Wednesday, March 23, 2016

MAHARAJ: “Lightment” vs. Enlightenment, Part “X”

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Is it any wonder that Maharaj stopped endorsing SELF-Inquiry and began endorsing “lightment” over “Enlightenment” by suggested that self-inquiry “is enough”? Is it any wonder that his advice changed after he saw the actual results of advising seekers to engage in SELF-Inquiry for as long as it takes to find the REAL SELF?

Those results included:

“dropping out” and ignoring the relative existence 


ignoring their normal inclinations (as he did during his “Forest Dweller Stage”)


 supposedly being in touch with Reality but being totally out of touch with reality.

It should be no wonder, then, that he changed his advice and said,

“You do not have to find ‘Who You Are’; it is enough to know who you are not”’

and said

“Give up spirituality”

and said

“Follow your normal inclinations"

and said

“Forget spirituality”

and said

“Realization is about nothing more than being free of ignorance.”

Here, this coming summer will mark the 27th year that the non-dual teachings / unteachings have been offered. What Maharaj saw during his years of offering non-dual pointers regarding the SELF-Inquiry vs. self-inquiry debate was seen as well. And that is?

It was seen here that when the SELF-Inquiry approach was being used and led many to claim that they had reached a state of “Enlightenment,” they had not reached a state of “lightment,” that is, of being light and of having their load lightened by abandoning all identifications (which only drive more going and doing and zooming in order to satisfy the agendas of each personality assumed and in order to maintain the personas and the images that come with them).

It was seen that many who claimed to be “Enlightened” were moving mentally into Foo Foo Land or were building castles in the air and then moving into them rather than being firmly grounded in the here and the now. It was also seen that they had not been “lightened” of the burden of their obsessive levels of religious doingness; of engaging endlessly in their “spiritual exercises”; of burning huge quantities of energy by making a public show of their “spiritual fitness”; of ignoring their “normal inclinations” and not abiding naturally but – instead - becoming attached to the abnormal and the unnatural and the supposedly supernatural.

There was none of the simplification which comes with mere beingness but there was, to the contrary, much energy being expended by making much ado about nothing; there was no dancing lightly throughout the remainder of the manifestation but there was much seriousness and heaviness in all aspects of their existence.

There was witnessed among those who valued “Enlightenment” above “lightment” (that is, above just lightening up for a change) a sense of being different from and better than (including “better than they were before” and “better than those who haven’t realized all that 'The Enlightened One' has supposedly realized”).

It’s one thing to believe that one is “A Spouse” or “A Super Spouse.” Difficult enough to deal with those types. But to deal with those who claim that they are  “An Infinite Self,” “A Supreme Self,” “The Godhead” or “The Divine Nature” or “A God” or “God” or godly or “That Which Is Most Divine” or “The One On A Higher Plane”? Whew. Good luck!

Talk about concepts which can generate the Narcissistic Personality Disorder / The God Complex Personality Disorder” even as the one trapped in such egotism and arrogance is claiming humility.

One’s relative load is lightened when all of the work required to try to maintain false identities and the images that go with them comes to an end.

One’s relative load is lightened when one completes the work required to meet the basic human requirements of food and clothing and shelter without making a second job out of trying to gain heavenly rewards both now and forevermore.

One’s relative load is lightened with the coming of the ability to simply be and with the end of being driven to go and do and zoom.

One’s relative load is lightened when an ability to sit still in the quiet comes and when the need for loud noises – used to try to drown out the chatter of a thousand monkeys in one’s head – comes to an end.

One’s relative load is lightened when searching for “better” and “higher” and “lofty” and Noumenal” identities ends and one can relax in the non-dual, no-identity, zero concepts peace and silence.

“Enlightenment”? Or “lightment”? Maharaj said that one of those “is enough.” Have you come to understand which one? The seeing of that truth and the altering of his message required a huge change on his part. To see the truth of his altered message might require a huge change on your part, too.

So, a huge change in perspective was required of Maharaj. Same here. And that may be the same case “there,” wherever you are. Best regards if you seek that freedom-and-peace-generating change.

To be continued.

Please enter into the silence of contemplation.

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