Monday, May 21, 2018

REALIZING WITHOUT DOGMA, WITHOUT CONTINUOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, AND WITHOUT A PREOCCUPATION WITH “THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THINGS NOUMENAL”: The bondage of world concern, self-concern, material concern, religious concerns, and spiritual concerns

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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "God," the "Son of God," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns. See the end of the post for the full meaning and implications of that. 

REALIZING WITHOUT DOGMA, WITHOUT CONTINUOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, AND WITHOUT A PREOCCUPATION WITH “THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THINGS NOUMENAL:
The bondage of world concern, self-concern, material concern, religious concerns, and spiritual concerns 

Over the years when the suggestion has been offered that it is possible to realize without dogma, without continuous spiritual practices, and without a preoccupation with the nature of reality and things noumenal, the ones who reject that suggestion outright, the ones who become emotionally intoxicated and respond with invectives and profanities and "personal" attacks, and the ones who work themselves into a state where they would love to be able to do something violent to me, have been those identifying as "Christians who also happen to be on the path." 

Their prevalence among those reacting may be because the blog is being posted in the U.S. where Christians dominate the religious (and political and business) landscape and because the Muslims who have attacked the pointers offered on this blog are obviously present but in far fewer numbers. 

When self-identified Christians feel threatened and attack both the writer as well as the suggestion that it is possible to realize without dogma, without continuous spiritual practices, and without a preoccupation with the nature of reality and things noumenal, it has been pointed out that Christ - in the end - left organized religion and gave up teaching dogma and shared non-dual pointers during the last years of his manifestation. 

He stopped speaking in buildings dedicated to worship, such as temples and synagogues, and instead offered his talks on hillsides and in private homes. He had nothing more to do with organized religion and their trappings and their "places of worship" and their supposedly holy writings, yet his self-identified "followers" are attached to all of that which he modeled for them to abandon.

Were he to have been asked at the end, he too would have agreed that it is possible to realize without dogma, without continuous spiritual practices, and without a preoccupation with the nature of reality and things noumenal. 

To continue: 

The Advaitin poet Shakespeare may have written a play entitled “much ado about nothing” in the late 1500’s1599. Maharaj in the late 1900’s said: that when a person is being driven by the mind, “it exaggerates.” He advised seekers to “live without self-concern.” 

Maharaj: “Don't concern yourself with others, take care of yourself.” 

Yet many over the years have protested: 

Unimportant? Much ado about nothing? The heck you say! What about my father and others who fought the Germans and Japanese. You think they did not make a difference? They killed Hitler. 

The reply” “Actually, Hitler killed himself. But again, the point is this: 

Maharaj said: “There have been thousands of avatars and great men, and important personalities. Has a single one of them been able to do anything to change the natural course of events in the world?” 

Of course, his answer was “No," and the historical record - especially the historical records left by the always-trying-to-control-other-nations-U.S. - provides evidence of the accuracy of his observation:

Did Hitler's demise “change the natural course of events” (or, more accurately, humankind’s most unnatural course of events)? 

Absolutely not. Over a quarter of a billion people have been killed since the end of WWII and the number may be higher. Howe many have died in nations with “Hitler-like” leaders seen atrocities within their borders since the death of Hitler? Over a quarter of a billion people have been killed since the end of WWII, and the number may be higher. Consider China and Russia’s actions and U.S. involvement all around the globe. 

Consider the killings in Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Rwanda, and all across the African continent. And consider the popularity of such concepts as eugenics and white supremacy and Nazism which are presently on display in the U.S.

Consider The Reagan Wars: Reagan's conviction that the Soviet Union lurked behind all the world's evils led him to embrace a series of unsavory allies on the principle that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." In the name of anticommunism, Reagan supported the regimes of brutal authoritarian dictators in Haiti and the Philippines. 

He supported the white supremacist government of South Africa in its efforts to suppress the country's growing anti-apartheid movement. He funded and armed right-wing "death squads" that rampaged through El Salvador and Nicaragua, massacring leftist foes and innocent civilians alike. He sent lethal weaponry to both the Islamic fundamentalist government of Iran and to the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. 

He even invaded Grenada. Only in Afghanistan did one of Reagan's covert foreign interventions inflict real harm upon the Soviet Union, but in hindsight we can see that Reagan's Afghanistan policy ended up inflicting real harm upon the United States as well because he armed a group to fight Russians in that country, a group which would later become known as Al-Qaeda. 

The Bush / Cheney War in Iraq: The Iraq War began with the 2003 invasion led by the United States. The invasion toppled the government of a former U.S. ally, Saddam Hussein. The conflict continued for much of the next decade as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Iraqi government set up by the U.S. It is estimated that as many as 600,000 or more estimated Iraqis were killed in the first three to four years of conflict. 

L. Paul Bremer, Iraq’s American ruler in 2003, along with the U.S. policy he enforced, were key contributors to the original insurgency after the U.S. invaded Iraq on bogus, fabricated charges.. At a stroke of Bremer’s pen, 400,000 members of the defeated Iraqi army were barred from government employment and denied their pensions but were allowed to keep their guns. Those forces became “The Islamic State” (a.k.a., “The Islamic State of Iraq” and “al-Sham” or ISIS). 

Now, consider those banging on their wars drums to attack Iran and consider the way that the Israeli government is treating the Palestinians whose homeland was taken from them in 1947. 

So killing Hitler changed the course of events in the world? Hardly. 

Thus the suggestion offered by Maharaj and here as well can be paraphrased in this consideration: “Physician heal thyself.” There might be a difference in the way the rest of your relative existence unfolds as well as in the relative existence of those dealing with you. But overall? Nada. 

And post-manifestation when there is no relative existence to affect one way or the other? Even more Nada. 

Vietnam . . . add in much ado about nothing 

Maharaj: “Stop misusing your mind and all will be well with you. You need not set it right -- it will set itself right, as soon as you give up all concern with the past and the future and live entirely in the now.” 

Maharaj made clear that there are no half-measures in regards to reaching a sense of unimportance and understanding that all which happens in the relative existence is much ado about nothing: “Either you become totally self-concerned, or totally un-self-concerned.” 

His invitation: “Give up the bondage of self-concern” 

and 

“Abandon all self-concern” 

and 

“Worry not about the material or spiritual.” 

Humans concerned with self or with seeking Self or with their identification with Self blow everything all out of proportion. The Obsessive-Compulsive Personality disorder is running rampant, and seekers and non-seekers alike – still trapped in the mind – will obsess (that is, endlessly think about something and think about something and think about something) and then they will act compulsively (that is, driven by the hidden agendas of their personality identifications of the agenda of their Self identification). 

All is so magnified and such anal behavior is inspired by their OCD that the invitation offered to some seekers who have come here has been to "throw away your microscope and pick up a telescope and turn it around and view all thorough it to get a proper perspective. Stop magnifying and de-magnify instead” 

and 

“It has nothing to do with either "high esteem" or "low esteem" to suggest that you stop over-estimating your worth or value and fixate in a sense of unimportance. Besides, “low-self-esteem and high-self-esteem are still about nothing more than the self. As for one with “Self-Esteem,” the view here is that “sometimes, no company is far preferable to certain company that might want to show up.” 

In the end, much ado about something and magnifying and obsessing and behaving compulsively and having a sense of importance and self-concern and Self concern and dogma and spiritual workaholism and endless inquiry and Inquiry and bondage and an absence can all be traced to the present of a mind, and any and every mind is filled with nonsense and ignorance and insanity. 

To be free, be free of the mind. 

To be free of the mind, be free of its content, namely, ideas, concepts, perspectives, perceptions, misperceptions, notions, etc., which can all be encapsulated with the term “beliefs.” 

Want to be free of the mind? Believe nothing. Every belief is one more link in the chains that bind, and all those chains are mental chains. 

To be continued.
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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "God," the "Son of God," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns. 

THE EXPLANATION 

If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence. 

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of God in the past was of a weak God, an absentee God, A Santa Claus-type God, a mean, punishing, vindictive God, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring God whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to." 

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a God that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly"). 

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring God,' any supposed God that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'God' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part. 

"That is, a non-narcissistic god / goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'God' and focus on the 'God as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you." 

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on: 

"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within" 

and 

"Heaven and earth shall fade away." 
--Yeshu'a (Jesus) 

and 

"Heaven and hell are not geographic places but are states of mind, nothing more than concepts dreamed up by men." 
--Pope John Paul II 

"There is no hell." 
--Pope Francis, the current pope 
[in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari, 
a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record teachings 
which are part of the Papal Magisterium]

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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Monday, May 14, 2018

REALIZING WITHOUT DOGMA, WITHOUT CONTINUOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, AND WITHOUT A PREOCCUPATION WITH “THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THINGS NOUMENAL” The rationale for realization: freedom from all forms of bondage, now

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TODAY'S CONSIDERATIONS 

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

Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "God," the "Son of God," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns. See the end of the post for the full meaning and implications of that. 

REALIZING WITHOUT DOGMA, WITHOUT CONTINUOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, AND WITHOUT A PREOCCUPATION WITH “THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THINGS NOUMENAL" 
 The rationale for realization: freedom from all forms of bondage, now

Yesterday:

What most humans have in common is a preoccupation with "the future" and with seeking an eternal payoff rather than abiding in the present Now. 

[For many, the purpose of whatever is happening now is to enhance the ego and facilitate accumulation; for those looking beyond such childish motives, their supposed purpose is to dedicate every living moment now to paving the way to a better later.] 


Also from yesterday:

Resurrections, an afterlife, reincarnations, etc.: an alternate perspective based in fact rather than in beliefs. 

Maharaj: 


and 

Realizing in about understanding.

Maharaj: "The sole purpose of realization is to be freed from all learned ignorance" 

and 

"Understanding leads to freedom."

So "this deal" of ours, this non-dual understanding, is solely focused on removing persons from all forms of bondage and rendering them totally free, NOW. 

There is a "new order devoted to bondage" which is arising in the U.S. and in other nations. Actually, it has long existed here.

There was a time when my grandmother's Cherokee ancestors were not free to live, much less free to live as they had lived. 

There was a time when Africans were not free to live as they had lived but were captured and chained and loaded on ships and sent to the U.S. to be bound into the bondage of slavery. That continues to this day for many of their descendants.

Many who are gay or lesbian or trans are not free to walk the streets in safety, much less free to openly love whomever they love. 

Many are not free to leave abusive spouses. 

Many are not free to leave their jobs even though they are being abused verbally, mentally, emotionally, physically, sexually, etc. 

Sometimes being free requires the understanding to come to those in bondage. Sometimes, being free requires the understanding to come to those who would control or enslave or bind other citizens, employees, spouses, or anyone else who is viewed as being lesser-than as a result of appearing to be different-from. 

Whether the abused or the abusers, whether in bondage or holding others in bondage, it all centers in the mind: 


Nothing generates as much bondage as the beliefs stored in the mind, especially the belief that the body and the mind and false identities can - in one form or another - survive mahasamadhi or "death" and exist eternally as one thing or another or as one person or another or with one god or another or as one god or another. 

The impossibility of those beliefs can only be understood, however, if it is understood that nothing has ever been created and that all is merely cycling. 

No parents have ever created a baby. Two persons ate plants and certain plant cells transformed into certain human cells. Elements cycled into elements. Eventually, per the Second Law of Thermodynamics, all that comes together will come apart. 

And the elemental plant body and 

the part of the brain called "the mind" therein and 

the air circulating throughout the body and 

the conscious-energy cycling into and out of the body 

will eventually all go their separate ways at some point.

And once the parts of a composite unity go their separate ways and return to the universal pools from which they came in order to form a composite unity for a time, they cannot ever be rejoined to form what had only been temporary anyway.

What temporarily is - namely, the perceived "you" and "me" - cannot magically become permanent . . . in any form. 

That which is temporary is always temporary and that which is permanent and real - energy / matter - shall always be the only thin  that is permanent. 

Because all, generally speaking, is energy / matter and because neither energy nor matter can be created or destroyed, then there cannot possibly be any creator or creators or a Creator. There is merely cycling going on and the cycling happens spontaneously and automatically as well as in an uncontrolled and unguided fashion except as "governed" by the so-called laws of nature. 

As the Ella Fitzgerald lyrics say, 

Birds do it, bees do it, fleas do it, in Spain, the best upper sets do it, Lithuanians and Letts do it, the Dutch in old Amsterdam do it, the Fins do it, folks in Siam do it, Argentines without means do it, people say in Boston even beans do it, romantic sponges do it, oysters do it, clams do it, jellyfish do it, electric ells do it, English soles do it, and goldfish do it. 

Also, many humans also do it. Most humans at some point go about the business of engaging in acts of friction which sometimes result in the meeting of sperm cells and egg cells (which were originally plant cells). Those acts trigger a series of other actions which result in the cycling of elements - not in the creation of elements. After that act of friction and the meeting of a sperm and egg cell, if the female continues to eat plant food or things which ate plant food for a period of nine months or so, then another composite unity might result. 

And all of that happens spontaneously and automatically and in an uncontrolled and unguided fashion. No would-be "mother" has ever said to a mate, "Well, it going to be a very busy and very important day today, honey. I'm going to be creating our child's brain. Wish me luck." 

So what point can the wise see by understanding all of that? The fact is that realizing - being free of ignorance and insanity - is only about a result right now. What happens post-mahasamadhi will happen spontaneously and automatically and in an uncontrolled and unguided fashion and will not matter in the least. 

The fact that 

(a) components from several different pools temporarily cycle (and come together) and 

(b) form a temporary composite unity which will 

(c) eventually come apart 

is of no more consequence than quantities of H2O coming together and forming a temporary wave which rolls onto a shore and then rolls back out into the ocean from which it came. 

That ocean water will evaporate; vapors will rise and condense into clouds; the clouds will move over the land and precipitation will fall in the form of rain, ice, snow, etc.; the water will fills stream and rivers and lakes and will eventually flow back into the oceans where evaporation starts the process anew. 

Neither water nor ice nor rain nor snow is created in the process. Nor are rivers and streams and lakes created. Nothing is happening except constant cycling. So it is with humans, so wherefore all this pride and arrogance and sense of superioroity and identitifcation with some Self marked by "Supreme-ness"?

Realization, or the understanding, allow the relevant facts to be grasped, and when they are grasped, then 100% of the misguided motives of humans who are in bondage because they are focused on dreamed up and fictional resurrections or afterlifes or reincarnations or a Self or an Infinite Self or a Supreme Self, etc. can be freed and can enjoy whatever can be enjoyed at the only time that joy can be enjoyed and known, namely, right NOW. 

Thus, realization has nothing to do about anything after now because there will be no "one" to be aware of anything after now

It's all about now, only

The invitation, therefore, is to see that and start dancing lightly, now. 

To be continued.
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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "God," the "Son of God," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns. 

THE EXPLANATION 

If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence. 

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of God in the past was of a weak God, an absentee God, A Santa Claus-type God, a mean, punishing, vindictive God, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring God whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to." 

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a God that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly"). 

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring God,' any supposed God that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'God' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part. 

"That is, a non-narcissistic god / goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'God' and focus on the 'God as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you." 

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on: 

"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within" 

and 

"Heaven and earth shall fade away." 
--Yeshu'a (Jesus) 

and 

"Heaven and hell are not geographic places but are states of mind, nothing more than concepts dreamed up by men." 
--Pope John Paul II 

"There is no hell." 
--Pope Francis, the current pope 
[in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari, 
a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record 
teachings which are part of the Papal Magisterium]

Sunday, May 13, 2018

REALIZING WITHOUT DOGMA, WITHOUT CONTINUOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, AND WITHOUT A PREOCCUPATION WITH “THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THINGS NOUMENAL”: The source of bondage is the mind and the beliefs stored therein, especially beliefs about "the future"

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TODAY'S CONSIDERATIONS 

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

Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "God," the "Son of God," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns. See the end of the post for the full meaning and implications of that. 


 REALIZING WITHOUT DOGMA, WITHOUT CONTINUOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, AND WITHOUT A PREOCCUPATION WITH “THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THINGS NOUMENAL": 
The source of bondage is the mind and the beliefs stored therein, especially beliefs about "the future" 

The suggestion that "realization can happen without religion or spirituality" usually sends site visitors running for the doors (or for their ESC key anyway). Why? 

Some escapist-type humans are forever looking for the easy way out while other obsessive-compulsive humans are looking for the most drawn-out, complicated, complex, convoluted way possible. (Of course personalities are ultimately in control of the non-realized, and of the nine basic personality types, Types Four, Five, Seven and Nine are most into escapism, avoidance, and "other-worldly stuff" rather than dealing with the aspects of a mundane relative existence).

Some are brief and to the point while others are driven by a "just-to-make-a-short-story-long" agenda. (Types One, Two, Three, Six, and Eight are talkers, their agendas driving them to talk in order to impress or reform or find caretakers). 

Some are attached to their "Super Seeker" role and the status that seems to bring. 

But what most have in common is a preoccupation with "the future" and with seeking an eternal payoff rather than abiding in the present Now. 

The irony - and insanity - of that? Consider the imagined possibilities / beliefs: 

A. The belief that resurrections, an afterlife, reincarnations, etc. are possible, meaning elemental plant food bodies can come back together after having come apart and, when they do, they can also have the same mind and the same knowledge pool and the same memory collection and the same identity groups or, 

B. The belief that when the three basic components of any given composite unity - elements, air and conscious-energy - are separated and then go their separate ways and return respectively to the universal pool of elements and the universal pool of air and the universal pool of conscious-energy, that all three can (magically) move their way through those three completely separate and disconnected universal pools and then find their way through those pools - each with trillions upon trillions of parts - and can be rejoined or can (supernaturally) be reunited and put together again by some Power or Force or Overall Controlling Entity or Source. 

So all the king's horses and all the king's men could not put a broken egg like Humpty Dumpty back together again, but those persons who are totally attached to their body and mind and personality identifications want to ignore so obvious a certainty and will suspend all logic when it comes to the desire for eternal continuity and thus believe that - unlike a broken egg - there will be a post-manifested Self which will exist after all of the parts of an earlier-manifested composite unity are put back together in a way close enough to what that unity was like before so that it will be totally recognizable as an earlier self / Self.

The conscious-energy within a small, pea-brained, composite unity called "a bird" flies off if you or I approach because the bird desires eternal continuity, but that's the behavior of a pea-brained bird. Yet almost all humans believe it is normal to behave the same way when they are driven by a belief in "eternal life." Really? 

Tomorrow, an alternate perspective based in the facts rather than in beliefs. 

To be continued.
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In addition to the five non-duality books made available without charge by Andy Gugar, Jr. (see “FREEBIES” above), you can now access nearly 3,300 posts for any topics of interest to you. 

Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "God," the "Son of God," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns. 

THE EXPLANATION 

If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence. 

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of God in the past was of a weak God, an absentee God, A Santa Claus-type God, a mean, punishing, vindictive God, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring God whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to." 

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a God that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly"). 

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring God,' any supposed God that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'God' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part. 

"That is, a non-narcissistic god / goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'God' and focus on the 'God as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you." 

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on: 

"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within" 

and 

"Heaven and earth shall fade away." 
 --Yeshu'a (Jesus) 

and 

"Heaven and hell are not geographic places but are states of mind, nothing more than concepts dreamed up by men." 
 --Pope John Paul II 

"There is no hell." --Pope Francis, the current pope 
 [in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari, 
a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record 
teachings which are part of the Papal Magisterium]

Saturday, May 12, 2018

REALIZING WITHOUT DOGMA, WITHOUT CONTINUOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, AND WITHOUT A PREOCCUPATION WITH “THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THINGS NOUMENAL”: Redirection vs. Misdirection, Being Conned and Being Fooled

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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "God," the "Son of God," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns. See the end of the post for the full meaning and implications of that. 

REALIZING WITHOUT DOGMA, WITHOUT CONTINUOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, AND WITHOUT A PREOCCUPATION WITH “THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THINGS NOUMENAL": 
Redirection vs. Misdirection, Being Conned and Being Fooled 

[Continued from yesterday]

Throughout the history of this site, the points have been offered repeatedly that 

1. being taught (and being programmed, conditioned, etc.) in the ways of religion and dogma and the ways of being godly and in the ways of being a spiritual giant have led to persons being fooled and conned more than any other single factor, institution, etc. 

but that 

2. there can be along the "path" a time for seekers to focus on religion and / or spirituality and for religious and spiritual roles to be played in a process which is intended to eventually eliminate all role playing. 

The "justification": that focusing and role playing can provide a much-called-for redirection of attention among the narcissistic masses who have focused only on self, who have engaged in excessive self-admiration, who have been trapped in self-centeredness, and who have been driven by such high levels of the God Complex / Narcissistic Personality Disorder for so much of their existence that they have long overestimated their own appearance and abilities while being driven to satisfy their need for admiration. 

If anything can interrupt that pattern and inspire such arrogant types to redirect their focus on something other than self, then its place as a step on the "path" to realization is warranted. 

Yet that is a rare occurrence among humankind. More often, the Goldilocks rules applies: most - for the entirely of their relative existence - will never find the middle ground between relative "self-care" and relative "self-hatred." When it comes to "self," most will register far too hot or far too cold. 

Moreover, when the effects of psychological programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing, and indoctrination are studied objectively, it can be seen that those set persons up for being misdirected and, therefore, easily fooled and conned. 

Some site visitors know Louise in Cape Town, S.A. Her son is becoming one of the top magicians on that continent as well as throughout Europe where he is currently traveling and performing his magic act on the road. 

Many in his profession practice misdirection as a part of their entertaining acts, that being a form of deception in which the attention of an audience is focused on one thing in order to distract its attention from another. Managing the audience's attention is the aim of all theater; it is - depending on the specific types of magic being performed - the foremost requirement of theatrical magic. And for those living their lives on the stage of The Theater of the Lie," misdirection is one of their favorite tools.

Some politicians have the use of misdirection down to an art form as well. Expose their corruption and they are capable of creating a diversion which will shift public attention away from their dishonesty and fraud and bribery and sleaze to the dishonesty of "all those others." They are not your ordinary cons but have assumed the role of "The Super Con," able to fool millions with a single remark or written statement or tweet. 

In either case, with either magicians or politicians who are adept at using misdirection, they produce illusions, and producing illusions is the way of the planet, the way of humankind, the way of parents and relatives and religious leaders and political leaders and military leaders and the leaders of big businesses who use deceptive trade practices to make the junk which they are offering appear to be something quite grand. 

All of those are often joined in their practices of conning and fooling persons by dependent and / or co-dependent individuals trying to hook persons into long-term relationships in which they can get all of their bills and rent and food and medical expenses and clothing, etc. paid for by someone else. 

Misdirecting and conning and fooling others has been a tool used by millions throughout history. 

THE CHALLENGE FOR NON-DUAL SEEKERS ON A "PATH" 

The challenge for non-dual seekers on a "path" which includes a step where religious or spiritual roles are played for a time (such as the third step on the "path" used by Maharaj for decades and used here for decades) is to 

(a) play the roles only for a period of time which is long enough to allow for redirection of one's focus to happen without 

(b) becoming ensnared in the same web of deceit and illusion which religions have used for thousands of years to entangle and enmesh the masses in order to control their thoughts and words and actions. 

If the latter happens, then persons will fixate at that step rather than moving on along "the path" and completing the entire "journey" to full realization (which,. per Maharaj, refers to a state in which one is "totally freed of all belief in learned ignorance"). 

It was that condition - of becoming fixated at a point on "the path" which is not even the midway point - which Maharaj was referring to when he spoke of those practicing "kindergarten-level spirituality" who think that they are "being bathed in the full light of the noonday sun when they are actually still only standing in the dull light of dawn." 

Some are aware that there was a time with Maharaj (and here as well) that the attitude was, "Either buy into the form of the Ultimate Medicine being offered here, which is a concoction that was heavy on dogma and / or spirituality," or move on. The "relative needs and concerns" of many sincere seekers were poorly served when such an attitude was present. 

THE ADDITIONAL CHALLENGE FOR NON-DUAL SEEKERS ON A "PATH" 

The additional challenge for non-dual seekers is to be able to distinguish between the required redirection which provides the needed shift in focus by those that would move on along "the path" and to avoid attaching to the detrimental misdirection which leads to fixation and an assumption by persons undertaking "the journey" who think that they have "arrived" when, in fact, they have not even left the runway and are sitting on an airplane on an isolated stretch of tarmac and going nowhere. 

For millions of years, trillions of humans - or their human-like ancestors - survived without being dependent on any of the institutions and persons who use misdirection. It is only in the last few millennia that the majority of humans have been programmed and conditioned etc. to believe that they must have an expansive understanding of dogma and / or must engage in an endless stream of spiritual practices and exercises in order to be okay or fine or better than. "Be free of religious or spiritual going and doing and zooming? No damn way!"

In fact, they have been conned and fooled. They are as hooked as any other person suffering from the Addictive Personality Disorder though they believe that other addicts are hooked on "bad stuff" while they are hooked on "some really good stuff."

So it is, but so it need not be for she or he who is willing to wake up, to redirect the focus away from self / selves, to become able to distinguish between true and false, and then to abide in a far more peaceful nisargan (natural) manner as opposed to the chaotic unnatural and supernatural ways in which the masses are trying to live. 

To be continued.
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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "God," the "Son of God," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns. 

THE EXPLANATION 

If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence. 

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of God in the past was of a weak God, an absentee God, A Santa Claus-type God, a mean, punishing, vindictive God, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring God whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to." 

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a God that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly"). 

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring God,' any supposed God that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'God' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part. 

"That is, a non-narcissistic god / goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'God' and focus on the 'God as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you." 

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on: 

"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within" 

and 

"Heaven and earth shall fade away." 
--Yeshu'a (Jesus) 

and 

"Heaven and hell are not geographic places but are states of mind, nothing more than concepts dreamed up by men." 
--Pope John Paul II

"There is no hell." 
--Pope Francis, the current pope 
[in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari, 
a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record 
teachings which are part of the Papal Magisterium]

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