Monday, February 08, 2016

MAHARAJ: “I Talk to You from the Perspective of the Universal Consciousness,” Part Sixty-Three

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When developing a different perspective from the one imposed upon you by adults during your childhood days as well as by your culture, there is among some seekers a tendency to draw a mental line between “the phenomenal” vs. “the Noumenal”; between “this” and “THAT”; between the “AM-ness” and the THAT-ness.” All of those, contrary to claims, suggest “two-ness” in the minds of many.  

Yet the summative statement of non-duality (“I AM THAT; I AM”) - with its supposed two-ness, seeming to some as pointing to “that which is beyond the relative” as opposed to “the relative” – has nothing to do with two.

The message implied by the phrase does not mean this:
 

And does not mean this:



(although the center section is a closer approximation of the actual case during the manifestation)

but instead means this:

That illustrates the fact that nothing during a manifestation is "solid" and "exact" and "fixed" and "permanently definable" or constant or continuous. It illustrates the simple fact that constantly-coming-and-going, ever-cycling particles of conscious-energy (the manifested form of THAT) and constantly-coming-and-going-ever-cycling particles of plant food elements are engaged in an orchestrated cosmic dance.

It also illustrates the fact that what is taken to be "a human" is really just a composite unity with more empty space than substance within (just like this entire universe) and that the Second Law of Thermodynamics (which states that whatever comes together is guaranteed to eventually come apart) is the actual "maestro" of the dance; and that the arbitrary, cyclical process of energy and elements coming together and coming apart within a given space happens automatically and spontaneously without being guided or controlled or orchestrated by some “other-worldly entity / Entity.”

Moreover, once learned ignorance is accumulated as a result of programming and conditioning and domestication and acculturation and brainwashing and indoctrination, then the resultant warped perspective will result in this

either being seen on rare occasions via a glimpse of the singularity but viewed most often as dualities, leading to unstable viewing like this


or in a totally warped fashion like this:


As far as seekers go, their "journey" can be hindered by the conundrum that (A) they should be seeking freedom from the influences of personality but that (B) there must be some element of the Type Four Personality (which is the type that can become interested in authenticity).

[NOTE: Maharaj said that it is enough to know what you are not, so it is authenticity which is to be sought rather than some additional self or Self such as "My Authentic Self." Authenticity, not knowing some "Authentic Self," is what is required to be free of the effects of learned ignorance and externally-imposed insanity.]

Maharaj also said that one can be free of the influence of the hidden agendas of all personalities but that some tiny speck or vestige of the primary type will remain throughout the manifestation; thus, his primary Type Four, which is the type that generates an interest in authenticity, remained manifest right up to point when he took mahasamadhi.

Yet other challenges appear along the way, as illustrated by the lines in the following pictograph which show the other types which can be connected to the Four and which can influence the Four and thereby hinder the search for that which is authentic vs. that which is false or illusory:

 

Note the yellow lines which show the other types which have the potential to sway or influence the Type Four. The Four can be influenced by the Type One Perfectionist, and it is Type One Perfectionism which is usually accompanied by the Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCD), explaining why so many seekers become obsessive and fanatical about their seeking. 

And OCD is not limited to non-dual seekers. It inspires all religious fanaticism and all spiritual fanaticism, so members of self-help groups and support groups also usually become inundated with fanatics who are driven by the obsession of the mind. The Type One is also about judging and reforming, and when a reformer is being driven by OCD, then you’re going to get some beheadings; you’re going to get some “Christian soldiers” using rifles with Bible verses etched into the metal parts in order to shoot at or snip their "Muslim enemies"; that is, you’re going to end up with some totally ignorant and full-blown, insane fanatics.

Note the line which shows that the Type Four can also be influenced by the Type Two Helper / Savior / Caretaker / love seeker. That influence can trigger a desire to become experts (as is also the case with Type Ones and Fives) in order to try to control others and influence them to believe what one believes and to think as one thinks and to behave as one behaves. (The Direct Path Non-Dual Method, combined with the Nisargan Yoga, differs in that the invitation offered via that approach is to un-learn it all rather than to learn so much as even one additional concept).

If the Type Six shows up alongside the Four, another challenges manifests. When those two types both exert a strong influence together, then the Borderline Personality Disorder can manifest, and that will lead to the instability of loving someone one moment and hating them the next.

If there is a high Five adjacent to the Four, then that will inspire an interest in Jnani Yoga in order to become a knowledge-gatherer (and therefore a know-it-all) and to become a supposed expert who has a huge accumulation of information to pass along. If there is a high Type Three adjacent to the Four, then there will be a chance that considerable instability and self-contradiction will manifest because the Four can be about authenticity while the Three is almost always about image, about form over substance, about displaying a phony image in public in an effort to garner admiration. Those types are the ones who wear in public their religious or spiritual personas like badges of honor.

Wow. Is it any wonder that so few ever realize? Out of the 7+ billion persons on the planet, only about ½ of 1% are Type Fours, and Maharaj’s final guesstimate is that only a few thousand of those at any given time will truly “get it” and will truly understand what realization is actually about (namely, being rid of learned ignorance and its effects and being rid of the insanity which is imposed on all persons nowadays).

Because of the fact that a psychically-unhealthy Four (as well as unhealthy Type Sevens) will try to escape; and because psychically-unhealthy Type Fives (and Type Nines) will try to avoid reality; and because Type Threes are concerned with image and are thus as far removed from authenticity and reality as possible; and because Type Ones are so egotistical that they think they are always right and everyone else should be just like them in every way; and because Type Twos are actually so self-centered, giving only in order to get; and because 50% of the 7+ billion persons on the planet are Type Sixes who are fear-based and driven to be dependent and co-dependent in order to be taken care of by other persons or businesses or government; then what are the odds of anyone being totally independent, totally free from being driven by multiple personalities, totally free of learned ignorance, and totally free of the insanity which is imposed on persons all around the globe? 

As Maharaj’s guesstimate showed, almost nil.

It need not be so for those that are willing to question it all, to cast it all aside, and to develop a totally different perspective which is based in clear seeing and in communications which are offered from the perspective of the universal consciousness rather than from the warped perspective of the blocked consciousness.

If seekers become free from their obsessiveness, then they can realize; they can then overlay Reality on reality; and  they can thereafter abide for the remainder of the relative manifestation without being driven by imaginary forces, be those forces supposedly external or actually internal (within the body and mind).

If freed, then witnessing can happen from an expanse somewhat removed from the relative realm where all is misperceived by persons. Witnessing can happen from a distance where a clear perspective of everything can happen. Yet none of that distance requires one to abandon completely the relative AM-ness and mentally move into some castle in the air or to supposedly relocate to Foo-Foo Land.

An eagle soaring along smoothly and peacefully while riding the thermals in order to be lifted high enough to see everything clearly is not detached from the reality of what is happening below in its field of vision. An eagle will actually move some distance away from whatever relative events are happening below in order to have an overview of everything and to see all from that detached perspective. If persons do not function in that way and view all from a distance which can provide a clear perspective, then they will not be able to see the forest for the trees. And not being able to see a forest for the trees would be insane, would it not?

Among the sane and wise that have reached the understanding, there is no belief in any separation, including mentally separating “THAT” from  “this.” It cannot be done, and to believe it can be done or should be done is just more delusion. To try to separate from the AM-ness and to abide as THAT alone is to forfeit any chance to enjoy the happiness or bliss or peace which can come only NOW and only if the chaos and insatiability of dual-mindedness are eliminated by being freed from the effects of learned ignorance and imposed insanity.
   
To be continued.

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

MAHARAJ: “I Talk to You from the Perspective of the Universal Consciousness,” Part Sixty-Two

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[Continued from yesterday]

Maharaj spoke of three of the key traits of the Ultimate Sickness (which is a mental sickness, not a too-little-dogma sickness or a spiritual malady). Those three symptoms: “learned ignorance” and “stupidity, verging on insanity.”

Rather than trying to ease the symptoms of the Sickness, realization can treat the cause of ignorance and stupidity and insanity, but why does realization actually work to address the causes of ignorance and stupidity and insanity?

Because, Maharaj said, “Realisation is but the opposite of ignorance.”

Therefore, it is not “turning it over to god” which can bring freedom from worry and anxiety and which can bring an end to the ignorance and insanity and chaos which disrupt the peace. Why? Because there is no god to whom anything can be turned over:

Maharaj made that clear when he said, “you have invented a God.”

And he explained why the distorted belief that “turning it over to god or to anyone or anything else” will never address the real issue when he said:

“Man alone can destroy in himself the roots of pain. Others can only help with the pain, but not with its cause, which is the abysmal stupidity of mankind.”

As noted yesterday, it is cause, not symptoms, which must be treated in order to end any sickness, be it a physical sickness or a mental sickness.

So when Maharaj said what is now shared here, namely, that “No one not Realized has the slightest clue about where I live” and that “The non-Realized could never possibly find me,” is it not clear to you why that is a fact? That is the case because of these facts:

As with Maharaj during the later phases of his teachings, it is understood that I am not individuated, so there are no individual problems; furthermore, I tell you that you are not individuated and that you have no individual problems, either. I am not personal, so there are no personal concerns; furthermore, I tell you that you are not personal and that you have no personal problems, either. It is only that storehouse of fiction called your "mind" that convinces you to believe otherwise.

Understand that pointer and you will not be looking for a fictionalized entity to which you can "turn things over." Why would anyone continue to believe that is the answer to their personality-based problems? Because they are not sane. How is that known? By the simple fact that (1) they try to “turn over” what they do not want or think they cannot handle but then (2) they always pick it up again.

Sane persons might pick up a hot iron skillet by mistake once, but they will set it down immediately because they are sane. And they will not wait one second and pick it up again. That would indicate they are ignorant and / or insane. And a person not being driven by ignorance and / or insanity would not wait another second and then pick it up again, and wait another second and pick it up, ad infinitum

And if the skillet's temperature cooled, they would not turn the fire on again and reheat the skillet and then begin once more picking it up over and over and over again. Yet that is what happens if ignorance and insanity are controlling the thoughts and words and actions of one who believes that the way to solve their issues involves turning them over rather than addressing the cause of those issues.

In that regard, study the spouses of someone who has been married 3 or 4 or more times and has ended up miserable in every marriage; find out what each of those spouses was really like and then it might be seen that, at their mental core, they were all exactly alike. I understand the core issues of a man who has entered into multiple marriages and who has left multiple marriages, and I know the history of the multiple spouses involved, and it is clear that he really only married one woman, four times. All four were the same as far as their personality-based desires and fears were concerned. 

(So let’s call him, “Mr. Smith.” Each of Mr. Smith's wives had a different surname when they met him, but they became known as Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs. Smith; moreover, those same surnames adumbrate the exact same, personality-based hidden agendas which they all shared in common.)

And in those marriages, he was always behaving in his same self-defeating manner as well. So it is when persons are trapped in their repetition compulsions and when they are driven by the hidden agendas of their most influential personalities.

Any such repetitions are rooted in the insane roles which are played because they are thought to be real, and there is no fear or desire which exists that is not rooted in the subconscious, hidden agendas of one or more assumed personalities. That will drive such insane repetitions as described in the hot skillet scenario. That is what drives all such insane repetitions.

Maharaj: “It is desire that causes repetition. There is no recurrence where desire is not.”

Several indicators of being restored to sanity exist for those who need "a test":

1. Endless talking will cease.

2. Talk based in the blocked consciousness rather than in the universal consciousness will end.

3. Being willing to listen to nonsense will stop, too.

4. And agreeing with nonsensical statements and making self-contradictory statements will end, which was the case with the man who described his sister-in-law as a “nut” but then in his next breath endorsed her nutty thoughts and nutty beliefs. Consistency, not instability and inconsistency, is the way of "the realized."

Moreover, when persons employ the vocabulary of mind-language to utter nonsense by the use of mind-speak, the sane will move away from such ignorant and insane talk and will most assuredly not endorse it. The sane do not sit in congregations or around tables for years on end, listening to the spiel of those who claim to be sane or even wise but are not.

What else is different here from the man who accepted and repeated his sister-in-law’s nonsensical, arrogance-based talk when she was showing off how religious and godly she was . . . being spiritual, being devout, being faithful?

Here, the case is that I am without form and am beyond beingness and non-beingness, so any Is-ness issues are irrelevant; furthermore, I tell you that you are beyond beingness and non-beingness and that minor but exaggerated Is-ness issues can also become irrelevant to you, if you look at all by way of a non-warped perspective and see beyond the misperceptions that seem to be seen by the faulty mind’s eye that you are currently using.

I have no mind, (that is, no stored beliefs) so I deal not with the “head-centered problems” that "the non-Realized" experience, including the chatter of a thousand monkeys in their heads and including the nonsensical beliefs that drive nonsensical talk and nonsensical behavior. If you have not discarded the content of the “mind,” the same cannot be said of you.

If you are proud of what you have accumulated in your mind, and proud of those who taught you all of your accumulated, learned ignorance, then you have bought a lifetime pass on what will be a roller-coaster-like-ride of a relative existence.

It is said that neurotics build castles in the air, that psychotics move into them, and that psychologists and psychiatrists collect the rent on them. The e-mail from the visitor’s sister-in-law reveals that she—as an active member of one of the major sky cults—is far from being “firmly planted on the ground.” Her belief that the way to address the symptoms of a sickness is to turn the symptoms over to Someone living in the sky rather than to address the cause of the symptoms is the stuff of castles in the air. No placebo have ever cured an illness.

In contrast, some non-dual students taste what living in a natural fashion is like not by moving into a castle in the air but by understanding and abiding as the original state while simultaneously abiding wisely and sanely throughout the relative existence as well. Later, the “Fully Realized” abide as that while overlaying on the relative existence their newly-regained sanity via realization, and such abidance is far different from believing that one has moved into a castle in the air in order to isolate or escape or romanticize or avoid all things relative.

Finally, if there were an all-knowing, all-powerful male god who (A) could eliminate all pain; and misery; and suffering; and miscarriages; and birth defects; and rape; and war; and female genital mutilation by insecure males; and the abuse of trusting children by parents and by step-parents and by the priests who present themselves as “God’s representative on earth” but who (B) did not do so, then that god would have to be not only inept but also as hard-hearted and callous as can be. Only a sociopathic psychopath would stand by and watch all that without being inspired to intervene. 

(As for "That happens because He loves us enough to give us free will," the response is, "If that is love, then stop loving me." A caring parent does not give a child free will and allow it to play in the traffic just because that's what the child wants to do. If the way a human parent cares for a child makes more sense than the way god deals with "His children on earth," that does not say much for that god's ability to guide and protect. Not impressed.)

So it is only the sane who recognize the ineptness and detachment of such a god who can then understand this: no one asked for the learned ignorance which is being taught, and no one asked for the nonsense and the insanity which parents and cultures imposed upon children. Only if seeing the truth about the effects of their domestication ("the stuff" taught in their homes) and acculturation ("the stuff" taught in their cultures) can persons understand that Maharaj was spot on when he recommended that they stop trying to turn things over to an "invented god" and, instead, take responsibility for being rid of the causes of their ignorance and insanity. Again, that is why he said:

“Man[kind] alone can destroy the roots of pain. Others can only help with the pain, but not with its cause, which is the abysmal stupidity of mankind.”

Pretty direct, huh? but pretty clear as well, huh? The cause of pain and misery and suffering is . . . stupidity.

Realization is freedom from ignorance and from stupidity and from insanity and from blind-faith-based beliefs in nonsense; thus, the invitation is to take the steps required to be free, and “turning it over” is not a means by which one can end ignorance or insanity or worry or anxiety or fear. In fact, the notion that one can "turn it all over to Someone else" is just another ignorant and insane belief which, in turn, is guaranteed to sustain ignorance and stupidity and insanity and worry and anxiety and fear and a lack of peace.
  
To be continued.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

MAHARAJ: “I Talk to You from the Perspective of the Universal Consciousness,” Part Sixty-One

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[Continued from earlier]

To review: a man wrote to claim that his sister-in-law was “nuts.” Then, he immediately endorsed the belief of said “nut” who reported that worries and anxiety can be “turned over to God,” after which one’s worries and anxiety will end and peace will come. When challenged to reconsider whether or not her claim made any sense at all (and whether or not it made any sense for him to believe what a “nut” told him), he began arguing and sending reasons which supported her claim.

Then a sarcastic inquiry came that amounted to, “Okay, Mr. Smarty Pants. So what do you do when you’re worried or anxious?”

The reply:

As with the woman who moved far enough away from all her troublesome relative stuff in order to develop a new perspective which allowed her to see it as "the much-ado-about-nothing" that it is, the case here is also that - being mindless - I can no longer experience any mindset, much less the troubling mindset which causes you and your sister-in-law and all other “non-Realized” persons to be worried and anxious and apprehensive and upset and vexed.

As one man with some degree of the non-dual understanding said about 1,985 years ago, “A dual-minded person is unstable in all ways.” Moreover, you and your sister-in-law have both normalized being unstable, have normalized your instability which leads to a perpetual cycling of . . . 

being worried and anxious; then supposedly turning your personality-driven fears over to a god; then maybe having some brief respite; and then starting that cycle all over again, day after day after day.

At that rate, if you should both live another 40 years, you’ll both be able to try out her plan around 15,000 times at least. Take about instability; talk about highs and lows; talk about a totally-dualistic, relative existence which will be comparable to living on the wildest roller coaster ride imaginable. And while many might enjoy a 2-minute roller coaster ride, how much fun would it be to ride it for 40 years without stopping?

As for the excitement and thrill of a life of racing around in circles, of being jerked around, of being tossed about, of being flipped upside down and being driven about by forces which prevent you from determining how you go, when you go, where you go, and when you stop, the case here is this:

the supposed thrill of that type of existence ended when the addiction to boredom-inspired chaos ended because there came an end to being driven by the insane effects of insane programming and conditioning and domestication and acculturation and brainwashing and indoctrination.

Only if that happens will you have any choice about anything. If you are being driven in a car, there are three places you can be and one place you cannot be. You can be in the passenger seat, in the back seat, or in the trunk (the boot). Where can you not be if you are being "driven"? In the driver’s seat. Behind the steering wheel. If driven, you have no ability to determine how you go, when you go, where you go, and when you stop.

The case here is also this:

Abiding “in” (actually, “as”) my original nature / my natural state, I am nowhere near those relative things that generate discomfort among you and your sister-in-law and the masses. To be freed from a warped perspective and to be able to witness everything in its proper proportion is to be free of making mountains out of molehills, must less worrying about mirages.

Consider: scientists can determine the presence of planetary bodies which they cannot even see by observing their effect on other observable planetary bodies which are being pulled about or pushed about by the gravitational influence of some unseen force.

So it is with you and your sister-in-law and the masses in general. There are subconscious, unseen forces which are actually the hidden agendas which come with every personality assigned to you or assumed by you (that is, hidden agendas which come with every false roles being played) and which are pulling you about and pushing you about without your even knowing that they are there. You cannot see those personas, (and, actually, they are not even real) but their influence is quite real as far as your relative existence is concerned and as far as what you feel and think and say and do are concerned.

Yet you agree with a sister-in-law (whom you have identified as being “a nut”) that the unseen forces which are causing your worry and anxiety in “this world” can best be addressed by talking to an unseen force from some “other world” and asking that unseen force to take away what is rooted in your delusional, warped-perspective-driven mind?

The stuff in your mind was dreamed up by ignorant people and then passed down to you and stored in your mind (which is actually "their" mind, not "yours" at all). It is all of that ignorant and nutty "stuff" which is the actual cause of your worry and anxiety and fears. Now, your plan, (being a good god-fearing person) is to call on that which you fear to . . . take away your fears?

Maharaj: "First of all you identify something as being good or bad for yourself. Then, in an effort to acquire good or to get rid of the bad, you have invented a God. Then you worship such a God and . . . you pray to that God for something good to happen to you." See? No god made mankind. Mankind made up gods and goddesses and a supposedly "one true god."

So you agree with your “nutty sister-in-law” that invented dreams which cause worry and anxiety and fear can best be addressed by calling on an invented God?

Here’s a different perspective: to be freed from the worry and anxiety and fear which are rooted in the nonsense and the learned ignorance and the imposed insanity which are all now stored in your mind, take the step necessary to be free of the actual cause of the worry and anxiety and fear (which is the nonsense that you believe and the learned ignorance and the imposed insanity which are subconsciously driving you).

If you are miserable as a result of a bacterial infection, and if you are wise and sensible, then you will not try to address that infection by praying to a god to remove it (unless you are involved with Christian Science or Jehovah’s Witnesses who die and / or allow their children to die by refusing medical care and depending on “the healing power of prayer” instead).

And if you are miserable as a result of a bacterial infection, and if you are wise and sensible, you will not try to treat the symptoms only (with aspirin or pain killers, for example).

No, if you are miserable as a result of a bacterial infection, and if you are wise and sensible, you will have a physician write you a prescription for an antibiotic which will address the actual cause of what is making you sick. That alone will address the cause and bring to an end what it is inside you that ails you.

If you are perfectly willing to seek out one with the wisdom necessary to address a life-threatening physical condition, then why not be as willing to seek out one with the wisdom necessary to address a life-threatening mental condition? How strange that there is at least enough wisdom to understand that you cannot pray away certain physical sicknesses but not enough wisdom to understand that you cannot pray away your mental and emotional Sickness.

It is your delusion-filled, warped perspective-driven mind with its distortions and false beliefs which generate your Sickness and leave you worried and anxious and miserable and full of fear.

There are only two choices in your case and your nutty sister-in-law’s case and the case with the billions of fooled persons all around the globe: either (1) keep on praying for relief and keep on experiencing a dualistic, roller-coaster-like, cyclical, relative existence; or, (2) address the real cause of your anxiety and worry and misery and fears and be rid of those and then enjoy the stability which follows.

Only then - after an accurate perceptive replaces your warped perspective and after the blocked consciousness is abandoned and you return to your original state of universal consciousness - can stability come.

And only if stable can peace come and remain.
 
To be continued.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

MAHARAJ: “I Talk to You from the Perspective of the Universal Consciousness,” Part Sixty

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Of course there has been much criticism received here over the years, when providing examples of humanity’s most prevalent (relative) liabilities which are based in duality, for using the thoughts and words and actions of religious fanatics as illustrations of humankind’s most warped perspectives and delusions and distortions.

Sure, the insane ways that parents behave with their children could be a ready source of such illustrations, like the example this past Tuesday which was provided by a pregnant woman who was overheard to say to several women who were blocking the grocery store aisle with her that “it doesn’t hurt to have margaritas when pregnant if you keep it to just a few a week. I did it with my first child.” On the next aisle over where I crossed paths again with two of the women who had been listening to the margaritas-while-pregnant advocate, one woman was heard to say to the other, “Yeah. She says that but her son is three-and-a-half-years old and is still not able to say a single word.”

Or, examples could be drawn from the 98% of persons living in capitalistic societies who are suffering from financial insanity and therefore have no savings at all and who continue to accumulate huge debts and who do not pay their taxes and are taking out consolidation loans to pay off the $100,000 owed on four credit cards and then immediately begin to load those cards back up to the max.

And of course the thoughts and words and actions of political leaders provide a ready source of the nonsense that comes when dualistic thinking prevails.

Yet none of those groups include over 99% of all persons on the planet. Only persons involved with organized religions (97%) or spiritual groups (2%+) are that pervasive, so of course their thoughts and words and actions will always make up the largest pool with examples of total nonsense.

So it was that yesterday afternoon in another store, my path crossed that of a woman who works in a Christian church and who has a pregnant daughter who had gone in that morning for her first ultrasound to check on the status of her fetus. There had been great anxiety all week, she said, because an ultrasound can reveal problems with position or size, a problem as a result of a too-slow heart rate, or other problems revealed if the ultrasound is used along with other tests to detect birth defects such as Down Syndrome.

The mother was still very emotional when she reported that the ultrasound showed that all was progressing as well as she and her daughter had hoped for. Then she added this comment about her daughter: “She had many prayers going for her in the last 24 hours.”

Note all of the evidence of her (and the the masses') typical levels of ignorance and insanity and arrogance which can be illustrated by that one statement:

As with the woman discussed yesterday who made a public pronouncement about how peaceful and worry-free and anxiety-free she was because she "turned everything over to God," this woman with the pregnant daughter was also putting on public display her supposedly-high level of godliness.

First, she illustrated the two key addictions of all humans which are discussed here: (a) the primary addiction to control and (b) the secondary addiction to power in order to be able to control.

Next, she also illustrated the distortion and delusion that the masses live with as a result of believing that they have a Power available which they can tap into and use to change the course of events on earth.

She typified in that one statement the extent of humanity’s duality-based nonsense and arrogance and desire to control and desire to be able to tap into power / Power – all rooted in (1) programming, conditioning, etc. and in (2) the totally-bogus beliefs which the masses buy into.

Because the faith which she is so proud of has blocked access to the universal consciousness and to sanity and to wisdom, it would have been useless to ask:

“So let me see if I understand what you’re saying. You are saying that your daughter had an ultrasound Thursday morning. But you are also saying that Wednesday morning you had a host of persons begin praying for positive results? And you are saying those prayers went on for 24 hours (so you had people stay up and pull an all-nighter to pray)”? And you are saying that those prayers had a positive impact on the fetus?

So you are saying that it may very well have been the case that on Wednesday morning the heart rate of the fetus was a low 90 bpm but the prayers you arranged for may have been what elevated the heart rate to a healthy 160 bpm by the next day? And you are saying it might have been that the fetus had Down Syndrome 24 hours earlier but that your prayer chain inspired divine intervention and by Thursday morning the Down Syndrome had been cleared up? And while the positioning of the fetus was problematic on Wednesday morning, the prayers led to the fetus being turned and realigned into a beneficial position?

Or, is it possible, that what you are saying is, “I am so hooked up with my God that I can change the course of events on earth and in our state and in our city and inside a womb”? Or are you saying, “I have power via my Power to control the state of a fetus and change it from bad to good in 24 hours”? Or might you be saying that, “Because I have so much faith, my prayers are answered, so I have the ability to ask for or beg for divine intervention, expecting the laws of nature to be suspended just for me, and I can make that happen”?

Or are you saying, “Actually, I am so delusional, and my thinking is so distorted, and I am so out of touch with reality – not to mention out of touch with Reality – that I really should be confined to my house by the local authorities and my family members”? In fact, aren’t you really saying, “I could not be any dumber if I cut my damn head off!”?

No prayers to man-made, conceptualized gods or goddesses or a god can change the course of events, can change the course of hurricanes, can change the course of a river, or can change the course of the development of a fetus. That is why some infants arrive in a fairly normal condition and why some arrive with treatable issues and why some arrive with major defects which cannot be treated and why some arrive stillborn. “The cause of all is all,” Maharaj said, so whatever chain of events leads to a fairly-healthy child and whatever chain of events lead to a child born with serious defects cannot be altered by prayers.

Maharaj made clear that “Realization” is about treating the Ultimate Sickness and that the key traits of the Ultimate Sickness are “ignorance and stupidity and insanity.” So he made clear that Realization is about nothing more than being freed from “ignorance and stupidity and insanity.” And that, in turn, is about nothing more than what humanity needs - relatively speaking - right NOW, not later.

Later, there will be no "human" or "human soul" or "human whatever" which requires anything. There will be nothing which is going to get anything later or which is going to be able to avoid anything later. Once the three elements which make up each “human” – actually, each composite unity – return to their respective universal pools (that is, the universal pool of air, the universal pool of plant food elements, and the universal pool of conscious-energy) then there will be no “one” to be rewarded or punished or to need anything.

The only logical and sane and sound justification for undertaking “the journey to Realization” is to return to being guided by the universal consciousness rather than the blocked consciousness, NOW; to allow warped perspectives to be replaced by reality-and-truth-based perspectives, NOW; to allow humility to replace unchecked, limitless arrogance, NOW; to allow wisdom to replace learned ignorance, NOW; to allow stupidity to be replaced with common sense, NOW; and to allow insanity to end so that sanity might be restored, NOW. 

To be continued.

Please enter into the silence of contemplation.

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