General Correspondence ~ Peter
with Konrad Swart
PETER: Hi Konrad,
Well I couldn’t resist joining in the correspondence. I hope you don’t mind, but I have followed with fascination your attempts to defend the indefensible and attempt to re-interpret what is actual and factual into yet another meta-physical or cerebral construct. Your philosophy and Guru-ship consists of merely another hotchpotch of Ancient wisdom, some current reading of yours and a bit of Richardism that you have taken on board.
It is amazing to see you beginning to mouth and mimic the words of Richard and twist them to suit your conditioned meta-physical view of the world and attempt to hobble the lot together in a way as to present them as yet another new version of the Truth. And to know your efforts are doomed to failure. Actual freedom or actualism is of course not merely a theory or philosophy but a new, down-to-earth non-spiritual path to freedom – an actual freedom from the Human Condition of malice and sorrow.
Now actual means it works. It means that given sufficient effort and intent that one can virtually eliminate sorrow and malice from the human body. This means in practical terms that one no longer suffers from feelings of sadness, melancholy, boredom, neediness, sympathy, empathy, despair or fear, let alone annoyance, offence, anger, revenge or violence. It is then possible by practical demonstration to live with a companion in total equity, delighting in freely and mutually enjoyed sex, discussion and physical intimacy. The physical pleasures build and build, as does the awareness of the immeasurable and limitless perfection and purity of it all, increasing off the scales. One literally ‘buckles at the knees’ as the paltry attempts of the old ‘I’ to fearfully hang on wither in the helter skelter slide to freedom.
And all this is actual, sensate – as evidenced by the physical senses – not merely cerebral or affective. You know, things like the smell of a woman’s armpit during sex, the feel of the breast or bum, the way you can tease a nipple to hardness, the fresh unique journey that is each sexual encounter as a literal salubrious smorgasbord of sensuality unfolds as wave after wave of pleasure engulfs us both. To feel a woman as equally sexual such that you don’t know who is thrusting or who is wiggling or where you end and she begins. To ride wave after wave of pleasure of such intensity that ejaculation is but a side order, not the main meal. And after ... to lie back and chat about how it was for each of us, to compare notes, to discuss the nuances, pleasures, particularly delicious bits, or just to lay back in that state where all the cells of the body are sexually alive and tingling and drift off into a delicious half asleep state. To drift off entirely or to eventually surface and wobble to the shower where you realise that to have hot water on tap to pour over your body is a simple pleasure that rivals any. Then maybe a cup of freshly ground coffee and a post-coital cigarette, and wonder what other pleasures are next, and in what order they will come. Hedonism has got nothing on this. Freedom is this and much more, Konrad, much more. Can’t I tease you into considering the possibility of living in paradise, here, now, on earth.
It is a paradise not only of physical pleasure as it also offers a stillness and purity wherein one is no longer driven by the instincts, where the mind is a perfectly clear and delightful and playful thing and the usual feelings of fear and aggression are replaced by a consuming sense of well being and benignity. And loneliness disappears as one immensely enjoys ones own company. Good Hey....
So Konrad, unlike the other metaphysical and philosophical theories of freedom this one works and delivers and as such easily rebuffs charlatans and frauds. The proof is in the actual and in my experience if you can prove an end to malice and sorrow in equitable one-on-one companionship you have ‘put your money where your mouth is’. There is no greater test of fire than sexual freedom and equity, than for man and woman to live together in utter peace and harmony – not in theory but in practice.
The Gurus have failed to deliver, they have had their day. The old ancient, long dead ones have eschewed morals and ethical precepts for their followers who have fought horrendous wars as to the Rightness of their masters or own particular God’s vision. And as for the modern Gurus, I know them well to be pretenders. I have seen the despair that ravages their private lives and those around them. The chaos and duplicity of their personal lives, their sexuality, their treatment of women, the psychic powers and the entrapment, surrender and eventual total emotional dependency and enslavement of their disciples is but a sad useless re-run of all that has gone before. No wonder the spiritual or religious pursuits require bucket-loads of faith, trust and hope – it is needed in the face of its continual failure to produce the goods – peace on earth.
So, of course actual freedom will have no gurus, no pretenders as the proof will be in the pudding, so to speak. The Americans say: ‘can you walk the talk?’ Australians say: ‘Can you put your money where your mouth is?’ And its success will be that it is actual, it does work, it does bring change that is tangible. So I will watch with amusements your attempts at hobbling a bit of actual freedom talk into your philosophy – you are doomed to failure, but what the heck! What I am saying to you is that Enlightenment is finished, now that Richard has exposed it from the ‘inside’. Discipleship and the Spiritual Path are also finished and Vineeto and I have exposed the fraud that it is anything other than Eastern Religion masquerading in sheep’s clothing.
So maybe, just maybe, it is worth while considering that everybody (including yourself) has got it 180 degrees wrong. Not just a bit wrong but all wrong.
It can be an enormous blow to pride, particularly male pride – I know it was for me – but I am immensely pleased I let go of the ‘tried and failed’. I did however have to acknowledge I was neither happy nor harmless in order to even begin to become free of the crippling Wisdom of the Past. And then I got to be a pioneer on the path to actual freedom and I always liked to do a bit of pioneering occasionally, to dare to be authentic and original is such a hoot.
It’s such good fun being a human being.
KONRAD to Vineeto: From Richard’s mail.
Note the following sentence: ‘The perfection of this moment in eternal time and this place in infinite space is so pleasurable’
Hedonism as an ethical principle is: ‘Pleasure as the guiding principle with which the distinction between right and wrong, good and evil, and/or better and worse’ is determined. In both the first quote and the second quote Richard demonstrates that he does not understand Hedonism as an ethical principle. He uses the term to designate a certain INTENSITY of pleasure. The intensity of pleasure is not important for the determination of whether hedonism is used as a guiding principle or not. Only that pleasure IS used in that capacity is. Therefore: ‘hedonism is nowhere near as pleasurable as this that is my on-going experiencing’ is only an expression of not understanding the meaning of the term hedonism. On the contrary, it clearly demonstrates that pleasure IS used as a guiding principle, but he refuses to use the word hedonism as an expression of this fact. A refusal that only demonstrates, once again, either an incapability of abstract thinking or an attempt to redefine meanings of words. In other words, actualism is completely based on hedonism. No fantasy of mine, simple observation is enough to see this. Konrad toVineeto, 21.11.1998
PETER: Just to correct you a bit. The quotation about the pleasure of sex that you have in your last E-mail is from me and not Richard. I wrote to you some few weeks ago about sex, given that you said you had taught others about sex.
You didn’t reply, so I left it at that.
I see you are still riling against the possibility of being free of sorrow and malice and becoming happy and harmless. Not only do you deny that it is possible but you question whether it is even desirable. And further not only do you say it is not desirable for humans to be free of suffering and violence, you say anyone who is proposing it as desirable, is somehow evil.
And all this is logical thought!
Being a practical down-to-earth sort of a guy, I say if something doesn’t work like ‘why ain’t I happy and harmless all the time?’ and all the other methods on offer to fix up the problem haven’t worked for me after 30 years of adult life, and further, I see that they haven’t worked for anyone else after thousands of years... And then someone comes along with a new method ... then I would give it serious consideration.
And if becoming happy and harmless is my main intent in life then I’d give it a go because I figure I would have nothing left to lose.
Then I can happily throw out theory and apply the good old scientific method of ‘suck it and see’.
And my experience is that it works. It is possible to become free of malice and sorrow.
Still, at least, you are providing copious written objections for others to see.
So I just wanted to get the facts straight on the post while I ate my post-sex strawberries, blueberries and ice-cream. Oooops. I just mentioned pleasure again! A bit cheeky of me.
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