Saturday, October 29, 2011

Let It Happen With Dignity, Part Five

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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 farther 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.: Abiding with dignity and calmness and serenity and peace and tranquility, while still being able to feel and Care and Love, is possible. Consider the pointer offered earlier:

You can definitely stop all misery and suffering, now, by seeking and finding Reality. "How," many ask? How indeed.

The questions asked by truly earnest seekers deal with how to be free of the misery and suffering of the relative existence in the way that it unfolds among the non-Realized masses after they gorge themselves with a steady diet of learned ignorance;

after they then thrive on the resulting madness which drives them farther and farther into the darkness; and after the darkness eventually eats away at their insides like a cancer, dashing about throughout their bodies and within their fiction-filled "minds" and via their imagined and imaginary personalities.

Again, Maharaj laid out the means thusly:

Maharaj: "If you seek Reality you must set yourself free of all backgrounds, of all cultures, of all patterns of thinking and feeling. Even the idea of being man or woman, or even human, should be discarded. The ocean of life contains all, not only humans. So, first of all, abandon all self-identification, stop thinking of yourself as such-and-such, so-and-so, this or that. Abandon all self-concern; worry not about your welfare, material or spiritual; abandon every desire, gross or subtle; stop thinking of achievement of any kind. You are complete here and now; you need absolutely nothing."

Becoming free of all backgrounds (which includes being free of the effects of that background during which you were programmed, conditioned, domesticated and acculturated),

and

being free of all cultural influences,

and

being free of all thinking,

and

being free of all identity

can bring one to the understanding of the Nothingness and the Void.

There is no greater degree of freedom during the manifestation than the freedom from one's background and culture and thinking and assumed identifications; freedom from those sets the stage for first Realizing the Void and then abiding as the identity-less Void.

Nietzsche once noted that when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you. I have looked into that abyss called the Void, and the Void looked back at Me. When that first happened, it seemed that we knew each other, until it became clear to Me that we were each other; later, it became even clearer and it was seen that the reality went even beyond that: there was only ... One: only "floyd" / Floyd / abyss / Nothingness / Void.

The shift moved from subject-object witnessing ("I see the Void; the Void sees Me") to Pure Witnessing: "I am the Void." That understanding eventually assured that even "the Void" would be dropped, after which the remainder of the manifestation has happened as the "I AM" only without any labeling or identity (including "the Nothingness" and including "the Void").

When that happens, then nisarga, natural abidance will follow. The deer which were observed as they moved across the front yard here yesterday morning, ignoring the cold and the light mist that was falling, know the "Am-ness." Doubt not: if you charge a deer, you will see it run away because the consciousness manifested in that deer-body-cum-consciousness knows that It Is;

therefore, it also spontaneously desires that the manifestation be extended, and that happens even without the presence of a "mind"; thus, it happens automatically, even without a single thought about any concepts such as "I-ness" or "life" or "death" or "me" or "Me" or "a personal self."

That is the way it is for all that Realize the no-identity, non-dual, no-concept Reality. The deer live out the entire manifestation while being in touch with Reality without knowing "Reality" and without working to stay in touch with Reality and without any notions about being anything, including some "Special Self" or "Infinite Self" or "Spiritual Self" or "A Self at One with God" ... much less a notion about being "God." So, first of all, abandon all self-identification, stop thinking of yourself as such-and-such, so-and-so, this or that.

The antecedent state of this speck of consciousness called "floyd" - and your antecedent state as well - is a combination of foliage (of flora) and sunlight, but My ultimate ancestor - and Your ultimate ancestor - is the Void. Trace My lineage and Yours to its origins and you will find ... nothing ... Nothing ... Nothingness. And THAT is what the no-identity Reality looks like.

Your penultimate nature prior to manifestation was the Awareness That Is Not Aware Of, but Your ultimate nature (Your Truly Original Nature) preceded even that. [Thus the book, From the Absolute to the Nothingness, also available for less but in a non-printable format at Amazon.com.]

Understand that distinction and then the questions become, "Wherefore pride or arrogance or conceit or self-respect or self-importance or smugness or judging? How could one be proud or arrogant or conceited or smug about ... nothing?"

Thus, understanding the Void means that I have been set free of all that is from "floyd's" background; am free of all cultural influences; am free of thinking; am free of any and all ideas about being a man or human; am free of all notions and concepts and beliefs about personal selfness.

That had led to the abandonment of all self-concern, all worry about the eternal welfare of a body, and all concern about the continuity of the manifested consciousness;

that had also led to the abandonment of all concern about things material and things spiritual as well as the abandonment of the belief that great things can and should be achieved.

The same prerequisites for Full Realization and Total Freedom and Perfect Peace can manifest with You as well.

You are invited to enter into the silence. (To be continued)

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