Superiority and Inferiority complex in Spirituality

This article is in response to a question.

When we are talking about inferiority or superiority complex while on a spiritual path, we may need to observe that unless we feel welcomed to a spiritual path, most likely we will not agree to experience that path.

A collective spiritual path or religion, caters to ego for the seeker to embrace the path.
I may have had wonderful “experiences” with Brahma Baba in the subtle region or perhaps had a wonderful vision of the Golden age, and I was there… I feel “special.” Nevertheless, if the BK path or any path does not present itself in a welcoming way, I will not hang in there for too long.

In the realization that many struggles could happen within members, there must be a deeper way to entice the follower to stick with the “true” path.

No better way than to touch the ego of the participant. In this way, if the environment is harsh, the participant will see this as a “test,” a way to “show everyone” that he is worth it. He has the motivation to stay.

In Life as in any religious path, ego will go “up and down.” When ego is “inflated” because of getting a great job, getting a big house, car, new wife/husband, etc. (It is all about getting something to decorate the “I”.) then, the stage has been developed to “deflate” that ego.
This is in short the “theory” behind inferiority and superiority complexes.
The misunderstanding could be that: “Ahnanda is saying that getting stuff is a way to enhance ego, therefore; it is bad. Remain poor, that is to be “pure.”
That is not it at all. There is no issue in “getting things.” The issue is to observe how the ego reacts, how the superiority complex appears, how comparisons with others become the standard for “success.”

That is the same silliness that happens in religious settings, although most are unaware of.
Getting paradise, getting God, getting a high status, getting Buddhahood, enlightenment, etc.

To motivate or “inspire” the follower who is not aware of the ego yet; anything that is considered “success,” whether now or in the future is important; and he is told that “thing” will be obtained via methodic “effort making.”

For this to work, there must be “inferiority complex” as well. That is the fear to fail. “If you are not a BK, you are a Shudra.” Or between BKs: “If you don’t get a high status in the first birth in the Golden age through high efforts, you may be a cremator.”

The game is set up.

As far as the example you made in Zen;  we are all “Buddhas” already, although the experience that we need to go through at this point in time may not be that, but in time; it will get there again through Life experiences. Everyone is at a different stage.
When we truly understand that the range of experiences is a circle and in that circle there is polarity, we could acknowledge and accept that any state that we may experience is momentary, it will keep changing. Thus, Buddhahood is not the end or the goal, but an experience of all the possible experiences that Life may offer.

Ego drops down in the realization that there is nothing out there “realistically”, to enhance it. Life is not about getting the stomach full with food as a goal in Life. You will be hungry again. Thus, Life is in the enjoyment of both: The experience of feeling fullness and the process of feeling hunger again; for one leads into the other.

For the common good.

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