Next, it was asked: "So what is the deal with the raven ending and manifesting as a gull" and then "What is the significance of the gull crashing into an eagle and becoming ... that?"
It was already understood that the eagle sees far better than humans - that persons look at things every day and do not know that what appears to be seen is not what it appears to be at all while the eagle, by contrast, can see a rabbit from two miles away and knows exactly what it: a "carrier" of the consciousness that is required for the eagle to replenish its ever-coming-and-going quantities of conscious-energy in its body-cum-consciousness, a specialized energy supply which must be constantly replenished through eating (as with all "living things").
So the eagle is known for its keen eyesight - its ability to see clearly and to see things that many other creatures miss. It also often symbolizes immortality.
Then came this: "Clear seeing now as well as immortal ... everlasting. Hummm. So what might that mean to the non-dualist? Let's see. Might that symbolize [a] the conscious-energy (which - when unblocked - makes clear seeing / Pure Witnessing possible during the Am-ness) and also [b] the everlasting Awareness (which is not aware of ItSelf prior to consciousness and post-consciousness but can be aware of ItSelf now during the manifestation)?
"So the eagle must symbolize sharp focus and clear vision and judging properly what it sees (as is the case with the Realized that see things the way they actually are) rather than seeing nothing as it is (as is the case with the non-Realized)."
Immediately, another flash ... another aha moment: "So non-Realized persons would represent subject-object witnesses while the eagle must represent the 'Pure Witness,' so the True Self during the manifestation of unblocked consciousness is ... the Pure Witness!"
Then this came: "No. Wait. Not the 'Pure Witness' but 'Pure Witnessing.' There's nothing personal, so there's no witness or Witness. There's just subject-object witnessing or Pure Witnessing. As with the eagle, that Witnessing happens in a 'keen and clear manner with a sharper focus and more accurate perception that used among the masses.'
"Therefore, the eagle must represent the Real Self / Pure Witnessing during the manifestation. But Pure Witnessing at some point will end as far as this manifestation is concerned (but where or when)? Wait ... would that be at the borderline? When the unmanifesting nears that place from which it first began its movement into the realm of the manifested? Triple wow! I knew for some reason that the content of the vision had to be written down as soon as I awoke, but I had no notion about why ... until now.
"So the eagle, which often symbolizes immortality, is the essence of both the 'AM-ness' and the 'THAT-ness': prior to manifestation, it is That Awareness which is not aware of, just as is the case post-manifestation. Manifested, that energy evolves / devolves into the consciousness which is soon blocked; that blocked consciousness practices subject-object witnessing as a result of its propensity for conscious-of-ness, which then can - if Realization happens - become aware of Awareness and its Original Nature and the means by which abidance as THAT can happen now! Yes! This is all becoming so freakin' clear!"
Next, this came: "So the birds are nothing more than versions of the composite unity that persons are, corrupted in the mental state as a result of programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, etc. The body is just an elemental plant food body this is circulating air and that is temporarily-housing the conscious-energy. All nothing more than 'stuff,' temporarily coming together, sure to come apart."
Then, "So with these three birds representing different 'bodies' or 'stages,' might they also provide some simpler understanding of the very confusing and convoluted notions about 'the gross, subtle, and causal bodies that Maharaj referenced? Hummm."
Now, a pause for you to consider. Are You understanding something about the message being revealed through the symbolism of the three birds which you might not have been aware of before?
To be continued.
Please enter the silence of contemplation.
5 December 2013
Now, to expand on yesterday's post as the "message of the three birds and what they symbolized became clear":
As with many people, there was already a general understanding of some of the symbolism of the three birds.
The raven was known to be associated with the concept of "death"; the gull associated with ignorance and with not knowing; and the eagle with keen and clear observation / witnessing, with a sharper focus and more accurate perception than any persons and with a capacity for moving at incredibly fast speeds.
The answer to "Why did a body stay outside the arch?" was answered when the answer first came to this: "What was the body that was walking through trees and across water? Certainly that could not be a physical body."
[Note: The quotes being catalogued here are what some might claim were like a "disembodied voice," but that was not the case. Here, there has never been any schizophrenic hearing of "the voice of God" or "the universe speaking" or "a message from something beyond." No, what is being quoted are the emanations that came from the inner resource (via the pure consciousness, the inner guru) as the final blockages were falling away and allowing access to that which had always been known, within.]
At that point, it became clear that what was moving through the trees and across the water could not be physical so it had to be ... mental. Working back from that, the body outside the arch has to be the physical, elemental plant food body ... the "gross body."
That left this: "So what's the deal with the raven, and what is transferred from the body by the fire and into the raven?"
If the body outside the arch represented the physical and the form entering into a different realm inside the arch was mental, then that leaves the body by the fire (fire being a long-standing symbol of purification) as ... what? A third part, or merely a part of the mental body?
Then two passages that had been read more than a year before in "I AM THAT" flashed into consciousness:
Questioner: "Between the body and pure awareness stands the ‘Inner organ’, antahkarana, the ‘subtle body’, the ‘mental body’, whatever the name"
and then a later pointer offered by Maharaj to another seeker:
Maharaj: "As long as the bodies, however subtle, last, the ‘I am’ appears as many. Beyond the body there is only the One."
So there is the "body" walking through trees and across water that is also the "mental body" and the body containing the illusions of personality. Then it hit: "Aha! Body! Mind! Personality! Easy as 1, 2, 3!"
[What was also becoming clear was that the vision was depicting certain "steps" or components of a movement, a shift, a "journey," and by understanding that the mind is left behind after the second step is completed, then this became clear: "The mind is not needed to reach the full understanding; in fact, it must - evidently - be an impediment (just extra baggage, if you will) that must be discarded early on if the 'journey' is to advance." Then, the words of Maharaj returned: "It is only your mind that prevents Self-Knowledge" and "What prevents you from knowing YourSelf as all and beyond all is the mind based on memory. It has power over you as long as you trust it. Don't struggle with it; just disregard it" and "There is no such thing as mind."]
Then, this came: "So what is transferred from the body by the fire and into the raven ... the 'bird of death'?"
The French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss proposed a theory which suggested that the raven (like the coyote) obtained mythic status because it was a mediator between life and death. As a carrion bird, ravens became associated with the dead, and in the myths of many cultures, the raven is associated with things "spiritual."
"So the transference deals with what? It must be the final vestige of personality: the false religious-spiritual persona that is adopted. The sense of a spirit within had to leave, had to be given up! So is that the final role? Yes! That's it. No wait. The vision goes on. There's more to be sought because there is more to be revealed. So that's it: 'The Seeker' role must continue for a while even after transitioning beyond the assumption of the false identity of 'The Religious-Spiritual One!' Got it! That's it!"
So to review: first, there's a movement away from the physical body and its focus on the physical realm. Then there's a period of experiencing the mind and personality in a realm somewhat removed from the physical but still acted out in that realm. Old 'bad' roles are left behind and new 'good' roles are assumed. "Hummm."
Then the question: "So why is the religious-spiritual role 'siphoned off' into the raven? Well, see what happens to it: it comes to an end. It is allowed to "die."
It leaves the mental body where the belief in false roles are stored, leaving that body "free" of the impurities that led to a belief in fiction and non-truths. The end of the raven, therefore, is symbolic of the end of things "spiritual" (that is, "spiritual beliefs") which finally come to an end with the transformation into a gull - the symbol of "not knowing" and "personal freedom." (More on that to follow).
Again, the fire came into consciousness. "That must signal the need to purify the 'mind.' No, wait. That's nonsense. Maharaj said he has no mind ... that he had reached a state of 'zero concepts.' So it is not about purifying the mind. How can garbage be purified? It cannot. It must be about being rid of it! Yes!"
Then, arose the question that I've subsequently been asked a thousand times since: "But how?"
Then it came: "By giving up belief in the content of the mind! That's the next piece! That's it! Then belief in those 'good' roles also ends, but seeking continues for a spell."
Simultaneously and instantaneously another piece of the puzzle was solved: "That's it - the raven gives way to the gull, so beliefs - even spiritual beliefs - give way to no beliefs at all."
In some cultures the gull represents personal freedom; with non-dualists, that would read, "Freedom from the person, from personality identification, from belief in personhood." So giving up the playing of the role of "The Spiritual Giant" sets the stage for finally being free of all assigned and assumed personas.
With many, the seagull represents a carefree attitude, a lack of rigidity, and total freedom, so the piece dealing with the raven-to-gull transformation was suddenly easy to solve by that point because the gull is associated with "ignorance" ... with "not knowing." Immediately, what came into consciousness was the phrase "The Child Ignorance Stage! Yes!")
Then there was a "re-direction" of sorts. "No, make that 'The Child No-Knowing Stage,' because both the manifestation and knowing nothing precedes the ignorance that is passed on to the child via programming, conditioning, acculturation, domestication, indoctrination, and brainwashing."
Then I reviewed: "Physical body; mind; personality; the Child No-Knowing State. Yeah! So let's see; so far ... 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 parts ... four messages or clarifications or ... what?" [They were not yet seen as specific steps that must be completed in an exact, step-wise fashion that related to Maharaj's advice to "go back" and to "reverse" and to follow the path back to the Source by the same way that You came in. Yet that awareness was flickering about on the edge of consciousness.]
Then, I asked My Self: "But why birds? For their various symbolic values alone? Seems valid. But do birds symbolize anything else? Of course! Freedom! And why are they free? Because they are not attached to anything. They are the epitome of freedom! So the message there? I cannot be free ... I cannot move on to the next stage if I am attached to anything, be it a role or a person or a thing. Does that mean I can't care? That I won't know Love vs. love? No. Do birds care ... about their young, for example? Of course. They tend to their young early on, but eventually, they - like all things in nature - set them free to abide on their own.
"Similarly, the black bear in torn when she leaves her cubs once she is sure they have all that is required for the rest of their journey, and she feels pulled back to them when she hears their cries, but eventually she does what is wise and natural and moves on. Wow! That is Love (which looks nothing like what the non-Realized take 'love' to be!) Double wow!"
That is what I saw up to that point as I studied the vision and contemplated its many messages. Now, what are You seeing?
To be continued.
Please enter the silence of contemplation.
4 December 2013
The difference after coming back a second time after Realization? The body left the forest, walked across a field, returned to the same situation it was in prior to the journey to the cave and the dome and beyond, and then continued with the relative existence. But in a totally different way.
That's what happens when the understanding of Reality is overlaid on "reality" ... on the relative existence. That is the third leg of "the journey":
On the first leg, there is the process of moving from Your Original Nature to identification with the body. That "journey" separates persons by seven degrees from an awareness of Awareness and their Original Nature.
On the second leg, the seeker completes the entire "journey" as described in the vision and Realizes. Many seekers stop there, never completing the third leg but living in a kind of "foo-foo world, out there" ... dissociated ... detached from "reality" (from things relative) and forsaking the Am-ness rather than allowing "Applied Advaita" to allow for joy and / or peace to happen spontaneously throughout the remainder of the manifestation.
The third leg is like the first except it happens with full awareness - fully aware of the way that programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing and indoctrination led to a relative existence that was marked and marred by what Maharaj called "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity."
Happening with full awareness, the original "traps" (which persons are subjected to during the initial manifestation) are avoided this time around, allowing the remainder of the manifestation to unfold spontaneously under the auspices of understanding, reason, logic and sanity.
So, revealed through the vision are the three parts of "the journey" (the three legs, if you will), all of which are required for Realization and natural abidance. There are also, however, several other groups of three in the vision that can reveal more about non-duality if their meaning and symbolism are understood:
there are three birds;
there are three types of "bodies" that represent three stages of shifting beyond the influence of programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing and indoctrination;
there are three states in which the energy functions: prior to consciousness, during the manifestation of consciousness, and then once again unmanifested / not manifested; and
there are three levels that must be transcended to complete the "going back, the reversing" including the unblocking of the consciousness, reaching "the borderline" that Maharaj spoke of, and then "crossing over."
So, to begin, let's look at what the three birds can reveal about the non-dual understanding. After awakening fully following the vision, a rough overview of the vision's content was written quickly and sketchily so that it would not be lost as happened with Coleridge and his vision that would be laid out only partially in "Kubla Khan."
[According to Coleridge's Preface to "Kubla Khan," the poem was composed one night after he experienced a drug-induced dream that came following the reading of a work describing Xanadu, the summer palace of the Mongol ruler and Emperor of China Kublai Khan. Upon waking, Coleridge set about writing the lines of poetry that came to him from the dream until he was interrupted by a person visiting from Porlock. The poem could not be completed according to its original 200–300 line plan as the interruption caused Coleridge to forget the lines. Knowing that, I determined that it would not happen. A knock at my door (later determined to have been by the condominium's jack-of-all-trades, Manuel) was ignored, and the overview of the vision was on paper. Then, I moved to the computer and began fleshing out more of the details that were still fresh, then immediately adding more details that came with a second and third and fourth reading of the script containing the vision. At that point, the focus was on recalling and recording concrete details only, reproducing as many specific elements of the vision as possible. There was no clue at all at that point about what the vision meant. There was only a sense that the content had the potential to reveal something significant that I had been trying to understand for years. When clarity via the vision began to come, it came not at once but over a period of days and weeks as more and more of the messages contained therein were considered in the silence. Even more understanding came with the dream referenced above that provided clarity around the "third leg" of "the journey" that is required. Additional research gave more clarity first to the message of the three birds and then much, much more later on.]
As with many people, there was already a general understanding of some of the symbolism of the three birds. The raven was known to be associated with the concept of "death" (from Poe's "Raven" and the bird's haunting repetition of "nevermore");
From the term "being gulled," there was a sense that the gull symbolized ignorance ... not knowing; and the eagle was known for being a sharp and keen and clear observer that could see far more than any average human and that had a sharper focus and more accurate perception than any human or animal on the planet. It was known that, when on a quest, the eagle can dive at speeds of 125–200 miles per hour.
But even after the research, the entire message behind the three birds was not clear. The "seven-step path" had most certainly not been revealed at that point. So questioning began: "Why did a body stay outside the arch?"
This from the vision was reconsidered: Stepping inside, you look over your shoulder to see that your physical body has remained outside the arch. You sense some degree of separation from the material.
Then this was asked: "What was the body that was walking through trees and across water? Certainly that could not be a physical body."
So these three parts of the vision were reconsidered: When you turn to see where the arch has led, you notice that the spring waters have suddenly multiplied into a slow-moving stream
Trees line either side of the stream, and you begin walking through them toward the sounds of the water crashing below. Astonished, you noticed that you are literally walking through the trees
As you near the edge of the cliff, you walk across the top of the water, not becoming wet at all.
Then there was the query: "What's the deal with the raven, and what is transferred from the body by the fire, and what is the deal with the raven ending and manifesting as a gull; and then what is the significance of the gull crashing into an eagle and becoming ... that?"
Now, a pause for you to consider. Are You understanding something about the message being revealed through the symbolism of the three birds?
To be continued.
Please enter the silence of contemplation.
3 December 2013
First, you will are invited to read the vision; to know that it made no sense after it first came; to understand that its message "hit like a lightning bolt" that brought the light and the explosive force that blasted away the final obstructions and blockages; that beyond its basic revelations regarding the non-dual teachings, many other more subtle parts of the teachings were only seen and recognized over a period of days and weeks and months; and that the entire three-legged journey can be understood by you now - with no more long and arduous seeking required - if you understand what the vision reveals.
THE VISION, Completed
Trees line either side of the stream, and you begin walking through them toward the sounds of the water crashing below. Astonished, you noticed that you are literally walking through the trees. As you progress, fauna of several species join you: a black bear rubs against your leg in the manner of a docile house cat; a cougar does the same on the opposite side, and each playfully swats at the other as if to proclaim dominion over both of your legs; a lamb skips along ahead as a heron brings up the rear. He walks as if on stilts, taking more time than needed, looking rather judgmentally, it seems, at the wasting of energy by his peers.
As you near the edge of the cliff, you walk across the top of the water, not becoming wet at all; your new companions either lead or follow. As you approach the left side of the plateau, the animals nudge you toward a winding walkway of sorts, cut from the stone side of the cliff naturally, definitely not made by man. After swinging down and around and back to your right, you find yourself on a level piece of ground jutting out from the side of the cliff. You see that a pond is overflowing, part of its waters cascading down the cliff side and pooling in another flat below.
That same pattern repeats itself until the waters reach a level valley. You watch the falling waters eventually form a river that winds its way across the desert basin. Along the river has sprung up a variety of shade trees. All else appears brown and dry. Then in the far distance, hills grow into mountains. In the forefront arise huge columns of stone, cathedral-like, forming spires of varying shapes and heights. The colors vibrate with life, offering images of the blues and oranges and browns and beiges like those of Venetian palazzos when reflected in the waters of the Grand Canal.
In the far distance to the left stand even grander mountain ranges. Puffy clouds float slowly across the sky. You focus attention on a fire burning next to the pool, and you feel yourself being nudged there by the bear, nudged in a very persuasive way. Then, from behind the cougar lifts its front paws onto your shoulders, forcing you into a cross-legged, seated position before the campfire. Finally, all four animals form a semi-circle around you, from your left side, behind you, and to your right.
Looking at the animals quizzically, you notice that each is focusing on an object in the distance. Allowing your eyes to follow the path of theirs, see a bird of some kind flying directly at you, drawing nearer by the second. Its speed accelerates as it moves dart-like across the skies, aimed at your chest like an avian arrow. Yet you feel very calm.
As the bird approaches closer and closer, you extend your arms and, with the sides of your hands touching and your palms up, you form a landing area for the fowl. A raven, the bird of death that comes from the spiritual realm, now slows as it approaches even nearer. Why had you not made that association between spirit and death and this bird? It swoops upward to curb its flight and, with only a slight, backwards fluttering of wings, settles gently into your outstretched hands. The other fauna watch but do not react.
The bird stares at you, and you at the bird. You sense the bird drawing forth something from within you that is flowing out via your eyes and moving directly into the eyes of the bird. You watch as the bird leaves, but you feel as if you have left and that your mind has stayed behind. A second degree of separation you seem to detect.
The raven soars over the valley, flying high, then flying low, and then flying high again. Its spirit is high. Soon, it makes a direct course for the mountains, for it us driven to try to reach the mountaintop. You no longer watch from the cliff but see everything below through the eyes of the raven. After missing the mountaintop, the raven passes beyond and begins a fast descent toward an ocean which has come into view just after topping the peak. The raven begins to dive lower, and lower, and lower yet.
Suddenly, the spiritual exuberance of the high-flying raven seems to be unraveling into an imminent and deadly crash against the ocean's surface. Following a huge impact one that you take to be the end of you the waters first splash upwards from the collision and then fall back into the ocean.
Ultimately, the waves settle, and the sea surface smoothes to a mirror finish. Suddenly, a bird's head forcefully breaks the surface, but it is not the head of a raven. Instead, the head of a gull the bird of ignorance comes forth, gasping for air. You find that you are no longer observing the gull, but have transitioned into the gull. A third degree of separation from what you had left outside the arch, then by the pool, and now through the raven, has manifested.
The gull surfaces further and then begins flapping its wings. Leaving behind the cleansing, baptismal waters, you in the form of this gull fly and play and dart. You feel like a child again, flying high, until suddenly crashing into an eagle. More truthfully, you feel yourself merging into maybe even dissolving into the eagle. For a time, the eagle soars, glides, and mainly just witnesses. You feel the remnants of the gull; you sense the remains of a raven; you look at you seated at a fire and see only a mental image; you look through the arch and see the figment of a body imagined. Another degree of separation.
But now You the Eagle have no time to contemplate, for you feel yourself being pulled deeper into the universe through a clear-walled tunnel in the remotest part of the heavens. You feel yourself accelerating at the speed of light. In fact, at the end of the tunnel, you can see nothing other than light. Your speed now nearly doubles, and just as you reach that point of mach two, with the deafening sounds of the winds racing by your ears, you crash through a veil of sorts and find yourself in a mostly dark, crystal cave.
You stop abruptly and then are swooped into an upright position, floating near the ceiling of the cave. You feel at this moment as if you are exactly between nowhere and . . . nowhere. Never have you known such peace. Sensing yourself in only the vestige of a human-like form, you drift toward a lake below that covers most of the bottom of this huge cavern. You experience a fifth degree of separation as if estranged from all illusory roles, as if removed from a phony world left behind, as if moving closer to a degree of connection with the Real.
Your slow descent allows time to study the cave. Across the way a dome glows brightly, the source of the vivid light you'd seen through the arch and more recently at the end of the tunnel. A huge pipe organ sounds from the highest peak of a cliff on the far left side of the gigantic grotto. To your left and to your right drift millions of forms, and on closer inspection, You see that they are . . . You! Each looks to be a clone maybe a transparent clone but a clone nevertheless of You!
As You near the water, You automatically pivot so that Your back faces the opposite shore. Sinking shoulder-deep into the water, You feel Your feet rise. Your entire body stiffens momentarily, Your feet rise further, You float onto Your back and then You bob on the surface of the water. Now relaxed, You begin to be moved along, gently propelled toward the opposite side of the cave. Your movements just happen, no effort on Your part required. The music of the organ ethereal and heavenly sounds softly, beautifully; the waters are now calm and warm.
You float with millions of Your likenesses, or so it seems, flowing toward gigantic, granite steps cut amphitheater-like into the opposite wall of the cave. Yet the likenesses aren't likenesses at all. They Really Are You! The steps ascend from underneath the waters, breaking the surface and then rising and narrowing upwards, converging on one point at the door to the dome.
As You near the steps, You feel Your body stiffen again. This time You rotate in the water so that You sail along face down. Just before Your head might have bumped into the steps, You are stopped. Your feet begin to be lowered, and You find yourself in an upright position, standing on steps in chest-high water. You begin to ascend the steps, leaving the water behind. You, and millions of Yous, walk in exactly the same fashion, moving toward the narrowing peak that leads to the door of the dome.
You wonder, How could so many be entering the dome? It really isn't that large, now that I can see it more clearly. It seems that much that You perceived as more is really less. But the nearer You All move toward the door, the more You witness a siphoning effect of sorts.
As All near the door, All seem to dissolve into a form of light being drawn inside. As You approach, You feel the last remnants of whatever You had formerly thought yourself to be gradually fading away. The dissolving seems to be occurring in slow motion, and you feel ecstatic. It's almost as if You are feeling blissful as your beingness seems to be dissolving into non-beingness.
Finally, You merge with the All, into the light, and it seems . . . it seems over. It seems as if everything is over, is finished, is very near complete. Then some degree of consciousness seems to linger after this additional degree of separation fades. Even without a physical body or an earthly mind or a spiritual body, a subtle body detects a series of chambers leading to other universes.
All then fades into light. It is sensed that nothing represented in the vision is the Real. It is understood that only by peeling back all the layers of false identities including the body, the mind, the spiritual identity, the child ignorance, the witness, even the True Self could That Which One Really Is be known. It is understood that what You Really Are Is That, That which is often removed from awareness through many degrees of separation.
In the fading moments, as beingness transitions into non-beingness, You come to know that You Are That common building block of All in this universe, in All universes. No wonder some can say, I don't even know who I am. You finally Realize how far removed most are from the knowledge of the original unicity as a result of conditioning, programming, and dogma.
Then, before fading into the perfect peace of rest in the Totality, Your last consciousness is of the process that had moved That Which You Are from the rest state in the Absolute, past the non-being and into being, and then into whatever that True Self was. You see how you came to witness, how the learned ignorance corrupted the pure consciousness of the child state, how spiritual and religious roles were assigned, how mental identities were accumulated, and how dominated the existence was by the physical body's fears and desires. You KNOW. And then, even that dissolves. THAT is all there is. [ END OF VISION.]
To be continued.
Please enter the silence of contemplation.
2 December 2013
1. that it was far too long and far too arduous; and
2. that it is a self-deception of the highest order to use the dismissive, rationalizing, justifying statement, "I had to do everything I did."
A recent train wreck in New York has left the tracks blocked; they will remain that way for a period. Eventually, someone will have to come along and unblock the tracks if the journey from upstate to Manhattan is to be completed. The passengers who were involved in the train wreck cannot clear the tracks themselves.
They were totally involved in the train wreck, first hand, but they will only know after investigation what caused the train wreck and the blockage that must be cleared.
The same applies to persons whose relative existence has become a train wreck:
Programming and conditioning and acculturation and domestication have left them blocked ... blocked from seeing truth ... from seeing reality ... and from seeing Reality.
They will remain that way for a period (or for an entire manifestation).
If they are to complete the journey, someone will have to come along and unblock the obstruction (in their case, their minds) because they are constantly involved in their own train wreck and they cannot clear the obstructions themselves.
Specifically, they are totally involved in a train-wreck-of-an-existence, first hand, but they will only know after investigation what caused the wreck and the blockage and what all must be cleared away.
Those familiar with "the journey" here also know that
a. the stage was set early on to rebel against the programming, conditioning, etc.;
b. that persons in authority eventually quelled the rebellion; and
c. that the quelled rebellion blocked authenticity and blocked knowing the True Self and functioning thereas;
The familiar also know
d. that the subconscious drive to escape from the frustrating sense of separation from Self - from the exasperating and maddening sense of being blocked from the Authentic Self - took a serious toll;
e. that exposure to hundreds and hundreds of sources - including all of what Maharaj disparagingly called "the Big Name Teachers" who are to be avoided - did nothing to remove the blockage;
f. that finding the words of Maharaj began to remove the blockages somewhat (especially after exposure to the later non-religious, non-spiritual, purer Nisargan talks);
g. that even the pointers received from Maharaj did not remove the blockages (but did set the stage for turning back finally to the inner resource, the inner guru, that had been pointing out the culture's BS from early on); and
h. set the stage to receive the inner vision that revealed the three-leg journey (1) to manifestation and then (2) to Realization and then (3) back to reality with Reality overlaid upon it which has allowed for a sane and natural abidance, post-Realization, after having completed the third leg.
[You may use the search tool at the upper right to find the full explanation of the three-legged journey and see why the path of the masses - like those train tracks in New York this morning - are blocked and preventing completion of "the journey." The fact: the non-Realized masses only complete one leg of the three-leg journey so they will never Realize and they will never abide sanely. So it is.]
So Maharaj set the stage for the vision that eventually revealed the functioning of the totality and the understanding that unblocked all of the former obstacles and obstructions to seeing Truth and reality and Reality.
Over the next few days, you will be invited to read the vision; to know that it made no sense after it first came; to understand that its message "hit like a lightning bolt" that brought the light and the explosive force that blasted away the final obstructions and blockages;
that beyond its basic revelations regarding the non-dual teachings, many other more subtle parts of the teachings were only seen and recognized over a period of days and weeks and months of re-reading the vision;
and that the entire three-legged journey can be understood by you now - with no more long and arduous seeking required - if you understand what the vision reveals.
So, now, the vision. As you read it, please set aside time to sit in the quiet and contemplate the content and see if any further understanding comes regarding the way that You moved into the relative existence on the first leg;
the way that the seeker must "go back" and "reverse" and return the same way that You came; how the third leg allows for Reality to be overlaid on the relative;
and how that allows for the remainder of the relative existence to happen as Your Original Nature and with an absence of the "ignorance, stupidity and insanity" that Maharaj said marks and mars the relative existence as experienced by the non-Realized masses.
Envision yourself standing at one end of an open field in a very remote area. At the far end of the field is the edge of a forest. See yourself moving across the field and toward the woods. As you walk closer to the edge of the forest, see a gap in the trees that allows clear access to a trail.
Follow that path through the woods, noticing the sounds along the way. Walk until you reach the side of a small creek bed. Turn to the right and see yourself walking along the bank of a branch, one of those small, usually V-shaped mini-gorges, cut into the ground ten to twelve feet at its deepest, not as much by rainwater as by constantly flowing springs that surface from below.
Observe an emerald-green moss that covers the walls and the bed; it seems to shine with a luminescence in spite of the fact that the thickness of the overhead foliage prevents much sunlight from striking the creek bed or the sides of the chasm. The earthen walls look rough-edged, for stones jut out all along the way, their tips exposed by years of erosion. Colors typical of the region come into view along the way: earth-tones, rust-colors, and sometimes blackness, but always brightened by the ever-present grayish and fluorescent-green moss.
As you parallel the edge of the creek on the beginning of this journey, see yourself reaching a place where the land slopes sharply, and the watery swath cut into the earth follows the oblique contour of the land. Next to the slanting branch rests a series of natural, sandstone steps descending to a granite arch twice the height of a human. From the arch shines a pure white light.
An illumination this bright should easily blind you, but instead it soothes you. It seems to spotlight the steps, and as you move down the stones, first your feet and then your legs and then your torso become bathed in the glow. Eventually, by the time you reach the dead-flat area at the bottom of the natural walkway, you stand before the arch, and the luxuriance of the light baths you fully in its warmth. The clear spring waters from the branch flow through the archway, and you follow.
Stepping inside, you look over your shoulder to see that your physical body has remained outside the arch. You sense some degree of separation from the material. When you turn to see where the arch has led, you notice that the spring waters have suddenly multiplied into a slow-moving stream. The stream runs the length of a plateau and then cascades over the edge at the far end. You will soon see that the waters drop from the highland and then flow, in waterfall fashion, down the cliff side and into a pool some twenty feet below.
To be continued.
Please enter the silence of contemplation.
1 December 2013
Too, there are what psychologists call "unprocessed memories," the residue of usually traumatic events that come into consciousness far less often than samskaras - if at all - but that subconsciously drive thoughts and words and actions in what are (relatively speaking) the most destructive and self-defeating and harmful ways imaginable.
What are called here "Implanted Non-Memories" are not memories of events or happenings that actually occurred but are recollections rooted in "learned ignorance." Beginning in childhood, humans are taught in the home and in school a plethora of lies and falsehoods that amount to nothing more than historical fiction which nevertheless generate a set of beliefs that can be recalled / remembered throughout an entire relative existence and that can be taken to be "truth and reality" instead of being seen for the delusions and lies and misrepresentations that they are.
What is called "American History" is taught to expose children to the supposedly greatness and uniqueness of their nation. So-called "heroes" - such as Christopher Columbus - are honored in texts, with statues, with parades, and with holidays.
Nevermind that Columbus enslaved and killed millions of the indigenous peoples in what was arrogantly called "The New World" (as opposed to the Europeans' "older world"?) Documents discovered by Spanish historians in 2005 reveal that - in response to "native unrest and revolt - Columbus ordered a brutal crackdown in which many natives were killed" and "in an attempt to deter further rebellion, Columbus ordered their dismembered bodies to be paraded through the streets."
In the U.S. nowadays, these are the common perspectives based in implanted non-memories:
mass-murderer Hitler: not good.
mass-murderer Columbus: good.
The notion of "implanted non-memories" (which are nevertheless remembered and which nevertheless drive the thoughts and words and deeds of billions upon billions of non-Realized persons) was addressed in an essay that was written in a college English class in 1965. I entitled it, "How Good Were The 'Good Ole Days,' Really?"
It is they who speak of the "good ole days" though they were not even around in those days. They are lusting over myths of "better times" in "bygone days" as if they actually have a memory of those days. They do not. They do not have a clue what those days were like, and typically, far more hardship was faced "then" than "now."
They have no memory of "those days." They have stored within one area of their brains the lies and distortions that glorify periods in history that were far from glorious (except to them when reviewed in light of their earlier-implanted deceptions, their implanted non-memories, and their present-day prejudices which are rooted in their deception-based beliefs).
In the U.S., those types hark back to "This Nation's Brilliant, Wonderful Founders" who were supposedly "wise enough to write a constitution that is as relevant today as it was when it was written more than 225 years ago." Really? Or might that belief - as is the case with all beliefs - be pure nonsense?
Consider the beliefs about the relevancy of that old document as another example to illustrate the earlier point that "lies and falsehoods that amount to nothing more than historical fiction generate a set of beliefs that can be recalled / remembered throughout an entire relative existence and that can be taken to be 'truth and reality' instead of being seen for the delusions and lies and misrepresentations that they are."
In 2011 in the U.S. when the right and far-right conservatives made significant gains in mid-term elections, they rode into office on a wave of xenophobic, super-patriotic, emotional intoxication. Their first act was to declare that they were going to take to the floor of Congress and read - out loud - "the entire constitution, to remind all that the supremely-perfect document must remain supreme and must be used (a.k.a. manipulated) to guide the every thought and word and action of all people in this nation."
So if the document was indeed supremely perfect, why did they leave out parts of the Constitution during that most-public reading? Why did they read a "redacted" version of that supposedly perfect document? Why did many eventually call their cover-up "a constitutional whitewash"?
What parts of that so-called "supremely-perfect document" that is supposed to be the final word in all things "American" were not read in public? They ignored ...
1. the part that said "in the United States of America," which is considered to be a constitutional, democratic republic where majority rules, "women and blacks cannot vote." They ignored ...
2. (into addition to the part that said only males could vote) that it was really only white males who could vote. They ignored ...
3. (into addition to the part that said only white males age 21 or older could vote) the part that further restricted the right to vote to property owners only (a restriction that some holding public office nowadays are suggesting should be restored). They ignored ...
4. the part that said males could be drafted into the army to fight and die for their country but that the constitutional established voting rights only for males over the age of 21. They ignored ...
5. the part that said, even though this is a democracy, the federal government passed the 18th Amendment which prohibited the rights of all U.S. citizens to make or buy alcoholic beverages. They ignored ...
6. certain parts about taxation. They ignored ...
7. the part defending the right to own slaves ... to actually own humans beings as if they were chattel. They ignored ...
8. the part that classified slaves as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of census-taking to determine congressional apportionment and taxation.
So a group of white, propertied men who have been dead for two centuries, who knew nothing of what the U.S. culture would be like in its present state, acted illegally under existing law and thought that it was fine to own slaves, to deny women the right to vote, and to restrict the right to vote in this so-called "democracy" to rich property owners.
These are now the same people suggesting that the "ole days" were much better and claiming that "we need to take our country back."
Have the people who are presently touting the supremacy of a document written by "This Nation's Brilliant, Wonderful Founders" experienced anything that led to their having "first-hand" memories of events? Of course not. They are functioning under the auspices of their learned ignorance which has implanted non-memories that now seem to be very real to them.
They speak of the better, bygones days as if they had been there and as if they actually know what the relative existence was like.
Consider: If you were to realize that someone you trusted implicitly and unreservedly has been lying to you not just today but throughout every day of your existence, would you not "break relationship" with that person?
Yet that is what your parents and teachers and political and religious leaders did to you. And now, that is what your mind is doing to you after having been filled by "them" with the nonsense that comes with programming, conditioning, acculturation, domestication, brainwashing, and indoctrination.
Is it not time to "break relationship with your mind"? With the memories stored therein? With the xenophobic nonsense stored therein? With all things personal and personality-oriented stored therein? With the fiction-based memories stored therein? With the false "implanted non-memories" stored therein?
Implanted non-memories are far more distorted that samskaras and, therefore, result in far more delusion and distortion and in a sense of separation and a hierarchical sense of different-from-ment and better-than-men.
The non-dualist is aware of all of the chaos and discontentment that result when mental impressions, residual impressions, unprocessed memories, and implanted non-memories end up driving the totally delusional members of an entire population.
Please enter the silence of contemplation.
30 November 2013
F.: Salvador Dalí was a Spanish painter who had an interest in (1) Eastern philosophy and (2) science and (3) revelations from the scientific community that supported the non-dual teachings (à la Maharaj).
Both this work and a later companion piece provide a review (or possibly an even deeper grasp) of the pointers regarding "memory" and "time" which non-dualists offer:
1. There is no reality to "memory," and "memories" are not based in reality. All memory - and all things perceived / misperceived via the mythical concept of "time" - are distortions.
2. All things misperceived originally are also misperceptions when supposedly "recalled."
3. There is a bizarre duality to all things associated with memory, including
a. the fact that conceptualized time must seem to be at play; and
b. the fact that neither time nor impressions can be deterministic.
4. What Dalí illustrated - and what any Realized non-dualist understands - is that memory involves images which are the stuff of dreams and which are not associated at all with the waking consciousness state.
5. He showed that the "persistence" of the concepts of "time" and of "memories" (which are "clocked" in "time") actually persists only in dreams or in the eyes / mind of a dreamer ... that is, one not awake.
In his paintings that dealt at least in part with exposing the bogus nature of duality, Dalí mocked dualistic concepts through his use of such juxtapositions as the duality of "hardness" vs. "softness."
The melting watches - symbolizing a rejection of the concept of "time" - serve as non-duality pointers which illustrate the fact that there is nothing solid about time as well as the fact that time can have no deterministic power or sway or influence on anyone or anything because it is - like the memories that persist in "time" - a dreamed up concept, a distortion, a misperception (all of which is alluded to via Dalí's surrealistic style).
[Note: The surrealistic style uses fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions to offer images that are dreamlike or that have an unreal quality in order to provide an opportunity for viewers / witnesses to see what is unreal in order to differentiate between that which is Real and that which is unreal.]
He shows that space and time and memories are all "relative" concepts (further emphasized by the fact that the creature appearing in the center of the painting is obviously in a dream state, suggesting that memories are tantamount to dreams ... not reality at all).
The ants on the orange clock suggest decay, pointing not only to the scientific fact but also to the non-dual understanding which are both expressed in the Second Law of Thermodynamics, namely, that nothing "visible" or "see-able" in what persons take to be "this world" can last, can "stay together."
"The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory":
A. All things relative disintegrate. So, how could the "memory" of something relative be integrated into Reality? It cannot.
B. Nothing that was directly or indirectly "bound before" will be "bound now" or "bound later." Non-dualists - as did Dalí - understand the Second Law of Thermodynamics:
(1) all that comes together will come apart;
(2) nothing relative lasts;
(3) if nothing relative lasts, then whatever relative things or events were perceived to have been a certain way could not have been that way at all;
(4) therefore, whatever relative things or events can supposedly be recalled again via "a permanent memory" could not have been the way they are presently being perceived via "memory" either;
(4) nothing that was totally transient could have been real; and
(5) nothing that was totally transient - and therefore not real - could have provided what is taken now to be a valid "lasting memory;" so
(6) the "memory" cannot now be real, either.
C. Because all that comes together will come apart, and since nothing relative lasts, nothing that was perceived to be the way it was during the relative and in "the past" can be real / true (i.e., nothing is the way it was perceived to be "in the past").
Note in the second painting that the olive tree is breaking apart, things are dissolving, and things are disintegrating. Note too that Dalí included a series of launched missiles as a reminder that humankind has reached a point which it can even disintegrate itself with nuclear arms.
Dalí's understanding is the same as that of the non-dualist: both are aware of the fact that
(a) nothing in the relative is as it appears to be at the surface level and that
(b) it was at the misperceived surface level where inaccurate memories (based in inaccurate perceptions that were erroneous in the first place) were formed.
Dalí also understood, as does the non-dualist, that the atoms which make up matter do not touch. (Note the hands of the watch in the second painting. They are now floating above the face of the watch ... not touching ... "separated from.")
With that, Dalí offered the final pointer discussed today: the condition of believing in separation, in memories, and in time are just some of the many perceptions (i.e., misperceptions and beliefs) that most among the masses will cling to throughout the relative existence.
Next, "Implanted Non-Memories"
To be continued.
Please enter the silence of contemplation.
"GOOD vs. EVIL?" or "IGNORANCE, STUPIDITY, and INSANITY?"
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13. both eventually came to see that the religious and spiritual states were also ego-states, and both saw that there are far more steps on the "path" to complete after reaching the religious and spiritual steps and after playing those roles which are the third of seven steps on the entire "path" 14. both "lost" their wives (one via "death," the other through divorce); 15. both accelerated their seeking; 16. both entered into the "forest dweller stage" 17. both Realized 18. both began to de-accumulate even more
19. both began sharing the teachings 20. for years, both answered questions in whatever order those questions were received, though both said that the movement from identification with the false "I" / "I's" involved an exact, step-wise manner of moving along a "path" that involved "going back" in the same (but reverse order) of the way they "came in" - that is, the way that the manifestation happened and the way that the consciousness was blocked through seven stages that resulted in their becoming identified solely with their false personas, with the content of the "mind," and eventually, with the body. But the most significant awareness that finally came to both after years of offering satsang and after having answered thousands and thousands of questions was this: After years of "Maharaj" offering satsang in his loft, and after years of "Floyd" offering satsang in meeting halls and in his home and via what one site visitor called "Floyd's electronic loft," this fact became obvious to both: "Maharaj" came to see in the 1970's and into 1980 and 1981 that his approach was not working and "Floyd" finally came to see the same.
Therefore, another movement or shift is happening here spontaneously after reflecting on the more than two decades since the teachings were first offered here and looking at the results of Maharaj sharing pointers in his loft and looking at the results of "Floyd" sharing pointers in this electronic loft: Looking objectively at his results, Maharaj's satsang method of sharing - in the end and by his own admission (only "one out of 10,000,000") - did not produce the intended outcome.
Looking back over the list of those that have truly received the understanding, it is seen that Robert R. read all of the books, then took the online Advaita course and then completed some face-to-face Skype sessions to receive the final clarifications required. It was seen that Mac read all of the books, completed the online course, and then attended a retreat where he was guided through the seven steps. Mac said that the online course work inspired him to attend the retreat in order to be able to receive the final "pieces." It was seen that Andy Gugar, Jr. read all of the books, then came here for a retreat and was taken through the seven steps in order, and then returned once more for the final clarifications required. After reviewing the shifts that happened with him after attending two retreats, he reaffirmed this past week his commitment to helping spread the non-duality, nisarga understanding as presented here. As a result of seeing what has "worked" during the last 20+ years of sharing the non-duality understanding - and seeing what had not "worked" as well - changes will be made.
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