F.: If one does not follow Maharaj's suggestion to set yourself free of all backgrounds and all cultures, then no dignity can happen and no sense of the Oneness can possibly manifest. If one would follow precisely Maharaj's "formula" and complete the "steps" he mentions that can move a seeker farther along the "path" toward Realization, then the role of all backgrounds and all cultures, must be understand.
"Backgrounds," as used by Maharaj in this case, refers most often to the programming and conditioning and domestication that children are subjected to early on in the home, so "setting yourself free of all backgrounds" involves seeing the effects of early programming and conditioning and domestication and casting aside all of those influences.
"Setting yourself free of all cultures" involves seeing the effects of early and continuing acculturation and casting aside all of those influences. One indication of entrapment, of not having set yourself free of all cultures? False pride regarding the city where you live, the region where you live, or the nation where you live.
How many there are among the non-Realized masses who believe that they are better than others because they live in a city that is "different" and "special." They almost speak of the city where they live as if it were their lover, identified as they are with its "beauty" or "uniqueness" that, they believe, sets them apart from people in all lesser cities.
The same applies with regional and national pride. Seldom in the U.S. - unless one enjoys the wisdom to turn off the television - can one made it through a single, twenty-hour period without hearing someone (usually a pandering politician) making the claim that "this is the greatest country on earth." Really? By whose standard? By the results of what data collected via objective research? What arrogant claptrap.
Next, as you are invited to set yourself free of all cultures, know that some cultures are far more closed than others, and they more often than not are cultures wherein the general population is homogenous in both appearance and race. As a result, they are far more aware of any among them that are of a "different" appearance or race; far more aware of any who have an appearance that is atypical in that society or nation; and far less open to truly knowing the Oneness. And their languages support that fact.
That is, while the languages in some cultures reveal an understanding of the Oneness, languages in other cultures often reveal a xenophobic, dualistic "mindset." For example, the Japanese language has the word "chigatte," which has dual meanings. In certain instancs, the word can mean "different." In other cases, the same word means, "wrong."
Telling, yes? "Different" = "wrong"? Could any such linguistic structure expose a culture's dualistic beliefs more than that? Yet the cultures and nations that are homogenous in appearance and race do not have a monopoly on equating "different" with "wrong":
In the U.S. - where the population is made up of whites / Caucasians / Anglo-Saxons; some few American Indians and Alaskan Natives; Asians; Hispanics / Latinos; Blacks / African Americans; and Native Hawaiians as well as other Pacific Islanders - it seems that the diversity (rather than the variance from a homogenous majority) also inspires a sense of separation and better-than-ment that is rooted in the "different" = "wrong" belief.
If you study cultures around the globe, it becomes clear that whether their populations are homogenous or diverse, the dualistic belief in separation and better-than-ment and the idea that "different" = "wrong" is the rule far more often than the exception.
But what of the earlier pointer that "languages in some cultures reveal an understanding of the Oneness"? A consideration offered recently is relevant here:
Among the Realized, there are no words used that can convey any sense of separation. For example, in "The Vocabulary of Realization, "others" is used in quote marks when working with seekers on the early part of the "path," but once Full Realization happens, then the entire vocabulary of separation and differentiation and apart-ness is purged.
The vocabulary of the Realized is devoid of racially-charged words and words that support the false sense of hierarchies that the non-Realized use regularly.
The native tongue of the Cherokee Grandmother, with whom much time was spent during the early years, has no words in the language for “hate,” “war,” “greed,” “contend,” “competition,” “rival,” "different," or "separate."
Similarly, the Penans and the Apayao tribes have no words or terms for “separation,” and that is the case with the languages of hundreds of other early tribes that were far more in touch with the Oneness than with the two-ness.
Yet those cultures were decimated, for the most part, so the languages of modern cultures reinforce duality rather than a sense of the Oneness. If You do not free yourself of all of the influences of the modern cultures that have influenced you - or that continue to influence you - then a key element of Maharaj's formula for Realization will be missed, guaranteed. As a result, Realization will also be missed.
Tomorrow: One means of impeding the diffusion of the dualistic messages that are conveyed by cultures steeped in duality.
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