Saturday, October 31, 2015

MAHARAJ: “There’s No Such Thing As Peace of Mind” (Especially When a Mind is Packed Full of False Personality Identifications) Part Seven

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Maharaj shifted away from (A) encouraging every seeker to enter into the “SELF-Inquiry” process to (B) explaining instead that “it is enough to know who you are not” (so enter into "self"-inquiry). If you read the visitors’ statements and questions which preceded his offering them that pointer, what their words had in common was this:

they were not in touch with either reality (the AM-ness) or Reality (the THAT-ness) and were instead escaping and dissociating and avoiding reality in their effort to "move" to what they had been told Reality is like. That distortion results in their trying to move into Foo Foo Land in order to escape the slings and arrows of the relative existence; however, if one is dying in a desert, that relative problem cannot be solved by trying to step into the spot where a mirage was last seen or by knelling down in the location where an oasis was supposedly seen.

Though Maharaj did not enumerate them, his teachings offered seven steps which – if taken in sequence – can move persons from identification with the body to the third step eventually where religious and / or spiritual roles are assumed for a time until completion of the final steps and understanding one’s Original Nature and abiding as that and overlaying that on the remainder of the relative existence.

Yet, Maharaj said, if seekers are able to transition that third step where their “good” or “great” or “supreme” roles are being played - and then also abandon all other roles as a result of understanding that those roles are not what they are - then it would be possible to abide sanely and soundly for the remainder of the manifestation even without understanding any of the additional steps which lie farther along “the path.” If a seeker then choses to complete the remaining steps, Maharaj offered his services as a guide. Same here.

Meanwhile, the relevant non-dual pointer is this: “A dual-minded person is unstable in all ways.”

Moreover, the primary “instability” which humanity must address - if freedom and peace are to come - is rooted in the mind, that storage area inside the brain where false identities are housed and from which they control persons’ thoughts and words and actions in a most unstable and chaotic and destructive and counterproductive and self-defeating way.

As for THAT, THAT will take care of itself. All which happens "there" happens spontaneously, without any guidance or a controller or a Guide or a Controller. No human or imaginary Power guides or controls anything which involves the Absolute (which is nothing more than a field of one type of energy among the many types of energy which exist).  

All is energy-matter. Energy is energy, and there is no type of energy that is better than any other type of energy, so there is no type of energy which one can assume as a Special or Supreme Identity. Because THAT will take care of itself, then might human energy be more wisely spent by addressing the problematic issues which arise NOW, during the relative existence?

If so, those can be addressed if one understands that those problems – all symptomatic of the Ultimate Sickness – are rooted in the minds which were formed as a result of ignorant and insane programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing and indoctrination.

What did Maharaj come to understand can actually address those mind issues? Psychological tools. Not religious tools? Obviously not. Not spiritual tools? Obviously not. A key consideration is this: 

Who would keep trying to use the same old plans 

a. which have never brought about the changes which persons have sought 

b. even though the advocates of those plans continue to claim that their plans can bring about the changes being sought by humans and

c. even though those plans have failed to do so after being available for 5000 years? 

Would the wise keep giving those failed plans a try? Would the sane keep giving those failed plans a try, even in spite of their 5000-year history of failure? Would anyone that is truly awake, aware, and conscious keep giving those failed plans a try? Surely not.

Other options are available to the truly willing and the truly ready if they are inclined to question and to seek judiciously and earnestly and wisely.
To be continued.

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

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