From a site visitor: I’ve looked at this Advaita Vedanta thing long enough to figure out that Realization leaves you cold and and uncaring. I’d rather feel bad ever now and then so I can feel good most of the rest of the time. To hell with people who are cold and uncaring.
F.: The misunderstanding you have shown has been discussed on the site before, but your comments will be addressed nevertheless. You have provided evidence once more of the fact that (a) it is persons who draw conclusions without facts and that (b) it is persons who express very strong opinions on experiences that they have never had. Realize first and then discuss what it is like to be Realized.
The Realized do not emote since emotional intoxication is restricted to the realm of persons/personas/personality; yet the Realized—in the AS IF style of living—feel far more, love far move, and care far more than any non-Realized person. Once you know the unicity, then all that happens to all also happens to the Realized. The following pointer was offered earlier on this site:
Ego is believing that there’s a vast multiplicity arranged in a hierarchy and that you’re the pinnacle; humility is knowing that you’re nothing, no-thing; love is knowing that You, with a capital ‘Y,’ Are everything.
The Realized feel, but the feelings are witnessed as they rise and fall…without attachment, without emotional intoxication, and without triggering a chain of destructive actions and reactions (all the stuff of the relative existence, of course). The following pointer, however, was also offered to a site visitor who asked, “Can you, from the position of “As If Living” that follows Full Realization, feel and share Unconditional Love?” The answer:
Not only can You, but You shall. In fact, once again, no choice will be involved. It will just happen...spontaneously and unequivocally.
Last night, the news reported that men in Zambia are knowingly passing along their AIDS infections to young girls who are selling their virginity to earn money for food. The men are buying their virginity because they believe that sex with a virgin will cure AIDS. The reporter also discussed the high child-mother mortality rates in Zambia. They showed women lying on dirt floors as they give birth; they reported that women are using pieces of sawgrass to cut umbilical cords, thereby contracting infections and dying from sepsis.
Then, the reporter showed a sixty-cent “birthing kit” that contains a piece of plastic that a woman could lie on during the birthing process to prevent contact with the dirt and a sterile razor blade that could be used to cut the cord without causing infection. When the contents of the sixty-cent bag are used, mother and child have a 13 times greater chance of surviving, but most women cannot afford the bag. Fifty-percent of the time, they and their child will die for lack of a piece of plastic and a razor blade.
The Realized, watching that report and literally being the unicity, felt exactly what the mothers felt as 50% of their children die within five days of birth. The Realized, literally being the unicity, know exactly how the teen girls feel when they are informed that they have been knowingly infected. Those who watched that report and felt no tightening of the throat or a knotting of the stomach were not the Realized, so you are now invited to figure out who the persons are on the planet who are actually “cold and uncaring.”
Furthermore, because persons project their truth onto others, any who are pointing a finger toward the Realized and making charges about being “cold and uncaring” are revealing their own true nature…not the nature of the Realized. You are invited to take your own inventory before taking the inventory of “others”…or not. You are invited to consider questioning your self rather than “others”…or not. You are invited to actually have an experience before you draw conclusions about that experience…or not. And again, you are invited to Realize first and then discuss what it is like to be Realized…or not. Please enter the silence of contemplation.
TOMORROW: Consciousness Is
NOTE: Some have e-mailed to say they’re trying to select some readings but don’t know where to begin after seeing all the options offered on the site. This is for them:
WORKING ON LEARNING TO QUESTION IT ALL AND BEING FREE OF THE FALSE (BUT HONORED) CONCEPTS AND BELIEFS OF YOUR CULTURE?
Read IT’S ALL BULLSHIT (<-- click here for synopsis)
WORKING ON BEING FREE OF RELIGIOUS PROGRAMMING AND DOGMA? Read SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY(<-- click here for synopsis)
WORKING ON BEING FREE OF BODY AND MIND IDENTIFICATION? Read WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE? (<-- click here for synopsis)
WORKING ON BEING FREE OF MIND AND PERSONALITY IDENTIFICATION? Read LIBERATION (<-- click here for synopsis)
Read THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS “PEACE OF MIND” (<-- click here for synopsis)
WORKING ON “THE FINAL PIECE” AND PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER? Read THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS (<-- click here for synopsis)
Read FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality) (<-- click here for synopsis)
WORKING ON ISSUES ARISING IN RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE NON-REALIZED AND ON FINDING SOLUTIONS TO “RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS”? Read CASTING LIGHT ON THE DARK SIDE OF RELATIONSHIPS (<-- click here for synopsis)
INTERESTED IN A NOVEL STARRING A REALIZED ADVENTURER?
Read THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF WARS (<-- click here for synopsis)
INTERESTED IN A NOVEL WITH A CHARACTER WHO EVOLVES FROM A LIFE OF MISERY TO THE PEACE OF REALIZATION?
Read: The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders
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INTERESTED IN RESTORING FINANCIAL SANITY AND USING A ZEN APPROACH TO HANDLING FINANCES BY USE OF A METHOD THAT HAS A PROVEN RECORD?
Read LIVING WITHIN YOUR MEANS (<-- click here for synopsis)
Read ENDING FINANCIAL PROBLEMS (<-- click here for synopsis)
INTERESTED IN AN ADVAITA VEDANTA RETREAT? (<-- click here for information)