Saturday, December 12, 2009

An Advaitin Explanation of Why the Masses Delight Equally in “The Hero Being Placed on a Pedestal” and “The Hero Falling from Grace,” Part One

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Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, and domesticated to believe so that you can be free, period.

F.: While fulfilling a consulting contract for an out-of-town company earlier this week, one employee asked:

“What is it about humans that makes them love to build people up and then tear them down? They’re crazy.”

The reply: “Ah, they’re crazy. So you have never built yourself up? You have never torn yourself down? You have never built another up in your mind? You and your mind have never conspired to bring someone down?”

Cicero identified what he called, “The Six Mistakes of Mankind,” the first being, “The delusion that personal gain is made by crushing others”…that is, the belief that if you tear someone down, you will elevate yourself (along the levels of one of the many ego-based but all-illusion hierarchies that the non-Realized are forever dreaming up).

The comment above from the employee about building persons up and then tearing them down was inspired by a story in the U.S. news that has removed from media coverage the topic of health care reform, the recent decision to escalate a war, and the continuing mortgage crisis that is impacting economies around the globe.

What could be so significant to persons that it would shift their focus away from those relative issues? A sex scandal that has forced a billionaire star athlete to admit that his image is not all that it was built up to be. The story has gone global and persons are shocked that an image was not real.

What Advaitin subject matter is involved? Actually, everything involved with the story is a result of a lack of understanding of the teachings of non-duality:

FALSE IMAGES

***the belief among the non-Realized that any appearance could be real

BODY-MIND-PERSONALITY IDENTIFICATION

***body identification, and, related to that…

***being driven by “the always-warped mind” and by…

***false personas

***personality-driven thoughts and words and behaviors

***a false belief in the concepts of “possession” and “ownership,” as if the personas of “The Possessor” and “The Owner” could be real

***the drive to kneel and worship at the altar of body (and often to pay very heavy "tithes" or fees as a result) when fixated at the level of identification with the body only (which is the level that leaves persons as far removed from understanding the Absolute and the Void beyond as any person can be)

***the relative ramifications of psychological projection and psychological identification when the “mind” is allowed to drive persons

EGO AND EGOTISM

***the sense of entitlement that follows the assumption of ego-states as identities

***the upgrading of false identities that triggers the use of the ego-defense mechanism called “egotism” (which then reinforces the sense of entitlement)

***a belief that one should be able to control others

***a belief by image-builders at some point that their image is actually real (a.k.a., "ego-driven self-delusion")

(EGO-DRIVEN) DESIRING AND ACCUMULATING

***the preference among the non-Realized for accumulation

***understanding that desire is at the root of all misery

***understanding: “That which brings the greatest relative pleasure will eventually bring the greatest relative suffering”

THE BELIEF IN THE FALSE CONCEPT OF “SEPARATE”

***the belief in social and financial and personal hierarchies, and, related to that…

***a false sense of separation, of “different from,” of “better-than-ness” and “worse-then-ness”

THE NONSENSICAL BELIEF THAT (a) FOCUSING ON THE RELATIVE ALONE AND (b) FINDING STABILITY CAN EVER HAPPEN SIMULTANEOUSLY

***the fluctuating character of all things relative, and, related to that…

***conceptualizations among the non-Realized masses that reinforce the “zero to hero” or “hero to zero” types of instability that are typical among persons and that block any understanding of that which is permanent and steady and unchanging

***the dual-minded that hates “specialness” at some level but wants to be treated special at another

***the dual-minded that hates “sameness” at some level but longs to understand the sameness—the unicity, the Oneness”—at another

A FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND THE ONENESS

***the perceived need among the non-Realized that drives the need to possess in order to try to fill the sense of emptiness that happens when the Wholeness—the Oneness—is not understood

***the chaos that results when the difference in (false) “love” as perceived by the non-Realized masses blocks the understanding of Real/True Love (which can only come when the unicity is understood)

In order to provide an opportunity for visitors to enter the silence and to tap into the inner resource that can provide an understanding of the motives that drive persons (the non-Realized) to think and talk and behave in the manner in which they think and talk and behave, you are invited to consider:

WHO (what persona) always believes that it must be loved not only by the masses but also by hoards of individuals?

WHO (what persona) always believes that body satisfaction is the be-all and the end-all?

WHO (what persona) always believes that one of anything is never enough?

WHO (what persona) always believes that it must accumulate and own in order to feel fulfilled?

WHO (what persona) always believes that it is entitled to be adored...worshipped by all as if one were a god…worshipped by persons with their bodies and hearts and minds and souls?

WHO (what persona) always believes that he/she is entitled to be taken care of financially or is entitled to have all desires met because she/he has accumulated money?

WHO (what persona) always believes in separation, in “better-than-ness,” in the concept of “more-special-than-ness?” Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)

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