Monday, May 21, 2012

ANSWERING QUESTIONS RECEIVED, Part Eleven

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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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VISITOR: [Received 17 May 2012] So why do you say that the religious or spiritual steps are one of the seven steps? And why did Maharaj talk so much about spirituality but tell people to "Just give up spirituality"?

F.: [Continued from yesterday] For the Fully Realized that understand the Nisarga Yoga as well, a three-leg "journey" is completed:

In the process of completing all three legs, the seekers that finally Realize Fully will have "come in," gone "back out," and then "come back in" (but in a totally different fashion the second time "in"). For those that complete all three legs, they will once again be in touch with Their Original Nature; thereafter, their Original Nature will have "merged" with their present nature and then, for the remainder of the manifestation, abidance will happen in a natural fashion.

Full Realization, if reached via the Direct Path Method and the Nisarga Yoga, will allow for the completion of all three legs of the three-leg "journey" and will allow for the understanding that this "journey" - this process - is not about "being uniquely and singularly THAT";

they will understand that enlightenment actually lightens; they will understand, as a result of having completed all three legs of the three-leg "journey," that Full Realization is not all about "THAT"; and they will understand that the post-Realization lightness is actually the lightness of being, the lightness of the I-AM-ness.

Thus, the lightness that comes via completion of all three legs of the "journey" is relevant to the beingness, not to the THAT-ness. Just as a key opens the door to your home and allows you to enter into it and enjoy all that it provides, so the understanding of the THAT-ness - followed by the third-leg return to the relative Am-ness with Full Awareness - is the key to allowing You to enter into the remainder of the manifestation fully and to enjoy all that it offers.

The lightness can mark only the beingness, there being no "one" post-manifestation to "be light" or to relish or enjoy anything; therefore, it is only during the remainder of the relative existence that humans can live in an AS IF manner that puts them on the same track as all other forms / spaces that are abiding naturally: the deer, the birds, the fish, etc. [You may used the search feature at the bottom of this page to search for detailed explanations of AS IF living.]

The Fully Realized alone will be the ones being bathed in the full light of the noonday sun, and they alone will know the lightness and relish it.

Because the summative statement "I AM THAT; I AM" has nothing to do with "two-ness" but is about "advaita" (the "not-two-ness"), then the Realized can stabilize as THAT and as this AM-ness, "simultaneously." That stabilization can happen, though, only when Reality is overlaid - so to speak - on the relative, only when the "reality" is cloaked in Reality, so to speak.

IF ONLY ONE LEG OF THE "JOURNEY" IS COMPLETED
It is the one-leg "journey" which results in the misery and suffering and chaos that are typical among the non-Realized masses on the planet. In their case, the consciousness manifests and is blocked and remains blocked, so an inability to see clearly results in the warped perspectives that support ignorance which, in turn, supports misery and suffering.

IF ONLY TWO LEGS OF THE "JOURNEY" ARE COMPLETED
Completion of only two legs of the "journey" will typically result in persons taking themselves to be deep philosophers or some really boring "Supreme This" or "Supreme That" or some overly-serious persons who proudly tout the understanding that they are beyond the personal, beyond the beingness, and even beyond the beyond.

Having received only the dim light of the dawn, there is among such types a drabness that marks and mars their existence as a result of being far too serious, too grave, too solemn, too stern, too grim, too humorless, and far too severe overall. They become absorbed in dogma or religious posturing or they become subsumed in their supernatural exercises and spiritual posturing that reinforce a false sense of "specialness" (or even a dualistic sense of "uniqueness").

The two invitations to such types (offered at the top of this home page) are these:

(1) use religion or spirituality as a "supernatural plane" that can carry You to the Your Destination and then

(2) exit that "supernatural 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.

Otherwise, those who complete only two legs of the three-leg "journey" will believe that "their THAT-ness" has rendered them special and supreme and significant and crucial. They are not, yet they are not unimportant or insignificant or slight, either.

IF ALL THREE LEGS OF THE "JOURNEY" ARE COMPLETED
The Fully Realized understand that They Just Are, period. It is totally clear to the Realized that "the I AM" just IS, and that is a significant part of the understanding that is offered via Nisarga Yoga.

Because the Nisarga Yoga allows the original-but-lost sanity to be restored, then the abidance unfolds in the same manner as that which happens among all forms / spaces which abide sanely (i.e., naturally rather than unnaturally or "supernaturally").

[NOTE: It should also be clear at this point why a Fully Realized guide is usually required for the "journey": most guides nowadays only guide their followers to the third (religious and / or spiritual) step and encourage them to fixate in their religious or spiritual personas / false identities / roles.

It is ignorance - that is, the acceptance of falsehoods as truth combined with a lack of full understanding - that will inspire those who have completed two legs of a three-leg "journey" to believe"I have truly arrived!";

and it is only the clarity and humility of knowing that one has not yet arrived that might allow some seekers to accept the guidance required from one that has traveled all three legs of the three-leg "journey" and thereby assist those seekers with the completion of all three legs of the entire "journey" as well.

Nowadays, there are only a few that are guiding seekers "back" in the required step-wise fashion - guiding them in order through all of the going-back steps on the second leg - and then guiding them through all of the steps on the third, coming-back-in-again leg.


An experienced escort is also required for the non-optional, guide-directed self-inquiry which must be completed thoroughly and honestly before the Self-Inquiry phase of the "journey" can be completed. Why?

Maharaj mentioned "learned ignorance" and "insanity" among the accumulations that must be removed along the "path." Yet what possible chance is there that ignorance can recognize ignorance or that insanity can spot insanity? None. No chance at all.]

Furthermore, if seekers complete all three legs, then they can abide as Their Original Nature for the remainder of the manifestation and live out the relative existence is a nisarga - natural - fashion. To review the entire process:

if the second leg of the three-part "journey" is completed by "going back" along the same "path" by which you "came in" the first time, but in the exact reverse order;

and if Full Realization happens as a result of completing all seven steps that shift "you" to You ... that shift "you" from identification with the false "I" to understanding not only That Which the Real You Is but also understanding the Absolute and beyond as well;

and if the third leg of the "journey" (which involves "coming in" for the second time but with Full Awareness this time) is completed,

then one can also understand the message offered via the Nisarga Yoga.

From that point forward, the remainder of the relative existence unfolds in a totally different manner than before as You abide in an AS IF fashion. You know that You Are Light and that I Am Light, but employment and "relationships" can still happen (and will happen without the assumption of false, agenda-driven ego-states); all sorts of relative happenings will be witnessed without attachment;

"responsibilities" will still be met and challenges will still be handled (but without emotional intoxication); seekers who had been traveling by way of a religious or spiritual "plane" can then exit the plane and begin to abide in a natural - rather than unnatural / supernatural - fashion;

and that natural fashion will be 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 a religious or spiritual plane for the remainder of the manifestation and missing out completely on the only sensible reason for undertaking the three-leg "journey" in the first place (namely, to be able to enjoy fully the pleasures and the bliss which can only be enjoyed NOW).

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