Tuesday, April 17, 2007

ADVAITA TEACHINGS: Relevant, or Not? Part Four

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[Topical Note: As this discussion of the relevance of the Teachings is underway, what may prove to be a prime example of relevance was presented yesterday on the Virginia Tech campus. The pointer will be clear to those familiar with the excerpts shared recently on this site from the book THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS “PEACE OF MIND” (There’s Only Peace if You’re Out of Your Mind). In a telephone conversation with Mark Houston yesterday, it was suggested that when the details behind the shooting are revealed, it might be found that the shooter was not clinically insane. It might be found instead that the shooter was trapped in an ego-state that he thought was being hurt, interfered with, or threatened. Mark, having spent years encouraging persons to discard their false identities, agreed. The need for the Teachings and the Understanding may be evidenced once more, but few will ever find this solution.]

From a site visitor: OK, so I read the posts from the last days, and you did admit that the I AM is a part of the I AM THAT I AM, so the question is, how is any of that talk about consciousness and witnessing have any relevance to the I AM I’m trying to navigate through? Tom

SUMMATION:

1. Everyone is on a “journey”—on a search—but only a few can establish a distance that allows them to witness objectively exactly what they are doing and exactly what is driving them. Though many might reach a point where they exclaim, “I don’t even know who I am!” few will find a teacher that can guide them to the answer.

2. Nonsensical programming will drive most persons to behave in foolish ways. Persons believe they can list exactly what will “make them happy,” but all of their listings are based in culturally-defined “norms” that are totally abnormal.

3. You have no needs. You already Are That which you seek.

4. Because that is not understood, persons are on a search instead for (wrongly-defined) "love" and happiness in all the wrong places.

5. To think that "another" person can “fulfill you” is co-dependent, dualistic nonsense.

6. If you believe that someone can “make you happy,” you will find at some point that you have also empowered the same person to make you miserable.

7. Whatever you like for a time will eventually make you miserable.

8. Whatever you most like will make you most miserable.

9. Personas are in a constant state of flux, so happiness and unhappiness will constantly “come and go.” You are caught up in this play in consciousness, and it has many characters…some of which you play and others which you take to be real. In that fictional play, there is no stability. I, the Absolute, Am complete stabilization. You, taking the relative to be real, feel incomplete; you are trapped in turmoil and flux. As a result of that constant fluctuation, your favorite sinner will become an intolerable saint, or your beloved saint will become your most despised sinner.

10. Such is the relative existence for those trapped in false identities and experiencing the fluctuations of a relative existence that is happening without fixation as the Absolute. In your attachment to the play and the drama and the roles, you will walk the stage of the Drama of the Lie and be the mouthpiece of “the something” and the “someones.” I function as the mouthpiece of the Nothingness and the Void.

11. Being free of the play, and having transcended subject-object witnessing, I see only My Self in You and in all that seems to appear. I see neither saint nor sinner. There are no “others.”

12. As a result of the fluctuations that mark the relative existence, all of your “relationship experiences” will be marked by the instability of this continuum: stranger -> acquaintance -> friend -> best friend -> lover -> spouse -> one’s beloved -> eventually, irritating spouse -> enemy -> ex-spouse -> mortal enemy. And even if the role of “ex-spouse” is not reached, the fluctuations in periods of happiness and periods of unhappiness will continue as you try to do the impossible, namely, "relate to" That Which You actually Are.

13. Only the Realized are fixed, stable, and freed from all of that shifting, freed from all of the variety of roles being played, freed of the sturm und drang of an existence marred by “things relative” and devoid of the understanding of the Absolute.

14. Only the objective witness can “see clearly” and reveal to persons what they are doing, and why.

15. To be able to witness your self and Your Self requires the transitioning of “The Seven Degrees of Separation from Reality.” [See FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE]

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