Friday, June 04, 2010

OBSTACLES TO REALIZATION: The Forks in the Road and The Road Not Taken, 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.: Maharaj's estimate of just how few on planet earth are Realized at any given time was modest...a very small number indeed. Most persons will never seek at all, trudging along whatever road they were born on and never leaving it, convinced erroneously that they have arrived at their destination.

They might come upon a fork on occasion (if perchance they hear the consciousness speaking and pointing toward Truth from a "path" nearby), but most will continue to stumble along the road which they and their parents and grandparents and great-grandparents have always traveled, never so much as considering another possible route.

The majority among the masses will never even travel at all, sitting unconsciously wherever they are, sure that there is nowhere else to travel, sure that there is nothing else to understand. If the winds of change are to have any chance at all of blowing away the fog, then one must step out of the dark woods and into the light of "the road" that leads to Realization. They must expose themselves directly to the winds of change.

Not only were summer days and nights spent in the deep woods that surrounded Grandmother's house (woods so thick and isolated that they assured her place would always be a remote spot of solitude) but also the fall and winter holidays were passed there as well. When the winds of fall and winter blew in north by northwest, one could step off a path or road and hunker down within the thickets of the forest and find shelter there.

Only stepping back onto the road, however, allowed those piercing winds to strike with their full might and clear the air. Similarly, no fog can remain on "the road to Realization" when those winds blow along the road. Such is the case along "the direct path": at some point you have to stop hunkering down;

you have to step out of the shelter of the dark forest; you have to leave the thickets behind; and you have to step out onto the open road and accept what comes via the winds of change, winds which only blow along the solitary road to Enlightenment and beyond.

A speech offered in Cape Town, S.A. was referenced yesterday. Louise wrote of that: "I know the winds of change speech well, of course; so moving to hear it applied to the Advaitin dissolution 'journey'".

She also noted the effects of personality that set up the requirement to step into the winds that blow along "the road to Realization": "Yes – personality and its influence are unseen and have been the puppet master since 6 or earlier, so this filter or layer of fog is not seen. Rather it is assumed that this is the way life looks for everyone; that the 'personal' experience is a shared objective and collective reality."

And that becomes another obstacle to Realization: the normalization of the abnormal by the masses, and such normalization of the abnormal is why so few will even consider taking another road if a fork is approached.

That is why so few ever take the (Advaitin) road less traveled or ever see the results of the road not taken; few see the results of taking the road that is most traveled by the masses. An exception was the poet Robert Frost:

from "The Road Not Taken"

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear....

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Another who took the road less traveled was featured in a film viewed recently entitled Invictus, namely, Nelson Mandela. The "Wind of Change" speech mentioned yesterday triggered a series of decades-long events that eventually led to Mandela's tenure as president of South Africa. The movie Invictus offered several instances where his Advaita-like understandings were revealed.

During his tenure, he spoke of an "Africa which is in peace with itself." That is a part of the Advaitin message: how can "peace among" possibly manifest if "peace within" has not manifested?

In the way of the Advaitin teacher, he spoke of "the realization of unity"; he noted, as has been pointed out on this site, that “there is no such thing as 'part freedom'”; and he invited his listeners to "break out of the vicious cycle of dependence...," a subject discussed here in the series that was offered just prior to Louise's most recent postings.

How did Mandela explain the means by which he "realized unity, attained total freedom, and broke free of the cycle of dependence"? He said, "I ... walked that long road to freedom." There they are: the wind of change and the road to freedom.

He stepped onto "the road," which can sometimes leave a seeker with a sense of vulnerability, just like stepping out of an East Texas thicket in the forest on a cold day and exposing one's self to the direct force of the wind as one takes "the direct path."

Yet most persons will only wander about in the dark forest and never find "the actual path" of light, fear often hindering the movement away from the familiar insanity to the unfamiliar sanity. That sense of vulnerability which can manifest when one steps onto "the direct path" was touched on in an email received yesterday:

FROM A SITE VISITOR: Hello Floyd, read the post today on your blog. The wind of change doesn't seem so inaccessible as it did about three years ago. I have started fresh, reading I to the Absolute. I will in no way rush through the book and considerations. I will spend as much time as need be to "get it." I must be honest, part of me has fear and doubt but a bigger part of me doesn't care and seems to want this more than before. Gerard

Why this fear regarding the direct path? Because seekers are usually forewarned that the method is unique to this degree: The Full Advaitin Understanding will give nothing but will take all away. The Nisargan Understanding will strip away all that is unnatural (which has been the illusory crutch) and all that is supernatural (which has been the illusory super-powerful crutch).

The Advaitin teacher's invitation is to throw away your crutches and to walk on your own, and that can seem to be a scary proposition for those who have used crutches for the entirety of their relative existence.

Furthermore, having been programmed, especially in the West, to accumulate rather than to de-accumulate, the "journey" along a "path" that leads to the total abandonment of identities and beliefs seems to be a path that leads to the edge of a cliff where the Realized teacher awaits to give each seeker a final push over the edge of the precipice and into an abyss. As usual, how far from the Truth are their imaginings.

Seekers trapped in their imaginings can, nevertheless, consider the "nothing-to-gain, everything-to-be-cast-aside" battle plan that has been drawn up against the ego to be quite threatening if they are identified with the false selves that will be targeted in this process.

They see the teachings as being a company of commandos that seem to be able to drop in from out of nowhere and demolish everything that has been previously valued, missing the fact completely that what is being cast away is all illusory anyway.

Thus, most will never consider walking along this path less traveled. Others think that they can navigate their way along the direct, seven-step path all alone. They cannot. Not understanding the seven steps in, they cannot possibly understand the seven steps out. Because those exact steps must be taken in an exact order, there are opportunities to lose your way at every turn.

Some look for shortcuts; some look for a comfortable place to rest and never complete the "journey" at all; but a few who have been stumbling about might happen to hear the consciousness speak from another nearby road. It is the road not taken, usually; it is the road less traveled.

Yet if a seeker is willing to heed the call coming from that "path," and if a seeker is willing to heed the admonition of the Realized poet Shakespeare (to "screw your courage to the sticking-place") then the poet affirms that the seeker will "not fail."

How to find the one to point the way? Read or listen to the words. If the teacher's words resonate and strike the cord of the internal guru - the inner resource - then screw your courage to that sticking-place and follow directions exactly.

Do not be so arrogant as the ask the teacher to complete your "Teacher Checklist" of questions. If not Realized, you have no clue at all about what to look for, anyway. Just watch for the resonance. Do not be so arrogant as to demand some sort of "Realization Résumé." Just watch for the resonance. And do not be so demanding as to seek some kind of "money-back guarantee" if you fail to understand.

Why? The teacher's understanding is fixed and does not waver. See that the "teacher's course" is based in tried and proven methods. Then understand that the variable in this Realization equation is not the teacher's credentials or game plan. The variable is your degree of readiness. That shall be the deciding factor. Listen and then be on the alert for that inner resonance. If the inner guru resonates and begins to awaken, grab hold of the sticking-post. If not, search on.

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

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