Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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

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Heaviness comes with ideas, concepts, notions, thoughts, (a.k.a., beliefs”); with minds stuffed chock full of what Maharaj called “ignorance and insanity”; and with personal identifications which are always driven obsessively to work and maneuver and fight to try to have their fears assuaged and to have their desires met. 

In the new season of “Game of Thrones” on HBO, all the talk is presently about the magical resurrection of Jon Snow, but a few interested in non-duality are discussing the events surrounding Arya Stark. At the end of the last season, Arya was in a dungeon and inquired about the identity of the person on the floor with the face of Jaqen H'ghar. 

"Jaqen" is actually just an assumed identity of one of “the Faceless Men of Braavos,” a feared order of mysterious assassins with the ability to change their appearance at will. (Consider the non-dual message in that.) Jaqen, in the Waif's body, says that he is “no one” (another non-dual message), but Arya begins to remove multiple faces off the person on the floor, (a third non-dual message) until she sees her own face (a fourth non-dual message). She then begins to lose her sight, as her eyes turn white and she screams for help. She ends up a beggar on the street.

In the most recent episode this season, after being hit by the Waif's rod, Arya tries to strike back with her rod, only to have it caught in mid-air by Jaqen H'ghar, who seemingly replaced the Waif. He promises that if she says her name, he will provide her shelter and clothes and will have her eyesight restored; however, Arya resisted the temptation and continues to say that she has no name (non-dual). Satisfied, he tells Arya to follow him and that she is a beggar no more. 

Regarding those subtle, non-dual pointers, consider Maharaj’s related pointers: 

“There is the identity of what you are and there is the person superimposed on it.” 

“The identity is the witness of the person and sadhana consists in shifting the emphasis from the superficial and changeful person to the immutable and ever-present witness.” 

“Realize that all is one.” 

Of “the realized one,” Maharaj said: “Outwardly it may appear that he has desires and is trying to fulfill them. But, ultimately, when he knows that he has no identity, he is the Absolute. Then, who is going to benefit from these desires? Who is even concerned with them?” 

What did he consider to be “the highest” or the farthest point along the “path”? "To vanish and be lost or submerged in this vast unknown,” he said. That is, to be “no one.” 

Maharaj made clear that identification with the body and with the mind and with anything that is personal (or Personal) must end. Even “Personal identities” such as "A Supreme This" or "An Infinite That” are to be discarded? Yes. 

He said, "I got involved in spirituality, in the business of spirituality, [but] finally I lost that love of Self also. I have no more love for the Self." 

Relatedly, he said, "I am double dead: not only am I dead to my body, but to my mind, too" and “I find I have lost the mind irretrievably." 

So, no body identification, no mind identifications (which is where personal identities and Personal Identities are stored) and no “Personal” or “Supreme” or Infinite” Identities, either. Again, heaviness comes with ideas, concepts, notions, thoughts, (a.k.a., beliefs”); with minds stuffed chock full of what Maharaj called “ignorance and insanity”; and with personal and Personal identifications which are always willing to work and maneuver and even fight to have their fears assuaged and their desires met. 

“Lightment,” a sense of lightness, comes when notions about being “somebody” or “Somebody” end and when an unwavering and resolute sense of being “no one” is understood. My Cherokee Grandmother / Medicine Woman / Healer never once said “I am Cherokee” or “I am your grandmother” or “I am a healer.” In her case, she was “no one.” 

Instead of assuming multiple false identities (as always happens when the consciousness is blocked by ideas, concepts, notions, thoughts, a.k.a., "beliefs"), she spoke as the pure, universal consciousness and pointed often to the unicity, to the oneness, and to the “real state of atonement” which comes with an understanding of “at-one-ment.” 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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