Sunday, May 20, 2012

ANSWERING QUESTIONS RECEIVED, Part Ten

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[To new visitors: As with Maharaj, the intent here is not to try to turn seekers into "Super Religious Persons" or "Spiritual Giants." Ultimately, it can be seen that those, too, are just roles. Here, there are two invitations: (1) to use religion or spirituality as nothing more than a plane that can carry You to the Your Destination and (2) an invitation to then exit that plane and abide for the remainder of the manifestation in a Nisarga (natural) fashion, marked by freedom and peace and by enjoying the relative existence fully, relishing all of its available pleasures and bliss rather than merely sitting on the plane for the remainder of the manifestation.]

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F.: [Continued from yesterday] Next, there is the need to understand that the Direct Path Teaching Method combined with Nisargan yoga deal with a three-legged "journey." That three-legged "journey" has been explained thusly:

Consider again that Maharaj's statements

“…You should go back, reverse, to the source”

and

“Follow the same path by which you came”

and note that they seem to point to a two-leg "journey":

A speck of awareness-energy manifested as consciousness in a body-cum-consciousness. After a brief period of just being as a child that was devoid of language, a mind, concepts, beliefs, and ideas, the child was subjected to programming and conditioning and domestication and acculturation and brainwashing.

Identities were assigned and information ("learned ignorance") was stored, so a mind began to form in part of the brain. Around the age of two, the child's sense of oneness (with its mother) ended as the child began self-consciousness and began to focus on itself and its fears and its desires: "I want this; I want that; give me that and that and that, too" along with, "Agh! That's scary!" and "Agh! That is hurting me (i.,e., hurting the body that I am").

Soon, the child was only identified with its body and that - as well as the roles assigned and adopted - developed in the child a false sense of "I-ness."

That was the first leg, "coming in." Maharaj's quotes above point to the second, "going back out," leg.

For the masses, the manifestation-to-mahasamadhi process is distorted as a result of their having been programmed with dogma and principles and precepts and having completed only one leg of a three-leg "journey" (which they take to be a "birth-to-life-to-death-to judgment-to-eternal-life-and-eternal-reward-or-eternal-punishment" journey).

For the masses, their one-leg-only "journey" entails (a) manifestation, (b) undergoing the step-seven process of disintegration that moves one from the awareness / Absolute state and to (c) being left in a delusional condition which is the fartherest removed from Reality, namely, body identification.

Completing that one leg of what is actually a three-leg "journey" is all that will happen with most persons because they will never seek. On the "coming in" leg, most will be assigned religious and / or spiritual personas and will be guided by their programmers to play their roles to the end of the manifestation.

Their "guides" (parents, cultures, priests, rabbis, preachers, imams, ayatollahs, sponsors, some gurus, spiritual mentors, spiritual life coaches, etc.) will only guide them as far as the third of seven steps - the religious or spiritual step discussed earlier - so 97% of the people on the planet now claim an affiliation with a religion and another 2% proudly claim to be "spiritual, not religious."

The "first leg" of the "journey in" had been completed in seven stages, and each of those seven steps farther removed the child from its Original Nature as the Absolute, as a part of that vast field of energy that is not aware but has the potential to manifest and be conscious of and, if Realized, be Fully Aware also.

Maharaj, by saying, “…You should go back, reverse, to the source” and “Follow the same path by which you came,” introduced seekers to the second leg of the "journey": the "going back out" leg ... the "reversing" leg ... the "follow back out the same 'path' by which you came in" leg of the "journey."

Back out of this mess you are in, Maharaj was saying. Return the consciousness, he was saying, to its pre-programmed, pre-conditioned, pre-domesticated, pre-acculturated, pre-brainwashed, pre-concepts, pre-ideas, pre-beliefs, pre-duality, pre-manifestation, pre-self-absorbed, pre-self-conscious, totally unblocked and totally pure condition.

For the few who do seek Realization via non-duality, many undertake only a two-leg "journey," having first undergone the "coming in" leg and then completing the "going back" leg and thereafter claiming that they abide "there" or as THAT alone.

What many seekers miss (along with their teachers and guides and all of the other so-called "experts" that persons listen to) is the key fact that there is not one passage that is to be completed but that there are actually three in total. (Even if one wants to claim that there is but "one journey," then it must be understood that the journey has three legs.)

Those who read I AM THAT only usually miss the point as well. In the book below dealing with Maharaj's "Evolution," it is made clear that Maharaj's early emphasis was not solely on the ultimate "goal" of abiding naturally. The "totally unadulterated version of a purely nisarga message" came years later.

So in the process of seeking via Advaita Vedanta, there has been in most cases a fruitless search for "the exact path," an unsuccessful search for the exact way to follow that "path," a futile search for the means by which "the journey" could finally be completed once and for all, and an unproductive search for the way to reach the final destination of "the journey" and remain there.

Here, it took a vision that came one afternoon while leaving the delta level of consciousness and entering into a theta state of consciousness to finally "break the code" being used by so many teachers and understand

** what the entire three-leg "journey" involves,

** how only one-leg of "the journey" happens with the masses,

** how an entire three-part "journey" must happen if one would Realize Fully; and

** what happens after "the journey" is completed so that the remainder of the relative existence can happen in a not-insane, non-stupid, not-ignorant, non-fluctuating, non-chaotic, not-unstable, but totally steady and logical AS IF manner instead.

That manner is marked by freedom and joy and peace as well as an ability to merely witness whatever events that the relative existence might toss one's way and which might fall outside the categorization of "perfectly tranquil happenings."

More on that tomorrow.

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