Sunday, February 13, 2011

JOYOUS, FREE, THEN HAPPY

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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.

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.: There are people in certain programs who speak regularly of being "happy, joyous, and free" (everything in their demeanor and conduct testifying to the opposite).

That is just one example of the evidence which reveals the way that the masses talk in their sleep as a result of denial, dissociation, and not even being awake to what they are feeling and doing and saying and thinking ... and why.

Yet a pointer can be taken from their statement. Happy. Joyous. Free. It should be understood by all seekers that those three must appear in a different order if one would Realize Fully. The order in which those must occur for the seeker to truly "find" is this: joyous and then free must happen first, in that order. Only after those two have happened in that order can happy manifest.

Consider: two wayfarers are wandering through a desert, near death from days in the heat without water. As with the masses, they have seen one mirage after another, convinced that an oasis is near, convinced that a mirage can make them happy, only to find that their misery returns when the mirage is seen to be a mirage.

Just seeing that a mirage is a mirage does not provide relief from misery and suffering. Seeing mirages alone cannot bring freedom or peace. So their search continued.

Finally, they see a real oasis and begin running toward it. At that point, are they happy, joyous and free? No. In fact, at that point, they are only joyous. They are caught up in the emotional intoxication of a "pink cloud" moment.

The same happens with miserable and suffering people who walk into a program or a church or similar place and become caught up in the emotionalism that is typical in those venues. They suddenly have great hope that they have found exactly what they have been looking for and believe that they will never need to search for anything again.

Soon, their hopes are smashed when the pink clouds fade away, when the emotional intoxication subsides - as it always will - and when they see that what was promised is not happening for them and when they see that it actually is not happening for those making the promises, either.

So it is with the two in the desert: they were joyous momentarily, but the joy of finding water does nothing to relieve their misery. They must drink of the water. When they actually drink the water (or in Advaita terms - taste the "nectar" or swallow the "ultimate medicine") only then will they be free ... free of their thirst.

Joyous. Then free. And only after those two manifest, in that order, can peace and happiness manifest. She / He who is not totally free can never be at peace. (And the fact is, most are afraid of being totally independent and do not really want that "total" version at all. So it is.)

In the later 1700's, persons in countries that now make up what is called "The West" began longing for freedom. It is natural. (Hook a fish, try to corner a deer, capture a bird in a net ... then watch the ensuing struggle for freedom.)

Waves of rebellion began manifesting throughout those countries. What are called "democracies" (which are anything but) began to evolve. Now, the same kind of wave that swept through South Africa in the early to mid-1990's is sweeping across northern Africa.

If you watched the recent celebrations in Cairo, you saw that people were quite joyous - quite blissful, in fact- that a despot had left the city. Yet are they free? Not yet. Are they happy? Not yet. Mistake not the emotional intoxication of being joyous for a continuously-manifested state of happiness or contentment. And know that after the joy subsides, there will be no peace until freedom comes first.

The book What BLISS Is and What BLISS Is Not covers in detail the disappointment that many seekers feel when they think that they have reached the end of the "path," only to discover that the bliss there is not what they expected "bliss" to be.

Bliss is comparable to joy in the "joyous-free-happy" triad. It is what many seekers find early on, but it will not be what they find later on, supposedly waiting at the end of the "journey." What is to be found after the experiencing of "bliss" or "joy" early on is ... freedom:

freedom from the belief in untrue ideas and concepts; freedom from attachments; freedom from false identities and their fears and desires; freedom from distortion; from being asleep while dreaming one is awake; freedom from dissociation, from denial, from self-deception, and from being deceived;

freedom from anything deemed personal; from taking anything personally; from being used and manipulated by persons because of one's subconscious psychological issues and personality disorders; from ignorance; from accumulating; from insanity; from physical, mental, spiritual and emotional intoxication;

from seeking to reform others, save others, impress others, and control others; freedom from using others for economic "gain" and societal "elevation"; from believing in and participating in hierarchies; and the list of things that persons long to be free of - though they do not usually recognize them - could go on for pages.

If you are a seeker of bliss, thinking that is the end of the "journey," know that such is the "stuff" of the early stage of the trip, not the "stuff" of the later stage. The emotionalism of being "blissful" and "joyous" must give way to freedom and thereafter to peace and contentment. And peace and contentment should be enough.

The Nisarga yoga is an invitation to abide naturally. The deer in this neighborhood do not walk about in a state of supposed ecstasy or rapture. They are not "high" all the time, nor are they in a trance-like state, nor are they elated 24/7, nor are they walking about in a manner that says, "Joyfulness personified."

Those making the claim that such is their case are only at the first of the three stages that can lead from being joyous to being free and to eventually being happy and content.

Is that not enough? For the one who says, "No, that is not enough," then that one will remain trapped in the tiresome and burdensome task of accumulating rather than moving about the remainder of the relative existence in a post-de-accumulation state marked by an incredible lightness of being.

That one - ignoring the I AM and claiming the I AM THAT only - will also miss out on the real happiness that can only be realized now, after Reality has been overlaid on the relative.

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

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THE "ADVANCED SEEKER" SERIES

FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)

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THE FINAL UNDERSTANDING

THE SEVEN STEPS TO REALIZATION ESSAY SERIES

A Series of Essays Discussing THE FIRST STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE SECOND STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE THIRD STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE FOURTH STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE FIFTH STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE SIXTH STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE SEVENTH STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

THE "NO-DEATH" SERIES

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?

The Myth Of Death

THE "BLISSFUL ABIDANCE" BOOKS

The Ultimate Sickness, The Ultimate Medicine

I AM THAT (vs. "This Is Who I Think I Am")

Freedom From Shifting Between States of Happiness and Unhappiness

LIBERATION

Why You Must Be Empty If You Would Be Full

What BLISS Is and What BLISS Is Not

When Reality Is Overlaid Upon the Relative

There Is Nothing That Is Personal (Including You and Including God)
Overcoming the Fear of Being Totally Independent

The Essence of the Teachings

SELF-Transformation Meditation Guide, Volume One

SELF-Transformation Meditation Guide, Volume Two

THE "RELATIONSHIP" SERIES

Casting Light on the Dark Side of Relationships

Finding REAL LOVE in an Unreal World

The Path to Freedom vs. The Path to Misery


THE "FREEDOM FROM DELUSION" SERIES

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace If You're Out of Your Mind)

THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS PERSONAL (Including You and Including God)

IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)

SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)

And coming next week: "Jesus Christ the Advaitin"

THE "FINANCIAL SANITY" SERIES

LIVING WITHIN YOUR MEANS

Ending Financial Problems by Understanding Your Personality

ADVENTURE / MYSTERY FICTION
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The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders [E-BOOK]

The Board of Directors of Wars [PAPERBACK]

RECOVERY

A Twelve-Step Journey to SELF-Transformation [E-BOOK]

A Twelve-Step Journey to SELF-Transformation [PAPERBACK]

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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
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?
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THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace if You're Out of Your Mind)
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LIBERATION
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THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS
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FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
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CONSCIOUSNESS/AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute)
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FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS
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Received 19 August 2010 from one that just completed the entire course:

I would like to extend deepest appreciation towards you for these teachings that you have offered. It has been most valuable towards what may not have been revealed throughout this manifestation labeled "anthony." Understanding Truth and finding words for gratitude are one as is all. Thank you again for pointing "me" to THAT and the understanding that came as well. Hopeful for future "contact"! Sincerely, Anthony M. W.

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The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders offers the non-duality message by way of a mystery-adventure novel, discussing the movement from pain to healing to awakening to peace.
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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF WARS


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