What Is Integrity? – The Role Of Integrity In Life

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A deep dive into the importance of integrity for living a good life, what integrity means and how it works at a metaphysical level.

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  1. Got the notification. Saw the title. Went like “that’s a great question”. Now watching the video and already loving it.

  2. Wow I’ve never been this early, can’t wait to hear what Leo has to say today 🙂

    • 02. A BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF “LIFE”:

      Everything, both perceptible and imperceptible – that is, any gross or subtle OBJECT within the material universe which can ever be perceived with the cognitive faculties, plus the SUBJECT (the observer of all phenomena) – is to what most persons generally refer when they use the term “God”, since they usually conceive of the Primeval Creator as being the Perfect Person, and “God” (capitalized) is a personal epithet of the Unconditioned Absolute. However, this anthropomorphized conception of The Absolute is a fictional character of divers mythologies.

      According to most every enlightened sage in the history of this planet, the Ultimate Reality is, far more logically, Impersonal Absolute NOTHINGNESS (otherwise called “The Tao”, “The Great Spirit”, “Brahman”, “Pure Consciousness”, “Eternal Awareness”, “Independent Existence”, “The Ground of All Being”, “Uncaused Nature”, “The Undifferentiated Substratum of Reality”, “The Unified Field”, et cetera).

      In other words, rather than the Supreme Truth being a separate Blissful, Supra-Conscious Being (The Godhead Himself or The Goddess), Ultimate Reality is Eternal-Existence Limitless-Awareness Unconditional-Peace ITSELF.

      Because the Unmanifested Absolute is infinite creative potentiality, “it” actualizes as EVERYTHING, in the form of temporary, cyclical universes. In the case of our particular universe, we reside in a cosmos consisting of space-time, matter and energy, without, of course, neglecting the most fundamental dimension of existence (i.e. conscious awareness – although, “it” is, being the subject, by literal definition, non-existent).

      Just as a knife cannot cut itself, nor the mind comprehend itself, nor the eyes see themselves, The Absolute cannot know Itself (or at least objectively EXPERIENCE Itself), and so, has manifested this phenomenal universe within Itself for the purpose of experiencing Itself, particularly through the lives of self-aware beings, such as we sophisticated humans. Therefore, this world of duality is really just a play of consciousness within Consciousness, in the same way that a dream is a person’s sleeping narrative set within the life-story of an ‘awakened’ individual.

      APPARENTLY, this phenomenal universe was created with the primal act (the so-called “Big Bang”), which started, supposedly, as a minute, slightly uneven ball of light, which in turn, was instigated, ultimately, by Extra-Temporal Supra-Consciousness. From that first deed, every motion or action that has ever occurred has been a direct (though, almost exclusively, an indirect) result of it.

      Just as all the extant energy in the universe was once contained within the inchoate singularity, Infinite Consciousness was NECESSARILY present at the beginning of the universe, and is in no way an epiphenomenon of a neural network. Discrete consciousness, on the other hand, is entirely dependent on the neurological faculty of individual animals (the more highly-evolved the species, the greater its cognitive abilities).

      “Sarvam khalvidam brahma” (a Sanskrit maxim from the “Chandogya Upanishad”, meaning ‘all this is indeed Brahman’ or ‘everything is the Universal Self alone’). There is NAUGHT but Eternal Being, Conscious Awareness, Causeless Peace – and you are, quintessentially, that!
      This “Theory of Everything” can be more succinctly expressed by the mathematical equation:
      E=A͚ (Everything equates to Infinite Awareness).

      HUMANS are essentially this Eternally-Aware-Peace, acting through an extraordinarily-complex biological organism, comprised of the eight rudimentary elements – pseudo-ego (the assumed sense of self), intellect, mind, solids, liquids, gases, heat (fire), and ether (three-dimensional space). When one peers into a mirror, one doesn’t normally mistake the reflected image to be one’s real self, yet that is how we humans conventionally view our ever-mutating forms. We are, rather, in a fundamental sense, that which witnesses all transitory appearances.

      Everything which can be presently perceived, both tangible and immaterial, including we human beings, is a culmination of that primary manifestation. That is the most accurate and rational explanation for “karma” – everything was preordained from the initial spark, and every action since has unfolded as it was predestined in ETERNITY, via an ever-forward-moving trajectory. The notion of retributive (“tit for tat”) karma is just that – an unverified belief. Likewise, the notion of a distinct, reincarnating “soul” or “spirit” is largely a fallacious belief.

      Whatever state in which we currently find ourselves, is the result of two factors – our genetic make-up at conception and our present-life conditioning (which may include mutating genetic code). Every choice ever made by every human and non-human animal was determined by those two factors ALONE. Therefore, free-will is purely illusory, despite what most believe.

      As a consequence of residing within this dualistic universe, we experience a lifelong series of fluctuating, transient pleasures and pains, which can take the form of physical, emotional, and/or financial pleasure or pain. Surprisingly to most, suffering and pain are NOT synonymous.
      Suffering is due to a false sense of personal ‘doership’ – the belief that one is a separate, independent author of one’s thoughts, emotions, and deeds, and that, likewise, other persons are autonomous agents, with complete volition to act, think, and feel as they wish. Another way of stating the same concept is: suffering is due to the intellect being unwilling or unable to accept life as it manifests moment by moment.

      There are five SYMPTOMS of suffering, all of which are psychological in nature:
      1. Guilt
      2. Blame
      3. Pride
      4. Anxiety
      5. Regrets about the past and expectations for the future

      These types of suffering are the result of not properly understanding what was explained above – that life is a series of happenings and NOT caused by the individual living beings. No living creature, including Homo sapiens, has personal free-will. There is only the Universal, Divine Will at play, acting through every body, to which William Shakespeare famously alluded when he scribed “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”
      The human organism is essentially a biopsychological machine, comprised of the five gross material elements and the three subtle material elements, listed above.

      The ANTIDOTE to all mental anguish is to firstly discern pain from suffering, then to achieve complete relief from that miserable state of existence, by abandoning the erroneous belief in personal authorship, and abiding in the primordial sense of being (the unqualified “I am”, which is one’s core identity). This is the very same peace which is experienced each night during the dreamless phase of the sleep cycle. This ‘resting imperturbably as Flawless Awareness’ can be practiced on a regular basis, until it is fully assimilated and integrated into one’s life.

      Every person, from time immemorial, has been either intentionally or unwittingly seeking such causeless peace, most commonly by practicing one of the four systems of YOGA (religion) delineated in the sixteenth chapter of this work, or else in creating wealth and the acquisition of material possessions, or in psycho-physical pleasures. That peace of mind is often referred to as “happiness”, “joy”, or “love”, and often presumed to be a temporal state, since many assume, incorrectly, that continuous peace is unavailable in this life.
      Fortunately, that is not the case – it is eminently possible to live one’s life acquainted with unbroken peace of mind, if destined.

      Following DHARMA (frameworks of authentic religion and societal duties) is not guaranteed to achieve that desired tranquillity of mind, but even so, it is beneficial for individuals, since it establishes a structure which enables one to more easily elevate oneself beyond the mundane, animalistic platform (i.e. the base pursuits of eating, sleeping and mating). Intrinsic to dharma is the division of the adult male population into the four classes of society and the inherent role of girls and women in society, as fully elucidated in latter chapters of this Holy Scripture.

      So, now that you understand life, and the reason why we are suffering here in this (ostensively) material universe, you are now able to become liberated from all mental suffering, RIGHT?

      WRONG! It is imperative to approach an authentic spiritual master to assist you to come to the above realization, by slowly undoing your past conditioning. Just as you have been conditioned over an entire lifetime to think one way, you need to be re-conditioned to think another way (in alignment with your essential identity as The Divine). For one who has himself for a teacher, that man has a veritable fool as his teacher.

      Even if you adhere closely to the precepts of a competent teacher, you may still not come to a full understanding of life, but if you are sincere, humble and dedicated, you will definitely find more peace in your daily life – all of which was DESTINED to occur, of course.

      Furthermore, if you are suitably-qualified and it was ordained, you may be fortunate enough to receive discipline from one of the EXTREMELY rare fully-enlightened masters residing on earth at any given time (perchance even the current World Teacher himself), and subsequently realize the aforementioned fundamental concepts, by diligently studying authoritative doctrines (especially the most accurate and complete of all extant Scriptures, this “Final Instruction Sheet for Humanity”), serving your guru with great reverence and devotion, and by deliberately avoiding undue harm to oneself, to other individuals, to society as a whole, and to the natural environment.

      ☮️

    • @*The World Teacher – Jagadguru Svāmī Vegānanda* I’m gonna come back and read this a few more times I’m sure. Thanks you!

  3. It feels like we belong to the generation that explores the cosmos.
    Brilliant work Leo! We all need it!

  4. As Leo’s psyche evolves on this hero’s journey, more of his chest is revealed.

  5. The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. –
    Bob Marley

  6. An honest, sincere apology is one of the best examples of integrity, imo.

    And ultimately, integrity is really just love. Whenever I see acts of integrity happening around myself, I recognize them as raw and pure love.

  7. Do you prefer a cult leader of high integrity or Leo integrity? 😜 I’m already loving this episode!

  8. The deep problem of marketing is literally the video that changed the game for me

    • It’s one of the least watched one. The title isn’t attractive. Ironically there is a problem with the marketing of the video. 😁

  9. Can you touch on Being Transparent into part 2? I think it’d be a nice addition and provoke people to see what areas they lack integrity in. 💜

  10. Hello Leo I am a Nigerian and i have been following your channel for about a year now. Please can you do a video on the deeper level of corruption as it exists in Africa? It is way too much and there’s got to be more to it

  11. 💡 Integrity:
    The choice between what’s convenient and what is right 🌟
    -Tony Dungy

  12. I actually don’t know how you manage to talk for such a length of time. It’s incredible.

  13. Since almost 2.5 years now I felt a lack of integrity manifested in living a life not really true to myself due to wanting to cling to old behaviors. I feel drawn to integrity and I still remain attached to my old identity.
    When I look at my dreamboard I begin to cry because I feel that I am still believing to be my old identity. I feel the suffering connected to stay small and mediocre. I feel every time when I made a selfish decision… awareness is double-edged sword. It’s like a Trojan horse from God that I immediately feel when something is out of integrity. My awakenings are recognitions how big I am and how small I hold myself. Hurts every time but feels so good.

  14. I notice the fact that Leo has been showing more his chest, as David Deida says “Live With an Open Heart
    Even If It Hurts” and “When the front of your body is
    open and relaxed, your power flows freely, and your presence fills the room”.

  15. I was literally making a neurotic face from a toothache and then you mentioned it. Lol.

  16. When leo tears up about the integrity of Braveheart, you can see the power and love in his eye’s. It is unbelievably inspiring. I would imagine through his journey with psychedelics he himself has experienced death in this manner. I love this man!!!!

  17. i love the self reflection you’re drifting into more now,this suits you more than defensiveness.
    obvious development.

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