5 Main Spiritual Failures

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5 Main Spiritual Failures Start with Claiming

  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.

“Our virtues are, most often, only vices in disguise.” —Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Spiritual sloth and spiritual greed will not stay hidden.” —Rumi

“The best gifts find the fewest admirers, and most men mistake the bad for the good.” —Gellert

“To be poured into without becoming full, and to pour out without becoming empty, without knowing how this is brought about—this is the case of ‘Containing the Light.’” —Chung Tzu

“Truth does not do as much good in the world as the appearance of it does evil.” —Francois de La Rochefoucauld


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5 Main Spiritual Failures

  • Focus your spiritual work on reducing and eliminating these errors, and all the other errors will also be addressed.
  1. Objectifying
  2. Claiming
  3. Trying
  4. Becoming
  5. Appearing

The Ordering of the 5 Failures

  1. Objectifying is number one because the others require objectifying to work.
  2. Claiming is number two because the next three depend upon claiming to exist.
  3. Trying is number three because trying is commonly used by the other errors.
  4. Becoming is number four because becoming is openly encouraged and freely expressed.
  5. Appearing is number five because it is the most suppressed and hidden of the five.
  • More can be understood about objectifying by learning about thought-things in Stiffer: Stoic Mind.

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Definition of the 5 Failures

  1. Objectifying is the practice of viewing non-objects (living beings and processes) as objects
  2. Claiming is the practice of attributing any abilities or capabilities of knowing, doing, or being good to yourself.
  3. Trying is the practice of working towards being able to claim to know, do, or be Good.
  4. Becoming is the practice of seeking to evolve into states of being that know, do, or are the Good.
  5. Appearing is the practice of seeking to appear or to look like to others that you know what is good, do the good, or are the Good.

All Spiritual Errors Based First on Objectifying & Then on Claiming

“Discontent springs from a constant endeavor to increase the amount of our claims, when we are powerless to increase the amount which will satisfy them.” —Arthur Schopenhauer, The Wisdom of Life


  • Objectifying makes knowing, doing, and being into objects that can be purchased and owned.
  • Claiming is direct or upfront about claiming to know, do, or be the Good.
  • Trying is claiming to eventually be able to know, do, or be the Good.
  • Becoming is claiming to one day arrive at knowing, doing, or being the Good.
  • Appearing is claiming to know, do, or be the Good by appearing to know, do, or be it.
  • Appearing is also claiming to know, do, or be the Good through having others believe that you know, do, or are the Good.

Extending the 5 Errors to 10 Errors

  • The 5 errors can be easily increased in number by making the same 5 errors about someone or something else.

  1. This person or organization is something, some mental object.
  2. This person or organization knows, does, or is the Good.
  3. This person or organization is trying to know, do, or be the Good.
  4. This person or organization is becoming someone or something that knows, does, and is the Good.
  5. This person or organization appears good to get others to think that they know, do, or are the Good.

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