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FROM A SITE VISITOR: Why do so few ever realize?

F.: [Continued from 16 August 2008. Please read that posting prior to reading this] The discussion of the many obstacles to Realization continues:

what is on your “list,” the list of all those external things that your programmers and your culture convinced you that you’ll need to get—to accumulate—before you can be happy?

Does “the list” include both tangibles and intangibles as well as a plethora of roles? Do you see that focusing on completion of “the list” at some “future time” will prevent any sense of presence in the NOW?

Do you see that not being present to the moment NOW will prevent any chance of being happy? Why? Because “the list” never ends once persons are programmed to fixate in the accumulation mode. At any point that “the list” is nearing completion, the ego adds new items to be accumulated.

Under those circumstances, happiness could only come at some future point when all of the items on “the list” have been accumulated, but again, “the list” is never completed so happiness never comes. Focused as they are on on accumulating, how could persons find anything appealing about a philosophy of de-accumulation? They cannot, so Realization will be prevented.

As with the people in the Greek myth discussed yesterday, persons today still believe that they must have “others” or “another” and “more things” in order to feel whole. That sets persons up to assume various personas that are all dependent upon other persons being willing to play the required co-dependent counterpart that every persona needs in order for its illusory self-ness to “continue.”

Once those roles are desired and a counterpart—the “other half”—is found who is willing to play a part as well, then Realization is never likely to happen. Who among those persons who believe that their roles define “who they are” will be willing to give up anything that they think is required for their “being-this-ness” or their “being-that-ness” to continue?

Even the suggestion that “husbanding can happens without the false belief that the Real You is ‘The Husband’” will seem insane to the one lost in the dream. Most persons will never be willing to abandon their false identities; instead, they are driven to accumulate even more.

Because persons are programmed to get, not to relinquish, they will usually follow that pattern through the entirety of the manifestation. Realization will never happen with that “mind-set.”

As mentioned in the 17 August post, once an ego-state is assumed, then ego-defense mechanisms are triggered. Rather than being willing to de-accumulate and rather than being “ready” for Realization, the Advaitin’s invitation to allow all ego-states and egotism to vanish is deemed ludicrous by the programmed masses.

It is ego and egotism (and other ego-defense mechanisms such as denial and minimization) that convince persons to believe that they are doing just fine, thank you very much. Persons, typically dissociated even from the relative self, will most surely be dissociated from the True Self.

Seekers—in touch with misery and suffering and a nagging sense of emptiness—will become dissatisfied with the status quo and might then become willing to question and to search for the Real; to the contrary, persons will be trapped in dissociation and denial which always support the status quo.

“Why change what is fine?” the sleepwalker will ask, thereby fixating in place rather than moving along the “path” to Realization. Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued on Tuesday, 19 August 2008)



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