Tuesday, July 31, 2007

CONSCIOUSNESS IN MOTION: A Journey into the Dark Abyss of the “Mind,” Part Two

[Continued from 27 July 2007]
F.: Before venturing for a few moments into three “minds” (which are being presented as examples of what happens when the corrupted consciousness engages in its constant movement and generates distorted perspectives), this caution is offered: NEVER compare. Comparing is dualistic to the core; furthermore, if the result of a comparison leads you to believe that you’re “not as bad off as others,” then your “journey” can come to a halt as egotism persuades you that “you are doing so much better than everyone else.” If you find that you are “much worse off than others,” then the angst around that can end the “journey.”

While not to be used for the sake of comparison, neither are the examples of corrupted consciousness being presented as some kind of litmus test for levels of corruption. The consciousness in motion in these three illustrations shows no evidence of having been re-purified, but they are certainly not among the severe cases of bastardized consciousness that have been witnessed over the last eighteen years.

Finally, note that these examples deal far less with specific persons and far more with the masses at large who—functioning from the auspices of their warped consciousness—are totally devoid of logic and reason, totally unstable, and totally unable to tap into the inner resource, the sixth sense, or the natural, intuitive guidance that formerly served humankind for millions of years.

The speakers will not be identified, though all three have shared these thoughts publicly on more than one occasion. Their words, which allow access to their thoughts as the “stream of warped consciousness” flows, reveal three persons who are totally embroiled in the machinations of their “minds”:

CASE #1
Let’s go back to the beginning, Floyd: I graduated from college and got a teaching job like I had always wanted. I loved my job, I loved the kids, I loved my peers, I hated the pay. Once I married, her income with mine made things OK. Then she got pregnant—three times in seven years—and quit work. The pressure started building up. One person couldn’t live on my salary, much less five. I started hating my job because it didn’t pay enough and I started resenting all of the financial responsibilities I faced. Of course I love my wife and kids but I have to admit that on occasion I have resented them too.

Problems got worse and then fights with my wife got worse. We went to a relative’s minister for counseling but his answer was to join the church and we’d find peace. We went for a year and things only got worse. Now, both of us are too frustrated and worn out to try to make the other one happy. A while back, I got pulled into an emotional affair at work that became a full-blown affair. People found out. I started resenting the gossipy faculty. Several more affairs followed. I would not have sex with my wife for days after each encounter because I hate using condoms and I always wanted to make sure I was clear so I wouldn’t pass on anything to my wife if I caught something.

Many days now, I don’t want to go home. I drink a lot before I even show up at the house. Some days I wish no one would be there when I pull into the drive. I don’t sleep at night because I’m angry about not being able to be with some of the other women I care about, I’m worried about money, and I’m worried about losing my job because I’m raging at the students in the classroom big time. I can name a lot more things that I hate than I love, a lot more things I’d like to have than I’ve got. It’s becoming pretty obvious that I missed the boat.


If this site were about nothing but analytical, behavioral, or differential psychology, the case above could be used to discuss the principles of those three areas of psychology for the next several months. Let it suffice to say that when that person was invited to consider that his words exposed self-absorption and dominance by the many false selves he had adopted, his visits ended. (Cassius asked Brutus, “Brutus, can you see yourself?” When Brutus answered in the negative, Cassius said, "Then let me be your mirror.” The speaker above continues to live in the mirror instead of having moved through the looking glass.)
In the meantime, the warped consciousness of one person's "mind" does not affect that one person alone, relatively speaking, but bastardizes the surrounding consciousness with its toxins as well. The majority of the students that head to his class each day are probably trying to decide whether to enter his room or to seek out a quiet place on campus where they sit down and slit their wrists.

It’s so easy to understand that “things aren’t always the way they appear” when a respected politician’s lies are exposed; when it’s learned that the esteemed director of Christian education in a church was secretly praying every day for a year that her husband would die; or when the “most wonderful son-in-law I could have wished for” turns out to be the murderer of his wife...of that speaker's daughter. The non-Realized are totally incapable of seeing that things are never the way they appear to be. The facts in Case #1 above are the exact opposite of the way the speaker perceptives things, but he is certain that his problems are caused by “others,” that he in not self-absorbed, and that he is not trapped in any personas.

So the instability of the warped consciousness is illustrated, along with proof that the Advaitin teacher spoke accurately when he said, “A dual-minded person is unstable in all ways.” Instability cannot be compartmentalized. Case 1's “love-hate,” “care about-resent,” “want-don’t want” fluctuations are typical of the warped consciousness that is forever in motion and forever generating misperceptions. The example also supports the pointer that it is much easier to accumulate than it is to de-accumulate.

Now, forget that example and focus on the consciousness that you are. Is it in movement? Does it vacillate between states of “I’m happy-I’m not happy”; between states of “I want that-I don’t want that”; and between the confusion of “I like that person-I can’t stand that person”? If you are experiencing instability and vacillation to any degree, the “journey” to Reality if for you. Please enter the silence of contemplation.
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  • Saturday, July 28, 2007

    Schedule Change

    F.: Apologies for the short notice, but an invitation to work with two groups in Louisiana arrived. The series on consciousness-in-motion, therefore, will continue on Tuesday. Please visit some of the postings on this page or the archives or...
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    Friday, July 27, 2007

    CONSCIOUSNESS IN MOTION: A Journey into the Dark Abyss of the “Mind,” Part One

    F.: The consciousness, whether corrupted or not, is always in motion. The more that the consciousness is corrupted, the more it moves. The more purified it is, the less it moves. Ultimately, for peace to happen, the consciousness must be re-purified to the degree that it can see all untruth, can be free of belief in all concepts, and can then undertstand the truth of Reality. At that point, even the Am-ness is transcended and abidance happens as the Absolute.

    Some seek to move into the samadhi state, revealing they have yet to Realize fully. Among the Realized, such movement ends. Full Realization is marked by stabilization, so there is no “entering into samadhi” and no “leaving samadhi.” Instability is instability.

    Beginning tomorrow, site visitors will be allowed to see how the warped consciousness produces a conglomeration of lies and distortions and untruths called the “mind.” Then, you will be allowed to see how the illusions of “the mind” generate the constant movement of the contaminated consciousness and arouse thoughts that prevent peace during the day, that interrupt sleep at night, and that guarantee instability for the entire manifestation if the seven-step journey to Reality is not completed.

    Many Advaitin pointers deal with the corruption of the consciousness and the requirement to reject identification with the body and the “mind” in order to begin the “journey” to Full Realization. So many want to "still the mind," but the title of the book There’s No Such Thing As “Peace of Mind” points to the fact that consciousness is always in motion. The movements of contaminated consciousness generate the highest levels of stress and instability and disharmony and suffering and chaos, but even the movements of the non-contaminated consciousness can generate unsteadiness. Only by first focusing on the "I Am" only, and then eventually transcending even that concentration on the “I AM,” can abidance as the Absolute happen and can all unevenness end.

    The levels of corruption of the consciousness vary, often with age: the longer the period of manifestation, the more likely is the chance for increased exposure to the corrupting elements of programming, conditioning and enculturation. Only if the “mind” has been rejected and then all of the remaining steps to Full Realization have been completed can one abide in the fixed state of the Absolute and be exempt from emotional intoxication and from the fluctuations of consciousness in motion.

    Many suppose that the levels of disharmony that are generated by the “mind” and discussed on this site only apply to those in the deepest stages of personality disorders or to those who are clinically insane. That is not the case. Years of dealing with thousands of seekers has allowed the re-purified consciousness to witness the corrupted consciousness in motion, and the effects of that corruption have been observed in sessions with persons from all “levels” of society, including…

    …corporate heads who have “excellent standing” in the business community; with addicts who have “hit bottom” and are seeking recovery; with pastors and priests who counsel others in “the way to be at peace” (a way they have not yet found); with a wealthy hedge-fund manager whose acumen in forecasting market swings leaves competitors and investors in awe; with seekers who have served time in prison; with “the righteous” and with “the riotous.”

    The corrupted consciousness honors no man-made divisions that involve the duality of “failure” vs. “success”; instead, it crosses all social, economic, racial, and national lines that are contrived by the non-Realized.

    Most admirers of those persons above who present such magnificent fronts and such well-groomed images would likely be shocked if they were allowed to venture into the dark abyss of the “minds” of those they hold in such high esteem. Beginning tomorrow, site visitors will be invited to journey into that darkness for a few moments in order to see the machinations of the “mind” and to witness all of the spinning and twisting and distorting as it happens…in real time. The journey into the functioning of three “minds” offered as examples (which will expose the shifting and instability of warped consciousness) will take you into those narrow regions, those specialized junctions where synapses direct the ever-moving traffic of the corrupted consciousness in motion.

    The examples will not evidence the worst cases of corrupted consciousness, by far. Nor will they be examples of the least corrupted. They are, in fact, rather typical of what has been witnessed over the last eighteen years. You may not relate to the particular experiences that the persons in the illustrations will discuss, but the point is to see what the corrupted consciousness looks like as it whirls and twirls through its never-ceasing, always-shifting, activity.

    You will see the phantoms that float through the mental and emotional abyss of bastardized consciousness as deep-seated beliefs become entangled with distorted thoughts. You will see things that the Realized do not see because those things are obvious illusions in the “minds” of three who are trapped in their personas and twisted thinking; nevertheless, those illusions are held to be true by the three whose “minds” have convinced them that their perspectives are “real” and “right” and “true” (though their points of view are actually irrational justifications for their conduct...rooted in self-serving distortions).

    These spaces that you will visit form a region of mental unsteadiness which might at one moment be a zone of seeming gloom and at the next moment a province of seeming happiness; yet, neither extreme is real, in actuality. All three “minds” are territories in which the poisons of conditioning and programming fertilize the polluted soil in which concepts and belief are rooted and sustained. Those poisons provide toxic sustenance for ego-states and judgments and arrogance and hate. Yet, ironically, it is the same terrain in which notions about "caring" and "love" can bloom at times, even though those notions really have nothing to do with love at all and are embroiled in more of the self-serving agendas of ego-states.

    At the core of these “minds” is a lethal command post that issues hit lists and provides marching orders for the distorted thoughts, the vile words, and the destructive deeds that are typical among non-Realized persons…all of this relatively speaking of course. Yet these “minds” are more often the rule than the exception across the entire planet.

    In preparation for this study of the instability that is generated by the constantly-in-motion consciousness, you are invited to be especially alert to your own thoughts today. Pause as soon as your “mind” begins to crank out a thought. Note how many thoughts (and judgments) that it can generate in just a few hours. Then, identify the true sources of all those contradictory or self-motivated thoughts: is the frustrated child within involved? Are false identities—assumed to be real—trying to convince you or others that their false public image is real?

    Finally, understand that the only reason to visit the dark “mind” of persons trapped in concepts and beliefs and ideas and dogma is to be able to recognize the dark place and then avoid it. Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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    Thursday, July 26, 2007

    THE MYTHOLOGY OF BIRTH AND REBIRTH(S)

    [First, a note to “Olga”: your server is returning the response to your e-mail because you did not enter your complete address. If you provide a correct address or a different address, the private response will be forwarded.]
    FROM A SITE VISITOR: Why do you say that you cannot be born again since you were not born once? Anil

    F.: Hello, Anil. Generally that query comes from one who (a) believes in multiple reincarnations or from those who (b) believe that they were born, they that are their bodies, that they will die, but that their ashes or carrion shall re-form as bodies that will eventually experience pleasure or pain for eternity.

    First, all of the nonsensical beliefs around “birth” are too numerous to address, but one very common belief was revealed in a survey of U.S. citizens (which is not a group known for widespread enlightenment). In that survey 87% said they believe that “God played some role in their conception and birth.” (That is the same percentage in the U.S. who, in a different survey, said that they believe in angels.) What are the odds of enlightening a population when 87% of them don’t even know how babies are “made”?

    Is it any wonder that so few ever Realize Fully when it is seen that most are so out of touch with reality that they think a god is guiding the billions of sperm cells per second that are ejaculated across the planet and are seeking eggs? Is it any wonder that so few persons will ever Realize when the egotism that blocks Realization is so grand that 87% of them each believes that she/he is “a special gift from God”? Now there's a false identity that will sustain a sense of separation for an entire manifestation.

    In fact, babies are not “made” because nothing is made and nothing has ever been made. Many religious persons can unquestioningly believe that no one made God, that God has existed forever, and that whatever God is supposedly made of has been forever; yet they cannot make the leap and grasp the simple fact that matter and energy have been forever.

    Neither matter nor energy can be created or destroyed, so nothing has ever been created and nothing has ever been destroyed. It’s so simple: energy and matter cycle. That’s it. Understand that basic scientific fact, and understand that everything (including babies) is matter/energy, and then you’ll understand that babies cannot be “created or “born.”

    Nothing was involved in the process whereby that space known as “Anil” manifested except this: energy manifested in plants; plants were eaten by two humans that would be called “your parents”; some portions of the consumed and digested plants took the form of cells that function spontaneously; some cells functioned as eggs and some as sperm; an act of friction transferred sperm from one space to another; an egg was spontaneously fertilized; many other spontaneous processes happened over a nine-month period; and a plant food body emerged from another plant food body and…voilà…“Anil.” Particles of matter, along with waves and particles of energy, merely cycled. Nothing more, nothing less, nothing "special."

    So, for the pointer regarding “no birth/no death” to be comprehended, the notion of “a supernatural creator” being involved in what was nothing more than a natural act must be debunked. An understanding of the basic facts provides that debunking. Yet most persons will be trapped in their magical, supernatural thinking and will not understand that stories about gods being involved with the impregnation of humans happened (1) in mythology, as when Zeus took the form not of a burning bush but of a swan and then raped Leda and (2) in fiction, twenty-two times prior to the Mary-Joseph-Jesus tale.

    [NOTE: Since Advaita deals with myth-busting, a pause will be taken to bust another one: twenty-two religions prior to Christianity claimed "Our Savior was born of a virgin." The tale was not new in Joseph and Mary’s day, but it did—over the ages—allow more than a score of not-married-but-nevertheless-pregnant women (like Mary) to avoid being stoned to death. For that alone it was a tale worth telling and sticking to, as far as “The Unwed Mothers of Saviors” were concerned. Yet many have wondered about that twenty-third case in which the mother could have prevented the crucifixion of her son if she’d come clean at the end: “What? They’re going to kill me over my ‘son of god’ claim but I really am just ‘the son of man’?” For more debunking, see the books SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY and IT’S ALL BS via the links below.]

    So spaces called “human babies” happen when energy manifests in plant spaces, when conscious-energy is introduced via plant-eating into “human” spaces, and when cells are formed. When plant food bodies (formed via plant food eating) subsequently engage in frictional acts and transfer sperm cells that conduct a race to the egg, conscious-energy can manifest temporarily into another space.

    Those are the facts, in spite of one woman saying angrily, “Don’t you try to tell me that God wasn’t involved in selecting my daughter for me—we are exactly alike, and that can’t happen by chance.” No, it can’t happen by chance, but it did happen by programming, conditioning, and genetics…all of which are god-free processes.

    So the impregnation process is an all-natural process. Nothing divine or supernatural is involved. It is not “special.” That all-natural process happens the same with rats and worms and roaches, and the final fate of all of those spaces—humans, rats, worms and roaches—is the same: at some point, the elements will rejoin the universal pool of elements; the breath shall rejoin the universal pool of air; and the consciousness shall rejoin the universal pool of unmanifested energy.

    Some are predicting that the population of the planet by 2100 will be 12 billion humans as opposed to the 6.5 billion humans now on the planet. Yet not one additional particle of matter will exist on the planet, even if 6 billion more human bodies exist. If the 6.5 billion spaces now increase in number to 12 billion spaces then, it will all happen with the same quantity of elements that are currently present on the planet. Only the additional energy shall be introduced from without the otherwise closed environment.

    Of course other projections are that the population will decrease from 6.5 billion to 2 billion as a result of the effects of global climate changes, as a result of inadequate food supplies, because of new strains of super-viruses and super-diseases, and because of other factors. If that scenario plays out, the case will be the same. No material will be “lost” simply because 4.5 billion fewer persons are walking about the globe. [For the complete explanation, see “Being Free of Body and Mind Identification” below.]

    Understanding zero net gain and zero net loss is basic to understanding the reality of cycles. It is also a prerequisite to knowing “where” you were prior to conception and “where” you shall “return to,” post-manifestation. For one to believe that “he” or “she” has been “created” by “a creator” and/or parents is to fail to understand the most basic premise of manifestation and one of the most basic elements of the teachings: you were not born even once, so you surely cannot be “born again.” Please enter the silence of contemplation.
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  • Wednesday, July 25, 2007

    FALSE IDENTITIES: MYTHS, LIES, AND FACTS, Part Two, The Conclusion

    F.: [Continued from yesterday] In Tuesday's post, it was seen that Tom Cunningham has compiled his own list of some of the roles that must also be discarded if one is to be at peace. (All of the roles listed are rooted in Sigmund Freud's “His Majesty the Baby” belief systems, as discussed in the posting from three days ago.)

    Cunningham discusses the myths that accompany each of the false identities on his list and then offers by way of contrast the actual facts that apply. For those attempting to identity all ego-state assumed and all roles being played—in order to discard them—the following are offered for consideration. Are you playing any of the games associated with these false identities that are rooted in immaturity and in Freud’s “His/Her Majesty the Baby”?

    The Entertainer
    Myth:
    If I can entertain you with my music, my wit, or any other talent, you will worship and adore me.
    Fact: We experience acceptance only if others rave about our talents and seek our company in order to be entertained. The game is up when others tire of always having to be a fan or realize we have no warm, human qualities to contribute to a relationship.

    The Perfectionist
    Myth: I am not worthwhile unless I succeed at being the best at what I do.
    Fact: No one is always the best or most successful, but we try to gain self-worth by doing certain things well. The end of the game comes either when we realize the futility of such high expectations or when others tire of our competitiveness.

    The Sweet One
    Myth:
    If I am nice and sweet to everyone, they will like me.
    Fact: Our fear of rejection causes us to constantly seek approval from everyone. The end of the game is when we realize we can’t make everyone happy or when others tire of our wishy-washy attitudes.

    The Rebel
    Myth: I must get my way or else. Rules are for other people. If you tell me not to do something, you are waving a red flag in my face and challenging me to do it.
    Fact: We rebels usually get the consequences or punishment we deserve or ask for. The end of the game is when we weary of paying the price the outlaw must pay and abandon this behavior.

    The Martyr
    Myth: I deserve to suffer. I don’t count. Nobody understands. Poor me. I see your pity as an expression of love.
    Fact: We confuse love with pity and believe sacrificing ourselves will protect us from abandonment. The end of the game is when we get tired of suffering and realize we deserve better.

    The Dropout
    Myth: If you won’t play the game my way, then I won’t play the game at all.
    Fact: Paralyzed by fear of failure and rejection, we attempt nothing and feel the world owes us. We are so discouraged and pessimistic, we give up before we even start. The end of the game comes when others get tired of providing a free ride.

    The philosopher Immanuel Kant (associated with what was called "the European period of Enlightenment") saw the phenomenal as an island of knowledge that persons become locked onto, but the island is surrounded on all sides by the noumenal.
    The metaphor is accurate in that persons are (1) locked into their belief systems and then (2) locked into the thoughts, words, and deeds that accompany those belief systems yet are (3) within reach of the noumenal…the understanding of which could unlock them from their entrapment on that island of personas.
    The phenomenal island of knowledge (a.k.a. learned ignorance, corrupted consciousness) that results in the locked, closed "minds" of persons who take the phenomenal world to be real can only be escaped by entering into the surrounding realm of the noumenon and then abiding as the Absolute in that no-knowledge and no-concepts realm.

    Only by understanding That which is noumenal can Truth be found. Anything dealing with the phenomenal is untruth. All roles and beliefs and ideas and concepts are phenomenal and are, therefore, all lies. Any lie that is taken to be truth forms another of the bars of the prison of the locked “mind.” There is no freedom unless there is freedom from ideas and beliefs. Total freedom can manifest the second that you reach a state of zero concepts. Please enter the silence of contemplation. (Tomorrow: "How to Make Babies Since Most Adults Surveyed Don't Really Know")
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  • Tuesday, July 24, 2007

    FALSE IDENTITIES: MYTHS, LIES, AND FACTS, Part One

    F.: Because the non-Realized (that is, "persons") are living the basic lie of believing that they are their false identities, then every other thought, word, and deed that follows is also going to be a lie: “I am this” or “I am that”; “You make me angry”; “You make me happy when…”; “You brought that on yourself because of your bad karma”; “My body shall resurrect”; “They’ll get their just reward/punishment in the afterlife”; “I’ll be happy if I can just get a different….”

    The roles that persons play in the lila are also called ego-states, states-of-being (being this or that), false identities, the false self, the façades, the masks, the public images, personas, and personalities. Consider how many hundreds of ego-states that persons assume as identities; then, consider that each ego-state has multiple “voices” in the “mind.” After that exercise, it should be clear why persons pass their days in preoccupation and their nights in restlessness: they are hearing the incessant chatter of a thousand monkeys in their heads as all of those ego-states try to deal with their imagined affronts, challenges, fears, and desires while constantly struggling to assure the continuity of something that is only a mirage.

    Next, consider the overwhelming number of false identities that persons have to choose from when adopting and fostering their images and you begin to understand why they are overwhelmed by the multitude of hidden agendas that are driving their thoughts, words, and deeds as they assume their false identities from a list that includes: the boy, the girl, the man, the woman, the stranger, the acquaintance, the friend, the fiancé, the fiancée, the boyfriend, the girlfriend, the lover, the spouse, the predator, the prey, the abuser, the abused, the enemy, the homeowner, the fixer, and the perfectionist;

    also, the helper, the driver, the driven, the performer, the romantic, the analyst, the loyalist, the adventurer, the boss, the parent, the adult, the child, the Caucasian, the African, the Afro-American, the white, the black, the brown, the yellow, the peacemaker, the smart, the ignorant, the gifted, the special, the contributor, the leech, the taker, the giver, the addict, the alcoholic, the son/daughter, the superstar, the nobody, the minister, the secretary;

    also, the hero, the achiever, the caretaker, the clown, the haves, the have-nots, the messiah, the lost child, the troublemaker, the special one, the knowledgeable one, the organizer, the controller, the conventional one, the savior, the matchmaker, the preacher, the priest, the rabbi, the ayatollah, the imam, the answer man, the answer woman;

    also, the president, the leader, the student, the teacher, the guru, the employee, the employer, the religious one, the spiritual giant, the teen, the board member, the owner, the possessor, the judge, the critic, the charmer, the stud, the sexy woman, the womanizer, the goddess, the player, the trophy, the model, the singer, the connoisseur, the gourmet, the vegan, the vegetarian, the expert;

    also, the Republican, the Democrat, the Independent, the American, the Frenchman, the German, the Iranian, the Syrian, the Talibani, the Pakistani, the Indian, the Jordanian, the Christian, the Catholic, the Protestant, the Lutheran, the Hindu, the Taoist, the Sufi, the Sunni, the Shia, the Buddhist, the Pope, the Dalai Lama, the Jew, the Muslim, ad infinitum.

    And that list includes but a fraction of the labels that persons use to assume false identities and to separate themselves from “others” by religion, politics, boundaries and global positioning, strata of societies, hierarchies of power and wealth and status and employment, affiliation, membership, association, race, and all forms of personality. Is the extent to which duality dominates the population of the earth any wonder?

    Tom Cunningham has compiled his own list of some of the less obvious roles that must also be discarded. (They are all rooted in Sigmund Freud's “His Majesty the Baby” belief systems, as discussed in the posting from two days ago.) He discusses the myths that accompany each such identity and then offers by way of contrast the actual facts that apply. For those attempting to identity all ego-state being assumed and all roles being played (in order to discard them) the following are offered for consideration. Are you playing any of the games associated with these false identities that are rooted in the immaturity of “His/Her Majesty the Baby”?

    The Popular One
    Myth:
    If I am charming, attractive, magnetic, and the life of the party, you will want to be my friend.
    Fact: By being all things to all people, we lose our true self in the process. The end of the game comes when others realize there is nothing behind the phony smiles.

    The Tyrant/The Dictator
    Myth:
    If you obey me and place yourself in my complete control, I will protect you from chaos.
    Fact: If we believe we are born leaders capable of handling any crisis, we expect others to trustingly place themselves in our hands. Masters of sarcasm, we keep out subjects in place with cruel comments. The end of the game is when the “subjects” refuse to play.

    The Love Conqueror
    Myth: I am irresistible to others. Part of my attractiveness is my lack of respect for other people. I expect love, attention, wealth and power for the privilege of my company.
    Fact: We are in deadly competition for center stage and are incapable of commitment in a relationship. The end of the game is when others recognize the shallowness of the conqueror.

    The Beautiful One
    Myth:
    Youthfulness, a beautiful body, and an attractive face are the essential qualities for me to be liked and accepted.
    Fact: We have tried to get by on looks alone. The end of the game is when others tire of the child who requires continuous reassurance of his or her attractiveness.
    Because persons live the basic lie of self (and thus all of the other lies that follow), the considerations for today are, "Are You being true to Self?" "Is that possible without knowing Who/What You Truly Are?" "Are you living a lie or have You Realized the Truth as a result of coming to understand the functioning of the totality?" Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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  • Monday, July 23, 2007

    THE INSTABILITY OF DUALITY, Part Two

    F.: The irony is that persons desire permanency but cling to the impermanent and fleeting and transitory while believing that those can have some permanence. They attach to their bodies, attach to their roles, and attach to the distorted ideas and beliefs which become known as their “minds.” While fearing impermanence and desiring continuity, they cling to things relative that are always in flux while having no clue at all about what is real and permanent and unchanging and eternal.

    Anything involving the relative will be in a state of flux, while what persons desire is permanence. Most roles being played and cherished by persons will end during the manifestation. If an end to their roles is not forced upon persons during the manifestation, the roles will certainly end when the consciousness unmanifests (thus solving such Christian dilemmas as, "Which of my multiple spouses will I spend eternity with?")

    A man in a recent satsanga session mentioned his fear that his wife was going to leave him. The wife of a different man e-mailed a few days later to express her fear that she might go to the grave without getting rid of her husband. One person fears a partner will go and thereby end one of his false identities; another person fears that a partner will stay and that she will have to continue playing the role of "The Wife." Either way, both are suffering the instability that always accompanies the duality of role-playing. Such is the case when placing some identifier after the words "I am" rather than being fixed in the I Amness only.

    If true stability is being sought, however, then the seeker must move even beyond rejoicing in the beingness. Know the beingness, of course, but in order to end all duality and instability, you must allow all ego-states and identities to vanish and must abide in the Isness for a period. Then, you must transcend even that, must merge into the Absolute, and must then abide as the Absolute for the remainder of the manifestation.

    Next, see that persons, even though they take themselves to be the roles they play, are no different from the Realized. Persons only think they are something different from what the Realized know They Truly Are. Only one of two scenarios can occur: either (1) consciousness manifested, became obstructed by concepts, and has not been unobscured (as with persons); or (2) consciousness manifested, became obscured, and has been unobscured (as with the Realized).
    Post-manifestation, the exact same providence awaits those who take themselves to be persons as well as those who know What They Really Are: the untimate fate of all manifested consciousness is that it will unmanifest and be re-absorbed into the pool of universal energy. The only difference, then, is that (a) the manifestation can happen with stability or (b) the manifestation will be marked with instability or with fluctuations between happiness and unhappiness, or even with chaos.
    The guaranteed cycling of conscious-energy means that those who believe themselves to be persons will eventually be free of all concerns (but only post-manifestation), just as is the case with the Realized (but also during the manifestation). When the consciousness unmanifests and merges into that vast pool of energy called “The Absolute,” it will know nothing, no matter what happened or did not happen during the manifestation.

    At that point, it will be irrelevant if that speck of consciousness when manifested knew Itself or if it mistook itself for the roles that the obstructed consciousness leads persons to think they are. The only difference happens NOW: persons suffer instability and/or emotional intoxication and/or fear while the Realized do not, but after the consciousness is no longer manifested, the result is the same: consciousness will be unmanifested and unknowing.

    If you complete the entire seven-step "journey" as outlined in FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE, you’re going to see exactly, step-by-step, how you got from the Absolute state to the false belief that you’re a body. And you’re going to see how to get from believing that you are a body to Realization of the Absolute. And seeing that complete cycle, then you’re going to understand all the cycles (including how the "cycling in" happens and how the "cycling out" happens).

    You will understand each step of the "way in," all the way from the Absolute to body identification; then you will understand why the way to Realizing (and abiding as) the Absolute happens only when each of those steps is taken again, in reverse order.

    As “His Majesty the Baby” illustrated yesterday, only from the conditioned mind of an assumed “self” can self-importance come. When the last “who” disappears, the understanding of THAT appears. The question is not, “Who am I?” The question is, "What am I?”

    If it's instability and/or altering states of happiness and unhappiness and/or emotional intoxication and/or constantly having to process change that you find unacceptable, then know that You Are the Absolute. Know that You Are fixed, immutable, ineradicable, constant, and invariable. All that you perceive as being variable is misperception, merely fiction imagined via your “variable mind.”

    I Am prior to beingness, prior to consciousness, and even prior to non-beingness. I have passed eternity being That, but for now I just happen to be in movement with other waves and particles of energy during this present temporary cycling into manifestation. This “floyd” is nothing more than the result a cosmic accident, an accident that was facilitated along the way by an act of friction that set into motion a series of happening that allowed conscious-energy to manifest temporarily. Among those who realize that, wherefore “pride”? Wherefore "happiness vs. unhappiness"? Wherefore the instability of getting caught up in the fiction and nonsense of relative doings and happenings? Please enter the silence of contemplation.
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  • Sunday, July 22, 2007

    THE INSTABILITY OF DUALITY, Part One

    F.: The Realized have no “mind” by which to think, so no dualistic thoughts such as “good vs. bad” can arise. Functioning from a position of neutrality, the extremes of “good” or “bad” are irrelevant. But such is not the case with persons.

    Some persons were conditioned and programmed to believe that they are “bad.” The resulting low self-esteem can make persons aggressive, but more often the result is that persons become easily hurt by criticism; avoid feelings while being trapped in emotions; take blame for everything considered negative; feel helpless; fear failure; try to please others; suffer depression; and can become self-destructive. The result of duality in their case is instability.

    On the other hand, there are those who were programmed to believe that they are “really good,” "really special," and “really different” from “others.” Freud used the term "His Majesty the Baby" to describe these types. Others use the term "Queen Baby" or "King Baby" to describe persons with overly-inflated self-esteem and who dualistically believe that they are "very good" and "better than others."
    As a result of buying into that dualistic extreme, these babies in adult bodies eventually lose the ability to feel but do react with extreme emotionalism; become addicted to chaos and also suffer instability; become obsessed with the phenomenal existence and its preoccupation with the material; become more trapped than most in dualistic and judgmental thinking; overreact; demand immediate gratification; develop a paranoid "me vs. them" mentality; blame and complain; seek approval; hate criticism; and become impulsive, irritable, aggressive, irresponsible, destructive, harmful, deceitful, and manipulative.
    Convinced that their sense of entitlement is legitimate, they can even become criminal when all does not go their way or when they do not get what they want. Such are the tolls of buying into "bad" labels, as with the first group, and buying into "good" labels the way that "His Majesty the Baby" does. Functioning under the influence of such duality, instability and moods swings and chaos are inevitable.

    A seminal element of the non-duality understanding is the realization that you are neither “good” nor “bad.” The relative nonsense described above which accompanies the belief that one is “very good” or “very bad” should make clear that such beliefs will prevent happiness, contentment, and any sense of ease from happening with any consistency in the relative existence. And the further persons move from a position of neutrality, the more aggravated will their unhappiness or discontentment or dis-ease become. Meaning?

    Meaning persons who think that they are “very bad” will generate more misery than those who think they are “bad”; those who think they are “very good” will generate more misery than those who think that are “good.” And all duality eventually leads to those extremes of duality because the moment any ego-state is assumed, automatically egotism assigns super status to that state.

    For example, the moment that one accepts the identity of “The Wife,” that person will very soon become “The Super Wife” and will immediately demand that she have a “Super Husband.” The same is true of the male assuming the false identity of “The Husband” who will take himself (his self) to be “The Super Husband” who deserves nothing less than a “Super Wife.” And both will initially want their roles to last forever while being disappointed time and again that their roles are not consistently and constantly receiving the respect due someone of such high status.

    Yet all ego-states are temporary. That alone generates a sense of instability as identities come and go. Frustration also comes with assumption of such ego-states since there is (1) a desire among persons for their false ego-states/false identities to last forever while there is also (2) occasional fear that they might not.

    Therein lies the irony of duality and of taking the relative to be real: persons want stability, but the very roles they assume, identify with, and take to be everlasting are actually transitory and short-lived. While longing for continuity, they cling to transient roles and dualistic concepts which are ephemeral, that prevent stability, and that cannot possibly last. That which is real and stable is beyond phenomenal boundaries. As the warped consciousness longs for stability and permanence, it hasn’t a clue that only the Noumenon is stable and permanent.

    Nor can the corrupted consciousness understand that the “mind” which is projecting the phenomenal is only imagining that the play of the attributes is real. In error, the "mind" takes the temporary to be permanent without having ever experienced even a glimpse of That which is eternal and stable. Only by discarding all belief in the temporary (including the body, the “mind,” the attributes, and the identities) can the Real be seen and can stability happen for the remainder of the manifestation.

    To believe that there is “good vs. bad” or that there is “the phenomenal and the Noumenal” or to believe that “I AM THAT; I AM” has anything to do with “two” is to beg for instability and/or fluctuating moods and/or chaos. That any of your current roles will last even to the end of the manifestation is questionable, but those roles certainly will not last beyond. In the meantime, while they are being played, those roles will generate desires at times and fears at other times that further contribute to instability and/or fluctuating moods and/or chaos as well.

    The process to eliminate instability and/or fluctuating moods and/or chaos is, first, to end body identification by finding where you were and what you were in the days prior to conception and, secondly, to be done with the illusions of the “mind” once and for all. (A source that can help relieve you of the “mind” that churns out a steady stream of thoughts which prevents peace during the day as well as sleep at night is available.) Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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  • Saturday, July 21, 2007

    THE FOUR METHODS FOR TEACHING ADVAITA VEDANTA, Part Six, The Conclusion

    FROM A SITE VISITOR: [Please see “Part One” of this series form the visitor's initial comments]

    F.: For those who prefer the doingness and activities and disciplines and effort and work to "improve," as prescribed in some teaching methods and in some yogas, so it is; however, that all runs counter to living naturally (which is at the core of nisarga yoga) as opposed to living unnaturally and/or trying to live supernaturally.
    Unnatural living is marked by doing things repeatedly that are harmful or destructive. The following pointer posted earlier illustrates what supernatural living looks like:

    Pray all the prayers that you think you need to pray; knell, bend over, stoop, or lie prostrate as much as you think you need to kneel, bend over, stoop, or lie prostrate; read all the “holy” books that you think you need to read; visit all the “sacred” sites or “sacred” men that you think you need to visit; chant or hum every chant or hum you think you need to chant or hum; ring every bell you think you need to ring; and burn every stick of incense that you think you need to burn. But when you are done with all of that, realize that you—and all persons who are fixated in a stage and are playing their religious or spiritual roles—are mistaking the dawn for the noon. Realize that praying and knelling and bending over and stooping and lying prostrate and reading and visiting and chanting and humming and ringing and burning (and every other external thing you try to use to be more spiritual or to try to demonstrate how spiritual you are) will actually block you from finding the truth which can only be found within after certain pointers are taken into quiet and solitary consideration.

    Maurice Frydman wrote, “This dwelling on the sense ‘I am’ is the simple, easy and natural Yoga, the Nisarga Yoga. There is no secrecy in it and no dependence; no preparation or initiation is required. Whoever is puzzled by his very existence as a conscious being and earnestly wants to find his own source can grasp the ever-present sense of ‘I am’ and dwell on it assiduously and patiently till the clouds obscuring the mind dissolve and the heart of being is seen in all its glory.”

    Combined with the Direct Path Method of teaching and then taken to its ultimate level, the nisarga/natural type of yoga can facilitate the re-purification of the warped consciousness and can free persons of their belief in supernatural nonsense and unnatural living as well. It is the only yoga that encourages persons to cast aside all false ideas and debilitating emotions and bogus beliefs and ritualized practices and formalized movements and to simply live naturally.

    Granted, several years ago, “floyd” became involved in certain actions in order for some cancerous growths to be purged, but once those were removed, no one suggested that the hospital should still be visited on a daily or weekly basis forever or that the doctor be called regularly to discuss issues. Similarly, once the contaminated consciousness has been purged, nothing need happen except spontaneous, natural living for the remainder of the manifestation. No regular visitations to religious or spiritual meetings are required; no need exists that would require visiting a teacher or "holy" man on a daily or weekly or annual basis. At that ultimate level of re-purification, the Realized can see in nature the perfect models of AS IF living; by contrast, the non-Realized look to an illusory “world” and emulate the illusory personas who erroneously believe that they reside therein.

    It can be seen, if one reviews carefully the six postings on the various teaching methods and the varied yoga approaches, why the Direct Path Method and the nisarga yoga approach are employed on this site: first, during all those tiresome years of searching which never resulted in any finding, all of the major books deemed “holy” were read and studied; without avail. The teachers who used that method could only advise, “Well, keep reading the holy books and keep studying them and keep praying for as long as needed and always have faith in the Lord. Eventually, your life will get better.” It did not happen.

    Secondly, all of the lofty and inspirational platitudes were read and savored. While they might have resulted in a short-term sensation or in a fleeting feeling of encouragement or in feeling “good” for a brief period, they brought no permanent shift in consciousness. They did not purify the consciousness; they further contaminated the consciousness. The advice from some using that method of teaching was to “keep studying and reading these positive comments and eventually you will feel positive as a result.” That did not happen; instead, more duality was ingrained with their “positive vs. negative” concepts.

    Third, all of the advice to “just be yourself…your Real Self…now go” brought about no lasting shift since the false selves were not first seen and discarded. If any of those methods work for others, so be it, but for this speck of consciousness that had been warped, only the Direct Path Method finally brought an end to all of the unnatural, self-destructive living that had been inspired by personality. Furthermore, only the nisarga yoga approach finally brought an end to all of the work and effort and doing that is involved with a supernatural style of living, specifically, the…

    …reading, praying, imploring, kneeling, studying, chanting, humming, pleading, ringing, burning, meeting, supplicating, tithing, serving, soliciting, wishing, hoping, proselytizing, begging, forming circles, joining groups, beseeching, giving, holding hands and reciting words in unison, ad infinitum.

    Only The Direct Path Method and the natural approach resulted in total freedom and total independence. Post-Realization, there is no dependence on scriptures, on a god, on multiple gods, on persons, on possessions, on practices, on platitiudes read daily to try to “pick up the spirits” time and time again, on disciplines, on working at “improving,” on working to gain “power,” on avoiding this or on seeking that, on co-dependent role players, on praise, on criticism, on reinforcement by persons, on thoughts, on drives, on a "mind," on personality, on concepts, on more teachings, or on adherence to any rules and regulations and tenets and traditions and dogma or principles.

    To the contrary, natural living happens spontaneously and there are no needs, period. Additionally, there are no desires such as those that drove all thinking and behavior during the pre-Realization days. Ironically, though no disciplines or dogma are involved at all, a manner of living that some persons trapped in duality would classify as “moral” just happens automatically among the Realized who no longer behave in an unnatural (or destructive or self-destructive) fashion.

    So, those are the methods and the approaches that are employed by Advaitin teachers. To site visitor Greg, it should now be clear why the Advaita Vedanta teachings “all seem like one contradiction after another,” to use your words. With the various methods that may be used and that may or may not be combined with certain of the many yoga approaches, contradictions will occur. Note, too, that seeming contradictions will occur no matter what method is used because pointers offered to beginners will differ from those offered to seekers that are farther along the “path.”

    Also presented were the reasons that the Direct Path Method is employed, along with the natural yoga approach, on this site. Finally, the fact that this speck of consciousness remains manifested in the temporary space called “floyd,” combined with the fact that no “mind” any longer exists, prevents any thought at all from arising in regards to persons who choose another method or who choose no method at all, which will be the case among 95% or more of all persons on the planet. That absence of thought or judgment, too, is the result of the Full Realization that happened via the Direct Path Method and via the Nisarga Yoga approach that are offered on this site, in the books available through this site, and in satsanga when arranged at the request of some seekers. Please enter the silence of contemplation.
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  • Friday, July 20, 2007

    THE FOUR METHODS FOR TEACHING ADVAITA VEDANTA, Part Five

    FROM A SITE VISITOR: [Please see “Part One” of this series for the visitor's initial comments]

    F.: Next, the nisarga yoga approach shall be discussed. It has been employed by many Direct Path teachers and is observable in the teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (especially via the pointers offered at the end of his teaching "career"). Many systems of yoga are used by various teachers or instructors: hatha yoga, kundalini yoga, power yoga, mantra-yoga, raja-yoga, bhakti-yoga, etc. The nisarga yoga is used with the Direct Path Method on this site. Many yogis or yoginis are involved with yogas that encourage going and doing and zooming and adherence to their prescribed practices "for life."
    To the contrary, nisarga yoga encourages the use of any system only to the point of Full Realization; thereafter, the pointer is to merely witness natural living as it happens. Nothing in nature (except for programmed, conditioned humans) believes that it must live supernaturally and read, pray, implore, kneel, study, chant, hum, plead, ring, burn, meet, supplicate, tithe, serve, solicit, wish, hope, and proselytize in order to be happy or content or fulfilled or "good" or "better."

    As a result of believing all of those activities are required for "right living," scores of systems of yoga have evolved. But if you were to study them after exposure to the Direct Path Method and the nisarga approach, all of their doingness would be promptly rejected; however, the long and arduous road taken by “floyd” led to exposure to most of the other types of yogas before nisarga yoga was found. At that point, all nonsense became recognizable as nonsense, but here are the experiences that happened along the way that led to abandoning the practices of the other yogas.

    A. Some jogis/yoginis claimed to be able to connect persons with a god or gods or “Cosmic Mother” in order for persons to have another power source to tap into or in order for persons to become totally devoted to a Lord.
    B. Why would one following the Direct Path/nisarga yoga dismiss that approach? There are no persons; there is no individuality, only the unicity; there is no god or “Cosmic Mother” or “Cosmic Father” or “Lord”; there are no multiple gods or goddesses; there is no “one” to gain power; it is duality to think "I worship him/her" or "I follow him/her"; and there is no “one” to gain, period.

    A. Some claimed that their followers must practice self-disciplines daily.
    B. Why would one following the Direct Path/nisarga yoga dismiss that approach? There is no need to practice anything once Full Realization happens; there is no “one” to practice; natural living happens, without practicing and without doingness, and all unnatural and supernatural living ends automatically; the self is false and cannot be disciplined because self prefers to destroy discipline; the Self, on the other hand, does not need disciplining.

    A. Some yogis/yoginis claimed that persons must chant and/or activate their centers.
    B. Why would one following the Direct Path/nisarga yoga dismiss that approach? Once a person Realizes fully and abandons personas, there is no do-er to chant or to activate or to do anything else. Instead, AS IF living happens spontaneously and naturally; human types have walked the planet for 14.5 million years and they never chanted and never had to activate their centers until the last few thousand years, so it is not “natural”; finally, that which is limitless and without bounds can have no “center.”

    A. Some yogis/yoginis said that persons must unite their body and mind and emotions and spirit so that they can focus on nothing but “the Lord.”
    B. Why would one following the Direct Path/nisarga yoga dismiss that approach? There is no “Lord”; body and mind and emotions and spirit are all illusions, so to try to unite them is as senseless as trying to go into the desert and connect four mirages; the entire notion of things being separate and needing to be united is dualistic; and "Advaita" means “not two” and deals with the unicity…not with the two-ness, the three-ness, the four-ness, etc.

    A. Some yogis/yoginis claimed that there is a goal for all persons and the goal is to gain knowledge.
    B. Why would one following the Direct Path/nisarga yoga dismiss that approach? Concepts are only used with the Direct Path Method to remove religious or spiritual knowledge (also know as, learned ignorance) and then all concepts are discarded and natural/nisarga living happens.

    A. Some yogis/yoginis taught two-ness, that there is "a Lord" and "his beings."
    B. Why would one following the Direct Path/nisarga yoga dismiss that approach? Again, "Advaita" means “not two” and deals with the unicity…not with the two-ness, the three-ness, the four-ness, etc.

    A. Some yogis/yoginis focused on immediate cause and effect and on the related concept of karma.
    B. Why would one following the Direct Path/nisarga yoga dismiss that approach? Advaitins know that the cause of all is all...that the cause of anything is everything that has happened before any given moment or happenings under discussion.
    As far as being giving or kind in order for your karma to get you a payoff, to “give” in order to get is self-ish giving and reveals that self-absorption continues; to believe that a “Cosmic Record-Keeper” is balancing out all of that giving and receiving (and not knowing that “The Givers” are trying to manipulate the universe and gain) is naïve and driven by self; post-Realization, it is de-accumulation, not accumulation, that happens; and, finally, the Realized know that they were not even born once, so they surely cannot possibly be "born again." Please enter the silence of contemplation. ( To be continued)
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    Thursday, July 19, 2007

    THE FOUR METHODS FOR TEACHING ADVAITA VEDANTA, Part Four

    FROM A SITE VISITOR: [Please see “Part One” of this series to read the visitor's initial comments]

    F.: Unlike Neo-Vedanta teachers who encourage seekers to gain power and to gain the ability to dream positive dreams and to acquire more knowledge, Direct Path teachers will invite seekers to de-accumulate and to abandon all in order to understand All. A protégé said that on one of the many websites that reprint postings from this site, the following words introduced one excerpt:

    The following [posting from Floyd] is not for those who might misunderstand; it is for those that want to go all the way down the “rabbit hole.”

    The analogy is accurate, so what does it mean to go all the way down the rabbit hole? To understand the rabbit hole analogy (which Morpheus also used in the non-duality movie “The Matrix,” Part One) is to understand the Direct Path Method. In a novel by Lewis Carroll, a young girl named Alice embarks on nonsensical adventures which make up, on one level, a fantasy for children; on another level, the story is a parody of the formality and rigidity of England under Victoria’s rule; and on another level, the story offers a message of non-duality by the Realized writer.

    To review the tale, Alice follows the white rabbit down a hole and meets the strangest beings imaginable, representing the nonsensical and illogical persons who populate the planet. Like all non-Realized persons, she is moving from one nonsensical adventure to another. While there, she sees the follies of humanity and the way that consciousness is warped when credibility is given to characters in what is merely a dream that is taken to be real. After finally being uncomfortable with all of the nonsense and the fear it is causing in her, she begins a quest: she begins a journey to escape the insanity of the bizarre “world” that she’s entered.

    Down the rabbit hole, time runs backwards, showing that time and the characters/personas are all illusions. Eventually, Alice awakens, realizes that it was all a dream, that none of it was real at all, and that she is already where she was longing to be. In a later tale, Alice goes through the looking glass—through the mirror—and moves beyond image. Both works are non-dual writings and encapsulate the Direct Path Method which invites protégés who are lost in the dream and being driven by the fears and insanities of an illusory "world" to awaken and see the truth.

    When a protégé states that the writings on this site are only for those who “want to go all the way down the ‘rabbit hole’,” he means that those who follow the Direct Path Method to the end will (1) look at “the world” and see all of the insane-like characters; (2) will see how illogical and unreasonable and insane-like their conduct is; (3) will be inspired to move beyond that insane “world” and all its fears; (4) will be inspired to begin the quest or “journey” to Reality; and (5) will awaken from the dream and see that they are already “where” they want to be, or more accurately, are already That Which They Seek.

    The Direct Path Method takes no prisoners, gives short shrift to those who want to fight to defend their ego-states, gives nothing to anyone, encourages de-accumulation rather than more accumulating, takes away all of the mirages that persons have attached to, eliminates the “mind,” and deconstructs all false personas and roles and phony images in order to put an end to disharmony-causing personality once and for all. Afterwards, what manifests spontaneously and automatically is the sweetness of the resulting Void…the peace that manifests with being "in" The Sweet Void of zero concepts.

    At that point, the Realized will truly taste what the Italians call il dolce di fare niente—“the sweetness of doing nothing.” Then, the Realized will shift to a level even beyond that and will experience something even simpler than “the sweetness of doing nothing,” namely, il dolce di Niente—“the sweetness of Nothing,” period.

    Even after having tried the other three approaches to no avail, there is still no suggestion at all that those who are seeking via those methods should not do so. But on this site, the Direct Path Method is employed because it was that method which facilitated the Realization for this speck of consciousness called “floyd” and that turned the frustrated seeker of “something” and the unhappy accumulator of “everything” into the joyful finder of “nothing.” Now, the accompanying sweetness of merely being happens continuously without the doingness, without having to do anything or work at anything or practice anything or ritualize anything. Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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  • Wednesday, July 18, 2007

    THE FOUR METHODS FOR TEACHING ADVAITA VEDANTA, Part Three

    FROM A SITE VISITOR: [Please see yesterday’s entry for the visitor's comments.]

    F.: Several distinct differences in the Direct Path Method of teaching Advaita as opposed to the other three methods have been shown. During "floyd's" years of seeking, truth was sought by use of the other three methods (along with a host of religions and philosophies and ideologies and yogas and cult-like spiritual programs) but Realization did not happen. Religious and/or spiritual persons reported that “one must retreat into the soul” when the vicissitudes of the relative existence leave one feeling torn apart, but what is a person to do when even the so-called “soul” seems to have been torn asunder as well?

    In the last month alone, issues have been raised during satsanga and e-mails have been received about: a pending divorce; about sex problems and in-law problems showing up now as marriage problems; about problems at work; about problems in “self-help” groups; about a spouse who just died; about problems with a child; about what seems to be an inevitable bankruptcy; about a disabled parent; about problems stemming from addiction; about abuse of several kinds; and about suicidal thoughts, to name a few. So what is a person to do when even the so-called “soul” seems to have been torn asunder as well?

    Sometimes, reporting to an emergency room or a professional therapist is the immediate step. Beyond that, for those seeking the cheap answers in groups or the magical answers in church, they may be required to continue the search and to transition beyond the traditional religions and spiritual programs and ideologies with all their contradictions. And a few who continue as dedicated seekers might find a teacher who can guide them along the “path” to Full Realization. Realization in the case of this speck of consciousness came (a) after a vision, (b) after receiving Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj’s pointers as offered via the Direct Path Method and as offered in the fashion that he used at the end of his “teaching career,” and (c) after understanding the nisarga yoga approach.

    [Note: Realization did not come even after multiple readings of I AM THAT. During the early days of Maharaj’s teaching when those dialogues were recorded, he was moving toward use of the Direct Path Method but it can be seen that he was also blending in some use of the Traditional Method. Later, he began using the Direct Path Method more exclusively, occasionally tossing out pointers that had a straight-forwardness that some might now liken to the “Neo-Advaita” Method. Therefore, it was his later sharings—along with a clarifying vision that came one afternoon—that helped remove the final obstacles to Realization.]

    Some of the other differences in the Direct Path Method and the other three methods include these:

    Contrary to the Traditional Method, the Direct Path Method advises seekers to receive pointers from a guru/teacher, to take those into consideration, and then to find truth via the inner guru (as opposed to studying any texts considered “holy”).

    Contrary to the Neo-Vedanta Method (which offers flowery pointers that have the effect of encouraging followers to adopt more concepts and identities) the Direct Path invites seekers to forfeit concepts and identities. One method blows smoke; the other blows away the smoke.

    Contrary to the Neo-Advaita Method that says, “Why don’t you just get it? Understand it’s all illusion. Now you can go,” the Direct Path Method teacher offers other pointers and guides seekers through the steps that most require in order for Realization to happen.

    Why? Direct Path teachers agree with the Neo-Advaitins that (a) yes, it’s all illusion and that (b) once Realized, there is no do-er and thus nothing more to do; however, the Direct Path teacher understands the high levels of programming and conditioning and enculturation to which most persons have been subjected. The Direct Path teachers understand how such high levels of distortion remove the ability of persons to see clearly and that merely inviting persons to see clearly does not result in their seeing clearly.

    Direct Path teachers are occasionally trespassers—though invited tresspassers—into their protégés’ pain. In such cases, some other teachers using one method might quote scriptures; those using another method might offer lofty or inspirational platitudes; teachers of a third method might suggest minimizing or ignoring the whole business; but the effective Direct Path teacher will understand the psychological structures that result from trauma and warped programming which can cause pain. That teacher can uncover the true source of that pain so that the source can dissolve. Then, the dissolution of the pain can follow.

    The adept Direct Path teacher—being both consistent and persistent when persistence is indicated—is able to guide protégés through the deconstruction process that eliminates the “mind” which houses belief in lies and illusions and concepts and personas and that is the seat of mental and emotional pain. Eventually, it is possible that the effects of the psychological structures that result in personality disorders (and which also generate turmoil and pain) can be eliminated via the Direct Path method to Full Realization. For some, of course, professional treatment is required.

    Yet unlike the Neo-Advaita teacher’s “just-believe-this-only” approach, the Direct Path teachers know from experience that the obstacles that block the pure consciousness from seeing the levels to which the consciousness has been corrupted must be removed before the pure consciousness can be witnessed (by itSelf) and before Truth can be known.

    Finally, the form of Direct Path teaching which was used by Maharaj near the end of that manifestation as well as the form of Direct Path teaching that is used on the site could both be considered “less Advaita Vedanta” and “more Advaita.” Maharaj would eventually advise visitors to forget the concepts they value and quote because they were written in a so-called “holy book” and to find, instead, what they already know within but that is “hidden” from consciousness by the miasma of ideas and beliefs and concepts and other lies that are blocking their realization of truth. Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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  • Tuesday, July 17, 2007

    THE FOUR METHODS FOR TEACHING ADVAITA VEDANTA, Part Two

    FROM A SITE VISITOR: I’m lost. I’ve read every book I can get my hands on about Advaita Vedanta. I’ve studied the words of Adi Shankaracharya, Ramakrishna, Ramana Maharshi, Swami Vivekanada, Nisargadatta Maharaj, and now you. And it all seems like one contradiction after another. That was the whole problem with everything I tried before Advaita Vedanta--one contradiction after another. Some teachers say I have to love everyone. The next teacher doesn’t even mention love. Some talk poetically. Others talk in what I would call a realistic way and delivery their points in a hard, smack you between-the-eyes style. So what’s the deal? I got involved with AV because I was looking for sanity but I’m going nuts in the process. Greg.

    F.: Today, the fourth method of teaching Advaita will be discussed:

    TEACHING METHOD: The Direct Path
    First, all of the following pointers about the Direct Path Method come either from Dennis Waite or from Advaitins quoted in his book BACK TO THE TRUTH: 5000 Years of Advaita, (including pointers from Atmananda Krishna Menon, Francis Lucille, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Gregory Goode, and John Wheeler). These are the basic principles of the Direct Path Method which distinguish it from the other methods:

    · This method provisionally acknowledges "the seeker" and "the guru" though proclaiming unambiguously that there is only the Self.

    · The Direct Path provides a means by which untruth is removed via arguments.

    · The teachers that use this method understand that once Realization happens, life carries on with itself, by itself, without our intervention.

    · Self-Inquiry—not bhakti or worship or disciplines—is the principle means of Realizing.

    · There is no do-er.

    · Beliefs must be deconstructed for Realization to happen.

    · Rather than seeking without (via god, gods, or “holy” writings) the Direct Path Method emphasizes seeing directly that truth which can be known from within, via the inner guru or the inner resource. (NOTE: The gurus/teachers that use this method always eventually invite the seeker to go within but only after the obstacles which block seeing with clarity—namely, obstacles such as concepts and beliefs—have been removed. fh]

    · After Realization comes about via an understanding of the pointers offered via the Direct Path Method, the natural freedom of one’s true nature prevails for the remainder of the manifestation (hence, the connection with the nisarga yoga, or natural yoga, approach).

    · The Direct Path Method is not goal-oriented or prescriptive (as is Neo-Vedanta, for example) and attempts to simply point out the way things are.

    · Often using present experiences as data or examples, the Direct Path Method deconstructs the existing body of presumptions, the belief systems, and the psychological structures—all of which make persons feel separate, vulnerable, and cut off from reality. [NOTE: What persons call “problems” all arise via the warped consciousness, the bogus “mind,” the ego-states assumed as identities by persons, and the personality disorders that result; therefore, the teacher that uses the Direct Path Method must have some advanced understanding of the principles of psychology. fh]

    · When the illogical, unreasonable, and irrational nature of psychological structures are held up to the light of awareness for a seeker that is capable of being logical and reasonable and rational, the psychological structures peacefully dissolve.

    · An awakening happens that is marked by sweetness, by an immediacy, and by a gapless clarity which is awareness itself. And quite often, there’s laughter!

    · The Direct Path Method actually does not prescribe a “path” or “journey” as such since You Are already That Which you seek; however, a student-guru arrangement is usually required since the understanding must be delivered in a series of progressive “steps” that must be taken in an exact order. The advanced steps are built on the foundation of the preceding steps, so each step must be understood completely before a seeker can move to the next.

    · Rather than practicing disciplines and adhering to esoteric paths and preachings, this method attempts instead to deconstruct persons’ everyday view of “the world” and “themselves” in order to guide protégés to an understanding of what they are not in order to understand That Which They Truly Are. [NOTE: With Realization, Consciousness, Awareness, the beingness, the non-beingness, and the Absolute are all understood; thereafter, the relative existence happens spontaneously for the remainder of the manifestation of consciousness.]


    So that is the take on the Direct Path from several Advaitin teachers as offered in Dennis Waite's book. Others aspects of the method will now be offered.

    This method does not try to “give” seekers anything since Direct Path teachers know that, ultimately, there is no seeker and that there is no “one” to “gain” and that there is nothing to be gained; conversely, the Direct Path teachers know that too much has been given to seekers already (namely, all of the false dogma and concepts and ideas and beliefs which now block seekers from seeing reality and from Realizing truth). Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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  • Monday, July 16, 2007

    THE FOUR METHODS FOR TEACHING ADVAITA VEDANTA, Part One

    FROM A SITE VISITOR: I’m lost. I’ve read every book I can get my hands on about Advaita Vedanta. I’ve studied Adi Shankaracharya, Ramakrishna, Ramana Maharshi, Swami Vivekanada, Nisargadatta Maharaj, and now you. And it all seems like one contradiction after another. That was the whole problem with everything I tried before Advaita Vedanta--one contradiction after another. Some teachers say I have to love everyone. The next teacher doesn’t even mention love. Some talk poetically. Others talk in what I would call a realistic way and delivery their points in a hard, smack you between-the-eyes style. So what’s the deal? I got involved with AV because I was looking for sanity but I’m going nuts in the process. Greg.

    F.: Hello Greg. Your frustration is understood and even well-founded, but there is an explanation. Though postings have been happening on this site for over two years (and though the method used on this site is noted at the top of the page), never have the variances in the teaching methods been addressed. That shall be offered now so you can understand the source of the contradictions you mention. There are four primary methods for teaching Advaita Vedanta (or five if you were to count “Pseudo-Advaita” which has come about because some are using the teachings as a sole means of income or as a means to obtain a variety of “favors” from seekers).

    If you look at the top of this page, you’ll see that the approach used here is “the direct path teaching method” (with pointers focused in the nisarga yoga approach). That approach will be explained after all of the other teaching methods are discussed. Then, you’ll understand why some talk poetically and speak mainly about love and why some offer pointers in a different fashion.

    First, understand that there will be no attempt here to suggest that one method is “better than” another. It’s up to each seeker to seek until he/she finds that which they are seeking. If Realization does not happen via one method, move on and find a different teacher who uses a different method. Visitors to this site can read below the descriptions of the four methods and draw their own conclusions about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the various methodologies.

    Furthermore, have some persons over the years modified the methods to suit their own personal agendas or desires? Evidence suggests that is the case; however, variances also happen because one teacher might be of one lineage that has historically used one method while the next teacher is of a lineage that follows a different method.

    Ego can inspire persons to brag about lineage, so it has only been mentioned once in two years on this site. Some, however, choose a teacher that is of a certain lineage in order to find a teacher who follows the method used by predecessors in that lineage, so for those seekers only it will be mentioned that the lineage followed here is the Navnath sampradAya. If you’ve never heard of that, don’t look it up. It’s meaningless except to those who are seeking one style of teaching over another and are already aware of lineages; otherwise, ignore that.

    Now, to the four methods. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel if the wheel has already been invented and perfected, and Dennis Waite has been there and done that in regards to explaining the teaching methods; therefore, his explanations in the book BACK TO THE TRUTH will be drawn upon first. Then, the direct path method and the nisarga approach that are used on this site will be explained later. The methods will be discussed in no particluar sequence in order to avoid the implication that the methods are being ranked.

    TEACHING METHOD: Traditional Advaita
    Paraphrasing Dennis Waite: This is the method regarded as the one defined by Shankara in his discussion of the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Brahma Suttras around the 8th century AD. This approach is defined by those scriptures which some claim are the source of truth.

    TEACHING METHOD: Neo-Vedanta
    Paraphrasing Dennis Waite: The term Neo-Vedanta refers primarily to the method used by Vivekanada and his followers. Some critics consider this method a “watered down” version of Traditional Advaita, a result of the fact that Vivekanada and his followers have tried to make the teachings more suitable to Western tastes where concepts and ego-states have dominated persons for millenia. [NOTE: Neo-Vedanta teachers typically employ seemingly sublime or exalted or emotion-inspiring statements that encourage followers to adopt more concepts and identities instead of encouraging seekers to forfeit all concepts and identities. Some examples include such advise as: dream on an idea and be full of it and you’ll succeed; believe in yourself; make yourself strong; find god and gain power; use thoughts to create a new reality; engage in the noble goal of seeking knowledge; you are responsible for what you are; acquire power; and seek love. Such concepts are in direct opposition to the teachings presented via the Direct Path, nisarga yoga approach. f.h.]

    TEACHING METHOD: Neo-Advaita
    Paraphrasing Dennis Waite: The teachers who use this method see no need for study, questioning or inquiring into anything. Recognizing only the reality, and knowing that there is no seeker, they conclude that there is nothing to seek and nothing to teach. Often, the result is that even the most diligent seekers who try to attain the understanding with Neo-Advaita teachers can become very confused. Neo-Advaitins suggest that no path is required since there is no “one” to follow the “path.” [NOTE: That same understanding, which is attained by some who follow the “Direct Path Method” to its end, is assumed by Neo-Advaita teachers to be a given from the very beginning. f.h.] Some who adhere to this method reject the name “Neo-Advaita” outright.
    Beginning tomorrow, the “Direct Path Method” and the nisarga yoga approach (both used on this site) will be discussed in detail. Based on the descriptions above, however, are you seeing why all of your searching has resulted in what you describe as "one contradiction after another"? There are some very clear differences in message and methodology employed by different teachers. The wise seeker will take those variances into account when selecting a teacher (and a method to follow) if seeking Full Realization and Full Liberation. Thus, the method used on this site is identified at the very top of the web page so that seekers know immediately which method is used on this site. Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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  • Sunday, July 15, 2007

    THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH ENDS FOR MOST PERSONS WHEN THEY BELIEVE THE LIE THAT THEY HAVE FOUND THE TRUTH

    [FIRST, AN E-MAIL REGARDING THE POSTING YESTERDAY: Before now I never thought about how everything that applies to the non-Realized (image and distortions and lies) is also true of institutions. Religion: I left the catholic church after finding out how they covered up all the sexual molestation that was going on to protect their image. Business: Enron, Arthur Anderson, Tyco etc. all image and distortion and lying. Government: The government tries to keep up its image by lying and distorting truth and putting a positive spin on all their failures. Education: I’m a high school teacher--sorry, teaching happens--and one part of an education class in college was about creating a “teacher image” and looking professional when we start teaching and not looking and acting like college students any more. You nailed it. Thanx for the site. Richard

    F.: Hello, Richard. Your observation is accurate, but understand that you haven’t found a “parallel” between institutions and the non-Realized. You have merely witnessed what happens when the non-Realized organize themselves into groups with common agendas. The groups—be they religions, businesses, governments, or schools—will exhibit the dualistic traits of the individualized personas/persons who make up their membership. Thx for note.] Now, on to today's topic:

    FROM A SITE VISITOR: Reading your words, I am convinced that the audience for your writings has not yet been born. Mark.

    F.: And you write that to this speck of consciousness that was not born, either. Ha. In fact, there is a prospective audience of 6.5 billion persons that these words are for, but the words will only be read by a few of those, will be understand by a fraction of the readers, and will never be read by the remaining billions. But "they" are present, meaning, there are billions of instances where the consciousness has manifested and been warped via programming and conditioning and enculturation, and could be re-purified...if.

    Yet this is not a whit different from what has happened over the last 800 years or so in regards to the version of the Original Understanding that is now made available via “the Advaita Vedanta philosophy” (which has been warped by some into “the Advaita Vedanta religion” or “the Advaita Vedanta spiritual teachings”).
    The words of the sages and jnanis have been available, but how many will ever break free of the concepts in which they are trapped to seek the Truth via this vehicle? Today, billions of Christians worldwide will gather to worship their Christ without having the slighest clue that his message was Advaitin. Nor will they understand any of his words that expressed the "I AM" and the “not two” teachings of Advaita.

    All across the planet, six billion members of the three religions of Abraham are functioning in total ignorance, so the audience for this truth is present right now; however, those persons will not seek the Truth since they are (a) convinced that they have found it and are now (b) driven by their agendas to spread the lies and distortions which they call “The Truth” or "The Good News."

    So it is. The consciousness that speaks via this site can have no agenda since there is no “one” to have an agenda. No agenda is behind the words of the consciousness that are offered in book format or via satsanga for the same reason. If not another word is read, it matters not. If not another satsanga session is scheduled, it matters not. If not another seeker requests a book, it matters not.

    All perceived “needs” have disappeared; all physical requirements of the space have been met easily since accumulating ended and a minimalistic style of living began; only AS IF living is happening, spontaneously; and nothing remains that prefers either an extension of the manifestation nor an end to the manifestation. It's called functioning from a position of neutrality.
    Enjoyment certainly happens though nothing is desired. Nothing is feared since there is nothing to register fear. The consciousness functions from a position of neutrality, knowing that if persons are trapped in seeking the applause of the village, they must also be prepared to accept the scorn of the town as well.

    Here, no “good” label is being sought and no “bad” label is being avoided. All is neutral, and all persons can reach that position of neutrality via Full Realization. In some cases, it happens in an instant; in other cases it happens by degree. Either way, it can happen. So the audience is present, but its members will rarely seek. If they happen to seek and to find, that will be even rarer.

    An e-mail was received yesterday from a woman who has just read WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE? Scores of past beliefs are being seen to have been false, nothing more than the product of imaginings that were rooted in myths and superstitions and passed along for millenia as “the truth.” Yet a residual longing for certain beliefs (a result of attachments) seems to linger. She was reminded...

    That which you attach to because it gives you pleasure will eventually give you pain. That which you attach to because it gives you the greatest pleasure will eventually give you the greatest pain.

    Please enter into the silence of contemplation.
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