Monday, October 16, 2017

A Review and Overview of Recent Non-Dual Quotes and Pointers: "So What's It All About?" Part Twelve

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[See the offer following this post for details on how you can watch on a video of a retreat the discussion of all seven of the steps on the path used by Maharaj] 

To continue with the reply to the question, "So what else is this deal all about?" some answers have been already been offered in the eBook WHEN ONLY THREE HOURS OF MANIFESTATION REMAIN (The "Final" Talks Of Floyd Henderson) 

Today, answer #11 to the question "What is this non-duality deal all about anyway?" is this: 

For those tired of the phoniness and therefore seeking authenticity, this deal is about being shown how to listen to the beat of your inner guru and then how to allow that to be the drum which provides the beat to which you march. 

To review some pointers previously offered:

** Find the simplest version of these teachings. Do not complicate the process, and do not allow others to complicate the process for you. 

** Seek and accept only that which leads to the ability to abide naturally and spontaneously and unaffectedly and effortlessly. 

** End all efforts to replace former "bad" labels and roles with "new and improved and upgraded and noble labels and roles." 

** Reality is non-dual and is identity-less and is concept-less, so why put your life "on hold" for decades while trying to determine if you are "an Infinite Self" or "a Supreme Self" or "The Most Superior Self" when - in the end - You are to see the reality of the no-identity, no-concept, non-dual Nothingness? 

** Everything in the relative is much ado about nothing, and everything in the Absolute is also much ado about nothing. There is no "later," no "judgment," and no "eternal reward" or "eternal punishment," so abide naturally, now, and stop being so damn serious. Just be, instead. Relax. Enjoy. 

** Understand that, while the relative existence will never be stable, That Which You Are is that which can be fixed and pure and stable and unadulterated when the abidance happens naturally as the Pure and Total Awareness. 

** Question everything and everyone in order to eventually understand this: Truth can be known but cannot be spoken. (No matter what you might think is true, and no matter how much you might be inspired to take exception and say, "Well, Floyd, I do know for certain that 'a' is true and that 'b' is true," this speck will always be able to provide examples of instances where both your "a" belief and your "b" concept are not true at all). 

** See that programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing and indoctrination provided the means by which "they" accepted as fact (without any questioning and with blind faith alone) what became their learned ignorance; then, see that "their" programming, conditioning, domestication and acculturation of you transferred "their" learned ignorance to you if you did not question "them" and everything they told you and taught you. 

** And now, if seeking authenticity, listen to the beat of your inner guru and allow that to be the drum that provides the beat to which you march. That can only happen if you understand that the term "conventional wisdom” is an oxymoron.
 
While the "convention wisdom" convinces persons that they are the many roles which they have been assigned or have adopted as identities, actual wisdom is knowing that You are nothing. All that is thought to a part of the "conventional wisdom" is actually the learned ignorance that is widely-accepted among the masses as being factual when, in actual fact, the body of "conventional wisdom" contains instead only non-truths and hearsay and myths and superstitions and bogus concepts and nonsensical beliefs and distorted ideas. 

To march to the beat of those who are in step with the cadence that is played out on the drums of personality, personality defects, ignorance, and insanity is to fall in line with sheep-like marchers who can only guide you over the edge of the cliff of distortion and illusion and self-deception. 

From the realized write Henry David Thoreau: 

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away" 

and 

"Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer." 

The so-called "conventional wisdom" is that people must "go along to get along"; actual wisdom is understanding that to go along with those marching blindly in the darkness of ignorance and insanity is not "getting along" at all. 

The so-called "conventional wisdom" is that much is understood by humans; actual wisdom is that which the masses have never even once considered, must less understood. 

The so-called "conventional wisdom" involves the belief among the masses that they really are the many roles they play; actual wisdom is (a) understanding that they are none of the things that they believe they are and (b) understanding that, in fact, they are nothing. 

The so-called "conventional wisdom" among the masses (specifically, the 6,790,000,000 on the planet who claim to be associated with one organized religion or another) is that truth is revealed only in books deemed "holy," in books written (usually) by men who claim that they heard God - or one of many gods - speaking to them; 

actual wisdom is knowing that persons who claim that they are hearing an all-powerful entity speaking to them from another world are either frauds or are psychotics who are admitting that they are suffering from instances of "auditory locution," that they are hearing voices in their heads, and that they are subject to schizophrenia-induced hallucinations. 

Dr. Jeffrey A. Schaler explained it this way: 

“Psychosis” refers to a way of thinking and speaking. It depicts an apparent failure to differentiate between the symbolic and the real. People are labeled psychotic when they refer to mental representations of the world as if they were substantive and real. Another example of confusion is the description of the "voice of conscience" as the literal voice of another being (known as "hearing voices"). 

The failure to differentiate between the symbolic and the real may be intentional (artistic license) or strategic (lying) or the result of a cognitive inability to differentiate between fantasy and reality. There are three ways of using ”psychosis” to refer to people speaking and behaving in certain ways: 

(1) Psychosis is used to refer to the state wherein symbolic representations of the world (and metaphors) are confused with the real (literal) things they represent. 

(2) Psychosis is an applicable label when one ascribes confused speech to something else. 

(3) Finally, the term psychosis is also used to describe abnormal speech and behavior. 

The doctor added: The schizophrenia referenced earlier is said to be characterized by hallucinations, i.e., self-reported imaginings. Belief in God has become a socially-acceptable, self-reported imagining among the 97% of programmed and conditioned persons on the planet who proudly proclaim their belief in a god or gods. 

To be continued.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

A Review and Overview of Recent Non-Dual Quotes and Pointers: "So What's It All About?" Part Eleven

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To continue with the reply to the question, "So what else is this deal all about?" some answers have been already been offered in the eBook WHEN ONLY THREE HOURS OF MANIFESTATION REMAIN (The "Final" Talks Of Floyd Henderson) 

Today, answer #10 to the question "What is this non-duality deal all about anyway?" is this: 

Questioning Everything and Everyone


"When you are concerned with truth, with reality, you must question everything, your very life."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Over the years, one question has been asked here more than any other - on this site and in satsang sessions and during retreats - which is: "Is it possible that everything you have ever been taught and everything you have ever been told, by your parents and by relatives and by teachers and by religious leaders and by politicians and by businesses and advertisers and by everyone else, was completely false?" 

That is, is it possible that there is no heaven or hell or post-manifestation reward or punishment or post-manifestation beingness or Supreme Beingness? 

Is it possible you do not live in the greatest nation ever? 

Is it possible that you are not different from or better than anyone else . . . and that's okay? 

Is it possible that the persons whom you especially should never believe are those who repeatedly tell you, "Believe me"? 

Is it possible that all among the "non-realized" masses are contaminated by the Ultimate Sickness and therefore are driven by the symptoms of that Sickness (identified by Maharaj as "ignorance, stupidity and insanity") and that those who are most despised by the masses for "marching to the beat of a different drummer" are the few who are realizing or have realized (meaning, been freed or are in the process of being freed of their belief in "learned ignorance")? 

Maharaj explained: "When you shall begin to question your dream [which in not actually '"your dream" at all but is actually "their dream" which has been passed down for thousands of years] awakening will be not far away." 

He advised: "Be alert. Question, observe, investigate. Learn all you can about confusion: how it operates . . . what it does to you and others. By being clear about confusion you become clear of confusion." 

Those that have come here for satsang or for retreats or those that have read the writings here know that the invitation to be free of the effects of programming, conditioning, domestication, and acculturation is often extended. 

To be free of belief in "dualities" and "separation" and "different from" and "better than," you must be free of the effects of programming, conditioning, etc. The full discussion of the effects of those factors is book-length, but the key point about those influences in this more abbreviated forum is this: 

if you are not freed from the influences of programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing and indoctrination, you will be driven unconsciously by the effects of what "they" told you and taught you; and the results of believing what "they" told you and taught you will be misery and suffering and pain. 

Therefore, this is the question which seekers are regularly invited to ask regarding "their" tales and teachings: "Is it possible that everything that you have ever been told or taught or now believe is false?"

If such freedom from beliefs does not come, then one will be burdened by a sense of separation, disunity, disharmony, and "two-ness" (or, more accurately, a belief in some multiplicity vs. the unicity). 

The consequence of abiding with a sense of separation, disunity, disharmony, and "two-ness" and multiplicity will be the manifestation of more misery and suffering. 

In the past there has been a discussion of certain cultures which have what they see as a "homogenous" population, and history shows what the effects are when cultures adopt a "different from" and separatist belief (whether the cultures are "homogenous" or not). 

[For example, a nation such as the U.S. that is supposedly a "melting pot" can still buy into the arrogant, separatist message of its manipulative leaders who claim that "this is the greatest nation on earth"; in the late 1930's and 1940's, the masses in a nation in Western Europe which had long believed that its people were "a Super Race" began a war against those whom they believed were members of an inferior race, and that war resulted in 85,000,000 people being killed; they were joined by another nation that also considered itself to be populated by a citizenry that was "one, homogenous race" of people who were different from all others.] 

The history of humankind - when such dualistic and separatist beliefs generate concepts about being "different from" and "better than" - has always been a history of non-realized people engaged in fighting and conflict and war and killing and genocide, and that is true internationally, nationally, locally, and in "individual relationships." 

The non-dual understanding can be furthered if one were to understand the implications behind two Eastern (Japanese) terms, specifically, “honne” and “tatemae.” The former term on one level refers to "Real Truth" (Reality / Truth) vs. the latter term which refers to "societal façades." 

In the West, and around most of the globe, there are not even any terms to use to point to that increasingly-common dualistic belief, so certain Eastern sources can advance the cause of understanding duality and its roots. Thus, this discussion in not really about the Japanese but is about the planet-wide propensity for accepting façades and rejecting Reality. 

On another level, "honne" can refer to one's "true feelings." 

(Note the difference in feelings and emotions: the realized feel, but they do not emote. Emotional intoxication occurs only when an ego-state takes itself to be real and then thinks that it is being hurt or threatened, as in the illustration offered earlier when it was shown that "The Husband" ego-state can become emotionally-intoxicated and reactionary if its existence seems to be threatened by "The Wife's" report that she is leaving.) 

One's true feelings will always be contrary to what is expected by society, so the authentic will be hidden so often that any chance to be in touch with that Reality is almost always squashed in every culture around the globe. (Is it any wonder, therefore, that so few will ever realize, that is - per Maharaj - be "freed of the ignorance" taught in all cultures?) 

Since "tatemae" is what is expected by society and what is typically required to "maintain one's position and circumstances," then "tatemae" will never match "honne". 

The conflict between "honne" and one's "social obligations" (which are taught via programming, conditioning, etc.) has been one of the main topics of Japanese drama throughout the ages. Often, the protagonist must choose between carrying out his obligations to his family or to his lord (or, now, to his boss or employer) on one hand and pursuing a forbidden love affair on the other hand. 

In the end, death would be the only way out of the dilemma. Is that not the case whenever and wherever duality is the rule rather than exception? Is that not the case when a belief in duality blocks the understanding of Real Love which is based in the awareness that "Love is knowing that I am everything"? 

Next, the concepts of "honne" and "tatemae" are associated with the concept of "Nihonjinron" (referring to "ideas and theories about the Japanese"). The point of view at the core of "Nihonjinron" is that the culture believes itself to be - as referenced earlier - "homogenous." 

(In fact, the desire to "be homogeneous" is at the very core of the agendas being promoted by the Far-Right, the Alt-Right, the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and the "Make Our Country Great Again" activists  in the U.S. and in many nations in Western Europe and other nations around the globe. The irony is that their desire for a "non-dual nation" is totally rooted in . . . duality.)

As always, duality-based beliefs will foster the subsequent belief that one's culture is totally different from all other people in all other cultures. Because ego-states are always upgraded, then the notion of "better than" always follows closely on the heels of the belief in "different from." Again, any chance at understanding the unicity is squashed as a result of such programming, conditioning, etc.. 

A few Japanese researchers and writers are now offering a differing view for the first time, suggesting that such xenophobic, nationalistic visions are just an illusion. What a call to realize, yes? As the case with realized teachers throughout history, those researchers and writers are trying to deconstruct the illusion of "different from" and "better than." 

Again, therefore, it can be seen that the Eastern example discussed above is not about the Japanese at all but is about allowing that microcosm to illustrate the widespread duality in the macrocosm. 

Thus, to be free of belief in "dualities" and "separation" and "different from" and "better than," one must be free of the effects of programming, conditioning, etc; and to be free of the effects of those, seekers must question everything that they have ever been told or taught. 

Here, there is nothing to teach, nothing to learn, and no one to teach or to learn anything. There is, however, much to be un-taught and un-learned. How much? All of it, until there is not one single belief or idea or concept remaining. 

Then only can the truth be known, the truth which can be understood completely but that cannot be stated. As the indigenous peoples in the U.S. have long affirmed - along with their ancestors in the East: "Truth is nothing more than the space between exhalation and inhalation." 

Here, there can be no vacuum. When all is questioned and completely rejected, then truth will rush in to fill what would otherwise be an empty space. Then, the fullness can manifest as any previous sense of emptiness ends.

To be continued.
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Review and Overview of Recent Non-Dual Quotes and Pointers: "So What's It All About?" Part Ten

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To continue with the reply to the question, "So what else is this deal all about?" some answers have been already been offered in the ebook WHEN ONLY THREE HOURS OF MANIFESTATION REMAIN (The "Final" Talks Of Floyd Henderson)

Today, answer #9 to the question "What is this non-duality deal all about anyway?" is this: 

The Relative Existence Will Never Be Stable, But That Which You Have Always Been Is Permanent 

When Maharaj knew that the taking of mahasamadhi was approaching, his sharings became pithy, terse, concise and succinct. Too, if it became clear that here only three hours of manifestation remained for sharing, then only the most central and most essential non-duality pointers would be offered in a condensed version, compressed into what could be delivered in that limited period.

So far, the following pointers have been offered for consideration: 

1. Find the simplest version of these teachings. Do not complicate the process. 

2. Filter your "ultimate objective" by sifting out all unnatural aims and all supernatural ambitions, allowing only that which leads to the ability to abide naturally and spontaneously and unaffectedly and effortlessly to pass through the Nisargan sieve of realization which can strain out anything and everything that is not normal and ordinary and instinctive and innate. Then see how simple the relative existence can become via Realization and natural abidance. 

3. End all efforts to replace former "bad" labels and roles with "new and improved and upgraded and noble labels and roles." Then, being label-free and identity-free, the remainder of the abidance can happen naturally, simply, sanely, and rationally. Meaning? 

4. Do not reject one set of labels and roles and false identities for another set of the same. (Yes, that is Advaita Vedantin heresy. So be it.) Labels are the cancer on the relative existence. If you have a cancer-ridden lung and the doctor recommends a transplant using a lung that is also infected with cancer cells, would you think that sane? 

Why reject labels and roles to only replace them with other labels or roles? 

Why go through all the hassle and debate and philosophical work of finding out if you are . . . 

an infinite self, An Infinite Self, the essence, the Absolute Reality, Divinity, Atman, Consciousness, Awareness, a Supreme Self, The Most Superior Self, The One Who Is at One with God, or - in some cases - even God . . . 

if in the end you are to see the Nothingness . . . 

if you are, in fact, to understand that "wisdom is knowing that you are nothing?" 

The point is offered here often that everything in the relative is much ado about nothing. So is "the path" and "the journey" and "Realization" as well if they lead to anything other than a means by which the relative existence can unfold in a sane and logical and natural manner after following the "path" to its end, after completing the "journey," after realizing. (More Advaitin heresy, right? But that is another of the "final" points which you are invited to take away from all of the talks and writings.) 

5. Next, understand that the relative existence will never be stable but that . . . 

a. not only can you be stable 

but also that . . . 

b. that which you have always been is permanent. How? 

There is energy / matter, and energy / matter has always been. It cannot be created, nor can it be destroyed. Consciousness is merely one of many forms of energy. It can manifest within a space and it can unmanifest. Or it might never manifest within a space. Either way, it is just a part of the vastness of the energy / matter contained within this universe (and in all other universes as well). 

Consider as an example one of the near-infinite number of dualistic aspects of the relative existence - such as "healthiness" or "an absence of healthiness" - and see that the relative will always be marked by duality: 

This speck, called "floyd" by some, was enjoying his health which allowed him to operate a European tour company, to climb the hills of Tuscany, to hike to the peaks of several Swiss Alps, and to walk the streets of all of the major cities - and many of the smaller villages - of The Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, the U.K. and Italy. 

Then certain symptoms appeared which indicated that an unhealthy condition had manifested. The doctor's word: "cancer." Time was spent in treatment and healing, at which point it was determined that the message which the inner resource had been sending for years should finally be acknowledged. 

As a result came retirement from "secure" employment in order to share these teachings / unteachings and to write about the non-duality understanding that had come. Within ten years, dozens of books had been written - and scores of rejection slips had been received - with only three having been published in that first decade of writing. 

As always, the writings happened in the early morning hours, and the state of health which had returned allowed many hours each day to be enjoyed on the lake, allowed for motorcycle rides through forested areas, and allowed long periods of time to be passed in the woods in many states throughout the U.S. 

Then came the day at the end of October in 2005 when a deer ran in front of the motorcycle that was clipping along at 70 m.p.h. (or over 112 k.p.h.) It was noted earlier that more details would be provided. 

The crash resulted in a concussion; in seventeen bones being broken (including both the fibula and tibia which were broken in half); in both shoulders being dislocated; and in the hips being dislocated. It took nearly a year for whatever healing was going to happen, but there would never be "full recovery." In spite of that, the next five years of the relative existence passed with considerable enjoyment, traveling again throughout Europe but this time for pleasure only, accompanied by a friend from college with whom I had been reunited. 

Then in March of 2010, the health declined again. The diagnosis was that neither the heart nor the lungs were functioning in a normal fashion. As is the case with all things relative, there were "good" days and "bad" days until October of 2011 when the crash came. The diagnosis: there was a 95% blockage of the LAD; there was internal hemorrhaging which dropped the red blood cell count from 15 to 7; 

angioplasty opened some arteries and the placement of a stent addressed the major blockage; but then the use of blood thinners aggravated the internal hemorrhaging, resulting in a hemoglobin count of 4.7 by the time that readmission to the hospital was required; and there was also, as a result of anemia, the deterioration of a valve that has been generating a murmur since the age of fifteen.

Now, the state of the stent and the blood either clotting or not clotting much unfold as it will since thinners cannot be used. So it is. 

The point is, if you review what happened in terms of that one aspect of the relative existence alone - namely, the fluctuations that happened in terms of "healthiness" and "an absence of healthiness" - it should be clear that nothing in the relative will be stable. All is in flux. The only constant is change. Moreover, the similar relative events will cycle as well. Doubt that? Consider the global chaos that began in 2008 when banks and financial institutions began crashing. Then consider what Maharaj shared in this exchange nearly four decades ago: 

Questioner: "I may not want to change. My life is good enough as it is." 

Maharaj: "You say so because you have not seen how painful is the life you live. You are like a child sleeping with a lollypop in its mouth. You may feel happy for a moment by being totally self-centered, but it is enough to have a good look at human faces to perceive the universality of suffering. 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." 

But as far as you are concerned, all that can happen in terms of instability is that you can be blocked (via programming, conditioning, domestication, and acculturation) from knowing the fact that you are that which can only be stable and that can never be unstable; however, in more cases than not among the non-realized masses, persons reach a point where their relative existence seems as if it is taking place on a runaway train, and often it seems that the result is one train wreck after another. 

The remedy offered here? Reach the destination at the end of the "path" and be done with it all. Reaching the end of the "path" is not about staying "there." The invitation is to leave the train and to abide naturally and calmly, enjoying whatever the relative might offer that you can enjoy. For those who have seemingly completed the "journey" and now believe that they are "there" is evidence of either distortion, delusion, or dissociation. While manifested, You are "here." Enjoy here. Enjoy now. It is the only time and place during which you will be able to enjoy. 

Maharaj said: "Like a traveller nearing his destination and collecting his luggage, he leaves the train without regret." 

The invitation is to leave the speeding, unstable train on which most are presently riding. Then, the remainder of the manifestation can unfold as if you are standing on a hill next to the railroad track. You will merely watch the trains race by, and you observe that sometimes a train passes by safely and that sometimes it crashes and burns. Either way, you are no longer aboard. As both the witness and as Pure Witnessing, You are stable as all that is variable and shifting and unstable happens as if you are viewing it all from a platform where Reality has been overlaid on the relative. Effort and travel and "journeying" are no longer required. 

Maharaj: "The jnani is already dead to name and shape. How can their loss affect him? The man in the train travels from place to place, but the man off the train goes nowhere, for he is not bound for a destination. He has nowhere to go, nothing to do, nothing to become."

Understand all of the above and then you will know that, though the relative existence will never be stable, that which you have always been is permanent. The part most miss? Before manifestation, there is no knowing, no "one" to know, non "one" to enjoy or hate anything. 

The awareness is not aware of itself unless it manifests as consciousness and only then if the consciousness leads to an awareness of awareness. Post-manifestation, there will be no conscious-of-ness and there will be no aware-of-ness (just as the case was prior to manifestation). 

So why realize? So that you can observe the relative instability for now from an unaffected and totally stable position of neutrality. 

To be continued.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

A Review and Overview of Recent Non-Dual Quotes and Pointers: "So What's It All About?" Part Nine

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To continue with the reply to the question, "So what else is this deal all about?" some answers have been already been offered in the ebook WHEN ONLY THREE HOURS OF MANIFESTATION REMAIN (The "Final" Talks Of Floyd Henderson)

Today's post will offer answer #8 to the question, "What is this non-duality deal all about anyway?" Answer #8: "This deal is about understanding what you are not." 

Understand What You Are Not 

[When Maharaj was using a religious / non-dual compounded version of the Ultimate Medicine, and when he was using a spirituality / non-dual compounded version of the Ultimate Medicine, he followed the trend at the time in the Far East and recommended that seekers engage in "SELF-Enquiry," turning their focus from things relative and phenomenal and focusing only on things spiritual and Noumenal. 

When he came to understand that the Ultimate Sickness is neither a "too-little-dogma illness" nor a "spiritual malady" and when he came to see that the Sickness is totally centered in the mind, then he began offering a psychology / non-dual compounded version of the Medicine and began recommending that seekers engage in a "self-enquiry" (that is, in a "false-self enquiry") and find out what they are not. 

In other words, he recommended that seekers  shift beyond the playing of the "good roles" at the third step on the "path" - namely, "The Super Religious One," "The Spiritual Giant," and "The Super Seeker" - and move to the next step where one is merely being without any beliefs about "being this" or "being that." 

In the Far East, that next step has long been called "The Child Ignorance Stage." Here, it is referred to as "The Child No-Knowing State." 

While Maharaj continued to offer pointers from all seven steps on "the path," he made this clear to those who could not - for one reason or another - complete all of those steps: "It is enough to know who you are not."

Earlier, this consideration was offered: 

If the end of the search for labeling comes with the understanding that you are nothing, what is to seek? The only thing to seek is that understanding. Then, being label-free and identity free, the remainder of the abidance can happen naturally, simply, sanely, and rationally . . . without the burden of the egotism and conceit that accompany the assumption of "noble" identities. 

With nothing more to do, the illusion of the "do-er" can end and what then begins is the mere beingness - marked not by anything unnatural and not by anything thought to be supernatural but only by that which is nisargan / natural. Most will never seek the answer to the question "Who Am I, Really?" 

Among the few who do seek, few will ever find the answer . . . for a host of reasons. Primary among those reasons is the fact that they are asking the wrong question to begin with: There is no "WHO" and there is no "WHO-ness." The legitimate question to ask is, "WHAT Am I, Really?" The answer, mentioned earlier, is a "composite unity of elements, air, and -conscious-energy." 

Of course that has to do with the relative. What of those seekers that might complete the seven steps to that allows the identification to shift from the false "I" to the Absolute? I have been here for the coming together of all universes, and so have You. If you choose to identify with the Absolute in this particular universe - that field of energy / Awareness from which all specks of consciousness manifest - with what can you identify prior to the field manifesting? You Were even prior to that. And what was prior to that? The Void, then some other universe, then some other Void, then some other universe, ad infinitum. 

Because all is energy, matter, energy / matter, and since neither of those can be created nor destroyed, they have always been, even prior to the formation of this universe. Where were you prior? What were you prior? The answer: Merely matter / energy that has been cycling eternally. So you were, possibly; then you were not; then you were possibly; then you were not, maybe, ad infinitum, as one temporary speck of Am-ness manifested (or not) during an interim that temporarily intervened upon the THAT-ness. 

Because Reality is a no concept, no-identity, non-dual Reality, then what is with all of this identity-seeking? [That will be a far-too-radical pointer for most seekers, wanting as they do to define and re-define their self-ness (or supposed "Self-ness." So it is.] To find That which one is, one must find that which "one" has always been. And to find That which "one" has always been, You must first find all that you are not because it is all that you are not which blocks the seeing of that which has always been.

Next, because all of those not-you's are the present source of all misery and suffering, there is only one logical conclusion that can be drawn: if you would be free of misery and suffering, then you must know those not-you's and end once and for all their influence over your thoughts and words and deeds. To be influenced and driven and controlled by the not-you's would be no different from being influenced and driven and controlled by a mirage in the road ahead while driving through the desert. Consider this illustration: 

As mentioned here on occasion, 59% of all women murdered annually in the U.S. are killed by one claiming at some point to have "loved" them: "The Lover" or "The Boyfriend" or "The Husband" or "The Common Law Husband," etc. When are those women killed 59% of the time? When they try to leave their "Lover" or "Boyfriend" or "Husband" or "Common Law Husband," etc. (By the way, the women are "catching up" nowadays: 41% of all males killed in the U.S. are killed by a woman during a breakup.) Why do such murders happen? 

Because in the example above, the male involved really believes that the not-him is Him, and all not-him's (and not-you's) require a codependent counterpart, a person willing to play the other part in any dualistic pairing. "The Husband" can only "exist" (in his "mind") if that role has one willing to play "The Wife." If "The Wife" determines that she is no longer willing to play the role that reinforces the illusion of "Husband-ness" in the "mind" of the male involved with her, then all "Husband" role-playing will end. He can no longer be a "Husband"; he can only be an "Ex-Husband," in his "mind." 

Identified with that role, the one playing "The Husband" will believe that he is actually being attacked and will believe that he is about to be destroyed. In the warped game of role-assumption, insanity can reach such a level of severity that one mirage can come to believe that it can be assailed and annihilated by another mirage. Talk about the insanity of duality and the insanity of believing in dualistic concepts and ideas and identities. 

So consider: if the one playing "The Husband" in that example were to come to understand that He is not a "Husband," then he would not feel threatened and would not feel driven to lash out in defense of a culturally-assigned and culturally-encouraged mirage. If none of the people in relationships in the U.S. ever Realized Fully but were at least to understand what they are not, then 59% of all women killed annually would not be killed, and 41% of all men killed annually would not be killed. And none of those people would have to understand anything about Realization for that to happen. 

Consider also the impact on the relative existence if only persons were at least to understand what they are not, even if they never find the answer to "Who - or What - Am I, Really?"

To be continued.
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A Review and Overview of Recent Non-Dual Quotes and Pointers: "So What's It All About?" Part Eight

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Today we'll look at answer #7 to the question "What is this non-duality deal all about anyway?": "This deal is about sharing a simple treatment plan for a global Sickness which has become quite complex in its nature." 

It Is All Very Simple 

No other teacher gave us such insight - via the transcripts of his final talks - than Maharaj provided by allowing the reader "to sit beside him" in the loft and to see how a realized teacher "handles" mahasamadhi. (It turns out that it is the exact, same way that the realized teacher "handles" all in the relative existence.) 

Maharaj modeled the way that the relative existence can happen with dignity, even though a body is racked with pain. No other teacher displayed so precisely and intimately and transparently 

(a) by way of the content of his final talks and 

(b) via his demeanor during the final days of the manifestation, 

the calm and peaceful way that the relative existence can happen and the calm and peaceful way that the end of the relative existence can happen. And his sharings showed the way that a guru that knows his final talks are being offered will focus his message on the basic and bare essentials. 

In his case, he made clear that there is so much more to this "journey" than "the spiritual part." (Here, it is acknowledged that the religious and / or spiritual step must be completed but that the religious and / or spiritual step is the third of seven steps on the entire "path" and that the third step must be transitioned if the "journey" is to continue to completion and full realization which, per Maharaj, means nothing more than "being free of all learned ignorance").

So what topics did Maharaj deal with in his final talks?

1. The source of all relative problems. 

2. The maya. 

3. The nature of consciousness prior to manifestation (that is, the nature of Awareness). 

4. The falsehood of all things thought to be personal. 

 5. How the relative can and should continue post-Realization, but with Reality having been overlaid upon it. 

 6. The uselessness of knowledge (a.k.a., learned ignorance). 

7. Stabilizing in reality and Reality and truth and Truth. 

8. The sickness (that is, the Ultimate Sickness) and its treatment (which means addressing the actual problem which is the mind, not "the spirit").

 9. Transcending body, mind, personality and, eventually, the consciousness itself, paving the way for only the impersonal consciousness to continue for the remainder of its manifestation. 

 10. Why realization cannot happen unless one transitions beyond all fear and / or anger about having one's so-called "knowledge" devalued and debunked. 

11. How the end of the manifestation of the conscious-energy is the beginning of freedom from bondage. 

12. The nothingness. 

13. The freedom that comes by allowing all knowledge to go into liquidation. 

14. Being unconcerned. 

15. Abiding with dignity and taking mahasamadhi with dignity. 

If all that is to be understood about those fifteen topics were understood, it would be enough. Here, there is no presumption that Maharaj's final talks could be "improved upon" . . . or need to be. Any final talks here would be quite similar. 

One topic that would be included in any final talks here was introduced earlier, namely, the invitation to see - as Maharaj taught - how very simple these teachings really are (or should be, if the teacher knows how to present them in a forthright and simple and easy-to-grasp manner.) The invitation is also to see how simple (that is, "natural") the relative existence becomes with the understanding of these teachings (or, actually, these "unteachings"). 

Maharaj said to one of his visitors in the loft: "Realisation is but the opposite of ignorance. To take the world as real and one’s self as unreal is ignorance . . . the cause of sorrow. To know the self as the only reality and all else as temporal and transient is freedom, peace and joy. It is all very simple." 

Yes . . . it really is "all very simple." 

Maharaj: "Truth is simple and open to all. Why do you complicate? Truth is loving and lovable. It includes all, accepts all, purifies all. It is untruth that is difficult and a source of trouble. It always wants, expects, demands. Being false, it is empty, always in search of confirmation and reassurance. It is afraid of and avoids enquiry. It identifies itself with any support, however weak and momentary. Whatever it gets, it loses and asks for more. Therefore put no faith in the conscious. Nothing you can see, feel, or think is so. Even 'sin' and 'virtue' [and] 'merit' and 'demerit' are not what they appear. Usually 'the bad' and 'the good' are a matter of convention and custom and are shunned or welcomed, according to how the words are used." 

Also, consider the implications of this exchange: 

Questioner: "What distinguishes your world from mine?" 
Maharaj: "My world has no characteristics by which it can be identified. You can say nothing about it. I am my world. My world is myself. It is complete and perfect. Every impression is erased, every experience - rejected. I need nothing, not even myself, for myself I cannot lose." 
Questioner: "Not even God?" 
Maharaj: "All these ideas and distinctions exist in your world; in mine there is nothing of the kind. My world is single and very simple." 

See, it really is all so very simple: if you transition your belief in all identification, you will be free of the debilitating influence of body and mind and personality, and it is always either body and / or mind and / or personality that "wants, expects, demands"; that is "empty, always in search of confirmation and reassurance"; that is "afraid of and avoids enquiry"; that "identifies itself with any support, however weak and momentary"; and that always "asks for more." 

If you are not the body or mind or personality - which are "the cause of sorrow" - then what are you? That, too, is so very simple: you are a composite unity - which is a triad consisting of elements, air, and energy. The body is a plant food, elemental body that is temporarily circulating air and that is temporarily a body-cum-consciousness - that is, a body temporarily housing conscious-energy. At the time that the consciousness unmanifests, the elements will return to the universal pool of elements; the air will merge with the universal pool of air; and the conscious-energy will be released into that universal pool of energy from whence it manifested. 

There is no beginning, middle, end, or afterlife; thus, there is no eternal reward or punishment. (Talk about a freeing fact!) There is no time and there is no truth to the concept of timelines. There is nothing that is linear - there is only that which cycles. It is all very simple. 

And if the composite unity is understood, the relative existence becomes simple too, devoid of "the causes of suffering," namely: 

body identification, the fiction-filled mind, and the agenda-driven personalities that cast the masses into a personality trance which strips them of all ability to choose, which strips them of all ability to cast aside their learned ignorance, and which strips them of all ability to transition beyond their family-and-culture-induced-insanity. 

Family-and-culture-induced-insanity? Yes. Emphatically, yes. During the last forty-two years of working with parents, countless numbers have been heard to complain about their teenage children who they claim are doing things that seem "silly or destructive or insane." And teens can exhibit one or more of those. But why? Because it takes approximately 13-15 years of dealing with parents who are driven by their personality trances and by their learned ignorance and by their insanity for their children to also be forced into a trance; 

to also be left unawake and unaware and unconscious, just like their parents; to also be trapped in learned ignorance, just like their parents; and to also be strapped with the burden of personality defects and insanity, just like their parents.

The source of that which parents complain about in terms of their teen children would also be very simple to see - if parents could but see themselves; that is, if they could see their own false, unawake, unaware, unconscious, ignorant, insane selves. Once the simple understanding of the composite unity is understood, then there is neither a body nor a mind nor assumed personalities that can complicate the relative existence. 

It is all so simple after it is understood that the elements cannot be upset, understood that the air cannot be upset, and understood that energy cannot be upset. No part of that which you temporarily are can be upset. The only thing that can be upset is the imaginary not-you or the imaginary not-you's. Only the not-you's can complicate what would be an otherwise simple relative existence; only the not-you's can "always want, expect, and demand"; only the not-you's can feel "empty, always in search of confirmation and reassurance"; only the not-you's can be "afraid of and avoid enquiry"; only the not-you's can "identify with any support, however weak and momentary"; and only the not-you's can always "ask for more." 

It all really is so very simple to understand, once it has been explained in simple, everyday terms, yes? 

Next, if the end of the search for labeling comes with the understanding that you are nothing, what is to seek? The only thing to seek is that understanding. 

(Do not take that as a Neo-Advaita pointer. There is more involved than "You are what you seek. You're done, so go away"; however, in some respects, it is not much more involved than that, in the end.) 

Then, being label-free and identity free, the remainder of the abidance can happen naturally, simply, sanely, and rationally (which is the way that every living thing on this planet abides, except for programmed and conditioned and domesticated and acculturated humans). 

That means, the remainder of the manifestation can happen without the burden of having to "do" in order to sustain false identities. That also means, the remainder of the manifestation can happen without the burden of the egotism and conceit that accompany the assumption of "noble" identities that actually foster arrogance (such as, "The Supreme Self," "The Most Superior Self," "The One at One with God," or - in some cases - just "God"). 

With nothing more to do, the illusion of the "do-er" can end and what then begins is the mere beingness - marked not by anything unnatural and not by anything thought to be supernatural but only by that which is nisargan / natural. 

See? Simple, yes?

To be continued.
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