An excerpt from ‘Beat’: Chapter 44.
Siddhartha wanted to attain enlightenment, so he sat under a tree and meditated. He vowed to sit there for as long as it took to become enlightened. But as he sat, his ego assailed him, tempting and taunting him and he was plagued by doubt and fear. Siddhartha was unmoved. He sat and he sat. He cleared his mind as best as he could, but still he struggled, until he felt an urge to put his hand on the ground. So he placed his right hand on the earth and she took his doubts and desires from him and he was finally rid of the demons of his ego as he moved towards the light.
Empty thyself and I shall fill thee, Jesus said. But what if you are filled with something else? What then? How do you sit under a tree and be filled with the consciousness of Christ if you are already filled with other things? Siddhartha put his hand to the earth to rid himself of these other things. Can we do the same? Hermes, Abraham, Moses, Muhammad and Jesus, did they all sit under a tree and touch the earth to find God? I was a farmer, I touched the earth hundreds of times a day and the only the God I ever found when I was alive was in the bottom of my espresso cup. Ah yes, I am no prophet of God, but I do have the advantage of my own earthly demise tucked safely behind me, and in this, I am a prophet of the afterlife.
The common thread of religious humanity seems to be the desire to merge ourselves with the essence of God. But to obtain this enlightened merger, often we have to die first. Ah sì, this is a bummer, yes?