Monday, March 01, 2010

THE LOVE WHISPERINGS OF ADVAITA. PART 6 – SITE CO-HOST: LOUISE STERLING

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Come to the conclusion: I am unborn,
I was unborn and I shall remain unborn. – Maharaj


The Advaitin Teacher is already the ocean – unconditioned awareness. What happens when the ocean encounters the sandstone rock? Naturally waves form and wash against the rock. Whether the waves crash and storm or gently lap, they gradually wear down the “rigid” apparent form of the sandstone rock. When eventually the final grains of sand cemented together come loose, the sandstone rock dissolves into its elements and merges with the ocean. In the absence of resistance, the ocean simply is. While at the surface there is constant movement, waves ebbing and flowing; no waves form in the depth of the ocean – the deep and silent and dark still point. The subject-object perceiving view; the appearance of duality is the false. The Truth that speaks, the LOVE that whispers will ALWAYS wash up against what is untrue – eroding, dissolving, dismantling; removing the impurities until only the clear, purified water of unconditioned awareness remains.

Now perhaps you see the outer form of the physical body, and the myriad of objects in this ocean of life, and to you they seem rigid and solid, like the sandstone rock. You forget,of course, that the “eyes of perception” are inextricably linked to the perceiving veils. How you perceive the world is a direct indicator of where you are located on the “seven step journey” offered on this site. Your words – which point to your perceiving view – are the equivalent of a neon sign describing your "location" flashing at the top of your head.

Right now, the veils of perception are hidden from your view; the way “you” perceive feels “just right”. You have no concept that the water you are swimming in is clouded with mud. In fact, you are so sure that you are “right” that you may well be motivated to present your particular point of view to the Advaitin Teacher – and to defend its “rightness”. Don’t be surprised if the Teacher does not play this “game”. There is ONE Reality – in the various descriptions that point to the final understanding there is no dispute. This Reality, this Realization of Your True Nature can be known directly when manifest, when (and only when) the veils of perception are removed. Can you see now the complete absurdity of offering your clouded perspective to the Advaitin Teacher, and expecting … what? Affirmation? Reinforcement? Praise?

If you are travelling by plane from Cape Town to London, the plane may stop-over in Amsterdam, Hong Kong or Paris. Imagine you get off in Paris and mistakenly think you are in London. You tell the Teacher: “This is great; now I am in London.” The Teacher knows Paris, because he has travelled through it before. He also knows London, because he lives there. What is the Teacher likely to say to you, when you announce with full confidence that you have arrived in London? Surely, the Teacher would say: “You have only completed part of your journey. You have travelled for many hours, you are seeing a new city – but this is Paris not London. You must board the plane again and continue your journey if you really wish to go to London,” Why would he lie to you? Why would he let you remain lost and confused? Why would he let you stop before your journey is complete? And finally, why would he allow you to hold on to a false picture that you have reached the final destination?

The waves that wash up again and again against the false understandings, the misidentifications and the confusions are the LOVE whisperings of Advaita. They are pointers – to what? They are pointers to your original state. They are not false signposts to cul-de-sacs in the relative.

If you are prepared to admit to yourself for once and for all that you are lost, that you have landed in a temporary location, but are not at the final destination, then you will find that the Teacher is willing to teach; that the ears are open to hear, that the intuition is ripe to understand. However, if you are convinced that you have “found”, it will not be possible for you to hear the pointers offered. For clarification on the conditions necessary for resonance with the Teachings, see the 25-part series entitled: WHY YOU MUST BE EMPTY IF YOU WOULD BE FULL, February 12, 2009.

In the light of this posting, perhaps you will see that you are lost. Perhaps you will understand that the LOVE whisperings of the Teacher are direct signposts to navigate you safely to your destination. With this is mind, reflect on the two pointers below. Understand what they are: pointers towards what is false and must be eliminated; pointers to Who You Really Are. Reflect on them with the emptiness and innocence with which you would receive directions if you were hopelessly lost in a strange city, and you were desperate to find the way home.

You are one drop if you consider yourself to be an individual. A drop of ocean is salty and the salty taste is the knowledge ‘I am’. Suppose that drop dries, the ocean does not care – a drop of ocean drying on the rock. Similarly in the five elemental play you are a drop, either survive or die, the elemental ocean is unconcerned. But how to understand this manifest nature? Be the taste, understand the taste. Millions of drops dry up but the ocean is unconcerned. Millions die but how the five elements are concerned? Because you limit yourself to the body, you suffer. – Maharaj

The invitation here is to abide as Your original nature; to abide with the peace and freedom that comes when the Oneness is known via the understanding of non-duality; to know Real Love and to taste throughout the manifestation the sweetness of that nectar; to be free of belief in all myths and superstitions and to be free of belief in all ideas and concepts (which are always based in ignorance); and then, eventually, to understand the Noneness—the Noneness of any personal self, Personal Self, personal being, Personal Being, person-like force, person-like law, person-like “cosmic something,” personal creator, personal sustainer, or personal destroyer that makes things happen. – Floyd


To be continued.

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

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