Tuesday, May 29, 2012

ANSWERING QUESTIONS RECEIVED, Part Nineteen

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F.: A follow-up question was received some weeks ago after a pointer referenced the difference between the reality of "cycling" vs. the falsity of "timelines."

The most widely-held beliefs about timelines track the time from what is perceived to be "birth" to "life" to "death" to a "final judgment" and then to "eternal life" marked by "eternal reward" or "eternal punishment."

[Of course some also believe in multiple births and multiple deaths as persons try to earn or work their way up some imaginary hierarchy of "levels of enlightenment" and / or "expanded and higher levels of consciousness" until they reach "eternal reward or bliss." Of course higher or lower levels of consciousness is a dualistic concept. There is consciousness, and it is either blocked post-manifestation or it is not blocked post-Realization, yet it will never be free of some touch of duality as long as the abidance is functioning under the auspices of consciousness rather than as the Original Nature ... as awareness.]

So here the cycling is explained this way:

Cycling: Existing elements can combine, "un-combine," and re-combine automatically, so nothing has ever been created, nothing was born, nothing can ever be destroyed, and nothing has ever died. Only the seeming appearance of what is taken to be a "new space" happens.

Only the disappearance of what was taken to be one thing (which was not that thing at all) has happened. In actuality, elements and air and specks of conscious-energy are simply cycling. The elements cannot be created nor destroyed, but in "minds" that block the consciousness from seeing clearly (because "minds" are filled with contaminants via programming and conditioning and domestication and acculturation and brainwashing) then the combinations of elements can be taken by persons to be different things when in truth they are only One thing.

So, too, can consciousness cycle and re-cycle in spaces that have a nervous system. With the constant cyclings of the spaces called "humans," elements, breath and consciousness combine temporarily in a space or form called "a body" (pointed to here with the term "a composite unity").

Later, the elements return to the pool of universal elements, the breath returns to the universal pool of air, and the consciousness returns to the universal pool of consciousness-at-rest (a.k.a., Awareness that is not aware of). The cyclings happen automatically and spontaneously, free of any "guidance" or "intervention" or any other magical factors that only personas believe in.

Once it is understood that nothing is created, then the seeker becomes open to questioning everything and seeing that nothing that she or he has been told is true. Maharaj address that in this way:

Maharaj: "After the information given to you by the mother, that you are a boy or girl, all your further acquisitions are by hearsay."

Furthermore, once the concept of "creating babies" and the concept of "birth" are disproved, then another level of freedom comes, described thusly by Maharaj:

"When the birth is disproved, the great noble meaning of spirituality and the meaning of this world—everything—is disproved."

So, cycling actually happens, but nothing referred to on a timeline ever actually happens, be that "birth" or "the life of a person" or "death" or "judgment" or "rewards vs. punishment" or "eternal life
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