What makes you such an optimist?
I think above all, I am a realist, although I don’t like any conceptual descriptions of my person. I try to stay in tune with reality, which saves me a lot of misconceptions, disappointments and frustrations. The conviction, for example, that what resides in my body is immortal, permits me to be unafraid of death. Rather, it’s with immense pleasure that I live this life to the fullest with the time that I have here. While living this wonderful experience we call life, it is with great respect for the Divine that I try to let love prevail at every level and with every situation.
Do we choose our own paths, and if our destiny is already mapped out, do we really have any freedom or free choice?
We all have a multitude of choices along our journey of life where the main path is already traced. It’s what we call our destiny. The freedom to make choices is offered to us each time we are aware of the reactionary phenomenon of our egos; our ego being our automatic reaction, and in other words, our imprisonment, that which prevents us from making free choice. Free choice is the ability to allow our ego to disappear, revealing a higher intelligence; a divine intelligence in this physical dimension, in a unique form, which we alone are capable of letting through.
Is there a technique to be more receptive to ultimate reality?
There is no system or technique in approaching ultimate reality. In fact, absolute truth is revealed precisely in the disintegration of any system and technique. It’s only through the dissolution of every image, idea and belief, that our minds can access a state of pure and innocent consciousness. It’s when our minds are void of all concepts that we become One with ultimate reality.
How do you define evil?
I would say evil is an immature choice; deeds done by a person who in certain moments, and in certain circumstances, is not in a state to demonstrate Goodness and Truth.
What is the state of non-suffering?
Suffering is automatically engendered by desire. The cessation of suffering is not possible, even if only in imaginary form, until we realize that we are the totality of existence, life’s very current; the whole universe in what IS, and what is known. If this state of consciousness is attained, there would be nothing left to desire and we would be complete, all the while, in perfect harmony with the Absolute.