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"THE VISION" and "The Seven-Step Path," "The Three-Leg 'Journey'," "Reaching the Borderline," "The Gross, Subtle, and Causal Bodies," "Manifesting and Unmanifesting," and More, Part Thirty

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F.: Other clarifications that came via the vision follow. NOTE: An entire glossary - relevant to those early on in the seeking process but including pointers for those far along "the path" - is available in the eBook below entitled "FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)" which is also included in the paperback four-book anthology entitled, "The Advanced Seekers' Series." 

A REVIEW AND SUMMATION OF THE KEY UNDERSTANDINGS THAT CAME VIA THE VISION (Continued) 


350. The vision also revealed why Realization ends various forms of neuroses and psychoses and the “insanity” that Maharaj said plagues humanity: 


351. During the vision-inspired contemplations, it was seen that one of the forms of insanity that Realization ends is the “internal debate,” the debate that leaves persons feeling as if their heads are filled with the endless chatter of a thousand monkeys. 


352. The end of that debate also ends restlessness, a lack of justified assuredness, and all inner conflict. Why? 


353. Because there is no duality and because there is no longer a mind (that having ended via “the great flush” that purges that part of the brain of all beliefs), then there are no internal, warring elements of the type that leave the non-Realized masses in a state of turmoil and confusion and indecisiveness and disorder and chaos and commotion and unrest and instability and even havoc. 


354. An Advaitin called “Jesus” – at the end of his teaching days – was reported to have said that “a dual-minded person is unstable in all ways.” 


355. Hence the point that (because, post-Realization, there is no belief in dualities and because there is no mind at all in light of the fact that every belief - all of the “learned ignorance” - has been flushed), then there is no “dual-mindedness” because there is neither duality nor a mind; thus, there is no “person” either because a persona (an assumed but false identity) is a product of the combination of duality and “mindedness.” 


356. The vision-inspired contemplations also brought the understanding that (post-Realization) “there are no internal warring elements of the type that leave the non-Realized masses in a state of turmoil and confusion and indecisiveness and disorder and chaos and commotion and unrest and instability and even havoc.” 


357. It became clear that one can be in touch with the “inner resource” – the “inner guru” – or in touch with the duality-based beliefs stored within the minds of the non-Realized masses. 


358. When not in touch with the inner resource, the “warring elements” within the non-Realized will involve the multiple, assumed personalities and the chaos produced by the conflicting agendas of those personalities and the fear-and-desire-based-motives of the “self” / those false “selves” as opposed to the peace that comes when all identifications go and the fearlessness and desirelessness of Pure Witnessing / True Self prevails. 


359. Simply for the sake of discussion, the false self is sometimes spelled with a lowercase “s” while reference to the Pure Witnessing can use the term “Self” with an uppercase “S.” 


360. The term “self” with a lowercase “s” refers to the false self or to personas or to personalities or to false identities or to roles or to characters or to perceived individuality or to some “one.” 


361. The vision-inspired contemplations also affirmed while reviewing the first three “stages” of the vision that it is such persons who take the body to be the True Self when it is merely the false self, along with the mind and assumed personal identities as well. 


362. So the vision showed that beyond that physical aspect, the false self / selves also have a mental aspect since, in the “mind” of persons, the roles they assume as false identities also define “their self” or “who they think they are.” 


363. Again, the (false) self can also be referred to as the persona, the person, the personality, the ego-states, the roles, or the false identities. The false self is the false identity that results in persons being trapped in memories, timelines, ideas, emotions, dogma, ritual, the misery of unfulfilled hopes and dreams (a.k.a., “beliefs”).


364. The vision-inspired contemplations also affirmed the fact that the false self / ego is so dominated by egotism that it will believe in “others” and “others that are not as good as me” or “others that just aren’t good enough.” 


365. Those who have reached the third level of the “journey” to reality (the raven stage or the step where “good” roles are assumed and played) will claim that being religious or spiritual has given them humility to replace their ego and supporting egotism, but “the religious person” or “the spiritual person” are merely two additional ego-states: the religious persona or the spiritual persona.


366. The vision showed that it is at the third step on the “path” where both of those personas - as with all ego-states - ultimately inspire persons to behave in a manner that “separates” them from all who they claim are not as “good” as they are, who do not believe what they believe, who do not behave as they behave, who refuse to accept their dogma or ideology, or who do not think as they think. 


367. The vision - with the shift from the raven to the gull - showed that, if freed of all ego-states, no persona remains to think or judge or reject or believe in the dualistic perspective of being “separate” from “others.” 


368. Knowing the Oneness ends the delusional belief in the concept of “separation” and eliminates all the judgments and beliefs and thoughts that personas imagine to be true. 


369. Belief that the false self (an ego-state) is a true identity is always accompanied by arrogance and egotism that is used to defend the role’s image; that egotism can inspire a willingness to fight to try to give a sense of credibility to the false identity. 


370. The vision showed that arrogance / ego generates self-consciousness (and prevents Self-Consciousness). 


371. The contemplations revealed that it is the ego-egotism-combination that also inspires self-seeking; self-glorification; self-aggrandizement; self-centeredness; self-deception; self-destruction; self-indulgence; self-interest; self-will; and self-absorption, all of which end if there is a shift to the gull stage where there is no concept of “self-ness” (even though the sense of Am-ness – of being – does already exist). 


372. Considering those understandings that came while contemplating the content of the vision, this came as well: so therein must lie some connection with "self"-destructive behaviors. 


373. Then this came: because persons take their bodies to be at the core of "who they are," and since they use their bodies to play out the false roles they accept as self-identification, it is the body that is usually attacked when persons become sick and tired of the phony roles and all the misery they generate. 


374. On occasion, the attack against the body is conscious and violent (as with suicides) but typically the attack is more subtle as persons try to destroy the body slowly with harmful habits, harmful foods, drinks, drugs, eating disorders, impulsive actions and risky behavior. 


375. So self-destructive behaviors are also those behaviors that are typical of persons who are absorbed in false roles, who foster false images, and who sometimes know on some level that it is their assumption of their false identities and phony roles that is the major contributor to their misery. 


376. Then: in truth, the false self can be abandoned (via the Advaita "path" to Realization) if one sees clearly that it is false and then uncovers the Real, but most do not and thus will try to destroy the body-mind that "houses" the false self / selves. 


377. That would be why persons who reach the point where they can no longer tolerate what they think they have “become” might develop a desire to escape the false roles and all the chaos that they generate. 


378. Because all of those beliefs and all of that chaos is rooted in “the mind,” then some persons do not shoot themselves in the foot but shoot themselves in the head, in the seat of “the mind” in order to escape the effects of a false-“self”-driven relative existence. 


To be continued. 


Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 


9 January 2014 



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Other clarifications that came via the vision follow. NOTE: An entire glossary - relevant to those early on in the seeking process but including pointers for those far along "the path" - is available in the eBook below entitled "FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)" which is also included in the paperback four-book anthology entitled, "The Advanced Seekers' Series." 

A REVIEW AND SUMMATION OF THE KEY UNDERSTANDINGS THAT CAME VIA THE VISION (Continued) 


[Continued from yesterday:] 


321. Grandmother’s words about “The Medicine Place” were delivered from that front porch rocker some time in the late 1950’s, yet it would not be until exposure to the Nisarga (Natural) Yoga that the full extent of her words and that “place” registered. 


322. When it was seen via the vision that Realization can only happen in an “all-natural” manner – devoid of any trace of things unnatural or things deemed supernatural or religious or spiritual or holy or heavenly or pious or sacred or divine – then Grandmother’s words came back into consciousness and were truly understood. 


323. It was seen that the first part of the vision – dealing with the elemental plant food body – was the only part that happened in the “relative realm.” 


324. The second step – the mental / mind step – happened in an unnatural realm (where one could pass through trees or walk on water). 


325. The third step happened as there was a transitioning beyond what some deem to be a “supernatural or religious or spiritual or holy or heavenly or pious or sacred or divine realm.” 


326. At the Child No-Knowing / gull stage, the I AM and THAT are existing side-by-side, even as the child is aware that it is but is not aware of what it is, does not know what That is, has no clue about things supernatural or spiritual, and has no clue about things unnatural; thus, the child is abiding in a natural-only manner. 


327. The vision made clear that all which transpires on the “path,” from that point on, is a movement away from all things dealing with multiplicities and dualities and a movement toward the unicity and an understanding of what “that” and “That” are. 


328. Studying the vision’s “venue” and reviewing the “lifestyle” of the inhabitants of the East Texas forests as they were witnessed regularly during the days spent with Grandmother made clear …


329. that natural living is living that happens without agenda, unfolding from a position of neutrality; 


330. that it is the type of existence that unfolds for the Realized since they are free of all false identities and ego-states and thus are not driven to manipulate, to accumulate, or to control (or to seek and manipulate an imaginary, supernatural power in an effort to control); 


330. that unfolds in the same no-mind way in which everything on the planet abides except for mind-driven humans; 


331. that happens spontaneously; 


332. that happens logically and rationally and reasonably; 


333. that never involves what Maharaj called “insanity or stupidity or ignorance” (which – of the billions of life forms on the planet - are only experienced by humans or things conditioned by humans); 


334. that never involves worship; or special buildings; or special rooms; or meetings; or gonging gongs; or ringing bells; or striking special bowls sitting on special pillows with special sticks; or bowing; or kneeling; or genuflecting; 


335. that never involves visiting special places on the planet; or wearing special robes or special beards or special hairdos or shaved heads or ringlets of hairs twisted down the side of the face; or burning sticks; or the spreading of smoke toward people; 


336. or praying; or singing; or shouting; or holy rolling; or speaking gibberish in a so-called “foreign tongues”; or going to holy sites and being trampled in the human stampedes that occur regularly at those holy sites; or being dipped; or being dunked; 


337. or bathing naked in rivers that are already especially polluted; or eating the “spiritually-acceptable, right” food; or avoiding the “spiritually-unacceptable, wrong” foods; or pretending to eat human body or pretending to drink human blood. 


338. While 334-337 are perceived by persons to be supernatural, they are actually most unnatural and are not a part of natural living and are not a part of the “journey” (as revealed via the vision). 


339. The vision made clear that “supernatural living” is a deception-based mode of living that is marked by magical thinking rather than by fact and that is marked by constant attempts to bargain with or manipulate or appeal to an external power (an external locus of power and control) that the non-Realized believe can grant their wishes or share power with them in their efforts to control; 


340. The vision made clear that supernatural / religious / spiritual living is marked by spiritual and emotional intoxication of the type that only ego-states can experience and that it is a style of living that is followed by all persons who are so dominated by desires and fears and efforts to control people, places, things, and events that an imagined power (created in the imagination of, and in the image of, men or women) is endlessly sought and petitioned. 


341. It is a style that persons cling to if they are out of touch with reality and Reality, and it is the manner of living adhered to by persons who believe the Great Reality is person-like or is a person or entity with supernatural powers. 


342. It is what can be a transitional step on the “path” to Realization but is not quite even the halfway point along the seven-step "journey" to Reality that can move persons from their belief that the "I" is real to understanding the Absolute Which Truly Is the Real. 


343. It is a “lifestyle” adopted by the masses during times of their greatest fear or when feeling the threat of perceived attack; a “lifestyle” marked by rigidity and closure to alternative, scientific, or factual explanations; the type of living that prohibits questioning and thus locks persons into believing all of the false teachings of their culture; and the type of living marked by beliefs that leave persons unaware of their inner resource and inspires dependency on an imaginary, outer resource or outer resources


344. Thus, “Realization” is natural when it is merely the understanding that results after completing the entire non-dual “journey” and being free of all personas (all false identities) and when it leads to the awareness that results when one has been freed of the unnatural (and / or supposedly “supernatural”) effects of programming and conditioning and, therefore, no longer believes the lies that her or his culture claim to be “the truth.” 


345. It is the end result of a process of un-learning and results when the blocked consciousness has been returned to an unblocked “condition” that is free of concepts, ideas, emotional intoxication and belief in the lies that had been taken as truth as a result of enculturation; 


346. it is that which allows the consciousness to understand all that you are not and specifically What You Are and to understand its original and pure "condition" or nature; 


347. it is the understanding that is derived via meditation from within, never from “a force” or “power” or “Power” that is without; 


348. and the vision made clear, both in the cave and in the field of light / energy beyond, that Realization results in the complete awareness of the Oneness that was, is, and shall be. 


349. Finally, the vision also made clear that there is no “one”; that there is, therefore, no one (or “One”) with any “personal” aspect at all; that there is no “place” where a dreamed-up “one” will go post-manifestation; that all is merely energy-matter; and that making a big deal out of anything during the relative (or making a big deal out of any of the things that have been dreamed up about what “the post-relative existence” is like) is based in delusion and in having been fooled by those who taught you to believe what they believe. 


To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


8 January 2014 



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Other clarifications that came via the vision follow. NOTE: An entire glossary - relevant to those early on in the seeking process but including pointers for those far along "the path" - is available in the eBook below entitled "FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)" which is also included in the paperback four-book anthology entitled, "The Advanced Seekers' Series."

A REVIEW AND SUMMATION OF THE KEY UNDERSTANDINGS THAT CAME VIA THE VISION (Continued)

As this series soon draws to a close, visitors to this site will be given information on how they can obtain a free copy of the eBook based in the vision. You may also have free copies sent to anyone of your choosing.

To continue: 


299. One day while reflecting on the movement through the seven steps that were revealed via the vision, another point from Maharaj came, one he offered in the form of a question: “When you travel in a car, are you the car?”

300. The point seemed clear enough when it was first read, but in light of the revelations in the vision, a new level of understanding came as it was seen how the consciousness is blocked by the content of the mind, content that is all based in centuries and millennia of accumulated myths and superstitions and nonsense, all of which is passed on as fact to those who are conditioned to accept unquestioningly anything they hear from authority figures.

301. From there the vision made clear that the body can be the vehicle by which the consciousness – blocked or not – can move through the relative; 


302. how the body and the mind and the host of assigned or assumed personalities can be believed to be as real as the elements from which a car is made; 


303. how the No-Knowing Child does not have any beliefs, much less the belief that it is the body-cum-consciousness;

304. and how the shift from the gross, elemental plant food body to the subtle body and to the causal body – and then the eventual “dissolution” into the light – reveals that no form has anything to do with that which is truly eternal (namely, in terms of the non-dual understanding, the conscious-energy).

305, Indeed, it became clear that (a) one riding in a car is not the car and that (b) what is moving about via any body form (much less via the formation of a nonsense-filled mind) is not the body and is not the content of the mind (including the assumed or assigned identities / personalities stored therein).

306. Looking again at the setting of the vision, it became clear why (a) the days of childhood that were spent in the economically-and-socially-depressed, gang-plagued, over-crowded, noisy, violent, and rundown section of a city had left “floyd” feeling depressed and why (b) by contrast, the days spent in the piney woods of East Texas with a wise Cherokee Medicine Woman / Grandmother were so uplifting (even in a cabin that lacked indoor heating and cooling, indoor plumbing, indoor running water, an indoor bathroom, or anything else that was commonplace even to the poor people back in the slum).

307. With Grandmother, most days were spent in the woods. First, Grandmother always went alone into the forest surrounding her cabin for a time each morning; then she would return and have me pick up a basket and follow her into the woods where she would pick the herbs she would need for those who would be coming for healing that day and would drop them into the basket that I carried for her.


308. Then, I would spend hours sitting in the forest or walking about quietly, creeping up closely on deer or rabbits and watching then feed. Hawks and eagles would be witnessed as they moved overhead, the hawks flapping their wings about quickly during their hunt while the eagles often floated along the wind currents more slowly.

309. Before lunchtime, I would return to her one-acre garden and pick the vegetables that Grandmother would prepare that day. Then, it was back to the woods. 


310. In the ghetto-like surroundings of the house in the city, I felt dead; in the forest, I felt alive. In the city, where one had to posture in order to avoid appearing vulnerable and suitable for attack by a gang member, I was often led to wonder, “Who am I anyway, really?” In the forest, that question never arose because there I felt real, genuine, authentic. I felt like MySelf.

311. In the forest, there were no poor vs. rich; there were no high-class areas where those from the poor areas were not welcome; there were no violent vs. peaceful persons in the woods.

312. There was quietness, roominess, and a sense that not a single speck of phoniness had ever displaced the genuineness and the authenticity of the inhabitants there.

313. And that environment was the one in the vision, making clear that Realization happens when the “journey” takes one through that venue.

314. Then, this came: So what of those who cannot go to the forest?


315. Then a term came, a term that had been used on one of those nights that Grandmother and I sat in her home-made rockers on the tiny front porch of her cabin, watching the fireflies that Grandmother taught me not to capture in one of the quart jars that she use to "put up" (store) vegetables for the winter but to enjoy more by watching them move about freely, their tails blinking on and off as they went. The term was “The Medicine Place.”

316. That night I was bemoaning the fact that I would be packing my few items of clothing into my small cardboard suitcase the next morning, would be walking down the hill to the highway, and would be standing there roadside, ready to step out when I saw the bus approaching and signal to the driver of the Greyhound to stop for me.

317. That night, looking straight ahead toward the trees and the sky above, she said: “You are sad tonight.” I answered truthfully: “Yes. I am going to miss being with you. I am going to miss the forest and the quietness. By this time tomorrow, I will be back in all of the craziness of the city."

318. She said:
 

G.: “That need not be. You will always have me and the forest within.” 
F.: “What?”
G. “We speak of something called 'The Medicine Place.' Even if you are awakened at night by loud cars or screaming and shouting or even gunfire, you can go to 'The Medicine Place.' It is always there and available, inside you. You can go there, and then you will also be here instantly.” It would be years before that really made sense.

319. But the vision made clear: that is where the “journey” must happen. Sure, pointers from a Realized teacher are often required to move a seeker to the trailhead of the “path” that must be followed, but eventually the “path” must be traveled alone, from the body, through the arch into the mental realm, beyond the religious or spiritual realm, back to the No-Knowing stage, and then eventually to the light. 


320. Do you see that everything ever written here has been written in order to point seekers away from the false trailheads and to point them to the real trailhead, to the actual direct path that must be "traveled" if one would be sane and free, and to the way that leads to an awareness of the four “legs” of the “journey” that all are invited to understand. 


To be continued.

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

7 January 2014 




A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Other clarifications that came via the vision follow. NOTE: An entire glossary - relevant to those early on in the seeking process but including pointers for those far along "the path" - is available in the eBook below entitled "FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)" which is also included in the paperback four-book anthology entitled, "The Advanced Seekers' Series." 

A REVIEW AND SUMMATION OF THE KEY UNDERSTANDINGS THAT CAME VIA THE VISION (Continued) 


As this series soon draws to a close, visitors to this site will be given information on how they can obtain a free copy of the eBook based in the vision. You may also have free copies sent to anyone of your choosing. 


To continue: 


283. The portion of the vision that involved the cave and the movement through the dome and the “dissolution” into the light and then seeing the fading into the field of energy and then a void – the nothingness – made clear that there is no particular place that one goes to and that there will be no one or ones and no One or Ones that await. (Then this from Maharaj came: “From my angle, you are nothing. You have no identity.” Ahhhh.) 


284. Seeing that triggered a recall of these words from Maharaj: “First of all you identify something as being good or bad for yourself. Then, in an effort to acquire good or to get rid of the bad, you have invented a God. Then you worship such a God and ... you pray to that God for something good to happen to you,” and “From birth what has made the body grow? It is no power in the world. It is the power of beingness, the atom, the Self, the consciousness … call it what you will.” 


285. Then it also became clear that not only is there no One (or Ones) controlling things on this planet from afar, but there is also no one controlling things on this planet from the planet. There are only (A) those who have been totally fooled who give credit for things "here" to someone "there" and there are only (B) those who have been totally fooled who take credit for what is happening here: 


286. “Before this knowledge ‘I Am’ appeared on you, you were absolutely unattached. As soon as the knowledge dawned on you, you became attached to everything around you. Only that false ‘I’ is attached. Everything is just happening, and the false ‘I’ is taking the credit for doing things.” - Maharaj 


287. The vision showed this as well: contrary to the “hell or heaven” or “lower life form or higher life form” beliefs that 97% cling to, the vision evoke a recalling of this from Maharaj: “When you are thoroughly knowledgeable, you will come to the conclusion that this beingness is also an illusion.” 


288. And if “this” is an illusion, then anyone who has been involved over the millennia with dreaming up their erroneous imaginings about “this” illusion must automatically – by default – be just as erroneous about what they have dreamed up in regards to their “post-this” illusions about what will happen or not and about who awaits or not. 


289. Seeing that, then these two points from Maharaj came into consciousness again: “I have no faith in anything which has ever been told, not even what has been told by the Vedas. Only my own experience” and “I take my stand in the original state where I was not aware that I am.” 


290. It was made clear that none of "their" beliefs are true, and it was realized what wonderful freedom awaits those who become free of those beliefs – and all beliefs. 


291. The vision made clear that there is nothing “post-this” to be concerned about or preoccupied with and nothing “post-this” to work to gain or to work to avoid. 


292. It became clear after the vision that there is no antecedent place and no antecedent persons and that Maharaj was spot on when he taught: “Every organic being, whether an insect or a human, depends on food. All these flowers, this foliage, is our antecedent state.” 


293. Next, the vision showed that the “journey” is indeed a “journey to nowhere and to nothing,” affirming Maharaj’s point that “You are already in your true state. Because of the mind, duality comes in and therefore you are afraid.” 


294. Then this: If one would be free of being afraid, then one must be free of the mind. 


295. Relatedly, it became clear that one would also have to be free of the influences of personalities and that the belief in those is also stored in the mind. 


296. Seeing that each persona has a basic fear and a basic desire, it became clear why the mind and its contents – including the influence of assigned or assumed personalities – must end. And if that end comes, so too will come an end to fear, to the frustration of unmet desires, and to the relative pain and misery and suffering that are generated by body-mind-personality identification. So Maharaj was again spot on when he said: 


297. “You have some experiences and you try to benefit from them, but remember that whatever is going to be of use to you ultimately is going to harm you. Wherever there is use, there is also dis-use in this world of duality. Whatever you like is going to create harm for you. Whatever you like most is, in the end, going to be most harmful for you.” 


298. Sitting in the silence and considering again that pointer in light of the content of the vision, one example after another from decades past flashed into consciousness and confirmed the validity of those words. 


To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation. 


6 January 2014



A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Other clarifications that came via the vision follow. NOTE: An entire glossary - relevant to those early on in the seeking process but including pointers for those far along "the path" - is available in the eBook below entitled "FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)" which is also included in the paperback four-book anthology entitled, "The Advanced Seekers' Series."

A REVIEW AND SUMMATION OF THE KEY UNDERSTANDINGS THAT CAME VIA THE VISION (Continued)

As this series soon draws to a close, visitors to this site will be given information on how they can obtain a free copy of the eBook based in the vision. You may also have free copies sent to anyone of your choosing. 

To continue:

258. The vision allowed for the witnessing of the dissolution of the gross and subtle bodies, and the portion of the vision in the cave allowed for the witnessing of the dissolution of the final vestige as the causal body “dissolved” into the light – into the energy field – from which it had manifested.


259. Then this came: “…You are the light.” – Maharaj

260. At that point, other relevant words of Maharaj came: "Both experience and experiencer will disappear." 


261. That is exactly what happened after witnessing the vision, and it became clear that such is exactly what will happen with all.

262. Upon completion of the third leg – the “coming back in again but without any of the detriments of the programming, conditioning, etc. this time” – it was seen that all except an awareness of the Am-ness (and its true nature) had dissolved:

263. All the working at being “this” or “that,” all of the religious work, all of the spiritual exercises … it had all dissolved. Why? Maharaj’s words came: “Whatever you have tried to understand during your spiritual search will prove false.”

264. Then this came: So forget the spiritual seeking and searching because once chaos and instability come to an end, seeking and spirituality can do so as well. Then the words of Maharaj again: “I am stabilized. There is no going into samadhi, or coming down from samadhi. That is over.” 


265. Then this: so all of your past religious work and spiritual work - your "good" motives notwithstanding - were merely adding to chaos and instability and were blocking the ability to abide naturally. 


266. That made clear that those not yet stabilized will work at trying to still the mind, and that work usually takes the form of religious and / or spiritual work.

267. It became clear that the earlier efforts that had blocked simple living by making a second job out of living – a religious or spiritual job – must end. They were only adding more false identities to the mix anyway.

268. The consequences? More opportunities for comfort and joy and happiness and pleasure and bliss came as a result of not having that second job. 


269. Any notion about a “personal floyd or Floyd” dissolved.

270. All became so simple, just as Maharaj reported: "Both the mantra and the faith in the mantra will get dissolved." 


271. Exactly. Thus, efforts to be "virtuous" and "better-than" and "good" and "different-from" and "pleasing to an imaginary power / Powers" came to an end as Maharaj’s words in that regard returned to consciousness again: “From the Absolute no-knowing state, spontaneously, this consciousness ‘I am’ has appeared—there is no reason, no cause.” 


272. Therefore, all ideas, attitudes, perceptions, thoughts, dreams, views, notions, theories, hypotheses, and concepts dissolved, verifying the facts that Maharaj’s admonition (to "go to zero concepts") was not only possible but was assured if Realization happens.

273. It was seen that because beliefs are nothing more than a conglomeration of ideas, attitudes, perceptions, thoughts, dreams, views, notions, theories, hypotheses, and concepts, when those went, so did all beliefs.

274. It was seen that the “mind” is nothing more than a storehouse of false ideas, attitudes, perceptions, thoughts, dreams, views, notions, theories, hypotheses, and concepts (a.k.a., beliefs), so …

275. when all beliefs went – eliminating belief in any ideas, attitudes, perceptions, thoughts, dreams, views, notions, theories, hypotheses, and concepts – then so too did the mind dissolve.

276. Other words from Maharaj came: “That mind-language will talk only about the impressions it has collected. The knowledge ‘I Am’ is not a thought but observes the thoughts.”

277. Post-“mind” functioning then began happening under the auspices of the brain (which is rooted in the elements) and under the auspices of the unblocked consciousness (which is rooted in the Absolute).

278. Abidance post-Realization was, therefore, more in the style of the “gull” in the vision, that is, more in the style of what the gull in the vision represents: the no-knowing child that – if fed and dry and in a place with comfortable temperatures – is perfectly content because a child at that point has not been programmed, conditioned, acculturated, domesticated, brainwashed, or indoctrinated.

279. That is why, at that point, the child has not yet been rendered (per the words of Maharaj) “ignorant, stupid, and insane.”

280. It then became clear that the only intent of the second leg of the "journey" is to free persons of those three.

281. Then this came: So it's NOT about things noble and lofty and righteous and virtuous and moral and sacred and consecrated and holy and sanctified and divine and blessed and devout and godly and saintly and devout and sublime?

282. Then: "No."

To be continued. 


Please enter the silence of contemplation.

5 January 2014 




A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Other clarifications that came via the vision follow. NOTE: An entire glossary - relevant to those early on in the seeking process but including pointers for those far along "the path" - is available in the eBook below entitled "FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)" which is also included in the paperback four-book anthology entitled, "The Advanced Seekers' Series."

A REVIEW AND SUMMATION OF THE KEY UNDERSTANDINGS THAT CAME VIA THE VISION (Continued)

As this series soon draws to a close, visitors to this site will be given information on how they can obtain a free copy of the eBook based in the vision. You may also have free copies sent to anyone of your choosing.

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235. As further consideration was given to the content of the vision, it also became clear that nothing was really “coming to me” as a result.

236. It became clear that the realizations and the understandings that came during the “journey” to Full Realization were always “with me” … with the pure consciousness.

237. It became clear that the subject-object witnessing that manifested as a result of dualistic thinking (which had manifested as a result of duality-based programming, conditioning, etc.) had merely blocked the Pure Witnessing from seeing accurately and clearly.

238. The suggestion is that (a) if you have the necessary intellect (that is, the ability to understand) and (b) if you spend as much time contemplating the content of the vision as I did that (c) the realizations and understandings required to move you along the entire length of the seven-step “path” to Full Realization will be seen as well because they are already within you and can be accessed by any seeker with the necessary intellect.

239. Next, witnessing the dissolution into the light in the cave made clear a comment by scientist Szent-Gyorgyi that had been read years earlier: “What drives life is thus a little electric current, set up by the sunshine.”

240. It was seen that during the first leg of the manifestation, light carried Me via a circuitous route which cycled the conscious-energy from its source to plants to a man and to a woman who – via an act of friction - then cycled humans cells (which had been plant cells), after which an elemental plant food body formed naturally and spontaneously (not religiously or spiritually or magically or supernaturally) over a nine-month period. 


241. It was then seen that the light had been blocked via programming, conditioning, acculturation, domestication, brainwashing and indoctrination, resulting in a period of darkness.

242. The years of seeking were a natural reaction to the darkness because – as is the case with a tree that over the years will bend itself in an effort to seek the light – so too do those with the requisite intellect seek the light as well.

243. By contrast, those who have been rendered “ignorant, stupid, and insane” (Maharaj) hate the light and prefer the darkness. Such types will endorse and admire darkness. (The current president of the U.S., observing examples of warped thinking) said in 2008, “It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant.”) 


244. Indeed, but for those with the prerequisite of intellect, those that came from the light and were cast into the darkness (as all in this relative, duality-based existence are and as all in this relative, duality-based existence will be), it became clear that “the path” is merely the path taken to return to the light to be free of the darkness, free of the ignorance, the stupidity, the insanity.

245. What had been taken to be some lofty, supernatural, superior, grand, noble, and exalted process was seen to be nothing more than a natural process without a single “spiritual” or “righteous” or “virtuous” or “moral” or “upright” or “honorable” or “respectable” aspect at all.

246. Then: No wonder Maharaj suggested setting aside spiritual exercises! No wonder he suggested that persons abandon all of their spirituality and abide naturally! So many have misrepresented what the “journey” is about. No wonder he said: "Whatever spiritual things you aspire to know are all happening in this objective world, in the illusion. All this is happening in the objective world. All is dishonesty. There is no truth in this fraud” and "There is no progress” and “There is no question of elevating to a higher level. Here it is only a question of understanding."

247. So much for what had been read from what Maharaj warned against (namely, “Big Name Teachers”) who had only presented more and more obstacles and blockages that prevented seeing the oh-so-simple Truth.

248. So much for the teaching that “It helps to understand we have something … that we are something … which is unchangeable, beautiful, completely aware, and continues no matter what.”>

249. Finally, truth from fiction could be differentiated: 


a. No, there is no “one” to have something (thus Maharaj’s invitation to "Understand that it is not the individual which has consciousness; it is the consciousness which assumes innumerable forms");

b. No, we are not something; 
c. Yes, the energy is unchangeable; 
d. No, energy is not dualistic, so it is neither beautiful nor ugly;
e. No, the energy is not completely aware but is only aware when the conscious-energy is manifested and when Realization has happened, but eventually that energy will return to the source and awareness will not be aware of; 
f. Yes, the energy continues, no matter what, for it was not created and it cannot be destroyed. 

250. As more and more clarifications were revealed, Maharaj’s suggestion to discard what the Big Name Teachers have taught and written and said was heeded, so more of more of the volumes of misrepresentations and misunderstandings and false teachings that had been read for years was all discarded.

The wisdom of his advice “…You should go back, reverse, to the source" and “Follow the same path by which you came”) was appreciated fully:

251. That which was witnessed in the cave made clear that the “coming in” (the “first leg” manifesting) was a natural happening that led to the most unnatural happenings (of being programmed, conditioned, acculturated, domesticated, indoctrinated, and brainwashed); that the second leg covered in the vision was the means by which the resultant blockages and darkness could be removed; that the third leg involved “coming back” and overlaying Reality on the relative; and that the fourth leg would happen when mahasamadhi was taken and this particular elemental plant food body with its parts that had come together would eventually come part.

252. And it was seen that in regards to all that is involved from unmanifesting to unmanifesting that there was no post-manifestation judgment; no post-manifestation rebirth; no post-manifestation period in a world of pleasure if one was “good” or in a world of punishment and pain and suffering and misery if one was “bad.”

With the clarity that came via the vision, the words of Maharaj were revisited and were also totally understood:

253. No wonder Maharaj said that "Only that person will visit this place whose virtue and sin have come to an end." 


254. After the vision, Maharaj’s explanation of the role of the elemental plant food body in the cycling process became clear: “In order to manifest itself, the consciousness needs a frame, a particular construct in which it can appear.”

255. After seeing via the vision what happened at the end of the time in the cave, this became clearer: "Prior to taking this form, you were formless; spontaneously the form came, and when the form came there was a natural longing to return to the formless state. When you want to return to the formless, desireless state, then only you come here, to seek what you are. The consciousness has to know the consciousness. When it realizes itself, then only do you return to normal."

256. After the vision revealed what is real and what is not as well as what happens and what does not, this became clear: "My true state, which is whole, undifferentiated, is beyond birth and death. I am never bound by my body and mind. I am limitless."

257. After seeing the “second leg” way back out of the darkness and into the light, the first leg happenings were understood, including how all personas are cast into darkness. Then this was understood: "Out of my existence as the Noumenon has come this state of the phenomenal. The homogenous understands the play of the attributes, the projection of the mind, but the play, the projection of the mind, cannot understand the homogeneous."

To be continued.

Please enter into the silence of contemplation.

4 January 2014


A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Other clarifications that came via the vision follow. NOTE: An entire glossary - relevant to those early on in the seeking process but including pointers for those far along "the path" - is available in the eBook below entitled "FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)" which is also included in the paperback four-book anthology entitled, "The Advanced Seekers' Series."

A REVIEW AND SUMMATION OF THE KEY UNDERSTANDINGS THAT CAME VIA THE VISION (Continued)

224. The vision at the second step – the “mind step” - made clear that what is called “the mind” is merely the storehouse of all of the blockages of the pure consciousness which prevent clear seeing, which block pure witnessing, and which inspire belief in the false rather than understanding truth and The Truth. Then this came:

So humans are born with a brain but not with a mind; the mind is that storehouse of all the lies and concepts and knowledge / ignorance that persons accumulate; once filled with the nonsense that persons dream up, it becomes the source of all misery, constantly in movement, constantly imagining desires / fears as a result of programming and conditioning. Persons each believe that they have what they call "my mind," but there is only "their mind," that is, the mind that is created by programmers who pass along their ideas, their notions, their concepts, their perspectives (all of which eventually are taken to be “one’s own beliefs” and which are given high esteem and worth and value and which are all erroneously deemed to be important, significant, and meaningful, all of which programmed persons then take to be their own ideas and all of which are used by persons to erroneously define “self”).

But so much of the content of the talks in I AM THAT deal with jnana – with knowledge or a “higher” knowledge – even as Maharaj tells some that their knowledge is “learned ignorance.” So what is with the focus on the knower and knowing and the known, only to be told later on that there is no knower, no “one” to know?

225. That led to a review of the stages of Maharaj’s “journey” and to an understanding of the fact that he offered “level appropriate pointers,” the result of which was that he would tell seeker “A” something in one talk and then tell seeker “B” the exact opposite in the next talk.

226. It also led to an understanding that would be discussed years later in a book entitled SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ and HIS EVOLUTION (see below), an understanding of the fact that, over the years, the type yoga that influenced his pointers shifted from guru-bhakti and bhakti; to bhakti and jnana; to jnana and nisargan; and eventually to the nisarga yoga alone.

227. Confusion had resulted from a Neo-Advaitin’s pointers (“Floyd, the only thing you can know is ‘I AM’” and “there is no path – just know that and be done”) vs. Maharaj’s Direct Path Method of teaching that made clear there is a “path” or a “journey.” It had been clear that if I would drive from Los Angeles to New York, I could not crank the engine of the car, press the accelerator, and instantly be in New York.

228. It was seen that there is indeed no “knower” and that the one assuming the role of “The Knower” soon upgrades himself to “The Super Knower” and “The Knower of It All” (or “The Know It All”).

229. Returning to the vision, it was clear that – in the end – all role-playing ends, including that of “The Knower.” It was seen at the end of the vision that "knowing" is not involved at all and that Realization has everything to do with understanding – with understanding the functioning of the totality, with understanding the actual unity beyond the wrongly-perceived multiplicity, with understanding how to abide for the remainder of the manifestation in an AS IF fashion, with understanding what bliss is and what bliss is not, with understanding how all living things on the planet abide naturally except for the non-Realized (non-understanding) masses who abide unnaturally and who try to live supernaturally (that is, magically, religiously, and / or “spiritually”).


230. “The multiplicity” was seen to be nothing more than a perception / misperception among persons that the world and the universe are made of multiple components rather than the one true THAT; was seen to be a belief in the concepts of separate and different (which, in turn, inspire judgment and separation; ego; and belief in dualities such as superior vs. inferior, good vs. bad, right vs. wrong, best vs. worst along with all of the dualistic thinking and erroneous perceiving that prevents persons from knowing the unicity and being aware of the at-one-ment of all).

231. “The Unicity” was seen to be the fact-based opposite of the false, dualistic concept of multiplicity.

232. It was seen in the cave portion of the vision that persons mistakenly perceive a multiplicity of things that supposedly make up “this world” whereas, in fact, all in “this world” is imagined - is wrongly perceived by the non-Realized masses - and that there is but the Oneness.

233. It became clear that, to understand the unicity, one must understand the prefix “uni” ("one”) and then realize that the universe is but One.

234. The vision made clear that “indeed, All that exists is but one, single THAT” and that “All does not have THAT in common but, instead, is in common.”


To be continued.

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

3 January 2013


A DAILY CONSIDERATION FOR YOU


F.: Other clarifications that came via the vision follow. NOTE: An entire glossary - relevant to those early on in the seeking process but including pointers for those far along "the path" - is available in the eBook below entitled "FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)" which is also included in the paperback four-book anthology entitled, "The Advanced Seekers' Series."

A REVIEW AND SUMMATION OF THE KEY UNDERSTANDINGS THAT CAME VIA THE VISION (Continued)

213. After the vision came, and after much consideration of its content led to so many revelations and led the understanding to flood into awareness, three things also became clear:

a. The masses prefer magical thinking, dogma-driven thinking, and spiritual-driven thinking (which Maharaj classified as really nothing more than a “kindergarten” level of understanding what “spirituality” is, or more accurately, what “spirituality” is not) so most would not be interested in a study of the content of the vision and then Realized Fully;

b. and it was seen that, of the few who do seek the non-dual understanding, so many stop after being encouraged to focus upon a text (which puts them in company with those accepting or adopting and then playing a religious persona and also revering what they take to be a “holy” text); or, those who abandon seeking because they accept the neo-Advaitin approach and come to a belief about what can be known or not known while ignoring what can be revealed and understood; or who accept one of the other popular but bogus versions of non-duality or pseudo-Advaita; 


c. and it was seen, after reflecting on Maharaj’s own circuitous “journey” to reach the understanding which eventually came here via the vision, that many parallels in his "journey" and the one here existed (detailed farther down this page). 


Then these awarenesses came:

He was wealthy, and my current employment is also providing a very high income as well; 


he set that aside (which is not a requirement necessarily); he became freed from a wife who was totally absorbed in traditional religious teachings (and in playing the personas that engenders) and who was forever discontented over the fact that he would not be pressed into returning to his religious roots; and then he focused on offering the understanding that came to him via a long and arduous “path.”
It was then asked:


Might it be possible for me to leave a tenured position with a guaranteed income and excellent healthcare benefits and other perks, a job that only required working 180 days a year, and to focus as Maharaj did on sharing the understanding that came via the vision … an understanding that eventually led to freedom from beliefs, freedom from the assumption of false identities, and freedom from the instability and chaos that always accompanies dual-mindedness?

Thus the decision was made: I will abandon that job - ten years sooner than the age of full retirement is reached – and share these teachings and see what happens.

What happened? What happened is what happened with Maharaj: great wealth has not returned, but always there have been those – some wealthy and some not – who have shared in order to allow these teachings to go on. Some of the regular visitors to this site came forth again recently to assure that what is required for the message to be disseminated ... a message that gave them clarity and that they would have other seekers find as well.

Those over the years have included Andy G. and Sim D. and Mac and Bob R. and many others. So now, the postings and writings continue. Periods of considerable challenge have come during the years since the decision was made, just as they come to all humans moving through this relative existence, but the understanding that came with the vision has allowed all challenges to be witnessed objectively and without attachment and without emotional intoxication or desire or fear.

Never once has the “the road not taken” been looked back on with doubt, much less regret. Never once since Realization has there been a desire for anything other than this relative existence that now always unfolds spontaneously and naturally since Reality was overlaid upon it. If You use the content of the vision to Realize as well, the same can be “your present reality” and Your Reality as well. That is what the summative statement “I AM THAT; I AM” points to.

So, on to “a” above:

214. The vision eliminated all of the earlier magical thinking that had been happening. Magical thinking was seen to be thinking that is based in non-fact, superstition, myth and false beliefs in other-worldly powers; thinking that generates the belief that there is a micro-managing power (or powers) in another realm that is in charge of all that happens in what the masses take to be “this world.”

215. it is the type of thinking that leads to the belief that there is a single cause for all happenings on the planet, namely, an external locus of control; the type of thinking that is inspired via religious or “spiritual” programming; the type of thinking that is often inspired by abuse and trauma suffered in such a degree that a desire for rescue by some external power is wished or hoped for; the type of thinking inspired by ego that wants control and therefore also wants a power at one’s beck and call that can grant wishes;

216. it is the fanciful thinking that leads persons to believe that they can petition a power in another realm that can then grant them control over people, places, things, weather, and all events; the type thinking that inspires the belief that weather-related happenings are not events in nature but are punishments or signs delivered by an angry, other-worldly power; it is the type of thinking based in ignorance;

217. it is the type of thinking that drives persons who have not even been born once to believe that they will be born multiple times; it is the type of thinking that dismisses scientific facts and endorses blind, unquestioning faith; it is the type thinking that blocks all awareness of Reality and imprisons persons in the confines of the false concepts of “a mind.”

218. It is the kind of thinking which leads the majority of the persons on the planet to think that when persons "die," the dead actually live on, and live on with a physical form that has an appearance that is so similar to the way they looked when alive on earth that they will be recognizable to family and friends, except that they will have a gauzy, see-through look and will have sprouted wings that allow them to float about in the sky and in heaven in a half-human, half-bird manner. (Gauzy or not, though, they think the physical form can experience pain - such as from flames - or can experience pleasures.)

219. It is the kind of thinking that, in the U.S., leads 87% of the population to belief that pregnancies result with input from three-parties instead of two. (They think that it requires a man and a woman engaging in an act of friction that results in a sperm cell fertilizing an egg, but they also think that a god in another world intervenes in the process and plays some role as well.)

220. It is the kind of thinking that generates the ignorance that Maharaj spoke of, that results in 87% of adults being so ignorant that they do not even understand the biological processes that allow elemental plant food bodies to play a role in the cycling of elements that form additional plant food bodies.

221. In the book "SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY: Recovering What Religions Lost," (see below) Dr. Jeffrey A. Schaler is quoted as he discusses “psychosis,” a condition in which persons fail to differentiate between the symbolic (or the “abstract”) and the real (or the “concrete”) … an ability which the non-dual teachings can provide to some. He said:

“People are labeled ‘psychotic’ when they refer to mental representations as if they were substantive and real. One example [involves taking] the 'voice of conscience' as the literal voice of another being, known as 'hearing voices.' The failure to differentiate between the symbolic and the real may be intentional (artistic license) or strategic (lying) or the result of a cognitive inability to differentiate between fantasy and reality.”

222. Indeed, the vision showed that magical thinking is based in fantasy rather than being in touch with reality and living naturally. Schaler also discusses another illness that can generate belief in illusions.”

223. Such is the abnormal “norm” now, but it need not be for those that come to understand fully the content of the vision.

To be continued.


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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.

They read the books, then they completed the online course and / or completed seven Skype or telephone sessions or came here for a retreat (or watched the downloadable DVD version of an actual retreat, available below).

Some found that which they were seeking by reading the author's book that deal with non-duality subject matter. Via all of those venues, the steps are taught in their proper order. The essays available on this site will remain for those interested in searching for a discussion of a particular non-duality topic without charge, but the focus here until mahasamadhi is taken is going to be on offering the teachings in the step-wise fashion that has been seen to work.


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    FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE: A Seven-Step Journey to the Absolute 


    CONSCIOUSNESS / AWARENESS



    FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO THE NOTHINGNESS



    THE FINAL UNDERSTANDING


    THE ADVANCED SEEKERS' SERIES


    Anthology of four books


    THE BLISSFUL ABIDANCE SERIES


    Anthology of six books


    SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ AND HIS EVOLUTION




    THE FINAL FIFTEEN TOPICS DISCUSSED BY SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ





    A TWELVE-STEP JOURNEY TO SELF-TRANSFORMATION


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    A GUIDE FOR WORKING THE STEPS (IN THE MANNER USED BY THE FOUNDERS)


    THE TWELVE STEPS AND ADVAITA / NON-DUALITY: A 21-DAY PLAN FOR A PSYCHIC CHANGE


    SELF-TRANSFORMATION MEDITATION GUIDE (VOLUME ONE)


    SELF-TRANSFORMATION MEDITATION GUIDE (VOLUME TWO)


    WHY NISARGA YOGA IN ADDITION TO THE ADVAITA TEACHINGS?


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


    YOUR ORIGINAL NATURE


    GOING CRAZY / GOING SANE


    INSTABILITY / INSANITY: WHAT THE ADVAITA TEACHINGS CAN (AND CANNOT) ADDRESS


    THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "PEACE OF MIND" (THERE IS ONLY PEACE IF YOU'RE OUT OF YOUR MIND)


    FREEDOM FROM SHIFTING BETWEEN STATES OF HAPPINESS AND UNHAPPINESS


    THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS / THE ULTIMATE MEDICINE


    PROGRAMMING, CONDITIONING, DOMESTICATION, AND ACCULTURATION (THE SOURCES OF THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS & THE NON-DUALITY TREATMENT)


    "WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I DIE?"



    THE MYTH OF "DEATH"


    THE ESSENCE OF THE TEACHINGS: THE SIMPLICITY OF REALIZATION


    FINDING REAL LOVE IN AN UNREAL WORLD


    CASTING LIGHT ON THE DARK SIDE OF RELATIONSHIPS


    OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF BEING TOTALLY INDEPENDENT


    THE NON-DUALITY POINTERS OFFERED BY YESHU'A ("JESUS THE CHRIST")


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    WHEN ONLY THREE HOURS OF MANIFESTATION REMAIN (THE "FINAL" TALKS OF FLOYD HENDERSON)


    I AM THAT (vs. "This Is Who I Think I Am")


    QUOTATIONS AND POINTERS DEALING WITH NON-DUALITY, ADVAITA, NISARGA YOGA, AND MORE


    DANCING LIGHTLY


    THE PATH TO FREEDOM VS. THE PATH TO MISERY



    THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS PERSONAL (INCLUDING YOU AND INCLUDING GOD)



    LIBERATION (ATTAINING FREEDOM FROM PERSONALITY VIA REALIZATION)

    WHY YOU MUST BE EMPTY IF YOU WOULD BE FULL


    FREEDOM FROM BELIEFS (Believers, Non-Believers, and "No-Belief-ers")


    WHEN REALITY IS OVERLAID ON THE RELATIVE


    THE RELATIVE RESULTS OF RETURNING TO "THE CHILD IGNORANCE STAGE" OR "THE CHILD NO-KNOWING STATE"


    WHAT BLISS IS AND WHAT BLISS IS NOT


    THE TWICE-STOLEN NECKLACE MURDERS

    THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF WARS


    LESSONS IN NON-DUALITY FROM TRAVELS IN SOUTH AFRICA


    A SERIES OF ESSAYS DISCUSSING THE FIRST 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 THIRD 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 FIFTH 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 SEVENTH STEP ON THE SEVEN-STEP PATH TO REALIZATION


    SPIRITUAL SOBRIETY (RECOVERING WHAT RELIGIONS LOST)



    IT'S ALL BULLSHIT (AND WHY KNOWING IT SETS YOU FREE)

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