Thursday, June 14, 2012

Today's "DAILY CONSIDERATION" for You

Is it possible that everything you have ever been told or taught or now believe is totally false?

The invitation is to enter the silence of contemplation and consider the possibility objectively before drawing a final conclusion.


SHIFTING THE FOCUS FROM THAT WHICH DOES NOT WORK TO THAT WHICH DOES, Part One

A "movement" or "shift" is happening here that is adding another parallel to the many parallels in terms of the phenomenal "experiences" and the noumenal revelations that "Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj" and "Floyd" share in common. (Many visitors over the years have said that they also shared the same parallels with "Maharaj" and "Floyd" as well.)

In the case of "Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj" and "Floyd" ...

** both grew up in very poor families

** both moved to populated areas to seek employment opportunities

** both exhibited business skills that led to their opening and operating many businesses and to their having a large number of employees working for them

** both succeeded financially

** both became attached to accumulating

** both married and had a family

** both were initially religious

** both moved away from organized religion and became interested in "spiritual" matters, finding and following the teachings of a big name teacher (or, in "Floyd's" case,
many big name teachers)

** both had highly religious wives who were quite displeased with the shift away from religion and toward "spirituality"

** both began to feel empty in spite of all of their "spiritual seeking" and in spite of all of their accumulated "spiritual knowledge"

** both began to de-accumulate after both saw that they could survive quite well on a fraction of the income they had been making

** both had wives who were unhappy when the de-accumulation stage was entered and both had wives who became unhappy about their husbands' focus on non-duality and who blamed their unhappiness on no longer having a religious husband

(The facts be known, in both cases the unhappiness involved the fact that their husbands were no longer interested in - or willing - to work 80+ hours per week and that their husbands were no longer interested in accumulating wealth and possessions and providing the rich lifestyle to which their wives had grown accustomed)

** both eventually came to see that the religious and spiritual states were also ego-states, and both saw that there are far more steps on the "path" to complete after reaching the religious and spiritual steps and after playing those roles which are the third of seven steps on the entire "path"

** both "lost" their wives (one via "death," the other through divorce)

** both accelerated their seeking

** both entered into the "forest dweller stage"

** both Realized

** both began to de-accumulate even more

** both began sharing the teachings

** for years, both answered questions in whatever order those questions were received,
though both said that the movement from identification with the false "I" / "I's" involved an exact, step-wise manner of moving along a "path" that involved "going back" in the same (but reverse order) of the way they "came in" - that is, the way that the manifestation happened and the way that the consciousness was blocked through seven stages that resulted in their becoming identified solely with their false personas, with the content of the "mind," and eventually, with the body).

But the most significant awareness that finally came to both after years of offering satsang and after having answered thousands and thousands of questions was this:

After years of "Maharaj" offering satsang in his loft, and after years of "Floyd" offering satsang in meeting halls and in his home and via what one site visitor called "Floyd's electronic loft," this fact became obvious to both:

"Maharaj" came to see in the 1970's and into 1980 and 1981 that his approach was not working

and

"Floyd" finally came to see the same.

** Both saw that many who heard the teachings are not going to understand (Maharaj reporting that "only 1 in 100,000 are going to 'get' this" understanding)

** both soon saw that even more than expected of those who heard the teachings were not going to understand (Maharaj modifying his "guesstimate" and reporting that "only 1 in 1,000,000 are going to 'get' this" understanding)

** eventually both saw that even far more than expected of those who heard the teachings were not going to understand (Maharaj eventually concluding that "only 1 in 10,000,000 are going to 'get' this" understanding). And the failings were not the fault of seekers.

A "one -in-ten-million" estimate is proof that satsang was not working for most seekers, and the evidence here lately is proof of the same.

Both "Maharaj" and "Floyd" invited seekers to focus on the exact, step-wise "path." Yes, during satsang, "Maharaj" sometimes
alluded to the steps while discussing them in no particular order - but he never once laid out the steps in the exact order in which they had to be completed. That was not his teachings style or approach.

Therefore, another movement or shift is happening here spontaneously after reflecting on the more than two decades since the teachings were first offered here and looking at the results of Maharaj sharing pointers in his loft and looking at the results of "Floyd" sharing pointers in this electronic loft:

Looking objectively at his results, Maharaj's satsang method of sharing - in the end and by his own admission (only "one out of 10,000,000") - did not produce the intended outcome.

Looking objectively at the results here when using an "electronic loft" satsang method of sharing has not produced the intended outcome nearly as often as any of the three "face-to-face" methods used with seekers by which they have been led through the seven steps in order.

Here, the body is growing older, of course. Mahasamadhi could be taken today, or it could be taken in twenty years. Obviously, that cannot be known. But the decision here has been made that whatever amount of the relative existence remains shall be spent in sharing the teachings in the ways that have been seen over the last 20+ years to be the most effective methods.

Looking back over the list of those that have truly received the understanding, it is seen that Robert R. read all of the books, then took the online Advaita course and then completed some face-to-face Skype sessions to receive the final clarifications required.

It was seen that Mac read all of the books, completed the online course, and then attended a retreat where he was guided through the seven steps. Mac said that the online course work inspired him to attend the retreat in order to be able to receive the final "pieces."

It was seen that Andy Gugar, Jr. read all of the books, then came here for a retreat and was taken through the seven steps in order, and then returned once more for the final clarifications required. After reviewing the shifts that happened with him after attending two retreats, he reaffirmed this past week his commitment to helping spread the non-duality, nisarga understanding as presented here.

As a result of seeing what has "worked" during the last 20+ years of sharing the non-duality understanding - and seeing what had not "worked" as well - changes will be made. The discussion of the changes will continue tomorrow.


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    Programming, Conditioning, Domestication, and Acculturation
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    Lessons in Non-Duality from Travels in South Africa



    A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
    via the
    Non-Duality Teachings
    and the
    Nisarga Yoga



    Instability / Insanity:
    What the Advaita Teachings Can (and Cannot) Address



    Freedom from Shifting Between States of Happiness and Unhappiness



    THE FINAL UNDERSTANDING



    Dancing Lightly



    Going Crazy / Going Sane



    THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS / THE ULTIMATE MEDICINE



    Overcoming the Fear of Being Totally Independent



    William Shakespeare the Advaitin




    The Non-Duality Pointers
    Offered by
    Yeshu'a

    ("Jesus the Christ")





    QUOTATIONS AND POINTERS
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    THE PATH TO FREEDOM vs. THE PATH TO MISERY



    YOUR ORIGINAL NATURE



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





    Why NISARGA YOGA
    in addition to
    the Advaita Teachings?


    THE MYTH OF "DEATH"



    The
    FINAL FIFTEEN TOPICS
    Discussed by
    Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



    Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
    and
    His Evolution



    I AM THAT
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    LIBERATION
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    When Only Three Hours of Manifestation Remain
    (The "Final" Talks of Floyd Henderson)



    WHY YOU MUST BE EMPTY IF YOU WOULD BE FULL



    FREEDOM from BELIEFS
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    When Reality Is Overlaid Upon the Relative



    The Relative Results of Returning to

    "THE CHILD IGNORANCE STAGE"
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    What BLISS Is
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    What BLISS Is
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    THE TWELVE STEPS AND ADVAITA / NON-DUALITY
    (A 21-Day Plan for a Psychic Change)




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


    A Series of Essays Discussing
    THE SEVENTH 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 FIFTH 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 THIRD 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 FIRST STEP
    on
    The Seven-Step Path
    to
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