Friday, April 22, 2016

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

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In CHAPTER NINETEEN of The Relative Results of Returning to "The Child Ignorance Stage" or "The Child No-Knowing State," a chapter entitled “The Futility of Seeking Identity,” this is offered: 

Sara Gruen wrote in Water for Elephants, "Sometimes when you get older . . . , things you think on and wish on start to seem real. And then you believe them, and before you know it, they're a part of your history, and if someone challenges you on them and says they're not true -- why, then you get offended." 

The content of the book The Relative Results of Returning to "The Child Ignorance Stage" or "The Child No-Knowing State" can, in fact, assist seekers who would truly comprehend the reality of "no concept," of "no duality," of "no something," and even of "no nothing." (Those are excerpts taken from the book "From the ABSOLUTE to the NOTHINGNESS") 

In the U.S. where religion is not supposed to be a prerequisite for holding political office but usually is, there is an endless stream of charges hurled back and forth during campaigns: 

With John Kennedy: "He's a Catholic so he'll have to take orders from the pope about how to run the country. We can't have that." 

With Barak Obama: "He says he's a Christian, but he is not." 

or 

“When Obama says he's a Christian, he's lying. He's really a Muslim." 

A wife playing the role of "The Super Christian" explained to her husband why she was ending their marriage: "You are not even a Christian." 

However, when a “realized teacher” says, "You are not a religious person and you are not a spiritual person, there is no such judgment going on as was the case with the examples above. The point here is that YOU ARE NOT ANY KIND OF PERSON because YOU ARE NOT A PERSON AT ALL. 

That is not a judgment about "the quality of one's religious or spiritual state." It is a statement of fact. To emphasis the earlier point, you are presently a composite unity of elements, air, and temporarily-manifested energy with the ability to be conscious-of, and not some "one" or "person." 

Again, the elements cannot be religious or spiritual, the air cannot be religious or spiritual, and the conscious-energy cannot be religious or spiritual. 

If that is understood, then it can also be understood that there is no one to be offended by reading the words of "the maverick Maharaj" when he said, 

“Whatever you have tried to understand during your spiritual search will prove false" 

 or 

"When the birth is disproved, the great noble meaning of spirituality and the meaning of this world—everything—is disproved" 

or 

“I have no faith in anything which has ever been told, not even what has been told by the Vedas." 

And if all of that is understood, then it can also be understood that the only thing which can supposedly "feel offense" is also an ego-state, a false assumed identity. Only a false self can feel any offense when hearing Maharaj report that 

"The sum total of my spirituality now is nothing. Even that word 'nothing' is not there, so there is no spirituality left." 

and

"Forget spirituality." 

and

"Just give up spirituality." 

If a sense of feeling offended occurs, the suggestion is to find WHO - to find what ego-state - is feeling offense. Again, neither earth elements nor air nor conscious-energy can register offense, but false, personality identifications most certainly can.

The only "thing" that can ever feel interfered with or threatened or hurt is an identity, and all identities (including the ones that cultures call "the good ones" and the ones that cultures call "the bad ones") are still man-made identities. That is why Maharaj said: 

"Whatever spiritual things you aspire to know are all happening in this objective world, in the illusion. All this is happening in the objective world. All is dishonesty. There is no truth in this fraud." 

To be continued.

Please enter into the silence of contemplation.

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