Monday, November 30, 2009

CONTINUITY OF BODY-MIND-PERSONALITY LATER? THERE IS NO CONTINUITY EVEN NOW! Part Two

An Advaita forum focusing on Realisation, enlightenment, non-duality, Real Love, peace, freedom, Your original nature, abiding naturally, the Oneness, the Noneness, and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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.

FROM A SITE VISITOR: about your comment when you said - which have resulted in invasions and attacks and wars and, subsequently, more deaths than all causes combined except for natural causes - rather cynical I believe.

F.: Maybe, yet do not take “my” word for it. Contact any major television network and see if one of their reporters will provide for you the following information: of the last 500 fatal, video-taped explosions from anywhere on the planet which they have shown on their news reports, ask how many of those explosions were detonated by religious people and how many were detonated by non-religious people.

Exclude no religions. Count Muslim rockets fired into Israel; Jewish (U.S.) bombs dropped on Lebanon; the bombs a Christian president ordered dropped on Iraq and Afghanistan and the bombs dropped then and now in Pakistan; count also the most recent explosions set off in the streets and buildings of Mumbai.

Count Islamic suicide bombers in the Middle and Far East, and count those warriors in the U.S. Armed Forces who are conducting Christian religious services on their military bases in Muslim territories and who hold hands in a circle and pray to their Christian god before every bombing mission.

Add in the total number of deaths from the holocausts in the Americas and in Europe and from the Catholic Inquisition and from all of the religious wars in Western Europe. Then, let the facts determine if the pointer is cynical or factual. To continue:

Religions, spiritual movements, recovery groups, cults and ideologies all program and condition persons to buy into the dualities of “this life vs. that life,” “good vs. bad,” “reward vs. punishment,” and “eternal continuity of body-mind-personality.”

Ignoring all of the scientific evidence to the contrary, and all visible evidence of what happens post-manifestation to the elements that had formed a plant food body, the leaders in those groups tell their membership a conglomeration of nonsensical tales about "continuity" in order to keep them coming back and to keep them giving money to those groups on a daily or weekly basis for a lifetime.

And in order to control the thoughts and words and deeds of their membership, those leaders speak of the duality of an "eternally blissful continuity" vs. an "eternally tortured continuity."

However, Maharaj said,

“Memory creates the illusion of continuity” and “In the great mirror of consciousness, images arise and disappear and only memory gives them continuity.”

He said, “Anything that implies a continuity, a sequence, a passing from stage to stage cannot be the real” and “The false self wants to continue – pleasantly; therefore, it is always engaged in ensuring one's continuity.”

He said, “Feelings, thoughts and actions race before the watcher in endless succession, leaving traces in the brain and creating an illusion of continuity. A reflection of the watcher in the mind creates the sense of 'I' and the person acquires an apparently independent existence. In reality there is no person, only the watcher identifying himself with the 'I' and the 'mine'.”

He said, “The final answer is this: nothing is. All is a momentary appearance in the field of the universal consciousness; continuity as name and form is a mental formation only, easy to dispel,” and “Discontinuity is the law.”

Is the concept of continuity a lie and is the concept of discontinuity a fact merely because Maharaj said so? No. Continuity is known to be false because it can be proven false, and discontinuity is understood to be fact because it can be proven scientifically to be fact, contrary to all religious and spiritual concepts which cannot be proven to be true at all.

However, as a result of [a] learned ignorance and as a result of [b] having been programmed to give inordinate value to "faith" (which lulls "The Faithful Persons" to sleep), all of the "contradictory empirical data" that refute their teachings and beliefs and concepts and ideas will seldom inspire programmed and conditioned believers to abandon their belief in what is total nonsense.

That which should readily be seen as ancient nonsense that was rooted in myths and superstitions, and that has been brought forward to form modern dogma and presently-held spiritual beliefs that are kindergarten level at best, is neither seen to be nonsense nor abandoned; instead, those beliefs are inspiring millions across the globe to kill other persons who refuse to accept those beliefs as fact. How can the actual facts be so totally ignored?

In that regard, this was received this morning:

"Just read in the paper yesterday that in Dublin the government has officially concluded, and the Catholic church affirmed, that for decades all 19 orders of priests and nuns molested and raped children. The church simply covered it all up and protected and reassigned priests. I don't think I can chuckle any longer at your characterizations of the priests.

"I am not sure why every Catholic did not demand that after an outside investigation that every single person involved in the acts or the cover-ups be thrown out of the church. But, then again, I am a Catholic and did not officially leave the church. Really, Floyd, how could anyone trust a leadership hierarchy that condoned, by their actions, this rape of children? Oh, well, it's nothing you haven't been saying for years and years."

The reply: The Catholics do not have a monopoly on the dissemination of nonsense and on a tolerance of violence and on the propagation of relative harm that can be witnessed among many aligned with a variety of modern religions;

for now, however, you are invited to go into the quiet and find out why "every Catholic did not demand" and why you did not "officially leave the church" and you'll understand the reason that 6.5 billion persons have the Sickness of the Planet and why these teachings are the Ultimate Medicine.

Then, see that with six decades of opportunity to wake up and to have the courage to move away from those propagators of nonsense and relative harm, you are still "dancing with the devils"; then, look to a young mother named Ashley who wrote to this site at the end of May and thereafter to report the harassment she underwent after determining courageously (at a much younger age than you) that she was going to end her child's exposure to the programming and conditioning of her church's teachings.

Then, use that young woman's bravery as your model for the kind of courage you could be capable of if you would walk the road less traveled...the "path" less traveled.

As for all other visitors to this site, you would not be here unless you had some inkling that there is a reality that has nothing to do with the religious dogma and / or spiritual concepts that constituted the programming and conditioning to which you have been subjected.

Now, You are invited to question it all, to study the contradictory empirical data that prove those teachings are false, and then begin Your quest for The Truth with earnestness. After finding The Truth, You will abandon all of the game-playing and work and angst that are inspired by a belief in the concepts of continuity and of eternal punishment or reward; then, freed from all preoccupations, You will be able to enjoy naturally the bliss that can only be known NOW.

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

Now you can receive for $40 a downloadable computer file version of the same 7-hour satsang that seekers receive when they visit for the Advaita Retreat with Floyd. You will be guided through the seven steps from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond).
For more information or to order, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

SIX WAYS THAT SEEKERS HAVE REALIZED:

1. BY WATCHING the 4-Disk Video (DVD) Set, or the same retreat available as a downloadable file. Either will provide an entire seven-hour retreat / series of satsang sessions showing three seekers being guided through all seven steps by Floyd and can provide viewers with an “experiential,” step-by-step series of satsang meetings that will move the viewers from identification with the I to abidance as the Absolute and then to abidance as That Which Is beyond

Some seekers are already using the computer file version and the DVD sets for meetings in groups in homes, playing the retreat, pausing for discussion, etc.

To find out more or to purchase the DVD set or the downloadable computer file version of the retreat, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

Option “A” is for the downloadable file version, Option “B” is used to order the DVD set for delivery inside the U.S., Option “C” for international orders.

For the download, Paypal will send me a notice that payment has been received and then I will send by e-mail the downloading instruction, password, etc.

[It is recommended that you watch the video with pen and paper in hand. Write whatever you need clarified. You'll see that there are constant reviews and you might find an answer later in the seven-hour presentation. Then, after you watch it all, there will be a common ground for discussion. Purchase of the DVD’s or the file will include the right to clarifications and answers to your specific questions via e-mail.]

2. BY READING these books in this exact order:
IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)
SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)
[Those two prepare the seeker to question it all]
THE MEDITATION GUIDES
[Provide a broad overview of the understanding]
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?
[Begins to free the seeker of body identification and the desire for body continuity]
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace if You're Out of Your Mind)
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of the false content of the “mind”]
LIBERATION
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of personas]
THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS
[Provides the final preparation for the seeker to be directed along the “path”]
FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
[Directs the seeker along the “path”]
CONSCIOUSNESS/AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute)
[Allows the seeker to understand the functioning of the totality, the manifestation, and what is involved with the un-manifestation]
FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS
[Provides the seeker the wisdom to understand the Noneness as well as the Oneness]
Purchase an e-Book now and begin reading it in minutes (except with e-checks that can take 7-10 days). Trusting our clients as we do, all e-Books are provided to you in printable form.
SAVE IF YOU BUY ALL ELEVEN AT ONCE:
(You may order the books one at a time or you may use the following link to acquire the entire 11-e-Book set on sale for $99 if ordered at one time with the “Buy Now” button below. For this option, there will be no download links provided; once the near-instant notice of payment is received from PayPal, your e-Books will be sent to you as e-mail attachments. All are printable for your convenience.)
You may visit The Official Website of Floyd Henderson for information on each book.

3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes
For information, visit Information on the Advaita Classes on the Internet
To enroll visit Enroll in the Advaita Internet Course

4. BY ATTENDING an Advaitin retreat for satsang with floyd and being guided through all seven steps. For details of the retreats offered, please visit the retreat information site.

5. BY ARRANGING satsang by telephone in the U.S. or by Skype internationally:
Use the Contact link for details or for information on making arrangements for a session

6. BY ARRANGING for floyd to travel to your location and meet with you or your group. Use the contact link above to discuss details.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

CONTINUITY OF BODY-MIND-PERSONALITY LATER? THERE IS NO CONTINUITY EVEN NOW! Part One

An Advaita forum focusing on Realisation, enlightenment, non-duality, Real Love, peace, freedom, Your original nature, abiding naturally, the Oneness, the Noneness, and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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.: Organized religions and spirituality-based philosophies and ideologies share certain basic tenets: that there is a god, or there are superpowers / supreme beings, who are driving events on this planet; that a god or gods have certain expectations of people regarding what people should believe, how they should think, and how they should behave;

that a god or those gods or powers have the ability to make life rewarding now (“blessed”) or miserable now (“cursed”), depending on how closely their rules and wishes are followed; that there is not only life now but also eternal life waiting after “this life”;

that most of this life is to be occupied in doing the will of a god or gods now, making sacrifices to that god or those gods (via their “representatives” on earth), and using this life as preparation for the next life;

that talking to a god or gods and asking for direction regarding every relative issue should happen throughout the waking hours; that each person’s will should be turned over to the will of a god or gods;

that people should always be “good” and never be “bad” (while knowing all along that they will be “bad” anyway and that, in such cases, they should ask a god or gods for forgiveness when they are “bad” in order to have their “slate wiped clean”);

and that if they do all of the above, then they will be assured not only continuity of body and mind and personality but also endless pleasure and bliss during the afterlife which will be experienced by that continuing triad.

Per the dogma of organized religions, the body will experience pleasure forever, the mind will also be pleased and the personas assumed on earth will continue there and they will be pleasured as well (if the criteria set forth by their dogma or teachings are met).

For example, the dogma promises that two persons who assume the roles of “The Husband” and “The Wife” during the relative existence might face some problems (though fewer than the non-religious or non-spiritual) but in the afterlife, their relationship will be “bliss personified” if they but please a god or the gods now.

With such a wonderful deal being offered, why are religious leaders now so concerned about dwindling membership? Of course, the membership pendulum forever swings, as does the pendulum of “Dark Ages” and “Ages of Enlightenment.” Nisargan Douwe Tiemersma explains it thusly:

There are various religions [that] suffer from certain inherent limitations. They couch into fine-sounding words their traditional beliefs and ideologies, theological or philosophical. Believers, however, discover the limited range of meaning and applicability of these words, sooner or later. They get disillusioned and tend to abandon the systems, in the same way as scientific theories are abandoned, when they are called in question by too much contradictory empirical data.

Later, he would also note:

When a system of spiritual interpretation turns out to be unconvincing and not capable of being rationally justified, many people allow themselves to be converted to some other system. After a while, however, they find limitations and contradictions in the other system also. In this unrewarding pursuit of acceptance and rejection what remains for them is only scepticism and agnosticism, leading to a fatuous way of living, engrossed in mere gross utilities of life, just consuming material goods. Sometimes, however, though rarely, scepticism gives rise to an intuition of a basic reality, more fundamental than that of words, religions or philosophic systems.

Relevant to this discussion is the pointer offered by Dennis Waite when he writes, “Opinions and beliefs may be more dangerous than ignorance….” Agreed. For millions of years, humankind may have moved about in ignorance;

yet the term “ignorance is bliss” might properly characterize the human experience for those millions of years when compared to the way that events on the planet have unfolded in light of the inventing of the spiritual opinions and the religious beliefs which have been dreamed up over the last five or six thousand years and which have resulted in invasions and attacks and wars and, subsequently, more deaths than all causes combined except for “natural” causes.

Imagine the shock if the trillions who have been indoctrinated with tales of an afterlife and eternal punishment and eternal reward were to realize that all of those concepts are merely fabrications that have been dreamed up over the ages by persons who would control the thoughts and words and deeds of all humans on the planet.

Imagine the shock if they were to realize that all of the effort—all of the energy wasted in their attempt to assure that the body-mind-personality triad will not only have continuity but will experience for infinity physical pleasure, mental joy, and personality continuation—was spent for naught.

Imagine the relief if they were to discard the learned ignorance which they have accepted as truth, if they were to Realize now, and if they were to understand that there is no continuity now, much less later.

As more than one seeker has been told when here for an Advaitin / Nisargan retreat:

“You are in such misery because of your fear of death and the possibility of eternal punishment, so why not go ahead and ‘die’ now and be done with it? Only if there comes an end to identification with the body (and identification with the content of the ‘mind’ and identification with the scores of assumed personas) can the bliss begin and be known and be enjoyed. Joy can only be known now, never ‘later’. Die now, and then enjoy.”

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

Now you can receive for $40 a downloadable computer file version of the same 7-hour satsang that seekers receive when they visit for the Advaita Retreat with Floyd. You will be guided through the seven steps from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond).
For more information or to order, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

SIX WAYS THAT SEEKERS HAVE REALIZED:

1. BY WATCHING the 4-Disk Video (DVD) Set, or the same retreat available as a downloadable file. Either will provide an entire seven-hour retreat / series of satsang sessions showing three seekers being guided through all seven steps by Floyd and can provide viewers with an “experiential,” step-by-step series of satsang meetings that will move the viewers from identification with the I to abidance as the Absolute and then to abidance as That Which Is beyond

Some seekers are already using the computer file version and the DVD sets for meetings in groups in homes, playing the retreat, pausing for discussion, etc.

To find out more or to purchase the DVD set or the downloadable computer file version of the retreat, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

Option “A” is for the downloadable file version, Option “B” is used to order the DVD set for delivery inside the U.S., Option “C” for international orders.

For the download, Paypal will send me a notice that payment has been received and then I will send by e-mail the downloading instruction, password, etc.

[It is recommended that you watch the video with pen and paper in hand. Write whatever you need clarified. You'll see that there are constant reviews and you might find an answer later in the seven-hour presentation. Then, after you watch it all, there will be a common ground for discussion. Purchase of the DVD’s or the file will include the right to clarifications and answers to your specific questions via e-mail.]

2. BY READING these books in this exact order:
IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)
SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)
[Those two prepare the seeker to question it all]
THE MEDITATION GUIDES
[Provide a broad overview of the understanding]
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?
[Begins to free the seeker of body identification and the desire for body continuity]
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace if You're Out of Your Mind)
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of the false content of the “mind”]
LIBERATION
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of personas]
THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS
[Provides the final preparation for the seeker to be directed along the “path”]
FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
[Directs the seeker along the “path”]
CONSCIOUSNESS/AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute)
[Allows the seeker to understand the functioning of the totality, the manifestation, and what is involved with the un-manifestation]
FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS
[Provides the seeker the wisdom to understand the Noneness as well as the Oneness]
Purchase an e-Book now and begin reading it in minutes (except with e-checks that can take 7-10 days). Trusting our clients as we do, all e-Books are provided to you in printable form.
SAVE IF YOU BUY ALL ELEVEN AT ONCE:
(You may order the books one at a time or you may use the following link to acquire the entire 11-e-Book set on sale for $99 if ordered at one time with the “Buy Now” button below. For this option, there will be no download links provided; once the near-instant notice of payment is received from PayPal, your e-Books will be sent to you as e-mail attachments. All are printable for your convenience.)
You may visit The Official Website of Floyd Henderson for information on each book.

3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes
For information, visit Information on the Advaita Classes on the Internet
To enroll visit Enroll in the Advaita Internet Course

4. BY ATTENDING an Advaitin retreat for satsang with floyd and being guided through all seven steps. For details of the retreats offered, please visit the retreat information site.

5. BY ARRANGING satsang by telephone in the U.S. or by Skype internationally:
Use the Contact link for details or for information on making arrangements for a session

6. BY ARRANGING for floyd to travel to your location and meet with you or your group. Use the contact link above to discuss details.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

REALIZING FULLY AND ENDING THE FLUCTUATIONS (IN SPITE OF THE IRONIES)

An Advaita forum focusing on Realisation, enlightenment, non-duality, Real Love, peace, freedom, Your original nature, abiding naturally, the Oneness, the Noneness, and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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.

FROM A SITE VISITOR: How can the fluctuations end when I read one line and then a line later that contradicts that and a line later that contradicts that one. I don’t see how I’ll ever understand what you are teaching and then settle down. Is this a spiritual journey or not.

F.: Again, understand that if a sage is offering pointers that are supposedly contradictory, they are actually level-appropriate pointers which are relevant for a seeker at one point on the “path” but that will (a) be irrelevant at a later point and that will (b) not be appropriate for a seeker currently at a different level.

The issue of seemingly contradictory pointers and the irony involved was discussed in September of 2005 and the following will be offered again now because of the query above. Regarding a “spiritual journey” to Realization, requiring pointers from a Realized teacher that seem to be marked by irony after irony:

To try again to make this clear, the “spiritual” role assumed along the way happens at the third of seven steps to Realization (See From the I to the Absolute: A Seven-Step Journey to Reality). Neither that role, not any role or identity, is “the end goal.”

Thus, the next irony involves the fact that a spiritual role is just a role and that all roles are false and block the path to Realisation unless the seeker transitions beyond that role and all roles.

Too, it is ironic that there is no real “journey” at all. You Are complete, You Are already That Which is sought, You have nowhere to go, and You have nothing more that needs to be gained.

Ironic, too, is the fact that the Realized teacher who speaks to protégés much prefers not to speak at all. It is also ironic that You Are already free but have believed lies told and have not remembered the inner truth that is already within.

And yes, ironically, one must experience all the conditioning and programming and religious and / or spiritual roles that separate one from reality. Ironically, persons must live unnaturally and, even once on the "path," must live supernaturally and be driven by magical thinking for a time.

All of that must be "done" in order finally to be free of all doingness, to be free of all unnatural living, to be free of all supernatural living, and then to live naturally...free of all the slings and arrows of the variable, racing, troubling “mind.”

Only then can Realization happen which—in turn—results in just being, in watching things happen or not, in experiencing feelings but being free of emoting and reacting and over-reacting from a state of emotional intoxication.

“Thinking” (which is generated from an illusory mind that is nothing more than the storehouse of lies, myths and concepts) will disappear to the degree that attachment to, and belief in, lies and myths and concepts disappear. Few can escape the conditioning and programming that make necessary the “journey.”

The programming to accumulate, and the subsequent efforts to accumulate, must be followed by a period of Self-Inquiry and Realization and de-accumulation before one can stabilize “in reality.”

After the understanding, all happens…or not. What is the relative existence like, when lived in an AS IF fashion (i.e., as if anything in the relative matters but knowing it does not)? That can be known by considering these questions: How is your sight? Do you have to think to see? Do you have to work to see? Do you have to do daily exercises to see?

Or, are these the two relevant facts: if one cannot see, one cannot see; otherwise, seeing just happens. Once persons “see” that they are not a body that was born, once they “see” that they are not defined by their thoughts, once they “see” that they are not the spiritual or religious roles they have played...

...then the de-accumulation of beliefs and concepts and ideas can lead to the peace of Child Ignorance, to witnessing, to knowing the “True Self,” to understanding the beingness and the non-beingness, and to being in touch with Reality. From there, the doing stops and the being begins. Please enter the silence of contemplation.

Now you can receive for $40 a downloadable computer file version of the same 7-hour satsang that seekers receive when they visit for the Advaita Retreat with Floyd. You will be guided through the seven steps from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond).
For more information or to order, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

SIX WAYS THAT SEEKERS HAVE REALIZED:

1. BY WATCHING the 4-Disk Video (DVD) Set, or the same retreat available as a downloadable file. Either will provide an entire seven-hour retreat / series of satsang sessions showing three seekers being guided through all seven steps by Floyd and can provide viewers with an “experiential,” step-by-step series of satsang meetings that will move the viewers from identification with the I to abidance as the Absolute and then to abidance as That Which Is beyond

Some seekers are already using the computer file version and the DVD sets for meetings in groups in homes, playing the retreat, pausing for discussion, etc.

To find out more or to purchase the DVD set or the downloadable computer file version of the retreat, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

Option “A” is for the downloadable file version, Option “B” is used to order the DVD set for delivery inside the U.S., Option “C” for international orders.

For the download, Paypal will send me a notice that payment has been received and then I will send by e-mail the downloading instruction, password, etc.

[It is recommended that you watch the video with pen and paper in hand. Write whatever you need clarified. You'll see that there are constant reviews and you might find an answer later in the seven-hour presentation. Then, after you watch it all, there will be a common ground for discussion. Purchase of the DVD’s or the file will include the right to clarifications and answers to your specific questions via e-mail.]

2. BY READING these books in this exact order:
IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)
SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)
[Those two prepare the seeker to question it all]
THE MEDITATION GUIDES
[Provide a broad overview of the understanding]
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?
[Begins to free the seeker of body identification and the desire for body continuity]
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace if You're Out of Your Mind)
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of the false content of the “mind”]
LIBERATION
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of personas]
THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS
[Provides the final preparation for the seeker to be directed along the “path”]
FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
[Directs the seeker along the “path”]
CONSCIOUSNESS/AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute)
[Allows the seeker to understand the functioning of the totality, the manifestation, and what is involved with the un-manifestation]
FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS
[Provides the seeker the wisdom to understand the Noneness as well as the Oneness]
Purchase an e-Book now and begin reading it in minutes (except with e-checks that can take 7-10 days). Trusting our clients as we do, all e-Books are provided to you in printable form.
SAVE IF YOU BUY ALL ELEVEN AT ONCE:
(You may order the books one at a time or you may use the following link to acquire the entire 11-e-Book set on sale for $99 if ordered at one time with the “Buy Now” button below. For this option, there will be no download links provided; once the near-instant notice of payment is received from PayPal, your e-Books will be sent to you as e-mail attachments. All are printable for your convenience.)
You may visit The Official Website of Floyd Henderson for information on each book.

3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes
For information, visit Information on the Advaita Classes on the Internet
To enroll visit Enroll in the Advaita Internet Course

4. BY ATTENDING an Advaitin retreat for satsang with floyd and being guided through all seven steps. For details of the retreats offered, please visit the retreat information site.

5. BY ARRANGING satsang by telephone in the U.S. or by Skype internationally:
Use the Contact link for details or for information on making arrangements for a session

6. BY ARRANGING for floyd to travel to your location and meet with you or your group. Use the contact link above to discuss details.

Friday, November 27, 2009

THE ULTIMATE REALIZATION THAT CAN FREE YOU TO LIVE IN THE NISARGA WAY WITHOUT FLUCTUATION, Part Five, The Conclusion

An Advaita forum focusing on Realisation, enlightenment, non-duality, Real Love, peace, freedom, Your original nature, abiding naturally, the Oneness, the Noneness, and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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.: The “freedom” spoken of on this site involves freedom from identification. There is no freedom when trapped in identification and when trapped in an endless quest for identities (including the ones that some seekers take to be “the good ones”).

Another phrase that might point accurately to this freedom during the relative is "a looseness.” That would describe the counterpart to the “uptightness” that marks the relative existence of persons (a.k.a., the non-Realized).

That freedom—that “looseness”—allows the do-er and the doingness to end and allows delighting in the beingness to begin. For now, would that not be enough? Not for all:

FROM A SITE VISITOR: At times “I” sense “I” understand THAT and as you say “abide” as THAT but I slip back into the I AM and all the fluctuations you talk about. When “I” first started reading your blog, “I” saw all kinds of roles being played and saw that “I” was not those. When that happened, great freedom came. Now, “I” am (or “whatever” seems to be) moving back and forth again. Please advise. Thank you. Blake

F.: Consider I AM THAT; I AM. The I AM is the only chance that exists for an awake and aware state of beingness to happen…for being happy…for being free…for being at peace…for being subsumed in joy. As THAT, there shall be no knowing…no knowing of happiness, no knowing of freedom…no knowing peace…no knowing joy.

So again, just for now, why not take it easy for a period and enjoy the beingness, the Am-ness that you do understand? Maharaj invited many a seekers that was at the “place” on the “path” where you are to simply stay with the “I Am” for now.

So much effort is put into seeking an awareness of THAT; so much emphasis is put into defining THAT; so much more status is assigned to THAT than to the Am-ness.

Why? Because no problems will register as THAT. Freedom can only register now, and that which robs you of freedom is this and this alone in the beginning of the “journey”: not knowing what You Are not. For now, let the focus remain on what You Are not since you said that is where great freedom happened for you.

After working with thousands of seekers over the last 20+ years, the huge shifts that have been witnessed were witnessed when an awareness of all that one is not finally registered, not when a definition of what one IS registered…not when one assumed some “Final Identity” or “Ultimate Identity.” You are not god and You are not a god, so relax in that understanding which is the Ultimate Medicine for the Narcissism / God Complex / Sociopath Personality Disorders.

Krishna said that what You Are is beyond the beingness and the non-beingness. Exactly, but there is no known happiness, no known freedom, no known peace and no known joy beyond the beingness or beyond the non-beingness.

Do You not see what seekers have been invited for years on this site to see? Of course this Am-ness is temporary, finite, and limited. And yes, abidance as THAT (and that which is beyond) allows for a sense of the permanent, the infinite, and the unlimited. Yes, overlaying the THAT-ness upon the THIS-ness allows total freedom to happen NOW. But understand:

THAT will always be THAT, but "this" shall only be for a very short period. True, all of that which comes with the understanding of THAT can only be appreciated and enjoyed NOW, during the Am-ness.

Why not be satisfied for NOW with this: if the manifestation called “blake” continues, additional exchanges regarding THAT can happen via this site. If that manifestation called “blake” does not continue, be assured that THAT most definitely will; however, no “blake that is aware of THAT” will exist.

Since there is nothing to “prepare for,” the suggestion is to enjoy the Is-ness for now and to focus only on “I Am” for now. In the meanwhile, consider: what could it matter if the manifestation ends prior to fully understanding THAT but after fully understanding all that You Are not and enjoying the Is-ness more fully, NOW?

So the invitation to all not yet Fully Realized is to find a balance in your THIS / THAT focusing for NOW. Appreciate what is, NOW. Know the lightness of the nothingness, NOW. Take it easy, NOW. Know the nothing, NOW. Eventually, maybe, You will accept the veracity of the Oneness, NOW. Then You will be Love, NOW. Please enter the silence of contemplation.

Now you can receive for $40 a downloadable computer file version of the same 7-hour satsang that seekers receive when they visit for the Advaita Retreat with Floyd. You will be guided through the seven steps from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond).
For more information or to order, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

SIX WAYS THAT SEEKERS HAVE REALIZED:

1. BY WATCHING the 4-Disk Video (DVD) Set, or the same retreat available as a downloadable file. Either will provide an entire seven-hour retreat / series of satsang sessions showing three seekers being guided through all seven steps by Floyd and can provide viewers with an “experiential,” step-by-step series of satsang meetings that will move the viewers from identification with the I to abidance as the Absolute and then to abidance as That Which Is beyond

Some seekers are already using the computer file version and the DVD sets for meetings in groups in homes, playing the retreat, pausing for discussion, etc.

To find out more or to purchase the DVD set or the downloadable computer file version of the retreat, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

Option “A” is for the downloadable file version, Option “B” is used to order the DVD set for delivery inside the U.S., Option “C” for international orders.

For the download, Paypal will send me a notice that payment has been received and then I will send by e-mail the downloading instruction, password, etc.

[It is recommended that you watch the video with pen and paper in hand. Write whatever you need clarified. You'll see that there are constant reviews and you might find an answer later in the seven-hour presentation. Then, after you watch it all, there will be a common ground for discussion. Purchase of the DVD’s or the file will include the right to clarifications and answers to your specific questions via e-mail.]

2. BY READING these books in this exact order:
IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)
SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)
[Those two prepare the seeker to question it all]
THE MEDITATION GUIDES
[Provide a broad overview of the understanding]
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?
[Begins to free the seeker of body identification and the desire for body continuity]
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace if You're Out of Your Mind)
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of the false content of the “mind”]
LIBERATION
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of personas]
THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS
[Provides the final preparation for the seeker to be directed along the “path”]
FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
[Directs the seeker along the “path”]
CONSCIOUSNESS/AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute)
[Allows the seeker to understand the functioning of the totality, the manifestation, and what is involved with the un-manifestation]
FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS
[Provides the seeker the wisdom to understand the Noneness as well as the Oneness]
Purchase an e-Book now and begin reading it in minutes (except with e-checks that can take 7-10 days). Trusting our clients as we do, all e-Books are provided to you in printable form.
SAVE IF YOU BUY ALL ELEVEN AT ONCE:
(You may order the books one at a time or you may use the following link to acquire the entire 11-e-Book set on sale for $99 if ordered at one time with the “Buy Now” button below. For this option, there will be no download links provided; once the near-instant notice of payment is received from PayPal, your e-Books will be sent to you as e-mail attachments. All are printable for your convenience.)
You may visit The Official Website of Floyd Henderson for information on each book.

3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes
For information, visit Information on the Advaita Classes on the Internet
To enroll visit Enroll in the Advaita Internet Course

4. BY ATTENDING an Advaitin retreat for satsang with floyd and being guided through all seven steps. For details of the retreats offered, please visit the retreat information site.

5. BY ARRANGING satsang by telephone in the U.S. or by Skype internationally:
Use the Contact link for details or for information on making arrangements for a session

6. BY ARRANGING for floyd to travel to your location and meet with you or your group. Use the contact link above to discuss details.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

THE ULTIMATE REALIZATION THAT CAN FREE YOU TO LIVE IN THE NISARGA WAY WITHOUT FLUCTUATION, Part Four

An Advaita forum focusing on Realisation, enlightenment, non-duality, Real Love, peace, freedom, Your original nature, abiding naturally, the Oneness, the Noneness, and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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.: So if “the deal” is not about…

• becoming a god (since it has been seen that becoming a god would still not provide a stable relative existence) and if the deal is not about…

• assuming new personas (such as a religious or spiritual or supernatural identity) but is about being free of all identities, and if the deal is not about…

• believing that the assumption of a spiritual persona is the end of the “journey”…

…then how can any sense be made of the (misunderstood) teachings that result in so many seekers assuming a new identity of “being a supreme being” or "being at one with this" or "being at one with that"?

The sages have suggested that the “I Am” should be followed by nothing, but the very notion of “I Am a Supreme Being” is following the I AM with an identifier. And what of the dualistic notion that an “A” can be at one with a “B”?

The realizations above fly in the face of what most religious and / or spiritual seekers believe “this deal” is about, and they ask, “What of ‘I AM THAT’”?

If for now you do not understand THAT, could you settle for something of no greater import than “a speck of conscious-energy” (which will later be of no greater import than a speck of energy that is aware of nothing)? Why not be aware of nothing…of the nothingness…now?

Why not follow the "I Am" with…"nothing" if you are driven to follow that phrase with some word or phrase? Why not, "I am nothing"? Maharaj said that wisdom is knowing that You Are nothing. The wise will understand that and will simultaneously understand the neti-neti as well.

Even as You might continue a quest to understand the totality, could you settle, at least for now, for understanding everything that you are not? When even that much is realized, huge shifts in the previously-less-than-joyous relative existence will follow. You were told earlier:

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.

If you have not rejected all of the effects of your programming, conditioning, acculturation, and domestication, then you cannot even begin to understand the level of freedom that awaits if You would be unburdened of those effects alone. Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)

Now you can receive for $40 a downloadable computer file version of the same 7-hour satsang that seekers receive when they visit for the Advaita Retreat with Floyd. You will be guided through the seven steps from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond).
For more information or to order, click:

SIX WAYS THAT SEEKERS HAVE REALIZED:

1. BY WATCHING the 4-Disk Video (DVD) Set, or the same retreat available as a downloadable file. Either will provide an entire seven-hour retreat / series of satsang sessions showing three seekers being guided through all seven steps by Floyd and can provide viewers with an “experiential,” step-by-step series of satsang meetings that will move the viewers from identification with the I to abidance as the Absolute and then to abidance as That Which Is beyond

Some seekers are already using the computer file version and the DVD sets for meetings in groups in homes, playing the retreat, pausing for discussion, etc.

To find out more or to purchase the DVD set or the downloadable computer file version of the retreat, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

Option “A” is for the downloadable file version, Option “B” is used to order the DVD set for delivery inside the U.S., Option “C” for international orders.

For the download, Paypal will send me a notice that payment has been received and then I will send by e-mail the downloading instruction, password, etc.

[It is recommended that you watch the video with pen and paper in hand. Write whatever you need clarified. You'll see that there are constant reviews and you might find an answer later in the seven-hour presentation. Then, after you watch it all, there will be a common ground for discussion. Purchase of the DVD’s or the file will include the right to clarifications and answers to your specific questions via e-mail.]

2. BY READING these books in this exact order:
IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)
SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)
[Those two prepare the seeker to question it all]
THE MEDITATION GUIDES
[Provide a broad overview of the understanding]
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?
[Begins to free the seeker of body identification and the desire for body continuity]
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace if You're Out of Your Mind)
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of the false content of the “mind”]
LIBERATION
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of personas]
THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS
[Provides the final preparation for the seeker to be directed along the “path”]
FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
[Directs the seeker along the “path”]
CONSCIOUSNESS/AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute)
[Allows the seeker to understand the functioning of the totality, the manifestation, and what is involved with the un-manifestation]
FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS
[Provides the seeker the wisdom to understand the Noneness as well as the Oneness]
Purchase an e-Book now and begin reading it in minutes (except with e-checks that can take 7-10 days). Trusting our clients as we do, all e-Books are provided to you in printable form.
SAVE IF YOU BUY ALL ELEVEN AT ONCE:
(You may order the books one at a time or you may use the following link to acquire the entire 11-e-Book set on sale for $99 if ordered at one time with the “Buy Now” button below. For this option, there will be no download links provided; once the near-instant notice of payment is received from PayPal, your e-Books will be sent to you as e-mail attachments. All are printable for your convenience.)
You may visit The Official Website of Floyd Henderson for information on each book.

3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes
For information, visit Information on the Advaita Classes on the Internet
To enroll visit Enroll in the Advaita Internet Course

4. BY ATTENDING an Advaitin retreat for satsang with floyd and being guided through all seven steps. For details of the retreats offered, please visit the retreat information site.

5. BY ARRANGING satsang by telephone in the U.S. or by Skype internationally:
Use the Contact link for details or for information on making arrangements for a session

6. BY ARRANGING for floyd to travel to your location and meet with you or your group. Use the contact link above to discuss details.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

THE ULTIMATE REALIZATION THAT CAN FREE YOU TO LIVE IN THE NISARGA WAY WITHOUT FLUCTUATION, Part Three

An Advaita forum focusing on Realisation, enlightenment, non-duality, Real Love, peace, freedom, Your original nature, abiding naturally, the Oneness, the Noneness, and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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.

Now you can receive for $40 a downloadable computer file version of the same 7-hour satsang that seekers receive when they visit for the Advaita Retreat with Floyd. You will be guided through the seven steps from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond).
For more information or to order, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

THE ARROGANCE OF BELIEVING IN APOTHEOSIS AND DEIFICATION (con't.)

F.: A fluctuation-free, chaos-free, and desireless-and-therefore-free existence happens in the absence of identity, not in the presence of "bad identities" or "good identities" or "supreme and divine identities."

How could being god-like or godly or a god-person possibly result in happiness when gods themselves are usually depicted as co-dependent and inconsistently happy? Believers believe that they can please their god and make their god happy and that they can also displease their god and make their god sad.

Godliness or godness, therefore, cannot possibly produce a stability of moods, at least according to most "holy texts" which depict god or gods as often being very angry, disappointed, warlike, destructive, murderous and sometimes capable of acts of genocide. Being a god will not provide an escape from fluctuation, at least according to the literature of most religions which teach that there are creator gods, sustainer gods, and destroyer gods.

[The "one god" of Abraham is actually all of those three original types, just rolled into one. The result is a schizophrenic god that supposedly created you and will sustain you if you have faith but who is, simultaneously, quite ready to destroy you if that course of action is indicated via a violation of divine rules or laws without an "I'm sorry" offered up after each repeated infraction.]

Next, recall that the master addiction among humans is an addiction to the desire to control. The secondary addiction is an addiction to have power in order to control. Historically, those desiring power (a) listen to those who claim that they are representing a power and can show them how to tap into that power; and

(b) admire and idolize those who have power; and (c) want to be like those who have power; and (d) worship those who have power or claim to be “the power”; and (e) eventually desire to be the power themselves.

• History tells us that Egyptian pharaohs were believed to be gods. Philip II of Macedonia and Alexander the Great were thought to be gods. Roman emperors were also believed to be gods.

• A dark-skinned man born in Beyt le’chem (Bethelem) who was named Yeshu’a (a very common name in the Middle East around 3 A.D.) would later be known as “Jesus” and would be deified as “Jesus the Christos” (Gk., “The Anointed One”) or also “Kristos” or “Krista” (see the Sanskrit “Krista” or the variation “Krishna,” meaning “the all-attractive one,” and used interchangeably with “God” by some).

• His mother avoided stoning by claiming that she was impregnated by God, setting the stage less for the deification of her son Yeshu'a and more for some persons to merely accept that he was the son of god or god manifest or god incarnate...one with the godhead as well as a spirit deemed “holy.”

• Jewish writings told the Jewish masses: “Ye are gods.”

• Jesus supposedly referred to that passage when he purportedly said, “Is it not written in your law, 'I said, Ye are gods'?”

• Teotihuacán was at one time the center of a civilization that flourished over most of Mesoamerica, (from 150-450 AD). The name means, “The place where men become Gods.”

• The Chinese have deified persons ranging from able generals to Chairman Mao.

• In Europe, kings for hundreds of years were believed to be divine.

• Light-skinned invaders have historically been thought to be gods when they occupied lands inhabited by darker-skinned persons.

• George Washington was deified. Visitors to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. can view from the Rotunda an overhead mural painted on the dome (entitled, “The Apotheosis of Washington”) depicting him ascending into heaven and revealing that he had been deified in the minds of many.

• The Japanese emperor during World War II was believed to be a direct descendant of the “Sun God,” inspiring a willingness among some Japanese kamikaze pilots to “die for their God.” (The modern day Islamists who strap on bomb vests and blow up themselves and others are similarly committing suicide in the name of their God.)

• Adolf Hitler was deified and the babies born at the breeding farms he set up in the 1930’s to breed a "Super Race of Aryans" were baptized at an altar with his picture upon it. At the state-run worship services for the older children, Sunday services were also conducted before an altar with Hitler’s picture at its center.

• Mormons, mentioned yesterday, still teach that their faithful men literally become gods.

• Even among Advaita Vedantans, Advaitins, Vedantans, neo-Advaitins, neo-Vedantans and Pseudo-Advaitins, most who claim god-beingness as an identity ignore Krishna’s pointers regarding “beyond beingness and non-beingness.”

Most persons who believe they can ascend to divinity might claim that their god-relationship or god-oneness or god-beingness gives them peace and humility and power. As for those claiming that they are reaping those “benefits” of god-beingness, they ignore the relative facts surrounding the manifestation of the God Complex personality.

Theory and philosophy and ideology aside, persons trapped in the God Complex or Narcissistic Personality Disorder show far less humility and peace and far more of the following throughout their relative existence:

grandiosity; severely disturbed interpersonal relations; the inaccurate belief that they are liked and respected in spite of their history of callousness and exploitative personal interactions; a huge need for admiration; an aggravated sense of self-importance;

a preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, and brilliance; a belief that they are “special”; an excessive desire for praise, compliments, deference, and expressions of envy; a desire to be told that everything they do is better than what others can do; insincerity;

a sense of entitlement; an expectation of automatic compliance with their wishes; an expectation of especially favorable treatment; reactions of hurt or rage when their expectations are frustrated;

a tendency to use other people to get what they want without caring about the cost to the other people; a tendency to be envious of others; arrogance; haughtiness; and contemptuous behaviors or attitudes.

Now some might say that is all “most un-god-like,” proving they have never read the Old Testament and similar works that offer depictions of a god or gods that display those traits exactly.

In contrast, the nisarga way of moving through the remainder of the relative existence is a natural way. It happens after all seven steps on the “path” to Realization take place. To try to live in a supernatural / religious / spiritual way fixates seekers at the third step of a seven-step "journey."

There, seekers are convinced that they have “arrived” when they have not moved along even half of the total “path.” Stability happens only after the seventh step and never happens at the third of seven steps.

Therefore, fixated in the belief that one is godly, god-like, a god-person or a god, there can be no freedom from fluctuation and chaos for such persons: there will be instead periods of happiness (when those persons are treated as gods) and often-longer periods of unhappiness or discontentment (when they are not treated in the god-like fashion that they desire and expect). Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)

SIX WAYS THAT SEEKERS HAVE REALIZED:

1. BY WATCHING the 4-Disk Video (DVD) Set, or the same retreat available as a downloadable file. Either will provide an entire seven-hour retreat / series of satsang sessions showing three seekers being guided through all seven steps by Floyd and can provide viewers with an “experiential,” step-by-step series of satsang meetings that will move the viewers from identification with the I to abidance as the Absolute and then to abidance as That Which Is beyond

Some seekers are already using the computer file version and the DVD sets for meetings in groups in homes, playing the retreat, pausing for discussion, etc.

To find out more or to purchase the DVD set or the downloadable computer file version of the retreat, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

Option “A” is for the downloadable file version, Option “B” is used to order the DVD set for delivery inside the U.S., Option “C” for international orders.

For the download, Paypal will send me a notice that payment has been received and then I will send by e-mail the downloading instruction, password, etc.

[It is recommended that you watch the video with pen and paper in hand. Write whatever you need clarified. You'll see that there are constant reviews and you might find an answer later in the seven-hour presentation. Then, after you watch it all, there will be a common ground for discussion. Purchase of the DVD’s or the file will include the right to clarifications and answers to your specific questions via e-mail.]

2. BY READING these books in this exact order:
IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)
SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)
[Those two prepare the seeker to question it all]
THE MEDITATION GUIDES
[Provide a broad overview of the understanding]
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?
[Begins to free the seeker of body identification and the desire for body continuity]
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace if You're Out of Your Mind)
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of the false content of the “mind”]
LIBERATION
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of personas]
THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS
[Provides the final preparation for the seeker to be directed along the “path”]
FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
[Directs the seeker along the “path”]
CONSCIOUSNESS/AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute)
[Allows the seeker to understand the functioning of the totality, the manifestation, and what is involved with the un-manifestation]
FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS
[Provides the seeker the wisdom to understand the Noneness as well as the Oneness]
Purchase an e-Book now and begin reading it in minutes (except with e-checks that can take 7-10 days). Trusting our clients as we do, all e-Books are provided to you in printable form.
SAVE IF YOU BUY ALL ELEVEN AT ONCE:
(You may order the books one at a time or you may use the following link to acquire the entire 11-e-Book set on sale for $99 if ordered at one time with the “Buy Now” button below. For this option, there will be no download links provided; once the near-instant notice of payment is received from PayPal, your e-Books will be sent to you as e-mail attachments. All are printable for your convenience.)
You may visit The Official Website of Floyd Henderson for information on each book.

3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes
For information, visit Information on the Advaita Classes on the Internet
To enroll visit Enroll in the Advaita Internet Course

4. BY ATTENDING an Advaitin retreat for satsang with floyd and being guided through all seven steps. For details of the retreats offered, please visit the retreat information site.

5. BY ARRANGING satsang by telephone in the U.S. or by Skype internationally:
Use the Contact link for details or for information on making arrangements for a session

6. BY ARRANGING for floyd to travel to your location and meet with you or your group. Use the contact link above to discuss details.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

THE ULTIMATE REALIZATION THAT CAN FREE YOU TO LIVE IN THE NISARGA WAY WITHOUT FLUCTUATION, Part Two

An Advaita forum focusing on Realisation, enlightenment, non-duality, Real Love, peace, freedom, Your original nature, abiding naturally, the Oneness, the Noneness, and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Now you can receive for $40 a downloadable computer file version of the same 7-hour satsang that seekers receive when they visit for the Advaita Retreat with Floyd. You will be guided through the seven steps from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond).
For more information or to order, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

F.: Yesterday’s post offered this pointer:

“How disgusting it must sound to those who are trapped in their “I am god” grandiosity to read, ‘You are nothing, and knowing that is wisdom’.” The opposite of wisdom is ignorance, so to believe that you are “something” instead of knowing that You Are nothing is ignorance.

Certain Eastern cultures have historically “set the curve” on understanding the wisdom of de-accumulation, yet even supposed adherents to the teachings of de-accumulation nevertheless accumulate. They accumulate new, “good” personas such as “The Religious One” or “The Spiritual Giant”;

they accumulate new identities, such as “The One at One With God”; and some accumulate the new, sanctified role of “a God” or “God.”

To believe that an assumed divine role is real is to set the stage for fluctuation and for interrupted harmony because other persons will never consistently provide the level of respect and adoration that the one assuming a divine role expects. (That is why narcissists and sociopaths can never be consistently happy.)

Furthermore, if you believe (A) that you are “at one with” god or if you believe that you are "a god" yourself, and if you now understand that (B) personality trumps god, then where do you think you will rank in the personal opinion of the masses? The desires of their personalities will always trump your newly-assumed identity of God.

What are the odds of your receiving the kind of respect you will think you deserve for being a super-spiritual person or a godlike person or a godly person or a god-person when the masses cannot even rank the will of the god they already believe in above the will of their own personalities?

And consider one relative impact: notice what happens, for example, when a marriage that had been moving along swimmingly sees one person assume the role of "The Godly Person" or "The God-person." Often, the assumption of the new persona will bring about disharmony or even an end to the marriage because the other partner will never be good enough for one who has self-elevated his / her status to that of "deity."

Such God-persons will always be “brought back down to earth” as others do not treat them in the manner that someone who is assuming the identity of “God” expects to be treated. Then, those assuming the role of God-person will be forever involved in trying to convince themselves and others, over and over, that they really are gods and are thereby entitled to all of the rights and privileges thereof.

Some might agree to believe whatever the supposed God-person claims (as happens often in modern cults) but others will not, so the cycles of fluctuation and instability will continue thusly unless Full Realization happens.

Only if the original no-identity state is reached can all delusion and self-delusion end, but for thousands of years, persons have found far more appealing the teachings and beliefs that suggest they can be “at one with” god or even a god themselves.

In fact, the two concepts of apotheosis and deification have been humankind’s longest-running and most-widely popular ideas among "the religious" and "the spiritual" because both play right into man’s propensity for dreaming up the most grandiose of self-concepts and self-identifications (or even Self-identification).

THE ARROGANCE OF APOTHEOSIS AND DEIFICATION

Those trapped at the third of seven steps on the “path” to Realization are fixated at what Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj called “the level of kindergarten spirituality.” Here, You have been invited since the summer of 2005 to focus less on “something” and more on “nothing.”

You have been invited to enter into the lightness of satisfaction…to be satisfied with less by abandoning the quest for more; to seek more to understand who you are not rather than trying to lock down some new, better-than-ever identity; and to give less value to “something” and to be satisfied with…nothing.

If you have been invited to the lightness of being by having been encouraged to abandon all of “the small stuff,” imagine how much more freeing it could be—how much lighter your relative existence could be—if you would now abandon the “big stuff.”

And what “bigger stuff” is to be abandoned in the quest for lightness than the heaviness and grandiosity and pomposity and weightiness of believing in the concepts of “apotheosis” and “deification”?

The literal meaning of apotheosis is “man becoming god.” Deification involves either being treated like a god or being elevated to the status of god or becoming god.

The earliest cults and pagan religions incorporated the deification of man into their dogma, and since all modern religions are nothing more than modern versions of the ancient cults and pagan religions which have undergone sometimes-slight-modification and sometimes-slightly-more-mutation, then the notions of deification and apotheosis are still being taught by many religions and spiritual groups and philosophies.

[For example, Mormons teach that their men will eventually become gods and that their women cannot enter into heaven until each of their husbands becomes a god and then pulls the wife-floating-in-space through “the veil,” an act that is incorporated into the marriage ceremony as a “test run.” During the ceremony, a veil with a slit is set between the two, and the male whispers the secret name he has assigned to her (the name she will listen for as she floats along the length of the veil with many other women some day) and he pulls her through to "the other side." In their theology, there is not one god or a few gods but there are millions and billions of gods—all formerly human, Mormon men. And yes, that is also evidence of the fact that the billions of persons who presently report that they are among the membership of one of the three sky cults of Abraham—Judaism, Christianity, or Islam—or members among their offspring, are members of the most chauvinistic institutions on the planet, but that is an ignorance-based situation better suited for discussion in another series.]

As noted, many seekers today are on a quest to become at one with God and claim that they are accomplishing their goal by sacrificing the individual ego; others today, and historically, have sought to be elevated to the status of God or to be God.

In either case, any assertions regarding humbleness or meekness are mere lip service to humility because both of the scenarios above, in the end, involve the attempted enlargement of the individual, personal ego.

Of all of the forms-cum-consciousness on the planet, only one deals with the individual, personal ego, so it is only persons that are constantly in a state of flux...shifting into and out of peace, into and out of egotism, and into and out of mental, emotional and spiritual stability. Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)

SIX WAYS THAT SEEKERS HAVE REALIZED:

1. BY WATCHING the 4-Disk Video (DVD) Set, or the same retreat available as a downloadable file. Either will provide an entire seven-hour retreat / series of satsang sessions showing three seekers being guided through all seven steps by Floyd and can provide viewers with an “experiential,” step-by-step series of satsang meetings that will move the viewers from identification with the I to abidance as the Absolute and then to abidance as That Which Is beyond

Some seekers are already using the computer file version and the DVD sets for meetings in groups in homes, playing the retreat, pausing for discussion, etc.

To find out more or to purchase the DVD set or the downloadable computer file version of the retreat, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

Option “A” is for the downloadable file version, Option “B” is used to order the DVD set for delivery inside the U.S., Option “C” for international orders.

For the download, Paypal will send me a notice that payment has been received and then I will send by e-mail the downloading instruction, password, etc.

[It is recommended that you watch the video with pen and paper in hand. Write whatever you need clarified. You'll see that there are constant reviews and you might find an answer later in the seven-hour presentation. Then, after you watch it all, there will be a common ground for discussion. Purchase of the DVD’s or the file will include the right to clarifications and answers to your specific questions via e-mail.]

2. BY READING these books in this exact order:
IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)
SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)
[Those two prepare the seeker to question it all]
THE MEDITATION GUIDES
[Provide a broad overview of the understanding]
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?
[Begins to free the seeker of body identification and the desire for body continuity]
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace if You're Out of Your Mind)
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of the false content of the “mind”]
LIBERATION
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of personas]
THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS
[Provides the final preparation for the seeker to be directed along the “path”]
FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
[Directs the seeker along the “path”]
CONSCIOUSNESS/AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute)
[Allows the seeker to understand the functioning of the totality, the manifestation, and what is involved with the un-manifestation]
FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS
[Provides the seeker the wisdom to understand the Noneness as well as the Oneness]
Purchase an e-Book now and begin reading it in minutes (except with e-checks that can take 7-10 days). Trusting our clients as we do, all e-Books are provided to you in printable form.
SAVE IF YOU BUY ALL ELEVEN AT ONCE:
(You may order the books one at a time or you may use the following link to acquire the entire 11-e-Book set on sale for $99 if ordered at one time with the “Buy Now” button below. For this option, there will be no download links provided; once the near-instant notice of payment is received from PayPal, your e-Books will be sent to you as e-mail attachments. All are printable for your convenience.)
You may visit The Official Website of Floyd Henderson for information on each book.

3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes
For information, visit Information on the Advaita Classes on the Internet
To enroll visit Enroll in the Advaita Internet Course

4. BY ATTENDING an Advaitin retreat for satsang with floyd and being guided through all seven steps. For details of the retreats offered, please visit the retreat information site.

5. BY ARRANGING satsang by telephone in the U.S. or by Skype internationally:
Use the Contact link for details or for information on making arrangements for a session

6. BY ARRANGING for floyd to travel to your location and meet with you or your group. Use the contact link above to discuss details.

Monday, November 23, 2009

THE ULTIMATE REALIZATION THAT CAN FREE YOU TO LIVE IN THE NISARGA WAY WITHOUT FLUCTUATION, Part One

An Advaita forum focusing on Realisation, enlightenment, non-duality, Real Love, peace, freedom, Your original nature, abiding naturally, the Oneness, the Noneness, and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Now you can receive for $40 a downloadable computer file version of the same 7-hour satsang that seekers receive when they visit for the Advaita Retreat with Floyd. You will be guided through the seven steps from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond).
For more information or to order, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

F.: Yesterday’s post ended with this:

“…it will be shown that there has been a history of persons who want more than conscious contact with a god or gods. There is, in fact, a long history of persons who have claimed that they have transcended the dualistic, subject-object arrangement of conscious contact with god and have actually become at one with God and are therefore gods as well.”

Persons will never be able to live in the nisarga fashion if they want to live in a supernatural fashion. No persons can ever live in the nisarga fashion if they have a belief that there is some external, supernatural power that they can align with, tap into, or—as some believe—become.

Persons can never live in the nisarga fashion if they are trapped in ego-states that are supported by egotism. Persons can never live in the nisarga fashion if they are driven to have power or if they think dualistically that they can be at one with some supernatural power. "At one" is non-duality; "with" is duality.

Is it understood that the very notion that “A” can be at one with “B” is duality? Is it understood that persons cannot live in the nisarga fashion if they believe the notion that “I am not ‘at one with’ the power but believe instead that I am actually that power (or supernatural being)”?

If there is even one ego-state that a person is clinging to, then egotism is supporting the false beliefs that (A) the person is real; that (B) the persona has legitimate, reality-based desires that need to be met; that (C) the person can attain the power and control required to bring about all that it desires; that (D) it can tap into some external, outer power that exists to control all and to bring about every desire a person has; and that (E) the persona is “at-one” with God, thus being—for all practical purposes—God.

All fear and desire is rooted in one or more false ego-states. To want is to be in delusion, requiring the belief that a false self with a desire is real; furthermore, it does not matter if the want is what your culture says is a “bad” desire (e.g., wanting your neighbor’s wife),

or if the want is what your culture says is a “good” desire (e.g., wanting to be at one with god, in conscious contact with god, being god…whatever). As always, look not to "the one you think has attained the level of spirituality that you want" for your model. Look instead to the no-religion-at-all-and-the-no-spirituality-at-all-deer for your model if you would live in a nisarga fashion.

The deer is not focused on seeking anything or being at one with anything. It is not seeking to connect with some external power to gain control. It has no desire, not even a desire to eat grass. The eating of grass happens spontaneously, without plan.

You will never live naturally if you "want what Maharaj had," if you “want what floyd has,” if you “want what your guru has,” or if you “want what anyone whom you are idolizing has.” You will never live naturally if you believe that there is a god (or gods) in other worlds that are controlling what is happening in this world.

You will never live naturally if you believe that you can be at one with something else (since that is a dualistic belief) and you can never live naturally if you assume any identity, including “I am that which is at one with god / with the god force / with the god head / with the personal power of the universe.”

The ultimate Realization that can free you to live in the nisarga fashion without fluctuation is this:

Every pagan religion (a.k.a., “all current religions”) as well as every cult, sect, ideology, creed, dogma, doctrine, spiritual movement, and spiritual philosophy has at its core the notion that humans can be “at one” with god. From that comes desiring, and from desiring comes misery and fluctuation.

When believing that one's desires are being met, happiness happens; when seeing that the desires are never met consistently, misery happens. Yet the masses are trapped in personality, so notions about god and god's power and at-one-ment and godliness and being god set the stage for the manifestation of the personality disorders that most professionals claim are the most difficult to treat:

1. The Narcissistic Personality Disorder (tantamount to The God Complex Personality Disorder), and

2. The Sociopath Personality Disorder.

Both disorders produce the belief that “I am the greatest, the ultimate. My desires trump the desires of all others,” and both disorders result in persons being unstable...constantly in a state of flux...never consistently being treated in the fashion desired and never able to sustain control on a continuing basis.

Thus, the narcissist is always in a state of fluctuation...happy when able to manipulate others and when able to receive the levels of respect and attention and adulation and positive feedback that ego desires but unhappy when persons do not consistently provide those levels of respect and attention and adulation and positive feedback that the narcissist desires.

And the sociopath is always in a state of fluctuation...happy when able to control and intimidate others but unhappy when persons do not consistently follow orders and meet the (totally unreasonable) demands and expectations as set forth by one living in the ego-state of "The Boss" or "The Controller" or "The One Who Should Have the Ultimate Say in All Matters."

Those two personality disorders, which account for much of the sense of separation on the planet as well as the arrogance and fighting and killing and wars, are both rooted in an "I am god" mentality.

Among those trapped at the third of the seven steps in the movement from (a) identification with the false “I” to (b) understanding the Absolute and all beyond, it is a short step from believing that “I am godly” to “I am at one with god” to “I am god.”

Once the "I am god" belief manifests, then persons believe that they are entitled to all of the rights and privileges of a god, including being worshiped by everyone and worshiped with "body, heart, mind, and soul." And that is the case in spite of any claim to "god-inspired humility."

Historically, it has been organized religions, cults, sects, ideologies, creeds, dogma, doctrines, spiritual movements, and spiritual philosophies that have encouraged and supported the "I am god and you are god"-type grandiosity.

To take the short step from “I am at one with god” to “ergo, I am god” is to assume another false identity. When Realization happens via the Nisarga Yoga, all identity assumption ends.

How disgusting it must sound to visitors to this site who are trapped in grandiosity, who have adopted another false but supposedly divine identity, and who read, “You are nothing, and knowing that is wisdom.” Yet the fact is this: any seeker seeking "something" will never be stabilized in a contented state.

To the contrary, it is only the seeker that seeks nothing and finds the nothingness that can stabilize in the natural, original state. All others will be in a constant state of fluctuation and instability. Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)

SIX WAYS THAT SEEKERS HAVE REALIZED:

1. BY WATCHING the 4-Disk Video (DVD) Set, or the same retreat available as a downloadable file. Either will provide an entire seven-hour retreat / series of satsang sessions showing three seekers being guided through all seven steps by Floyd and can provide viewers with an “experiential,” step-by-step series of satsang meetings that will move the viewers from identification with the I to abidance as the Absolute and then to abidance as That Which Is beyond

Some seekers are already using the computer file version and the DVD sets for meetings in groups in homes, playing the retreat, pausing for discussion, etc.

To find out more or to purchase the DVD set or the downloadable computer file version of the retreat, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

Option “A” is for the downloadable file version, Option “B” is used to order the DVD set for delivery inside the U.S., Option “C” for international orders.

For the download, Paypal will send me a notice that payment has been received and then I will send by e-mail the downloading instruction, password, etc.

[It is recommended that you watch the video with pen and paper in hand. Write whatever you need clarified. You'll see that there are constant reviews and you might find an answer later in the seven-hour presentation. Then, after you watch it all, there will be a common ground for discussion. Purchase of the DVD’s or the file will include the right to clarifications and answers to your specific questions via e-mail.]

2. BY READING these books in this exact order:
IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)
SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)
[Those two prepare the seeker to question it all]
THE MEDITATION GUIDES
[Provide a broad overview of the understanding]
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?
[Begins to free the seeker of body identification and the desire for body continuity]
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace if You're Out of Your Mind)
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of the false content of the “mind”]
LIBERATION
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of personas]
THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS
[Provides the final preparation for the seeker to be directed along the “path”]
FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
[Directs the seeker along the “path”]
CONSCIOUSNESS/AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute)
[Allows the seeker to understand the functioning of the totality, the manifestation, and what is involved with the un-manifestation]
FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS
[Provides the seeker the wisdom to understand the Noneness as well as the Oneness]
Purchase an e-Book now and begin reading it in minutes (except with e-checks that can take 7-10 days). Trusting our clients as we do, all e-Books are provided to you in printable form.
SAVE IF YOU BUY ALL ELEVEN AT ONCE:
(You may order the books one at a time or you may use the following link to acquire the entire 11-e-Book set on sale for $99 if ordered at one time with the “Buy Now” button below. For this option, there will be no download links provided; once the near-instant notice of payment is received from PayPal, your e-Books will be sent to you as e-mail attachments. All are printable for your convenience.)
You may visit The Official Website of Floyd Henderson for information on each book.

3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes
For information, visit Information on the Advaita Classes on the Internet
To enroll visit Enroll in the Advaita Internet Course

4. BY ATTENDING an Advaitin retreat for satsang with floyd and being guided through all seven steps. For details of the retreats offered, please visit the retreat information site.

5. BY ARRANGING satsang by telephone in the U.S. or by Skype internationally:
Use the Contact link for details or for information on making arrangements for a session

6. BY ARRANGING for floyd to travel to your location and meet with you or your group. Use the contact link above to discuss details.