyone finding gold and precious stones must bring them to the monastery; to keep them for themselves would be sacrilege. So you can see why the monasteries are so wealthy and the people so poor. People are told what to think and how to think and what to do, and only comparatively few are able to think for themselves and gain freedom."
"Yes," he affirmed, "people are seeking the truth while living in the false, but the false will remain till they see the false, then the false will cease to be. The false can never contain the truth, ignorance does not contain understanding."
"They cannot see the false," he said, "because they are caught up in it. They are conditioned by their prejudices, by their beliefs, and what others tell them. They have failed to assert their creative faculty of discerning that which is not true. The only truth about the false is that it is false and they will still be caught up in it till they understand it, and how they have been caught up in it."
Now he took on the role of the teacher. "I want you to see this clearly, my son." he said, looking at me, "otherwise you will retain the false, hoping to see the Truth. But it cannot be done."
"Firstly," he said, "you must see what makes you believe in anything, then you will see what makes you anatagonistic to another belief, or idea, or people. If you came here conditioned by your own opinions, then you will see only through that conditioning, but if you are free from your own conditioning you can see us free from ours. Then you will see me as I see you, stripped of all form, all nationalities, all religions and creeds. Then we will know each other to be made in the image and likeness of our Creator, made out of the same Substance, the same Life, and having the 'One' Consciousness within, for there cannot be any division, God being Infinite in nature, there can only be God, there can be nothing else and this is our Being."
I breathed a sigh, for here was the secret of the brotherhood of man and the Fatherhood of God, and he put it in such a few words. I did not move, nor did I reply one way or another, I must not break the spell, I thought. His eyes were closed now, his face took on an angelic look as if a great angel messenger was speaking through him, and it could be so, through one who knew the inner secrets of Life. He continued in that beautiful mellow tone of his and every sentence stood clearly out by itself.
"When you see the false you will know it, you will no longer be part of it, and then the True comes into being, because It always Is, It is Real and Eternal and everpresent, moment to moment, never changing. It is only your mind that changes from one idea to another. When you know what a belief is, what an idea is, then the mind will free itself, and in that freedom there is the Real.
"It is so important to understand that the mind is made dull through condemning, through blaming, through avoidance, through acceptance and through resistance. Only in your relationship, freed from all conditioning is there freedom, and in this freedom there is peace, and in peace there is Love.
"If you are filled with likes and dislikes you are merely projecting your own conditioning."
"You will see some so-called pleasant and unpleasant things as you pass through Tibet," he said, "but if the unpleasant upsets you, you are resisting, you are not free. When there is Love we observe the facts but they do not repel us. I know you have the capacity for this Love, otherwise you would not be here, my son.
"Some repeat words - mantrims, these things do not fill the heart. On the contrary they empty the heart of whatever it has. The heart can only be filled when the mind is not fabricating. When the mind is not caught up in opposites, in ideas, prejudice and the like, then only is the heart alive with Love.