Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SILENCE AND TRUTH vs. NOISE AND DECEPTION, Part Two

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Here, there is nothing that is believed, so there is no one here who wants you to believe anything, either. Here, the invitation is to be free of all that you have been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, and domesticated to believe so that you can be free, period.

F.: Please consider these pointers from yesterday:

1. Maharaj: “Only in silence and in darkness can it [the Real] be heard and seen” and “The real is experienced in silence.”

2. The truth comes via the silence.

3. To know Truth, a no-statement, no-noise, no-talking setting is required; to know the false—even when it is delivered as “the gospel truth”—requires spoken words, noise, and mind-talk as well.

Then, consider the activity and doingness that the masses are involved in, convinced that they are hearing and then repeating “the gospel truth” while actually being blocked from knowing the Truth that can only be understood in the silence:

Ninety-seven percent of all persons claim a religious affiliation, and their religions are engaged in noisy singing, noisy shouting, noisy doingness, the noise of praying publicly, and the noise of hearing leaders speak.

Furthermore, millions worldwide claim to be members of spiritual groups, and their groups are engaged in noisy doingness, noisy praying publicly, hearing the noise of each other speak, hearing the noise when they speak themselves, and hearing the noise of group leaders speak.

Legitimate awareness can only come in the silence, when alone and focused on a Realized teacher’s suggestions or pointers or considerations. So wherefore corporate meetings with talk and talk and more talk and with group recitations in unison (repeated so often that eventually attendees chant the words in their sleep)?

Wherefore corporate worship with group singing, group shouting, and group recitations in unison (repeated so often that eventually attendees chant the words in their sleep)? Is it not obvious, in fact, that all of that noisy doingness amounts to nothing more than talking in their sleep?

Legitimate awareness can never come with the noise...can never come with talking and talking and talking some more; cannot come with shouting; cannot come with singing; cannot come with chanting, ad infinitum; additionally, is it not seen that, while Truth comes on silent feet, all false beliefs and self-delusion can only be disseminated via verbal-speak / mind-speak?

The members of one group that claims worldwide membership in the millions proclaim proudly via mind-speak / verbal-speak: “We are a spiritual group, not a religious organization,” after which they…

…gather for socialization; then go into a special room to talk about god; chant an opening prayer in unison; share a god-based (religion-based) message; collect a monetary offering halfway through the meeting; and finally close their hour of worship-like praise of their god with the Christian “Lord’s Prayer.”

Few examples could better illustrate the distortion, and the depth of the sleep from which they speak, than their self-contradictory disclaimer about not being religious, delivered while ignoring the pointer in their own literature which supports the teachings in this series: “With few exceptions our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource.”

Not an outer resource / god? No, an inner resource. Does an inner resource have an auditory voice? Does an inner resource need to go anywhere or do anything? Could it possibly? Can an inner resource speak to you “through others”? Would that not then be another "outer resource"? Does an inner resource shout or chant or hum or sing? Most assuredly not. Verbal-talk / mind-speak reinforces delusion and blocks awareness of Reality.

Talk—which is really just verbalized mind-speak—is the language of the lie; the silence is the non-language of the Truth. Yet beyond the verbal noise of speech, there is the noisier clatter of mind-speak. Some might set a goal such as this:

“Okay, today is the day I’m going for silence. I will shut my mouth for ‘x’ number of hours.” Yet that does not stop the noisier source of clamor, namely, the "mind." Seated as close to the ears as it is, there is never a moment of silence among the non-Realized with their non-stop "mind chatter."

In an effort to still the mind, background noise is often cranked up to the highest decibel levels possible; in an effort to escape the noise and discontentment generated by the mind, persons either (a) insanely try to drown out noise with noise or (b) try to outrun the noise with their incessant goingness and doingness and zoomingness.

Noise is the ghost that chases persons down the street, throughout their days, and throughout the term of their relative lives, inspiring more noise and more running and moving.

Maharaj: “You must realise yourself as the immovable, behind and beyond the movable, the silent witness of all that happens.”

If you are moving about in an effort to escape the noise of your mind, you will fail. If you are listening to the content of a mind, either “theirs” or “your own” (which is also “theirs,” actually) then you are believing lies.

Whatever persons (the non-Realized) talk about reinforces their belief in lies, and whatever lies are surfacing as mind-speak (the mind being the place wherein all lies are stored) will block them from understanding Truth.

Truth comes in the silence; verbal-speak / mind-speak lock persons into an attachment to the distortions that come via the noise of mouth-talk / mind-talk.

Why distortions? (1) Because verbal-speak / mind-speak are the purveyors of duality; (2) because all duality is a lie; (3) because verbal-speak / mind-speak are the dualistic vendors of differentiation rather than pointers to the Truth of the unicity:

[Maharaj: “Non-distinction speaks in silence. Words carry distinctions.”]

and (4) because verbal-speak / mind-speak reinforces the false belief in “an experiencing being” and blocks the ability to relish abidance in the non-personal beingness only:

Questioner: I call it the abeyance of the mind.
Maharaj: Call it silence, or void, or abeyance, the fact is that the three—experiencer, experiencing, experience—are not. In witnessing, in awareness, Self-consciousness, the sense of being this or that, is not. Unidentified being remains.

If your noisy talk and noisy thoughts (or the noisy talk and thoughts of your “influencers”) have convinced you that What You Actually Are is “an experiencing being with identity,” then that noise has resulted in distortion;

if your noisy talk and noisy thoughts (or the noisy talk and thoughts of your “influencers”) are blocking you from seeing your most obvious self-contradictions, then that noise has resulted in distortion;

and if your noisy talk and noisy thoughts (or the noisy talk and thoughts of your "influencers") have convinced you that you can verbally express the Truth—and in no uncertain terms, you believe—then that noise has resulted in distortion.

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

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