Slumdog Millionaire and A Course in Miracles

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Anything perceived as happening in the world need not be judged. You cannot have a better life or a worse life in form. You have no control over the world. The script cannot be changed. The script is the past— it is written. There is great release in knowing this, giving you full permission to be happy. It is really very simple.

Acceptance | Faith | Grievances | Guidance | Joy | Pain and Pleasure | The Script is Written

Anything perceived as happening in the world need not be judged. You cannot have a better life or a worse life in form. You have no control over the world. The script cannot be changed. The script is the past— it is written. There is great release in knowing this, giving you full permission to be happy. It is really very simple.

Jamal’s only reason for wanting to be on the television show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” is because a girl he likes, Latika, would be watching. In the end, he believed it was all destiny. Destiny means you cannot change it; it is certain. One just need accept that mistakes cannot be made. It is absolutely impossible— it is a trick. There is no reason for guilt; there is no guilt in reality. Our identity as Christ is certain.

If the only desire of our heart is for God, then we are aligned with Spirit and so tuned in that the answers are there even before the questions are asked. This is what it is like to see with Christ vision; listening and seeing with our heart. This is where “peace of mind” is; just come back to trust and there are no questions to ask!

Jamal did not know the answer to the final question, but he was not worried. He knew he could not make a mistake, and chose the answer that came into his mind, as had all the previous answers. We already have all the answers to whatever the questions are. There is no need to look outside ourselves and rely on the images of the world.

The only thing that can ever really seem to be a problem is when the mind has doubts, which take the mind into linear time. This is where the “story” starts to build, either around something in the past that we believe could have been different, or something in the future that might happen. When the mind has doubts, it is not in the “now” and is away from being truly alive in the Spirit.

“The one wholly true thought one can hold about the past is that it is not here. To think about it at all is therefore to think about illusions. Very few have realized what is actually entailed in picturing the past or in anticipating the future. The mind is actually blank when it does this, because it is not really thinking about anything.” (L-8.2)

At the end of the movie, Jamal gets down to the final question. He will either win 20 million rupees or he will get nothing. It seems the show is being broadcast to millions of people in India and they are not only watching, but they are cheering for an outcome because to many it represents escape from poverty and extreme conditions. In order to come up with the answer, Jamal has to give one of four letters: A, B, C, D.

To win the prize, he has to give the correct answer. Jamal opts to “call a friend” when faced with this form outcome that he does not know. When the call is finally picked up, Jamal hears Latika’s voice. He receives the thing that he wanted the most; hoping that she would be watching. Latika gives him “the” answer that he wants to hear in his heart, “I am safe.” It was not A, B, C or D. The outcome or the money did not matter. He did not care about winning. He just wanted to hear in his heart that Latika was safe.

The belief that form has meaning, or the belief that form can tell us who we are, is only because there is a definition in the mind and definitions are wrong because they came from the ego. They define the world. Jesus says poverty is ego thinking (A, B, C or D) and abundance is thinking with the Holy Spirit (Not A, B, C or D). When we are happy, joyful and peaceful for no “earthly reason” then we are thinking with the Holy Spirit and we know true abundance in which poverty is impossible.

God is spirit, he creates in spirit. The ego made all the images. The vision of Christ is always available. It can seem to be a matter of time or a matter of readiness but what it comes down to is the willingness to see what has been denied; to see with spiritual vision which is what revelation is about.

 

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