Friday, May 27, 2016

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

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The disorders grouped into what is called “The Dark Triad” offer examples of three of the most adverse ways by which personality (and the disorders which always accompany them) impact the relative existence. Granted, there are many disorders which have been addressed here with seekers and there are many examples of persons (1) becoming aware of the personalities / personas / roles which have been driving their thoughts and words and actions and subsequently (2) being freed from those influences. 

In the case of those with “The Dark Triad” disorders, however, little or no change or freedom has come. Narcissists will usually remain narcissists. As for sociopaths and psychopaths, this was offered by one who is versed in the field to explain why they will likely never be freed from being driven by the agendas of their disorders: 

"There are structural abnormalities in the brains of psychopaths (and the same have been found in the brains of many sociopaths), so treatment methods are often ineffective. Some studies have obtained far from optimistic results, ranging from little improvement in psychopathy with treatment to treatment seeming to exacerbate psychopathic behavior."

For those who hope that the sociopaths or psychopaths in their lives might eventually change, consider that fact: even if they seek treatment, which they are never likely to do, oftern the treatment makes their disorder worse because they become enraged by any suggestion that they have certain flaws which need to be addressed.

Because of that fact, the case here is that decades have been spent working with those who would be free of the effects of other personality disorders, but no time is wasted on those displaying the Sociopathic Personality Disorder or the Psychopathic Personality Disorder. (Narcissists are given a chance, but usually they will be sent on their way promptly if they make clear that they, too, are going to be resistant to truth.)

In the case of other disorders, some of which also generate serious relative consequences, there is often a chance that change can come. In the case of all who are lost in their body identification and mind identification and personality identifications, change has been seen if the willingness and the readiness are both present. In such cases, the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness (which Maharaj identified as “ignorance, stupidity, and insanity”) can be addressed, sometimes via the non-dual understanding but in other cases through treatment by qualified professionals.

Presently in the U.S. and in far too many other places around the globe, the case if that those symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness are now actually being lauded.

For example, a man who will be one of the two major party candidates running for the office of the President of the United States this year - when a poll revealed that his supporters are often among the the less educated - said: “I love the poorly educated!” Wonder why?

Linguists, researchers, and journalists have used an algorithm known as the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test which analyses a speaker's word choice, sentence structure, etc. and then calculates a grade-level ranking. The test measures the complexity or simplicity of a speaker's diction and syntax and then determines the level of education which is the equivalent of that level vocabulary, sentence structure, etc. The test revealed that the candidate speaks at a 4th grade level, indicating that his communication skills are same as a child with only a fourth grade education.

The greatest problem facing humanity is this: the Ultimate Sickness is spreading and becoming more prevalent, and there are those who – rather than trying to be free of the symptoms such as ignorance – are instead ennobling ignorance. 

In August of 2008, Candidate Barack Obama addressed the core issue with certain politicians who hate science and facts and who prefer to tap into their supporters' preference for a Christian home schooling curriculum and who disdain public education and who really hate universities and formal learning in general. Of those, he said: 

"It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant." 

Earlier this month while offering a commencement address at a university, he said: 

“In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue“ 

and 

“It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about. That’s not keeping it real, or telling it like it is. That’s not challenging political correctness. That’s just not knowing what you’re talking about.” 

He added: 

“When our leaders express a disdain for facts, when they’re not held accountable for repeating falsehoods, and just making stuff up while actual experts are dismissed as ‘elitists,’ then we’ve got a problem. The rejection of facts, the rejection of reason and science, that is the path to decline.” 

His words might be unique in both of those speeches, but his pointers adumbrate a message which is as old as that offered by the first "non-dualist" who realized - as Maharaj did eventually - that the problems of humanity center in the mind. 

That was exactly the conclusion Maharaj finally reached. Thus he said, alluding to the roots of the Ultimate Sickness / the Ultimate Illness: 

"All illness begins in the mind." 

"Your confusion is . . . in your mind." 

"Distrust your mind, and go beyond." 

"There is no chaos in the world except the chaos which your mind creates." 

" . . . The mind obscures and distorts." 

"It is the mind that creates illusion." 

"Don't rely on your mind for liberation. It is the mind that brought you into bondage. Go beyond it altogether." 

And where are assigned and assumed personality identifications stored? In the mind, of course. It’s all related.

Both ignorance and identification bring heaviness and darkness. The antidote? 

“The Light Triads,” which include: 

1. true modesty
2. humility
3. awareness 

1. empathy
2. a sense of oneness
3. an ability to differentiate between “love” and Real Love

1. Freedom from learned ignorance
2. access to wisdom
3. being sane

1. Knowing all that you are not
2. abiding naturally rather than unnaturally or supernaturally
3. functioning spontaneously 

and

1. casting aside all beliefs
2. being identity-less
3. being concept-less . . . 

. . . to name but a few. 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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