Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, TREATMENT, Part Sixty-Eight

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Another different perspective which must come in order to be free of the effects of the Ultimate Sickness deals with the originally-Western but now near-universally-adopted concepts involving accumulation and acquiring and owning and gaining and attaining and buying (or taking) and getting one's hands on more and more and more. 

Accumulation is also part of the subject matter discussed in the book A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE via the Non-Duality Teachings and the Nisarga Yoga wherein the point is offered that seekers often end up accumulating even more of their religious or supposedly-spiritual intangibles than "the non-realized" accumulate tangibles:  

Many who have been exposed to any of the teachings which have long been more popular in the Far East than in Western nations speak of the process of de-accumulation. Some only give lip-service to the process; some have interpreted it to mean that only material possessions should be discarded; 

and others (as illustrated by Bob R.'s earlier sharing of what has happened in his case) begin the process . . . by being rid of the spiritual materials accumulated; by then discarding any and all lingering "beliefs, concepts, attitudes, etc."; and then by discarding things of "a more subtle nature," including what he termed the "imbalance" that resulted when he developed a "preference" for the THAT-ness while ignoring the "this-ness," the Is-ness, the beingness. 

Eventually, the following perspective - which differs from that held by some other non-duality seekers or teachers - can result: 

If the non-dual understanding comes in tandem with the Nisargan understanding, then no notions about "more-ness" will come at all. Instead, all that does come will involve "less-ness," including: concept-less-ness, duality-less-ness, belief-less-ness, mind-less-ness, and identity-less-ness. 

With 97% of the people on the planet claiming an affiliation with one organized religion or another, most believe that the problems of the planet are centered in some sort of religious or spiritual malady. The fact is that, of the 12,000,000 to 14,000,000 years that humans or human-like beings have walked the face of the planet, it has only been during the last 5,000 years or so that religions were developed and organized. 

In the most recent times, some humans have been claiming that the problems of the planet are rooted in some sort of "spiritual sickness" or "soul-sickness." Now, as progress is being made in the diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders and mental illness, it is becoming clearer that the problems of persons today - and the problems of the planet as far as humanity is concerned - center in the "mind." And what is the "mind"? 

The answer to that provides another perspective that will differ from that held by the masses: There is no such thing as peace of mind; there is only peace if you are out of your mind. Why? 

Because the "mind" is a storehouse of fiction, myths, superstitions, false concepts, bogus beliefs, erroneous ideas, etc. How could such content not cause problems when it subconsciously controls people and their thoughts and their words and their actions? 

Charlatans and religious leaders and spiritualists and pseudo-Advaitins and those "on the circuit" whom Maharaj referred to as "the Big Name Teachers" are all accumulating fortunes as they promote and peddle the various plans which they claim will provide "peace of mind." 

They may as well be claiming that have "Perpetual Motion Machines" for sale because "Perpetual Motion Machines" and "peace of mind" are both illusions. There is only peace if mind-less. The typical "mindset" of many seekers (as well as the "mindset" of many of those claiming to be "knowers" or jnanis) can be illustrated via the words and actions of one man who has assumed the role of "The Super Seeker" . . . along with many other roles. 

For years, he had been spending millions of the dollars he had inherited engaging in what he deemed to be "spiritual activities" which had taken him around the globe several times. He came here for a retreat, flying into Houston after spending a week in Central America where he paid a man $1,000.00 a day for five days to "teach him to breathe." It was asked, 

F.: "You just paid a man $5,000.00 to teach you to breathe?" 

Visitor: "Yes." 

F.: [Laughing, joking, but in a way that proved to be totally unacceptable to the visitor]: "Who are the others you have paid, the others who took your money to teach you to eat, to swallow, to digest? Did you pay someone as a child to teach you to suckle, or did you simply suckle?" 

V.: "Don't get smart. Of course I knew how to breathe before I went, but I did not know the right way to breathe in order to shift into a perfectly peaceful state." 

F.: "There was no attempt to 'get smart.' There was a question that arose spontaneously - rooted in the Nisargan understanding - intended to assist you in seeing that nothing which is natural need be taught or learned. Only that which is unnatural or supposedly supernatural is taught or learned. What is required for abiding naturally you already have." 

V.: "Regardless of your opinion, his method worked. I have never been so at peace in my sixty-plus years." [That was said in a way which showed that it was anger - not peace - that was beginning to boil to the surface.] 

F.: "Then it must be asked, 'Why are you here?'" 

V.: [Raising into the air, reverently, his copy of I AM THAT - which he said he now carries with him everywhere he goes - he said]: "I was very impressed with the spiritual message in this book, but I have been living according to the teaching of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for decades and am trying to reconcile the two . . . maybe find what both have in common and expand my consciousness to an even higher level." 

[He was asked if he would be willing to hear some information and if he would be willing to consider that information objectively. When he said "Certainly," the following was offered . . . with no conviction at all that he was actually and "certainly" ready to consider objectively any pointers that ran contrary to his firmly-fixed, supernatural / spiritual beliefs]: 

F.: "First, to that book you're carrying about as if it were your bible or some other type of holy test: how would you feel if you learned that Maharaj eventually discounted the value of that book and its contents and even stated on occasion that his preference would have been that it was his later talks - not the earliest ones in that book - which were being circulated widely?" 

V.: "I would not believe that." 

F.: "Maharaj said, 'That book and whatever was expounded at that time was only relevant for that period.' He also said, 'I am speaking differently today' and he said, 'I am emphasizing different aspects'." 

V.: [The only reaction was a blank stare, not unlike a deer caught at night in the middle of a road in the headlights of an oncoming car.

F.: "As for 'His Holiness the Dalai Lama,' you evidently hold in high regard his wisdom and his talent for passing along his wisdom to you and to others?" 

V.: "Yes. Of course." 

F.: "Yet he does not even have the wisdom to understand why hurricanes form where they form and go where they go. He claimed that Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans because of 'the negative karma of the people there.' Do you really believe that it is evidence of wisdom if someone erroneously assigns a supernatural cause to what is merely a natural event? Or would the actual wisdom be shown by those who explain, scientifically and factually, exactly why Hurricane Katrina formed where it formed, why it followed the path it followed, and why landfall occurred where it occurred? At the end of his teaching career, Maharaj would teach that 'holy' and 'unholy' are just false and dualistic concepts, so he would give no credibility to such a title as 'His Holiness'." 

V.: "I have put up with a lot of your comments, but I'm not going to sit here and listen you to defame His Holiness." [With that, he picked up his copy of I AM THAT and stormed out in anger. No, there was no suggestion that he come back, sit down, and make use of his newly-purchased breathing techniques in order to restore his peace.] 

The exchange is offered to illustrate the presence of all of the perspectives and beliefs that the Nisargan understanding can eradicate. The man was exhibiting the typical behaviors that come with the assumption of "new and improved roles" which are used to replace one's former "bad" roles. 

Now, he is "The Consummate Seeker," "The Super Spiritual One," but also "The Very Restless One" who is engaged in the search for the sake of the search. To the contrary, the result of realization, combined with the Nisargan (natural) understanding, is this: 

At some point, all of the searching can end, all of the playing of "this super role" or "that super role" can end, and natural abidance can happen simply and spontaneously. The visitor showed the miserable, costly, peace-interrupting alternative: 

rather than resting in a state of concept-less-ness, the visitor was so attached to his concepts that he became ready to fight when invited to consider being free of his concepts and the distortions that they were supporting; rather than enjoying a state of duality-less-ness, he is sure that some persons are holy, that some persons are more holy, and that some persons are unholy; 

rather than abiding in a peaceful state of belief-less-ness, he was being driven to roam the globe in search of externals and persons who would pile more beliefs onto his pile of already-accumulated beliefs rather than allowing a guide to direct him to that which is already within; 

rather than abiding in a state of mind-less-ness, he was constantly filling his mind with more and more of the beliefs and concepts and ideas that had already proved to be useless, though his clogged "mind" and blocked consciousness would not allow him to see their uselessness; 

and rather than functioning in a Nisargan (natural) manner and abiding in the peace of a state of identity-less-ness, he was spending a fortune - a fortune which he did not earn but which had been earned by his father's having engaged in work and accumulation for decades - in the son's current globe-trotting efforts to reinforce his currently-assumed ego-states and to acquire even more personality identifications.

[How thrilled would "dad" be now were he able to see that he had raised, and was now funding, a fool who is willing to pay someone $5000.00 to teach him how to breathe? A son who mentioned to me over the first night's dinner which is included with the retreat here that he had "felt bad" during his Central American trip that he had had to walk by the thin, starving children with their outstretched hands - begging for money to buy food for their family - because "the people conducting the breathing seminar had warned us in advance that if we give some change to even one of them, hoards more will show up and hang around our center and bother you for your entire five day visit."]

Seldom have I seen a manner of living which illustrated so well the fact that some persons would be far better served were they to have inherited nothing and instead had to find a forty-hours-a-week job of their own which would not accommodate their spiritual workaholism and their spiritual going and doing and zooming and their astonishing levels of selfishness and self-centeredness.

Yet his case is not rare. His case is often witnessed. Most reach the third step of the seven-step "journey" which is discussed here and then fixate at that third step - the religious and / or spiritual step. 

In the end, Maharaj offered a rarer perspective: 

"Give up all your spiritual work and just be."

That requires moving beyond the third step. That requires being free of the partial understanding which paralyzes the masses who are trapped by their beliefs and dogma at the third of seven steps where they practice what Maharaj called "their kindergarten level spirituality" and where "they stand in the dim light of the dawn while thinking that they are being bathed in the full light of the noonday sun."

Those are more of the perspectives here which differ from the perspectives held by the masses. 

Moreover, the de-accumulation of "spiritual concepts and personality identifications" is called for as much as the de-accumulation of the material "stuff" which "the non-realized masses" accumulate.

To be continued. 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, TREATMENT, Part Sixty-Seven

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If one were to study the evolution of Maharaj's message, it could be seen that his pointers moved away from the use of hundreds and hundreds of Sanskrit terms; away from almost all of the liturgical language of Hinduism, in fact; away from the religious / philosophical language of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism; and, eventually, away from all spiritual talk (talk which was especially inspired by the influx of Western seekers who came after the publication of I AM THAT). 

Eventually he would shift away from the use of a religious / non-dual version of the Ultimate Medicine and away from the use of a spirituality / non-dual version of the Ultimate Medicine. That came as he realized that the Ultimate Sickness is centered in the mind, after which he advised seekers to "just give up spirituality," to stop reading the talks in I AM THAT and to listen only to his later talks, and to address the primary source of humankind's problems, namely, the content of the mind.

Using that process, he said, seekers could reach a state of "zero concepts" and then abide naturally rather than unnaturally and / or supernaturally (a.k.a., religiously, mythically, mystically, or spiritually). 

At that point, his message became simplified as he made use of a psychological / non-dual version of the Ultimate Medicine. In other words, his message became simpler . . . and simpler . . . even more simple and, finally . . . totally simple. 

He used the lifestyle of the deer as a model of non-ignorant, non-stupid, and non-insane living. And what is the role of the deer's eyes in being able to abide in that manner? 

Consider the size of the eye among various living things:

Because the colossal squid is known to descend into the darkness of the seas to depths of up to 6,500 feet, its eyes have evolved to the point where they now measure over 11 inches or more across, that large lenses allowing its eyes to help capture light in the near-totally-black depths where it hunts. 

But for land animals, along with the elephant, the moose, the horse, the cow, it is the deer which sports one of the larger eyes among mammals, allowing it to see in darkness and to see clearly even when fog is present. 

And that is an ability which humans lack and which the non-dual teachings offer, specifically, the ability to move about among the masses who are living in a fog and to see clearly that which most cannot see at all. 

Maharaj addressed the issue of the viewing all through the warped perspectives of the "inner eyes." 

He said, "Your outer eyes are better than your inner eyes." 

He asked: "How can you have insight into my state when you are without insight into your own? When the very instrument of insight is lacking, is it not important to find it first? It is like a blind man wanting to learn painting before he regains his eyesight." 

He asked: " When you refuse to open your eyes, what can you be shown?" 

Eventually, he said that "realization is simply about being free of ignorance." 

Not about understanding every Sanskrit term in the liturgical language of Hinduism? No. Not about becoming an expert in the religious / philosophical language of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism? No. Not about becoming an authority of dogma? No. 

Not about having the final word regarding all things noumenal, other-worldly, intangible, and independent of intellectual and / or sensory perceptions? No. Not about becoming the one most skilled in the use of spiritual exercises? No. 

Realization is simply about removing the blockages to clear seeing which have been placed in the mind via programming, conditioning, acculturation, domestication, brainwashing, and indoctrination and then . . . seeing clearly. 

Thus Maharaj advised: "Remove the speck and your eyes will be flooded with light. The light is there — waiting. The eyes are there — ready. The darkness you see is but the shadow of the tiny speck. Get rid of it and come back to your natural state." 

And what is one's natural state? The state that all living things except humans abide in, the difference being that no living thing - other than the human - has a mind, specifically, a mind filled with nonsense, filled with what Maharaj called "learned ignorance."

But he made clear what accurate seeing is all about, asking, "Unless the eyes and brain undergo a renovation, how can one see?" 

Of course, the entire brain does not require a renovation because it is only the parts of brain which store and retrieve information - specifically, store and retrieve "learned ignorance" - which call for renovation. 

In fact, Maharaj would later make clear that the ultimate call is for a purging which eliminates all ideas, notions, concepts, impressions, opinions, and views (a.k.a., "beliefs") which are stored in the mind. 

The problems of humankind which are generated by the Ultimate Sickness have nothing to do with knowing too little dogma and have nothing to do with a sick spirit or with a "spiritual malady"; instead, the problems have everything to do with the key symptoms of the Sickness which Maharaj identified as "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity." And what do those three have in common? 

They are all centered in the mind. They all result in not being capable of seeing things clearly and seeing things as they really are but instead seeing things in the distorted fashion which warped perspectives bring. 

Via the talks in I AM THAT, a witness that is functioning with wisdom and an ability to observe clearly can see that - though Maharaj never numbered them - there were seven steps on the "path" he offered in order for seekers to move from identification with the body to understanding the Absolute and one's Original Nature. 

But if wise and observant seekers were to study his later talks, after he shifted from recommending "SELF-Inquiry" and endorsed a "self-inquiry process" (that is a "false-self-inquiry process"), they could see that he began recommending a four-step "path." 

See? Simpler . . . and simpler . . . and simpler . . . until . . . finally . . . simple. 

The requirement for realization (for freedom for ignorance) is to be able to see clearly not Who You Are but to be able to see clearly who and what you are not

To be free of all personal identification is . . .

. . . to be free of being driven by the hidden agendas of personas 

and 

. . . to be free of being driven by the fears and desires and distortions and delusions and illusions which personas always generate. 

To be continued. 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, TREATMENT, Part Sixty-Six

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Continued from yesterday with additional pointers on the subject from the book A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE via the Non-Duality Teachings and the Nisarga Yoga:

Next, the perspective of "the truly realized teacher" is that the teachings are offered only to those that are ready and willing and engaged in the seeking process already. There is never any effort to proselytize or try to force the message on anyone. The seeker must find the realized teacher; the realized teacher is never in pursuit of seekers. 

Nor will the realized teacher ever try to control anyone or try to force the teachings on anyone or try to persuade someone to abandon one method for another. The realized teacher will also know that Truth cannot be stated but can be known, so that teacher would never shout or proclaim, "This is the way it is!" To the contrary, the realized teacher will say, "This is the way it is here." 

Nowadays, though, there are more and more so-called "experts" showing up to try to tell others what method to use or not, what yoga to use or not, or what is okay or not in terms of these teachings. It is as if those types have adopted a new persona of "The Patroller of the Airwaves and the Books," "The Solitary, Self-Appointed Guardian of Truth," "The One Who Knows the Only Right Way That the Teachings Should Happen." 

During recent years, there has been an increase here in both the frequency of contact and the level of vehemence displayed by some claiming to be realized. Those self -appointed "Spiritual Giants" write to attack what is shared here and then to promote their perceptions and beliefs about "the Absolute" and about "the way they have been freed of all things relative" by way of the teachings they received "which are nothing like the wrong teachings offered here." 

Yet if they were truly free of all things relative, would they be taking the time to write, would they be vehement about the content of these postings, and - mostly - would they even still be manifested and able to write anything, if freed of all things relative? What they mean is that they have moved "there" and are abiding "there" and care not a whit about anything "here." 

There are consequences to being that out of touch with reality after believing that one is fully in touch with Reality. A few months ago, a young man with that distorted perspective

- of what non-duality supposedly teaches 

and 

- of what might as well happen post-realization once it is seen that "nothing relative is real or matters" 

and 

- of the uselessness of continuing to deal with anything relative at all concluded that he might as well not work and might as well not complete any of his assigned tasks and, in fact, might as well kill himself and be done with having to deal with things relative and with the insane people he was having contact with on a daily basis. 

Another different perspective here that has led to outbursts of anger from a. those who think they are "the most spiritually fit" and from b. those who think their version of the understanding is the only right one and from c. those who think that only THAT matters and who think that "this" - the relative existence, the AM-ness - is to be ignored or even abandoned is this: 

In the end, if "full and true realization" has happened, then de-accumulating follows, along with enjoyment of the relative existence. Yes, the relative existence. As noted time and again here, the summative statement of non-duality remains "I AM THAT; I AM," even post-Realization. It is not re-written to "I AM THAT, ONLY." 

The following different perspective, too, has troubled many (who could not be troubled at all about what appears in these postings if they were enjoying the perspective that True Realization brings): 

In fact, when mahasamadhi is taken, there will be no one to know THAT at all. There is no "benefit" at all to knowing the THAT-ness unless Reality is overlaid on the "this"-ness, on the AM-ness, on the present beingness, so that the bliss might be enjoyed at the only time and in the only place that it can be enjoyed, namely, NOW and HERE. There is no "later" or "there" for any "one." 

And another different perspective here that has troubled many is this: 

If actual realization happens, the de-accumulation mentioned earlier will include a de-accumulation of all roles and assumed identities, including those dealing with self-ness, Self-ness, Infinite Self-ness, Supreme Self-ness, and God-Self-ness. Here is the way it was explained yesterday in a note received from Bob R.: 

The people who live on my street must wonder if I have lost my mind (little do they know I am working on it) because I keep dragging stuff out to the drive way to give away or to leave curbside for trash. Many months ago the de-accumulation actually included the material (books, tapes, cd's, etc.) as well as the seemingly endless piles of beliefs, concepts, attitudes, perspectives, programs, biases, etc. What is now being seen that needs letting go of is different in that it seems to be of a more subtle nature, but in truth it is now providing substantially more freedom and lightness that that experienced at the beginning of this journey with Floyd serving as Tour (Tour de Freedom) Guide. 

The most recent example and experience of this de-accumulation is a result of absorbing "Why Nisarga Yoga in Addition To The Advaita Teachings?" and having one pointer after the other profoundly reveal that this speck has been leaning heavily toward the "That"-ness rather than the "I Am-ness". This imbalance and preference had resulted in not understanding what you cited: "In the end, That is not about That at all. It is about "this', right NOW, because later, That Which Is will not even be known to be." This pointer struck me like a heat-seeking laser missile striking me right between the eyes and dead on the heart simultaneously. So once again I find myself hauling more [items] out to the curb but with a sense of gratitude. Thanks, Bob 

Not once in the months that these teachings / non-teachings were shared with Bob was it suggested that he get rid of all of the "stuff" he had accumulated; nor was that suggestion ever offered to Andy, nor to Mac, nor to Bill, nor to the others that have come here and "gotten it." But in the case of all of those men and in the case of many other women and men, de-accumulation simply began happening, and in every case, it happened spontaneously, without premeditation, without "mental debate," and without some grand scheme or plan being dreamed up. 

As was the case here post-realization, it just happened. And as with Bob, the process might begin with tossing out all of the materials that were thought to be religious and / or spiritual materials but will later include a tossing out of all of the accumulated spiritual paraphernalia and "supernatural" accoutrements as well; however, the de-accumulating process will continue with a tossing out of all ideas and concepts and beliefs as well. 

Eventually, all of the effects of programming and conditioning and domestication and acculturation will also be discarded. That is why it is clear that those who find this site and stay long enough to criticize and to attack are making clear how bogus their belief is that they have actually Realized; and how bogus is their belief that their teaching method is the only right one; and how bogus their opinion is that their yoga is the only one that any non-duality teacher should be allowed to teach; 

and they are also making clear how consumed they are with their lofty ego-state(s) and how arrogant they are to believe that they have the right to control what is shared and not shared by others; and they are making clear how big-headed and supercilious they are as they try to exercise their assumed "power" that has come with their assumption of the role of "Chairman of the Board of the Universe, in Charge of Space and Time and . . . All." 

The question is, "If they have been totally subsumed into THAT and are abiding 'there,' how is it that they are coming 'here' and addressing 'this'?" Actually, they do not have a clue about why they are doing what they are doing, but the Truly Realized understand exactly what is driving them; and exactly what is driving their desire to control; and exactly what is driving their arrogance; and exactly what is driving their false belief that they have power; and exactly what is driving the misperception that they have realized when they have not. 

So it is when the combination of learned ignorance and limitless arrogance and extreme narcissism are so solidly fixed that the dim light of dawn cannot even be distinguished from the noonday sun. 

(And yes, this happy notion does come on occasion: "If only Maharaj were here literally and could offer some means by which those types could be tossed out of an electronic loft just as the same types were once tossed out of a physical loft on 10th Lane in the Khetwadi area.") 

To be continued. 

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, TREATMENT, Part Sixty-Five

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Another different perspective which manifests among the wise is in regards to the use of meditation during "the awakening, enlightenment, liberation, realization process": 

Most persons live their lives in a go-do-zoom mode. In the U.S., the majority only pause for two weeks, one time a year, and even during that vacation time, their insides are still churning away. In western Europe, the trend is to vacation for a month, often in August, but the insides are also churning away, even in those cases. In other "industrialized" or "more developed" nations, the same churning happens. 

There are a few cultures remaining where the relative existence unfolds at a reasonable pace, but the go-do-zoomers from other cultures are encroaching on those quieter cultures and disturbing their peace as well. It has been noted that at one time, as Westerners were touting "freedom of speech," many Easterners were paying homage to "freedom from speech." 

Now, much of the East has been pulled into the Westerners' go-do-zoom vortex as well. 

Thus, most persons on the planet never meditate. 

The "teachers" or "guides" of those who consider themselves to be on some sort of "path" or "journey" often make meditation a requirement, but that never happens the way it was originally intended and now the practice is seldom abandoned entirely (as it was in the past after realization came and when the quiet was not sought out for ten minutes a day or twenty minutes a day); instead, the silence merely happened, and it continued throughout each day for most of the waking hours of many among "the realized." 

There was no "setting aside some time each day to be quiet." "The quietness manifested spontaneously and automatically. Do the naturally-abiding deer set aside a certain period and call it "quiet time," or do they just naturally remain quiet?

I suggest to seekers regarding continuous quiet vs. a brief fifteen-minute block of quietness, "Try it. You might like it, and if you don't, I assure you that most people who have to be around you will."

(I have watched hundreds over the years who are stuck at the third step where religious and spiritual ego-states are assumed and played. I have seen such types set up a rigid regimen and refuse to leave the house without having sat for fifteen minutes in the morning and "meditated." Some hummed during that period, but most sat in the quiet though they seldom quieted the mind. Then they set off for work, running late because they delayed their departure for fifteen minutes. 

Then, within a short distance from the house when they began feeling the stress of running later and being caught up in traffic and having to deal with other drivers who they deemed to be "total idiots," whatever peaceful effects they claimed that their fifteen minutes of meditation had provided suddenly disappear. Some confessed that, in that circumstance, they began raging, screaming at other drivers who cannot possibly hear them, shoot some "the finger," and then arrived at work in a more uncomfortable state than the one they had been in prior to their meditation time.)

That said, certain relevant pointers on the subject from the book A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE via the Non-Duality Teachings and the Nisarga Yoga will be shared: 

The invitation offered via this series is to understand that "the fully realized" are no different from anyone who visits this site. That includes "the actually realized"; "the non-realized" who are seeking; "the non-realized" masses who are not seeking; and those claiming realization who think they have completed the entire "journey" but have not. 

(Again, of the latter, Maharaj said that they mistakenly think that they are being bathed fully in the noonday sun when they are really only standing in the dim light of the dawn. So it is.) 

The only possible difference among all of those in the groups mentioned above is in perspective, so certain perspectives here that might differ from perspectives held by "others" are being shared for consideration and - possibly - further enlightenment. 

Next, another perspective here that differs from those held by most - including seekers as well as non-seekers - involves meditation. The actual contrast is between what meditation was originally about vs. what it is about nowadays after the process has been totally bastardized. 

The discussion of the use (and misuse) of meditation bothers many, especially those who have assumed the persona of being "A Very Spiritual Person," the evidence of which includes the fact that they practice meditation regularly (and then regularly tell people how faithfully they practice meditation in an effort to support their false persona). 

The suggestion is that if you have a regular meditation practice that you love because it is a key element of "your regular spiritual exercises," then you probably will not like the different perspective offered here. If you love being in what is supposedly a "super-conscious state,” don’t read this. If you love going into a trance, don’t read this. If you love the emotional surge of repeatedly experiencing "the rapture," don’t read this. 

For the rest who are not emotionally-intoxicated and who are capable of objectively taking pointers into consideration, then you might be interested. The fact is that many claiming realization, and most involved in the search, have so distorted the original intent of the meditative process that no early teacher of non-duality would even recognize what is called “meditation" today. 

If you are involved in a regular meditative practice, are you fully awake, completely aware, and totally conscious in order to focus on pointers offered by "a realized teacher," or do you have other motives and goals? 

If the latter, you might list the motives and goals and then ask, “Who wants to gain more than the understanding of the teachings and who wants something other than natural living for the remainder of the relative existence?” 

Admittedly, the "personal" meditative practices here during the early stages of the "journey" were like all of the other elements which amounted to nothing more than spiritual workaholism. With unbounded effort and obsessive practice, meditation was done in the same present day fashion that many others may have equaled but that few surpassed. 

After literally thousands of “meditative experiences,” realization still did not come. All the bells and whistles and meditative aids and practices were eventually seen to be for nil because no guides or guidebooks suggested that the original purpose of meditation was only . . . to take pointers into consideration. 

With no one offering sound pointers anyway, there was no chance at all of practicing meditation as originally intended; instead, the instructions of most who had written meditative guides were being followed, so what was sought was not an understanding of key pointers that could lead to full realization. 

Instead, what was sought was the “no-mind state”; what was being attempted was trying to force the “mind” to stop racing; what was sought was some “super-conscious state”; what was also sought in morning meditation was some kind of “spiritual experience” that would result in a peace that would last throughout the day; what was sought at other times was to have an overwhelming, “emotionally-rapturous experience.” 

[If you read yesterday's post, you might now have the valuelessness of "experiences" in perspective.]

Yet there was always eventual failure, never consistently reaching "my" ultimate goal. There was no permanent success at forcing the "mind” to alter to "my will” or to be quiet and to be at peace. There was no success at bending the "mind" to "the will of some Unseen Power" or into alignment with "The Will of the Universe" (as if either of those were real). 

To test how capable or incapable persons actually are at controlling their own mind and thoughts, protégés here are invited to conduct an experiment. Starting right now, be sure that you do not picture a monkey hanging by one arm from the limb of a tree in a jungle. Anything else that comes to mind is fine, but continue the exercise and, at all cost, do NOT picture a monkey hanging from a limb. 

Moreover, do not see its fist closed tightly around the limb of a jungle tree, the other arm hanging loosely by its side, the monkey swaying back and forth in the air. Are you NOT picturing a monkey? Avoid at all costs the image of a monkey arising in your mind. DON’T see a monkey hanging, a monkey swinging from a limb, a monkey screeching out its monkey sounds. 

Uh oh. It is suspected that you’re picturing a monkey. Please stop it. Force yourself, if you must, not to picture that monkey that is still hanging from a limb, still swinging back and forth, its free arm swaying at its side. DON’T picture a monkey. 

So how did you do with that experiment at controlling "your mind" and "your thoughts"? Has it been suggested to you by someone that you have the ability to control "your mind"? Has it been suggested that an entity in another realm can control "your mind" and change it to "your" advantage? Has it been suggested that the only thing that can restore you to sanity is an Unseen, Higher Power, usually conceptualized as an all-powerful male? 

Has it been a goal of "yours" to be able to calm "your mind"? Have fifteen to sixty minutes of meditative work per day proved effective at freeing you of a troublesome, variable mind during all of your remaining waking hours? If not, might another purpose of meditation exist, and might that purpose actually free you of the illusion of mind, once and for all? 

A dilemma exists for most who begin dabbling with meditation: how can a person force an over-active “mind” to be still? As with the monkey experiment, the very act of trying to “calm a mind” accelerates its movement even more. 

“Set a timer,” some advise. Fine, but when the timer sounds and the person continues with the activities of the day, those activities are still being conducted under the auspices of an ever-in-motion "mind"; thus, no lasting peace will happen. 

The early sages assigned meditation with a specific intention, and reaching the “no-mind” state was not the intent. Meditation was actually intended to wake people up, not put them to sleep. Every entry in the Daily Meditation Guides offered here - as well as every posting on this site - all end with an invitation to enter the silence and then contemplate the point / pointers offered. 

At no time in the last twenty-two years has it ever been suggested that a student or visitor or guest or participant at a session “go into a trance,” “seek a super-conscious state as a regular habit,” or “experience the rapture.” Exercises conducted in the quiet along the “journey” are tools, yes, but when a homeowner’s house is built, he puts away his tools and then simply enjoys the new place he’s in. So it should be with the tool called "meditation" as well. 

(By the way, is some turbulence now being experienced around this discussion of meditation? If so, who - what ego-state - is bothered? When a "spiritual practice" is questioned, only a spiritual persona can react and be “bothered,” revealing that one is "stuck" at the third of seven steps on "the path." It has been asked: “But Floyd, didn’t you tell me that during your days of regular meditation that you slowed your heart rate by seventeen beats per minute? That’s got to be healthy.” Of course it’s healthy. The same still happens . . . during rest.) 

Meditation is a tool for those on a “journey,” enabling seekers who are receiving pointers from "a realized teacher" to sit in the quiet, to remain fully awake, to consider the pointers offered, to come to a different understanding, and to allow a totally different perspective to manifest. The tool is to be used to lead to realization (which Maharaj defined simply as "freedom from learned ignorance"). 

So, meditation was originally assigned with one specific purpose. The one specific intent was to provide a seeker with an invitation to be quiet, to stop all talking, and to take the opportunity to consider pointers offered by the teacher, pointers which can eventually remove from personas the false belief in the illusion of person … persona … personality . . . self. 

After realization, who could have any remaining goal? All "who's" end. 

Originally, only one purpose of meditation was intended: not to reach a "state without thought" but to consider a pointer offered until that point was understood. Consideration and understanding, not “motionless consciousness,” was the intent. Realization is marked by the recognized presence of the re-purified consciousness which facilitates in bringing about an awareness of awareness, an awareness of one's Original Nature, and an ability to abide as that / THAT for the remainder of the manifestation.

Realization is never about giving persons the ability to control or suppress the movements of contaminated or blocked consciousness or the ability to control or suppress the movements of a contaminated "mind." When modern-day meditative practices have either of those as a desire or goal, then the presence of personality and role-assumption is revealed. 

The original intent of entering into a period of meditation was to be fully awake, fully conscious, and fully aware, not to numb out the "mind" - which can never be numbed permanently anyway; however, the "mind" can be eliminated permanently. How? 

By permanently casting out the bogus content of the "mind." (How? By casting aside all beliefs which "they" have taught you); thus, the pointer offered here is this: 

There is no such thing as "peace of mind"; there is only peace if you are out of your "mind." 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, TREATMENT, Part Sixty-Four

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In yesterday's post, the observant will have seen that "The Process" of having a different perspective can manifest in a variety of ways: 

1. With the Direct Path / Nisargan Method, certain stimuli come from "without," with a "teacher" offering alternate perspectives; 

or,

2. sometimes alternate perspectives come when willing to question authority, to question what you have been told, to set aside long-held beliefs and perspectives after seeing that they have been based in delusion and illusion rather than in clarity. For example:

I went into shock, asking, "How the hell could this happen to Frankie? His family has gone to church several times a week for years. Where is God now? Why would an all-powerful God not use His power to wipe out this horrible disease? In fact, if He's all-knowing, why did He allow the disease to come into being in the first place? A core belief that I'd been taught is sure sounding like a great big crock of bullshit!" 

and 

3. sometimes, alternate perspectives might come via "experiences," such as those which seemed to alter Frankie's perspective and which allowed him to smile, even as he was left to deal with iron lungs and iron braces and needing to accept help from friends who were willing to carry him the rest of the way after he could only complete a half-mile of the one-mile journey to school each morning and then home again in the afternoon. 

The problem with depending on experiences to provide clear and valid perspectives is that most experiences in the relative existence have no connection whatsoever with reality or Reality. 

There are a few philanthropists I know who have both a fortune as well as an ability to empathize, my partner in spreading the non-dual message being one; however, that combination has been witnessed rarely in my 69+ years. 

A woman who was a victim of crime in Mexico escaped to the U.S. in 1997. During the last two decades, she has been working with the immigration service to stay here legally and now has four children who are U.S. citizens. Years ago she had been convicted of two misdemeanors: entering the U.S. and using a bogus social security number in order to work. Her two misdemeanors after the recent U.S. election was said to be the reason that, after years, her status has been changed to highest priority for deportation. 

[Many look at recent cases where felons have been given probation with time served for rape or for manslaughter: A judge allowed Ethan Couch - who drove drunk and caused a crash that killed four people - to go to treatment and to be put on probation with no jail time. His attorney's defense argument: Ethan Couch was the actual victim in that accident, a victim of "affluenza," that is, of affluence. The claim: he was the product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for him.] 

For years, the woman now hiding in a church with three of her children had been allowed to stay and to work in the U.S. while appealing her case because she has only been found guilty of two misdemeanors - and no felonies. She looks at those convicted of felonies who are being set free and allowed to go on with their lives as if they have broken no laws. Seek not and expect not any consistency when dealing with "the non-realized" masses. 

The reason she came here - to escape the fact that she was a victim of on-going crime - has been considered a legitimate reason for entry into the U.S. and for the granting of citizenship, at least up until the recent presidential election. She had gone to the immigration offices regularly for years to "check in," but her process had been delayed repeatedly, likely because she had a radio show and had been active in immigration affairs. 

Last week she learned that she and her children were going to be separated; she was going to be deported to Mexico while her children would remain in the U.S. So last week, she and three of her children moved into a sanctuary church in Colorado to avoid arrest and deportation after she became "a deportation priority." 

She said of the new president that she understood his concerns about problems with the present immigration system but that he could not relate to the hardships she and her children and those like them have faced because he was born into a life of affluence and white privilege. 

Like so many others born into similar circumstances, neither Ethan Couch nor the president have shown any evidence of empathy or remorse for those who have been harmed over the years. 

The point:  

Perspectives based in experiences are often warped perspectives. 

Such perspectives cannot be relied on by seekers to provide clear seeing. 

Some who abused alcohol or drugs in the past have come here and claimed that they are no longer using" and that their lives "have turned around 180-degrees after they had a 'spiritual experience'." 

Yet I watch them neglecting their spouses and children and themselves and their responsibilities as much now as they admittedly did during their "pre-'spiritual-experience'-days," only in a different fashion. 

I understand that drugs and alcohol were never their real problem; that their problems were rooted in the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness (which Maharaj identified as "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity"); and that they might not be living under the influence of drugs and alcohol but they are still living under the influence of the Sickness and its unchecked "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity."

Their perspectives regarding themselves are as skewed and distorted as ever. 

The pointer has been offered to some of those types: 

"Might it be possible that the only thing worse than living the way you were living when drunk is living the same way . . . not drunk?" Meaning?

Meaning that in that condition, all of the effects - all of the effects and consequences of the "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity" which come with the Sickness - are being felt even as they are being denied. Crazy cannot spot crazy, either "then" or "now" in their cases.

When abiding in a "dry drunk" condition, their present levels of misery and suffering are often even greater than before, even though they are being denied. 

When I was experiencing the pain and discomfort of cancer, I could have denied that I had cancer and I could have claimed that "I have been miraculously healed!" and that "I do not need any further treatment because I have been healed by a god or by a white light experience or by way of a spiritual experience!" Yet such claims and denials would not mean that the effects of the cancer had truly ended at all.

So it is with those suffering from the Ultimate Sickness who are denying their the symptoms are still manifesting even as they refuse to acknowledge their obvious presence. Once persons think they have had a "white light experience" or a "spiritual experience"(often in order to impress their mates and to be accepted and to be admired by others who are claiming the same) then seeking will come to a screeching halt and congratulations and self-congratulating will begin. As a result, no true solutions for their problems will be found.

Maharaj called all of their talk nothing more than nonsense growing out of their "kindergarten-level spirituality." He said that most who are claiming that "they are now being bathed in the full light of the noonday sun" are actually "still standing in the dull light of dawn." 

Similarly, he warned "There are so many who take the dawn for the noon, a momentary experience for full realization," and they thereby "destroy even the little they gain by excess of pride." 

Maharaj replied to one visitor who was touting his experiences, "Don’t you experience even when unconscious?" 

See? An experience does not necessarily lead to awareness. An experience can happen even when one is unconscious, and the fact is, that is exactly the condition of most among the masses: "unconscious."

He made clear that "The Experiencer" is just another false identity which leads persons to claim:

"I experienced a white light experience. I had a spiritual experience!" Really? 

He said, "Liberation is of the self from its false and self-imposed ideas; it is not contained in some particular experience, however glorious." 

Maharaj: "My world has no characteristics by which it can be identified. You can say nothing about it. I am my world. My world is myself. It is complete and perfect. Every impression is erased, every experience — rejected." 

Now that is a different perspective, especially among those who are traveling the world to experience special, spiritual energy forces being emitted in "holy sites" and especially among those seeking "noble or splendid or holy or sacred or hallowed or godly or virtuous or sublime experiences." 

He clarified: "In fact, all experience is in the mind." 

He also said that "Beyond the mind there is no such thing as experience. Experience is a dual state." 

"Experience," he said, "is, after all, a state of mind, while being is definitely not a state of mind." 

He said: "You are dragging down reality to the level of experience. How can reality depend on experience?" 

He explained: "In non-duality there is bliss; in duality — experience." 

So any person's so-called "experiences" are actually based in duality and therefore have no validity. And any person's so-called "experiences" are actually also based in the mind, and the content of the mind is always pure fiction, so - again - "experiences" have no validity.

As always, to find clarity when one's thoughts and words are being determined by a false identity, ask: 

"WHO - what ego-state - is claiming to have had a 'white light experience'?" 

and

"WHO - what ego-state - is claiming to have had a 'spiritual experience'?" 

and 

"What is the actual motive and agenda of that WHO - that ego-state - who is making such claims?" 

and

"WHO thinks she or he has 'arrived' at their destination when they have not even completed half of the 'journey' required for realization and for liberation from personality to manifest?" 

A different perspective which the proper treatment for the Ultimate Sickness requires is often not the intermediary perspectives which can come. To believe that one is now standing in the full light of the noonday sun while only standing in the dull light of dawn is as delusional as any previous concepts held during prior delusional states.

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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