Thursday, November 12, 2009

THE DELUSION REGARDING “POSITIVE THOUGHTS INSTEAD OF NEGATIVE THOUGHTS,” Part Five

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FROM A SITE VISITOR: One of the best selling books in history is Normal [sic] Vincent Peales [sic] “Power of Positive Thinking.” There must be something to positive thinking.

F.: Indeed, its author is most definitely one of the “big names,” but Maharaj warned seekers to avoid "the big teachers." The book you cite is a perfect example of why:

1. If you want to appeal to the masses, appeal to their primary addiction (to control) and to their secondary addiction (to gain power in order to control). Next, appeal to their beliefs (which are rooted in duality); therefore, talk of “positive thinking” as opposed to “negative thinking” and that will tap into the attraction that the masses have for duality and dualistic thinking.

To market most effectively, combine both, as Peale did. Promise the masses that you can help them attain power, and wrap that promise in the cloak of dualistic thinking, and yes…millions will most assuredly find attractive any book that is promoted thusly.

Search the internet to find how many books have the word "power" in the title, but understand that such titles are no different from any other advertisements that are trying to sell an addictive substance that can be used to try to escape. Power and control: highly addictive and totally illusory.

2. You are also reminded that a surefire way to test a teaching or a book or a seminar in order to determine if the content is perpetuating and / or reinforcing nonsense is to see if it is attracting the masses. Since the masses are trapped in the darkness of their learned ignorance, then mass endorsement is an assurance that the teaching or book or seminar is not casting light and sharing wisdom but is propagating darkness and is circulating ignorance.

Now, to continue: Maharaj never once gave an assignment to any seeker to “use positive affirmations” or to “utilize positive mantras.” The suggestion to “stay in the I AM” carries neither a positive nor a negative connotation. It is a suggestion to shift into, and remain in, a position of neutrality.

It is “a mind that has shifted into neutral gear” that persons seek. The non-Realized are miserable because of “the mind”...because they cannot still for a second—without the use of drugs or alcohol or some other means of escape—the constantly roiling and constantly agitating and constantly thought-generating part of the brain.

Maharaj did not teach that the roiling and agitation and churning of the “mind” could be escaped via the use of “positive thinking.” Thinking, of whatever class, is the fuel that drives the roiling and agitation and churning.

Nor did he say that samadhi was the solution, pointing out instead that, post-Realization, he never again went into or out of samadhi but was fixated in the no-mind state. There, in that state of no-concept and non-dual neutrality, there is no “going forward vs. going backwards”…no "peace at times vs. chaos at times"…no “positives vs. negatives.”

Neutral. Not positive. Not negative. Neutral. Dispassionate. Non-Attached. Disinterested. To that end, Maharaj said that it is disinterestedness that leads to liberation.

Not “positive thinking”? No. Positive thinking does not lead to liberation. [“Liberation,” in fact, points to the no-identity, no personality condition.] Consider: deer have neither positive nor negative thoughts and, in fact, have no thoughts at all. Same with fish and worms and birds and every form on the planet except humans.

Interestingly, it is only humans (specifically “persons”…the non-Realized) that have cornered the market on thinking and, therefore, on misery and suffering and chaos. A bird with a brain the size of a pea is happier than most humans. Consider that: "birdbrains" are more content than most humans, but most persons will never find these simple teachings that could "elevate" their relative existence to the level of a birdbrain.

The attachment that persons have to their ever-churning “minds” and to their lie-based supernatural thinking and to their most unnatural thinking results because persons fail to understand that all that happens—be it espousing or working or playing, etc.—can happen naturally from a platform of spontaneity.

It can all take place from the position of neutrality where only witnessing happens rather than “constantly thinking about” or ceaselessly generating thoughts about all of the fears and all of the desires that are churned out by the “mind” and its belief that personalities are real and that the “needs and desires” of personalities are real.

"But when I drive, I have to think about what I'm doing or I'll have an accident," one seeker said at a retreat. "To the contrary," it was pointed out, "all of that thinking that is going on has nothing at all to do with driving. It is all of the thinking (which is always about things that have nothing to do with the driving) that contributes to accidents. Accidents are avoided when witnessing happens from a state of being awake, aware, and conscious, and it is your thinking that will always preempt awakeness, awareness, and alert consciousness."

The Realized are beyond "the mind." Understand that such a condition cannot manifest if there is a “mind” that is constantly trying to process negative thoughts into positive thoughts or is constantly trying to produce only positive thoughts.

Consider the implications in this exchange:

Questioner: How does one go beyond the mind?
Maharaj: There are many starting points -- they all lead to the same goal. You may begin with selfless work, abandoning the fruits of action; you may then give up thinking and end in giving up all desires.

Later, he would add: It is enough to stop thinking.

Did he say, “Stop thinking negative thoughts”? No. He said to stop thinking, period.

He warned, “All thinking is in duality” so “Destroy all habits of thinking.” If you seek reality, he said, “you must set yourself free of all backgrounds, of all cultures, of all patterns of thinking….”

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

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