We need to clarify or cement the most fundamental law of the Ismless + ism. The highest precept or virtue of the Ismless + ism is abject poverty. Since 2012 I have been on disability benefits because of my schizophrenia, which amounts to around £850 month. I am 40 and I have never really worked in my life due to mental illness, except 8 months at GAME in 2004 as a sales assistant and 8 months at T-Mobile as a sales assistant in 2009, both on about a grand a month. Therefore, I am, always have been and always will be poor. I promise you that I will always live by example, I will always live in abject poverty and will never make any money from the Ismless + ism. Therefore, the Ismless + ism is unbelievably strict about poverty. In theory the most highest ranking, most venerated, respected and loved Ismlessist, would always also be the poorest among us. If you are a sales assistant on a grand a month, you are the highest ranking Ismlessist and you should know that. If you are homeless, you are absolutely the highest ranking Ismlessist. I am not saying that you can’t be an affluent Ismlessist or that you should give your money away, only that you should know that we Ismlessists don’t give a damn about money or wealth, that it doesn’t make you a higher ranking or more respected Ismlessist by having money, in fact that you should understand that the highest ranking Ismlessist is the poorest and also that you should know that you should be very charitable with your wealth etc. Therefore, an Ismlessist believes in the ancient, universal and fundamental morality of compassionate charity, asceticism and poverty, which all religions of the world teach, including Judaism, Buddhism and Christianity. There are many scriptural examples, however, Matthew 6:3-4 and Luke 16:19-31 are good ones. Therefore, an Ismlessist believes that there is reward in charity and that God and heaven reward those who are generous or charitable. Siddhartha Gautama was a prince who renounced his royal entitlement, became an ascetic and nearly starved himself to death before he attained enlightenment. Pharaohs were rich men who thought they were a god, however, ultimately God was poor baby Jesus Christ who was born in a manger. You catch my drift?
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:3-4
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:23-24
“Give, even if you only have a little.” Dhammapada verse 224.