A sincere fellow is agreeable in some ways: to reject gems of any sorts is not always good enough.
Provision in season makes a rich house (British). Speaking of balance, well-nigh any drive to give more than you get back, probably must be overcome some time. "Who spends before he thrives, will beg before he thinks (Proverb)."
What if something untoward happens? Religions and societies have ruthless laws to conform to ensure stability and control – not necessarily just peace, but a stability that serves those on top, mainly, for example through some established, bulwarked system.
A good conscience and a sane, even rational mind are not worth forsaking.
Scriptures and laws
Every book must be chewed to get out its juice (Chinese proverb).
There are intricacies in it. Laws of Manu, or Manu Samhita, in the translation of G. Bühler, decrees, "When two sacred texts (Sruti) are conflicting, both are held to be law; for both are pronounced by the wise (to be) valid law. [Laws of Manu, 2:12-14]
The open questions is if that way of dealing with laws really amounts to help.
Another example concerns the value of old laws. Is it all right to ignore all of them, some of them, or are they all valid. Some moral laws still hold good, as Buddhas five moral precepts, to name one set. As for other old laws, they have something in common with men who get bald. They can be demanding to deal with, but lack in power, sight and balance also. Yet, just as it is unwise to judge a bald man to be feeble and outdated - or the other way round, it may be unwise to consider a law totally valid because it is old, or "our" law. An example:
One hoary and gruff text says you should kill a woman for something, as the Law of Hebrews would have Mary killed for getting pregnant, with the coming Jesus in her growing belly. It did not happen! She was saved anyway and many a Hail Mary has been sung in her honour, even though the son she bore, Jesus, vouched for a Law that would have Mary stoned to death for getting pregnant out of wedlock - with Foetus Jesus in her belly. He vouched for the given law down to its tiniest dot, in the gospel of Matthew 5:17-19, and that law would have had Mary executed, stoned to death on her father's doorstep. (Deuteronomy 22:20,23,24). Mind it is unwise to saw off the branch you are sitting on, like Jesus in Matthew 5:17-19.
Dealing with laws takes consideration, fair judgements and fit laws, and being foggy and swayed does not actually wash away harmful judgements. (See Matthew 5:17-19; Luke 1:26-35; Deuteronomy 22:20,23,24) - [More, with old Bible quotations]
Must scriptures be old to be valid? Or old to be of use? Overcome such foggy weakness. Insistence enough and power makes a scripture. Upheld insistence is what finally breeds the scripture status.
A crisis hint: In a pucker, some interpret scriptures of others as metaphorical, and say they don't mean what they clearly say. Some theologians serve such an end too – they explain away commands and teachings that seem too hard to back up, for example.
The literature surrounding Ramakrishna reveals a deep truism – note the steps:
Ramakrishna told a whole lot of savoury stories. [Cf. Rap. Sah. Tas. Tos.] He also told a lot from his own experiences.
Now to recognise a jewel you have to be an expert on jewels or rare stones. You don't have to be one yourself. Likewise, you don't have to be ill to diagnose diseases and work as a medical doctor. As for godmen, well, do your best, and you could end up as one yourself before you know it.
Better a castle of bones than of stones. [Dp 227]
A living goat is of more worth that a temple of stones; have you heard it where tourists swarm areound stone buildings that are thought to matter? But the fact is that the goat – or seagull – have higher biological worth than the stone edifices – naturally. Go sightseeing – see a squirrel!
It is taught that God is inside us or with us, and that it pays to show the right God respect – by living decently, a clean body and sane, moral mind, and so on. That is a basic outlook, and may be aligned to the main thrust Buddha's teachings nicely.
Greatly holy is most likely child-natured, as Ramakrishna indicates by such as: "The Paramahansa (patent spiritual) is like a five year old child." [Tas 207]. Staunch vivacity is one of the characteristics of healthy life, and hence fit for more genuine respect that what is on the "stone market" for tourists and the like. You think about it.
I think genuine holiness is being quite child-like in good ways, and fond of delicate tact, frivolous play, and humour. Much great deviates from the common anyway.
Furtive cult members apparently believe next to anything – but that is on the surface, and much likely as a result of going for gains some way or other.
Skilful higher training goes much against getting haughty and marringly religious-looking. Our solid accomplishments need not be dispensed with and put out.
Here is one more delicate issue:
In Siva Purana (Shastri 1969:4:33:1-14) a god-principle of religion is found: "Find your opponent's weak points and there attack like a god-king." It may be used for more than debates. There is an ancient tale to illustrate it. However, in a couple of other passages in the same work the same principle is said to lead to hell. There is a problem with skills called godly and much condemned.
Those who are in search of weak points in others . . . and those who violate the boundaries of others' fields . . . who do not rear cows and bullocks properly . . . do not treat their wounds and bruises are . . . sure to fall into hell. (Siva Purana, Vol. 3, Chap. 6, verses 23-33, passim)
If so, which sort of hell, and for how long, are questions that matter where hells are thought to be temporary places (lokas). The inquiring mind may or may not start to look up how reliable the text in question is. It is a Unesco-work, translated by scholars. That information - good as it looks -, does not say anything about the validity of the laws in the book. You should be careful, very carefully guarded:
Atama kakushite shiri kakusaza. - Protect yourself at all points. (Japanese proverb).
How? is for you to decide. In good religions there is something called moral, with norms it is said to be wise to follow. As long as you are not subjected to cruelties and mistreatment by others, alone among many enemy soldiers and so on, good moral against rotting within should not be given up. Which are the good moral norms? I leave to you to think about it. Food for thought: