Wednesday, October 28, 2009

CONTRARIANS, CONTRARY PERSONS, AND TEACHERS WHO SHARE WISDOM THAT IS CONTRARY TO “CONVENTIONAL WISDOM,” Part Two

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THE FOCUS: A differentiation between the type of rebelliousness that (1) allows for the seeing of an understanding that runs contrary to a misguided culture’s teachings and that (2) propels a seeker along the “path” vs. the type of “contrariness” that encourages attachment to false beliefs and concepts and ideas and thus blocks understanding.

THE CONSIDERATION: Would you study with a teacher that promises you that she/he can give you eternal life, or one that tells You that You are eternal already? With one who evaluates and tells you that you are living in the right or wrong way, or one focused on ending suffering? With one who tells you that you are to learn what he/she knows and to believe what he/she believes, or one that invites you to be free of all learned ignorance and imprisoning beliefs? With one that tells you that you must question nothing she/he says, or one that invites you to question it all? With one that speaks of the hotness of blazing fire or one that invites you time and again into the deep, dark blue shade?

THE PREMISE: There are three types that seekers often meet during the search, and the questions and comments shared in yesterday’s post reveal the challenges that seekers face in differentiating between detrimental naiveté and protective skepticism; between blinding acquiescence and liberating doubt; and between the inaccuracy of “widespread conventional wisdom” and the rare wisdom offered when the pure consciousness speaks.

F.: Is it possible that the speck called Maharaj pointed to truth when it was said: "The true teacher, however, will not imprison his disciple in a prescribed set of ideas, feelings and actions; on the contrary, he will show him patiently the need to be free from all ideas and set patterns of behaviour, to be vigilant and earnest and go with life wherever it takes him…"? In this e-mail below from one whose questions were addressed in yesterday’s post is a follow-up which offers a description of the way the "devotee-guru" dealings can look as the outer teacher always invites You back to the inner teacher and to the freedom of the nisarga (natural) style of living that can follow:

I woke this morning, and smelt the clean, clear air again. What a relief. Personality engulfs me at times, like a fog – so subtle and transparent that it is unseen – but the effects are always exhausting and never bring peace.

Today, I remembered Maharaj’s words: “The deep, dark blue state, the shade that you can take rest in, that is the grace of the guru. The darkness that you see when you close your eyes, that is the shadow of the guru's grace. Take rest in that shade of guru's grace.”

I love that description – the deep, dark, blue shade. I feel like the deer that is startled and runs too fast and too far, and eventually grows tired and stops, to find this silent, dark pool of shade where it can lie down and rest. The deep, dark, blue shade is always present, it is just the relentless movement of the suffering mind that moves away from it.

Maharaj continues: Through the concepts of others you have built up so many things around you that you are lost. You are decorated and embellished by the concepts of others. The purpose of the guru is to tell you what you were like prior to the building up of all those concepts. Your present spiritual storehouse is filled up with the words of others - demolish those concepts. You must find out for yourself your own truth. Guru means the eternal state which will never change... what you truly are. You are that immutable, eternal, unchangeable Absolute. Guru tells you to get rid of all the walls built around you by the hearsay and concepts of others, which have kept you from your true nature.

You tell me the same thing when you reference “a teacher who invites the knowing of less”; and “listen to one that invites you to be free of roles”; and “let the bullshit detector be the "do-er" and do its job while you stay in the beingness.”

Again and again you call me back into the deep, dark blue shade …

Wisdom is neither the lot of those who would “spin the truth” to attract the masses nor the providence of those who offer contrary views for the sake of argument or debate or manipulation or control. Unencumbered by personality (which leads false prophets to call you to them), a true teacher's wisdom is merely the essence of the pure consciousness which speaks to call You time and again to YourSelf and to the peace and rest that can be relished in the deep, dark blue shade.

Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)

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