Thursday, May 05, 2016

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

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Consider: Maharaj has been criticized by some who note that he was “irresolute” and “indecisive” in the version of the Ultimate Medicine which he offered over the years in order to try to address the Ultimate Sickness. After abandoning the use of a religious / non-dual compounded version of the Medicine and a spiritual / non-dual compounded version of the Medicine, certainly the charges of being “irresolute” and “indecisive” might seem valid. 

Yet of all the criticisms aimed by some at Maharaj, he never wavered in terms of what he diagnosed as the source of humankind’s problems, namely, the dualistic thinking patterns of humanity which are rooted in their dualistic beliefs. His only "vacillations" came as he searched by experiment and experience for the most effective method of treating those duality-based problems. 

The pointer “A dual-minded person is unstable in all ways” has been credited to a fellow named Yeshu'a (erroneously called “Jesus” nowadays) who offered certain non-dual teachings in his final years. Over 1900+ years later, Maharaj also spoke of the instability and chaos which come with the Ultimate Sickness and with its dual-mindedness and with its “ignorance” and “insanity” which manifest as a result of ignorant and insane programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing and indoctrination. 

That humanity’s main problem has long been properly identified by many Eastern sages has seldom been debated. The problem with treating "The Problem" has been with properly identifying an effective method of treatment which results in an actual and lasting solution. 

Dogma has long provided a temporary sense of relief for some (often by encouraging dissociation from problems or denial of one's problems); spirituality has provided a temporary sense of relief for some (often encouraging mental and emotional escapism from problems rather than addressing the actual psychological issues which are at the root of their problems). 

Some say, "Temporary? Really? I don't think so." Well, look at the behavioral patterns of those seeking via dogma: they go to what they take to be a “special” place for treatment for what ails them, and they go once a week or three days a week or daily or even five times a day. That clearly indicates that dogma offers only a temporary break from one's problems.

Look, too, at the behavioral patterns of those seeking via spirituality: they go on a daily basis to what they take to be a “special” place for treatment for what ails them (many nodding their heads in their sleep as they blindly agree to settle for a treatment plan which they are told up front can only provides "a daily reprieve" . . . a treatment plan which is only effective for twenty-four hours, max. Really? That plan is acceptable?) 

Eastern philosophical systems have done the same; cults and sky cults have done the same; ideological groups have done the same; self-help groups have done the same. The "Grand Fallacy" of all of those approaches? The Sickness is rooted in what has been added to the minds of persons.  And the "Great Irony" of their "Grand Fallacies"? All of their approaches add even more to the minds of persons. 

The Medicine which Maharaj settled on in the end involves (a) seeing and acknowledging the real root of the problems of humanity which all center in the mind in order to (b) encourage seekers to take the necessary steps to be rid of the mind completely. 

Neither the solutions which Maharaj pointed to nor the solutions which are offered nowadays by trained psychologists and other mental healthcare professionals have anything to do with religion or spirituality or finding “The Supreme Self.” [The exceptions: self-identified "Christian Counselors," "Gay Reparative and Conversion Counselors," and others of their ilk.]

Other than what those types share, what Maharaj discussed in the end - and what trained, truly professional mental healthcare workers discuss now - has everything to do with the psychological roots of humanity's problems. That is what psychologists focus on, and that is what "Maharaj the Psychologist" focused on after his failures with the use of religious and spiritual methodologies to try to address the Ultimate Sickness. What is to be addressed, therefore, are the psychological issues . . . the mind issues. 

So if not the holy and spiritual plans which are being set forth by the persons who are leading / misleading the masses, then what should be focused upon, according to what Maharaj eventually came to understand as a more appropriate treatment plan? 

According to Maharaj, the mind. The Ultimate Sickness is a mental sickness, so only by addressing the mental issues can healing come. Thus, he said: 

"All illness begins in the mind." 

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

"Whatever is conceived by the mind must be false, for it is bound to be relative and limited." 

"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." 

"There is no such thing as peace of mind. Mind means disturbance. Restlessness itself is mind." 

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

"Beyond the mind there is no suffering." 

So if the problem centers in the mind, and since a sick mind - obviously - cannot heal a sick mind, then what is the solution, per Maharaj? 

"Stop making use of your mind and see what happens." 

"Learn to separate yourself from the image and the mirror. Keep on remembering: I am neither the mind nor its ideas." 

"There is no such thing as mind. There are ideas . . . ." 

"Abandon the wrong ideas, for they are false and obstruct your vision . . . ." 

"The death of the mind is the birth of wisdom." 

"To know that you are a prisoner of your mind - that you live in an imaginary world of your own creation - is the dawn of wisdom." 

So what was his state in the end, the state which ultimately freed him and led to the birth of his wisdom? It was a no-mind state: 

"There is no such thing as a mind." 

"I have no mind . . . ." 

Want to be free of the mind? Maharaj advised: 

"Reach a state of zero-concepts." 

"As to my mind, I have no such thing. There is consciousness in which everything happens." 

"I am double dead: not only am I dead to my body, but to my mind, too." 

"I find I have lost the mind irretrievably." 

It is the mind which is a storehouse for body and personality identifications. 

It is the mind which is a storehouse for dualistic and, therefore, bogus ideas and concepts and notions and misperceptions (a.k.a., “beliefs”) which generate instability and chaos and misery and suffering. 

It is the mind which is a storehouse of the ignorant and insane beliefs which were planted therein by ignorant and insane programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing and indoctrination. 

It is the mind which is a storehouse of all which imprisons persons. 

It is the mind which is a storehouse to all which results in a false sense of different-from-ment which – in turn – always leads to a subsequent sense of better-than-ment. 

It is the mind, being the storehouse of beliefs about different-from-ment and better-than-ment, which leads to a false sense of separation which then sets the stage for arguments, nonsensical disagreements, fighting, conflict, killing, wars, chaos, pain, misery, and suffering. 

It is the mind which is a storehouse of learned ignorance, personality disorders, and the neuroses and psychoses which can follow as personality disorders disintegrate into a state of severe psychic unhealthiness. 

At every step, the long and arduous “path” which was followed here for decades involved dealing with persons who were all determined to use their dogma or exercises or beliefs or methods to add more to the mind, touting the need for more dogma, more spiritual exercises, more philosophy, more ideology, more (but different) beliefs, ad infinitum

The long and arduous search ended when it became clear that (1) all of the stuff in the mind was the actual source of every problem, the mind being the origin of every problem; and that (2) the solution did indeed call for de-accumulation . . . that is, called for entering into a process of being un-taught all of it; called for entering into a process of un-learning it all; 

and called for casting aside all of the nonsense which had been added to and stored in a part of the brain which would be called “the mind” and which would lead to decades of ignorant and nonsensical and insane actions which led to massive levels of misery and suffering that did not end until the mind came to an end. 

How to end the mind, the entire content of which can all be summarized with the term, “one’s beliefs”? Abandon all beliefs. 

No beliefs? No mind. 

No mind? No stone walls. 

No stone walls? Freedom. 

As has been noted here, each belief, each assumed persona, and each scrap of learned ignorance which is all stored in the mind . . . each of those becomes one of the many bars which are used to form the prison of the mind. 

 Want to be freed from prison? Cut away the bars of beliefs; the bars of identifications (or "Identification"); and the bars of taught and learned ignorance. 

Only then can you be free of dualistic thinking, and only free of dualistic thinking can you be truly free; and only if truly free of the effects of all of the heavy, burdensome nonsense stored in the mind can a sense of lightness manifest once again; and only if a sense of heaviness ends and a sense of lightness returns can you be happy. 

(As Maharaj said, “It really is simple,” yes?) 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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