The confession had not fetched us money so far. Confession was never a game which could be played on screen. Confession has never been a publicity stunt as it has become now. This pious act ignited by realization of one’s own mistakes and misdeeds has always been a very sacred and personal activity.. primarily to unburden ourselves. The confession in isolation is of no value unless it is associated with Forgiveness, Gratitude and attitude of self-correction.
In Bible Jesus is believed to say – ““I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and what you lose on earth will be losed in heaven.” (Matt. 16:19)”
It is my personal conviction that this pious statement of an enlightened person was later cunningly twisted to give authority to church priests to accept confession.
There are only two choices in making confession.. the first one is to confess in front of the person whom you think have hurt, cheated, betrayed, humiliated etc.. and second place is in front of an enlightened Guru. Although Christianity may have taken this idea of confession to asssociate it with purification and freedom from your past Karmas but in Buddism there is no place for freedom from Karma even if you have confessed. Always keep in mind that repercussions of Karma (action) can never be undone by mere confession.
Why do we find two enlightened souls speaking different language? Superficially it looks so but in fact there is no difference in the statement. Their concern is your growth.. your freedom.. but they are speaking to different audiences. One is speaking to shepherds and uneducated and the other is talking to people of an educated and intellectually rich country of that time. (just to refresh your memory – India has oldest universities in the world, Taxila and Nalanda are example). Also their personalities are different. One is radiant intellectual and logical, the other is driven by heart and feelings.
It is definitely because of their own characteristic they are putting the same thing in different ways. They both are interested in you however they are least interested in your past. They know your journey can begin any moment and that moment is now. So whatever you are you will have to accept that or free yourself from that and move on. Jesus is trying to use confession in unburdening you out of his compassion and thus he is declaring you shall be free in heaven of what you free yourself from here. But Buddha is brutally hammering the intellectual people on the other side. He is reminding them of repurcussions of not being sane. He is saying so on account of Karma-Phala (Action-Result) principle. The gestalt has changed but the target remains exactly the same, your freedom.
I find these on-screen confessions are just a way of exploiting man’s innate desire to peep into other person’s life and find out how wrong he could be. And you wonder why would we want that to know? Because that gives a sense of ‘Holier than thou’ we start feeling we are not as bad as that man on the screen. He slept with a girl younger than his own daughter and fiddled with genitals of his cousin, that he slept with men too. Isn’t it s breather for some of you? It is not at all important for us to know what is wrong in this world because that can never help us grow and become ideal for others. The greatest impediment in self-growth is to find fault in others.
Even god knew this when he designed the human body. All the holes which could smell bad or expell out smelly waste have been hidden by him in our body. He could have designed it otherwise but he did not and thus we have writers writing beatiful prose, singing about bodily beauty in their poetry..
There are definitely more better ways and more better things to confess than what is being professed by today’s most popular Guru – The TV Guru!
Do I need say more.. I find it is getting shitty..
- Agyaat Darshan