Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ROBERT SAPOLSKY AND MAHARAJ AND THE NON-DUAL TEACHINGS

A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU 


F.: Non-human stress is always generated by physiological stress. 

Sapolsky shows that almost all human stress is generated via the mind after persons assume what he called “psychological states,” noting that “they're being stressed by social and psychological tumult invented by their own species.” 


Maharaj called those “personalities” or “false identities,” nothing more than “invented” and dreamed up roles / personas / stage characters / facades / images / selves / guises / fronts / etc. 


All psychological states are really only “apparent states,” not real at all . . . no more real than anything and everything misperceived by the non-Realized as being real. It is impossible for the non-Realized to see what is real, much less what is Real. 

They think they know what “a brick” is. Were they to look at that brick with the aid of an electron microscope and see a whirling quantity of subatomic particles of energy, they might begin to get an insight into how everything they have supposedly perceived now forms one large body of  misperceptions. 


As shared earlier, humans today are suffering from stress that is brought on by a psychological threat – a threat that is imagined to be real by an assumed ego-state but that is most unreal. With humans, it all begins internally when one or more ego-states – which are total mirages - feel threatened but, nevertheless, trigger the same kind of response that is experienced by a zebra on the savannah that is running for its life from an attacker. 


To be free of the enormous stress that persons today are suffering from, they must first be freed from the machinations of the mind and the nonsense with which it has been filled. 


Maharaj, regarding “personalities” or “false identities,” pointed out that the assumption of “psychological states” always involves an “I” and an “am”  followed by something (which guarantees that whatever follows is false).


“I am a human.” Are you now? “I am both a human and THAT.” Are you now? “I am a spiritual creature having a human experience.” Are you now? “I am a spouse, so thrilled that I have the spouse I have.” Are you now? “I am a Realized Advaitin.” Are you now? 


“I am a composite unity.” That’s a step in the right direction, toward the Understanding, but are you, really? Yet that is only one point along the “path,” only one stage that is passed through until one moves beyond any and all concepts about “being this” and “being that” and “being a human” and “being religious” and “being spiritual” (both of the latter being believed at the third of seven steps on the “path” to Realization) and “being THAT” and "being anything" and “being something” and "being Something" and “being something special” and “being something that is different from” and “being something that is better than.” 


In the eBook below entitled The Final Understanding, the “stages” or “series of shifts” along the way are delineated exactly because some seem contradictory to others. At some point, they are, or at least they are paradoxical. They have been offered in the step-wise fashion required for the shifts to occur (each movement to the next understanding predicated on previous shifts that must happen in as exact an order as the seven steps to Realization). 

Understand first that these stages lay out the shifts involved in the movement from the no perception, no you, no-perceiver state to the misperceiving state to the perception state to the clarity and understanding state to the Final understanding state. The stages - and the ever-continuing cycles - unfold in this manner, beginning with conscious-energy (a.k.a., awareness that is not aware of) in a field of energy and as it is in the state prior to the manifestation of consciousness: 



I. 
The no-you state, the you-are-not state, the no-beingness and no non-beingness state 

II. 
The manifested consciousness state, the "I am" state 



III. 
The "I am this" and "I am that" state 


[At this point, a few will seek and a few will begin to understand]



IV. 
The "I am present but no longer believe that I am limited to the formerly-assumed 'this' or a 'that' " state 



V. 
Though I do not believe that I am "this" or "that," I do believe that I am Something - and even "Something Special" - that shall be forever (So all beliefs have not yet been discarded) 



VI. 
"I am Presence" (That understanding allows for at least some distance to manifest between the "I" and the notions of "materiality and physicality") 



VII. 
"Presence is" (That understanding takes the "I" out of the picture completely) 



VIII. 
"No presence is" (That removes from the picture the concepts of the limited "Is-ness," the "Am-ness," the "Beingness," and even the "Non-Beingness") 



IX. 
"I am nothing" (The "wisdom manifested" state as the pointer "Wisdom is knowing that I am nothing" is understood) 



X. 
"There is no one to be wise, to know, to understand" state 



XI. 
The "Neti-neti" state 



XII. 
The "I am the Absolute Awareness with no aware-of-ness" state 



XIII. 
The "Rather than, 'I am nothing,' the Nothingness is" state 



XIV. 
Then, the "nothing is" state, including nothing and no one to believe, conceptualize, learn, perceive, know, understand, do, or assume anything (At this point, Reality has been overlaid upon the relative and abidance can happen in the deer-like mode with the limitless freedom of nothingness: no concepts, no beliefs, no duality) 



XV. 
The Unmanifestation stage 



XVI. 
The cycle is complete with there once again being the no-you state, the you-are-not state, the no-beingness state, the no non-beingness state 


The I Am-ness allowed for only the most limited degrees of understanding, necessarily based as the beingness is in a sense of something existing that could have multiple identities (or one "Super Identity"). Because of programming, conditioning, acculturation domestication, brainwashing, and indoctrination, it is not possible to leap from "I am" to "Void-ness." Shifting by stages is required until the limited knows that which is limitless. 


That is the process by which an Understanding comes and by which humans can abide as sensibly as all other living things on the planet, possibly feeling stress for a few minutes if a real, physiological threat is faced but never being stressed at all by the dreamed-up fears and false “needs” and usually-unmet-desires of “psychological states.” 

To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


18 August 2014 



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU 


F.: [For more on Sapolsky and his studies, you can search the site and read the 22 January 2010 post when the non-dual link to his research was first discussed here some four-and-a-half- years ago.] 

Recall that the wisdom of Maharaj allowed him to predict accurately that science would someday provide concrete evidence of the validity of the non-dual teachings. The validity of his prediction has been demonstrated here regularly. Recall, too, that it has been shown that Maharaj’s later teachings included no so-called “spiritual messages” because he had rejected all characterizations as his being “a spiritual master”; instead, he focused on sharing his mastery of the principles of psychology and his understanding of the functioning of the programmed and conditioned “mind” (which was actually an understanding of the dysfunctionalism of the “mind”). 


Now, wisdom and the science of psychology and the science of physiology (which deals with the functioning of “living matter” such as that of an elemental plant food body’s organs, tissues, cells, etc.) have combined to provide a variety of means by which Ultimate Sickness symptoms - or Ultimate-Sickness-type symptoms - can be treated through use of a holistic approach which addresses not only mind issues but also all related body and personality issues (as discussed in the book “Holistic Healing”): 


1. Science has shown that there are three body types and that proper functioning of an elemental plant food body’s organs, tissues, cells, etc. requires a different food plan for each of the three types. Some bodies function best with an almost-all-protein food plan; some do quite well on an almost-exclusively vegetarian food plan; and some bodies only function properly with a combination food plan. The population of the planet includes about 1/3 who require one food plan, 1/3 who require a different food plan, and 1/3 that requires a food plan that is totally different from the other two. Moreover, the types often have a tendency to be grouped geographically. Many of those with a body type that can function well on a vegetarian diet live in Far Eastern nations, though even many of those should be on a different plan. (That change will not likely happen because of detrimental religious influences that have dreamed up food laws about what persons should and should not eat, just as is the case in many Middle Eastern nations. One symptom of the Ultimate Sickness, insanity, cannot be demonstrated any more clearly than when persons allow religious or spiritual leaders to tell them what they should eat or should not eat rather than consulting nutritionists and metabologists who actually know what they are talking about.) Those in Alaska and in areas closer to the poles usually require a high-meat, high-protein diet, and they can even process fat effectively (such as in areas where populations have eaten whale blubber for generations). Many in the West have bodies that require a combination food plan containing both vegetables and protein, though all three body types (called “metabolic type 4’s,” “metabolic type 5’s,” and “metabolic type 8’s”) can be found scattered throughout Western regions. Specifically, “metabolic type 4’s” function well when the composite unity is given vegetables, chicken, fish and fruit; “metabolic type 5’s” do well if meat and other protein sources are consumed; “metabolic type 8’s” function best when the composite unity is provided with a combination food plan including meat, fish, chicken, pork, fruit and vegetables. When one’s food plans is determined by religious leaders or when food plans are based in spiritual beliefs, there is a 66% chance that a person following such a plan is slowly destroying the elemental plant food body as a result of not consuming what one’s particular body type needs. 


2. Science has also shown that the anxiety and depression and misery that are generated by dual-mindedness can also be generated by an improper diet. Science has shown that if a composite unity with an elemental plant food body requires a combination food plan but eats only, for example, a head lettuce salad for lunch each day, the pH of the body will shift to an alkaline state and depression can manifest (just the same as with the Ultimate Sickness). Or, science has shown that if the food plan being followed is not the proper one then one’s body pH can become excessively acidic, causing one to be restless, irritable, discontent, hostile, and driven to go and to do and to zoom (just like the case of those with the Ultimate Sickness). Science has shown that if the food plan being followed is not the proper one then the hypothalamus will under-function and persons will suffer from anxiety and will not be able to differentiate between true and false (just the same as with the Ultimate Sickness). Science has shown that if the food plan being followed is not the proper one then the adrenal cortex will be under-active and can rob one of a sense of serenity, can cause a sense of feeling overwhelmed, and can cause one to lose the ability to cope with stressors (all symptoms just like those in persons suffering from the Ultimate Sickness). 


3. And science has shown what happens when personality develops and when personality sets the stage for persons to suffer from personality disorders which often generate enough trouble and suffering on their own but which can also disintegrate into more serious mental and emotional illnesses including neuroses and psychoses. 


Those facts are the reason that one of the eBooks below was written, in order to explain exactly what the non-dual teachings can address and what they cannot. 


In the end, Maharaj abandoned any and all religious and spiritual talk (1) when he realized that no religious or spiritual conceptualizations can address the core symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness - including what Maharaj identified as ignorance, stupidity and insanity – and (2) when he realized that both religion and spirituality actually aggravate the mental and emotional and duality-based problems that persons can suffer from throughout the relative existence. 


To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation.


17 August 2014

A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU 


F.: [For more on Sapolsky and his studies, you can use the search feature to find and read the 22 January 2010 post when the non-dual link to his research was first discussed here some four-and-a-half- years ago. Search "Sapolsky."]

Sapolsky’s research showed that the highest levels of stress occur among (1) those at the lower levels of hierarchies and among (2) those who have little or no control -
also as a result of being stationed at the lower levels of hierarchies


“Control” of course is merely a concept, though persons believe in it so much that most develop an addiction to it. It has been noted here on occasions that there are hundreds of things to which humans can become addicted: alcohol, drugs, sex, “love,” shopping, accumulating all sorts of “stuff,” and even becoming addicted to chaos in an effort to relieve boredom. 


“Dual addictions” notwithstanding, no single person is addicted to everything that persons can become addicted to, yet it has been noted that all among the non-Realized masses are all addicted to two particular things: “a desire for control” and “a desire for power (and usually for ‘a Power’ as well) in order to be able to control.” 


Of course, all desire is rooted in body and mind and personality identification, every assigned or assumed personality having a basic desire and a basic fear. Only the Fully Realized are free of both, so only the Fully Realized are . . . 


free of being driven by desires and fears


and 


free of belief in the concepts of “control” and “power.” 


Being free of all beliefs and being free of body and mind and personality identification, the Realized might well experience the natural and normal short-term stress of "a real physiological threat," but they will be free of all "false psychologically-induced stress." That freedom never manifests among the non-Realized, and their psychologically-induced stress never happens on a short-term basis.


(The example offered yesterday was of males who have come this way and who are still complaining about the “EX’s” who left them ten or twenty or even thirty years earlier. If the zebra could talk – particularly the zebra that is now back to grazing sixty seconds after it escaped capture by a predator that would have killed it and eaten it – it might respond to a person who is still stressed about a perceived abandonment that happened twenty years ago with, “Say what?!”)


Nothing jerks persons about throughout the entire relative existence like their belief in such concepts as “control” and “power” and like the frustrations that can come from being in a lower station on a hierarchy. 


[While the Realized are free of the strains of low placement on a hierarchy, there are others that react to the strains and try to exert themselves to be freed from that station by taking actions, which can often be of an aggressive – or sometimes even violent - nature. Recall Louise’s comment shared at the beginning of the Sapolsky study? “Perhaps this research will feed into a refusal amongst the oppressed to put up with exploitation, abuse, narcissistic capitalism, the One Percent, the lies, and the BS. Because it is LITERALLY killing them.” 


If not the research, then the frustration of years and decades of low-end placement on a hierarchy might trigger the refusal, as happened in the South in the U.S. during the 50’s and 60’s; as happened in South Africa during the struggle to end the system of apartheid that allowed a white minority to repress a black majority; and as may be happening under quite similar circumstances in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S.A. this very day. 

For those that prefer a visual form of the message, Louise shared this today:
 


“Last night in Cape Town the homeless found warmth, shelter and security (the light protects them from thieves) at the Maserati and Ferrari dealership.”





 
Louise notes the hierarchical disparity that exists as “cars are afforded more value and protection than people.” 

That is a visualization of the pointers from Sapolsky’s research and of the non-dual pointers being offered in this series. And indeed, it is “the Light” that “protects” the Realized from the distortions and effects of the unjustified and illogical “psychologically-induced stress” which Sapolsky discusses. 


Yet those “in power” who prefer the status quo will constantly fight to regain sole ownership of the upper echelons of the hierarchical strata and to “put people back in their place” and lock them back into their “place” at the lower end of hierarchies. Nowadays, that often involves the “place” where persons are on economic hierarchies, yet there are those so frustrated by the hierarchy-induced stress which Sapolsky discussed that mine workers in South Africa are still fighting for a reasonable-size piece of the pay pie; 


that Amazon, Inc. employees, especially in Western Europe, are rebelling against the company’s harsh working conditions and low pay; that many shoppers in the U.S. are boycotting Walmart, Inc. where the multi-billionaire owners of that corporation refuse to provide a viable wage to those who have make them billionaires; and at McDonald’s, Inc. around the globe where the same issue exists for their workers. 


Overall, however, little lasting change is likely to occur, whether the focus is on a troop of baboons on on billions of workers at “the low end of the totem pole.”]


So, then what? 


“Then what” is . . . “Realization.” 


Free of the desire for control and power, only the Realized are free of the stress and relative effects of stress that are generated by being fixed at any given level on any of a variety of hierarchies. 


Consider what that freedom looks like when it manifests, and what it can look like if it even manifests in degrees:


A friend was diagnosed with cancer many decades ago. For decades, his life was one of dread, living under constant stress between doctor visits and while awaiting one set of blood test results after another. Some degree of freedom from that stress has come with some degree of the understanding. 


More recently, a friend faced the prospect of cancer involving a quite large ovarian tumor. The understanding with her is quite similar to that among the Realized, so there was some of the “justified stress” that Sapolsky discussed which is the type that comes with an actual, physiological threat; yet the event was witnessed and is being moved through.


Then, some of you who are familiar with “floyd” as well as Floyd are familiar the next level of freedom: 


When the doctor told reported years ago that cancerous polyps had been found inside one part of this composite unity, he was shocked that “floyd” was not shocked and did not react in what he called “the usual way,” but merely asked instead, “So, what’s next?” 


When one cardiologist a few years ago predicted, “You have six months to live,” the same no-reaction happened. A second opinion later led to another cardiologist saying, “You can go home and tend to business and loose ends for a day or so like you're suggesting, but you may never make it back. You should agree to allow me to admit you to hospital right now and then insert a stent and do a few balloon procedures tomorrow.” The reply: “Okay.” 


Those familiar know that there is no body identification so there is no body attachment  here. With the absence of body attachment, even “semi-physiological threats” do not trigger a stress response, much less a long-lasting stress response. 


Does that involve “acceptance” or “a willingness and readiness to die?” Absolutely not. It involves a perspective that comes with the Understanding. End of story. End of stress. End of being angry now and joyous later” or “joyous now but angry later.” 


It ends the roller-coaster-type of existence that the non-Realized experience. It ends normalizing the duality and chaos of the ever-vacillating extremes between happiness and sadness; between peace and anger; between contentment and despondency; between cheerfulness and desolation, and between all of the chaotic extremes that are normalized by dual-minded people who suggest, "That’s just the way it is Floyd. I’m human. That’s the way I am, and that’s normal and natural.” 


Does the end of personality-rooted emoting end the ability of the Realized to feel? No. Ego-states emote. The Realized feel, but without attachment or extreme reactions or extreme swings in mood. There is no part of a composite unity triad that is capable of moodiness.


The zebra that escaped from a physiological threat and went right back to grazing is abiding naturally. Those living between extremes of anger and joy are abiding most unnaturally, their cherished beliefs and faulty, distorted version of the Understanding notwithstanding. 


To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


16 August 2014


A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU 


F.: [Continued from previous post]

As Maharaj predicted, new scientific research and on-going findings continue to support the wisdom and the validity of the non-dual teachings, and Sapolsky’s research does exactly that. Along with non-dualists, he notes that hierarchies are prevalent on a global scale and prevail on an inter-species basis. 


Humans are separated into scores of hierarchies, whether the focus is on the ruling triad of big business and big government and big religion (as discussed in the non-duality-based mystery novel below entitled THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF WARS); 


or whether the focus is upon spiritual groups; the military; fire departments; twelve-step groups with status rankings that are measured in “years”; school systems; golf players; athletic organizations; street gangs; predominantly-white police forces in communities with mostly-minority populations; militias; white supremacy groups; and members of “royal families.” 


There are hierarchies established in “personal relationships” and in families; among siblings; in news bureaus; in the theatrical and movie industry; among fashion models; in the study of various species with such divisions as “kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, etc.”; and even in games such as poker with high-ranked or low-ranked hands, Monopoly properties, and in actual subdivisions and sections of towns. 


There are arbitarily-assigned divisions that are vertically-aligned and ranked via use of duality-based vocabularies that include such words as, “level / high level / low level,” “ordering,” “superior,” “inferior,” “dominant,” “subordinate,” and “peer.” There is even a supposed “hierarchy of human needs,” reinforcing perceptions regarding false, “personal” needs vs. the actual, temporary needs of a manifested composite unity. 


Those traveling on roadways are cast into hierarchies as aggressive and even sociopathic drivers take spaces and control lanes while the more passive, fearful drivers are cast into submissive positions as they are cut off and as they give way and make room for the assertive drivers. 


Most persons never have a clue that, throughout their days and throughout the entire relative existence, they are constantly being cast into one hierarchical position or another. (Anger, discontentment, and even health-threatening rage can follow if one is abiding as an ego-state who is running on the fuel of egotism.) 


Those hierarchies manifest not only along the vertical hierarchies that are well-established around the globe but also along the horizontal hierarchies that pop up spontaneously and disappear almost as quickly. (The traffic on highways referenced above form horizontal hierarchies as do aggressive shoppers who cut off others in line and move ahead in a checkout queue in a store, casting others into an inferior, subordinate position in a horizontal hierarchy. The same happens at tourist attractions, in lines at ticket booths for theaters, wherever queues are formed all around the planet; ad infinitum.) 


The result? A planet occupied by humans who are constantly in a state of flux and instability, stressed and frustrated when forced into the lower ends of hierarchies. Another result even among some seekers? A planet occupied by persons who think that “I AM THAT; I AM” means that they are dualistically “humans as well as THAT” or “a spiritual creature having a human experience” – all of which amounts to nothing more than additional BS-based beliefs that lead some to totally miss the Understanding. 


They do not understand that "what they are" is just a composite unity that knows neither anger nor contentment; they do not understand that there is no such thing as “a human being,” much less a human “being angry or being content”; they do not understand that they are trapped in one more mind-game that is trying to normalize duality and normalize the chaos of living a roller-coaster-like existence of emotional and mental and physical “up’s and down’s.” They do not understand that it is total nonsense to shift constantly and (again, dualistically) to abide either eagle-high at one moment or whale-caca-low the next while thinking all along that such instability is not only “okay” but is “really just fine and exactly the way it is and should be, thank you very much.” 


[Some who visit here and miss the point and the Understanding entirely have said, “I tell everyone that you are my teacher and I give you total credit for what I share nowadays.” The reply: “Stop that. Stop spouting your nonsensical ideas that show you really understand nothing and then try to give them validity by claiming that you picked up that nonsense here.” It only takes one erroneous repetition or misrepresentation to bring the transmission of an ancient thread of wisdom to a halt. 


Too, the reply is: “I am not your teacher because I am not a teacher at all. Nor was Maharaj. Moreover, no one has ever taught anything to persons who think they already know it all, rendering them “unteachable” from the get-go. Additionally, Maharaj did not need to be taught anything and the same case holds true here, so those who visited with an agenda to teach Maharaj or teach his other visitors were promptly dismissed. Same here. Also, Maharaj was not impressed with what the non-Realized thought they knew - especially those who mistakenly thought they had Realized when they had not. That is the case here as well.] 


Sapolsky showed that to buy into hierarchies and to believe that they are real sets the stage for stress and for all of the relative ramifications that follow. It is natural to be stressed if physiologically threatened; it is insane to be stressed if one feels threatened by a happening that is rooted in a psychological concept. It is natural for the stress of a physiological threat to end in minutes; it is insane for the psychologically-induced stress of a role coming to an end to last for months or years because a co-dependent, counterpart player that was required for that false identity to seem real decides to quit playing that co-dependent, counter-part role. 


If stress arises when another driver barely misses hitting your car broadside, the resultant stress is well-founded, but the stress should pass in minutes. If one robs you at gunpoint, the resultant stress is well-founded, but the stress should pass promptly. If one feels stressed because a role can no longer be played, the resultant stress is unfounded so (1) that stress should never even arise and (2) it most certainly should not linger for months or years (as often happens when, for example, “The Spouse” identity comes to an end). 


As Sapolsky showed, stress of that type results from a “psychological state,” and a psychological state can only be seen as real if ignorance and / or insanity prevail. 


To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation.
 
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SHIFTING THE FOCUS FROM THAT WHICH DOES NOT WORK TO THAT WHICH DOES, Part One


A "movement" or "shift" happened here that added another parallel to the many parallels in terms of the phenomenal "experiences" and the noumenal revelations that "Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj" and "Floyd" share in common. (Many visitors over the years have said that they also shared the same parallels with "Maharaj" and "Floyd" as well.) In the case of "Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj" and "Floyd": 

1. both grew up in very poor families 2. both moved to populated areas to seek employment opportunities 3. both exhibited business skills that led to their opening and operating many businesses and to their having a large number of employees working for them 4. both succeeded financially 5. both became attached to accumulating; 6. both married and had a family 7. both were initially religious 8. both moved away from organized religion and became interested in "spiritual" matters, finding and following the teachings of a big name teacher (or, in "Floyd's" case, many big name teachers) 9. both had highly religious wives who were quite displeased with the shift away from religion and toward "spirituality" 10. both began to feel empty in spite of all of their "spiritual seeking" and in spite of all of their accumulated "spiritual knowledge"; 

 

11. both began to de-accumulate after both saw that they could survive quite well on a fraction of the income they had been making 12. both had wives who were unhappy when the de-accumulation stage was entered and both had wives who became unhappy about their husbands' focus on non-duality and who blamed their unhappiness on no longer having a religious husband (The facts be known, in both cases the unhappiness involved the fact that their husbands were no longer interested in - or willing - to work 80+ hours per week and that their husbands were no longer interested in accumulating wealth and possessions and providing the rich lifestyle to which their wives had grown accustomed) 

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.

21. Both saw that many who heard the teachings are not going to understand (Maharaj reporting that "only 1 in 100,000 are going to 'get' this" understanding) 22. both soon saw that even more than expected of those who heard the teachings were not going to understand (Maharaj modifying his "guesstimate" and reporting that "only 1 in 1,000,000 are going to 'get' this" understanding) 23. eventually both saw that even far more than expected of those who heard the teachings were not going to understand (Maharaj eventually concluding that "only 1 in 10,000,000 are going to 'get' this" understanding). And the failings were not the fault of seekers. A "one -in-ten-million" estimate is proof that satsang was not working for most seekers, and the evidence here lately is proof of the same.

Both "Maharaj" and "Floyd" invited seekers to focus on the exact, step-wise "path." Yes, during satsang, "Maharaj" sometimes alluded to the steps while discussing them in no particular order - but he never once laid out the steps in the exact order in which they had to be completed. That was not his teachings style or approach.

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 objectively at the results here when using an "electronic loft" satsang method of sharing has not produced the intended outcome nearly as often as any of the three "face-to-face" methods used with seekers by which they have been led through the seven steps in order. Here, the body is growing older, of course. Mahasamadhi could be taken today, or it could be taken in twenty years.

Obviously, that cannot be known. But the decision here has been made that whatever amount of the relative existence remains shall be spent in sharing the teachings in the ways that have been seen over the last 20+ years to be the most effective methods.

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. 


SHIFTING THE FOCUS FROM THAT WHICH DOES NOT WORK TO THAT WHICH DOES, Part Two


In "Part One," examples were given of seekers that were led to Realization not by satsang but by following the various protocols outlined farther down this page which provide the understanding in the step-wise, orderly, required fashion which moves seekers along a "path" that is as prescribed by Maharaj ... "going back" in the "reverse order" by which the consciousness manifested and became blocked.

However, conversations with some that just read the majority of the books have revealed that they certainly seem to have grasped the understanding and Realized as well. As a result of seeing what has "worked" during the last 20+ years of sharing the non-duality understanding - and seeing what has "not worked" as well - changes are being made. There are seven specific steps that happen when awareness-energy is "pulled" into a cycle of manifestation. When that energy manifests as conscious-energy, that formerly pure and unadulterated energy becomes "corrupted" (or "blocked" from seeing clearly) via programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, and brainwashing. Soon, there is a belief in the not-Real as a result of seven degrees of separation from an understanding of the Real. Using the method that was also employed by his contemporaries - a method which focused on offering non-duality pointers via satsang - Maharaj addressed questions in the order in which they were received. He might receive a question from a seeker at the third step and his reply would include what amounted to an invitation to move to the fourth step. The next question might come from a seeker at the first step, and the reply would include an invitation to move to the second step. The information offered to the second seeker would seemingly contradict what was offered to the first seeker, so visitors who have come here for decades have asked questions which showed how confused they were by the fact that Maharaj's statements to each visitor in his loft were "level-appropriate" yet were provided in no precise order, resulting in what seemed to be an inconsistent message. So the process overall was confusing in that seekers were told to follow the "path back" in the same way that they "came in," except in reverse order, but pointers were not given in a specific, step-wise order at all. Maharaj did recognize the seven steps that are taught here, but by offering the teachings in an order that was dictated by the order in which questions were received from seekers who were at different steps on the "path," the result was this: a pointer about moving beyond the fourth step might be followed by a pointer about moving beyond the first step, and that pointer might be followed by a pointer about how to move beyond the sixth step. The same was done on this site for seven years. The result is a collection of 1,800 or so essays discussing almost every non-duality topic that can be discussed, and the search button on the top right side of this page will now allow seekers with a question about a specific topic to find an explanation. That method, however, will never provide the manner in which the seven steps on the "path" must be transmitted and received in order to Realize Fully. An objective study of the history here of more than twenty years of offering non-duality pointers reveals this: seekers that were given pointers in the exact order in which they needed to receive them were the ones that Realized.

They read the books, then they completed the online course and / or completed seven Skype or telephone sessions or came here for a retreat (or watched the downloadable DVD version of an actual retreat, available below).

Some found that which they were seeking by reading the author's book that deal with non-duality subject matter. Via all of those venues, the steps are taught in their proper order. The essays available on this site will remain for those interested in searching for a discussion of a particular non-duality topic without charge, but the focus here until mahasamadhi is taken is going to be on offering the teachings in the step-wise fashion that has been seen to work.


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FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE: A Seven-Step Journey to Reality


CONSCIOUSNESS / AWARENESS



FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS



THE FINAL UNDERSTANDING


THE ADVANCED SEEKERS' SERIES


Anthology of four books


THE BLISSFUL ABIDANCE SERIES


Anthology of six books


SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ AND HIS EVOLUTION




THE FINAL FIFTEEN TOPICS DISCUSSED BY SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ




A TWELVE-STEP JOURNEY TO SELF-TRANSFORMATION


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A GUIDE FOR WORKING THE STEPS (IN THE MANNER USED BY THE FOUNDERS)


THE TWELVE STEPS AND ADVAITA / NON-DUALITY: A 21-DAY PLAN FOR A PSYCHIC CHANGE


SELF-TRANSFORMATION MEDITATION GUIDE (VOLUME ONE)


SELF-TRANSFORMATION MEDITATION GUIDE (VOLUME TWO)


WHY NISARGA YOGA IN ADDITION TO THE ADVAITA TEACHINGS?


A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE via the Non-Duality Teachings and the Nisarga Yoga


YOUR ORIGINAL NATURE


GOING CRAZY / GOING SANE


INSTABILITY / INSANITY: WHAT THE ADVAITA TEACHINGS CAN (AND CANNOT) ADDRESS


THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (THERE IS ONLY PEACE IF YOU'RE OUT OF YOUR MIND)


FREEDOM FROM SHIFTING BETWEEN STATES OF HAPPINESS AND UNHAPPINESS


THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS / THE ULTIMATE MEDICINE


PROGRAMMING, CONDITIONING, DOMESTICATION, AND ACCULTURATION (THE SOURCES OF THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS & THE NON-DUALITY TREATMENT)


"WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?"



THE MYTH OF "DEATH"


THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS: THE SIMPLICITY OF REALIZATION


FINDING REAL LOVE IN AN UNREAL WORLD


CASTING LIGHT ON THE DARK SIDE OF RELATIONSHIPS


OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF BEING TOTALLY INDEPENDENT


THE NON-DUALITY POINTERS OFFERED BY YESHU'A ("JESUS THE CHRIST")


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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE THE ADVAITIN


WHEN ONLY THREE HOURS OF MANIFESTATION REMAIN (THE "FINAL" TALKS OF FLOYD HENDERSON)


I AM THAT (vs. "This Is Who I Think I Am")


QUOTATIONS AND POINTERS DEALING WITH NON-DUALITY, ADVAITA, NISARGA YOGA, AND MORE


DANCING LIGHTLY


THE PATH TO FREEDOM VS. THE PATH TO MISERY



THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS PERSONAL (INCLUDING YOU AND INCLUDING GOD)



LIBERATION (ATTAINING FREEDOM FROM PERSONALITY VIA REALIZATION)

WHY YOU MUST BE EMPTY IF YOU WOULD BE FULL


FREEDOM FROM BELIEFS (Believers, Non-Believers, and "No-Belief-ers")


WHEN REALITY IS OVERLAID ON THE RELATIVE


THE RELATIVE RESULTS OF RETURNING TO "THE CHILD IGNORANCE STAGE" OR "THE CHILD NO-KNOWING STATE"


WHAT BLISS IS AND WHAT BLISS IS NOT


THE TWICE-STOLEN NECKLACE MURDERS

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF WARS


LESSONS IN NON-DUALITY FROM TRAVELS IN SOUTH AFRICA


A SERIES OF ESSAYS DISCUSSING THE FIRST STEP ON THE SEVEN-STEP PATH TO REALIZATION



A SERIES OF ESSAYS DISCUSSING THE SECOND STEP ON THE SEVEN-STEP PATH TO REALIZATION


A SERIES OF ESSAYS DISCUSSING THE THIRD STEP ON THE SEVEN-STEP PATH TO REALIZATION


A SERIES OF ESSAYS DISCUSSING THE FOURTH STEP ON THE SEVEN-STEP PATH TO REALIZATION


A SERIES OF ESSAYS DISCUSSING THE FIFTH STEP ON THE SEVEN-STEP PATH TO REALIZATION


A SERIES OF ESSAYS DISCUSSING THE SIXTH STEP ON THE SEVEN-STEP PATH TO REALIZATION


A SERIES OF ESSAYS DISCUSSING THE SEVENTH STEP ON THE SEVEN-STEP PATH TO REALIZATION


SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (RECOVERING WHAT RELIGIONS LOST)



IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (AND WHY KNOWING IT SETS YOU FREE)