Friday, June 24, 2016

MAHARAJ: “Lightment” vs. Enlightenment, Part “PPPP”

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"The very idea 'I am Self-Realised' is a mistake. There is no 'I am this', 'I am that' in the Natural State." -  Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Any unchecked sense of lightness experienced by humans usually happens early on, prior to having been strapped with the heaviness which is guaranteed to manifest after having been programmed, conditioned, domesticated, acculturated, indoctrinated, and brainwashed. Those processes develop a mind filled with ignorant beliefs and develop a false belief in multiple personalities which will set the stage for the development of personality disorders which will subsequently trigger the development of neuroses and psychoses. 

In CHAPTER THIRTY of The Relative Results of Returning to "The Child Ignorance Stage" or "The Child No-Knowing State" entitled "The Relative Freedom of Reaching the Fourth of Seven Steps,” this is offered:

To return to "The Child Ignorance Stage" or "the Child No-Knowing State" is to be free of the roots of all relative misery and suffering and wasted energy and preoccupation and going and doing and zooming. 

Those roots include: constantly searching for something that seems to be missing; constantly using ego-defense mechanisms to defend false identities / ego-states; constantly suffering from the debilitating effects of personality disorders; making life into a second job by constantly engaging in all sorts of "metaphysical exercises" and supposedly "religious and / or spiritual work" and going to services and meetings and studying constantly and working on "self"-improvement and being engaged in the unnatural and the supernatural rather than enjoying the bliss of abiding naturally; 

working constantly to become better, to become something other than what one thinks he or she has been, to be something more than - or something in addition to - what one is; and working to be something other than that which has always been, is, and shall forever be (though none among "the non-Realized" have a clue what that refers to). 

Most who come this way say, "I just want to be happy" or "All I want for my children is that they be happy." They are asked, "When were you last happy, in a totally unconditional manner?" Eventually, the discussion leads them back to "the Child No-Knowing State." 

At that point, happiness happened as long as the basics of food and (dry) clothing and shelter had been met. At that stage, unconditional happiness happened because at that stage there was no wasted energy, no preoccupations, no being driven to go-do-zoom. 

There was no nagging sense that something is missing, so there was no constant drive to search for something; there was no use of ego-defense mechanisms to defend false identities / ego-states; there was no suffering from the debilitating effects of personality disorders; 

there was no making a job out of merely living; there was no engagement in "metaphysical exercises" and supposedly "religious and / or spiritual work"; there was no going to services and meetings and studying constantly and working on "self"-improvement and being engaged in the unnatural and the supernatural rather than enjoying the bliss of abiding naturally; 

there was no working constantly to become better, to become something else; and there was no working to be something more than - or something in addition to - what actually is. No wonder that short period of time is the only time that most on the planet will ever enjoy unconditional happiness. 

TO REVIEW THAT WHICH ONE MUST BE RID OF IN ORDER TO RETURN TO "THE CHILD NO-KNOWING STAGE" AND THEN EXPERIENCE ONCE AGAIN UNCONDITIONAL HAPPINESS: IDEAS, CONCEPTS, BELIEFS AND PERSONALITY 

Some ask why so much attention is paid to personality by Advaitins and why the enneagram personality test and analysis are offered here. A simple understanding of the results of being driven by the unconscious and hidden motivators rooted in personality should make clear the answer. 

Genetic influences notwithstanding, the multiple personalities which humans are assigned or assume are not innate. They develop in response to (1) the abnormal and unnatural influences of the dysfunctionalism that children are exposed to and try to "adjust" to in their families of origin; and, later, to (2) the influences of ignorance-disseminating institutions and cultural "-ism's" and the effects of exposure to a plethora of the entities in all cultures which reinforce the abnormal and unnatural (to which dysfunctional families of "non-realized persons" expose children). 

That which is rooted in a response to the abnormal and unnatural (and which involves no alternative options for making any independent choices or choosing an alternative environment) will also be abnormal and unnatural. And that is what personality is: abnormal and unnatural. What is innate in all humans is an inner sense of that which is authentic and natural.. Because personality develops early on, a sense of self (and, eventually, selves) blocks the awareness of the essence, of what is real, and a sense of the unicity. 

As noted earlier, there is initially a sense of Oneness, though it is not The Sense of Oneness: it happens for the first two years of a child's existence when it identifies with the mother and has no notions about "two-ness" or "duality," assuming that mother-child is "not two" but is "one" instead. Around the age of two, the child has "discovered" its hands and feet and, eventually, its own body that is separate from the body of the mom. 

At that point, another source of a false sense of separation and different-from-ment develops, setting the stage for the child to "find its own identity." Over the next years, the child will be assigned many false identities (will be assigned many false personas / personalities) and will eventually begin to assume many more false identities (false personas / personalities) on its own. [Note: "persona" (Lt.) = "mask," "character," "guise," "role," "facade," "front."] 

Each personality which develops or is assumed separates the child even farther from that initial sense of what is authentic and natural. Eventually, personality will block all awareness of reality as more and more false selves are believed (erroneously) to define "who one is." 

If Advaita pointers are to lead to a "re-Realization" (to a "re-membering") of the real and the authentic, then persons must first eliminate that which blocks the "path" and blocks the awareness of that innate sense of the real and the authentic namely, "a sense of self and selves" . . . a sense that personality / personalities are real . . . a sense that personas are of some benefit rather than one of the forces that generate chaos (and / or desires to control) throughout the relative existence. 

Per the Direct Path Method offered here, the final personality-purging-process happens after completion of the third of seven steps on the "journey" from the false "I" or "I's" to realization of the essence, the real, the authentic, the Oneness. It is there that all false identities must be eliminated - including the roles of "The Religious One," "The Spiritual Giant," "The Knower," "The Supreme," and even "The Seeker" itself. 

"Liberation" refers to the end result of completing the process by which persons are freed from the effects of the assigning or the assumption of false personas which, simultaneously, will liberate them from the desires and fears that are rooted in personality and that produce so much relative chaos and so much longing to control and so much desire for power (and for "a Power" / "God" or "Powers" / "Gods and Goddesses") to help them control: 

Maharaj: "First of all you identify something as being good or bad for yourself. Then, in an effort to acquire good or to get rid of the bad, you have invented a God. Then you worship such a God and . . . you pray to that God for something good to happen to you." 

Have you ever investigated which personality types have been driving you? And to what degree? Do you even know? Are you aware of which specific desire and fear of each type is most adversely impacting your relative existence and contributing to your misery and suffering? Do you know what personality disorders are manifesting alongside the personality types that are driving you? Because personality sets the stage for the manifestation of personality disorders, if personality disorders are not recognized and diagnosed, then more relative instability and chaos are assured. 

So why is this message so alien to the masses, so easily rejected without even the slightest consideration? 

1. Direct Path pointers invite persons to unlearn, not to learn more, and persons are most proud of what they think they know. 

2. Nisarga yoga invites persons to stop trying to live supernaturally / magically / unnaturally and to abide naturally. Who that is proud of his or her supernatural living will even consider that the trapping involved with that process are unnatural and rooted in magical thinking? 

 3. Personality / Persona assumption: Because 97% claim to be affiliated with some religion, they will most assuredly reject Direct Path, Nisargan pointers. 

4. More persona assumption: Add to the 6.79 billion who claim to be religious the millions who claim that they are "not religious" but are "something beyond religious" and "are something that is even better than being religious," namely, "being spiritual." They will reject any talk about non-identification and about living naturally rather than supernaturally. 

5. And because those billions of persons - and also most among those who claim to be seekers of Realization - are proud of their identities or identity or new-found "Identity." Because they are proud, they too will reject any notions that they consider "non-identification" as the actual stepping stone to understanding Truth and understanding the functioning of the totality. 

What pointers did Maharaj offer regarding how to be free of personality and what did he share about how the relative existence will unfold if one merely abandons personality and the desire to live supernaturally rather than naturally (that is, in a nisarga fashion)? 

"All you need is to get rid of the tendency to define your self." 

 "All definitions apply to your body only and to its expressions. Once this obsession with the body goes, you will revert to your natural state, spontaneously and effortlessly." 

"The only difference between us is that I am aware of my natural state, while you are bemused." 

"The final stage of meditation is reached when the sense of identity goes beyond the 'I-am-so-and-so', beyond 'so-I-am', beyond 'I-am-the-witness-only', beyond 'there-is', beyond all ideas into the impersonally personal pure being." 

 "The 'person' is a shell imprisoning you. Break the shell." 

"Once you are quiet, things will begin to happen spontaneously and quite naturally without any interference on your part." 

"Just live your life as it comes, but alertly, watchfully, allowing everything to happen as it happens, doing the natural things the natural way . . . ." 

"By knowing what you are not, you are free of it and remain in your own natural state. It all happens quite spontaneously and effortlessly." 

"What needs be done is being done, in the normal and natural way." 

"All happens as it happens. Calamities, whether natural or man-made, happen." 

"In being, all happens naturally'." 

"In the natural state, silence happens 'spontaneously'"

and

"every experience happens against the background of silence." 

"All search for happiness is misery and leads to more misery. The only happiness worth the name is the natural happiness of conscious being." 

"Turn away from your desires and fears and from the thoughts they create and you are at once in your natural state." 

"Non-identification, when natural and spontaneous, is liberation." 

"You need not know what you are. Enough to know what you are not." 

"What you are you will never know, for every discovery reveals new dimensions to conquer. The unknown has no limits." 

"Go beyond, back to your normal, natural, 'supreme' state." 

"What it means to be natural or normal you do not know; nor do you know that you do not know." 

Again, the very idea 'I am Self-Realised' is a mistake. There is no 'I am this', 'I am that' in the Natural State." 

You are invited to review those pointers one at a time, to enter into quiet contemplation, and to consider what each of those pointers might mean for you. 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

MAHARAJ: “Lightment” vs. Enlightenment, Part “OOOO”

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The blight of humanity is rooted in identification (and “Identification”); the light of humanity involves freedom from identification (and “Identification”).

 In CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE of The Relative Results of Returning to "The Child Ignorance Stage" or "The Child No-Knowing State" entitled Non-Identification, this is offered:

It should be noted that the "liberation via non-identification" which Maharaj spoke of can be attained by reaching the fourth of seven steps on the seven-step "path" to “Full Realization.” If a seeker reaches the end of the third step and shifts into the "Child No-Knowing State," then all phenomenal identities will have been abandoned because the seeker will have seen all that one is not. As Maharaj said, "that is enough."

Yet a state of total "non-identification" will not have been reached even after all phenomenal identities are cast aside because the noumenal identity that so many believe is their "lofty or elevated or noble or special" identity can still be sought, can supposedly be found, and can then remain.

Granted, after the fourth step, the so-called "True Self" or "Real Self" can come into awareness as Pure Witnessing happens. (That is, it can be seen that the terms "True Self" or "Real Self" do not even point to the Pure Witness and actually amount to nothing more than the Pure Witnessing.)

Some seekers will be led by certain gurus to accept as a new identity such labels as "The Absolute," "Brahman," "God," "energy," "energy-matter," "Consciousness," "Awareness," "Something," "SOMETHING!" "the Infinite Self," "The Supreme Self," "The Superlative," "THAT," etc. Yet all of those are still man-made labels generated by persons, labels which can be (a) useful for the sake of discussion only by some but which can be (b) taken as "Ultimate Identities" by others.

In the book FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS though, it is made clear that prior to all that can be thought to be "something" or "Something," there was . . . nothing.

In the "Quotations" book on this site, this is offered:

The ultimate Advaita understanding is that there need not be any understanding. So relax. When a “state” of zero concepts is reached, it is understood that there is no “identity” at all. Where this present universe is, there was a void, so . . .

"Nothing from nothing leaves . . . nothing, not “SOMETHING.”

To reach the fourth step is to know that all man-made labels generated over the millennia by “non-Realized persons” (or by persons and teachers and gurus claiming to be “Realized”) are false. Yes, labels and terms can be used as thorns for the sake of removing other thorns, but in the end, all identification ends if the “Full Understanding” manifests.

All seeking of "my true identity" ends with that understanding, for it is then understood why Maharaj said: "You need not know 'What You Are'. Enough to know what you are not." Even more freeing though is his pointer that "What You Are you will never know, for every discovery reveals new dimensions to conquer. The unknown has no limits."

Seekers who go beyond all phenomenal identifications can move farther along the "path" and trace their roots to the Absolute, yes, but before that Absolute field of energy manifested in "this universe," that Absolute was not present because "this universe" was not present. So where does the avid, super-motivated seeker who cannot stop there look next to find her or his antecedent state?

Other universes. And then? Beyond those. Yet the search for the original root, the original state, is endless (and futile) because there is no beginning to energy-matter, to universes, to anything. The most they could find is . . . the beginninglessness.

That understanding allowed Maharaj to note that he had been present when all universes came into being and when all universes which have come to an end actually ended. 

All which is real is infinite and has forever been, though it has not forever been "here," in this particular universe. Again, Maharaj: "What You Are you will never know, for every discovery reveals new dimensions to conquer. The unknown has no limits." If that is understood, then it becomes clear why the premise of this book is valid:

if the seeker never goes beyond the end of the third step and the transitioning into "the Child No-Knowing State," it is enough. It will be understood why Maharaj said "You need not know 'What You Are'. Enough to know what you are not."

If persons could be free of all body-mind-personality identification, then it would be enough, "enough" being able to abide naturally without the use of ego-defense mechanisms to defend and support illusory and false identities, be they the "bad" ones or the "good" ones or the "Supreme" ones.

If persons could be free of all body-mind-personality identification, then it would also be enough to abide naturally without being driven by the personality disorders discussed herein and enough being free of the relative defects and liabilities and insanity which manifest with personality disorders. To be free of personal identities, one could then abide as naturally and peacefully and freely as the deer that know they are but, beyond that, have no assumed identities;

that have no need to purge their brains of the fiction-filled section that humans call "the mind"; that have no personality and therefore have no personality defects that need to be eliminated; that have no assumed ego-states and therefore use no ego-defense mechanisms; and that cannot be taught ignorance and cannot learn ignorance the way that humans do, leading to the call for the un-teaching that is offered here and the un-learning which “the non-Realized” so desperately require if ignorance is to go and wisdom is to come.

To stop at the point of

 (1) knowing what you are not

and

(2) realizing that "What You Are you will never know, for every discovery reveals new dimensions to conquer" can bring to a halt the tendency of "The Super Seekers" and "The Spiritual Giants" to work forever to find some "lofty" identity and then spend the remainder of the relative trying to convince others that that is their "lofty or elevated or noble or special" identity (which then supposedly makes them "Lofty or Elevated or Noble or Special").

While claiming at that point to know the Oneness and Love, they are (as a result of assuming some Noumenal Identity) more separated from "others" than ever because, in their own "minds," they are different from and better than the masses who do not know what "Lofty or Elevated or Noble or Special" persons think they know.

The fact is, the one that is free of all ego-state assumption (and therefore egotism) makes far better relative company than "The Super Religious Ones" and "The Spiritual Giants" who believe that they are something and they are Really Something. Better to be beyond all relative identification than to be "beyond" and totally out of touch. It is one thing to be in touch with Reality, but if that leaves one out of touch with the reality of the relative existence, then wherefore any actual "benefit"? Note again that it was those types whom Maharaj was addressing when he advised:

First, "All search for happiness is misery and leads to more misery. The only happiness worth the name is the natural happiness of conscious being." The understanding of that pointer will coincide with the shift from the third of seven steps on the "path" and into the freedom of "the Child No-Knowing State." Yet those pointers are far too radical for some and far too simple for others.

Moreover, that understanding will be far too freeing for those who want to live in a fashion that is not natural but who want to try to live in a style that they think is supernatural (i.e., in a super-spiritual mode or in a mode involving magical, metaphysical thinking . . . ignoring the fact that it has always been their thinking which has been the source of all of their relative problems to begin with.)

Once the consciousness has been "blocked" or "warped" or "contaminated," then

the invitation to relax;

the invitation to take it easy;

the invitation to be quiet;

and

the invitation to be as calm as the deer that is resting in "the cool, blue shade"

are all taken to be invitations

which are . . . insane;

which are being offered by one who appears to be out of touch;

which are being offered by one who appears to be naive;

which are being offered by one who seems not to understand what persons are up against;

and

which are being offered by one who seems not to have realized as much as others have realized.

The fact: the one who knows not knows not that he knows not, and the one who is totally sure that he knows it all is actually one who knows nothing at all.

So it is, but so it need not be.

To be continued.

Please enter into the silence of contemplation.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MAHARAJ: “Lightment” vs. Enlightenment, Part “NNNN”

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As this series moves closer to its end, a key point will be reviewed. In CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT of The Relative Results of Returning to "The Child Ignorance Stage" or "The Child No-Knowing State" entitled If Only You Can Reach at Least the Fourth of Seven Steps, this is offered:

If you only reach the fourth step of seven on the "path" from identification with the false "I" to abidance as the Absolute (that is, if you only reach the Child Ignorance Stage or the Child No-Knowing Stage), then you will still have transitioned beyond body-mind-personality identification. No personality (or persona, role, character, actor, ego-state, false self, guise, facade, front, or individual) will be erroneously assumed as an identity; 

furthermore, there can no longer be even the slightest sign of any pretense, cover-up, deception, disguise, pose, impersonation, pretending, subterfuge, concealment, scheme, plot or masquerade. There will be no belief that you can become something other than that which you have been, are, and shall forever be, and what that s involves no who-ness, no self-ness, non-Selfness. Please consider again the pointer offered earlier: 

After having seen the results of the personality disorders that follow the development of personality, and after having seen the relative effects of the assignment or assumption of personalities / personas as identities, is it not clear why the invitation here is to at least "go back" as far as "The Child Ignorance Stage" / "The Child No-Knowing State" and then abide in a manner that is free of concepts and beliefs, free of a fiction-filled "mind," and free of the personalities that are at the root of all of the ignorance and chaos and mental disorders and insanity that plague the relative existence on this planet? 

Only then can one return to that earlier state of happiness that allowed for the enjoyment of unconditional happiness (as long as the most basic needs of food and clothing and shelter were met). Now, consider that state and what it can offer to an adult presently engaged in "seeking." 

Consider also the condition of the consciousness during the early days of its manifestation in any given space or form, as discussed in the introduction to this book: There comes with each form or space a seed of consciousness. One property of that seed is "conscious-of-ness," that is, the ability to be conscious of consciousness. That property of the seed allows the form to be conscious of itself, that is, to be conscious of its beingness ... of its present existence . . . of its Is-ness . . . of its AM-ness. 

Another property of the seeds of consciousness when manifested early on is to be aware of the unicity, the Oneness; thus, over a period of approximately 20-24 months, a child senses that it is its mother and that its mother is it. One. No separation. No duality. 

As the child enters into that age bracket from two to three - an age span known in some cultures as "the Terrible Two's" - a shift occurs. The shift is discussed in detail in the author's book on "Programming," but the short version is this: 

During the early no-mind phase referred to herein as "The Child Ignorance Stage" or "The Child No-Knowing State," the child is witnessing in a subject-object manner but is also witnessing purely (that is, the child is sensing the Oneness). 

The child takes that familiar voice that was heard while the child was in the womb - and then takes the source of that voice that the child finally sees during the post-womb days - to be the child itself . . . its self. That identification with the mother continues until the child begins to take notice of its own body and begins to notice that its body is separate from the mother's body. 

As a result, the child begins automatically to develop a sense of self without ever having chosen to do so. Only Subject-Object Witnessing remains because the earlier form of "Pure Witnessing" which sensed the Oneness comes to an end. With that belief, a sense of duality begins, spontaneously, at that point. Everything that the child will be taught from that point on will reinforce a sense of duality and separation and distance while pushing the individual - the developing persona / personas - farther and farther away from that original sense of the Oneness. 

Soon, the desires of that "individuated self" take preference over the wishes of the mother, and what was labeled as "mommie's little angel" turns into what will be labeled as a "Terrible Two" or a "little devil." Then an onslaught of programming and conditioning - alongside a heavy dose of domestication and acculturation - begins as efforts are made to teach the child who it is, what it is, what is right and wrong, what is okay and not okay, what the child must stop doing, and what the child should always do instead. 

At that point, the seeds of learned ignorance take root and begin to form a "mind" that will be filled with fiction and non-truths and myth-and-superstition-based teachings that are presented as "the gospel truth" . . . as "the never-to-be-questioned truth." The seeds of ignorance at that point take root and begin to choke out the seeds of pure consciousness. 

The result is the "contaminated mind" which blocks the consciousness, blocks it from seeing clearly. The process that is presented by the author is a seven-step process of "going back" to the weed-free condition that existed prior to being subjected to the learned ignorance that came via programming, conditioning, domestication, and acculturation, but even if only four of seven steps are completed, an amazing shift can happen: 

Maharaj: "By knowing what you are not, you are free of it and remain in your own natural state. It all happens quite spontaneously and effortlessly" 

and 

Maharaj: "You need not know 'What You Are'. Enough to know what you are not." 

It is at the end of the third of the seven steps offered here that you will come to know what you are not, and that itself can be enough. The result of programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, indoctrination and brainwashing is that all persons who are subjected to nonsense early on will try to abide supernaturally (a.k.a., unnaturally and abnormally) as opposed to abiding naturally. 

The process of going back with your guide / guru to that earlier "blank tablet" state is that the guru can hit a "reset button," so to speak, and the process can unfold again but, this time, in the natural way that does not result in the acceptance of nonsensical ideas and concepts and beliefs and falsehoods as truth. 

The "path" to Realization provides a means that is similar to the way by which a garden can be cleansed of weeds. In the case of the earnest seeker, the weeds can be cleared away so that the seeds of consciousness can bloom in the natural way that would have happened in the absence of being taught nonsense: 

Maharaj: "This work of mental self-purification, the cleansing of the psyche, is essential" 

and 

"Being free from the false is 'good' in itself; it wants no reward. It is just like being clean - which is its own reward." 

The invitation is to clean out the weeds (the nonsense) from the mental garden so that the seeds of consciousness can bloom in the way that nature intended: naturally. 

When nisarga, natural living happens, you will not believe that you are something that you are not, and you will not believe that you can become something other than - or in addition to - what is real. And what is the relative existence like after that understanding comes? Consider: 

Maharaj: "By knowing what you are not, you are free of it and remain in your own natural state. It all happens quite spontaneously and effortlessly." 

When the child's basic requirements of food and (dry) clothing and shelter were met, there were no desires and fears (which are a product of personality assumption and the fiction-filled "mind" that is the storehouse of personalities and personal, false identities). 

The invitation from Maharaj: "Turn away from your desires and fears and from the thoughts they create and you are at once in your natural state." Then there will be no need to search for happiness for one will be abiding in the same state of unconditional happiness that was last experienced while in "the Child No-Knowing State": 

Maharaj: "All search for happiness is misery and leads to more misery. The only happiness worth the name is the natural happiness of conscious being." But "the natural happiness of conscious being" cannot come when one believes that he or she is "being this" or "being that," and it cannot come when one has not been liberated from the driving, controlling, subconscious forces of the hidden agendas of personality: 

Again, Maharaj: "Non-identification, when natural and spontaneous, is liberation. You need not know 'What You Are'. Enough to know what you are not. What you are you will never know, for every discovery reveals new dimensions to conquer. The unknown has no limits." 

The last time that the vast majority of persons who make up the non-Realized masses were enjoying the unconditional happiness of "non-identification" was when they were two years old. 

Whatever your current age, hasn't it been long enough since that unconditional happiness was last enjoyed? 

Are you tired enough of not being able to be as happy as you were then that you are now willing to make this "final journey" and be done with all that is presently blocking your opportunity to enjoy that unconditional brand of happiness again? 

It is possible. 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MAHARAJ: “Lightment” vs. Enlightenment, Part “MMMM”

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Yesterday: 

The entire notion that you have become better, that you have become something really "good" or super religious or super spiritual, that you have really become SOMETHING (and "Something Special"), differs not at all from the same kind of deception and self-deception which plagues the totally non-Realized masses and which triggers use of the same ego-defense mechanisms (such as egotism and arrogance) employed by anyone assuming an ego-state as an identity 

and 

completion of the entire "journey" to "Full Realization" does not result in egotism and arrogance and narcissism being replaced by (always-false) "humility" or (always-false) "modesty" for those are nothing more than the opposite extreme of the "egotistical vs. humble" duality. 

Here, the ability to abide in a constant and unswerving non-dual manner was first modeled by my paternal grandmother, a Cherokee who also used the natural-medicine methods of healing which had been passed down to her. While the parents of my peers were passing down to their children the nonsense which was - and still is - part and parcel of the warped “American psyche” which is the primary legacy which adults leave to their offspring, Grandmother began giving to me as early as the age of five my inheritance from her, namely, her non-dual wisdom. Did I “get it” at that age? 

Some parts, yes. Most parts, no. Yet just as she planted seeds in her huge garden several times a year, she also planted her seeds of consciousness within me during the years we spent together in her small East Texas cabin and in the surrounding forest. (See the “Cherokee Grandmother Book” page at the top for more information about that). Some of those seeds would begin to bloom immediately, even as a full awareness of that fact may not have manifested. Some of those seeds lay dormant for years but would spring forth later on. 

Much of what she plowed in my brain, and many of the clods in my mind which she tried to harrow, would remain unsown for years, but what she did plant would eventually be triggered and would produce the nourishment which would allow the understanding to bloom and to grow and to be reaped later on. 

In between, there were years of “selling out,” of buying into the nonsense, of playing the game, of strutting about on the stage of the “Theater of the Lie,” but the seeds she had planted within would also inspire me at certain points to stop, to pause, to reflect, and to turn away from the phoniness of this culture and to turn back toward the authenticity which was always on display by her during my earliest years. 

For years, the journey here involved being on the path at times but then straying off the clear and unobstructed way which she modeled and moving for a time through areas obstructed by thorny brambles and impenetrable obstacles which would eventually force me to stop, to go back, to reverse, and to find once more the original path she had pointed out to me, a path which makes the journey so much lighter and easier. 

When did I most often stray onto those sidetracks with their thorny brambles and impenetrable obstacles? When being driven by concepts rather than abiding in the nisargan / natural fashion which was Grandmother’s legacy to me. Some 27 years ago or so when I began sharing earnestly the non-dual understanding, the silence was entered into in order to reflect on those times spent off the clear and unobstructed path and in order to find which concepts were exerting the most influence during those periods of heaviness and strain and, yes, even chaos. 

Of all of the concepts which were considered, the one which was seen to have exerted the most debilitating effects, relatively speaking, was the concept of “success.” 

So many ego-states, be they ones thought to be "virtuous" or be they ones thought to be "sinful," be they ones thought to be “good” or be they ones thought to be “bad” – are all preoccupied with the concept of “success.” 

Some modern-day “gurus” who are on what they call the non-dual lecture circuit or non-dual book tours or non-dual seminars have written books and offer talks on such topics as “10 Secrets for Success” and “The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire” and “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams” as well as a near-endless assortment of other topics which are all evidence of the fact they that have missed the non-dual understanding completely. 

As with all concepts, “success” is the fertilizer which feeds and nurtures so many ego-states. All display to one degree or another the nine basic personality types identified by the enneagram method. 

The Type One Perfectionist and The Type Five Knower both want to succeed at knowing it all, and the former always wants to use that knowledge to “reform the world.” 

The Type Two Helper wants to succeed at using helping and saving and rescuing in order to manipulate people to love them. 

The Type Three Achiever wants to succeed at all things and then be applauded for having done so. 

The Type Four (either The Romantic One or The Authentic One) wants to succeed at either escaping or at finding the Authentic Self. 

The Type Six Dependent / Co-Dependent One want to succeed at finding someone or some institution to take care of him or her. 

The Type Seven Adventurer wants to succeed at having fun and escaping. 

The Type Eight Boss / Control Freak wants to succeed at being in total control of people, places and things. 

And Type Nines want to succeed at avoiding anything which might interrupt their peace or which might cause them to have to go out of their way for someone else or something else.

Per the Enneagram Institute, Threes are self-assured, attractive, charming, ambitious, competent, and energetic. They can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement and can also be overly-concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness.  

Three’s often assume Type One Perfectionist traits which drive them to believe that they are perfect and they must always be perfect. They believe that they must forever succeed and never fail. All persons on the planet develop some of those Type Three characteristics.

The belief system that one must always succeed will lead to trying to be a successful student, a successful business person, a success mate, a successful parent, and / or a successful (“Super”) religious or spiritual person; a successful (“Super”) politician; a successful (“Super”) athlete; a successful (“Super”) person in pageants; a successful (“Super”) model; a successful (“Super”) leader in the neighborhood; a successful (“Super”) cop, war hero, teacher, philosopher, non-dualist . . . whatever. 

In most societies, the goal of parents is to make sure that their children are "a success" rather than "a failure." "The Successful One" is one of the earliest personas assigned and is one which most persons will cling to the longest. The notion of success becomes an integral part of the psyche, and failure is anathema. 

The drive to be seen as a success keeps persons in heavy, abusive relationships and marriages; keeps them in abusive and unfulfilling jobs; keeps them in useless groups for ten or twenty or thirty years in order to gain a reputation of being a great success; moreover, it is their desire for success (and their fear of failure) which makes most owners, CEO’s, managers, bosses, directors, executives, administrators, supervisors, chiefs, etc. into total pains in the butt. 

To be driven by a belief in any concept is to assure that one’s relative existence is going to be heavy, anxiety-driven, and arrogance-cursed, but of all of the concepts which are driving most persons, the concept of 

“success,” 

and 

the endless quest for success, 

and 

the drive to avoid “failure” at all cost 

may well belong at the top of the list of ideas which make for a very heavy relative existence. 

Again, the entire notion that you must succeed at “becoming better,” that you must succeed at “becoming something really ‘good’ or super religious or super spiritual,” and that you must succeed at “really becoming SOMETHING (and ‘Something Special’),” differs not at all from the same kind of deception and self-deception which plagues the totally “non-realized masses” and which triggers use of the same ego-defense mechanisms (such as egotism and arrogance) employed by anyone assuming ego-states as identities and assuming that her or his ego-states are all a total “success” 

 and 

completion of the entire "journey" to “Full Realization” does not result in egotism and arrogance and narcissism being replaced by (always-false) "humility" or (always-false) "modesty" for those are nothing more than the opposite extreme of the "egotistical vs. humble" duality. 

So much for being “A Success,” and so much for being a “success” at all things and in all ways. 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

MAHARAJ: “Lightment” vs. Enlightenment, Part “LLLL”

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How can one constrained or imprisoned ever enjoy a true sense of lightness? One cannot. Maharaj would eventually shift from (a) suggesting that not being “spiritual” is a key contributor to feeling constrained or imprisoned to (b) pointing out that it is the mind and its content - and the psychological problems which are generated by the content of the mind - which cause persons to become constrained and imprisoned. 

John Milton said in the 1600’s: "The mind . . . in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven” 

and 

Richard Lovelace said, also in the 1600’s, “Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.” What does? The mind, he said. 

Maharaj said in the 1980’s: " . . . The mind obscures and distorts" 

and 

"It is the mind that creates illusion" 

and 

"There is no such thing as peace of mind. Mind means disturbance. Restlessness itself is mind." 

In CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX of the book The Relative Results of Returning to "The Child Ignorance Stage" or "The Child No-Knowing State" entitled The Constraints of "Somethingness" vs. the Freedom of "Nothingness," this is offered: 

Two final points are being offered for especial consideration: 

A. The entire notion that you have become better, that you have become something really "good" or super religious or super spiritual, that you have really become SOMETHING (and "Something Special"), differs not at all from the same kind of deception and self-deception which plagues the totally "non-realized masses" and which triggers use of the same ego-defense mechanisms (such as egotism and arrogance) which are employed by anyone assuming an ego-state as an identity. 

B. Completion of the entire "journey" to "Full Realization" does not result in egotism and arrogance and narcissism being replaced by (always-false) "humility" or (always-false) "modesty" for those are nothing more than the opposite extreme of the "egotistical vs. humble" duality. The full discussion of "the Reality of 'no concept,' of 'no duality,' of 'no something,' and even of 'no nothing' is provided in the book "From the ABSOLUTE to the NOTHINGNESS," but a few pointers from that work are relevant to these final pointers so they will be shared here for your consideration. 

First, one pointer from that book explains why persons who will stumble across this site and see the topic will usually leave the site posthaste: "Some will feel that their 'true identity' is being minimized and not recognized for the glorious post-manifestation 'SOMETHING' that it is . . . all 'heavenly' and 'celestial' and 'splendid' . . . maybe even 'saintly' or 'godly' or 'cherubic' or 'spiritual' or 'divine' or 'holy' or 'something' which they believe will be 'even above and beyond' all of that." 

Though Maharaj made clear that he had reached a state of "zero concepts" and "no beliefs" and then invited his visitors to do the same, few ever accepted the invitation and completed the entire "journey" required to reach that state. The reason why it is addressed in "Nothingness": 

"Whether your identity is of a phenomenal nature or a noumenal nature in your ‘mind,’ your preoccupation with it is evidence of the fact that you hold in esteem either that which you currently believe you are, or that SOMETHING which you think you shall be forever, or both. In fact, when a ‘state’ of zero concepts is reached, it is understood that there is no ‘identity’ at all. It is also realized from that ‘state’ that there is nothing deserving any esteem at all, contrary to the tendency among the non-Realized to demand that they be shown ‘the honor they deserve’." 

Then, for those seekers who would reach the “final level” of understanding and who are capable of reaching the zero concepts “state,” this is offered: " 'Absolute,' 'THAT,' 'Brahman,' 'God,' 'energy,' 'energy-matter,' 'Consciousness,' 'Awareness,' and 'SOMETHING' are still man-made labels generated by persons; however, since Awareness is not even aware of awareness (or anything else) what justification can be offered for being 'concerned' with any of those labels, if 'Fully Realized'?" 

Here, the invitation is to abandon unnatural living and to abandon attempts to abide in a "supernatural" fashion (which is always rooted in magical thinking and which always generates even more magical, delusional thinking) and to then abide in a nisarga (natural) fashion. The deer and birds and fish that abide naturally assume no identity, work to maintain no images and no false identities, and care not a whit about "finding out 'Who or What They Truly Are'." 

Only programmed persons need undertake that quest. To abandon the ego and egotism-based preoccupation with both self-focus and Self-focus can allow natural abidance to happen. And such natural abidance happens - and works quite well - for all of the trillions and trillions of life-forms on this planet with only one exception: the seven-billion persons who have been programmed, conditioned, domesticated, acculturated, and taught what is thought to be "knowledge" but which is really nothing more than learned ignorance. 

Once all of those non-facts are assumed to be facts, then the condition of "non-Realized persons / personas" is exactly as described by Sara Gruen in "Water for Elephants": "Then you believe them, and before you know it, they're a part of your history, and if someone challenges you on them and says they're not true -- why, then you get offended." 

Once offended, as happens when a series such as this is read by those who are sure that they are "something" and "Something" and "Something Spiritual," and "Something Different and Special," the "love" they speak of disappears and what is revealed is their capacity to hate, as explained in "Nothingness": 

"They hate hearing that their entire existence is all much ado about nothing. They despise being told that they have been fooled. They hate pointers dealing with purposelessness and meaninglessness. They hate pointers which suggest that all of those times when they made mountains out of molehills were rooted in pure foolishness. 

"They hate the notion of 'nothingness' and thrive on all their concepts that deal with 'somethingness.' They hate hearing that their beliefs and their concepts are fiction. They hate when their dualistic belief in their own eternal reward is exposed as a fraud or when their belief in an eternal punishment for their enemies is debunked. 

"They bristle when it is pointed out that their 'life-long' attempts to defend their various concepts have amounted to nothing more than a waste of breath. They hate to hear that the energy spent in trying to make their views understood and accepted was for naught. They can become livid when it is noted that their actions (which earned applause from the masses who considered those actions to be 'accomplishments') were for nil. 

"They despise the pointer that no one has ever 'made the world a better place' as a result of any action. They are offended when it is suggested that the naming of streets after them, that the building of statues in their honor, and that the construction of libraries built to house evidence of their 'achievements' amounts to just so much rubbish. They reject any suggestion that the desire to extend in perpetuity the memory of them and their 'identity' is mere tripe." 

So it is, but so it need not be. 

Nothing said by "floyd" or by Floyd can offend you. Nothing said by anyone can offend You. The only thing that can believe that it has been offended is the false-you . . . the not-You . . . the false-you's. Which part of the composite unity triad of air / earth elements / temporarily-manifested-conscious-energy could any words possibly offend? No part. What can erroneously perceive what seems to be offensive? Only the false identities which are housed in the fiction-filled "mind." 

The antidote to offense and hatred? A complete purging of all of the false beliefs and bogus concepts that have been accumulated, followed by abidance as the no-concept, no-idea, zero beliefs, no-programming, no-conditioning, no-identity, nothingness-understanding, non-dual Reality. 

To be continued. 

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