Monday, May 02, 2011

NEW TECHNOLOGY, OLD PROBLEM, Part Three

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As for Maharaj, you will find here some of his early pointers for beginners but some of his later pointers that are for seekers father along the "path." During his last years, he said of I AM THAT: "That book and whatever was expounded at that time was only relevant for that period. I am speaking differently today" and am "emphasizing different aspects." What he offered later differed considerably from his earlier talks, making clear that the pointers in I AM THAT will take you to the midpoint of "the race" but that his final talks point the way to "the finish line."

F.: Yesterday, it was shown how "augmented reality" (in Advaita, the upgrading in one's "mind" of a false identity) and "mediated reality" (in Advaita, the downgrading in one's "mind" of another person's false identity) lead to conflict and fighting and separation.

[In fact, "augmented reality" and "mediated reality" are not limited to the upgrading or downgrading of personas alone. Consider the way that, for thousands of years, persons have accepted the teachings of various religious leaders whereby "this world" is "augmented" or "upgraded" to another world called "heaven" and the way that "this world" had been "mediated" or "downgraded" to another world called "hell."]

Both "augmented reality" and "mediated reality" lead to misery, suffering, and self-deception. Both also lead to being separated even further from reality and sanity and being cast even deeper into distortion and self-delusion. Both lead persons trapped in their augmented and mediated "false realities" to put a spin on the facts and to talk the most inane talk imaginable.

Consider the most recent examples of living within the miasma of those false realities, examples that came after tornadoes last week swept through southern parts of the U.S., killing hundreds (and possibly thousands) and destroying or damaging thousands upon thousands of homes.

The CBS Evening News ran a feature on the people who lost their homes during the tornadoes but who " believe that everything happens for a reason" and who "believe that God had a reason for sending the tornadoes and causing the loss of lives and homes."

One Christian woman who was interviewed offered up two comments side-by-side and saw no lack of logic or reason in her incongruous, ambiguous statements:

Comment #1: "God sent the storms and killed people and destroyed homes - I lost everything"

and

Comment #2 [From the same woman, whose house was leveled]: "But I am blessed ... I will always remember April 27th and thank God every day for the blessing He sent me on this day."

The roots of such totally insane and self-contradictory statements can only be understood if one understands the way that "augmented reality" leads persons who have adopted false identities to upgraded their false roles when egotism engages:

By assuming the upgraded roles of "The Godly One," "The Good One Who Deserves to Be Blessed," "The Super Christian" and "The One Who Is So Faithful That She / He Deserves to Be Blessed by God," a false, augmented, distorted view of reality manifested and was verbalized via her contradictory statements.

That false view of "reality" is one that will always happen when persons assume roles or adopt concepts and then upgrade them. Only distortions can come out of the mouths of those persons entrapped in such a false, augmented view of reality.

It differs not at all from the woman who shared the fact that her current husband had beaten her so badly that she was hospitalized but that she was "really lucky" ... that "he could have killed her."

She was asked how insane one had to be to put together those two comments:

"I was beaten so badly that I had to be admitted to a hospital"

and

"I am really lucky."

The way it is is the way it is, and storms will forever destroy homes and kill people in their paths, but the assumption of roles, and the augmentation or upgrading of those roles - and the distortions that result from believing that one's augmented reality is real - will generate what Maharaj called "stupidity, verging on insanity."

It is as if the non-real "augmented reality" and "mediated reality" form a fog between the brain and the mouth, allowing "mind"-inspired words (which are always steeped in lunacy) to be spoken. To be free of such madness - and to be rational and logical and sane - requires that persons see that ...

... to believe an augmented reality is real ... is insane

and that

... to believe a mediated reality is real ... is insane

and

that to believe that something totally false is totally real amounts to nothing more than the height of ignorance and deception and self-deception.

The teachings here cast light on the insane thoughts and words and deeds that are generated by persons trapped in those two false "realities," false realities that are set into motion by falsehoods deemed to be fact;

falsehoods that swirl about inside the bogus-filled "minds" of such persons when they talk in their sleep while thinking they are awake; falsehoods that wrap the non-Realized in spider webs of madness. The Advaita teachings offer an alternative. Most will prefer their non-real "realities" and few will care a whit about actual Reality. So it is.

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

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