He spoke about what the soul is and wants – the agenda of the soul. He states that a belief in the soul can only ensue from a belief in the existence of a God. I believe in a soul, but I don’t believe in God so I just listened with an open mind as I use the word God often myself because I don’t have a better word for the higher power / universe that I do believe exists.
His premise in the new book is that “98% of the world’s people are spending 98% of time on things that don’t matter” We are trying to achieve the agenda of the mind “get the guy, get the girl, get the job, get the car, get the house, get the promotion, get the better house, get the kids, get the grand kids yada yada yada”.
He also talks very interestingly about religion and its place in global consciousness. How religion can say your entrance to ‘heaven’ is dependant on certain conditions being met. One of those conditions is that you are a ‘good’ person. However, you could be a good person, a great person, but sorry! you can’t get in to the Kingdom of Heaven because you believed in the wrong God or chose the wrong religion. There are so many contradictions in religion; here’s another one NDW mentioned:
Religion tells us that you have free-will yet if you don’t so as God says, you’re going straight to hell. What kind of free-will is that?
This idea of heaven and hell and this frightening, conditional God, is something that even as a child I struggled with and that led to me being a non-believer. My mum had Catholic, Muslim, Hindu, and Church of England friends and yet she really believed deep down that only Catholics will go to heaven. My born-again Christian cousin believes only born-again Christians will go to heaven.
Anyway, this statement from the show really stuck in my mind:
How is it possible for 6.9 billion people to all claim they want the same thing – peace, health, security, financial abundance, opportunity, prosperity, love, joy, and all the rest – we all want the same thing – how is it possible for 7 billion of us to all want the same thing and be unable to produce that outcome for any but the tiniest percentage of us? What is it that is the problem here? And the answer to that question is the problem is we are after the wrong things. We are striving for the wrong things in the wrong way.
This statement touches the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh very closely and I loved how it made me really think and am still thinking about it now.