Sunday, December 13, 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 Two

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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.: [Continued from yesterday]

FALSE IMAGES

What a curious planet it has become when almost all of its 6.7 billion human inhabitants find it “news” when a phony image is revealed to be (a) phony and (b) an image.

Persons are programmed and conditioned to be artificial, to hide a “private image,” and to cultivate a “public image,” and now they do that in their sleep. Unable to realize that the image they are showing in public is false, they are shocked when the public images shown by others are revealed to be false.

Certainly it is one matter for persons to go to the cinema and watch a movie and become so embroiled in the action that they begin to believe that the images of the characters being projected onto the screen are real…that the role-players on the screen are actually in the same dark room as the members of the audience.

Yet at the end of the movie, when the lights come on, those persons are “brought back to reality,” know instantly that what for a brief time they took to be real was all a play, and then they see that it was just so much drama, just so much fiction.

Is it not an entirely different matter, though, when "the lights do not come on"; when persons watch characters cultivate an image but never realize that it is just an image; when persons cannot see that all of their perceptions were false though they were all taken to be real; and when persons do not see that everything they thought to be true was mere fiction?

Is it not also an entirely different matter when one phony image is seen to be a phony image but when persons cannot see that such is not an isolated, newsworthy event but is the near-universally-held delusion that presently constitutes what amounts to “The Dream of the Planet” that is being played out in “The Theater of the Lie” that persons call “this world”?

Consider the implications of the use on this site of the phrase “The Theater of the Lie” to refer to what persons take to be “this world”; then, relate that to the following exchange and other quotes from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj:

Maharaj: "I see only consciousness, and know everything to be but consciousness, as you know the picture on the cinema screen to be but light."
Questioner: "Still, the movements of light have a cause."
Maharaj: "The light does not move at all. You know very well that the movement is illusory, a sequence of interceptions and colourings in the film. What moves is the film, which is the mind."

Maharaj: “I am like a cinema screen—clear and empty. The pictures pass over it and disappear, leaving it as clear and empty as before. In no way is the screen affected by the pictures, nor are the pictures affected by the screen. The screen intercepts and reflects the pictures…it does not shape them. It has nothing to do with the rolls of films.”

Maharaj: “…There is a sense of identity, but it is the identity of a memory track, like the identity of a sequence of pictures on the ever-present screen. Without the light and the screen there can be no picture. To know the picture as the play of light on the screen gives freedom from the idea that the picture is real.”

Maharaj: “You are like the man in the cinema house, laughing and crying with the picture, though knowing fully well that he is all the time in his seat and the picture is but the play of light. It is enough to shift attention from the screen to oneSelf to break the spell. When the body dies, the kind of life you live now, [which is nothing more than] a succession of physical and mental events, comes to an end. It can end even now—without waiting for the death of the body; it is enough to shift attention to the Self and keep it there. All happens as if there is a mysterious power that creates and moves everything. Realise that You are not the mover, only the observer, and You will be at peace."

Not only will You be at peace, but also You will no longer be fooled. How foolish is it to buy into a false image being projected on the screen of a television? How foolish is it when members of some cultures buy a “special shirt” because it is being worn by a person being paid $20,000,000 per year to wear it?

And how foolish is it to pay a persons millions because that person has fabricated a false persona and because that person displays that false image consistently in public while wearing that "special shirt"? Indeed, it is as the Realized poet noted: "What fools these mortals be!"

The answer to "how foolish"? As foolish as being phony without knowing one is phony; as foolish as not knowing that the false images being displayed by persons are false; as foolish as it is to believe that anything observable in the relative is exactly what it appears to be; as foolish as it is to take much ado about nothing as really being something; as foolish as it is to have not even the slightest clue about the true answer to the question, “Who am I?”

And as foolish as is it to ignore a pointer offered by Krishna and sages for centuries, namely, that the Realized know that what is real is that which is beyond the beingness and the non-beingness; all others are fools.

In that regard, how foolish is it to ignore that pointer regarding “non-beingness” and to assume that there will be “Some Being” or “Some Supreme Being” post-manifestation? Witness purely now and see that nothing in the relative is as it appears, and then You might come to know what You have always known (but have forgotten) about what shall happen after this relative manifestation.

To remember what will happen "then" is to be free to enjoy all that happens NOW as a result of seeing all which is happening now as it truly is, not as it falsely appears to be. Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)

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