Monday, December 14, 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 Three

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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.: Persons attached to the relative existence will believe in images and illusions, will upgrade those illusions, will be shocked when they find that nothing more than a false image was at play but will seldom see that the upgrading of an illusion is as senseless as believing an illusion to be real in the first place. Yet nothing in that sequence will prevent persons from engaging in the same sequence of nonsense again and again.

While this series began with an employee commenting on a rich athlete's fall from grace, such fluctuating “rises” and “falls” happen constantly among the non-Realized who never enjoy any continuous stability or steadiness at all.

Pedestal placement and image fabrication and belief in image are based as much in myth as are current religions that are nothing more than updated versions of pagan religions that were based in myth and superstition and non-fact. To believe that any person is "different from another" or "better than another" is based as much in mythology as tales of Zeus and Thor.

As for the instability that marks the lives of non-Realized persons, it's not only about swinging from beliefs about zero to hero to zero again. What makes them happy one day makes them sad the next; what they thought they loved about another person, they will eventually find that they hate.

Their moods will be tossed around not unlike a piece of paper being blown about in the wind; moreover, one day the winds blow them in one direction, the next day, the winds blow them in the opposite direction. Similarly, what persons admire in a persona that they upgrade will often be seen to have been pure fiction, misperceptions being the abnormal norm among the non-Realized.

And what is the most popular platform of differentiation that the non-Realized masses use to build their illusions? The hierarchy. In that regard, the following has been shared here on occasion:

Ego is believing that there's a vast multiplicity arranged in a hierarchy and that you're the pinnacle; humility is knowing that you're nothing, no-thing; Love is knowing that You, with a capital 'Y,' are everything.

And in Western cultures, which have long tried to force their distortion-based views upon peoples around the globe, their hierarchical rankings very often involve body / sex, personality, and wealth.

The message that turns persons into what cultures label as "monsters" is this: "We are nothing significant in this society, but you are everything to us and we 'love' you! As a result, many of us will love you with our bodies, will play any role you want us to play, and will—oh, yes—want you to share the wealth with us someday."

So the surprise is...?


When identified with nothing more than the physical form, then there will be a drive to kneel and worship at the altar of the body—and often to pay very heavy tithes or fees as a result.

When fixated at the level of identification with the physical space only (a level that leaves persons as far removed from understanding the Absolute and the Void beyond as any person can be) then one will accept all of the separatist nonsense that is set forth by many cultures.

Thus, cultures define what a “good” body looks like and what a “bad” body looks like, and the effects of the collective mind drive persons to rank self and others in a hierarchy: “That one is a ‘10’.” “The one over there is only a ‘4’.” “I have low esteem because I know I’m about a ‘3’.”

In such cultures, the ones labeled “The ‘10’s’” develop a sense of entitlement, believing that they are owed more than others and deserve more than others, based in nothing more than their place on “the looks hierarchy” or “the wealth hierarchy”; thus, the Advaitin invitation to de-accumulate will never even be considered.

Having been programmed and conditioned to believe that they should be allowed to operate outside the cultural boundaries that they believe only apply to “the non-special ones,” many internalize the Type Eight Personality and take themselves to be “The One in Control,” “The One Who Has Power and Wants to Exercise It,” “The One More Deserving of a Particular Person Than That Person’s Spouse,” “The Possessor,” “The Owner of Stuff,” "The Owner of People," ad infinitum.

Once persons become trapped in such personas and the “mind-set” of those personas, there manifests a perceived need for constant stimulation, for “living on the edge,” and for sexual promiscuity.

They will believe that they are all-powerful and all-knowing; that they are entitled to have every wish fulfilled; that societal boundaries do not apply to them; and that their impact on others is of no concern. Extreme narcissism and grandiosity will drive their thoughts and words and deeds. In other words, they fit exactly the profile of a sociopath.

In the absence of understanding the body and mind and personality motivators, persons are surprised—even shocked—when they see that the one who had been placed on the pedestal has suddenly fallen from grace…when they see that “the emperor, all along, had no clothes.”

Members of various cultures are active participants in the programming and the conditioning of their “heroes” to believe that they are “special” and “different” and “better than” others and that the societal rules do not apply to them.

The heroes will agree with the public’s message and will therefore act as if they are special and different from others and better than others and more deserving then others; ironically, at some point, that same culture willingly joins into the movement to reclassify “the hero” as “a zero” because the hero bought into the culture's nonsense and misperceptions.

The only acceptable “mind” among the non-Realized masses is the one that generates thoughts and words and actions that fit the cultural mold and that honors the notions of separation and ranking and a willingness to accept without questioning the culture’s views about what makes their fellow persons either “heroes” or “zeroes.” That, in turn, reinforces belief in the false concept of separation.


Reference was made in last Saturday’s post to “the many ego-based but all-illusion hierarchies that the non-Realized are forever dreaming up.” Along with rankings by body style and importance, persons also buy into the notions of social hierarchies, of financial hierarchies, and of personal hierarchies.

From such belief in “high rank,” “average rank,” and “low rank,” the entire planet has been turned into a huge hen yard with pecking orders that reinforce a false sense of separation as well as a belief in such concepts as “different-from-ness” and “better-than-ness” and “worse-then-ness.”

Hierarchies are required for pedestal placement and for falls from grace...hierarchies amounting to nothing more than dualistic notions, separatist concepts, and reinforcers of the lie of multiplicity rather than truth of the unicity. On this topic, Maharaj provided insight:

Questioner: According to [certain competent people], there exists a hierarchy of beings, from the lowest to the highest…”
Maharaj: “Even if it is [so], it is so only from the mind’s point of view….”

The only ones “above the fray” are those who have Realized Fully and that, as a result, can differentiate true from false, can distinguish image from Reality, and can discern fiction from fact...a play from what is real.

Maharaj said: "Once you realise that there is nothing in this world which you can call your own, you look at it from the outside as you look at a play on the stage or a picture on the screen, admiring and enjoying, but really unmoved."

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

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