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More than ten years ago, in one of the earliest entries on this site, it was explained that the focal point of all of the postings that were to come would ultimately deal with what was called “Applied Advaita.” That meant that the site was going to offer frequent and repeated invitations to consider whether a sane and sound and practical result of the Realization process would (a) allow seekers to assume the role of “Spiritual Giants” and / or (b) assume a mental, escapist stance in some Noumenal realm 

or would instead 

(c) afford seekers an opportunity to be as in touch with the I AM as with an understanding of THAT and (d) afford seekers an opportunity to function sanely and soundly and practically throughout the remainder of the manifestation.

The invitation was nothing like what Maharaj would have offered during his guru-bhakti phase; or during his religious / non-dual phase; or during his spiritual / non-dual / Self-Inquiry phase. But it aligned exactly with the message offered in his later talks, the message offered after he told seekers to “stop reading 'I AM THAT” and to “give up spirituality” and to “just abide naturally.”

The attempt here from the very beginning was to make clear that the approach here was not going to be anything close to what most had been hearing about non-duality. The attempt was to invite seekers to accept Maharaj’s invitation to “go back,” to “follow the path back from whence you came, but in reverse order” so that seekers could come to understand the ways of the Original State prior to manifestation; to understand how the manifestation of conscious-energy happens; to understand how the consciousness becomes totally blocked; and to understand how to remove the blockages once and for all so that clear seeing can happen and so that freedom from learned ignorance and freedom from insanity can happen.

The attempt was made to make clear that (1) the “goal” was not to undertake the “journey” back along a “path” with specifically-defined steps to the Absolute in order to (2) stay there 

but was instead

(3) to then complete the next leg of the so-called "journey" by “coming back in via the same steps as before” but without accepting along "the way back in" any of the nonsense which is forced upon persons via programming and conditioning and acculturation and domestication and brainwashing and indoctrination.

The attempt was made to make clear that the process does not end with “being ‘there’” but should continue by taking the new-found freedom from ignorance and insanity and by overlaying that on the relative existence so that the remainder of the manifestation will no longer be marked and marred by the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness (identified by Maharaj as “ignorance, stupidity and insanity”).

In other words, the attempt was to make clear that the deal as offered here was not going to be about (a) finding a one-way ticket to Foo Foo Land and thereby escaping the oftentimes-unpleasant and sometimes-downright-miserable “realities” of the relative existence but was going to be more about (b) grasping Reality and then overlaying that on reality . . . on the relative existence. That is, understanding “THAT” even as the AM-ness continues; understanding Reality and reality both; and understanding how the masses have a totally-distorted view of reality and have no awareness of Reality and cannot, therefore, enjoy any of the balance pointed to in the summative statement of non-duality: “I AM THAT; I AM.”

(Not just “I AM THAT?” No. Both “I AM THAT" and "I AM” (at least for now). And why is NOW all that matters? Because there will be no “one” to know or understand or enjoy anything post-manifestation.

Maharaj; “You were not born even once, so you most assuredly cannot be ‘born again’.”

Thus the suggestion offered ten years plus two months ago and the suggestion offered now remain unchanged: grasp the understanding and then “apply” it to one’s relative existence (even in the absence of any belief in “an applier”). The original invitation – and the continuing invitation – is to reach a state where it can be seen clearly that even as the AM-ness is and continues to be for a period, an understanding can be attained which will lead to being awake and aware and conscious; to being sane and reasonable and logical; and, maybe above all, to being practical.  

So consider the span of Maharaj’s “teaching career” and the changes that came to his message as his understanding evolved, shifting his pointers away from their earlier religious / non-dual content; beyond their spiritual / non-dual content; beyond the suggestion that Self-Inquiry was a requirement; and to being focused on the mind-root of the Ultimate Sickness and thereafter understanding what is truly required in order to be free of the symptoms of ignorance and insanity.

Was Maharaj’s message forever impractical? Or was it always sometimes impractical at its core? Or were the ultimate, most relevant pointers those which he arrived at in the end when his message became staunchly and solidly and steadfastly and unwaveringly and unshakably practical? Consider:

“practical”: of or concerned with something employable or functional rather than with theory and ideas; referring to what is real rather than what is possible or imagined; to what proves to be reasonable and employable; to what proves to be appropriate or suitable for actual employment throughout one’s existence.

“impractical”: not adaptable for employment; not functional; not sensible or realistic; not effectively applicable in terms of realistic matters; idealistic; romanticized; naïve; not viable.

See? "Applied Advaita" is functional NOW. The understanding is only employable NOW. It is relevant only NOW during the relative existence because nothing will be relevant post-manifestation. Whatever happens post-manifestation will "take care of itself," so to speak, meaning it will all happen naturally and automatically without any "one" present to know or do or even be. 

In nature, among all living things (except humans), abidance is managed by the brain, and what any normal and healthy and undamaged brain comes up with is going to be practical. In the case of humans, the majority of that which the brain would normally manage in a sound and sane and practical manner is not happening nowadays. The brain's natural and normal influence is being superseded by that which is stored in a part of the brain called the mind, and the mind’s influence leads humans to be unsound, insane, and impractical.

And even those living things which do not even have a brain (some of which have a set of nerve bundles called “ganglia,” for example) the unblocked conscious-energy is yet manifested in those spaces and the unblocked consciousness always leads to what would be practical.

Even single-cell, no-brain entities function far more sanely and reasonably and practically than almost all humans. Damnation.

It is the blocked consciousness – blocked by the nonsense set in place in minds by way of programming and conditioning and domestication and accumulation and brainwashing and indoctrination and the learning of ignorance – which blocks any chance for most humans to function in a sane and sound and practical manner.

Even the actions of a brainless amoeba make more sense than the actions of most humans. Double damnation.

So the deal – that is, this “path” or “journey” or “process” - is about being restored to sanity, about returning to being “normal”:

Maharaj: "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. The consciousness has to know the consciousness. When it realizes itself, then only do you return to normal."

It does not take a chock full mind for humans to function sanely and soundly and reasonably and practically; in fact, a chock full mind will prevent that mode of functioning. Nor does it take great intelligence for humans to function sanely and soundly and reasonably and practically, the most intelligent humans often exhibiting the most insane and unsound and unreasonable and impractical thoughts and words and actions of all.

What it does take is freedom from the mind. When the content of the mind is discarded, the stage is set for wisdom to come, wisdom which can only become operative when there no longer remain any of the impediments which had blocked the consciousness from seeing clearly. Once all blockages ("beliefs") are discarded, then the way is cleared for wisdom to manifest, wisdom which will then allow a brain (which started out normal but was made abnormal) to “return to being normal.”
To be continued.

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

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