Monday, September 07, 2015

MAHARAJ: “There’s No Such Thing As Peace of Mind,” Part I

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Maharaj: "There is no question of elevating to a higher level. Here it is only a question of understanding."

The understanding requires no additional teaching and no additional learning. It requires questioning it all and it requires being led through an un-teaching process and it requires discarding all that has been learned and eventually un-learning it all. It requires rejection, not more accumulation.

Maharaj on rejecting external sources of “knowledge and beliefs” vs. tapping into the inner resource:

 “I do not care what others claimed to know. What do you know?”

Maharaj on rejecting blind faith and the content of so-called “holy books”:

“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

Maharaj on rejecting spiritual searching:

“Whatever you have tried to understand during your spiritual search will prove false” and "Just give up spirituality" and "Abide naturally" (meaning, not "supernaturally" and not "unnaturally")

and

Maharaj on rejecting the intellect / the mind because it will guarantee instability:

“People who depend on the intellect only always will be swinging like a pendulum”

and

Maharaj on rejecting all you have been told by parents and all you have been told that is based not in fact but in hearsay:

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

and

Maharaj on rejecting all that has been used along “the path” or on “the journey”:

"Both the mantra and the faith in the mantra will get dissolved"

and

Maharaj on rejecting the notion that there is something to gain now and something to gain later:

"There is no progress"

so

Maharaj on rejecting any and all credibility formerly given to concepts, ideas, notions, perceptions, taught knowledge (a.k.a., “learned ignorance”), thoughts, impressions, memories, theories, and views (all of which, when combined, form “your belief system” – which are not "your beliefs" at all but are merely “their beliefs” which have been accepted without question).

Maharaj on rejecting all of the above:

"Go to zero concepts."

Maharaj on rejecting any notion that you can finally attain “peace of mind” . . . 

. . . if you just work hard enough and long enough or worship enough or study enough holy scriptures or Big Books or go to a church / temple / mosque / synagogue regularly or visit enough holy sites or go to enough retreats or listen to enough talks or visit enough holy men or read and accumulate enough books by “Big Name Teachers” or refuse to eat certain foods or wear special clothes or wear a special hairdo or have no hair at all or attend enough meetings or listen to enough speakers at speaker meetings or hang out with enough religious people or hang out with enough spiritual people or go into complete isolation and drop out and mentally dissociate. All nonsense.

Peace begins when mental imprisonment ends. Freedom precedes peace. It does not follow peace.
 
To be continued.

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

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