Monday, September 30, 2013

" ... BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF WIT"

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A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Maharaj: " ... You must have moments of complete inner peace and quiet, when your mind is absolutely still. If you miss it, you miss the entire thing. If you do not, the silence of the mind will dissolve and absorb all else" 

and 


"No particular thought can be mind's natural state, only silence. Not the idea of silence, but silence itself. When the mind is in its natural state, it reverts to silence spontaneously after every experience, or, rather, every experience happens against the background of silence"
 

and 

"Your hope lies in keeping silent in your mind and quiet in your heart. Realized people are very quiet. You must realize yourself as the immovable behind and beyond the movable, the silent witness of all that happens." 


The variety of emails received here are telling: 


Some contain a one-line question. (Those are read and usually answered.) 


Some contain a few sentences. They might be glanced at to see if their emails contain a question. (No question? No further reading.)


Some are from those whose paths have crossed this one and have Realized. Now, we are engaged together in the dance, dancing lightly. They write what they write, and what they write is read. 


The rest are essays - long, extensive treatises - either focusing on the writer's present personal issues or on their present personal state or on their present desire to escape boredom by setting up daily contact or on their present belief that they really have realized many things that they want me to know they know. In those cases, this response in inserted into their emails in a cut-and-paste fashion and returned to the senders: 


I regularly receive many hundreds of emails a week, so here is the first "assignment" I give to seekers who want to communicate but who need to develop an appreciation for both the silence and for brevity in speech. You'll need to revise your latest email before I can read it, making it as concise as possible. I limit those whom I begin this work with to five-sentence emails. Let's see how you can do with that task, eliminating all "extras" and getting to the heart of the subject when communicating. 


Of the nine basic personality types, Type Two's are the most long-winded. With their agenda to make people like (or, preferably, love) them, they believe (on a subconscious level, of course) that they must talk to impress, to win over, to hook. 


Ones are driven to talk because they want to reform others and the entire world. 


Eights are driven to talk because they want to give orders and control and dominate. 


Threes are driven to talk because they want to garner admiration. 


Sixes are driven to talk because they want to convince people to care for them. 


Sevens are driven to talk because they are anxious, as are Sixes, and simply are not at peace enough to be able to sit still and to sit quietly. 


Nines are often quiet because they are avoiders who go along to get along. 


Fives are often quiet because they are avoiders of the highest level, preferring to be alone while reading or studying and gathering knowledge. 


Fours are quiet for one of two reasons: if not Realized, they isolate; if Realized, they relish the peace and silence; however, Type Fours only make up about 1.5% of the planet's population. The result: this is a very noisy planet with about 98.5% of the humans who abide on this globe being driven to talk and talk and talk. 


Know any who love their "recovery group discussion meetings"? Why? It's called "a captive audience." 


Know a teacher who prefers the lecture method over all other approaches? Why? It's called "a captive audience." 


Have a mate or friend who simply has to be talking if you are in the room? Why? It's called "a captive audience." 


Maharaj: "Peace and silence, silence and peace - this is the way beyond" 


and 


" ... Moments of inner quiet will burn out all obstacles without fail. Don't doubt its efficacy. Try it. Silence is the main factor. In peace and silence you grow. In peace and silence, the skin of the 'I' dissolves and the inner and the outer become one" 


and 


The Realized poet William Shakespeare: " ... Brevity is the soul of wit." 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


September 25, 2013 


A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: This week an email was received from "A Seeker" - even a "Super Seeker" maybe - whose seeking (whose "desires") drove him to move away from Western Europe and to resettle in the Far East. He has finally awakened at least enough to be able to start questioning the "route" that he has taken so far. He asked: "Exactly WHERE am I supposed to be?" along with "Exactly what am I supposed to be?" 

The reply: 


IF you would abide naturally (and peacefully and blissfully) then you would abide in a fashion similar to that of the deer that live all around here: they rise from sleep, move about to get food, then rest, have sex, relax in the "cool blue shade" (Maharaj), seek shelter during storms, and sleep in the most modest of surrounding. Simple, yes? As for what to do, there is no "do-er" here - all is merely happening; and there is nothing you are supposed to be. Instead, know the void ... become immersed in the peace of the nothingness (at least in terms of identity and trying to be someone or something). As for where you should be, there can be no "where" that you have to go to, or that you can go to, in order to find that which is already - and has always been - within. The inner resource - the inner guru - has always been right where you were, but your programming, conditioning, etc. have blocked you from seeing it and from hearing its wise counsel. That which you sought was not found in the West; nor has that which you have sought been found in the East. There is no geographic cure or special geographic place. Forget "where-ness" and just BE (rather than trying to "be someone" or trying to "be something"). 

I hear regularly from those just like that young man, persons who have gone "the multi-ashram-route"; persons who have gone the "I'm going to become a monk route"; persons who report: "I have become a devotee of [then insert here the name of some big name teacher who has bastardized the non-dual message by blending with it all sorts of popular relative concepts - such as those that deal with "power" and "success" and "improving the mind" - concepts which guarantee both popular appeal and millions of dollars annually from those among the non-Realized and gullible masses]; 


and there are persons who have gone the religious or spiritual route as a result of a spouse's persuasion or demand: "My wife and I are so connected by the sharing and practicing of our faith together and by our common morals and values"; or "My husband and I are so close as a result of doing all of our spiritual exercises together and growing together." 


Of the trillions of species of life-forms on this planet, none (save one, namely, non-Realized humans) have even a single belief. Of the trillions of species of life-forms on this planet, none (save one, namely, non-Realized humans) have a belief that they must seek some external nexus of power beyond themselves to be able to simply abide ... and to abide simply). 


Not a single member of any species (same humans) thinks it has to do religious activities or spiritual exercises in order to survive, to have power, and to be guided from without rather than from within. None (save non-Realized humans) think, and none (save non-Realized humans) think that they have to make a second job out of mere abidance and thereby abide dogmatically or "supernaturally" rather than nisarga-ly / naturally. 


As far as those who have "gone back out in reverse of the way they came in" and now think that they are living in a better way than other and in "a holy way" or "in a spiritual way" or "in a totally-noumenal way," rock and roll. 


Yet for those who ask, this point is offered: 


I do visit nor live "there," in some special, holy place on the planet. [The place of the greatest continuing conflict and war and chaos and mayhem alongside a sense of different-from-ment and better-than-ment is one they call there "The Holy Land." Have a "special place" where merely by being "there" supposedly makes you special and different and better? No thank you.] 


Nor do I live "there" in the Absolute. It might be said that one IS the Absolute for the sake of the teachings for those still moving along "the path, yet THAT is nothing more than one of many forms of energy. Therefore, so what


In the foreword to "The Advanced Seekers' Series" anthology of books and "The Blissful Abidance Series" anthology, Advaitin Louise Sterling in Cape Town, South Africa shared this: 


                         WHO IS FLOYD HENDERSON? 


The literary tradition is to preface a book with a biographical snapshot of the author as a person. What can be said then, about the Advaitin Teacher, who has moved beyond personal biography?
To describe the person or the personal (the date of birth, the nationality, the job, the interests, the home, the child, the books read, the path followed) is to describe the attributes that actually take us further away from uncovering the teacher’s identity. 


The reality is that this "Who Is ..." question itself brings us to deeper and more authentic questions. What is this understanding in which the teacher resides? The state of Realization is not different from teacher to teacher. That Self-Knowledge is unchanging. In this way, there is no difference between a Nisargadatta Maharaj, a Floyd Henderson, or any other Realized teacher. 


The Realisation of SELF means the shattering of the shell of separation so that the non-dual nature of Reality is directly known. How can this be different from person to person? Only in the ABSENCE of the person is this nature revealed. In this way, Floyd Henderson invites us to strip away all that is personal, all that is dualistic, all that separates us from this understanding of Oneness – from our True Selves. 


The summative statement "I AM THAT; I AM" describes that understanding of SELF in absolute terms as well as its expression in the relative. Floyd Henderson is THAT – just like all human beings; however, Floyd is fixed unshakably in this understanding, so all functioning, relatively speaking, flows directly from this SELF-Knowledge. 


In this way, the biographical details (such as, “born” in Louisiana; moved to Texas; worked as a teacher and business owner over several decades before taking early retirement to write; father of a daughter named Ashley; current resident in the community of Walden on Lake Conroe in Texas; years of seeking followed by twenty-five months in the forest dweller stage and experiencing a vision that resulted in the dramatic peripetia or flash of Realization; functioning as a Direct Path, Nisargan teacher; and author of over forty Advaita books) are the attributes or flavourings which coloured the pure consciousness in the particular shape and form at the relative level. 


Yet, these attributes are false ingredients. They cannot provide a true answer to the question "Who is Floyd Henderson?" because he recognizes no who-ness at all ... believes in no "who" that is living "here" at all. He once explained it this way when asked if he was ever bothered by people: 


“... How could persons possibly bother Me? They do not have even the slightest clue about where I truly live. Only a few on the entire planet called “earth” have a clue. Some might enter what is called ‘floyd’s house’ or ‘floyd’s home,’ but that is not where I live; in fact, ‘where’ I live has nothing to do with a ‘where’ at all. 


In this regard, there is actually only the ‘how.’ ‘How’ I abide is as the awareness, as the Original Nature, as the natural state which has no boundaries, which has no defining traits, and which does not change. ‘How’ I abide is without conditions or conditioning, without qualifications, and without limitations. 


I can seem to be ‘here’ one second and ‘there’ the next, but that is about ‘how-ness,’ not any actual ‘here-ness’ or ‘there-ness.’ I am not confined to a space or form; furthermore, I can enter other spaces and forms, and do so regularly (as might happen the instant You read these words). 


Abiding beyond consciousness and beyond beingness and beyond non-beingness, I can span the globe … I can span the universe … I have spanned all universes. Yet such 'while manifested' spannings seldom happen anymore, requiring far more energy than is worth the effort, and it most assuredly need not happen with You. 


As for Me, abidance will continue to happen in a whole and unadulterated and unambiguous manner until the consciousness unmanifests. Until that happens, then abidance will happen as Reality is overlaid on the relative without exception. When the consciousness unmanifests, then the drop shall enter the ocean of energy from which it came and will span the Absolute; 


Awareness shall be, but aware of-ness shall not. Later, other universes might be spanned as well, or might not. Yet all of that is stated, so it, too, cannot be the Truth which You know but do not yet know that You know. Tap into the source and know Truth, but even then, do not suppose that You will be able to express Truth in words." 


Thus, Floyd describes the AM-ness regarding "floyd" as a "composite unity" of an elemental plant food body that is circulating air and that is temporarily housing the manifested consciousness. 


The THAT-ness he sees as a field of energy from which the conscious-energy manifests and to which it will return. 


As for identification with any WHO-ness, he discarded that when identification with the Nothingness came, followed eventually by not even identifying with Nothing - or anything else. 


See? No need for an identity, for "There-ness," for "Doingness," or for "Being-This-or-That-or-THAT-ness." 


[To be continued after allowing the eyes a rest from the computer screen for a few days, per the doc's instructions


Please enter the silence of contemplation.


September 24, 2013 


A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: In recent posts, "being free" and "freedom" were referenced, specifically being free of the bizarre effects of the programming and the conditioning and the domestication and the acculturation and the brainwashing and the indoctrination that block the pure consciousness from seeing accurately and that also form a "mind.

A "mind," in turn, is nothing more than a repository of falsehoods and distortions and warped perceptions and concepts and ideas and notions and thoughts and theories and views (a.k.a., "beliefs") which are the nutrients that feed and sustain all illusions and delusions and misapprehensions and deceptions and trickery and which, eventually, lead to chaos and misery and suffering.

Maharaj spoke of all of those elements of the Ultimate Sickness, but he used three words to identify the contaminates that generate the sickness, that define the sickness, and that spread the sickness: "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity."

Again, note that neither (a) in the loft nor (b) here will one find any suggestion that there are "ignorant persons" or "stupid persons" or "insane persons"; instead, there are simply (1) the parasites of "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity" and there are persons (non-Realized humans) who are (2) the hosts of the parasites (which suck from the hosts any and all ability to be sane, to be logical, to be rational, to be at peace, to be free, and to be joyous).


So human hosts are simply the vehicles that carry about "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity" and that spread the diseases (the dis-ease) of "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity."

(See that and some additional peace can come to you because then you'll never again be able to rant and rave about "all of the ignorant and stupid and insane people you have to deal with on a daily basis.")

Because those three contaminants generate the most sickness on the planet - and because they can manifest only during the relative existence - then the non-dual teachings (actually, "un-teachings") should really focus more on the "I AM" part of the summative statement of non-duality than on the "I AM THAT" part. Most seekers miss that point completely.

Post-manifestation, there is no one to be concerned with anything noumenal or heavenly or spiritual. That is why Maharaj, especially in his later talks, invited visitors to move away from things "spiritual" (a.k.a., "supernatural") and to simply abide naturally instead. 


Note that many who think that they "have finally gotten it" really only "got" a one-way ticket to "Foo-Foo Land." They experienced the first leg of the "journey in" from the Absolute to their identification with the false "I"; they may have completed the second leg of the "journey back out"; but they never completed the final part of the entire "journey." 


(So now, they are simply "way out there" and "totally out of it" ... totally out of touch with the only opportunity that they will ever have to enjoy peace and bliss and lightness, namely, the relative existence when Realized).

That is, they never completed the third leg of what is actually a three-leg "journey" and then "come back in," overlaying Reality and Awareness upon the relative and then abiding naturally and peacefully for the remainder of the manifestation. 


[To be continued]

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

September 23, 2013



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: [Continued from yesterday. You may gain a deeper understanding if you read yesterday's post and if you read "The Vision" at floydhenderson.com before reading today's post.]

I dissolved into the light and saw the beginning of this universe and of all universes. The Functioning of the Totality was revealed and understood completely. At that moment, I knew the perfect peace, the bliss of the Oneness and the Real-ness, the joy — no, the ecstasy — of Full Awareness. An exhausting search that had lasted a lifetime was completed with the joyous end of searching ... with the blissful end of the illusion of a false timeline involving birth-this-life-this-world-death-judgment-an-afterlife ... and even with the merry end of time itself.


What did not end at that moment was the AS IF existence. What has not ended are the happenings that happen. The True I - the re-purified consciousness, the Pure Witnessing - now simply observes this space (still called "floyd" by most) as it trudges onward through a relative existence that (to use some of the words of the Realized poet Shakepspeare) "signifies nothing"; that is disassociated from any belief in the "tales told by idiots"; that has been, in fact, freed of all concepts, ideas, notions, (a.k.a., "beliefs); and that is invested not at all in that which actually amounts to nothing more than "much ado about nothing."


All now happens without any basis; all that happens is a result of all causes and has nothing to do with a "me" (with any "self") at all; all merely happens spontaneously and without the slightest worry or attachment to outcome.

And so it shall be as long as the elements cycle into and out of the thousands of ever-changing bodies called "floyd" which the non-Realized mistakenly take to be the one, same body. And so it shall be with this composite unity until those elements reunite with the pool of the universal elements, until the breath is released and rejoins the universal air, and until the consciousness is freed from the space and returns to the universal pool of energy wherein it had "rested" prior to manifestation.


It is the detachment from all that deals with the body and mind and personality that explains why one of O’Neill’s characters was not insane but was sane when he suggested that one " . . . must always be a little in love with death." When John Donne asked, "O Death, where is thy sting?" he was not insanely suicidal. He was Realized, fully aware of the truth that death has no sting but also fully aware that "life" has no sting either . . . if Realized.


How many times have you felt stung by "this life," by events in "your life"? Has the effort to point toward the joy of Realization struck the cord of pure consciousness which You Are? Is that conscious-energy now vibrating with an awareness of the restrictions of the body-mind-personality triad and, conversely, with the freedom of (a) limitless beingness and (b) limitless non-beingness and (c) That which is beyond both of those?
[To be continued] 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


September 23, 2013 




A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: [Continued from yesterday]
Visitor: Since you realized after reading Maharaj I would like to know what you read - I AM THAT I guess. Anything else? If you read more than one book of his talks to realize, what was the order of the readings?

F.: Sorry. It can't happen the way your query implies, and here, it certainly did not work that way at all.


Reaching a state of complete impersonality came not after reading Maharaj but came, instead, after a vision that revealed the seven-step "path" from identification to abiding as the no-identity Original State. 


Did reading some of Maharaj's earlier talks plant the seeds for that vision? Maybe. Maybe not. Did Maharaj provide all that was required to travel the seven-step "path" and then Realize Fully? No.


Did he, in fact, ever lay out a step-by-step explanation of how to move along the "path"? No. That was not his teaching style. Did he discuss in detail - though not in a specific order - the steps that came to me in the vision. Yes.

After the vision and after seeing the seven steps required to traveled the entire "path," did Maharaj provide the additional clarification required to abide in a fully independent manner - that is, that brought to an end not only unnatural living but also ended previous efforts to try to abide supernaturally? Yes.


After the vision and after seeing the seven steps required to traveled the entire "path, "did Maharaj provide the additional clarification required to abide in a fully natural mode of living? Yes. [If interested, you can visit floydhenderson.com and read the content of that vision.]


The process and results have been explained this way:


After studying the pointers offered by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, a vision revealed the multiple degrees of separation that block an understanding of what "The True Self" is (which has not a whit to do with anything deemed "personal" or "Personal").


Though Maharaj spoke of "stages" that had to be transitioned, nowhere were they delineated. The understanding of the stages and of exactly what had to occur for Full Realization to manifest came via the content of a vision. Of course, all of the preparation and all of the studying of those words played an integral part in bringing about the full understanding. 


The vision came one afternoon when the consciousness settled into the Theta state, and it was the vision that revealed the entire, direct "path" (step-by-step) and the exact order in which the direct path had to be followed if Realization was to happen.


Here, in the end, after months of reading Maharaj, most of the BS beliefs that had previously been so prized were revealed to have been nothing more than BS (though M.'s early talks about "spirituality" - which he would abandon later - did cause some of the BS beliefs in that regard to linger). Thus, many of the prior nonsensical beliefs were discarded but the Truth and the specific steps on the "path" were still not seen until the vision came, and that came via the inner resource.


Once the vision came, it was understood how the void to energy to awareness to manifested consciousness to blocked consciousness happened. The vision then revealed the way to back out of that mess.


After the vision, when Maharaj was read, his pointers were finally understood perfectly. Then his later, no-religious-and-no-spiritual teachings paved the way for Nisarga / AS IF living. (You can use the search feature at the top right of this page to search AS IF for more explanation.)


Then, the following became clear (but some parts of the discussion below will only make sense if you read the description of the vision first):


Truth cannot be stated. Nor can words even begin to describe the bliss of Realization and the type of existence that could happen if all were in touch with Reality. Yet the effort will be made to try to capture in words - to at least some degree - what the moment of Realization is like and what AS IF living is like afterwards.


Realization happened just after 9 o’clock PM one spring evening a little more than twenty-four years ago as I lay prone on a love seat in the silence of contemplation. Years of "studying" the non-dual teachings had passed, but then the vision came and laid out in a specific, clear-cut order the exact steps that had to be followed to Realization. Thus, it happened.


After decades of being out of tune with the music of the universe, I felt the rhythm for the first time ever and fell into a harmonious step that corresponded with All. After decades of being out of step with Reality (and after decades of trampling about chaotically as a result of being out of tune with All) I was lifted up from this physical-realm-only and felt the metrical cyclings of the harmony of the universe.


I finally heard its silent melody and felt in tune with All. The decades of suffering as a result of having been "out of sync" ended and evaporated into a synchronicity with Reality, with Self and, therefore, with All. The illusion of "I" had died, and in the fleeting moments during the death throes that brought to a final conclusion that imaginary "physical and mental floyd," the fictitious elements of a life of lies passed across the screen of consciousness. It was seeing that play for what it had been—nothing more than the Drama of the Lie—that killed off all of the false notions about "me" and killed off the belief in the false "I."


In losing the illusory "me" and "I," the concept of "my life" was also lost. With that, all notions about a "birth" came to an end. And in losing "birth" and "my life," I lost "death." With the lost of the concept of "death," all fear ended as well, including the earlier fear of living.


I was set free by that liberator called "Awareness." The breath was seen to be leaving the body like a hazy fog and dissolving into the universal air; the physical body was witnessed as it dissolved into the elements from which it came. Like an eagle soaring above, I saw clearly as I had lost every component of my "self." I was free.
[Free of what? Free especially of the ignorance and stupidity and insanity that were a result of ignorant and stupid and insane programming and conditioning and domestication and acculturation and brainwashing. Thus, I was free of distortion and delusion and illusions as well as all identification(s). I was also free of all that is misunderstood by the masses about the body, about the mind, and about personality / personalities.]

In the absence of a physical body, I witnessed those elements that had wrongly been taken to be Me as they dissolved into the trees, the mountains, the stream running across a desert floor, and into thin air. Then the Pure Witness watched the At-one-ment unfold as I came to know I Was All, I Am All, and I Shall Forever Be That Which All Is. In losing self, I found Self at the fifth step, yet there was still more to be realized.


In losing the uniqueness of "floyd," in losing all self-consciousness, I gained the limitless expanse of Self-Consciousness and an understanding of exactly what is beyond even the Self. I understood the true unicity beyond the perceived multiplicity; I knew the illusion of past and future and came to know the truth of Now; and the functioning of the totality became clear.


I saw the insignificance of humankind’s pettiness ... of persons’ fears and desires and identification with body and mind and personality. I saw the suffering that evolves from the egotism that is used to sustain imaginary ego-states. I saw that which inspires a belief in separation and duality. I saw the darkness of ignorance and arrogance. 


The rear curtain was pulled back on the mystery of the Drama of the Lie and that allowed all falsehoods to be seen for what they are; the light shown down and cast away the darkness in which the enigma had flourished and in an instant the riddle of "life" was solved.


In seeing that all the lies of all cultures have been nothing more than personal fabrications, I was able to see that the greatest lie had been the lie of my self. I had not been living a lie, as some had suggested. "I" was the lie. I saw the lies about the body, the lies about the mind, the lies about being religious or spiritual, and the lies about the advantages thereof. I saw the truth of the Child Ignorance stage via a seagull in a vision and knew that being a no-knowing, concept-less gull would have been so much more wonderful than believing I was the person / persona / personas that I had thought I was.


[To be continued]


Please enter the silence of contemplation.


September 21, 2013




A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: [Continued from yesterday] Maharaj's dismissal of religion and spirituality notwithstanding, it has been made clear on this site for eight years that (A) there are seven steps on the "path" from identification with the false "I" to abiding as one's Original Nature and that (B) the third step is the one where religious and / or spiritual roles are assumed and played and that (C) most will take that as the end of the "path" to Full Realization when they have not even made it to the midpoint.

[Maharaj made clear that (1) most seekers who think they have arrived at the end of the "path" are really practicing nothing more than "kindergarten spirituality" and that (2) most are standing in the dull light of dawn but thinking that they are being bathed in the light of the noonday sun.


Furthermore, point (D) has also been offered regularly: while the assumption and playing of religious and / or spiritual roles is only the third of seven steps on the "path," those false identities / roles must - in most cases - be assumed and played for a time.


In that regard, this was shared in the summer of 2006:


Humans that once strolled about in peace now race about in crisis. Humans that once experienced a sense of peace by sitting in the quiet and watching a sunset now try to reach that peaceful state by humming, by kneeling, by genuflecting, and by kissing holy rings; by reading “holy” texts or reading “wise” words written by supposedly “holy” or “knowledgable” men;


by making pilgrimages to “holy” shines and “holy” lands; by using drugs or alcohol to excess; by praying to imaginary powers in other realms; by talking to — and listening to — human-like but invisible superpowers; by reading “spiritual” books; by trying to live “spiritually” rather than naturally; by burning incense or by slinging water droplets; by placing special bowls on special pillows and striking the special bowls with special sticks; 


by sacrificing time and valuables to imaginary Powers or for “good” causes; by listening to arrogant men who dress in elaborate costumes; by assuming roles and playing those roles in special, “holy” buildings erected on “consecrated ground,” ad infinitum.


If the normal (meaning, “unprogrammed and sane”) humans who had lived in a normal (meaning "unconditioned and unenculturated") fashion for millions of years could witness what is now-typical human behavior and now-typical human thinking, those earlier humans would know that they were watching the most outrageously absurd show in the history of this planet. Such is now the case. 


Persons today — driven insane by modern programming and enculturation which inspires them to believe the most illogical beliefs — can be restored to sanity if they happen to cross the path of a Realized One and if they happen to be able to hear pointers and then consider them in a logical fashion. They can take the words of an “outer guru” and use them as intended: to guide them to tap into the inner resource, into the inner guru.


That inner guru can help detect all of the insanity and lies and concepts that have been dreamed up by controlling men and that now form a “mind.” The insane can become sane in an instant . . . in the instant that they realize, “My gosh! It was all nonsense!” Then, having seen all the lies as lies, the movement along a specific “path” can happen and the functioning of the Absolute can be understood, and then one will be free of the search to find “peace of mind.”


("Peace of mind" will never happen because the “mind” is what robs persons of peace.) Yet few will be able to hear pointers or consider them objectively because the very programming that persons need to be free of has resulted in the assumption of ego-states that have a vested interest in the lies that are believed to be truth.


[To be continued]


Please enter the silence of contemplation.


September 20 2013




A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Nowadays, the belief in a God, or in gods and goddesses, continues to dominate every aspect of the relative existence of almost every human on the planet: that belief determines how they start a meal; where they go in a futile effort to be in a place that is "different from" or "more holy than" where they already are;

what they do with a large portion of their money or possessions or "valuables"; how they feel about the future and what they dread or what they seek to gain in an imaginary life "after this life";
which politicians they vote for; what legislation those elected officials try to push through governing bodies in order to control people; and in labeling who is "good" and who is "bad", who is "right" or "wrong," who is "moral" or "sinful," ad infinitum.

This was received from a site visitor yesterday, along with the response:


Questioner: Reading a new mag called "The Sun" and on a page of quotes was this one by Joseph Campbell: "We keep thinking of diety [sic] as a kind of fact, somewhere; God as a fact. God is simply our own notion of something that is symbolic of transcendance [sic] and mystery. The mystery is what's important."
 


F.: Why?


Where is there room for "transcendence" when there is nothing to transcend and no one to transcend?


Where is there room for "mystery" when the understanding allows for an understanding of the functioning of the totality?


Maharaj never once replied to any query with the statement that, "It's a mystery to you and to me and to all of us"; nor did he ever say, "Well, God works in mysterious ways. Some things that He does we just can't understand right now."

Why waste time redefining "God" or any other piece of fiction that controlling men dreamed up thousands of years ago? Would it be anything other than a useless exercise to redefine the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy? Would it be anything other than a useless exercise to discuss the "mystery" of the workings of the lucky horseshoe, the four-leaf clover, or the rabbit's foot?

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Q.: If "Nothingness" replaced "mystery" would you agree with what he said? Or, is this a step towards Realization?


F.: No and No.


So how did the shift happen here that facilitated an end - once and for all - to abiding under the effects of programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, and the resultant ignorance, stupidity and insanity that generated delusion and distortion and belief in the fiction and myths and superstitions that most have believed in for millennia and that most continue to believe in even today? 


How did relief finally come from the resulting discontentment and the efforts to try to escape and avoid the widespread ignorance, stupidity and insanity that plagues humanity and that plagued "floyd"?


How did the need of all of the searching finally come to an end? How did all of the imprisonment of "the mind" finally end?


That only happened not after finding "Advaita Vedanta" but it happened instead after chancing upon the Direct Path Method of teaching non-duality when combined with the Nisarga yoga. That combination was required to end decades of tremendous misery and relentless seeking.


Some take a dry, flavored powder and stir a spoonful of it into a glass of water to make a tasty drink that will refresh them on a hot day. The powder alone is not the least bit tasty and offers no relief to a dry mouth. The glass of water is fine as far as water goes, but where is the flavor, the sweetness, the essence of that which brings the taste of nectar?


See, both parts are required for the full effect to manifest: both the water and the powder; both the Direct Path teachings and the Nisarga yoga.

After searching for God; after trying to redefine God; and after trying for years to "believe" (by trying unsuccessfully to deny the early awareness that came at Southside Baptist Church when a teacher was telling us to love the very Power that she said was also totally willing to destroy us and to make us suffer for eternity), there was the crossing of "floyd's" path with the path discussed by Maharaj who offered these pointers for consideration and enlightenment:


"Later I understood the meaning of spirituality and came to the conclusion that it is as discardable as dishwater; therefore, I am in no way concerned with spirituality" 


and 


"There is no such thing as spirituality. Whatever is, is only this worldly life in the five-elemental play"


and 


"The sum total of my spirituality now is nothing; even the word 'nothing' is not there, so there is no spirituality left" 


and 


"Put your awareness to work, not your mind. The mind is not the right instrument for this task. The timeless can be reached only by the timeless. Your body and your mind are born subject to time; only awareness is timeless, even in the now"


and 


“When you understand what You Are, both knowledge and ignorance disappear” 


and 


"Give up all this trash ... whatever you are studying in the name of religion ... in the name of spirituality ...." 


[To be continued] 


Please enter the silence of contemplation.

September 18, 2013




A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Seldom does a day pass here without being contacted by persons who admit that they "have lived a troubled life from childhood, through their teen years, and throughout their adulthood."

Seldom does a day pass without being contacted by persons who admit, upon thorough and honest reflection, that they are seeing that "their behavior has been stupid most of their lives" or by persons reporting that they are "seeing how insane they can be at times."


In all cases, I can relate. Reading their summations of what their relative existence has been like and what truly ignorant or stupid or insane things they have done for years, I can relate. In fact, if they have been totally thorough and truthful in recounting what they take to be their most ignorant or stupid or insane acts (to use Maharaj's words), most of them have lived out their existence in a far less ignorant or stupid or insane manner than "floyd" did. 


Was I "born" ignorant or stupid or insane? No, but I was surely made ignorant and stupid and insane. How did that happen? That condition came about through three steps that took only about eight years total: 


Step One: 

Allow the child to be raised in a family with a set of parents who had both been severely abused and traumatized. The result was that I was raised by two parents who suffered from more than a few personality disorders. When that is the case, a child's programming, domestication, acculturation, and conditioning will be marked by ignorance, stupidity, and insanity

Though children might begin with certain chemical predispositions toward one temperament or another, and while some suggest that they may be predisposed toward a certain personality type, for the most part the primary personality is formed in response to a child's efforts to "survive" in what is perceived to be a threatening and dysfunctional environment in which the adults are being driven, unconsciously and by multiple personalities, to behave in ignorant and stupid and insane ways. 


Step Two: 

Enroll the child in "Sunday School classes" at the ultra-conservative, pro-conformity, fundamentalist Southside Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana and hand the child over two times on Sunday and one time on Wednesdays to "Sunday School teachers" whose beliefs were marked by ignorance, stupidity, and insanity. In that case, a child's programming, acculturation, domestication, and conditioning will be marked by ignorance, stupidity, and insanity. 

Outrageous ideas and concepts and dogma - all based in myth and superstition and accepted with blind faith - will be presented as truth (as "gospel truth" in fact) which, if questioned, will supposedly guarantee eternal punishment. 

I questioned, and I was punished. That is enough to break the willingness to question in most; with Personality Type Fours, however, that approach only assures that more rebellion and questioning will take place. 

Step Three: 

Enroll the child in Atkins Elementary School in what was at the time a gang-infested, lower economic section of town that would be called "an urban blight that inspired bankers and businesses and civic leaders to subject the area to 'redlining'," assuring that the squalor there would continue for decades. 

The area was destitute, and so were the occupants. Like everyone else in that area, we were deprived, needy, and poverty-stricken. I was hungry most days and was considered rude by many of the other moms in the neighborhood when I asked if they had anything I could eat. 


For ten years, my parents used one of the two bedrooms in our home, my sister used the second. After outgrowing the crib, I slept on the couch for the first ten years of my existence until my sister left for college. 


Being situated in that area, Atkins Elementary was staffed by some of the same people who taught on Sundays at Southside Baptist Church; others on the staff were equally driven by ignorance, stupidity and insanity to offer lessons that taught the most ignorant, insane and stupid concepts imaginable. Lessons were laced with religious and xenophobic messages and contained fiction presented as fact that could not have withstood even the slightest scrutiny by someone with even a basic understanding of scientific facts. 


The principal, having made a paddle with 3/4" thick wood that was about 2-1/2 feet long, used corporal punishment to try to drive rebellious or questioning pupils back into line, and on the first day of school each year the warning from my father was the same offered by all of the fathers in that area: "If you get a whipping at school, you're going to get another one when you get home. Behave yourself, do what you're told, and don't cause trouble." Double doses of corporal punishment occurred regularly.


After (A) eight years in a dysfunctional home; and after (B) eight years in a church where some the craziest beliefs imaginable were taught and seen by "floyd" to be the craziest beliefs imaginable (and where punishment was doled out for arguing and questioning their nonsense); and after (C) two years in an elementary school where another set of the craziest beliefs imaginable were taught, the die was cast. 


It only took all of them eight years to take the mind's originally-blank tablet and scribble on it the most ignorant, stupid, and insane concepts and ideas to assure that a child would spend years behaving in ignorant and stupid and insane ways. 


That's the guaranteed formula for manifesting ignorance, stupidity, and insanity: confinement in a dysfunctional home where personalities are assigned or assumed; church attendance; and school attendance. 


That insured that learned ignorance would prevail. And of the three sources of ignorance, stupidity, and insanity above, the most outrageous and most nonsensical ideas and concepts and notions came out of an ultra-conservative church with its evangelical, ultra-pious, fundamentalist ideology. 

Moreover, their bizarre beliefs and practices still adhered to today differ little from the beliefs and practices of those ancient pagans who behaved almost as cruelly and ignorantly and stupidly and insanely as any notorious despot in history. 

Yesterday, mention was made of ancient beliefs regarding "creator gods and goddesses," "sustainer gods and goddesses," and "destroyer gods and goddesses." "Sacrificing" was also referenced.


In some cenotes in Central America - cenotes being natural pools or deep sinkholes which were thought by some to be the home of the water / rain gods - archeologists have found jewelry made from gold or jade that had been tossed into the pit as a gift to the gods to appease them and to inspire them to continue to provide life-sustaining water for the people. Additionally, the desire to commune with gods and goddesses (or, after Abraham) with "the One True God" in order to be rewarded eternally was noted. 

All of those concepts were rooted in ancient religious or spiritual beliefs, but they are still believed in nowadays just as much as they were in prior times of ignorance and superstition. 


Among Aztecs and others - and to a lesser degree among the Mayans - the "sacrifice" often involved humans, including virgins from the community or slaves who had been taken from outside the community. 

Those acts are depicted in their early art: 



 

Then, those were people who believed that their actions kept things in the universe running "correctly." 

Today, billions of religious and / or spiritual persons still believe that certain actions must be taken to "please God" - to assure that God is happy rather than angry. (Psychologists today label as "co-dependency" the mental illness or personality disorder suffered by people whose happiness or unhappiness is dependent on what others do or do not do.) 


Today, billions still believe in a God that created them, that will sustain them, but that will punish them eternally if they disappoint "Him." 


Today, billions still believe that sacrificing to a God is a good thing and that not sacrificing to a God is a bad thing. 


Today, billions still believe that they can commune with God by eating body and drinking blood. (For some, the body and blood are symbolic; for others, they believe that wine and bread actually become real blood and real body by virtue of a priest's religious ritual. They never realize that their religious communion service models ancient cannibalism and vampirism.) 


And today, as was the case with those ancients who believed that their actions kept things in the universe running "correctly," the same holds for those who believe in a god (or gods and goddesses); who believe that a god (or gods and goddesses) want something which they must provide if things in the universe are to run "correctly"; 


who believe they know what that god (or those gods and goddesses) want, and who believe that it is up to them to impose their moral concepts on all others in order to assure than things are "correct" vs. "incorrect" ... "moral" vs. immoral" ... "virtuous vs. sinful," ad infinitum. 


All of those judgments, of course, are a conglomeration of foolish, duality-based beliefs and also include concepts about what is good vs. bad, about what makes a god happy vs. angry, about gods or a God vs. lesser mortals, about natural vs. supernatural, etc. 


The non-dual understanding in this regard was offered by Maharaj regarding those persons who visited his loft: "Only that person will visit this place whose virtue and sin have come to an end." 


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


A "movement" or "shift" happened here that added 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": 

1. both grew up in very poor families 2. both moved to populated areas to seek employment opportunities 3. 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 4. both succeeded financially 5. both became attached to accumulating; 6. both married and had a family 7. both were initially religious 8. 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) 9. both had highly religious wives who were quite displeased with the shift away from religion and toward "spirituality" 10. both began to feel empty in spite of all of their "spiritual seeking" and in spite of all of their accumulated "spiritual knowledge"; 
 

11. both began to de-accumulate after both saw that they could survive quite well on a fraction of the income they had been making 12. 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) 

13. 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" 14. both "lost" their wives (one via "death," the other through divorce); 15. both accelerated their seeking; 16. both entered into the "forest dweller stage" 17. both Realized 18. both began to de-accumulate even more 

19. both began sharing the teachings 20. 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.

21. 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) 22. 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) 23. 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. 


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


In "Part One," examples were given of seekers that were led to Realization not by satsang but by following the various protocols outlined farther down this page which provide the understanding in the step-wise, orderly, required fashion which moves seekers along a "path" that is as prescribed by Maharaj ... "going back" in the "reverse order" by which the consciousness manifested and became blocked.

However, conversations with some that just read the majority of the books have revealed that they certainly seem to have grasped the understanding and Realized as well. As a result of seeing what has "worked" during the last 20+ years of sharing the non-duality understanding - and seeing what has "not worked" as well - changes are being made. There are seven specific steps that happen when awareness-energy is "pulled" into a cycle of manifestation. When that energy manifests as conscious-energy, that formerly pure and unadulterated energy becomes "corrupted" (or "blocked" from seeing clearly) via programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, and brainwashing. Soon, there is a belief in the not-Real as a result of seven degrees of separation from an understanding of the Real. Using the method that was also employed by his contemporaries - a method which focused on offering non-duality pointers via satsang - Maharaj addressed questions in the order in which they were received. He might receive a question from a seeker at the third step and his reply would include what amounted to an invitation to move to the fourth step. The next question might come from a seeker at the first step, and the reply would include an invitation to move to the second step. The information offered to the second seeker would seemingly contradict what was offered to the first seeker, so visitors who have come here for decades have asked questions which showed how confused they were by the fact that Maharaj's statements to each visitor in his loft were "level-appropriate" yet were provided in no precise order, resulting in what seemed to be an inconsistent message. So the process overall was confusing in that seekers were told to follow the "path back" in the same way that they "came in," except in reverse order, but pointers were not given in a specific, step-wise order at all. Maharaj did recognize the seven steps that are taught here, but by offering the teachings in an order that was dictated by the order in which questions were received from seekers who were at different steps on the "path," the result was this: a pointer about moving beyond the fourth step might be followed by a pointer about moving beyond the first step, and that pointer might be followed by a pointer about how to move beyond the sixth step. The same was done on this site for seven years. The result is a collection of 1,800 or so essays discussing almost every non-duality topic that can be discussed, and the search button on the top right side of this page will now allow seekers with a question about a specific topic to find an explanation. That method, however, will never provide the manner in which the seven steps on the "path" must be transmitted and received in order to Realize Fully. An objective study of the history here of more than twenty years of offering non-duality pointers reveals this: seekers that were given pointers in the exact order in which they needed to receive them were the ones that Realized.

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