Thursday, December 14, 2017

MAHARAJ AND RELIGION'S ANTI-SCIENCE STANCE, Part Thirty-Two

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Those Who Have the Opportunity to Be Free of False Beliefs 

In the previous posts, the discussion focused on two of the most entrenched sets of beliefs: 

1. those dealing with supposed "payoffs" from believing in a "personal god" (or gods and goddesses); and, 

2. those dealing with supposed "payoffs" from believing in one's false "personal" roles / identities, especially those which are rooted in the various "ism's" which is so popular in various cultures around the globe. 

Now, the focus will turn to those few that have some chance of being free of their beliefs in images and distortions and misperceptions and myths and superstitions as opposed to those that typically do not any chance at all of being free of the effects of their beliefs. 

In the former group, there are those who are intelligent but who are functioning under the auspices of their wisdom-blocking "learned ignorance"; in the latter, there are those who are merely ignorant, period. 

In the latter case, there is also the presence of learned ignorance, but because there is also an absence of intelligence, there is in those latter instances no reasonable likelihood that wisdom will ever manifest. 

The intelligent in the former group above have the potential to be free of the effects of learned ignorance and to complete the "journey" to full realization (that is, to a state of being freed from believing in that which is false or ignorant).. 

Those in the latter group above will most likely never understand that all notions involving ego or ego-states (or a sense of "a personal being" or belief in "a personal do-er" or the belief in "a personal god") are all illusions . . . all mis-perceptions based in delusion. 

So, for those with the capacity to cast aside the accumulation of their "knowledge" (their "learned ignorance") which they are so very proud of prior to Realization, the challenge becomes, "How to be free of belief in illusions and to see truth instead?" 

First, most persons - including those in "the intelligent group" - will never be freed from their foolish beliefs. When intelligence is neutralized via learned ignorance, then even the intelligent will be fooled and will most likely remain in that state. 

Yet some few will understand the full import of these pointers and be free of their belief in false ideas and concepts. Again, in those cases where ignorance is combined with learned ignorance, the chances for enlightenment are practically nil. So it is. 

Secondly, if the intelligent are to be freed of entrapment in learned ignorance, then all beliefs must be forfeited, without exception, yet who wants to discard the beliefs that most persons prize so highly? The fact is, however, that to discard a thousand beliefs but to cling to even one as if it were "your ultimate 'sacred cow' or 'belief'" will avail you nothing. 

Furthermore, to invite one who believes in a personal self and in a personal god to consider the possibility that their beliefs are pure fiction will usually only reinforce, not diminish, their attachment to their beliefs. 

The very invitation itself - to consider a different possibility - will usually inspire persons to “dig in their heels” and stubbornly defend what they mistakenly take to be "their" beliefs (which, as noted, are really the beliefs of other persons that have merely been passed along to them . . . and passed along for generations). 

Once the programming has extended beyond the age of 6 or 7 or 8, beliefs will be taken by persons to be a part of what defines them . . . that help to identify “who they are” as much as the labels that they have been assigned or that they have adopted on their own. 

They will cling forever to their conceptual lies, and only a small fraction will ever be free of the hold of beliefs (and thereafter realize fully). So blind have non-realized persons been rendered by way of programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing and indoctrination that even the intelligent among them cannot begin to fathom the veracity of the facts that contradict their beliefs, even when they hear them stated most clearly. 

Should they happen to hear the consciousness speak to say, “Every belief you have is a lie,” most persons will close themselves off from the voice of pure consciousness and cling to the blockages that prevent the hearing and acceptance of facts. 

They will refuse to so much as consider the possibility offered by the consciousness when it says, "In fact, you have no beliefs. What presently fills 'your mind' are 'their' beliefs, not 'your beliefs,' yet you have adopted them with such conviction and pride that you behave as if those ideas were original to you." 

Again, to tell one believing in a "personal self" that there is no such thing is to only reinforce their belief in a personal self. To tell one believing in a "personal god" that there is no such thing is to only reinforce their belief in a personal god and will incite them to enter into defensive—and often offensive—modes. 

Offensive modes by those who believe in a "personal god" or "gods and goddesses?" Yes, absolutely and most assuredly. For 5000 years, Jews have been killing non-Jews and non-Jews have been killing Jews; for 2000 years, Christians have been killing Jews, Jews have been killing Christians, and Christians have been killing others Christians that belong to different denominations or religions; 

For 1300 years, Muslims have been killing Jews and Christians, Christians and Jews have been killing Muslims, and Muslims have been killing Muslims that belong to different sects. Now, not a day passes without a report of how many Muslims killed other Muslims of a different sect, how many Christian soldiers killed how many Muslims, how many Muslims blew up how many Christians, ad infinitum. 

The evidence of the results of their beliefs could not be clearer, but rather than saying, "Hey, maybe it's not that 'they' are wrong . . . maybe the fact is that we are all in error," instead, lines are drawn and opposite sides are taken as persons align against persons once their beliefs generate a false sense of separation and a false belief in "our rightness vs. their wrongness"; 

after their beliefs foster erroneous, dualistic conclusions about "right beliefs vs. wrong beliefs"; and after their beliefs drive them to defend "the proper dogma supported by my god vs. the improper dogma supported by their god." The same roots - erroneous beliefs - are the basis of every fight, including those in "relationships," between cities, between states, between nations, etc. 

To all of the results generated by the beliefs above, add in not only the results that are generated and disseminated by religious and spiritual and philosophical and ideological "-ism's" but also add in the beliefs disseminated by political "-ism's," nationalistic "-ism's," economic "-ism's," governmental "-ism's," etc. See the hundreds of thousands of beliefs that are driving the non-realized to feel "apart-from" and that are blocking them from understanding the unicity. 

Next, for freedom from believing in false beliefs to happen, the readiness of the intelligent seeker has to be there; only then can the teacher begin her / his task effectively. 

Here, there are seven steps required to shift from identification with the false "I" to abidance as the Absolute. Too, there are three "levels" among seekers ("wet charcoal," "dry charcoal," and those at the "gunpowder stage"); therefore, there is the additional requirement of a teacher that can listen to a seeker, that can determine "where" on "the path" that seeker is, and that can then offer level-appropriate pointers that might facilitate a shift to the next step on "the path." 

What is said to one seeker in regards to a topic may differ entirely when addressing the same topic with a different seeker. Persons at the “wet charcoal” level (which includes the masses) will likely never be able to understand non-duality pointers (or much of anything else). The teacher will never be able to “fire them up” enough to burn away their beliefs - their learned ignorance. 

Those at the “dry charcoal” level include persons who have completed some of the necessary study and reading and contemplation and in those cases, with much effort, the teacher might be able to generate a spark of light that can move them closer to "The Understanding." 

For those at the “gunpowder” level, they are very close to full realization, being blocked by attachment to only a few remaining concepts and beliefs. With the proper pointers offered by a teacher that knows “where they are on the path,” the teacher can often say to those at the third (religious or spiritual) level exactly what is required to trigger an explosion that blows away all of their remaining beliefs and allows them to continue along the “path” in order that full realization might happen. 

What about you? Have you been fixated at the religious / spiritual / "personal god" stage which is only the third of the seven, required steps to move away from "personal identification" and to abidance as the Absolute and to overlaying Reality upon the remainder of the relative existence? 

Is the consciousness finally beginning to inspire some questioning? Might the consciousness have reached a level where it is beginning to sense that there might be “something else” to be understood beyond religious dogma and beyond "spiritual principles"? 

An alternative consideration was offered recently to a seeker in the U.K. that has been trapped at that level. He was asked if he might be willing to set aside all of his spiritual exercises; 

if he might be willing to take a break from all of duality-reinforcing meditative practices during which he has been focusing on "positive" ideas in order to block out "negative" ideas; and if he might consider taking a vacation from all of his other spiritual employment. 

If so, the alternate possibility presented for his consideration was this: 

that abiding might simply happen - and happen simply - without his continuing to turn mere "living" into another full time job. 

To be continued.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MAHARAJ AND RELIGION'S ANTI-SCIENCE STANCE, Part Thirty-One

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"In the realm of permanence, there is no WHO-ness, no personhood, and nothing personal. There is only WHAT-ness or THAT-ness, and all else remains imagined and dreamed up and illusory beliefs. Moreover, it is science which can not only make that clear but can also prove it is fact." 
--Floyd Henderson 

"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is just opinion." 
--Democritus 

("Yes, "opinion" or ideas, concepts, imaginings, misperceptions, notions, distortions, delusions, thoughts, theories, and views, a.k.a., 'bogus beliefs'.") 
--Floyd Henderson 

The series will continue with a discussion of the way that personality-invoking "-ism's" are another source which generates a plethora of distortion-riddled beliefs: 

Two Other Major Sources of False Beliefs
Again . . . 

From the song, "Give Peace A Chance" "This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m." 
--John Lennon / Yoko Ono 

". . . Stop imagining yourself to be 'this' or 'that.' Just be." 
--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

"Neti-Neti" (Non-Duality Pointer to Identity-Less-Ness) 

"Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, and domesticated to believe so that you can be free, period." 
--Floyd Henderson 

To review, these pointers were offered in the previous post: 

1. The discussion of false beliefs is focusing on the two sources that presently result in more distortion and illusion and deception (and self-deception) than any others. 

2. One source is the attachment of person's to their culture's "-ism's," and none have spawned more false beliefs and concepts and dualities during the last 5000 years than these and / or other "ism's" that are similar: 

Judaism; Protestantism or Catholicism ; Islamism; Mormonism; Buddhism; Hinduism; Sikhism; Shintoism; Taoism; theism; montheism; polytheism; dogmatism; fundamentalism; paganism; puritanism; spiritualism; supernaturalism; mysticism; salvationism; separatism; etc. 

3. The second source of a near-countless multiplicity of false beliefs is the source that involves one's "personal" beliefs, and little can better illustrate the toll of "personal" beliefs than an objective study of the state of what culture's call "personal relationships." 

The beliefs associated with religious dogma or spiritual movement or philosophies or ideologies are - and always have been - "their" beliefs, not "your" beliefs. "They" passed them on, and the common practice around the globe is to demand that children accept all of "their" beliefs on faith alone, without questioning those beliefs at all. 

As for one's "personal beliefs," those are beliefs that are also rooted in "their" beliefs but that are then expanded upon by one's own misperceptions and erroneous conclusions as images are believed to be real. 

In either case, the beliefs rooted in those two sources are some of the most difficult to dislodge because they are always accompanied by an imaginary "payoff." Consider: 

A. The belief in a "payoff" from a "personal god" (or gods and goddesses) triggers a near-infinite conglomeration of other beliefs about gaining power both now and later; about being "blessed" now and attaining life forever; 

about the alleviation of personal fears and personal desires (that is, persona-based fears and desires); about receiving rewards now and forevermore while providing the means to avoid eternal punishment; 

about the nobility of suffering; about a "payoff / payback" for donating money to the leaders of whatever "-ism's" are being attached to; about an entity that supposedly loves unconditionally but that will toss one into flames for eternity; 

and about bogus timelines that ignore the scientific facts about the cycling of elements and energy and oxygen and, instead, speak of "birth (and / or 're-birth'), life, death, judgment, rewards or punishment now, and rewards or punishment forevermore." Then, consider: 

B. The belief in "persons" (personas, false identities, roles, ego-states, etc.) and in "things personal," and the subsequent belief in a "payoff" for "a person" from "others persons" also triggers a near-infinite conglomeration of other beliefs and assumed personas including "The One Who Has Found Someone To Make Me Happy";  

including "The Ones Who Are Going To Beat The Odds and Be Happy Together Forever"; including "The One Who Has Finally Found the Ideal Mate"; including "The One Who Is Finally Going To Be Loved In The Manner That Has Always Been Desired"; including "The One That Will Be Taken Care Of"; 

including "The One Who Is Finally Free As A Result Of Not Having To Work Because Another Has Been Found Who Is Willing To Provide The Lavish Lifestyle That Has Always Been Sought (And, By The Way, Deserved)"; or including "The One Whose Financial Woes Have Been Solved Because There Will Now Be Two Incomes To Cover Expenses"; 

including "The One Who Finally Has An Arrangement That Will Assure That My Physical Needs And Sexual Desires Will Finally Be Met On A Regular, Daily Basis; including beliefs about "The One Who Will Be Involved In Procreation And Creating Life And Being A Proud Parent And Making A Happy Family"; etc., etc., etc. 

All of those "personal beliefs" take root in acculturation - in what one is led to believe not only can happen but also in what should happen in any given culture; yet such distorted beliefs flourish when bogus-and-misperception-based concepts manifest as a result of taking images for reality. 

In the book Going Crazy, Going Sane, these pointers were offered regarding this topic: "In the 'early days' of a relationship and / or marriage, . . . the manifestations of the effects of personality disorders and / or mental illness [can be denied and taken] to be the exception rather than the rule," so conclusions such as this might be reached: 

"My spouse (or parent or lover or friend) is not crazy - there are just some times every now and then when things build up and something snaps on occasion. And the same applies to me." 

The point was made that, in a relationship or marriage, there will be a point at which images that had been taken to be reality will be seen to have been false images only, based in false conclusions and beliefs. At that point when such awareness occurs, the moment is pointed to with the expression, "The honeymoon is over." 

"That expression points to the first moment when the phony images which (1) were being displayed when dating and which (2) were maintained during the days (or months, or years) following the wedding are seen to have been nothing more than phony images. The-honeymoon-is-over-moment happens when the formerly-hidden personality defects and the dark mental liabilities finally surface from behind the facade that had been maintained." 

One's beliefs about another "person" might finally be seen to have been false; in some cases, the misperceptions and false beliefs can continue for decades; and in other cases, it is noted in that same book that " . . . the subtle degrees of mental and emotional illnesses will assure that they will often go undetected until all of the image-making and image-sustaining games can no longer be played." 

What sets persons up for such deception? Personality-assumption. All personas have their basic fears and desires, and they will distort the ability to see accurately and will allow images to be mistaken for the real. In that book, the pointer is offered that "love is not blind; the case is that 'love' is color blind, unable to see red flags when they are being waved before one's very eyes; thus, the realized Advaitin's warning about . . . 'appearances'." 

Again, the beliefs that are the least likely to ever be abandoned are those which involve imaginary payoffs for a "personal self" and those which involve imaginary payoffs from a "personal god" (or gods or goddesses) for a "personal self." 

One key prerequisite for the freedom of belief-less-ness to manifest is the prior manifestation of desirelessness, and the prerequisite for desirelessness to manifest is an abandonment of personality . . . a discarding of all assumed identities which generate all false beliefs about "fear" and "desire" and "need." 

To be continued.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

MAHARAJ AND RELIGION'S ANTI-SCIENCE STANCE, Part Thirty

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"In the realm of permanence, there is no WHO-ness, no personhood, and nothing personal. There is only WHAT-ness or THAT-ness, and all else remains imagined and dreamed up and illusory beliefs. Moreover, it is science which can not only make that clear but can also prove it is fact." 
--Floyd Henderson 

"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is just opinion." 
--Democritus 

("Yes, "opinion" or ideas, concepts, imaginings, misperceptions, notions, distortions, delusions, thoughts, theories, and views, a.k.a., 'bogus beliefs'.") 
--Floyd Henderson 

The series will continue with a discussion of the way that personality-invoking "-ism's" are another source which generates a plethora of distortion-riddled beliefs: 

Two Other Major Sources of False Beliefs, Part "A" 

Again . . .

From the song, "Give Peace A Chance":
"This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m." 
--John Lennon / Yoko Ono 

". . . Stop imagining yourself to be 'this' or 'that.' Just be." 
--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

"Neti-Neti" (Non-Duality Pointer to Identity-Less-Ness) 

"Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, and domesticated to believe so that you can be free, period." 
--Floyd Henderson 

Once more . . . , 

the discussion of false beliefs - and being free of them - will shift its focus to the two sources that presently result in more distortion and illusion and deception (and self-deception) than any others. 

The first source is rooted in one's "personal" beliefs (which are still rooted in "their beliefs" but which reproduce even more deception-and-self-deception-based beliefs). Those "personal" beliefs and their effects will be discussed in a later chapter. 

The second source was alluded to earlier with these three pointers: 

1. The "journey" aims to put you fully in touch with reality and you fully in touch with You. Again, to be out of touch with reality is to be insane. 

2. This "journey" is about getting in touch with reality in order to be free of the bondage of the illusions and falsehoods of a "mind" exposed to years of enculturation, and it is at the fourth of the seven steps on the "path" that all beliefs finally fall away. 

3. To fixate at the third step (where religious and / or spiritual roles will be assumed and played for a time) is to be forever trapped in believing false beliefs. And that is insane. The invitation is to complete the entire "journey" and then enjoy the remainder of the manifestation in a manner that is totally free. 

Of all of the "-ism's" that generate beliefs, none can compare with the number of beliefs and concepts and dualities spawned during the last 5000 years by these (and other) "-ism's," some of which were catalogued in an earlier chapter: 

Judaism; Protestantism / Catholicism / Jesuitism / Anglicism; Islamism; Mormonism; Buddhism; Hinduism; Talmudism; Jainism; Sikhism; Shintoism; Taoism; baptism; clericalism; congregationalism; cultism; Deism; creationism; theism; montheism; polytheism; exorcism; dogmatism; druidism; fundamentalism; paganism; predestinarianism; proselytism; puritanism; revivalism; spiritualism; supernaturalism; evangelism; televangelism; messianism; monasticism; moralism; mullahism; mysticism; moralism; occultism; salvationism; separatism; symbolism; and ritualism. 

Is "Advaita" not included because of the author's prejudice? No. It is excluded from the list because its penultimate message is to be free of all beliefs in order to receive the full dose of the Ultimate Medicine that can purge the "mind" of a seeker of all beliefs and ideas and concepts and distortions and deceptions. 

It is excluded because . . . 

A. it alone invites un-learning all rather than learning more; 

B. because it alone offers, if properly shared, un-teachings rather than teachings; and 

C. because it alone uses thorns to remove thorns, after which all thorns are tossed. 

If the Direct Path Method is used in conjunction with the Nisarga Yoga, then it alone invites seekers to abandon belief in all that has been taught and to thereafter abide naturally rather than unnaturally or "supernaturally." 

Among religions and philosophies, there is no other means that can produce the necessary brain-flush save completion of the entire Advaita “journey” which can lead to the dissolution of all of the contamination that is “the mind.” 

[Were there no duality-based "-ism's" and the duality-based beliefs which they have dreamed up and disseminated via their programming and conditioning, there would be no "sinners" and no "saints." How refreshing that would be, yet alas, it cannot be because religions have been opening Pandora's box for thousands of years and subjecting humanity to their duality-based belief systems. 

But "no sinners nor saints?" Precisely. Maharaj said, "Only that person will visit this place whose virtue and sin have come to an end." 

I formed a close friendship with a university professor at the same time that a vestige of my early programming by evangelicals resurfaced. For a brief while, I lost contact with the awareness of Grandmother's Cherokee teachings and bought into the notion that something was "wrong" about enjoying sexual relations outside of marriage with my girlfriend. 

The wise professor asked if the evangelicals had mentioned the fictional tale about Adam and Eve and how, after they had supposedly sinned by eating the forbidden fruit, they covered up their nakedness for the first time when God showed up and asked, "Who told you that you are naked?" 

He said, "So I'm going to ask, 'Who told you that you are sinful?" 

F.: "Actually, my girlfriend's Super Catholic mother who follows the church's motto to a 'T,' namely, 'If it feels good, stop it!' She read our previously-private letters and found out, as she put it, that we were 'doing the nasty" together'." 

The professor: "Well I tell you just as strongly that you are not 'doing the nasty' and that you are neither a sinner nor a saint. Return to what you've understood." 

Fortunately, the unnatural, dogma-inspired "crisis of conscience" was short-lived and our sexual activities continued - naturally - meaning with extreme pleasure and without guilt or shame. Of the trillions of life forms that have shared sex and procreated (or not), no life form other than humans has ever felt guilty about that all-natural activity. 

And how does that happen, that someone can understand but occasionally slip back into being influenced by nonsensical concepts / beliefs? Maharaj, while explaining why persons seem to grasp the understanding and then seemingly “lose” it for a time, said: 

“You are so used to the support of concepts that when your concepts leave you, although it is your true state, you get frightened and try to cling to them again.” 

Some "shiftings" along the way eventually gave way to the stability of understanding and not losing that understanding, so Maharaj's truth became my truth and it can become your truth as well. He said: 

“I am stabilized. There is no going into samadhi, or coming down from samadhi. That is over.”

So again, among religions and philosophies, there is no other means that can produce the necessary brain-flush save completion of the entire Advaita “journey” which can lead to the dissolution of all of the contamination that is “the mind.” 

That is why, ultimately, non-duality here is the "teaching" intended to become the non-teaching by way of un-teaching. All others methods and "-ism's" require that their teachings or dogma be learned and be believed in unwaveringly . . . with no questioning at all and with resolute and steadfast (and blind) faith alone. 

How to be free if that is the basic programming and conditioning to which one has been exposed from early on, as is the case with the 97% of the planet's population who report that they are affiliated with one of the "-ism's" in the list above or with another similar "-ism" not on the list? 

Please review the invitation here to find the answer: 

the seeker of (a) freedom from belief in lies and (b) the Truth should see by now that there is no such thing as “your mind.” Though plant food bodies do not initially contain a "mind," they do come with a brain. 

As with all "life-forms" on the planet, that and the intuitive inner resource is all that is needed for the body / elements to function naturally. To the detriment of all, persons' cultures - which are attached to "more-ness" rather than "less-ness" - decided that was not enough. 

"They" decided you most of all needed a set of belief systems, and "their" belief systems were implanted in a section of the brain that can store and retrieve information and that is now called "the mind." 

"They" decided you needed their “knowledge,” which is really nothing other than their learned ignorance (including "their" ideas and beliefs that were rooted in superstitious and mythical explanations that were, and remain, totally devoid of any factual or scientific evidence). 

In pumping those bogus beliefs into you, they generated what each person calls “my mind”—a repository of ideas and beliefs and non-truths. Those contents were transferred to persons without their ever having an opportunity to question any of it at all (with the exception of about 1/2 of 1% of all cases . . . those cases involving the types whose experiences by the age of six inspire them to question all so-called "authorities" and all that they say and do). 

Among all others, their societies' beliefs are passed along and accepted faithfully and dutifully. The stage was set for a most unfortunate play to be played out on a daily basis around the globe in "The Theater of Lie" that the relative existence is. 

What each seeker must see to move along the "path" and complete the "journey" to full realization (that is, to freedom from body-mind-personality identification, to freedom from all role-playing, to freedom from deceiving and being deceived, to freedom from being driven unconsciously by the false beliefs of "others,"to freedom from believing in that which is false, and to an ability to see the Truth that can be known but not spoken and to an understanding of the functioning of the totality) what must be seen by each seeker is that nothing in "the mind" came from you - and most certainly did not come from You. 

It was "they," not you, who dreamed it all up. (What you have dreamed up will be discussed later). "They" forced you to accept their concepts and beliefs as a child; as a result, you internalized their beliefs into a “mind” and - if you have not Realized Fully - you now allow their fiction to define your beliefs, your "values," your “mind,” and "you." 

That, in turn, unconsciously drives every thought and word and deed, rendering you unable to consciously choose anything (the concept of "free will" under such circumstances being another completely counterfeit notion). 

In fact, most of the (dualistic) beliefs in the "mind" of the non-realized person are the beliefs of the earliest, self-appointed “religious or tribal or spiritual leaders” who dreamed up those beliefs, adopted them, and then passed them on. And all those values were based in duality, in terms of what those persons decided was “right or wrong” and “good or bad.” 

The invitation here: cast aside ideas and concepts and beliefs and attitudes and allow the brain to function in conjunction with the inner resource. Tap into the intuitive sixth-sense. Sense the fourth dimension beyond the three dimensions of a body’s height, width and depth. 

Abandon any notion that a "mind" and its contents are real or that you "have a mind" that is "yours." You do not. It is "theirs," has always been "theirs," and shall always be "theirs" if you do not abandon it and then realize; 

otherwise, those persons can still reach forward—from millennia ago or from days ago—and control you via the compilation of that mass of learned ignorance and contamination called “your mind.”

Religions want to "cleanse" your mind. Spiritual movements want to "purify" your mind or "heal" your mind. Many professionals want to “straighten out the thinking” of your mind. Many groups want to move you from “wrong thinking" to “right thinking.” Some want to guide you to your “right mind.” Some want to teach you to "halt the constant movement" of your mind. 

None of those have a clue that they have missed the point - and the facts - completely: nothing needs to be done or can be done to your "mind" and nothing needs to happen or can happen to benefit your "mind." The mind is illusion. One may as well go to a desert and try to benefit and improve or cleanse or purify or straighten out a mirage. 

How can anyone cleanse a mirage, purify a mirage, heal a mirage, straighten out a mirage, make a mirage that is wrong into a mirage that is right, or stop mirages? It is impossible. The mind will dissolve if you see that everything stored in it is baseless ... without accurate foundation and without any semblance of Truth. 

Then the brain, the sixth-sense, the inner guru, and the intuition will move you through this relative existence, and you will live the remainder of it in a natural fashion rather than in an unnatural fashion or in a supernatural fashion that is dominated by magical thinking that results from a wrongly-programmed and conditioned "mind." 

To be continued.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

MAHARAJ AND RELIGION'S ANTI-SCIENCE STANCE, Part Twenty-Nine

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Additional Pointers Regarding the "Mind" As An Obstacle 

Efforts to quiet the mind or to ignore thoughts cannot succeed with any consistency. Only when Full Realization strikes, only when the "Oh my gosh!" moment happens - only then does the "mind" dissolve. 

Why? Because the "mind" is merely a conglomeration of distorted ideas and bogus concepts and false beliefs which - most unwisely - are proudly-held, which are given undeserved value and significance, and which are egotistically-defended. Once enlightenment happens - paving the way for full realization, that is, (peer Maharaj) for full freedom from the belief in any and all learned ignorance - then ideas and concepts and beliefs are seen to be distorted, bogus and false; 

pride is seen to have been nothing more than false pride; the false is no longer assigned value and significance; and once liberation from personality happens after the third of seven steps on the "path," there are no ego-states; thus, there is no egotism and, therefore, there is nothing to be egotistically defended. 

Prior to the consciousness having reached that state of enlightenment, liberation, and realization, what to consider meanwhile? It is true that, if you are instructed to "avoid thinking about an elephant," the only thing that you can think of is an elephant. 

Similarly, peace and freedom will not manifest simply by inviting persons to "question all beliefs, see that all beliefs are false, see that a false sense of separation - along with the subsequent misery and suffering - are rooted in your beliefs, and then abandon all beliefs." 

There is a multi-step process that must be followed exactly in order to be free of an ever-churning, peace-robbing "mind," so, what is the answer to at least continuing to move toward freedom from beliefs when persons think their beliefs are so dear? 

The answer is not to try to be rid of disturbing, always-belief-based thoughts. One answer is to ask when a thought is interrupting the peace, “WHO is thinking that thought?” (That is, what ego-state is feeling so threatened or hurt or interfered with that the false identity can inspire the "mind" in which that false self resides to begin an endless flurry of belief-based thought-activity?) 

Only by relinquishing belief in the false identities that inspire thoughts can the thoughts come to an end. Only by abandoning the "this" and "that" in such beliefs as "I am this" (role) or "I am that" (role) will the peace and quiet of only the "I Am" ever happen. 

Thus, the pointers offered earlier for consideration included Lennon and Oko identifying a key source of humankind's problems . . . 

"This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m" 

and with Maharaj advising: 

". . . Stop imagining yourself to be 'this' or 'that.' Just be." 

Next . . . . 

"Neti-Neti": The Non-Dual Pointer to Identity-Less-Ness 

The "mind" is the instrument that supports personality via belief-based thoughts, and those thoughts are the instruments that will forever prevent "peace of mind"; in fact - as has been noted - there is no such thing as "peace of mind." There is only peace if freed of the "mind." There can only be peace if you are "out of your mind." 

Consciousness is rooted in the Absolute. The brain is rooted in the elements. The "mind" is rooted in wrong programming and faulty conditioning and perverted domestication and xenophobia-based acculturation along with all of the "-ism"-generated lies and along with all of the concepts and ideas and superstitions and falsehoods and beliefs that are supported and spread by your culture's "-ism's." 

If trapped in personality / personalities / personas, then one is in a play, playing a role, and believing that the role and the play are both real. Why would one believe such nonsense? Because "the mind" is the playwright, the author of every scene. 

When Maharaj said, "You are not in the world, the world is in you," what did he mean? He meant, "You are not in the world," that is, there is no "you" that is real (that is, "as perceived") or in any world. "The world is in you" means that the world is in your "mind" - merely a misperception, a conceptualization - and is nothing more than a figment of programming-and-conditioning-induced imaginings. 

Everything that is said here is to be used to get rid of another false belief until all ideas and emotional intoxication and beliefs are gone and nothing remains but the unstated understanding. Only then can the constant churning and re-churning of the false beliefs of the corrupted "mind" finally cease. 

Freed of beliefs, functioning happens naturally and spontaneously as the inner resource, rather than the content of the "mind" - becomes the "guiding" light ... the "guiding force." What is that inner resource, that inner guru? It is the vestige of pure consciousness that remains, deeply buried beneath the waste called “the mind,” and that manifests in full awareness post-realization. 

What will be the prevailing circumstances among the non-realized who have not abandoned all of the "not-you's" as identities and whose functioning is not happening under the auspices of the inner resource? 

The "mind” will continue to obscure the consciousness in all of those cases because the "mind" is so marred with its false beliefs and all of its so-called "knowledge" (that is, its accumulation of learned ignorance), that it will continue to leave such persons insane to one degree or another. Why? 

What else other than "insane" could describe the condition of one who does not recognize "himself" / "herself"? What else other than "insane" could describe the condition of one who does not even know who / what he or she is? What else other than "insane" could describe the condition of one who unquestioningly believes falsehoods? 

What else other than "insane" could describe the condition of one who accepts, on blind faith alone, myth-and-superstition-based beliefs as "the truth"? What else other than "insane" could describe the condition of one who is convinced that he or she is fully awake though actually asleep, trapped in the dream of the planet? 

What else other than "insane" could describe the condition of one who believes that - after those elements which took the form of a plant food body but which eventually return to the universal pool of elements - that some "form" of those elements will remain forever and will "have" the same "mind" and "memories" and personality and identities (roles) and family and spouse, also forever? 

Because no personal body (or "subtle version" thereof) can remain forever, how can a "mind" or any of the beliefs contained therein remain forever? They cannot, and the wise will see how ideal that belief-free, mind-free condition would be. 

Moreover, the truly wise realize as well that, if being free of the beliefs that cause the "mind" to churn away incessantly and that cause a constant disruption of the peace throughout the relative existence would be ideal "later" (post-manifestation), then the truly wise will also realize that it would also be ideal to be free of those peace-robbing factors right now. 

The Ultimate Medicine offered by way of non-duality pointers can treat those suffering from the Ultimate Sickness that has left them out of touch with reality / Reality. The wise that are moving along the "path" to realization see at some point that, through no choice of their own, they have been out of touch with reality / Reality and they see that such a condition in itself is insane. 

Again, to be in touch with reality / Reality is sane, and in order to be sane, you must be out of your mind. 

For their suffering to end, persons must understand the functioning of the totality; must see that all suffering is rooted in the assumption of ego-states as false identities; must realize that they have no “mind” but instead are being driven by the “minds” of others (which they now think is their own "mind"); 

must be aware of the fact that a “mind” is nothing more than the storehouse of all the cultures' lies and beliefs and ideas and concepts that must be cast aside in order to end misperceptions and misunderstandings and the subsequent misery and suffering; and must see not only the limitations of doingness but the timelessness and limitless nature of beingness . . . and non-beingness as well. 

In this relative existence, nothing is going on but a breeziness of play, but persons are caught up in a tornado of work, in a storm of seriousness, and in a tempest of drama. 

So-called “life” in this sphere of consciousness is just a process of functioning, and while the “mind” of a person will dream up notions about separation or differentiation, none exists. 

The unicity-based process just keeps on happening in cycles, but nothing is being cycled except elements and air and energy. Nothing is being "preserved" or "saved" so it can "live forever." What remains forever is energy-matter, and the sane and wise understand both that and THAT. 

A belief or a concept, a religion or a philosophy, a state or a nation, a hero or a villain . . . all are just part of an unhappy process of distortion-driven-functioning if the consciousness is blocked from seeing Truth and reality / Reality. All of those labels above are just dreamed up names, and all such dreamed up names (dreamed up by that accumulation of corruptions called "the mind") generate a false sense of reality and block any sense of Reality as well. 

The "journey" aims to put you fully in touch with reality to put You fully in touch with You. Again, to be out of touch with reality is to be insane. This process is about being truly restored to sanity. 

This "journey" is about getting in touch with reality in order to be free of the bondage of the illusions and falsehoods and bogus beliefs stored in a "mind" that has been exposed to years of enculturation, and it is at the fourth of the seven steps on the "path" that all beliefs finally fall away and the accelerated movement to true freedom happens. 

[A man who came here for a retreat years ago said that when relatives gathered at his house for visits during holidays (visits which he described as always being "far-too-long"), the rule which he laid out from the very beginning of each gathering was "There shall be no discussion of politics or religion."

He said that he knew that visits would be calmer and more peaceful if those two topics were avoided, but he had not understood originally that the peace which had always been interrupted when either of those two topics was discussed was interrupted because of their dualistic nature. 

He said after he began reading my books and posts that it became clear that, in his experience, nothing was more divisive than political beliefs and religious beliefs because they were so widespread and totally dualistic to the core.] 

To fixate at the third step (where religious and / or spiritual roles are assumed and played for a time) is to be forever trapped in believing false beliefs. And that is insane. The invitation is to complete the entire "journey" and then enjoy the remainder of the manifestation in a manner that is marked by total freedom. 

Maharaj said that those trapped at that third step on "the path" will also be trapped forever in their kindergarten-level dogma and / or spirituality and will, therefore, never be free of having their every thought and word and deed controlled by the agendas of their false, illusory personality identifications. 

To be continued.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

MAHARAJ AND RELIGION'S ANTI-SCIENCE STANCE, Part Twenty-Eight

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Reactions to Pointers Offered on This Site and in My Books 

The non-duality invitation is to question all, so as challenges comes, they can provide opportunities for teaching / un-teaching: 

A visitor listening to a discussion of false beliefs said, "It seems that everyone will still have points of view and strong opinions about things. It seems you do regarding such topics as 911, Hurricane Katrina being blamed on karma, religion etc. Explain." 

The reply: First, WHO is this that you are accusing of having an opinion? You write to the no-WHO as if there were a WHO, revealing that, subconsciously, you still believe very much in your own WHO-ness. 

As for “points of view,” all that can be said with accuracy is that the consciousness either witnesses what is happening from the subject-object witnessing mode or witnesses purely and accurately via the Pure Witnessing (a.k.a., "the True Self.") When the consciousness speaks, it speaks from one of those two modes, depending on the level of the seeker. 

When dealing with "beginners" or "intermediate-level" seekers, Maharaj would respond when relative issues such as “war” or “the death of a son” or “mental and emotional suffering” or "physical pain" were raised. 

(He would be doing the same today if questions were raised about relative happening such as "9 / 11, Hurricane Katrina being blamed on karma, religion, etc." When he advised seekers to abandon their religious and / or spiritual roles and then just abide naturally, there was no "one who had strong opinions" about religion or spirituality. There was a speck that was inviting seekers to abandon all attachment to the "-ism's" which all spread false beliefs, to stop playing their belief-supported roles, and to just abide naturally instead.) 

Always, his responses were level-appropriate, meeting the seekers at the place on the “path” where the seekers' words revealed them to be; yet that speck called "Maharaj" was merely noting those instances of relative insanity and misery in order to invite seekers to see . . . 

insanity as insanity; to see that their concepts were merely dreamed up conceptualizations; and to see that their beliefs were rooted in myths and superstitions and false concepts; then, he would invite seekers to move away from the cited examples of relative nonsense and insanity, to understand their Original Nature, and to then abide as that / THAT. 

But understand in the case of that speck or in the case of this speck, there is no “one” that could "have" or "possess" anything, including a "point of view" or a "strong opinion." Until you are free of all beliefs, that point will be beyond your understanding; nevertheless, all that is happening is that thorns are being used to remove thorns. 

Therefore, there is no "one" here that could "have strong opinions." Here, there is the no-longer-blocked-conscious-energy that is temporarily manifested in an elemental-plant-food-body-cum-consciousness which is circulating air. That which believes "he" or "she" or "others" can have opinions is not the actual energy-elements-air triad; it is the fictional body-mind-personality triad. 

As often happens - as was the case with some of Maharaj's visitor and with some visitors here - seekers who have not completed the entire “journey” will project the beliefs based in their relative misunderstandings onto the pure consciousness when it speaks, revealing their belief that “because I have strong opinions based in my beliefs, I can see when ‘you’ do, too.” 

(By the way, there are no guarantees that more than a few will ever grasp the pointers being offered on the subject of belief-less-ness; in fact, the odds are ten million to one, according to Maharaj's final estimate, against seekers ever reaching the Full Understanding, discarding all beliefs, and knowing the difference in the Real "Oneness" and the false "one"-ness.) Maharaj provided examples of relative nonsense on occasion in order for novice seekers to actually see the relative insanity that happens when the consciousness is warped or blocked. 

Such illustrations served to contrast those examples of the results of relative ignorance with the level of sanity and peace that can happen if persons abandon the beliefs that lead to chaotic and insane relative happenings which are rooted in the ignorance of believing in the false. Only if seekers discard their belief in any and all ideas and concepts can they complete the "journey" and find Truth . . . and peace. 

The thorns used along the way to remove thorns are used at certain levels only. Some of those thorns are examples of relative happenings that are rooted in false beliefs. For seekers that have reached the later steps on the "path," fewer and fewer thorns need be employed. Until those steps are reached, the AM-ness (and the "stuff" of the AM-ness) can be mentioned in order ... 

a. to provide examples of ignorance-based conflict and disharmony and misperceptions and misery and suffering; 

b. to distinguish the end results of believing in illusions rather than seeing Reality; 

c. to explain how the Ultimate Medicine can eliminate ignorance-based conflict and disharmony and misperceptions and misery and suffering; and 

d. to make clear that the elimination of ignorance-based conflict and disharmony and misperceptions and misery and suffering can (1) only happen during the limited remainder of the post-Realization manifestation, (2) can only happen one seeker at a time, and (3) will never happen on a planet-wide basis. 

Why? Because in all societies, the most influential persons are the leaders and "movers" and "shakers" who are involved with the cultures' "-ism's"; because they and their "-ism's" are the chief guardians and purveyors of false beliefs and ideas and concepts and learned ignorance; 

because the "-ism's" and their false messages are so widely accepted that they now control the thoughts and words and actions of the non-realized masses (that is, the masses still attached to their "learned ignorance"); and because it is a culture's most "sacred" or "proudly held" beliefs and ideas and concepts and body of learned ignorance that generate conflict and disharmony and misperceptions and misery and suffering. 

Maharaj advised that if one wants to try to change "the world," then he or she is quite welcome to try; yet he advised that, in the end, the only change that has a chance of actually coming to fruition will happen if a seeker begins to focus on the false self (or selves) and the false beliefs that support them. 

Seeing and discarding those false WHO's that have been assumed as identities - that is, seeing what is believed to be real or true but is not - must precede the ability to see What IS. 

So, to the original question again, maybe it can be seen now why the consciousness will speak occasionally of "things relative" which are not Real but which can nevertheless generate among believers-in-the-not-Real so much chaos and instability and conflict and disharmony and misperceiving and misery and suffering during the relative existence; 

seeing that is preparatory to seekers finally understanding all that must be cast aside - including all ideas and all concepts and all beliefs and all attitudes - in order to complete the entire “journey,” to witness "That which is real, and to abide as the subsequent no-ideas, no-concepts, no-beliefs, no identity, non-dual Reality. 

Finally, even among the Realized, feelings happen and are witnessed as they rise and fall. What does not happen is emotional intoxication, which can only seem to be “experienced” and which can only be assumed to be real by an ego-state in error. 

When the voice of that speck of re-purified consciousness called "Maharaj" became elevated, it appeared to the unknowing that "he" was displaying some "point of view" or "strong opinion" as "he" tossed persons from his loft. 

But those who were being forced to leave were being forced to leave by a speck of pure consciousness that only speaks to the willing and able and ready. Such re-purified specks will function as the guardian of the rights of seekers who are willing and able and ready. 

Why? Because the natural function of the re-purified consciousness is to remove all obstacles to clear seeing. Such spiritually-arrogant persons as those cast from the loft are merely one more blockage or obstacle that will hinder the seeing of Truth and that will, therefore, be cast out automatically and spontaneously by the pure consciousness. 

Thus it was that persons were required to vacate the loft if they came to display their spiritual superiority in a way that was interfering with the opportunity of those who had come to seek, sincerely, the understanding; however, there was no "strong opinion" or "emotion" or "point of view" involved because there was no “one” to have an opinion and because there was no “experiencer” to experience any emotion. 

Similarly, there is no WHO here and there is no "one" here that could "experience" any "strong opinion" or emotion. There is a speck here - just as the case was with that speck called "Maharaj" - that will on occasion provide evidence of the Ultimate Sickness when it is heard or displayed in order for seekers to begin to develop the ability to differentiate the true from the false for themselves. 

To that end, all are invited to the Peace, to the Understanding of the Unicity, to Love, and to the Light. 

To be continued.
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