Monday, May 28, 2012

ANSWERING QUESTIONS RECEIVED, Part Eighteen

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FROM A VISITOR: How about explaining what is meant by "borderline"? THANX

F.: Maharaj used the term in this manner:

"At present, ‘I am’ is in the beingness state. But when I do not have the knowingness of the ‘I am’ illusion, then the 'Poornabrahman' or 'Parabrahman' state prevails. In the absence of the touch of 'I amness', I am the total, complete, 'Poornabrahman' state, the permanent state. "

[Parabrahman = "beyond Brahman"; with some, "The Supreme Reality" or "The Ultimate Reality." Here, "Reality" or, for some, "the relative when Reality is overlaid upon it or when the relative and Reality have 'merged,' though not two."]

"The borderline of beingness and non-beingness is intellect-boggling, because the intellect subsides at that precise location. This borderline is the 'maha-yoga'." [That is, "The great yoga"].

[So crossing the borderline post-manifestation involves first shifting into a non-beingness state (beyond the intellect and then moving even beyond that). Note that crossing the borderline even as the manifestation continues does not involve "non-beingness," of course, but does involve "not-being" ... that is, "not being this" and "not being that" ... not believing that any word can be used after "I AM" as a true label or identity or title or role. More on that below.]

"You must be at that borderline, that 'maha-yoga' state’. You descend into the 'godown' of that state which has the title 'birth'."

[Maharaj is playing with language here. A "godown" is an Oriental warehouse, the same as a retail store or shop. The word suggests that when one accepts that he has entered "the world" via "birth," she or he is buying something (that is, "buying into something," namely, the tales of the relative existence including the belief in false concepts such as "birth.") So his advice that "You must be at that borderline" means that the manifestation now should happen in the same fashion as it existed in Your Original State just prior to "going down," or prior to what is called here "the first leg - the 'coming in' leg - of a three-leg 'journey'." Thus, his advice is that You must abide now as Your Original, Noumenal Nature, just as Your Nature was prior to being cycled into the phenomenal manifestation and soon thereafter being taken to the warehouse or marketplace and "sold a bill of goods" - meaning, loaded up with nonsensical ideas and beliefs and concepts and dogma, etc.]

Here, "the borderline" is also used to point to that "place" on "the path" where the seeker is almost - but not totally - free of all identification; free of all role-assumption; free of believing that any state-of-being or ego-state is real; and free of believing that you are being "this" or being "that" or being anything.

Here, to "cross over," to cross the borderline while still manifest, is not only to abide in a "not-being-this-or-that" manner but is also to abide in a no-identity fashion ... in a "not being anything" fashion while also abiding in a "beyond non-beingness" fashion as well (as a result of abiding as Your Original Nature as if there is an "absence of the touch of 'I amness'.")

As that which is "total, complete", abidance happens as if in that "permanent state" - that is, as One's Original Nature - which is a non-dual, no-concept, no-identity, no-beingness, no-non-beingness, no-idea, no-belief state.

[Recall that Krishna made clear that That Which He Is is beyond both beingness and non-beingness.]

For the seeker that might not be able to grasp that teaching at this point, suffice it to say that if he / she reaches the borderline between false identifications and crosses over that borderline into the freedom of no identification, that would be enough; that would allow the remainder of the relative existence to unfold in a free and independent - and therefore - happy and stable and blissful manner.

For the seekers that have read all four of the books in "The Advanced Seekers' Series" and grasped the content, then crossing the borderline can be seen as moving beyond beingness and non-beingness "on one side of the border," reaching the realm of "the nothingness" just across the next border, and then moving even beyond the nothingness ... beyond "being nothing" ... and going "all of the way back" to the original void in which an atom manifested and began the process that resulted in what is called "this universe."

[To clarify "the void," that refers to the void that existed "here" before something (an atom) from somewhere - from an adjacent universe - left the "confines" of that universe and initiated a process in what had been a void but that became "this universe."

Because neither energy nor matter can be created or destroyed, then ultimately, "nothing" cannot exist, but voids around the many "somethings" that have existed were, and are, possible. If that is not understood, again, it does not matter. To know during the relative existence what you are not will suffice.

For those that do grasp that point, then You know that cycling has been happening infinitely as energy-matter existed and generated a universe, after which an atom "escaped" into the vacuum of an adjacent void, generated another universe, etc. Along the way, things that came together eventually came apart, as will the composite unity that some think You are and as will the composite unity that some think I am.]

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