Visitors' Questions during August 2002
This page will be revised at the beginning of each month.
The following are Hai's and other spirits' responses to miscellaneous questions recently posed by visitors to this web site or by personal visitors to our home. If you would like to ask a general question please complete the Question Form or post it in one of the Web Board's forums. If you have a question of a more personal nature please see the Consultations Page. Occasionally, we may ask people who have received responses to personal questions if they are happy to give their consent to posting on this site an extract of the response which they have received if we feel that it could also be of benefit to others.
A recent postal question prompted a follow on discussion regarding the
possibility of achieving a calm and peaceful state of mind:
Q: I knew someone who was like that.
Hai: Well is this not great pain? Is this not great torment? It is like as if we say to ourselves: "Oh what an awful day that was! The sky was thick with dark clouds which threatened rain and threw rain on us all. What an awful day that was!". And their friends says to them: "Ah, yes indeed, it was, but that was one day many months ago and here we are sitting in the glorious sunshine of the blue sky". But you see my point? You can become so fixed on that one bad day, that awful day, that you loose, you miss the Now, the glorious Now.
Q: If people did have more controled minds would it add to the peace on the
earth? Would we be more peaceful?
Q: I was just thinking about the quiet beautiful mind.
Question of the Month
Q: How do you view man's infatuation with materialistic goods?
Hai: Ah well, you know, while we are in the earth body we have many needs, we have many needs. And to the extent that earthly goods, earthly manufacturings, help to ease our life in earth body, there is no harm in this. And indeed there may be much good in this. So there is no problem with this. But the problem is when people become too attached to the earthly imaginations, too attached to earthly things, too attached to material conditions and material artefacts. This can cause problems. People loose perspective, people loose balance. People then fail perhaps sometimes to develop the spiritual aspect of their life because their minds are focused on the material to the exclusion of the spiritual.
But I talk as if there is duality. There is no duality here fundamentally. But it is true that we may loose perspective on life. It is true rather that we may loose persective on life in a number of many different ways. It is not accurate to say that we should contrast the material with the spiritual. For the fundamental problem is that people loose balance, loose perspective in their life and they become obsessive about one aspect of their life, or about certain conditions in their life to the exclusion of all others. And no matter what manifestation of their attachment comes from this we find a situation where they lack balance, they lack perspective. They loose their focus on life. They loose their balance and therefore their life becomes a life of dis-ease, a life of lack of balance, a lack of the pivitol point of life. Therefore it is best to talk in this way: that we should foster the principle of non attachment. That we do not become over attached, excessively attached, preocupied with other things, regardless of what these other things may be. For people may become over attached to religion, may become over attached to spirituality. And we would therefore have the same problem with this. The same problem of lack of balance as we would have with preocupation with other things such as preocupation with television, watching hours and hours of television, without purpose. Therefore the fundamental problem is this lack of balance, this over attachment to certain things.
Q: Do you think this comes about through normal human reasoning or through poor education?
Hai: You may foster, you may create conditions in your society which
present, which create these circumstances, these situations where people are more
likely to become attached to things or less likely to become attached to things. Your
society, your culture, brings about these problems sometimes. Therefore it is more
than just the individual. The individual is one fish in the sea if you like, and if
you find that the sea becomes contaminated then the fish, the poor little fish, will
become contaminated. The sea is pure, the fish may be pure also. But it is not the
whole story, because we have our free will also. Therefore it is both a matter for
the individual, but also a matter for society, culture.
The person then related a story about someone whose expensive car had been
vandalised. It had caused the owner a good deal of distress.
Regular Question Nights are held at our home in Stockport, England. If
you live within travelling distance why not come along and meet Hai and his
spirit friends. Ask about life in the spirit world and get their perspective
on issues of interest or concern. Question Nights are currently held one evening a month
8.00pm to 10.00pm, cost £3.75, including light refreshments.
If you cannot visit in person you can still pose a question either by completing the Question Form or by posting your question in one of the Web Board's forums.