For example, Maharaj's focus was on the Absolute, on the means by which seekers could come to abide in a natural fashion, and on the Nothingness, yet he discussed:
the death of a man's son;
a war in a neighboring country;
a visitor's friend who was passing so much time in the silence that the visitor was concerned.
In each case, a particular, relative event set the stage for Maharaj to guide visitors to a more general, universal understanding. So, to summarize the case under discussion here:
One newspaper has reported that "When Texas Gov. Rick Perry took friends, fellow legislators or campaign donors to his hunting camp, they passed the word 'Niggerhead' painted on a rock. As the Washington Post reported Saturday, 'Niggerhead' stood for the long-ago name of the Perry family's hunting camp.
"Perry told the Post that the name had been blotted out with paint as soon as his father purchased the property, the rock turned over to hide the traces of it. But the newspaper found multiple sources and some photographic evidence to contradict that claim:
"The name of this particular parcel did not change for years after it became associated with Rick Perry, first as a private citizen, then as a state official and finally as Texas governor. Some locals still call it that. As recently as this summer, the slablike rock -- lying flat, the name still faintly visible beneath a coat of white paint -- remained by the gated entrance to the camp."
Those familiar with the man and his political history in Texas can cite dozens of instances that support the fact that he is racially-insensitive and prejudiced, but that is not the pointer here. The "target" of a Realized teacher is never any given person - every persona being nothing more than a mirage anyway.
The aim of all pointers shared is at the targets that Maharaj called "learned ignorance," "ignorance," "stupidity," and "insanity." The pointer here is that - as discussed in the recently-released book Going Crazy / Going Sane - there is "A Vocabulary of Realization, A Vocabulary of the Unicity, A Non-Dualistic Language of Real Love" that makes clear ...
that no hierarchies are valid;
that no sense of separation is real; and
that there is no basis at all for the widespread, arrogance-based, egotism-based notions of better-than-ment that the non-Realized have "fond memories of" and hold dear.
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. Regarding that vocabulary of Realization, the following was shared on this site in August of 2005 after site visitor Sim said,
“I just watched a 60 Minutes segment on river people named the Moken. They had no words for 'when' or 'want.' Time was not a concept of theirs, so they don't understand questions like 'How old are you?' If they catch a fish for breakfast, they aren't even thinking of lunch. There's just 'now.' A boat of kinsmen could pull up and it doesn't make any difference whether it's been 1 week, 1 year or 5 years. To them, it's the same. As to 'want,' they have words for give or take, but they don't understand 'want' and do not accumulate since they live on the sea. It’s really something, the way our language drives our thinking, huh?”
The reply: Yes, language does drive thinking. The prerequisites for contaminating or blocking the consciousness and producing the illusion of a ‘mind’ include words, letters, language…etc, and it works both ways: thinking produces a language used to tell lies, and a language of lies results in more thinking.
Moreover, we know that all thinking is in error since it is generated by a "mind" that is a reservoir used for storing lies and false beliefs and concepts and ideas. Anthropologists and linguists have studied the language used by Anglo-Saxons and Aryans and noted the frequency of references to their doctrines of accumulation and want and desire.
By contrast, in an Advanced Linguistics course in college, it was revealed that the Algonquin language groups, just as with the Mokens you mentioned, have no word for “time.” The Jiukiukwe Indians also have no word for “time," but even more significantly, they have no word for “problem.”
Relatedly, in all the years spent with that Cherokee grandmother, never was she seen to have what she called "a problem." As mentioned recently, she never discussed things like the weather, even as persons about her complained about it being too hot or too dry or too wet or too cold. For her, the way it was ... was the way it was.
The Jiukiukwe also avoid the use of the active voice, first-person singular (e.g., “I” followed by an active verb), and you’ll notice most sages avoid that usage as well. The personal “I” is avoided by the members of that tribe because they consider its use to be a sign of arrogance.
Find a person who is arrogant and you’ll have found a person self-absorbed and totally occupied with the “I,” with the “ego” (Latin for “I”). A Jiukiukwe child would not say, “I want water” but would report instead, “There is thirst.” The focus is on the thirst, not on the wants or desires or needs of a personal "I"—of a persona or a "personality."
Their language, as is the case with "The Language of Realization," preempts arrogance because their philosophy (their understanding) preempts arrogance first. Also, note the avoidance of any expression of desire in the languages of the members of all these tribes. The result? If there's no plethora of desires, then there is no plethora of unmet desires. If no plethora of unmet desires accumulates, then there can be no loss of peace.
The language of the Jiukiukwe Indians also provides insight into their "worldview" (or "universal" view) as well. They see themselves as "unaffected bystanders in a world where things just are." (Advaitins point to the same when discussing "witnessing only.") To the Jiukiukwes, it is "the world" that does things, not them, so they have no word for “doer.” Advaitins know the accuracy of that view, of the no-doer and the no-doership, as well.
Too, the Jiukiukwe have no words in their language for “hate,” “war,” “greed,” “contend,” “competition,” or “rival.” Contrast their language, which has no word for “hate,” with the Anglo-Saxon / Aryan language which includes: hate, hatred, animosity, loathing, enmity, abhorrence, disaffection, alienation, coolness, disgust, estrangement, and all the related words such as resent, resentment, dislike, repugnance, revenge, despise, venomous, bitterness, detestation, umbrage, and antipathy.
To that list you could likely add hundreds of other words with similar meaning or connotation. What does the absence of those words reveal about the culture / philosophy of the Jiukiukwe and the other tribes mentioned, and what does the presence of those words reveal about persons in societies that use the Aryan / Anglo-Saxon language? Also revealing is the fact that among the Jiukiukwe, the words “angry” and “insane” are closely related.
Then there are the Penans and the Apayao tribes. Neither tribe has words or terms for “separation” or for “thank you.” There is no separation or proprietorship in their worldview, so there’s no need to thank anyone for anything because there are no words for “giving” or for “taking.” All is shared, so there is no personal ownership.
With no concept of land ownership, and believing that the land offers up the elements and the energy that facilitate the manifestation of consciousness, they treat all land as equally valuable. There is no “apart from,” so when the Europeans introduced the idea that certain parcels of land are “holy,” (a word which by definition means “different from” and thus perpetuates dual-mindedness) the tribe members could not understand that concept.
One early post on this site discussed the conflict that grows out of the western concepts of possession that are expressed with “my” and “mine.” Those two words do not exist in the languages of the tribes above. Also, the Apayaos have no words for "duality,” “hello” or “goodbye,” again because they have no concept of separation. When they arrive, they arrive; when they leave, they leave. It all just happens, but not in any time-frame or with any sense of disconnection.
As with the members of those non-Western, non-European, non-white tribes, Advaitins are conscious of the words and word structures used. A shift occurs in the ways of communication as the Realized awaken to the potential influence of words on the mindset of entire populations. While aware that truth cannot be stated, the Realized are also aware of the untruths that words convey.
Next, since the impact of words is known, they are used less and less among the Realized. The quiet is not imposed; after clarity manifests, the silence just starts happening. Finally, look to the languages of the tribes discussed and see what “natural living” was like for millions of years:
no wanting, no desiring, no sense of separation, no divisions of land into “holy” and “not holy," and thus no fighting over ownership of “holy land.”
To suggest that which some on the far right of the political spectrum are now proposing (specifically, that "words mean nothing and words can tell us nothing about the character of this man") is to reveal the ignorance of those making such claims.
Visitors here know that thoughts precede words and that words precede deeds. As with the words "nigger" or "niggerhead," any words that imply "separation" and "better-than-ment" and "different from" and "higher than" or "lower than" are words of ignorance and learned ignorance, pulled from the vocabulary of duality. And as one Advaitin said 2000 years ago, "A dual-minded person is unstable in all ways."
Instability can be hidden by the "slick," by those versed in the ways of charm and the ways of image-making and image-perpetuation, but for the sane and wise to detect the duality revealed via such a person's thoughts and words and deeds is to shatter the mask and to reveal that which is hidden behind the facade.
Once the disguise has been seen through, once the masquerade has been exposed, then what is revealed is ego-assumption, egotism to support assumed ego-states, ignorance, learned ignorance, stupidity and insanity.
Tomorrow, DeVaga's description of "Rick Perry's fond memories of 'niggerhead' and growing up in a Sundown Town that provided the foundation of his conservative values that he brags about" will expose the kind of environment that fosters the kind of egotism, ignorance, learned ignorance, stupidity and insanity that dominates the thoughts and words and deeds of approximately 50% of the population of the U.S. and much of the population of the planet.
To see the effects of egotism, ignorance, learned ignorance, stupidity and insanity is to understand why Maharaj - and all Realized Advaitin / Nisargan teachers - target, not persons, but egotism, ignorance, learned ignorance, stupidity and insanity instead.
Please enter the silence of contemplation. (To be continued)
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