Friday, July 22, 2016

Everyone Becomes Pulled Into “The Dance,” but the Key Question Is: “How Are YOU Dancing?” Part Twenty-One

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Maharaj: "It is the dance of the conscious presence." 

Not long ago on this site, various historical and modern “ages” were discussed. Two thousand years ago, a fellow named Yeshu'a 

(called “Jesus” nowadays by his so-called followers who do not even know his real name, who do not even know what the real color of his skin was, and who do not know that he was sharing non-dual pointers during his last few years) 

spoke of duality and how being unstable is a by-product of being dual-minded. 

In the 6th century, Europe declined into a period of stagnancy when intelligence and education were deemed to be not only worthless but also “anti-Christian,” a mindset which prevailed until the 1300’s when a shift away from the idolization of ignorance gave way to a new interest in education and in the arts and in the sciences and which has returned nowadays and is once more as prevalent as ever.

However, such an interest never lasts among unstable humans, so the duality of (a) humankind’s preference for being awake and conscious always gives way to (b) periods when there is a preference for the darkness and dogma over the light and awareness. 

During the 1300’s and 1400’s, Florence, Italy led the way in shifting the masses in Europe out of the ignorance of the “Medieval Ages” – the “Dark Ages” – and into an awakening, into an “An Age of Renaissance” and into an “Age of Humanism” as that nation-state became a leader in the arts and sciences and education and things understood to be natural.

Yet half of the population opposed such advances and wanted to cling to the old dogma and its magical thinking which has always taught that there are supernatural / spiritual causes for all that happens on earth, including floods and storms and fires while those free of ignorance understand that the causes of such events are totally natural. Yet once more, in the late 1400’s, another shift would come when a stiff and rigid and fanatical monk named Girolamo Savonarola 


arrived and inspired the 50% of the population - who were the ones trapped in ignorance and who had come to hate art and science and secular education - to reach a new height of religious intoxication and to overthrow the government and to burn (in what came to be known as “The Bonfire of the Vanities”) all works of art in Florence as well as all books except for the Bible (preceding the Nazi book burnings in Germany by over 400 years). 

In the U.S. and in many other places around the globe, a host of “New Girolamos” - of new right-wing, fanatical leaders - have shown up and have used the tools of fear and ignorance to create the same kind of divisions which existed in Florence in the later 1400’s. 

Once more, the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness – identified by Maharaj as “ignorance, stupidity, and insanity” – have been used to bring about a near 50-50 split among the planet’s populations. 

As a result, once more, such concepts as “good” vs. “evil” abound alongside beliefs about “the sinful” vs. “the virtuous”; “the right religion” vs. “the wrong religion”; “the right sect” vs. “the wrong sect”: “the right race” vs. “the wrong race”; “the right orientation” vs. “the wrong orientation”; 

who “our good friends are” vs. who “our evil enemies are"; and now, the prevalence of dualistic thinking have led to separation in regards to “the acceptable and approved way to have sex” vs. “the unacceptable and not approved way to have sex” and “the right place to pee” vs. “the wrong place to pee.” 

So while teachings about duality go back not 1200 years but thousands of years, it can be said that the planet is once more trapped in, and subsumed by, a new, widespread “Age of Duality.” Like Florence during the days when their population was split 50-50 along ideological vs. rational lines, such is also the case in the U.S. and elsewhere around the globe. 

The primary focus now among many politicians and the citizens who are following them is being directed toward “the enemy.” Billions are being spent around the globe each year by governments which are enhancing their eavesdropping capabilities and their enhanced surveillance techniques and their spying networks in order to seek out "the enemy" and "destroy all of our enemies before they destroy us and our entire nation." In fact, they claim, "we are at the brink of destruction and our days are numbered." (Don't you hate when that happens?)

Dualistic lines of separation are being drawn in the sand around the globe and half of all persons are joining with others of a similar ideological ilk and with others who are similarly trapped in their fear of, and in their anger at, “the enemy.” 

Yet as has always been the case when humans are trapped in dualistic beliefs, they are also trapped in delusions and illusions and misperceptions. Some might remember this cartoon which was shared previously on the site: 


In that regard, Maharaj said: “The mind that projects the world, colours it its own way. When you meet a man, he is a stranger. When you marry him, he becomes your own self. When you quarrel, he becomes your enemy. It is your mind's attitude that determines what he is to you.” 

A visitor to the loft said:  

“The man under investigation hears so many times repeated - that he is an enemy of the State and a traitor to his country - that a day comes when something breaks down in him and he begins to feel with full conviction that he is a traitor, a rebel, altogether despicable and deserving the direst punishment. This process is known as brain-washing. 

“It struck me that the religious and Yogic practices are very similar to 'brain-washing'. The same physical and mental deprivation, solitary confinement, a powerful sense of sin, despair and a desire to escape through expiation and conversion, adoption of a new image of oneself and impersonating that image. The same repetition of set formulas: 'God is good; the Guru (party) knows; faith will save me.' In the so-called Yogic or religious practices the same mechanism operates. The mind is made to concentrate on some particular idea to the exclusion of all other ideas and concentration is powerfully reinforced by rigid discipline and painful austerities. 

"A high price in life and happiness is paid and what one gets in return appears therefore, to be of great importance. This prearranged conversion, obvious or hidden, religious or political, ethical or social, may look genuine and lasting, yet there is a feeling of artificiality about it.” 

Maharaj: “You are quite right. By undergoing so many hardships the mind gets dislocated and immobilised. Its condition becomes precarious; whatever it undertakes ends in a deeper bondage.” 

In fact, the only “enemies” which need be focused on are “the ‘enemies’ of the Light.” 

Without light, the rope can generate needless fear when mistaken for a snake; of more concern should be the fact that - without light - the snake can be mistaken for a rope, and that mistake can bring an entirely new and potentially far more critical misunderstanding. 

In the book Dancing Lightly, this is offered for consideration:

THE "ENEMIES" OF LIGHTNESS 

A global economic meltdown is not the enemy of lightness; "others" are not the enemy of lightness; fate is not the enemy of lightness; relative responsibilities involving work and child-rearing and treating physical illnesses are not the enemies of lightness; nothing external is the enemy of lightness: 

Maharaj: "You do and undo at every step. You want peace, love, and happiness but work hard to create pain, hatred and war" 

and 

"Even your own happiness is so vulnerable and short-lived, at the mercy of a bank-crash or a stomach ulcer." 

Only you - more accurately, the not-you's - are the enemies of lightness. Like a bank heist that requires no breaking and entering, it's all an inside job, this loss of a sense of lightness. The complicating factor is this: the blindness of those not taking advantage of the light is that while they are working hard to satisfy the desires of one or more personas or working hard to avoid the fears of one or more personas, even as they create pain and misery, they actually believe that they are taking actions that will soon lead to happiness. 

How could such a totally backwards view happen? Simple: it is all happening from the standpoint of the "mind": 

John Milton: "The mind . . . in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." 

And it will. It is the seat of all duality, and living under its influence will guarantee instability. And when in such dire straits as will be guaranteed when living under the influence of the "mind" rather than abiding as the original nature, there will be a miasma-inducing myopia of such a degree that any actual account of what is really happening (an account that the inner resource is trying to offer) will not be detectable. 

So WHO, ultimately, is the one who thinks he / she is shifting between states of happiness and unhappiness? Only one who is still trapped at the earliest steps on the "path" to Full Realization. Only one who believes she / he was born and is now a personalized and individualized being rather than the impersonal and non-individuated beingness. 

Yet you were not born because you were not even conceived by those called "parents"; instead, you were conceived by artificial hallucination. In that condition, the not-you's will be in charge of every aspect of your relative existence. Those fictional but seemingly real not-you's arise in the emotion-driven, ever-moving consciousness as the result of living under the influence of the hallucinating "mind" rather than abiding as the original nature. 

The blindness of that totally-unnatural and abnormal miasma-inducing myopia will become your abnormal "norm." At that point when the internal account cannot be heard, an outsider's account is indicated. That "outsider's" account is required to serve as the tool that might be able to dig you out of the sand - or the quicksand - that is trying to take you under, relatively speaking. 

Amazingly, though, while anything that is built on sand or quicksand is destined to readily sink and disappear, the case with imaginary personalities that are built on such unstable ground is that they can "survive" until the time that the consciousness unmanifests and re-enters the universal pool of energy. The ability of false identities to continue to be believed in and to be taken as the real is astounding to any that can objectively observe them at play in the "minds" of those who acquiesce to entrapment by such personas that will always eventually generate instability and misery and suffering and pain. 

So I bring an outsider's account of your condition. I come not to "you," to any of the the false selves being identified with. I come to wake you and to set you free from your hallucinations. Your mental mirages want you to walk in your sleep, and they want your walking in your sleep to take you to the edge of the cliff or to the shifting sands or even to one of the many pits of quicksand that dot the landscape of the relative existence.

Your hallucinations want to use the fears and desires of your personalities to render you unable to see so that you can be cast into such sands or over the edge of the cliff. The false selves will always eventually guide you to self-destruction. 

With authenticity always lingering in the shadows, that will always drive the self to self-destruct so that the Real Self can be seen; however, there is an easier way than fighting time and again that instability-producing battle. 

See now that it can be said more accurately that - rather than the light having to precede the lightness - what must happen in order for a consistent sense of lightness to manifest is a willingness to open one's eyes and see by way of the light (which is already there) all of the lies that the "mind" and personalities generate and then use to rob persons of the bliss which can only manifest in Truth. 

Only in Truth will the instability and destructive motions / actions that are inspired by the mind-and-personality-rooted-intoxication of extreme emotions and extreme feelings put to an end the fear and desire that arise from the core of every personality / persona. 

"Is nothing to be feared?" some ask. 

"Is nothing to be wanted?" some ask, as did one visitor to the loft: 

Questioner: " . . . What is worth wanting?" 

Maharaj: "The highest happiness, the greatest freedom. Desirelessness is the highest bliss." 

The Direct Path offered here is a direct path to that bliss. A "mind" will try to pull the sojourner off track; personality will try to entice seekers to take a detour, inspiring the adoption of "better-than" roles; and those who offer enticements like candy to a child will try to convince some that they - the enticers - are the source of happiness. What a setup for misery: 

Maharaj: "Don't you see that it is your very search for happiness that makes you feel miserable? Try the other way: indifferent to pain and pleasure, neither asking nor refusing, give all your attention to the level on which 'I am' is timelessly present. Soon you will realise that peace and happiness are in your very nature and it is only seeking them through some particular channels that disturbs. Avoid the disturbance - that is all. To seek . . . there is no need; you would not seek what you already have" 

and 

"Nothing can make you happier than you are. All search for happiness is misery and leads to more misery" 

and 

"Trust my words and remember them. I want your happiness, not mine." 

I want your happiness, not mine. A visitor here recently saw an arrogance-filled piece of e-mail which was being answered, only because there was still a slight chance of waking the miserable writer from his sleep. The visitor had been as involved in such arrogance at one time as well, so the question was asked, "Why do you do this? Why do you even mess with us? Be honest - aren't you really tired of dealing with us?" 

The reply: "Are you speaking of dealing with the not-you's? Then yes. If it is the not-you's, what registers in far beyond being tired. At times it reaches a point of sadness; at other times, it grows to a point of disgust.

"Yet still I stand on the shore of stability, right at the edge where the seas of insanity and ignorance and fear and desire are tossing the you's about and trying with all their force to sink those you's once and for all. And I speak from the shore to guide you home. But I will not shout. Nor will I try to literally force you from a storm that you delusionally believe is a calm sea. 

"There will have to be a lull in the storm that you are caught in if you are to hear me and change course and take the path to me. So . . . tired of you, the real you? No. Tired of the fictional you's and the not-you's? You bet, but sadly, they are a part of the deal until the shiftings go and the stability comes. 

"But once you have felt that stability, I must then ask, 'Why would you ever abandon that? See that it is your false selves alone which can inspire you to forfeit the stability. Stay with the real and let the not-you's go, for it is on the cancer of instability that they feed and thrive'." 

Again, Maharaj: "Even your own happiness is so vulnerable and short-lived, at the mercy of a bank-crash or a stomach ulcer. It is just a moment of respite, a mere gap between two sorrows. Real happiness is not vulnerable, because it does not depend on circumstances." 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Everyone Becomes Pulled Into “The Dance,” but the Key Question Is: “How Are YOU Dancing?” Part Twenty

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TODAY’S CONSIDERATIONS 

Maharaj: "It is the dance of the conscious presence." 

 In the “Old West” in the U.S., mob rule was often the "norm." If a suspect was locked away in a jail cell awaiting trial but certain ignorant, fanatical, OCD types determined that the course of justice would take too long and decided that the instant gratification of breaking into the jail and taking the prisoner to the nearest tree and hanging him was preferable, then that’s exactly what mob rule often led to. Additionally, especially in the South, it was not very long ago when such instances of mob rule happened regularly in the U.S.: 


Nowadays, to be around one single fanatic at a time - be that a parent or a roommate or a spouse - is challenging enough, but if a group of fanatics gather, then nothing can provide a better example of what behavior can be like when three of the key symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness are manifest (identified by Maharaj as “ignorance, stupidity, and insanity”). 

With hundreds of hate groups operating in the U.S. and around the globe; with the number of religious fanatics once more reaching a level not seen since the religious wars and the Crusades of hundreds of years ago; with certain right-wing and fascist political factions coming to the forefront around the globe; 

and with groups in the U.S. such as the Christian Reconstructions and some elements of the so-called “Tea Party” who are in favor of defaulting on payment of the nation’s debts, shutting down the government, and starting over with a new constitution based in the Jewish laws as outlined in the Old Testament of their Christian Bible, the fanatics are exerting themselves and exhibiting a propensity for the kind of mob rule that existed in what they call “The Good Ole Days.” 

Their fictional dream about how great it was "back then" inspires them to claim now that “they want to take the country back.” [In fact, way back.] What has been witnessed here during the many cycles which have marked "floyd's" relative existence is this: 

There have been times of joy (or emotional intoxication marked by an uplifting sense of exuberance) which lead to dancing the streets: 



But now in many places there is little dancing lightly in the streets because 

1. as Maharaj said, the dance is a "dance of the conscious presence" whereas the masses are totally unconscious, unawake, and unaware; and because

2. no-longer-dancing persons took themselves and their beliefs so seriously that the dancing has been replaced in many streets around the globe with marching rigidly in the streets, stomping in the streets, tramping in the street, trudging through the streets, and clomping through the streets:


At this moment, in Ankara, Turkey, in Cleveland, Ohio, and elsewhere around the globe, political fanatics are gathering and screaming for their political opponents to be put in jail or even killed.


And it’s all based in duality, in forming alliances and affiliations which are based in the dualistic senses of “different-than-ment” and therefore, "better-than-ment": 

Thus, the "right kind," the acceptable kind, of mob anger is deemed to look like this: 


while the "wrong kind," the unacceptable kind, of mob anger is believed to look like this: 


To understand the history of humanity during the last thousand years or so is to understand that none of this propensity for "drawing sides" and entering into conflict is new. Freedom is never guaranteed, and freedom among the masses seldom enjoys a period longer than a half-life. 

Approaching the age of 69 years, I have had the opportunity to dance in the streets and the opportunity to march through the streets (during the days of the Vietnam War, for example). Later, there has been the opportunity to watch others dance in the streets, only to be followed too soon by watching persons marching in the streets once more.

It is the way of humanity with the propensity of the unstable masses to swing constantly between their states of excessive bliss and their states of abject misery. (By the way. One can read a particular millionaire’s book as many times as one likes, but it will not make true the falsehood that there is a vast wave of widespread enlightenment which is presently sweeping its way across the globe. The man who touched one small part of an elephant and then concluded "this is what the entire elephant is like" was - as you might recall - totally blind.)

After the one they call Jesus began sharing some of the non-dual teachings which he was taught, he said: “Dual-minded persons are unstable in all ways.” Because dual-mindedness is now the new global “norm,” so is being unstable. 

Maharaj made clear that no one is going to change “the world” - “the world” being nothing more what is misperceived by the human mind anyway. (He said: “Realise that your world is only a reflection of yourself..)

Also, Maharaj said: “You can spend an eternity looking elsewhere for truth and love, intelligence and goodwill, imploring God and man - all in vain. You must begin in yourself, with yourself - this is the inexorable law.” See? The priority is for each to take the action to free herself or himself. If that happens, then all else which happens will be witnessed in a far clearer way and in a far calmer way and in a non-emotionally-intoxicated fashion. 

Maharaj said: “You talk so much of reforms: economic, social, political. Leave alone the reforms and mind the reformer. What kind of world can a man create who is stupid, greedy, heartless?” 

He also said: “It is neither necessary nor possible to change others. But if you can change yourself, you will find that no other change is needed. To change the picture you merely change the film, you do not attack the cinema screen!” 

All of humanity’s problems are rooted in the kinds of illusions and delusions which come when in the darkness. Yet even that is not the absolute case. What if the darkness itself is an illusion? 

In the book Dancing Lightly, this is offered for consideration:

THE NEXT LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING: THE ILLUSION OF DARKNESS 

The following pointer was offered in the past but is also relevant here: Have you seen that there is no duality of light and dark? When you look into the sky at night and see the moon because the light is reflecting from its surface, have you been fooled into thinking that the light is not also all around the moon and simply not seen because it is not being reflected? There is no darkness. There is only the non-reflected light. 

There is no heavy life. There is only the Lite Life that is not seen because the light is not being reflected as a result of the impure or blocked consciousness; additionally, that means that there is no one to seek enlightenment . . . no one to experience “the rumblings and the shakings and the booming noise and an atmosphere of chaos” which only seem to be real because misperception is the rule among the non-Realized. 

There are only the personas which think they are experiencing the rumblings and the shakings and the booming noise and an atmosphere of chaos when they believe that they are real and when they believe that they are being hurt or interfered with or threatened. Yet all persons and many "seekers" are so confused that they mistake the dawn for the noon, the light for the dark, the dark for the light, and the heavy for the lite. 

Further, you are the light that you seek, and - if you find that you . . . that Light - then Life Lite will manifest as well. The question is, has the garbage been set out? Has it all been hauled away? The real garbage was never in a disposable bag; instead, it was placed between your ears by those who stole your chance at simplicity. Take back what was stolen. Then hold it firmly, for even as you abide as Your Original Nature, this AM-ness will go on, and in that AM-ness, how narrow the odds are that you will bump up against anyone if you remain in the light. 

Even as they are certain they are being bathed in the full light of the noonday sun, the masses are actually far removed from the light. In that condition, they will reach out and try to pull you into that dark state with them. They come bearing all sorts of relative existence enticements, and if your fears and desires drive you to reach for their enticements, you may grasp their enticements with one hand but they will grasp your other hand and enslave you, stealing once more not only your chance at simplicity but actually stealing you as well. 

At some point, their promise of Life Lite will be seen to be Life Heavy; their promise of Life Light will be seen to be a life of delusion where Life Darkness will seem to have come upon you once again. What drives those who have come so close to stabilizing in that Original Nature to once again reach for enticements and, in the process, turn their back on the light? The self / selves have not been completely abandoned, once and for all. Instead, the perceived needs and unmet desires of a personal self (in fact, many personal selves) have returned to chase after what they want and to try to avoid what they do not want. 

Maharaj: "The personal self by its very nature is constantly pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain. The ending of this pattern is the ending of the self. The ending of the self with its desires and fears enables you to return to your real nature, the source of all happiness and peace. The perennial desire for pleasure is the reflection of the timeless harmony within." 

"It is an observable fact that one becomes self-conscious only when caught in the conflict between pleasure and pain, which demands choice and decision. It is this clash between desire and fear that causes anger, which is the great destroyer of sanity in life. When pain is accepted for what it is, a lesson and a warning, and deeply looked into and heeded, the separation between pain and pleasure breaks down, both become experience - painful when resisted, joyful when accepted." 

In the end, though, if the lesson is not accepted, then the supposedly "easier way" that is often turned to will be revealed at some point to be the "most difficult way of all." Those pulled away from the light will enter a prison which they mistakenly believe in the beginning is a palace. Only the dim and flickering light can shine at that point, the bright light of awareness having been dimmed by the fears and desires of their various personalities. 

It is at that point that they will approach a snake, sure that what they are seeing in the dim light is a rope. To set aside the personal is to set aside the notion that you are not already free and independent; to set aside the personal is to set aside the liberty-robbing belief that you need rescuing. You will again be able to see beyond the imagined duality of darkness and light and an end will come to what seems to be the constant shifts from one to the other. 

Having transcended belief in the slings and arrows and outrageous fortunes of a personal, relative existence, and having transcended belief in any personal limited space that is trapped in humanity's concepts of time (which always blocks the understanding of the cyclings), you will fear not. You will no longer be constantly preoccupied with the peace-stealing sense of need for you will have understood your immortality and invulnerability. 

You will remember again that there is not a single part of the composite unity which can be harmed. Then the relative existence can continue, but you will abide in freedom from things feared, or things perceived to be unmet needs, with no sense of personal existence at all. You will have understood that whatever was personal and was taken to be real was just space with a temporarily-manifested speck of consciousness. 

You will have understood that even the speck has no continuity within that space, one quantity of such energy coming and going and another coming and going until the manifestation ends entirely. You will relax in the awareness of the fact that what truly IS will return to the limitless space; then, You will know that you are a limitless space which might as well relax in the peace of nothingness right now - knowing that there is nothing to bother about because there is nothing to be bothered: 

Maharaj: "Immortality is beyond time and space; in that timeless, spaceless existence there is no entry for the five elements, for light or darkness, for the sun or the moon. Timeless, spaceless existence doesn't know that it is. That is reality." 

Imagine the freedom of existing and not knowing that you exist, that is - paying no heed to this illusion-filled existence at all - thereby being freed from being driven by things relative which you thought were real but were not. When you are asleep you do not know you exist. If realized, then also while awake you will be free because you will be free of belief in the duality of light and dark, a belief which triggers the shifts between happiness and unhappiness. 

Even while being totally awake, aware, and conscious, such freedom as is found in deep sleep can manifest. You will no longer mistake the light for the dark, and you will most assuredly not mistake the dark for the light. 

Maharaj: "The light is there, the darkness is there, but what is the background? The space. The space is there which is neither the light nor the dark, but the space is. You have to transcend light and darkness to abide in space. Similarly, one has to transcend the knowingness and no-knowingness - the aspects of bodily consciousness. If you have reached that state, you are watching consciousness and no-consciousness, that is called natural samadhi.” 

and 

"Naturally, you are in that state, but this psychosomatic instrument of body and consciousness is always available. The moment somebody comes, the instrument is being operated - otherwise you revert to the Absolute." 

Revert to the Absolute or you will revert to the state where "they" will imprison you again with their concepts and enticements. Revert to the Absolute, or allow the thieves to come and steal again what they stole in the beginning and have stolen many times since. When that happens, mob rule will prevail, and you may be susceptible to being pulled into joining the the mob and their agenda.

But revert and then you will know that there was not any real darkness at all, only the delusions of the "mind" and the fears and desires of the fictitious personas abiding therein that inspired you to close your eyes and to refuse to see the light that was already there. 

You will know that the light reflected from the surface of the moon is just as present in the area surrounding the moon as the light striking its surface and being reflected from the surface. Similarly, You will know that the days that seemed the darkest were based in illusory fears and desires regarding unreal needs. You will know (in terms of the Absolute) that there is light and that it was always there; and you will also come to know (in terms of the relative) that there is also lightness there as well. 

Thereafter, you will be able and willing to dance lightly for the remainder of the relative existence. 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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Everyone Becomes Pulled Into “The Dance,” but the Key Question Is: “How Are YOU Dancing?” Part Twenty

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TODAY’S CONSIDERATIONS 

Maharaj: "It is the dance of the conscious presence." 

 In the “Old West” in the U.S., mob rule was often the "norm." If a suspect was locked away in a jail cell awaiting trial but certain ignorant, fanatical, OCD types determined that the course of justice would take too long and decided that the instant gratification of breaking into the jail and taking the prisoner to the nearest tree and hanging him was preferable, then that’s exactly what mob rule often led to. Additionally, especially in the South, it was not very long ago when such instances of mob rule happened regularly in the U.S.: 


Nowadays, to be around one single fanatic at a time - be that a parent or a roommate or a spouse - is challenging enough, but if a group of fanatics gather, then nothing can provide a better example of what behavior can be like when three of the key symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness are manifest (identified by Maharaj as “ignorance, stupidity, and insanity”). 

With hundreds of hate groups operating in the U.S. and around the globe; with religious fanatics once more at a level not seen since the religious wars and the Crusades of hundreds of years ago; with certain right-wing and fascist political factions coming to the forefront around the globe; 

and with groups in the U.S. such as the Christian Reconstructions and some elements of the so-called “Tea Party” who are in favor of defaulting on payment of the nation’s debts, shutting down the government, and starting over with a new constitution based in the Jewish laws as outlined in the Old Testament of their Christian Bible, the fanatics are exerting themselves and exhibiting a propensity for the kind of mob rule that existed in what they call “The Good Ole Days.” 

Their fictional dream about how great it was "back then" inspires them to claim now that “they want to take the country back.” [In fact, way back.] What has been witnessed here during the many cycles which have marked "floyd's" relative existence is this: 

There have been times of joy (or emotional intoxication marked by an uplifting sense of exuberance) which lead to dancing the streets: 



But now in many places there is little dancing lightly in the streets because 

1. as Maharaj said, the dance is a "dance of the conscious presence" whereas the masses are totally unconscious, unawake, and unaware; and because

2. no-longer-dancing persons took themselves and their beliefs so seriously that the dancing has been replaced in many streets around the globe with marching rigidly in the streets, stomping in the streets, tramping in the street, trudging through the streets, and clomping through the streets:


Political fanatics are gathering and screaming for their political opponents to be put in jail or killed, in Ankara, Turkey; in Cleveland, Ohio; and elsewhere around the globe. 


And it’s all based in duality, in forming alliances and affiliations which are based in the dualistic senses of “better-than-ment” and therefore, "better-than-ment": 

Thus, the "right kind," the acceptable kind, of mob anger is deemed to look like this: 


while the "wrong kind," the unacceptable kind, of mob anger is believed to look like this: 


To understand the history of humanity during the last thousand years or so is to understand that none of this propensity for "drawing sides" and entering into conflict is new. Freedom is never guaranteed, and freedom among the masses seldom enjoys a period longer than a half-life. 

Approaching the age of 69 years, I have had the opportunity to dance in the streets and the opportunity to march through the streets (during the days of the Vietnam War, for example) Later, there has been the opportunity to watch others dance in the streets, only to be followed too soon by watching persons marching in the streets once more.

It is the way of humanity with the propensity of the unstable masses to swing constantly between their states of excessive bliss and their states of abject misery. (By the way. One can read a particular millionaire’s book as many times as one likes, but it will not make true the falsehood that there is a vast wave of widespread enlightenment which is presently sweeping its way across the globe. The man who touched one small part of an elephant and then concluded "this is what the entire elephant is like" was - as you might recall - totally blind.)

After the one they call Jesus began sharing some of the non-dual teachings which he was taught, he said: “Dual-minded persons are unstable in all ways.” Because dual-mindedness is now the new global “norm,” so is being unstable. 

Maharaj made clear that no one is going to change “the world” - “the world” being nothing more what is misperceived by the human mind anyway.

He said: “Realise that your world is only a reflection of yourself.” 

Also, Maharaj said: “You can spend an eternity looking elsewhere for truth and love, intelligence and goodwill, imploring God and man -- all in vain. You must begin in yourself, with yourself - this is the inexorable law.” See? The priority is for each to take the action to free herself or himself. If that happens, then all else which happens will be witnessed in a far clearer and in a far calmer and in a non-emotionally-intoxicated fashion. 

Maharaj said: “You talk so much of reforms: economic, social, political. Leave alone the reforms and mind the reformer. What kind of world can a man create who is stupid, greedy, heartless?” 

He also said: “It is neither necessary nor possible to change others. But if you can change yourself, you will find that no other change is needed. To change the picture you merely change the film, you do not attack the cinema screen!” 

All of humanity’s problems are rooted in the kinds of illusions and delusions which come when in the darkness. Yet even that is not the absolute case. What if the darkness itself is an illusion? 

In the book Dancing Lightly, this is offered for consideration:

THE NEXT LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING: THE ILLUSION OF DARKNESS 

The following pointer was offered in the past but is also relevant here: Have you seen that there is no duality of light and dark? When you look into the sky at night and see the moon because the light is reflecting from its surface, have you been fooled into thinking that the light is not also all around the moon and simply not seen because it is not being reflected? There is no darkness. There is only the non-reflected light. 

There is no heavy life. There is only the Lite Life that is not seen because the light is not being reflected as a result of the impure or blocked consciousness; additionally, that means that there is no one to seek enlightenment . . . no one to experience “the rumblings and the shakings and the booming noise and an atmosphere of chaos” which only seem to be real because misperception is the rule among the non-Realized. 

There are only the personas which think they are experiencing the rumblings and the shakings and the booming noise and an atmosphere of chaos when they believe that they are real and when they believe that they are being hurt or interfered with or threatened. Yet all persons and many "seekers" are so confused that they mistake the dawn for the noon, the light for the dark, the dark for the light, and the heavy for the lite. 

Further, you are the light that you seek, and - if you find that you . . . that Light - then Life Lite will manifest as well. The question is, has the garbage been set out? Has it all been hauled away? The real garbage was never in a disposable bag; instead, it was placed between your ears by those who stole your chance at simplicity. Take back what was stolen. Then hold it firmly, for even as you abide as Your Original Nature, this AM-ness will go on, and in that AM-ness, how narrow the odds are that you will bump up against anyone if you remain in the light. 

Even as they are certain they are being bathed in the full light of the noonday sun, the masses are actually far removed from the light. In that condition, they will reach out and try to pull you into that dark state with them. They come bearing all sorts of relative existence enticements, and if your fears and desires drive you to reach for their enticements, you may grasp their enticements with one hand but they will grasp your other hand and enslave you, stealing once more not only your chance at simplicity but actually stealing you as well. 

At some point, their promise of Life Lite will be seen to be Life Heavy; their promise of Life Light will be seen to be a life of delusion where Life Darkness will seem to have come upon you once again. What drives those who have come so close to stabilizing in that Original Nature to once again reach for enticements and, in the process, turn their back on the light? The self / selves have not been completely abandoned, once and for all. Instead, the perceived needs and unmet desires of a personal self (in fact, many personal selves) have returned to chase after what they want and to try to avoid what they do not want. 

Maharaj: "The personal self by its very nature is constantly pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain. The ending of this pattern is the ending of the self. The ending of the self with its desires and fears enables you to return to your real nature, the source of all happiness and peace. The perennial desire for pleasure is the reflection of the timeless harmony within." 

"It is an observable fact that one becomes self-conscious only when caught in the conflict between pleasure and pain, which demands choice and decision. It is this clash between desire and fear that causes anger, which is the great destroyer of sanity in life. When pain is accepted for what it is, a lesson and a warning, and deeply looked into and heeded, the separation between pain and pleasure breaks down, both become experience - painful when resisted, joyful when accepted." 

In the end, though, if the lesson is not accepted, then the supposedly "easier way" that is often turned to will be revealed at some point to be the "most difficult way of all." Those pulled away from the light will enter a prison which they mistakenly believe in the beginning is a palace. Only the dim and flickering light can shine at that point, the bright light of awareness having been dimmed by the fears and desires of their various personalities. 

It is at that point that they will approach a snake, sure that what they are seeing in the dim light is a rope. To set aside the personal is to set aside the notion that you are not already free and independent; to set aside the personal is to set aside the liberty-robbing belief that you need rescuing. You will again be able to see beyond the imagined duality of darkness and light and an end will come to what seems to be the constant shifts from one to the other. 

Having transcended belief in the slings and arrows and outrageous fortunes of a personal, relative existence, and having transcended belief in any personal limited space that is trapped in humanity's concepts of time (which always blocks the understanding of the cyclings), you will fear not. You will no longer be constantly preoccupied with the peace-stealing sense of need for you will have understood your immortality and invulnerability. 

You will remember again that there is not a single part of the composite unity which can be harmed. Then the relative existence can continue, but you will abide in freedom from things feared, or things perceived to be unmet needs, with no sense of personal existence at all. You will have understood that whatever was personal and was taken to be real was just space with a temporarily-manifested speck of consciousness. 

You will have understood that even the speck has no continuity within that space, one quantity of such energy coming and going and another coming and going until the manifestation ends entirely. You will relax in the awareness of the fact that what truly IS will return to the limitless space; then, You will know that you are a limitless space which might as well relax in the peace of nothingness right now - knowing that there is nothing to bother about because there is nothing to be bothered: 

Maharaj: "Immortality is beyond time and space; in that timeless, spaceless existence there is no entry for the five elements, for light or darkness, for the sun or the moon. Timeless, spaceless existence doesn't know that it is. That is reality." 

Imagine the freedom of existing and not knowing that you exist, that is - paying no heed to this illusion-filled existence at all - thereby being freed from being driven by things relative which you thought were real but were not. When you are asleep you do not know you exist. If realized, then also while awake you will be free because you will be free of belief in the duality of light and dark, a belief which triggers the shifts between happiness and unhappiness. 

Even while being totally awake, aware, and conscious, such freedom as is found in deep sleep can manifest. You will no longer mistake the light for the dark, and you will most assuredly not mistake the dark for the light. 

Maharaj: "The light is there, the darkness is there, but what is the background? The space. The space is there which is neither the light nor the dark, but the space is. You have to transcend light and darkness to abide in space. Similarly, one has to transcend the knowingness and no-knowingness - the aspects of bodily consciousness. If you have reached that state, you are watching consciousness and no-consciousness, that is called natural samadhi.” 

and 

"Naturally, you are in that state, but this psychosomatic instrument of body and consciousness is always available. The moment somebody comes, the instrument is being operated - otherwise you revert to the Absolute." 

Revert to the Absolute or you will revert to the state where "they" will imprison you again with their concepts and enticements. Revert to the Absolute, or allow the thieves to come and steal again what they stole in the beginning and have stolen many times since. When that happens, mob rule will prevail, and you may be susceptible to being pulled into joining the the mob and their agenda.

But revert and then you will know that there was not any real darkness at all, only the delusions of the "mind" and the fears and desires of the fictitious personas abiding therein that inspired you to close your eyes and to refuse to see the light that was already there. 

You will know that the light reflected from the surface of the moon is just as present in the area surrounding the moon as the light striking its surface and being reflected from the surface. Similarly, You will know that the days that seemed the darkest were based in illusory fears and desires regarding unreal needs. You will know (in terms of the Absolute) that there is light and that it was always there; and you will also come to know (in terms of the relative) that there is also lightness there as well. 

Thereafter, you will able and willing to dance lightly for the remainder of the relative existence. 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Everyone Becomes Pulled Into “The Dance,” but the Key Question Is: “How Are YOU Dancing?” Part Nineteen

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Maharaj: "It is the dance of the conscious presence."
 
Yesterday, in the discussion about the fact that “Judging Blocks Lightness,” it was shared how fanaticism and judgmentalism and anger and resentment work together hand-in-hand to drive those whose personality disorders have led to psychic disintegration and to mental unhealthiness and to a desire to harm others. 

It has been shown that thoughts lead to and determine words and that words lead to and determine actions. Anything that humans do begins with their thoughts, and humans are thinking more now than ever. Additionally, those thoughts involve fewer subjects but come in higher frequency. Meaning? Meaning that humans nowadays have a tendency to get hung up on one particular thought and then that particular thought churns away inside the mind, over and over and over. 

At times the thought is consciously registering; during other times, it is churning away unconsciously or subconsciously, then pops back into the consciousness, and then hides out again in the shadows of consciousness. 

Visitors here understand that being fanatical about something begins with a thought (growing out of the compost of earlier programming, conditioning, etc.). Regular visitors also understand that being constantly hung up on a thought about something or someone - a thought which is whipping about inside the mind over and over and over again - involves the obsessive part of The Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. The results of a study which were released in 2014 revealed this: 

“Though the intrusive, unwanted thoughts of the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have to be extremely intense for someone to be diagnosed with OCD, a new study shows that 94% of people experience such symptoms in their daily lives. That is, being somewhat OCD is remarkably common.” In other words, most humans suffer from an obsessive mind which leads to compulsive actions.

Maharaj noted that “the sense ‘I am’ is always with you.” Then he went on to explain the problem that the sense of AM-ness sets up when persons are programmed and conditioned to “add” all kinds of nonsense to “the conscious presence” . . . to that basic and universal sense of beingness; therefore, he said, the problem is that “you have attached all kinds of things to it - body, feelings, thoughts, ideas, possessions, etc.” 

On another occasion, he expanded on that point, saying, “Between the body and the self there lies a cloud of thoughts and feelings which neither serve the body nor the self. These thoughts and feelings are flimsy, transient and meaningless, mere mental dust that blinds and chokes, yet they are there, obscuring and destroying.” Destroying what? 

1. Relatively speaking, the chance to enjoy healthy relationships can be destroyed (as happens when there is a constantly-manifesting, egotism-based thought about not being shown all of the love one is due; or about not being shown all of the respect and admiration that one believes he or she is entitled to; or about a partner who obviously does not realize how blessed she or he is to be in the presence of such a "Super Mate" or such a "Super Spouse").

2. The chance to be at peace can be destroyed when certain thoughts are cycling and cycling and cycling through one’s mind, generating something like the chatter of a thousand monkeys between one’s ears, blocking any opportunity to be at peace. Even in the silence, there is no complete silence as a single thought or many thoughts rattle about inside the peace-destroying mind. [Maharaj said, “There is no such thing as peace of mind.” Here, a related pointer is added: “There is only peace if you are out of  your mind.”] 

3. The chance to be fully awake and aware and conscious is destroyed, and that can bring an early end to the composite unity. [For years, when living adjacent to a forest, a daily walk through the woods was routine. It was understood that it is crucial that snakes have access to cool retreat sites in hot weather but it was also understood that when temperatures were cooler, snakes could be seen many days lying in the open, in the middle of the trails I walked, enjoying the warmth of the sun. If one is lost in thoughts, obsessing about a slight or an offense from someone, or focused on the pursuit of some religious or spiritual goal, or distracted by an anger-provoking act by a partner or spouse from the night before, then the failure to be fully awake and aware and conscious could prove fatal if one were to step on a copperhead or one of the other venomous reptiles which were often lying on the footpath.] 

Maharaj’s advice: “Refuse all thoughts except one: the thought 'I am'. The mind will rebel in the beginning, but with patience and perseverance it will yield and keep quiet. Once you are quiet, things will begin to happen spontaneously and quite naturally without any interference on your part.” 

Of course we now know that the Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder has a chemical component as well as a mental component, so it is not possible in every case for one to simply “refuse all thoughts.” Even after the understanding of the mental part of the problem, the chemical component remains.

What Maharaj came to see was that the mind “obscures and distorts” and that “it exaggerates, it distorts, it overlooks” and that “mind means disturbance” and that “restlessness itself is mind." So first to the mental part: What method is the only method which can allow one to begin to address the mind part and begin to refuse all thoughts? 

The same method which is used by some armed forces during war: if intelligence sources identify where the opponents’ ammunitions are stored, the plan is not to sneak in and try to remove one munition at a time until hundreds of thousands of munitions have been removed. The plan that is used is to bomb the ammo dump with one hung bomb and be rid of the dangerous content of the storehouse, all in one fell swoop. 

That is the same approach that must be used with eliminating thoughts. The mind is the storehouse of the dangerous accumulation of contents which generate thoughts which are made up of learned ignorance and which include ideas, concepts, views, perceptions, notions, impressions, theories, and hypotheses, yet all of those can be reduced to one single word: beliefs. 

In the book Freedom from Beliefs (Believers, non-Believers, and “no-Belief-ers”) 



the point is made that “the realized” cannot be said to be “believers” and cannot be said to be “non-believers.” To the contrary, they have no beliefs at all. To have no beliefs is to empty the mind, and to empty the mind is to take a giant leap forward in the effort to “refuse all thoughts.” So that is the first line of attack.

Yet the chemical element remains as well for those suffering from the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Many psychiatrists prescribe synthetic lithium in an effort to try to address that imbalance, but the side effects that drug are often as bad as the effects of having an ever-churning mind; therefore, some naturopathic doctors and practitioners offer a food supplement which is all-natural and which weeds out the final vestiges, the physical causes, of obsession and fanaticism. Thus a combination approach is usually called for, one which addresses the mental aspect of the O-CD Disorder as well as the chemical aspect.

So it is not just “judging” which can block the light but it is also anything which provides fuel to the mental fires of fanaticism which destroy any chance for peace to manifest. Much fuel comes at the third step of the seven-step "path" when persons erroneously believe that they have reached the end of the “path” by having assumed new and improved (but equally false) identities such as “The Super Religious One,” “The Spiritual Giant,” and / or “The Super Seeker.” 

In that regard, this has been offered in the past: “Of course some willingness to seek is required, and the prerequisite for that seeking to happen is admitting that one does not know it all and has not found it all and that something is missing from whatever path is currently being followed. Yet seeking can be as addictive as anything else when it is being motivated by a desire to know it all or to be seen as ‘A True Spiritual Giant’.” 

 In the book Dancing Lightly, this is offered for consideration:  

[ENDLESS] SEEKING PREVENTS LIGHTNESS 

Who that has experienced a number of years of existence on this planet has not come to know the loss of lightness as periods of heaviness have descended upon them? Who has not known the duality of shifting between states of happiness and unhappiness? While most never verbalize exactly what they are feeling - many being "down" for so long that down seems "normal" - who has not faced the sense of a heavy weight upon the shoulders . . . on "the mind"? Who has not felt at times the grave or burdensome or tiresome or gloomy or dismal or oppressive or melancholic or depressive darkness that can come to rob humans of any sense of peace and freedom and lightness? 

There is a two-fold quest among the masses: one involves the search for eternal continuity; the other involves the search for continuous happiness. The former is an impossibility; the latter is an impossibility. Happiness is like the tides - forever coming and going. The same applies to anything else which is manifested: it's all temporary, all dealing with elements coming together and coming apart.

Seeking is triggered by a sense of need or fear, so the very act of seeking is itself evidence of a sense of lacking, and who with a sense of lacking - with an overwhelming sense of unmet needs and desires and with a crushing sense of deficiency - can be content? 

[To detour to the relative for a moment: as a financial consultant, it has been made clear over the last several decades that the sense of financial want is often self-imposed. Time and again it has been seen that the solution to financial needs can often be addressed if financial sanity is restored and if people see that many problems can be solved by spending less rather than by making more or engaging in acts of desperation to attain more.] 

If you are feeling robbed of the lightness and are feeling the heaviness referenced above, "the world" is too much with you. Maharaj taught that you are not in the world . . . that the world is in you. That is, what you perceive to be "the world" is in your "mind," so that there are as many perceptions of what the world is like as there are "minds"; 

furthermore, because persons are constantly "changing their minds" about what they think they need or fear or like or dislike (search for the earlier discussions of "The Goldilocks Syndrome") their states of happiness and unhappiness are also in constant flux. And therein lies the source of heaviness and the peace-stealing sense of discontinuity. 

The maxim "the only thing permanent in this world is change" points to the fact that this consciousness - even if unblocked after the removal of the debris of programming, acculturation, conditioning, domestication, brainwashing and indoctrination - will still be ever in motion. The motion-emotion connection has already been made clear, so freedom and then peace can come only if this consciousness and emotional-intoxication and feeling-intoxication are transcended. 

Only if abiding as the original nature can any stability ever happen consistently. Recently, during an non-duality Skype session, a man admitted that everything in his life that had seemed at a time to be so huge, so overwhelming, and so important could be looked back on from the distance of days past or weeks past or years past and eventually seen to have been so small, so underwhelming, so insignificant. 

That is what should happen when things are viewed from the distance. The distance from Your Original Nature to on-going relative events is limitless. View all from there. Viewed from the distance of Your Original Nature, all in the relative existence begins to appear to be so small that, ultimately, it completely disappears. Here, I do not see the things most think they see. 

Maharaj: "I am detached and see the passing show as a passing show, while you stick to things and move along with them." Here, I only see what most see when invited into their darkness, when invited to bring the light" and  "You just do not look carefully enough. Look well, and see what I see." 

Questioner: "What do you see?" 

 Maharaj: "I see what you too could see, here and now, but for the wrong focus of your attention. You give no attention to Your Self. Your mind is all with things, people and ideas, never with Your Self. Bring Your Self into focus, become aware of Your own existence. See how you function, watch the motives and the results of your actions. Study the prison you have built around yourself by inadvertence." 

If you are not enjoying the peace which can only come after being set free, then you are in a self-imposed prison. Each bar of that dark prison is an idea or concept or notion (a.k.a., "belief") which has been accepted from your culture, the culture which serves as your guard and would keep you imprisoned forever. 

Here, the light is offered so that you can see what your actual prison is, so that you can remove the bars, so you can then walk free, and so that you can then dance lightly. 

To be continued. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Everyone Becomes Pulled Into “The Dance,” but the Key Question Is: “How Are YOU Dancing?” Part Eighteen

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Maharaj: "It is the dance of the conscious presence." 

There are nine basic personality types which are in evidence to one degree or another in all persons among the personality-driven masses. With most persons, there is almost always clear evidence that at least three types are showing up in very high levels. 

For example, on the personality inventory test used here, a “16” score in a particular type would be an average score and indicates that that personality type is only exerting an average degree of influence on a person’s thoughts and words and actions. If someone has a score of “20” in one of the nine types, it will be clear that that type is exerting considerable influence over one’s thoughts and words and actions. Any type with a score of “21” or higher means that the agenda of that type is likely exerting undue and extensive control over a person’s thoughts and words and actions. 

Those who visit this site regularly are aware of what some in the field of mental healthcare call “The Dark Triad,” a term referring to three of the most serious personality disorders of all: The Narcissistic Personality Disorder, The Sociopathic Personality Disorder, and The Psychopathic Personality Disorder.

Of the thousands of personality inventories which have been administered and analyzed here, the test results of those who have exhibited evidence of a significant presence of one or more of “The Dark Triad” disorders will, more often than not, often shows a high score in the Type Eight. The Type Eight has been identified by various people who are versed in the use of the enneagram personality inventory as “The Asserter,” “The Challenger,” or The Boss”; 

if less psychically healthy, those with higher scores in the Type Eight have been identified as “The Confronter” or “The Aggressive Power-Seeker” or “The Lustful One” or “The Vengeance Seeker” or “The Control Freak”; those with even higher scores in the Type Eight and who are clearly psychically unhealthy have been classified as “The Sociopath” or “The Psychopath” or “The Criminal” or “The Ruthless Killer.” 

Each of the nine basic personality types can have a propensity to end up in certain careers or certain positions in companies. Obviously, Type Eights will often want to be “The Boss” in any setting. As far as specific “mainstream” jobs go, many judges are Type Eights. 

Consider also: Unhealthy Type One Perfectionists share certain common traits with unhealthy Type Eights: both are angry; both have a desire to reform people and / or control “the world”; both are judgmental; both judge others; and both are ready to hand down punishment for those they see as “wrongdoers.” 

The difference in the way those two types behave lies in the degree to which their personality type is manifesting and the degree of psychic deterioration or disintegration which exists. All factors equal, the Type One will be willing to exert as much punishment as possible; the Type Eight will try to destroy the one not pleasing the Type Eight or not following orders. The destruction can happen financially, emotionally, in terms of reputation, or – in the most extreme cases – literally.

[Those following the presidential election in the U.S. have available an example of each type: Hillary Clinton is a Type One; Donald Trump is a Type Eight. Those with an understanding of personality will understand which of the two has the highest degree of psychic disintegration and the highest level of mental deterioration.]

In less than two months, many will comment on the fact that the composite unity referred to as “Floyd” will have been manifested for sixty-nine years. In the nearly-seven decades of manifestation, it has been observed that the most unpleasant events which have occurred – ranging from happenings dealing with “Floyd” to happenings which have had an “international impact” - always involved psychically unhealthy, judgmental, controlling, and sociopathic Type Eights. 

Of the religious fanatics who have made and distributed videos showing them using knifes to cut off the heads of people, how many of those killers had not previously judged their victims, judged them for having different ("wrong") beliefs, judged them and found them to be “not-as-good-as,” and judged to be “less than”? 

Of the husband-wife team who killed 14 people and seriously wounded 22 in San Bernardino, is it not obvious that they had previously judged their victims, judged them for having different ("wrong") beliefs, judged them and found them to be “not-as-good-as,” and judged them to be “less than”? 

Of the police in the U.S. who are killing blacks at a rate 2.5 times greater than whites, is it not obvious that they have previously judged their victims, judged them for having different ("wrong") beliefs, judged them and found them to be “not-as-good-as,” and judged to be “less than”? 

Of the blacks who are not shooting the police who shot unarmed blacks but are indiscriminately shooting police in general, is it not obvious that they have previously judged their victims, judged them for having different ("wrong") beliefs, judged them and found them to be “not-as-good-as,” and judged to be “less than”? 

Of the spouses involved in divorce proceeding who are doing everything within their means to destroy in one way or another their former mates, is it not obvious that they have previously judged their victims, judged them for having different ("wrong") beliefs, judged them and found them to be “not-as-good-as,” and judged to be “less than”? 

The scale or degree matters not, whether the discussion is in regards to a “personal,” one-on-one conflict, in regards to attacks against groups in one’s workplace or neighborhood, in regards to attacks happening all across a nation, or in regards to international crises. What matters is that psychically unhealthy persons are judging others and finding them lacking and then striking out at them, disrupting harmony and generating conflict and violence and fighting and mass killings and wars. 

And what is at the root of all that? Personality. Personalities which have a propensity to judge. Personalities which have a desire to seek retribution or to punish after having judged.

In the book Dancing Lightly, this is offered for consideration: 

JUDGING BLOCKS LIGHTNESS 

Whatever persons think they are seeing outside themselves is never what actually is. Rather than judging others, better to examine yourself, your false selves. If that happens, then one of several things might follow: 

1. There will be a resonance triggered within. You may not know Truth, but you will know that you are hearing pointers to Truth. 

2. There might be no immediate resonating within, but if you stay long enough to be guided through a process of self-examination rather than teacher-examination, that resonance may manifest eventually. 

3. You fail to hear what your ego-states want to hear, so you continue to seek and search, often seeking the bigger name teacher who surely has the bigger, better method. 

Maharaj: "The ordinary man is personally concerned. He counts his risks and chances, while the jnani remains aloof, sure that all will happen as it must; and it does not matter much what happens, for ultimately the return to balance and harmony is inevitable. The heart of things is at peace." 

 and 

"You create disharmony and then complain! When you desire and fear, and identify yourself with your feelings, you create sorrow and bondage. When you create with Love and wisdom, and remain unattached to your creations, the result is harmony and peace. But whatever be the condition of your mind, in what way does it reflect on you? It is only your self-identification with your mind that makes you happy or unhappy. Rebel against your slavery to your mind, see your bonds as self-created, and break the chains of attachment and revulsion. Keep in mind your goal of freedom until it dawns on you that you are already free, that freedom is not something in the distant future to be earned with painful efforts but perennially one's own, to be used! Liberation is not an acquisition but a matter of courage, the courage to believe that you are free already and to act on it." 

and 

"True awareness (samvid) is a state of pure witnessing without the least attempt to do anything about the event witnessed. Your thoughts and feelings, words and actions may also be a part of the event; you watch all unconcerned in the full light of clarity and understanding." 

However, the inner guru is drowned out and cannot be heard when the inner voices of false selves are shouting instructions and directions which can guide one to the edge of the cliff . . . and over. 

Yet neither Maharaj nor Floyd has ever pulled anyone from the brink. Only pointing has ever happened: "Over there is solid ground; in the direction you are headed is a cliff and relative suffering. Which way shall you go now?" If light is to be cast, the teacher must walk at times into the disharmonious darkness where the light is being called for. Will the teacher physically grab the one walking toward the edge of the cliff in darkness and try to force that one to turn? Of course not. 

But will the teacher continue to offer the light? To a point, yes. As long as the prospect remains that one is at least willing to allow the teacher to continue to shine the light at the edge of the cliff, the teacher will stay as long as required. If one turns her / his back on the teacher and the light, then the teacher can, and shall, only witness what happens. Might the end results sometimes lead the teacher to feel sadness? Yes. Is that an indicator of “non-realization”? Hardly. 

Maharaj: "Beyond the ‘I am’ there is the immensity of light and Love. We do not see it because we look elsewhere; I can only point at the sky; seeing of the star is your own work. Some take more time before they see the star, some take less; it depends on the clarity of their vision and their earnestness in search. These two must be their own - I can only encourage." 

According to Maharaj, few who ever visited the loft truly “got it” . . . truly came to an understanding which freed them completely of the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness which he identified as “ignorance, stupidity and insanity.” Few who visited Maharaj, per his assessment, were ever truly freed from the influence of the hidden agendas of the multiple personalities which drive human’s thoughts and words and actions and which rob persons of any ability to make conscious and sane and wise choices. Yet in spite of such poor results, he still continued to offer non-dual pointers to the end of the manifestation. The same may happen here. 

Will there ever follow a wholesale shift among those being driven by ignorance and insanity? No. Organized religions have been around for 5000+ years. With all those years of trying to change the world, has religion succeeded? No.

Presently 97% of the people on planet earth report they are involved with one organized religion or another. With 97% involved, can it been said that those 97% are the ones who have been freed from believing in their learned ignorance? No. 

Can it be said that the 97% involved in one of the organized religions on the planet are most assuredly the sane ones on planet earth? Absolutely not. What about spirituality and spiritual programs? Do they have a “success rate” which justifies their claims that they have found the answer? Obviously not. 

On the other hand, might such a shift happen in a few cases with those who come to a non-dual understanding? It has been seen to happen. 

The fact: most will require professional help but will never seek it. Of the few who do, most of those will not be ready and willing to take the necessary steps to be restored to mental health or most will not find anyone who is competent and able to lead them to that restoration to sanity even if their clients are 100% willing. So it is. 

At any rate, best regards are offered to any who choose to stop seeking the same nonsense which the masses have been programmed and conditioned to seek and who determine instead to seek that which actually needs to be sought, namely . . . 

freedom from learned ignorance 

and 

freedom from personality 

and 

freedom from the insane manner of thinking and talking and behaving which is imposed from early on by the adults one lived with and by the culture in which one continues to live. 

To be continued. 

 Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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