Saturday, March 06, 2010

THE LOVE WHISPERINGS OF ADVAITA. THE CONCLUSION – SITE CO-HOST: LOUISE STERLING

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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.

Note: this posting is aimed at those who have removed most of the conceptual identifications and are ready to shift from the final persona identification as seeker. It is not aimed at beginners.

You are already the changeless, permanent Reality. You are the ocean – the sandstone rock appears in You. You are the mountain – the pebble appears in You. Temporarily, here in this relative world, you feel like you are lost. You feel a sense of Who You Are, but you cannot quite get to it. You have an idea of Realization that eludes you. Friend, how can you lose what you already are? From My view, You are a mountain crying out “Look I am a pebble.” You are the ocean calling “See I am the sandstone rock.” You take Your already existing natural state – formless, limitless, beyond description – and bind it with a network of ideas that create form, limits and attributes. Then you complain that You are lost. See – all that is required is to trace backwards – to remove what has been added. If You remove the sense of form – formlessness remains. If you remove the sense of limit, limitlessness remains, If you remove the thousands of attributes, what is without shape, color and identity remains. How can you see what cannot be differentiated? How can you know what is unknowable? You cannot. This “journey” into the source of Yourself, is like a falling back into nothing, the void space in which all limited forms are created.

You want this sense of void and nothing, but you want to experience it at the level of individuality. You want the direct knowledge, without giving up your limited sense of self. It cannot happen. Perhaps in the desperate seeking moments you believe you are ready to relinquish your self-identity, but you do not know how. It is because you are still searching from the point of view as an individual. See, once and for all, that you are not a limited individual. Intuit the sense of the ground in which this seeking individual appears. It is like an invisible cloth, without attributes, without differentiation. Everything is included. How can You intuit this non-dual reality? Give up your notions of dualism. How can you know One, if you think you are two: seeker and realization? Your mind splinters and shatters the Unicity and keeps You as a suffering individual – only because you hold so tightly to this view.

Do not be disheartened – the fiction-filled concepts that create the ties that bind were force-fed to you from early childhood – until you learned to regurgitate them yourself. Like any poison, the effects are harmful, but now you can detoxify and restore natural, healthy functioning.

At a certain stage, it is easy to see the obvious lies put forward by your parents and your society – that you are good or bad … and the millions of variations on that basic dualistic equation. First they indoctrinate you into this line of thinking; and when the indoctrination is successful, you internalize it, and you become your own controller – evaluating each word and action as good or bad. Probably, this is clear to you. What may not be as obvious is how you apply the same evaluative technique to your progress as seeker. The “good” seeker “gets it”, is stabilized in reality, knows directly. The “bad” seeker is lost, confused, “loses it”. How is this different from the “good” child who helps tidy the kitchen, and the “bad” child who makes a mess? Eventually, you reach this final duality – how differentiating yourself as seeker with attributes (good or bad) divides the unified field. Please understand, this already present Reality, your true nature is already pristine. Anything that is added creates the abyss of separation. What about the additions you make of “lost” and “hopeless” and “confused”? What about the additions you make of “at one with”, “sacred” and “holy”? Just because you like these notions and believe they are “accurate” or “pure” does not mean they are not additions. What happens when you drop these final concepts; these final ideas you are clinging to; these final attributes that create the abyss of separation?

The seven-step “journey” offered via this site pinpoints the veils of misidentification that must be removed for what is true to be known. If you have been at this quest for a long time, return to the beginning. Have you fully removed all that needs to be removed at each stage of the journey? Are there concepts and beliefs that you are still holding as precious? If all has been removed at the level of body, mind and personality yet still a trace of individuality remains, see if you can discern the final spiritual persona. What concepts are you attached to that define you as Advaitan seeker? What beliefs about Realization are you clinging to? Can You discern the motion of this final dualistic dance?

As Maharaj explains:

Personal entity and enlightenment cannot go together; indeed there is neither entity nor enlightenment... understanding this deeply is itself enlightenment. Freedom is the unshakeable knowledge of your real nature; it is the total negation of entity-ness.

I am That which represents the absence of what is seen. In spite of listening to all I have said, most of you will continue to identify yourself as a body, and you will look on me as an individual, but I am not that. My real presence is the absence of the phenomena that you see. The question of what one is comes only in manifestation, when one compares with other phenomena. In my state there is no phenomenon; my existence is prior to any manifestation. There can be no question of what I am.

The posts on this blog, the words of “floyd” and “maharaj” are the LOVE whisperings of Advaita – the teachings that erode and dissolve all that is false and conceptual, and point to the reality of Your true nature. Allow these Teachings to wash away the suffering caused by this limited sense of self. Rest in the silence; in the dark blue shade; co-operate with this disentangling that reveals the truth of Who You Are.

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

(For extending teaching on the Advaitan Understanding – that guide You from the temporary fluctuating relative stance to abidance as Your Real Nature, see the links on the right hand side of this blog.)

Comments / clarifications may be sent to louise.advaita@gmail.com

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