Thursday, March 03, 2016

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

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The elemental plant food brain – along with every cell in every living thing – is a physical object which stores conscious-energy.

Conversely, the mind - a section of the brain which stores and recalls memories and things taught - is actually mental / psychological / emotional rather than physical in its nature.

Nowadays, it is the mind which houses thoughts and memories and learned information which (post-programming, post-conditioning, etc.) presently amount to a conglomeration of distortions, illusions, delusions, and what Maharaj called, in general, one’s accumulated “learned ignorance.”

Such has not always been the case regarding the human mind. At one point in humankind’s evolutionary process, the mind was an asset, storing accurate information which could be recalled later to assist with the survival of the species. (The ancient ancestors might have watched a man fall from a cliff and be smashed on the rocks below. The accurate information which was stored and could be recalled later under a similar circumstance? “Do not get so close to the edge of a cliff that you might fall onto the rocks below and be smashed.”)

Now that the Ultimate Sickness is so widespread (along with its key symptoms identified by Maharaj as the “ignorance, stupidity, and insanity” which are stored in the mind), that storage section has become a liability, relatively speaking. And that includes being a liability as a result of not being able to differentiate between the true and the false; not being able to see the truth; and being incapable of functioning in a sane and sound and rationale and reasonable and non-self-defeating and non-destructive and non-self-destructive manner.

To that end, Maharaj said: “Everyone creates a world for himself and lives in it, imprisoned by one’s ignorance. All we have to do is to deny reality to our prison.”

Finally, after coming to understand completely the actual root of the Sickness, Maharaj shifted away from sharing religion-based / non-dual pointers and away from sharing spirituality-based / non-dual pointers and focused on offering a psychology-based version of the non-dual, Ultimate Medicine, saying that “realisation is but the opposite of ignorance.”

(Not the opposite of being unholy? No. Not the opposite of having a spiritual malady? No. Simply the opposite of being driven by ignorance? Yes.)

Thus, realization is not about becoming an expert in things Noumenal; it is not about earning a Ph. D. in the five, basic, non-duality teaching methods which are used to transmit non-dual pointers (or supposedly non-dual) pointers to seekers; it is not about becoming an expert in one yoga or another; it is not about going into and out of samadhi; it is not about living in a way that guarantees a post-mahasamadhi reward rather than punishment; 

it is not about living in a way to escape imaginary birth-life-death-rebirth cycles; it is not about being detached from “this world” and “things relative” and abiding in some “other upgraded world” where one can focus on “non-phenomenal things"; it is not about escaping or avoiding or dissociating; it is not about replacing false, phenomenal identities with new and improved or great or Special Noumenal identities;

and it is not about moving mentally into castles in the air or into some dreamed up, deeply-philosophical, Foo Fool Land (which is often preferred by those who are handicapped by their supposedly-high and unique intellect which convinces them that they should be apart from rather than a part of any mundane relative existence).

Instead, it is about returning to the condition which one enjoyed prior to programming, conditioning. etc., a condition which was "the opposite of ignorance."

Moreover, no one who has been rendered ignorant and insane as a result of ignorant and insane programming needs to be “re-programmed” (as in "the program"). The masses need to be “de-programmed.”

Additionally, that does not happen by way of being taught more and learning more. (What they were taught and learned is the root of the problem to start with.) All persons need to be un-taught; all persons need to un-learn. Should that happen, then one will return to the Child No-Knowing State and once again be free of ignorance and insanity and will be able to abide naturally rather than unnaturally or “supernaturally” (that is, rather than religiously or spiritually or in any of the other ways which program persons to be driven by unquestioning faith in what is taught and to be driven by the resultant magical thinking).

There are computer viruses circulating regularly on the internet which masquerade as virus-protection programs. They will flash on-screen, inform you that you are infected with such-and-such a virus, and ask if you would like that service to remove the contamination. If you click "Yes," your computer is doomed.

When a visitor using the computer here during a retreat allowed such a virus to infect the system, the action I took immediately was to run the "restore" program. The computer was returned to its clean, pre-contamination state . . . to its original virus-free, sickness-free condition. That is what the "journey" discussed here is about, and the full "journey" restores the blocked consciousness to its original, unadulterated, pre-contamination, pre-Ultimate Sickness state.

Likely, there are still certain malware infections which are hiding in the background of the computer, but the main threat to the system was addressed on that occasion. And that is what this "path" and "journey" are about, so if you only reach the fourth of seven steps and only remove the main threat to your system (namely, belief in the "not-you's" and the fears and desires they generate as well as all of the other nonsensical beliefs that are held), then completion of even four of the seven steps can make the effort worthwhile, relatively speaking.

At that point, one of the most common mental infections which leads to the Sickness – namely, “a belief that false identities are real” – will be removed. If that happens, then one of the most common sources of misery and suffering and fighting and chaos and instability (namely, the hidden, subconscious agendas of personalities which subconsciously control thoughts and words and actions) will also be removed.

In the end, “Full Realization” comes when all ignorance is removed, along with all of the distortions, illusions, delusions, and accumulated “learned ignorance” which accompany programming, conditioning, etc.

The “aim” is not to use the mind to learn and store even more ignorant and insane ideas and concepts and impressions and theories and views (a.k.a., “beliefs”) but is to return to the “Child Ignorance Stage” (which Maharaj described as a “no-mind,” “non-dual,” “zero concepts” state) and then lighten up by discarding the totality of the mind's content which, again, is made up of ignorant and insane ideas and concepts and impressions and theories and views (a.k.a., “beliefs”).

The invitation: got ahead and take whatever steps are required for you to “realize,” but only if you understand that realization is nothing more than “the opposite of ignorance.”
 
To be continued.

Please enter into the silence of contemplation.

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