Thursday, January 28, 2016

MAHARAJ: “I Talk to You from the Perspective of the Universal Consciousness,” Part Fifty-Four

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The difference in Maharaj’s pointers and Ruiz’s takeaway of those pointers is that Maharaj never encouraged seekers to be “impeccable” or “perfect” or “faultless” or “flawless” with their word choice. Seekers could have inferred from such a pointer that they were welcome to use all the words they wanted as long as they used “the right ones”; to the contrary, Maharaj made clear that – if “Realized” – (1) it will be the consciousness which speaks . . . or not; and that – if “Realized” – (2) the use of words will be curtained, spontaneously.

He said that if seekers who had been totally asleep were to suddenly awaken, and were to see all of the lies so often repeated and once believed, and were then to glimpse the truth, they would be “stunned into silence.” He made clear that, if "realized," some few might talk from the perspective of the universal consciousness and share pointers but that far more are likely to enter into the silence and to remain in the silence throughout most of the remainder of the manifestation.

Douwe Tiemersma, when introducing Maharaj, said of those who remain trapped in the dogma of a religion or in one or another system of philosophy are certainly prone to use an excess of words, couching “into fine-sounding words their traditional beliefs and ideologies, theological or philosophical.” He continued: “Believers, however, discover the limited range of meaning and applicability of these words, sooner or later"; thus, he concluded: “What prevails is that which cannot be described, that which is beyond words.”

Truth can be known but not stated, so anything stated by anyone to be the truth is, by default, a lie. The truth can be pointed to, but cannot be expressed in words of any variety – impeccable or not.

Maharaj: “All the objects of consciousness form the universe. What is beyond both, supporting both, is a state of utter stillness and silence. Whoever goes there, disappears. It is unreachable by words, or mind.”

He said: “Just as you do not need to worry about growing hair, so I need not worry about words and actions. They just happen and leave me unconcerned”

and

“Putting words together will not take you far. Go within and discover what you are not. Nothing else matters.”

He said: “The words 'I am man' or 'I am God' have no meaning. Only in silence and in darkness can [the Real] be heard and seen”

and

“I cannot tell what I am because words can describe only what I am not”

and

“Your words do not reach me. Mine is ‘a non-verbal world’. In ‘your world’, the unspoken has no existence. In ‘mine’ - the words and their contents have no being. In ‘your world’, nothing stays; in ‘mine’, nothing changes. ‘My world’ is real, while ‘yours’ is made of dreams.”

Words are the very sustainer of duality. Here, as was the case with Maharaj, there is no "distinguishing from" or "differentiating between"; therefore, there was not "there" and there is not "here" any possibility of expressing such concepts as “different from” and “better than.” Yes, along “the path,” there were words which Maharaj spoke via the perspective of the universal consciousness which pointed to the reality of things non-dual and the falsity of things dual, but he also pointed out that “Non-distinction speaks in silence [while] words carry distinctions.” In the end, he concluded, “It is useless to struggle with words to express what is beyond words.”

If seekers finally return to "the Child No-Knowing State,” then they might also move to the next state. There, the “True Self” (the Pure Witnessing state) is entered into by those continuing along "the path." Of that state, Maharaj said that it is a state of “detached awareness, passionless and wordless.”

See? No encouragement at all to use words; rather, a great deal of inviting seekers to abandon that habit.

It can be asked, therefore, “WHO – what ego-state – is driven to go to an assembly once a week or several times a week or five times a day and hear and speak words (and words which are delusionally deemed to be “holy” at that)?”

And WHO wants to go to one or more meetings a day and listen to words being used to express insane thoughts from persons claiming – based only in their own faulty self-diagnosis – that they "were insane in the past but are no longer insane now"? (To give up doing one self-defeating and self-destructive act while continuing to engage in dozens of other self-defeating and self-destructive acts is no evidence at all of having been restored to sanity.)

And WHO wants to go to one or more meetings a day and express words delusionally deemed to be “spiritual”?

And WHO is driven to use words intended to make others love them?

 And WHO is driven to use words intended to make others admire them?

And WHO is driven to use words to try to reform “others” and “the world”?

And WHO is driven to use words intended to control “others”?

And WHO is driven to use words intended to teach more and more concepts and beliefs to "others"?

WHO - what ego-state - is driven to talk and talk and talk?

Besides being stunned into silence by finally seeing all that was thought to be true but was actually all false, silence is fostered in many cases by the languages used by people who were not trapped in the nonsense and egotism of excessive talking. For example, much can be understood about the "character" of certain peoples if one understands which words were (and which words were not) included in their language. My Cherokee grandmother’s original tongue had no words for “hate,” “war,” “greed,” “contend,” “competition,” “separation,” “holy,” "ownership," "accumulate," "money," "capital," "possess," "own," “apart from,” “my,” “mine,” "unique," "special," "possessions," “rival,” or “duality.”

Contrast the words absent from their language with those used so often by those speaking in other languages. While the original Cherokee language had no word for “hate,” the Anglo-Saxon / Aryan language includes these words: 

"hate, hatred, animosity, loathing, enmity, abhorrence, disaffection, alienation, coolness, disgust, and estrangement" as well as all the related words such as "resent, resentment, dislike, repugnance, revenge, despise, venomous, bitterness, detestation, umbrage, and antipathy.” 

Even the inclusion of such words in their language reveals much about the centuries-long mindset of Aryans, and because the movement among humans is from thought to word to action, then the words of the Aryans – and of other persons who have behaved as they have behaved - have always served as an accurate predictor of their behavior, both in centuries past as well as in the present.

In August of 2005, site visitor Sim sent the following: “I just watched a 60 Minutes segment on river people named the Moken. They had no words for 'when' or 'want.' Time was not a concept of theirs, so they don't understand questions like 'How old are you?' If they catch a fish for breakfast, they aren't even thinking of lunch. There's just 'now.' A boat of kinsmen could pull up and it doesn't make any difference whether it's been 1 week, 1 year or 5 years. To them, it's the same. As to 'want,' they have words for give or take, but they don't understand 'want' and do not accumulate since they live on the sea. It’s really something, the way our language drives our thinking, huh?”

Certain words are never used by the “Fully Realized Advaitin,” and it is “an economy of words” rather than any “impeccability of words” which happens.

Based in the experiences here, it is no easy task for seekers to find the teacher that is not just repeating what she / he has heard but is also sharing what is known within—and what was always known within. Most approaches recommend learning more and more from outside sources and from supposedly "holy texts" and from listening endlessly to explanations about what the words in those texts "really mean."

It is one thing to repeat words read or heard. It is quite another when the unblocked consciousness speaks as the pure, universal consciousness rather than as a relative repeater of words gathered from external sources.

That is why years can be spent in fruitless seeking if one does not have some means by which to avoid those whose “tell’s” expose the fact that “true realization” (being truly free of all ignorance and insanity and magical thinking) is not present.

[And the ramifications of programming and acculturation manifest so early on that they will seldom ever be discarded. I was around a six-year old girl recently. She told one of her relatives, "Our house is so much bigger than your house." Then she added, "Of course, you own and we rent, so which is better?" As they departed, she noticed some coins on her grandmother's table. After looking around to be sure no one was watching, she slide the coins into the palm of her hand, put them in her pocket, and walked out. Compare. Contrast. Differentiate. Accumulate. And all that at the age of six. What similar but more extreme actions and beliefs will dominate her adult age thinking and behavior?]

Next, if dualistic words or terms are used, they can serve as “tell’s,” revealing that “true realization” has not happened. One site visitor shared this observation about her niece: “I was fascinated as she began to acquire language – how this device begins to cut up the unified field into separate ‘bits.’ Our languaging actually needs to be changed to reflect Reality.” And to stop passing on and supporting duality-based thoughts and words and actions.

What happens among those seekers who are finally freed of learned ignorant and insanity to reflect that state of freedom? First, words are not used nearly as often. Secondly, the words that are used will change post-Realization. Next, the words employed reflect both Reality and reality and do not "cut up verbally the unified field into separate bits." 

To the seeker asking how to know if a teacher has reached a state of “true realization,” the suggestion is to witness honesty and objectively the words and language being used. If “Realized,” words that support non-dualistic concepts and beliefs about "different from" and "better than" and "special" and "Special" and "self-ness" and "Self-ness" will never be spoken.

To be continued.

Please enter into the silence of contemplation.

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