[Final comments by Louise:]
Here, the ears do not carry sound clearly; the eyes do not function perfectly (corrected with lenses) so the view is perceived with limited filters, physical limitations – inconsequential, simply the particular flavour of the perceiving apparatus. The habitual filter that confines most persons to the “self-identified” life (identification with the constant sea of thought) does not occur here. Thoughts arise but are simply witnessed, without any sense of ownership. (Maharaj: "Do you shake hands with every man you meet?")
The thought comes that these individual physical forms are telescopes into consciousness, but this is just another learned and regurgitated idea, as are all thoughts. The awareness is silent; incapable of thought or action. The bodies function, but the consciousness remains. Have you ever wondered why, when a person dies, life continues as always? There is no stopping or grinding to a halt (except with the emotional pain of an ego-persona).
The reason is obvious – there was no death, there was no person. Consciousness persists – the people come and go within it ceaselessly. You are no different. Identified as the person your parents have labelled you, you are destined to die, after suffering the vicissitudes of everyday life. The questions you are invited to ask take you directly to a vantage point that is outside of life and death, but to know this Reality, you must give up the limited perceiving apparatus.
How can an ant see with the perspective of a lion? How can a telescope see with the perspective of the whole universe? It cannot. You attempt to perceive Reality with a faulty apparatus that is not up to the task. Even these metaphors are not correct, but are just designed to break up your habitual thinking. Your mind tells you it can grasp this; that it is up to the task. It is wrong.
Self-identified thought is simply the computer code that keeps the programme running. How can the computer code know itself as the programmer? It cannot. It is, by definition, limited and constrained. Only when you give up all identification with the self can this understanding dawn on you. Who you are is already self-evident; you camouflage this view with self-motivated thoughts.
Yes, even your thoughts of Realization, of being selfless, of acting with compassion and helping others, are self-ish thoughts. Remove the emotional taint of the word “selfish” and see that any movement that delineates the individual from the field is self-centred. This is not emotional, but objective. See it dispassionately in others until you can apply it to yourself.
The Seeker, Helper/Rescuer, and Spiritual Giant personas perceive this pointer as wrong and judgmental. These personas – attached to the desire to find truth, help others, or understand and teach spiritual concepts, and reacting to the fear that these actions are meaningless and superfluous – are unable to see the neutrality of this statement: that any thought or action that springs from the self and is identified with is self-ish, or delineates a separate sense of self.
See, what we are attempting here is understanding. Does it matter if the separate sense of self is a “good” self or “bad” self? No matter at all. All selfhood is false and binds you into a false perception of reality. The false persona – struggling to maintain its self-identity – will try to argue that letting go of the “good” self that seeks truth, helps others, etc will mean an instant regression into the “bad”self persona – that sloths out, hurts others, etc. Not true. Eliminating a persona does not automatically mean identification with another. You are invited to examine who you are in the absence of ALL personas – good and bad.
Eliminating the violent man may result in the non-violent man, but the seed of violence remains present in essence. This is unstable. What is the state that is beyond both violence and non-violence? This is your true nature – the only stable condition. You cannot get there by thought but only by direct understanding.
Please enter the silence of contemplation.
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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.
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DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat
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[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”]
[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]
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TRANSLATED ADVAITA EBOOKS AVAILABLE
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3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes
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5. BY ARRANGING satsang by telephone in the U.S. or by Skype internationally:
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YOUTUBE ADVAITA VEDANTA YOGA VIDEOS
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