Wednesday, May 12, 2010

WHY THE NON-REALIZED THINK, TALK, EMOTE, AND BEHAVE AS THEY DO, Part Ten

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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.

HOW THEY BEHAVE [Continued from yesterday]

F.: Some protest, "Extreme cruelty, needless violence, and baseless savagery? You're being too hard on people, you're being very negative."

Could one be too hard on mirages when speaking of them? Is one being negative to point out that mirages are mirages? Would one be cruel to suggest that you need not drive your car off a mountainside because you want to avoid hitting a mirage in the road ahead? Would one be cruel to suggest that you need not try to destroy a mirage that you find irritating at the moment?

Maharaj was often criticized, and is still criticized, for his fiery nature, but what better to use than fire—albeit verbal fire, albeit it a logic-and-reason-fueled fire—to burn away the illusory ego and its accompanying egotism, to allow at least a few seekers to escape the ravages of extreme cruelty, needless violence, and baseless savagery?

How better to guide seekers beyond the duality of "doublethink" and "Group Think" and the "collective, public mind" and to a "well-ordered life" that liberates persons "from the thralldom of chaos and the burden of sorrow"?

Beyond unchecked arrogance and narcissism and self-absorption and fears of such proportion and of such darkness that they often reach phobic proportions?

Beyond that which triggers the fight or flight syndrome and results in fights that have become, relatively speaking, of an often-fatal character? Maharaj said in this regard, "The destruction of the false is not violence." So many come here or order a telephone conference or Skype conference and then become offended when believing that they are being personally criticized.

Suppose the dialogue is with "Jim." This blocked speck called "Jim," who takes itself to be the many personas assigned by a culture or adopted by "Jim" along the way, can be offended when pointers point to the truth rather than massage the assumed roles.

If "Jim" takes himself to be "someone who is highly religious or highly spiritual," then offense will likely manifest at warp speed, especially when it is pointed out that his spiritual persona has left him imprisoned in the illusion and delusion that comes at the third of seven steps along the "path" to Full Realization.

Only if that speck sees that the pointers being offered are not about "Jim" at all but are about "the not-Jims" can he ever possibly be free of the violence (toward "self" and "others") that always eventually manifests when personas are assumed and when they always eventually think that they are being hurt or attacked and must be defended, and defended violently if deemed "necessary."

Maharaj said of that violence: "Your being as a person depends on violence to others. Your very body is a battlefield, full of the dead and dying. Existence implies violence." Some say that the Advaitin teachers "should speak of love"...should "be positive."

Maharaj said that "Positive terms are mere hints and misleading." "Positive" itself is one half of a dualistic pair, but if it is "the positive" that is sought, what could be more "positive" (relatively speaking) than hearing the consciousness speak and point out the "path" to freedom from "violence to others" that "your being a person depends on"?

Do you deny that capability? Have your words never evidenced an ability to be violent to others? Only if Full Realization has happened. Maharaj's pre-Realization capacity for violence he did not deny. It was only post-Realization that he could say, "...I never advocate any form of violence. My path is totally non-violent. I mean exactly what I say: non-violent. Find out for yourself what it is. I merely say: it is non-violent."

Prior to Realization, the capability for violence lies in wait, not unlike a volcano: dormant at times but becoming active at times. The cycling from stranger to acquaintance to friend to close friend to lover to fiancé / fiancée to spouse to happy spouse to not-so-happy spouse to unhappy spouse to enemy to mortal enemy that must be destroyed reveals that the dormant tendency for violence can become active when one or more personas believe they are being hurt or being threatened or being shown anything less than "the due respect" which personas always desire and demand.

Consider the pointers in this exchange:

Questioner: Nature kills by the millions, but this does not frighten me. There may be tragedy or mystery in it, but no cruelty. What horrifies me is man-made suffering, destruction and desolation...there is meanness and madness in the acts of man.
Maharaj: Right. So, it is not suffering and death that are your problem, but the meanness and madness at their root. Is not meanness also a form of madness?

There is cruelty among persons? Maharaj's take: "Right." He said, "If you look into living process closely, you will find cruelty everywhere." Meanness. Madness. Insanity. Cruelty. All of those call for an understanding of the Oneness, of Real Love; however, no physician prescribes a medicine without first diagnosing your sickness and without first discussing with you the illness that she / he has diagnosed and which requires treatment.

That is why Maharaj pointed out that, "Insanity is universal. This is the function of the Guru - to make us see the madness of our daily living." That which is not acknowledged cannot be treated. The Ultimate Medicine will have no appeal at all to sick persons who think they are well.

Focusing on the desires and fears of personas—thinking of them and their sense of loss and / or desire for gain—leads to violence on many levels, including "individual relationships," "ideological and religious conflicts," and "international conflicts."

TOMORROW: Cruelty and violence in "personal" "relationships" among "individuals" and the Ultimate Medicine that can remove those disorders.

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