Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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

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Yesterday, the second of the three personality disorders which make up “The Dark Triad” (namely, the Sociopathic Personality Disorder) was discussed. Today, the third - the Psychopathic Personality Disorder - will be discussed. (Site visitors are invited to note the common traits shared by all three of "The Dark Triad" disorders, often only varying in the degree to which the traits have manifested and are being played out). 

Scott Bonn, Ph.D., who wrote "How to Tell a Sociopath from a Psychopath," shared the following: 

“Many forensic psychologists, psychiatrists and criminologists use the terms sociopathy and psychopathy interchangeably. Leading experts disagree on whether there are meaningful differences between the two conditions. I contend that there are clear and significant distinctions between them."

“These disorders share many common behavioral traits which lead to the confusion between them. Key traits that sociopaths and psychopaths share include a disregard for laws and social mores, a disregard for the rights of others, a failure to feel remorse or guilt and a tendency to display violent behavior.” 

Yet, “in addition to their commonalities, sociopaths and psychopaths also have their own unique behavioral characteristics, as well.” 

“Sociopaths tend to be nervous and easily agitated. They are volatile and prone to emotional outbursts, including fits of rage. It is difficult but not impossible for sociopaths to form attachments with others. Many sociopaths are able to form an attachment to a particular individual or group, although they have no regard for society in general or its rules. Often being rage-driven, as they are, any violence or crime committed by a sociopath will tend to be haphazard rather than planned.” 

“Psychopaths are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities. They are very manipulative and can easily gain people’s trust. They learn to mimic emotions, despite their inability to actually feel them, and will appear normal to unsuspecting people. Psychopaths are often well educated and hold steady jobs. Some are so good at manipulation and mimicry that they have families and other long-term relationships without those around them ever suspecting their true nature.” 

“Unlike their sociopathic counterparts, psychopaths can be cool, calm, and meticulous. Their actions, whether violent or non-violent, will be highly organized. Intelligent psychopaths make excellent white-collar criminals and 'con artists' due to their calm and charismatic natures.” 

"The cause of psychopathy is different from the cause of sociopathy. It has been seen that genetics may play some role in the development of the Psychopathic Personality Disorder while the Sociopathic Personality Disorder is more likely the result of one’s early environment. Psychopathy may well be related to a physiological defect that results in the underdevelopment of the part of the brain which is responsible for impulse control."

[That defect will often result in the manifestation of emotional intoxication which, in itself, is most often directly related to personality assumption.]

"Sociopathy, on the other hand, is more likely the product of childhood trauma and physical abuse and / or mental abuse and / or emotional abuse. Because sociopathy appears to be learned rather than innate, sociopaths are capable of empathy in certain limited circumstances but not in others, and with a few individuals but not others."

"Psychopathy is the most dangerous of all of the Antisocial Personality Disorders because of the way psychopaths dissociate emotionally from their actions, regardless of how extreme the consequences." Their relative harms may manifest with families, on statewide levels, on national levels, and on international levels as well. The Advaitin Yeshu’a (“Jesus”) said that “dual-minded persons are unstable in all ways.” 

Because duality has prevailed on the planet for so long, the masses have usually always been in a state of flux. Some historians have traced the way that the pendulum of history is forever swinging, noting that the masses on the planet swing from darkness to light; from living in periods of ignorance to living in ages of reason; from governments run by heads of state who advocate for expanding the freedom and rights of people to governments run by heads of state who reduce the freedom of people and restrict or eliminate their rights; 

from economically-prosperous times to times of recessions and depressions; from times of global fighting and war and misery and suffering (e.g., WWI) to periods of peace and light-heartedness (e.g., the “Roaring Twenties”) and then back to times of global fighting and war and misery and suffering (e.g., WWII). 

It has been seen that the periods of war and the greatest suffering happen (1) when fears prevail; (2) when fear morphs into anger; (3) when there come forth leaders or would-be leaders who take advantage of the fear and anger of the masses; and (4) when a prevalence of leaders on the world stage display the personality traits associated with “The Dark Triad.” 

[Ego-state-based fear and anger is the cause of conflict and suffering in persons, in the home, in the community, etc. When its spread reaches global proportion, prepare for war.] 

Where has the attitudinal shift of the people of the planet moved the masses since the most recent economic crash? To the far-right. Whether one looks at the “through-the-roof” levels of religious extremism; or at the extreme countermeasures against religious extremists by other religious extremists; or whether one observes the agendas of France’s extremist National Front; or witnesses the agenda of the Alternative for Germany Party; 

or observes the populist, anti-immigration Dutch Freedom Party; or witnesses Italy’s far-right Northern League; or looks at Pegida UK (the British affiliate of a German anti-Islam protest group); or the many other examples of Europe’s ultra-conservative, populist and nationalist movements; or at the rising normalization by leaders and would-be leaders who are displaying the traits of “The Dark Triad” disorders - including in the U.S. those currently being attracted by the latest far-right conservative, populist and nationalist movement - the end result is this: 

those displaying their “Dark Triad” traits in public forums embolden and further enrage through the use of lies and distortions and hate-fueled words the angriest persons in any given society to become their followers who will join with them in spreading bigotry; identifying and seeking out and attacking scapegoats; inciting political violence; and allowing their xenophobic and racist and misogynistic beliefs to inspire violent actions against “others” whom they consider to be “different” and therefore “less than” and “not as good as.” 

Duality breeds duality, but in times of economic hardship, duality also breeds fear and anger and fighting and even killing . . . in homes, in the office, in traffic, across regions of nations, and around the globe as nations fight with other nations. If those with “The Dark Triad” disorders prevail, in the home, in the workplace, or in the seats of government, then instability and conflict and chaos are assured to reign. 

Seldom has the need for the non-dual understanding been so obvious, but seldom throughout history, when that call went out, was it heard in time to thwart the effects imposed on so many people by so few “non-Realized” types. 

The consequences assured to come with “movements” which are rooted in non-duality and which have leaders displaying the traits of “The Dark Triad” disorders (leaders who are “unstable in all ways”) can only be avoided in countries where voters still have a say and where even the slightest majority are not yet totally lost in the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness (identified by Maharaj as “ignorance, stupidity and insanity”); 

where even the slightest majority of the people there yet have some capacity for feeling Love and empathy; and where the spread of non-duality has not led the majority away from the light and into absolute darkness. In such cases, that slight majority can prevent these scales from tipping to the far right: 

The same applies in the home where dualistic thinking and talking and behaving are manifest: if duality can be held in check, if empathy and Love can manifest, if wisdom is sought and found in order to displace the effects of ignorance and insanity, then peace can also manifest in the home. 

Most will never be able to affect local and state and national and international events, no matter how often and how much their egotism provides a message to the contrary. Most could bring about certain relative changes in truly amazing ways if only they could open themselves to hearing and understanding what the non-dual teachings offer.

To be continued.

Please enter into the silence of contemplation.


The book What a Cherokee Grandmother Passed On to a Grandson (100 pages with pictures) explains how is came to be that, by the ages of 5 and 6, I was already being offered pointers toward the non-dual understanding. And what astounding levels of duality I had already been exposed to! The contrasts are illustrated via the differences between being raised in the darkness of an inner city vs. spending time in the forests with a Cherokee Grandmother and seeing the light. 

The book contains a discussion of how duality is modeled and copied by children who then become entrapped in dualistic thinking and talking and behaving for their entire relative existence; how some few are fortunate enough to be exposed to a 180-degree-opposite alternative; and how some will pursue that opposite mode of functioning and witnessing and seeing which can allow those few to have an opportunity to be freed from the darkness and to abide in the light. 

Above all, Grandmother was what some nowadays call “fully realized.” Was she also “a teacher” of non-duality? Yes and no. She passed on non-duality not as much by offering non-dual pointers as by modeling non-duality all day, every day, for her entire relative existence. 

Everything she taught was consistent with what Maharaj taught, and if ever anyone adhered to the nisarga (natural) lifestyle throughout an entire relative existence, it was Grandmother. She pointed the way to me, and she can also point the way to you as well by way of what she taught, some of which is shared in this book. 

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