— Nisargadatta Maharaj
Seekers who are veterans at the seeking “game” tend to covet and acquire the experiences, behaviours and concepts which typically describe the “journey” to Self-understanding or the Realized State. Often, this is a point of bondage, as the concepts are so “precious” and “true” that the seeker is unable to let go. In some instances, the seeker will prefer to cling to a notion of selflessness, or an experience of emptiness, then apply the techniques of self-enquiry and relinquish what is so valued.
If Who You Are cannot be spoken, described, or experienced then surely you can see that any concepts and experiences, however true, will ultimately have to be abandoned? Any identification creates the abyss of separation, just like a grain of powder on black paper. While your identification may not be with an egoic self as an individual, it may be with an understanding or a state of consciousness – perceived as rarified, authentic and true.
The Unchanging Reality has no levels or degrees – there is only the appearance of “movement” in the mind as false layers are removed. What is Changeless remains Unchanged. So what are You clinging to? It can only be some ideas and concepts that you have picked up somewhere or other; or some experiences that you have determined are more special/spiritual/advanced than other experiences. When You acquire the dispassionate view that everything perceived is like a stick floating in a clear lake, you will be able to identify these last few sparse sticks floating by and toss them, just as you tossed the false notions of being a separate individual with attributes. Let them all go.
See -- your notions of selflessness are like children’s drawings in the sand. Until this complete abandonment, there is no possibility of selfless action. Wherever there is a centre – conceptual and limited – that acts or decides, this being Love, natural and effortless, the true selflessness, is not known. Agenda-less action means no agenda is required. Self-less action means no self is required.
Eventually, You will tire of clinging to your concepts and ideas of right action. Understand, there is no issue with whether an action is kind or cruel, or whether the self is full or empty. Rather, for the advanced seeker, the invitation is to see these final attachments.
That transparency – that sense of no-self – is a “marker” that can become its own imprisonment. Remember – until the final dissolution, all that is experienced is the removal of layer after layer of false understanding. This no-self sense is true when uncovered, but is not your final identity. Can you relinquish this precious sense of non-existence? As long as there is any identification, the layers of separation have not all been removed.
Please enter the silence of contemplation.
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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
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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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3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes
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