Don’t believe everything you hear or read!

There is so much misinformation out there. People post things knowing they are false or believing them to be true. Then these same postings are copied and distributed around the world like they are some truth. It’s unbelievable what is passed on! And never forget that just because you believe something to be true that doesn’t mean it is! And that applies to both religious and political beliefs!

Here is an appropriate statement made by Buddha addressing this issue:

“That we must not believe in a thing said merely because it is said; nor traditions because they have been handed down from antiquity; nor rumors, as such; nor writings by sages, because sages wrote them; nor fancies that we may suspect to have been inspired in us by a Deva (that is, in presumed spiritual inspiration); nor from inferences drawn from some haphazard assumption we may have made; nor because of what seems an analogical necessity; nor on the mere authority of our teachers or masters. But we are to believe when the writing, doctrine, or saying is corroborated by our own reason and consciousness. “For this,” says he in concluding, “I taught you not to believe merely because you have heard, but when you believed of your consciousness, then to act accordingly and abundantly.”

— Secret Doctrine III, H. P. Blavatsky, Page – 401