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F.: At a certain point on the "path," it is understood that Real Freedom and Real Love (not the "love" spoken of by the masses) are one. If wisdom is knowing You are nothing, and if Love is knowing that You are everything, then that understanding of True Love can come only after freedom from self comes (that is, freedom from all false self identification).
Maharaj said: "To know the Self as the only reality and all else as temporal and transient is freedom, peace and joy."
He said, "Attachment is bondage, detachment is freedom" and "Understanding of oneSelf is necessary for freedom from the bondage of illusion." That includes attachment to beliefs and personality and identity and concepts and duality and to people and to places and to things. Knowing that attachment to all of that must go in order to be free, how many will ever truly want total freedom?
Most will always choose bondage over total freedom and will choose illusion over complete independence, believing that they can be free by degree. What distortion. The call of personality to honor desires and to experience fears will almost always drown out the Realized teacher's call to total freedom and to True Love.
And understand that the "love" that persons speak of has nothing to do with Real Love, which can only be understood after the manifestation of freedom from personality and from belief in all concepts and ideas.
Recall Maharaj's pointer: "As long as you are enmeshed in the tribulations of a particular personality, you can see nothing beyond it," and if you can see nothing beyond a false self that you are focusing on because it feels threatened or hurt, then most assuredly you cannot see the Oneness and Real Love.
He said, "Self-limitation is the very essence of personality" and made clear that it is "devotion to the goal of freedom and perfection" that will allow you to "abandon all theories and systems and live by wisdom, intelligence and active love."
It is complete freedom from every belief - each of which forms one of the bars of the prison that is called "your mind" - that leads to the other levels of freedom that Maharaj described as "Freedom from anxiety" and that makes way for "a sense of ease and joy" and "deep peace within and abundant energy without."
Yet none of that can happen, he said, until "freedom from ignorance" manifests, and ignorance can only manifest in the form of concepts and beliefs. Thus, freedom can only manifest in the total absence of beliefs and concepts, and the same applies to True Love.
Yesterday it was shared that Maharaj taught: "The personality gives place to the witness, then the witness goes and pure awareness remains." Note that freedom comes only after the personality gives way, allowing the "journey" to Full Realization to happen.
With Full Realization comes an understanding of the unicity, and with the understanding of the unicity comes freedom from personality and beliefs, and with freedom from personality and beliefs - combined with an understanding of the Oneness - comes the understanding that True Freedom is True Love.
Freedom from belief in all that is false - from all duality - is True Love. Maharaj said, "In dream you love some and not others. On waking up you find You are Love itself, embracing all. Personal love, however intense and genuine, invariably binds; Love in freedom is Love of all."
The irony is that persons, as noted above, only give lip service to freedom; they really do not want it. Consider:
Questioner: Since you have found your freedom, will you not give me a little of it?
Maharaj: Why little? Take the whole. Take it; it is there for the taking. But you are afraid of freedom!
But you are afraid of freedom!
And what is able to be afraid? What can know fear? Only a persona, or more accurately, the many personas that you and your culture use to define you. In their defining you with their labels, and in your defining yourself with their labels, there can be no freedom (so there can be no understanding of True Love either).
What there can be - when living with their labels - is false love, the dualistic "A" love "B" and "B" loves "A" version of love, but belief in such duality-based love is a setup for misery since the Laws of Thermodynamics apply to everything in the relative, including the myth of "relationships."
What comes together will come apart, and the identities that are assumed when things or people come together will most assuredly come apart. Again, belief sets up misery, for the false belief that anything in the relative can be permanent will be proved false at some point, after which disappointment and misery and suffering will come.
Furthermore, the false belief that relatives such as bodies and "minds" and personalities can have continuity and can be permanent is false, but at least post-manifestation, there will be no one "there" to know the beliefs were in error. (Maharaj: "Memory creates the illusion of continuity.")
With these teachings there is no, "Well, someday you're going to see that your beliefs about heaven and hell and about eternal continuty and about eternal reward or punishment were false." Post-manifestation, there will be no "one" to see or know anything. So it is.
Thus, because of that "no future one" to someday see and know and enjoy, freedom and True Love can only happen now and can only be enjoyed now. If it is the bliss you seek, seek it now. Postpone not. Maharaj said, "Desirelessness is the highest bliss," and since personality alone generates desire and fear, then it can also be said:
"Freedom from personality leads to freedom from desire and fear, and freedom from desire and fear is the highest bliss, and the highest bliss is also known as 'True Freedom' and 'True Love'."
Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)
SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)
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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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