Thursday, May 19, 2016

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

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So the three personality disorders which are referred to collectively as the “The Dark Triad” have been identified and discussed in general terms. They include: The Narcissistic Personality Disorder (or The God Complex Disorder); the Sociopathic Personality Disorder; and the Psychopathic Personality Disorder.

As with all personality identifications and the accompanying personality disorders, those three mark and mar the relative existence of far more people than most will ever realize. But what of those who claim to have transitioned beyond "things relative" and now abide as "Something Noumenal"?

For those who claim the “status” of “Full Realization" or "Full Enlightenment" and thus claim to be “a Supreme Self” who is "at one with God" or who is "god-like" or who is, technically, “God, period,” the "Dark Triad" personality disorder which is definitely at play should now be clear. Claiming such status and believing that one has reached some "higher level"  is what “Noumenal narcissism” looks like when it runs amok, and that picture is no prettier than the ones of “phenomenal narcissism” when it runs amok. 

Maharaj: "There is no question of elevating to a higher level. Here it is only a question of understanding."

Understanding what, among other things? Understanding the validity of both identity-less-ness and Identity-less-ness. 

Michael Reisig wrote the following about a character in one of his novels: 

“There was just a weird malevolence that exuded from him – an indifference to fear, conscience, or consequence that stared back at you thorough those strange eyes. Most of us, even the ‘tough guys,’ generally have limits to what we’ll do, how far we’ll go in a given circumstance. But there are some people with whom you realize intrinsically that there are just no limits, no boundaries to restraint, no scruples, and those are the really frightening people.” 

Those types are most often persons who are being driven by the agenda of either the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (or The God Complex Disorder); or the agenda of the Sociopathic Personality Disorder; or the agenda of the Psychopathic Personality Disorder; or by elements of the agendas of all three. 

The only difference in the three disorders is the degree to which their malevolence has manifested; the degree to which their conscience is not functioning; the level of their indifference to consequence and their indifference regarding the feelings of others; the degree to which there are no limits to what they are willing to say and no limits to what they are willing to do; the degree to which normal limiting boundaries which restrain normal people are not functioning in them; and the degree to which their unscrupulousness presently exists. 

Now some persons (also mentally sick) can actually admire narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths, claiming, “They tell it like it is,” but how would their admirers like it if a narcissist, sociopath, or psychopath said, “Hey Buddy, your wife is the ugliest woman I’ve ever seen” or “Hey lady, that butt of yours is three times wider than it should be, so how about backing off the groceries a bit”? 

Wouldn't like that? Why not? Isn’t that just 'telling it like it is'? No, it is not. It is merely proof that narcissism or sociopathy or psychopathy or all three are manifesting alongside a full-blown case of assholism, another now-prevalent symptom of the Ultimate Sickness.

The fact is, narcissists and sociopaths and psychopaths are not about the business of telling it like it is; instead, they are actually telling anyone who is awake enough to see and conscious enough to hear and aware enough to realize that narcissists and sociopaths and psychopaths are like six-year-olds who were spoiled by parents who set no boundaries; they are telling one and all that they have no conscience; 

they are telling one and all that the part of their brain which regulates impulse control in a normal brain is damaged in their case – that they are literally brain-damaged humans; that they are dangerous, relatively speaking; and that they are indeed either narcissists, sociopaths, psychopaths or a combination of all three. 

Solutions? First, for narcissism: 

Lose all concern with both self and Self. 

In the beginning, Maharaj lost interest in self:

Maharaj: “During your entire lifetime, you do not have any permanent identity. Whatever you consider yourself to be changes from moment to moment. Nothing is constant."


“You have been continuously changing; you are in a state of flux. No identity of yours has remained as a permanent feature.” 

Also early on, Maharaj spoke much of Identity and “finding the True Self.” Later, he abandoned that, saying "I got involved in spirituality, in the business of spirituality; finally, I lost that love of Self also. I have no more love for the Self" 


"I have no form, no identity." 

Six years ago, this was shared: 

Only personas (roles, personalities, stage characters, false identities, ego-states, etc.) have wants or desires and fear. 

The questions then become, "WHO wants self-ness?" and "WHO desires Self-ness?" and "WHO fears no-self-ness and no-Self-ness?" All of that deals only with the personal (or so-called "Personal"), which is rooted in personality and which, in turn, is always marked by fears and desires. 

Maharaj said, "This knowledge is for those who have no desires." And it is for those who have no fears - no fear of "losing face," of losing identity, of forfeiting relative identifications, or of abandoning lofty or superior or "Supreme" identifications beyond the relative ones adopted. WHO rejects Maharaj's pointer that "you have no identity" (and that would include no phenomenal identity and no noumenal identity)? 

WHO is opposed to no identity at all? One sign of Full Realization is that accumulating stops and de-accumulation begins, so how can some claim that they "have Realized" and in the same breath lay claim to all sorts of "new and improved and even grander roles," associated with the THAT-ness or with something "Supreme"? WHO desires something that is thought to be "Supreme"? 

WHO are those still attached to some forms of WHO-ness, which they take to be their "advanced" identity? WHO has accumulated a new identity that is supposedly "different from" and "on a higher plane than" all former identities? WHO rejects that which is simply natural in favor of that which is thought to be supernatural (but is not)? 

Most persons believe that their phenomenal roles define them and expand them and make them more than they would be otherwise; similarly, most persons who assume Noumenal or spiritual or supernatural identities believe that their "noble" and even "elevated" identities make them different and better and Special.

No person in either of those groups has actually attained wisdom. If they had, then their narcissism would have vanished, their arrogance would have vanished, their egotism would have vanished and they would truly understand this: 

“Wisdom is knowing I am nothing.” 

 See? I am nothing. Both identity-less and Identity-less.

“Bragging rights” only manifest when one takes himself / herself to be something (or Something, including Something Really Special . . . Something Really Supreme). Either way, it’s evidence of the presence of full-blown narcissism. 

To be continued.

Please enter into the silence of contemplation.


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Above all, Grandmother was what some nowadays call “fully realised.” 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. 

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