Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Science of Realization

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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.: During the first week of June, this four-book paperback anthology,



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The following is from the book CONSCIOUSNESS / AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute) which is included in the anthology. The reader is invited to take into contemplation and consideration the following pointers on “Consciousness” and on “Awareness.”

One seeker said during a discussion of Consciousness / Awareness: "Your explanation of consciousness / awareness is clearer than most, but I’m more inclined to seek the scientific view, always. Maharaj said that science would someday affirm the content of the teachings he offered. How about a bottom line explanation from that viewpoint."

The following response was offered:

In the expanse of space, energy can move via wave and / or particle form. Subatomic particles of specialized energy exist and are moving through that expanse freely. Because the expanse is so vast (limitless in fact), the particles are not forced together into large-quantity clusters or groupings of energy within that space. Consciousness only happens when large-quantity clusters or groupings of energy occur in compact spaces with nervous systems. Otherwise, the background of Awareness IS and energy is moving without confinement in that vast space labeled “the Absolute.” Awareness IS, even when there is no "one" to be conscious of … even when awareness of Awareness is not happening. (That is what peace every day looks like: being, without awareness of any concept or anything.)

As the energy particles move, some enter the atmosphere of earth and strike plants and begin to gather there. In that limited space, the particles of specialized energy (energy able to be conscious of if manifested in something with a nervous system) gather into “tighter” groupings as a result of manifesting in a limited, confined space. Advaitins point to that happening as a step in “the manifesting of consciousness.”

Thus, the term “the manifestation of consciousness” really points to nothing more than a spontaneously-occurring gathering of atomic and subatomic particles of specialized energy into a compact grouping. Consciousness happens only when larger groupings of particles of this specialized energy come together in a “tighter” cluster and in a more confined space than occurs in the vast space of unmanifested energy-awareness. Here's another analogy which can illustrate the “different while not being different” aspect of the Consciousness / Awareness discussion:

Consider an ice cube “versus” water vapor. Really, the ice cube/water vapor is “not two,” just as “I AM THAT; I AM” is “not two” and just as “Consciousness/Awareness” is “not two.” Yet “aspects” exists. When H20 atoms are compacted and close together in a smaller space, water can take on the appearance of “a cube.” When quantities of H20 are subjected to intense heat, water can take on the appearance of “vapor” and will no longer appear to be compacted into a limited space as was the case with “the cube.” The cube takes on an aspect of being fixed, confined, restricted. The “vapor” appears to be free. The “different” aspects become apparent depending on whether the H20 appear to be limited by compaction or appears to be less limited by expansion. Similarly, the manifested consciousness in limited; the Awareness is limitless.

So the “vapors” are free to move about over a far broader area. The “cube” seems confined in a small space; the “vapors” seem free. Consider the manifested consciousness to be “the cube” (confined and compacted) and the Awareness to be “the vapor” (free and not compacted). That which is not limited is free and therefore at peace. That is also the only way that peace every day can happen: freedom is the prerequisite. The discussion of Consciousness/Awareness then becomes nothing more than a discussion about location and density. (Similarly, take a ball of clay, pinch a portion of it up into a flat shape that rises from the clay but remains attached. Is the raised portion different from the ball of clay, or is it just a matter of the pinched up portion’s location and density?) The same is true of the discussion of “THAT” and “AM-ness.” Located “here” with an aspect of density? Consciousness. Located “there” with no aspect of density? Awareness.

The essence (Awareness) is always in the background, even as consciousness is manifested. That awareness in the background can account for the disconcerting notion generated by the “trapped” and “confined” manifest consciousness that results in persons sensing that “I am not free” and “I need to be free” and “I long for more freedom,” all of which mark the relative existence and that happen as long as consciousness is manifested and as long as abidance is happening as that consciousness rather than as the Absolute. Are you understanding why the corrupted consciousness, and even abidance as the Self-Realized consciousness, can never produce a sense of true freedom? The "journey" to true freedom does not end at the point of Self-Realization, and to transmit that fact is the only reason this discussion is warranted. Peace every day can only happen even beyond Self-Realization.

So, Awareness is beyond both consciousness being manifested and consciousness not being manifested. Thus Consciousness is what allows consciousness of to happen, but Awareness is why the Consciousness can happen. Consciousness, while manifested via a temporary combination of physical elements, has no independent existence apart from its fundamental background of Awareness. (To use an earlier example for emphasis here, does that ultimately mean that “sticky” = “stickiness"? Or, is “stickiness” the essence of something that is “sticky”? “Sticky” can only happen when physical elements temporarily combine. “Stickiness,” though, is permanent and forever. Ultimately, it's all definition, all thorns that can be used to remove thorns, and you know that the thorns are all to be tossed eventually. All else could easily fall into the realm of “entertainment.”)

When the previously pure energy manifests in humans, it is soon subjected to programming, conditioning, and enculturation. “Minds” form and the endless chatter of “thoughts” soon follows, all because specialized energy happened to gather, accidently and spontaneously, into a limited space. The more that electrons accumulate into a natural coherence within a confined space and the more that conscious-energy takes itself to be “a human,” the more frequently will abstract “thoughts” occur and the more frequently they will continue on a large-scale basis if personas are accepted as true identities. “The Abstract” is then erroneously taken to be “The Concrete, The Real” once Consciousness manifests and soon becomes corrupted consciousness. That generates false assumptions such as “I am a spouse” (or any other label that one might insert after “I am …”) when the abstract is taken to be the concrete.

By contrast, when single or elementary particles or coherent groups of energy-capable-of-being-conscious-of come together, smaller-scale abstract “thoughts” in consciousness happen. When the energy is totally “free” and is not gathered into large groups that are confined within relatively small spaces with nervous systems and is not bastardized with programming, then no thoughts occur...but Awareness remains. (That is the way that peace every day and AS IF Living happen: You Are, but there are no “thoughts,” no “mind,” no separation, no sense of confinement, no fighting with others who are not as “good” as your ego-states and egotism convince you that you are, and no chatter of a thousand monkeys inside your head.)

The manifested particles of energy can be freed of close confinement and compacting via the unmanifesting of consciousness. Prior to that, it is possible that particles of energy can be freed of the distorting effects of programming and conditioning and enculturation via the Full Realization process. Then, the energy can function in the pure and free and uncorrupted manner in which it functioned prior to consciousness, prior to manifestation, and prior to being corrupted.

Thus, Awareness Is, without consciousness of subjects and objects and without consciousness of any “thing” and without consciousness of some “thing.” After “The Nothingness” is understood, You understand that You Are as You always Were, Are, and Shall Be: just being and just aware. The effects of compacted, manifested consciousness can be transcended and the manifested energy can function as pure, free, unconfined, unlimited Awareness instead. VoilĂ : peace every day.

We Are essentially That pure, unconditioned Awareness, NOW. We are not the consciousness that manifests and becomes corrupted into a “mind” that drives ego-states to experience emotional intoxication. As far as “floyd” or “you” are concerned, nothing more has happened than this, if Full Realization has occurred:

Bliss (which is nothing more than an undisturbed vibration) manifested and was subsequently personalized. That process has been reversed via Self-Realization so the de-personalization of bliss occurred; then, Full Realization and awareness of the non-aware Awareness followed.

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

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?

The Myth Of Death

THE "BLISSFUL ABIDANCE" BOOKS

Dancing Lightly

The Ultimate Sickness, The Ultimate Medicine

I AM THAT (vs. "This Is Who I Think I Am")

Freedom From Shifting Between States of Happiness and Unhappiness

LIBERATION

Why You Must Be Empty If You Would Be Full

What BLISS Is and What BLISS Is Not

When Reality Is Overlaid Upon the Relative

There Is Nothing That Is Personal (Including You and Including God)

Overcoming the Fear of Being Totally Independent

The Essence of the Teachings

SELF-Transformation Meditation Guide, Volume One

SELF-Transformation Meditation Guide, Volume Two

Lessons in Non-Duality from Travels in South Africa

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Casting Light on the Dark Side of Relationships

Finding REAL LOVE in an Unreal World

The Path to Freedom vs. The Path to Misery


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THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace If You're Out of Your Mind)

THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS PERSONAL (Including You and Including God)

SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ and HIS EVOLUTION

Jesus Christ the Advaitin

William Shakespeare the Advaitin

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LIVING WITHIN YOUR MEANS

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FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Take Glue to Represent Consciousness and “Stickiness” to Be Awareness

An Advaita forum focusing on Realisation, enlightenment, non-duality, Real Love, peace, freedom, Your original nature, abiding naturally, the Oneness, the Nothingness, and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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.: During the first week of June, this four-book paperback anthology,



which is available for pre-ordering now, should be ready to ship. (You may click the picture for more details.) In anticipation, certain excerpts from the four books in the paperback collection will be offered.

The following is from the book CONSCIOUSNESS / AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute) which is included in the anthology. The reader is invited to take into contemplation and consideration the following pointers on “Consciousness” and on “Awareness.”

Another analogy might provide clarify for some seekers regarding the nature of Reality beyond Self-Realization. Take glue to represent consciousness and “stickiness” to be Awareness.

Consider glue sticks. Happenings by humans can result in elements being combined and temporarily manifesting as glue sticks. Glue can be described as “sticky” but, ultimately, “stickiness” is why it can be sticky. Similarly, Consciousness is what allows conscious-of-ness to happen, but Awareness is why the Consciousness can happen. Glue is sticky—stickiness is why. Similarly, Consciousness is what facilitates knowing, but Awareness is why the known can be known. (To extend the metaphor and the understanding, Awareness is the “stickiness” that allows the sticky glue of Consciousness to happen. The sticky glue is temporary; "stickiness" is the nature of the glue that is eternal.)

Realize that glue, while a temporary combination of physical elements, has no independent and eternal existence apart from that fundamental background of “stickiness.” Similarly, Consciousness, while manifested via a temporary combination of physical elements, has no independent existence apart from its fundamental background of Awareness.

Glue, even if not being used to adhere one thing to another, still retains its essence of stickiness. Even glue that is not gluing is still sticky. Like that, Awareness is the Fundamental Essence of Reality and the actual identity of That which temporarily manifests on occasion.

Stickiness is the fundamental essence of glue and is its actual identity when elements come together in a way that results in glue being manifest. Stickiness is the backdrop against which all individual forms of glue come about and adhere … by which adherence happens. You might get all caught up in a gluing process, get glue on your hands, stick all sorts of things together accidentally, and experience all sorts of chaos and anxiety and misery that might ensue, but the nature of the glue—the stickiness—remains undisturbed. That Which You Are is the “stickiness,” not the glue which can lead to such a mess when manifested. Only if abidance happens in that fashion can an undisturbed relative existence happen.

To continue with the analogy, the capacity for glue to be sticky existed prior to any elements coming together and “making” glue. As the conditions and elements came together and glue took a physical form, its essence of stickiness manifested. The possibility for stickiness to manifest predated the glue.

Consider glue sticks and Scotch tape and Post-It Notes. While manifested, they can each exhibit the “attribute” of being sticky; but the Laws of Thermodynamics are constantly activated, so at some point those elements will return to the universal pool of elements. Then, what remains? Not glue sticks or Scotch tape or Post-It Notes but only … certain elements and “stickiness.”

Now, please understand what can and what cannot happen with the Post-It Notes in order to understand what cycles and what does not. (If you understand this, then you can be free of the belief in such nonsense as the Dalai Lama's claim that “New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina because of the bad, negative dualistic karma of the people,” "bad" itself being dualistic. You can be free of belief in such dualistic nonsense as “You are going to cycle and cycle and cycle again, until you get it right.”)

It could be that millions of old Post-It Notes might be processed through a pulper that chops the paper into small bits and then heats them in a mixture that breaks them down into fibrous strands of cellulose (which is merely organic plant material). Then, the pulp can be screened and, if necessary, de-inked and color-stripped. After bleaching, the material can be processed in a manner that results in it again taking the form of paper which can once again take the form of Post-It Notes. But what really cycled?

The organic elements, not the same notes. Can these newly-manifested Post-It Notes possibly be taken to be the same Post-It Notes that existed before? Of course not. Will all Post-It Notes be recycled? No. Can their “form” end permanently? Yes. Can the organic material used to make paper be destroyed? No. Apply that to “forms taking form” and to consciousness manifesting and unmanifesting.

If notes are recycled, it is the same organic material which can cycle into a form that can appear to be the same, but that material could as easily take the form and appearance of a legal pad, a magazine, or a book.

(That is how trillions upon trillions of “humans and animals and birds” have cycled into and out of manifested form on the planet while the planet has experienced zero-gain and zero-loss: organic material is merely being cycled, and it all happens with a speck of energy manifesting via plants. In the relative, you are what you eat and nothing more. It happens spontaneously with no master-control or Master-control involved. With condolences to those who take themselves or their offspring to be “gifts from God,” what is really going on, and on-going, is a simple and natural organic happening, not a supernatural happening.)

Conscious-energy cycles (or not) in the same manner as the Post-It Notes. In the case of the legal pad, the magazine or the book, the attribute of "being sticky" would not happen, yet “stickiness” still remains though the original "sticky note paper" does not remain in its previous form. (Dennis Waite makes this clear by noting that those who are impeccable with their words will talk of "tably wood," not of a "wooden table.") Do you grasp fully the functioning of the totality? Do you understand completely what cycles, how it cycles, what does not cycle, what remains forever, and what is only temporarily manifested?

Similarly, “stickiness” exists, even after the elements that form the glue stick return to the original pool of elements. Glue, while manifested, is considered “sticky” as it adheres one thing to another (so it is dualistic in its very nature) but that which is independent and eternal is the glue's fundamental essence of “stickiness” (which is non-dual in its nature).

To review, take “sticky” to be a relative existence attribute of the elements combining as “glue” but take “stickiness” to be the underlying essence of glue; similarly, take Awareness to be the underlying essence of Reality that is beyond the relative and beyond attributes. Take “stickiness” to be the actual “identity” of the temporarily manifested elements called “glue,” and take Awareness to be the actual “identity” of that which is temporarily manifested and called Consciousness.

Just as scientists discuss the various “forms of energy,” take Consciousness to be a form of the originally pure, unadulterated energy which manifests and which then becomes impure and adulterated as the consciousness is programmed and conditioned and enculturated.

Fundamentally, the glue is not separate from the stickiness. It is the glue’s root identity—pure, unconditioned stickiness, manifested, though temporarily. In fact, it is what the glue is, elements notwithstanding. (Understand what that pointer reveals about the “not two” and then it will be clear that the phrase “I AM THAT; I AM” actually points to the unicity.)

The glue has a molecular structure that is in motion, moving while manifested, active, bonding, etc. Stickiness transcends both movement and stillness. Glue is conscious-of since ”this” is forming a bond with “that,” so manifested consciousness must involve duality; stickiness, to the contrary, is non-dual. Realize that glue has no independent existence apart from its fundamental background of stickiness.

Ultimately, stickiness cannot be defined and cannot know itself. It just is. From it emanates the ability of elements to combine and to be called “glue” and to bond. So it is with consciousness manifesting via a space of elements that can be called “humans” who “bond.” But wherever glue appears, it is really just a reflection of its inherent stickiness, though the manifested glue is not itself the stickiness.

The glue may be gluing or not, but the stickiness still Is. It never ceases to be, and it makes possible all sticking that might or might not happen. When glue is gluing, there is a consciousness of—of the other molecules being bonded with. “Sticking” happens as a property of the elements and the way they function when combined in a certain manner, but there is no continuity to the manifested form of the glue. “Stickiness” happens with continuity beyond that physical combination. Glue is time-bound and space-bound. Stickiness is not.

Glue is a product of elements that have combined, originally protein colloids made from the tissue of animals. Proteins, such as milk and egg yolk, can be used to “make” glue, but glue is not being “created.” Already-existing elements are merely entering into temporary combination. Proteins are often long, branching, stringy chains of molecules, and those molecules can be mixed into liquids to “make” glue. Chemical bonds form between molecules and intermolecular forces work spontaneously. Such is the case with elements combining temporarily to “make” bodies. Nothing is really being made. Temporary combinations are happenings.

As with Awareness / Consciousness, stickiness is the essence that makes the glue capable of doing what glue does. (The glue is certainly not a “do-er,” so whatever happens merely happens automatically.) To compare, sugar is elemental; sweetness is not. It is the essence of the sugar.

A child eating a candy bar does not care about the elements but is simply enjoying the essence. That is the way the manifestation unfolds post-Realization as well, and that is the way that bliss can be enjoyed as well.

As in the case when that which is taken to be a “human” is believed to have “died,” you can burn glue so it no longer retains its physical attributes; however, stickiness (the essence) cannot be destroyed. The stickiness in not the glue—it is what makes sticking possible when glue is manifested. Glue can be conscious of stickiness, conceptually. That is known because molecules bond with other molecules and “stick” and that process can be observed.

However, it is the pure stickiness by which all gluing happens, by which molecules can be conscious of molecules. The stickiness is behind all of the sticking that happens when the glue is manifest. The stickiness does not “make” the glue, but it makes gluing possible, temporarily. To label stickiness as glue is a misperception. Stickiness is the essence, not the material. Thus, to look in the mirror and to say, “this is me” is a lie. I Am the essence, not the temporary combination of elements.

Stickiness is unchanging and changeless. Glue is changing. Stickiness does not act and is not conscious of molecules. Stickiness just is. Glue is conscious of something, so “this” clings to “that.” That involves duality, as exists when consciousness manifests. Stickiness is not aware. Stickiness does not act. That involves non-duality. Glue acts in the relative existence. It is dual in its nature. This is the difference between the stickiness which is not conscious of and the gluing process wherein conscious of happens.

Stickiness is the awareness that glue’s consciousness is in, meaning that stickiness exists and “makes it possible” for glue’s consciousness of something else to happen whenever there is an object … that is, when there is something to be “conscious of” and to stick to.

Glue is about duality; stickiness is non-dual.

Stickiness knows no thing, but manifested in the space called “glue,” it allows the glue to be conscious of other molecules and to stick. Distortions happen when the common essence is ignored and all kinds of glue are considered to be different and separate and better than other types: fabric glue, super glue, wood glue, rubber cement, hot-melt glue, epoxy resin glue, acrylic cement, etc. They look different, but all are merely combinations of elements that share a common essence of stickiness.

The stickiness, the essence, of glue is simply everything about it, independent of the question of existence as a group of elements that have temporarily combined. After all the elements are no longer combined, the essence—the stickiness—remains in the background. The essence, or stickiness, of glue does not depend on anything else: it does not depend on any elements, it does not depend on whether the glue had manifested or not, it in non-dependent, period. So it is among the Realized. The essence is non-dual. Stickiness is the intrinsic, non-dual nature of the glue.

Such is the case with sticky glue sticks representing the Consciousness and stickiness representing Awareness.

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


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FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)

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THE FINAL UNDERSTANDING

THE SEVEN STEPS TO REALIZATION ESSAY SERIES

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A Series of Essays Discussing THE FOURTH STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

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A Series of Essays Discussing THE SIXTH STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE SEVENTH STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

THE "NO-DEATH" SERIES

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?

The Myth Of Death

THE "BLISSFUL ABIDANCE" BOOKS

Dancing Lightly

The Ultimate Sickness, The Ultimate Medicine

I AM THAT (vs. "This Is Who I Think I Am")

Freedom From Shifting Between States of Happiness and Unhappiness

LIBERATION

Why You Must Be Empty If You Would Be Full

What BLISS Is and What BLISS Is Not

When Reality Is Overlaid Upon the Relative

There Is Nothing That Is Personal (Including You and Including God)

Overcoming the Fear of Being Totally Independent

The Essence of the Teachings

SELF-Transformation Meditation Guide, Volume One

SELF-Transformation Meditation Guide, Volume Two

Lessons in Non-Duality from Travels in South Africa

THE "RELATIONSHIP" SERIES

Casting Light on the Dark Side of Relationships

Finding REAL LOVE in an Unreal World

The Path to Freedom vs. The Path to Misery


THE "FREEDOM FROM DELUSION" SERIES

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace If You're Out of Your Mind)

THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS PERSONAL (Including You and Including God)

SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ and HIS EVOLUTION

Jesus Christ the Advaitin

William Shakespeare the Advaitin

THE "FINANCIAL SANITY" SERIES

LIVING WITHIN YOUR MEANS

Ending Financial Problems by Understanding Your Personality

ADVENTURE / MYSTERY FICTION
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The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders [E-BOOK]

The Board of Directors of Wars [PAPERBACK]

RECOVERY

A Twelve-Step Journey to SELF-Transformation [E-BOOK]

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THE TWELVE STEPS AND ADVAITA / NON-DUALITY: A 21-Day Plan for A Psychic Change

A GUIDE FOR WORKING THE TWELVE STEPS (In the Manner Used by the Founders)

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2. BY READING these books in this exact order:
IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)
SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)
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THE MEDITATION GUIDES
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?
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THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace if You're Out of Your Mind)
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of the false content of the “mind”]
LIBERATION
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of personas]
THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS
[Provides the final preparation for the seeker to be directed along the “path”]
FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
[Directs the seeker along the “path”]
CONSCIOUSNESS/AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute)
[Allows the seeker to understand the functioning of the totality, the manifestation, and what is involved with the un-manifestation]
FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS
[Provides the seeker the wisdom to understand the Noneness as well as the Oneness]
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I would like to extend deepest appreciation towards you for these teachings that you have offered. It has been most valuable towards what may not have been revealed throughout this manifestation labeled "anthony." Understanding Truth and finding words for gratitude are one as is all. Thank you again for pointing "me" to THAT and the understanding that came as well. Hopeful for future "contact"! Sincerely, Anthony M. W.

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The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders offers the non-duality message by way of a mystery-adventure novel, discussing the movement from pain to healing to awakening to peace.
From Dr. R.F. Maley, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus and former Head of the Department of Psychology, University of Houston: "Floyd Henderson's book, The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders, is a fun read and an interesting mystery, but perhaps more importantly it serves as a vehicle for blending Eastern Philosophy and Native American Spirituality to make an intellectually challenging novel. The book's insights into both relationships and authoritarian conditioning of people in our society make it a must read, tracing the roots of narcissistic, sociopathic and psychopathic behaviors to the very core of the culture. This truly witty and politically-incorrect study of the aggressive nature of 'the American character' offers not only a diagnosis but also a treatment plan, making the book an excellent supplemental reading in courses such as psychology, anthropology, philosophy, sociology and counseling."

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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF WARS


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

"Consciousness"? or, "Awareness"?

An Advaita forum focusing on Realisation, enlightenment, non-duality, Real Love, peace, freedom, Your original nature, abiding naturally, the Oneness, the Nothingness, and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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.: In early June, this four-book paperback anthology,



which is available for pre-ordering now, will ship. (You may click the picture for more details.) In anticipation, certain excerpts from the four books in the paperback collection will be offered.

The following is from the book CONSCIOUSNESS / AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute) which is included in the anthology:

The reader is invited to take into contemplation and consideration the following pointers on “Consciousness” and on “Awareness” that were offered by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (with some commentaries added). The contemplation can provide stimuli for considering far more about Consciousness and Awareness than most will ever consider:

ON CONSCIOUSNESS

“Understand then, that it is this conscious presence that you are, so long as the body is there. Once your body is gone, along with the vital breath, consciousness also will leave. Only that which was prior to the appearance of this body-cum-consciousness, the Absolute, the ever-present, is your true identity. That is what we all really are. That is reality. It is here and now. Where is the question of anyone reaching for it?”

Maharaj made clear that, if the Understanding comes, no “person” will remain who could try to meddle in the play of consciousness. He also affirmed that there is no omniscient creator that is meddling in the play. All is merely happening spontaneously.

Maharaj was asked, “Where does consciousness come from?” He answered, “It never comes or goes; it just appears to have come.”

He was also asked, “Where is the seat of consciousness.” He replied, “In every particle of the juice of the body.”

ON AWARENESS

“I told the consciousness, ‘It is you who is suffering, not I’.”

“Awareness is not aware of its awareness.”

Maharaj explained that That Which He Truly Is was prior to consciousness. He made clear that there is no “he” to experience anything or do anything and that what persons take to be an experience is actually just the consciousness experiencing itself.

He explained that the Realized understand that the “world,” indeed the entire “universe,” exists in Consciousness alone. Neither “the world” nor “the universe” is real, and both only seem to appear in Consciousness. Knowing that, he was able to take his stand in the Absolute. In the Absolute, no Consciousness of the “I-Amness” or the “Beingness” or the “Is-ness” happens. In the Absolute, there are neither thoughts nor words nor deeds. The Absolute is prior to all of that…is prior to Consciousness.

[NOTE: In his later teachings, he made clear that "where" he finally took his "stand" was even prior to the Absolute. That is explained in the last books in this anthology.]

Among the non-Realized, the consciousness has become identified with the space or form. A few move beyond body identification. Fewer still reach an understanding of what lies beyond the body-mind-personality identities. Even fewer will come to know “the source” that is beyond all acculturation, programming, and conditioning of the consciousness.

“I am really not manifested. Can you live like that, as the non-manifest?”

Now transcendence of the consciousness has also occurred. With the appearance of consciousness, the Absolute knows it is, ‘I Am.’

Even this primary concept, "I-am-ness," is dishonest, just because it is still only a concept. Finally, one has to transcend that also and be in the nirvikalpa state, which means the concept-free state. Then you have no concept at all, not even of "I am." In that state one does not know that one is.

Full Realization, contrary to Self-Realization, is the same as Total Enlightenment, that is, understanding that You Are the Light. Not only does abidance then happen beyond the “I am” but it also happens beyond the “I.”

An Overview of Consciousness / Awareness

All is matter or energy. Neither was created. Neither can be destroyed. Thus, Consciousness was not created by anyone, nor was it created by any “Supreme One.”

Just as a mirage is a phenomenal manifestation that can be witnessed by the naked eye, that which it appears to be can vary from one witness to the next. The identification of what a mirage is remains open to interpretation, depending upon the imaginings of the observer of the image. In the end, though, it really is just an image. The same happens when consciousness is perceived by the naked eye and is imagined to be something that it is not, such as “I am this body.”

Does the body / space / form play a role in the manifestation process? Of course, but with no more significance than the space or form known as “a plant” plays a role in the manifestation process. Thus Maharaj’s point that “the seat of consciousness is in every particle of the juice of the body.” The body can be perceived, just as a mirage can be seen, but that does not mean that either is what it is perceived to be. Both are frauds, images only.

Thus, while seekers at one level can be told that “Consciousness is all there is,” at this higher level, another understanding is presented: that which is perceived is not That Which is Real, and even That Which is perceiving is not the Real, either. Maharaj explained that the Realized understand that the “world,” indeed the entire “universe,” exists in Consciousness alone;

but since that which persons take to be “this world” or “the universe” is not the reality that it is taken to be via consciousness, then consciousness is the perpetrator of myths as well. If “the world” that the “I Am” takes to be its “place of existence” is a lie, then the “I am” is also a lie.

Since neither “the world” nor “the universe” is real, both only seem to appear in Consciousness. Knowing that, the Realized take their stand in the Absolute. In the Absolute, no Consciousness of the “I-Amness” or the “Beingness” or the “Is-ness” happens. In the Absolute, there are neither thoughts nor words nor deeds. The Absolute is prior to all of that … is prior to Consciousness.

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

NOW TAKING PRE-ORDERS FOR

THE ADVANCED SEEKERS' SERIES:
An Anthology of Advaita Books
(Volume One)

Some prefer a paperback in hand rather than reading books on a computer or an e-reader. Because of the generosity of Andrew Gugar, Jr., who wants to make this message available to those people, all four books in the Advanced Seekers' Series are being offered in this one volume for $19.95 + S&H rather than the usual price of $39.95 for a 352-page anthology.

The single-volume collection of four books should be available to ship in early June. For more information on the anthology or to pre-order now, click the picture below:





The second volumes in the series is "The Blissful Abidance Series," available to ship in late June. For more information on the second anthology in the series of Advaita books, or to pre-order now, click the picture below:





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THE "ADVANCED SEEKERS' SET"

FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)

CONSCIOUSNESS / AWARENESS

FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS

THE FINAL UNDERSTANDING

THE SEVEN STEPS TO REALIZATION ESSAY SERIES

A Series of Essays Discussing THE FIRST STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE SECOND STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE THIRD STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE FOURTH STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE FIFTH STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE SIXTH STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

A Series of Essays Discussing THE SEVENTH STEP on the Seven-Step Path to Realization

THE "NO-DEATH" SERIES

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?

The Myth Of Death

THE "BLISSFUL ABIDANCE" BOOKS

Dancing Lightly

The Ultimate Sickness, The Ultimate Medicine

I AM THAT (vs. "This Is Who I Think I Am")

Freedom From Shifting Between States of Happiness and Unhappiness

LIBERATION

Why You Must Be Empty If You Would Be Full

What BLISS Is and What BLISS Is Not

When Reality Is Overlaid Upon the Relative

There Is Nothing That Is Personal (Including You and Including God)

Overcoming the Fear of Being Totally Independent

The Essence of the Teachings

SELF-Transformation Meditation Guide, Volume One

SELF-Transformation Meditation Guide, Volume Two

Lessons in Non-Duality from Travels in South Africa

THE "RELATIONSHIP" SERIES

Casting Light on the Dark Side of Relationships

Finding REAL LOVE in an Unreal World

The Path to Freedom vs. The Path to Misery


THE "FREEDOM FROM DELUSION" SERIES

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace If You're Out of Your Mind)

THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS PERSONAL (Including You and Including God)

SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ and HIS EVOLUTION

Jesus Christ the Advaitin

William Shakespeare the Advaitin

THE "FINANCIAL SANITY" SERIES

LIVING WITHIN YOUR MEANS

Ending Financial Problems by Understanding Your Personality

ADVENTURE / MYSTERY FICTION
(WITH A BLEND OF NON-DUALITY POINTERS)


The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders [E-BOOK]

The Board of Directors of Wars [PAPERBACK]

RECOVERY

A Twelve-Step Journey to SELF-Transformation [E-BOOK]

A Twelve-Step Journey to SELF-Transformation [PAPERBACK]

THE TWELVE STEPS AND ADVAITA / NON-DUALITY: A 21-Day Plan for A Psychic Change

A GUIDE FOR WORKING THE TWELVE STEPS (In the Manner Used by the Founders)

An online Advaita Internet Course is offered here. The price of the course includes the four Advaita eBooks used as the texts; questions sent after completion of the assigned readings; replies to your answers; and follow-up as required.

Much of what Louise has shared has resonated with many site visitors. Versed in the Direct Path Method of teaching Advaita and proficient in the Nisarga Yoga offered by Maharaj, Louise has been called "One of the Brightest Stars in the Advaita Constellation."

To that end, some have asked if Louise also offers the online Advaita Internet Course. The answer is, "Yes."

Whether taking the course with Louise or Floyd, the price of the course includes the four Advaita eBooks used as the texts; questions sent after completion of the assigned readings, replies to your answers, and follow-up as required.

With either teacher, you will be guided through all seven of the steps, in order, that lead from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond). For more specific information and details about the course, you may click on the link to the right. To get started now now, click the pay button below and receive the $365 course for a discounted price of $325.00.

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Next, you can now receive for $40 a downloadable computer file version of the same 7-hour satsang that seekers receive when they visit for the Advaita Retreat with Floyd. You will be guided through the seven steps from identification with the false "I" to the Absolute (and beyond).
For more information or to order, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat

SIX WAYS THAT SEEKERS HAVE REALIZED:

1. BY WATCHING the 4-Disk Video (DVD) Set, or the same retreat available as a downloadable file. Either will provide an entire seven-hour retreat / series of satsang sessions showing three seekers being guided through all seven steps by Floyd and can provide viewers with an “experiential,” step-by-step series of satsang meetings that will move the viewers from identification with the I to abidance as the Absolute and then to abidance as That Which Is beyond
Some seekers are already using the computer file version and the DVD sets for meetings in groups in homes, playing the retreat, pausing for discussion, etc.
To find out more or to purchase the DVD set or the downloadable computer file version of the retreat, click:
DVD or Downloadable computer file versions of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat
Option “A” is for the downloadable file version, Option “B” is used to order the DVD set for delivery inside the U.S., Option “C” for international orders.
For the download, Paypal will send me a notice that payment has been received and then I will send by e-mail the downloading instruction, password, etc.
[It is recommended that you watch the video with pen and paper in hand. Write whatever you need clarified. You'll see that there are constant reviews and you might find an answer later in the seven-hour presentation. Then, after you watch it all, there will be a common ground for discussion. Purchase of the DVD’s or the file will include the right to clarifications and answers to your specific questions via e-mail.]

2. BY READING these books in this exact order:
IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (And Why Knowing It Sets You Free)
SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (Recovering What Religions Lost)
[Those two prepare the seeker to question it all]
THE MEDITATION GUIDES
[Provide a broad overview of the understanding]
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?
[Begins to free the seeker of body identification and the desire for body continuity]
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (There Is Only Peace if You're Out of Your Mind)
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of the false content of the “mind”]
LIBERATION
[Shows the seeker how to be free of the subconscious motivators of personas]
THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS
[Provides the final preparation for the seeker to be directed along the “path”]
FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)
[Directs the seeker along the “path”]
CONSCIOUSNESS/AWARENESS: The Nature of Reality Beyond Self-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding as The Absolute)
[Allows the seeker to understand the functioning of the totality, the manifestation, and what is involved with the un-manifestation]
FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS
[Provides the seeker the wisdom to understand the Noneness as well as the Oneness]
Purchase an e-Book now and begin reading it in minutes (except with e-checks that can take 7-10 days). Trusting our clients as we do, all e-Books are provided to you in printable form.
SAVE IF YOU BUY ALL ELEVEN AT ONCE:
(You may order the books one at a time or you may use the following link to acquire the entire 11-e-Book set on sale for $99 if ordered at one time with the “Buy Now” button below. For this option, there will be no download links provided; once the near-instant notice of payment is received from PayPal, your e-Books will be sent to you as e-mail attachments. All are printable for your convenience.

NOTE: When you order this package, you receive three additional ebooks free: CASTING LIGHT ON THE DARK SIDE OF RELATIONSHIPS, FINDING REAL LOVE IN AN UNREAL WORLD and THE TWICE-STOLEN NECKLACE MURDERS (offering the Advaita teachings in a fictional novel format)

You may visit The Official Website of Floyd Henderson for information on each book.

3. BY ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes

Received 19 August 2010 from one that just completed the entire course:

I would like to extend deepest appreciation towards you for these teachings that you have offered. It has been most valuable towards what may not have been revealed throughout this manifestation labeled "anthony." Understanding Truth and finding words for gratitude are one as is all. Thank you again for pointing "me" to THAT and the understanding that came as well. Hopeful for future "contact"! Sincerely, Anthony M. W.

For information, visit Information on the Advaita Classes on the Internet
To enroll visit Enroll in the Advaita Internet Course

4. BY ATTENDING an Advaitin retreat for satsang with floyd and being guided through all seven steps. For details of the retreats offered, please visit the retreat information site.

5. BY ARRANGING satsang by telephone in the U.S. or by Skype internationally.
Presently, we are conducting Skype sessions with parties in Australia; The Netherlands; New Jersey, the U.S.A.; London, England; Italy; and India.
Use the Contact link for information or use the link below to pay for your first Advaita session with Louise via Skype and she will contact you to schedule:


You may click the BUY NOW button below to begin arrangements for your first Advaita session with Louise via Skype:



You may click the BUY NOW button below to begin arrangements for your first Advaita session with Floyd via Skype and he will contact you to schedule:



6. BY ARRANGING for floyd to travel to your location and meet with you or your group. Use the contact link above to discuss details.


The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders offers the non-duality message by way of a mystery-adventure novel, discussing the movement from pain to healing to awakening to peace.
From Dr. R.F. Maley, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus and former Head of the Department of Psychology, University of Houston: "Floyd Henderson's book, The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders, is a fun read and an interesting mystery, but perhaps more importantly it serves as a vehicle for blending Eastern Philosophy and Native American Spirituality to make an intellectually challenging novel. The book's insights into both relationships and authoritarian conditioning of people in our society make it a must read, tracing the roots of narcissistic, sociopathic and psychopathic behaviors to the very core of the culture. This truly witty and politically-incorrect study of the aggressive nature of 'the American character' offers not only a diagnosis but also a treatment plan, making the book an excellent supplemental reading in courses such as psychology, anthropology, philosophy, sociology and counseling."

You may purchase your copy of the ebook version of THE TWICE-STOLEN NECKLACE MURDERS then start reading within minutes:


The Sequel to The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders:
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF WARS


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