Thursday, October 27, 2011

Let It Happen With Dignity, 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 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.: Dignity (and its associated composure, calmness, tranquility, and serenity) happens only in the absence of fear and desire, and the absence of fear and desire only happens in the absence of personality.

When seekers come here for a retreat and reveal that they still desire body continuity - that they are still afraid of "death" - the suggestion offered is, "In that case, go ahead and die now and get it over with."

What does that mean? It means that they are invited to see all of the personas that they are not and to allow the belief in those false body-mind-personality identities to "die" ... to end. At that point, the "death" of all of the personalities that can fear what the masses call "death" will also happen.

On some level, that "death" which accompanies Realization seems violent. Why? Because the non-Realized masses have to be shaken to be awakened, but they do not really want to be either shaken or awakened at all. Consider the pointers in this exchange:

Maharaj: "The outer represent the inner, the inner accepts the outer -- for a time."

Questioner: "Whose is the effort?"

Maharaj: "The disciple's, of course. The outer Guru gives the instructions, the inner sends the strength; the alert application is the disciple's. Without will, intelligence and energy on the part of the disciple, the outer Guru is helpless. The inner Guru bids his chance. Obtuseness and wrong pursuits bring about a crisis and the disciple wakes up to his own plight. Wise is he who does not wait for a shock, which can be quite rude."

Questioner: "Is it a threat?"

Maharaj: "Not a threat, a warning. The inner Guru is not committed to non-violence. He can be quite violent at times, to the point of destroying the obtuse or perverted personality. Suffering and death, as life and happiness, are his tools of work."

Of course, neither the dissolution of belief in personas nor the dissolution of the plant food body is really violent, yet both most assuredly do seem that way to the non-Realized. The notion that it is actually violent is only the result of persons' misperceptions. To understand that fact is to reach an entirely new level of composure, calmness, tranquility, and serenity that most among the masses will never know. So ...

first, to the dissolution of the belief in one's personas. What could the non-Realized cling to more? If "The Wife" says that she is leaving "The Husband," in many cases murder follows, suicide follows, or murder-suicide follows.

Yet that all follows the initial misperception, "I am dying, so I might as well hasten the process so no more misery or suffering is experienced." In fact, personas cannot die. They can merely be seen to be the illusions that they are and then allowed to fade away with dignity, composure, calmness, tranquility, and serenity.

In such cases, the seeker that reaches that understanding transitions into the knower; the knower dissolves into the known; the known - overlaid upon the relative - transitions into the dancer, and for the remainder of the manifestation, the dancer dances lightly and eventually becomes the dance:

Ted Shawn: "Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made."

Secondly, to the dissolution of the belief that there are "violent" means by which the body can end: in fact, there is no such thing as "death," and there is no such thing as "a violent death." In all cases, the consciousness merely "fades away."

Pain is of the body; misery and suffering are of the "mind." The body might fade away slowly or quickly, but the consciousness always fades away slowly and painlessly, not violently.

Misery and suffering can end promptly either through Realization while manifested or via mahasamadhi as the manifestation ends.

It was because he understood that fact that "the later Christ, the Advaitin Christ," reportedly said, "Heaven and earth shall fade." Why? Because they are nothing more than concepts stored in the mind and allowed to remain as a result of the consciousness having been blocked by programming, conditioning, acculturation, and domestication. When the consciousness fades away, so do all of the concepts that had been stored in the "mind."

When the consciousness manifests, it manifests in the gross body ... in the body-cum-consciousness. When it unmanifests - that is, fades away - it passes through the subtle body form and then the transcendental body form and then into formlessness in the field of energy from which it came. [Of course, the plant food body itself can take even longer to dissolve.]

Maharaj: "Your True Being is entirely un-self-conscious, completely free from all self-identification with whatever it may be ... gross, subtle or transcendental."

You might or might not be able to stop all pain, but you can definitely stop all misery and suffering, now, by seeking and finding Reality. How?

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."

Note: those pointers refer to being free of the "mind," not free of the brain and not free of the consciousness. [Often shared here is the fact that the brain is rooted in the elements; the consciousness is rooted in the Absolute; and the mind is rooted in false and faulty programming, conditioning, domestication, and acculturation.]

Maharaj: "It does not mean that you must be brainless and foolhardy, improvident or indifferent; only the basic anxiety for oneself must go. You need some food, clothing and shelter for you and yours, but this will not create problems as long as greed is not taken for a need. Live in tune with things as they are and not as they are imagined."

Abiding "in tune" allows one to hear the music of the universe and to dance lightly to it.

Ah ... the bliss of the freedom and peace and serenity and calmness and composure and tranquility that comes after allowing all to dissolve with dignity, including all that is imagined; including all false identities that are assumed;

including the false belief in "death"; including the baseless anticipation of such an "event"; including the needless anxiety generated by that belief; including the fear of an eternal punishment; including the desire for an eternal reward.

So relax. Enjoy the only thing that can be enjoyed: the present manifestation, now, if Reality is overlaid upon it. That alone can bring sanity, logic, and reason; and those alone can bring an end to instability and ignorance and insanity and chaos.

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

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