Monday, January 10, 2011

Maharaj's Pointers Were Level-Appropriate, But His Message DID Evolve (and Even Changed Considerably) Over the Decades, Part One

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Furthermore, for those who have developed a preference for any non-nisargan yoga or who prefer Traditional Advaita Vedanta, Neo-Advaita, Neo-Vedanta, or Pseudo Advaita: here you will only find the use of the Direct Path Method of teaching along with the Nisarga (Natural) Yoga, all shared in simple, everyday English.

F.: Many seekers who come this way only want to hear adumbrations of the Maharaj that they think they have come to know by way of the talks shared in I AM THAT.

Few are ready to hear the message he offered two decades later, but it was that later message that was "Pure Maharaj" rather than the earlier blend of Maharaj + his teacher + his contemporaries.

The "real maverick" did not show up for many decades, but when he did, he offered pointers that seekers familiar only with I AM THAT would not recognize as coming from the same teacher.

Some will read I AM THAT and then read some of the last talks and claim, "Again, these differences can be explained away as 'level-appropriateness'." That is not true. The message changed as Maharaj eventually (a) ended his early teachings that were merely "Siddharameshwar, Part Deux" and (b) evolved into "Pure Maharaj."

At that stage, no religious and spiritual activities were endorsed, and the message changed from the one in I AM THAT with its religious [Hindu] overtones and with its spiritual overtones to a message with no religious or spiritual overtones at all. Yes, he understood that the religious / spiritual activities still had to happen, but the time and tolerance allowed for assuming those false ego-states as new identities and for playing those roles shrank considerably. Such was not the case early on:

Consider the way that he let his teacher's instructions control him even when Maharaj knew that some of those instructions led him to engage in certain doingness that he knew full well was useless, senseness, and even inane. He said, "

"My Guru [Siddharameshwar] asked me to do these five bhajans daily, and he never cancelled his instructions before he passed away. I don't need to do them any more but I will carry on doing them until the day I die because this is the command of my Guru. I continue to obey his instructions, even though I know these bhajans are pointless, because of the respect and gratitude I feel towards him."

The "later Maharaj" would not have engaged in anything that he knew was "pointless." Actually, some of his contemporaries said that Maharaj used the bhajans the same way that theaters used posters to attract a crowd to their movies. Then, he felt that once he had people gathered in the loft, he could also offer the message that was beyond bhajans.

One familiar with the early crowds, however, said that the tactic seldom worked - that the locals were there for bhajans and Hindu-based messages. It was reported that it was when Western visitors began to come that the message became a message with less of the religious and the spiritual and more of actual non-duality. That trend continued to the end as more and more pure non-duality was discussed and fewer and fewer religious and spiritual principles and precepts and concepts were offered.

Though much of the prescribed activity and doingness that his teacher assigned would wane somewhat during the later years, and especially during the days prior to his taking mahasamadhi, much of the useless, senseness, and even inane activity continued for a period of time. Thus on another occasion, he said:

"My Guru has authorised me to give out this mantra to anyone who asks for it, but I don't want you to feel that it is necessary or important. It is more important to find out the source of your beingness."

In fact, after I AM THAT became widely-circulated, the crowds which included more and more non-Indian seekers began to show up in such numbers that Maharaj complained that his previously quiet loft (street noise notwithstanding) had been turned into something more like "a train platform." Yet it was then that the message shifted and dealt more purely with non-duality alone.

To watch the evolvement is in some ways like watching a daddy's boy and mommy's boy trying to cut the cord while still wanting to cling in order to gain approval. To read all of the teachings in the order in which they were presented will reveal to the astute witness the shifts in the message that was offered when the completely mature and completely free Maharaj manifested.

Which leads to this: some come here and are shocked when they hear the understanding that came to the speck called "Floyd" which only coincides with the later teachings of Maharaj ... with the teachings of the post-cord-cutting Maharaj ... with the teachings of "that totally free and totally maverick messenger."

The mindset of those who come here with their preconceived notions about what the message of Maharaj is supposed to sound like are not at all unlike the six blind men in the Indian tale, each touching only one part of an elephant and mistakenly believing that the part they have touched can provide a truthful description of what the entire elephant looks like.

Touch the early transcripts of Maharaj and you feel something that is "spiritual to the touch" (even described on the back cover as a "modern spiritual classic"); but in the end, Maharaj discounted all things spiritual and all efforts spiritual and all teachings spiritual.

Yet even in some of the early talks he gave a hint of things to come in his later teachings, including pointers that he would offer up in a way that often resulted in blunt force trauma to many religious and spiritual egos.

He said:

"Whatever spiritual things you aspire to know are all happening in this objective world, in the illusion. All this is happening in the objective world. All is dishonesty. There is no truth in this fraud."

"Only that person will visit this place whose virtue and sin have come to an end."

"There is no question of elevating to a higher level. Here it is only a question of understanding."

"Both the mantra and the faith in the mantra will get dissolved."

"There is no progress."

"First of all you identify something as being good or bad for yourself. Then, in an effort to acquire good or to get rid of the bad, you have invented a God. Then you worship such a God and ... you pray to that God for something good to happen to you." [Wait. Did he say, "You have invented God"? Yes, he did.]

“Whatever you have tried to understand during your spiritual search will prove false.”

“From birth what has made the body grow? It is no power in the world. It is the power of beingness, the atom, the Self, the consciousness … call it what you will.”

“When the birth is disproved, the great noble meaning of spirituality and the meaning of this world—everything—is disproved.”

“If they come face-to-face with that root, they will be stunned into silence.” [Here, more often, they are stunned into shouting or being angry or walking out.]

“I have no faith in anything which has ever been told, not even what has been told by the Vedas. Only my own experience.”

The key point is not whether Maharaj's message evolved. It did. The key point is,

if you are seeking the version of the message that was "early Maharaj," that version is offered in some other venues. If you are seeking the most mature version of Maharaj's message, then some of the teachings in I AM THAT might apply but - for the most part - the mature message is the later message.

It would behoove the seeker to understand both versions and then decide which he / she is ready to study earnestly. The early version will fixate most seekers at the third of seven steps to Full Realization. Only the later version can point the way to the final four steps and the actual end of the "path."

More on the subject tomorrow.

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

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