Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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

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As this series moves closer to its end, a key point will be reviewed. In CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT of The Relative Results of Returning to "The Child Ignorance Stage" or "The Child No-Knowing State" entitled If Only You Can Reach at Least the Fourth of Seven Steps, this is offered:

If you only reach the fourth step of seven on the "path" from identification with the false "I" to abidance as the Absolute (that is, if you only reach the Child Ignorance Stage or the Child No-Knowing Stage), then you will still have transitioned beyond body-mind-personality identification. No personality (or persona, role, character, actor, ego-state, false self, guise, facade, front, or individual) will be erroneously assumed as an identity; 

furthermore, there can no longer be even the slightest sign of any pretense, cover-up, deception, disguise, pose, impersonation, pretending, subterfuge, concealment, scheme, plot or masquerade. There will be no belief that you can become something other than that which you have been, are, and shall forever be, and what that s involves no who-ness, no self-ness, non-Selfness. Please consider again the pointer offered earlier: 

After having seen the results of the personality disorders that follow the development of personality, and after having seen the relative effects of the assignment or assumption of personalities / personas as identities, is it not clear why the invitation here is to at least "go back" as far as "The Child Ignorance Stage" / "The Child No-Knowing State" and then abide in a manner that is free of concepts and beliefs, free of a fiction-filled "mind," and free of the personalities that are at the root of all of the ignorance and chaos and mental disorders and insanity that plague the relative existence on this planet? 

Only then can one return to that earlier state of happiness that allowed for the enjoyment of unconditional happiness (as long as the most basic needs of food and clothing and shelter were met). Now, consider that state and what it can offer to an adult presently engaged in "seeking." 

Consider also the condition of the consciousness during the early days of its manifestation in any given space or form, as discussed in the introduction to this book: There comes with each form or space a seed of consciousness. One property of that seed is "conscious-of-ness," that is, the ability to be conscious of consciousness. That property of the seed allows the form to be conscious of itself, that is, to be conscious of its beingness ... of its present existence . . . of its Is-ness . . . of its AM-ness. 

Another property of the seeds of consciousness when manifested early on is to be aware of the unicity, the Oneness; thus, over a period of approximately 20-24 months, a child senses that it is its mother and that its mother is it. One. No separation. No duality. 

As the child enters into that age bracket from two to three - an age span known in some cultures as "the Terrible Two's" - a shift occurs. The shift is discussed in detail in the author's book on "Programming," but the short version is this: 

During the early no-mind phase referred to herein as "The Child Ignorance Stage" or "The Child No-Knowing State," the child is witnessing in a subject-object manner but is also witnessing purely (that is, the child is sensing the Oneness). 

The child takes that familiar voice that was heard while the child was in the womb - and then takes the source of that voice that the child finally sees during the post-womb days - to be the child itself . . . its self. That identification with the mother continues until the child begins to take notice of its own body and begins to notice that its body is separate from the mother's body. 

As a result, the child begins automatically to develop a sense of self without ever having chosen to do so. Only Subject-Object Witnessing remains because the earlier form of "Pure Witnessing" which sensed the Oneness comes to an end. With that belief, a sense of duality begins, spontaneously, at that point. Everything that the child will be taught from that point on will reinforce a sense of duality and separation and distance while pushing the individual - the developing persona / personas - farther and farther away from that original sense of the Oneness. 

Soon, the desires of that "individuated self" take preference over the wishes of the mother, and what was labeled as "mommie's little angel" turns into what will be labeled as a "Terrible Two" or a "little devil." Then an onslaught of programming and conditioning - alongside a heavy dose of domestication and acculturation - begins as efforts are made to teach the child who it is, what it is, what is right and wrong, what is okay and not okay, what the child must stop doing, and what the child should always do instead. 

At that point, the seeds of learned ignorance take root and begin to form a "mind" that will be filled with fiction and non-truths and myth-and-superstition-based teachings that are presented as "the gospel truth" . . . as "the never-to-be-questioned truth." The seeds of ignorance at that point take root and begin to choke out the seeds of pure consciousness. 

The result is the "contaminated mind" which blocks the consciousness, blocks it from seeing clearly. The process that is presented by the author is a seven-step process of "going back" to the weed-free condition that existed prior to being subjected to the learned ignorance that came via programming, conditioning, domestication, and acculturation, but even if only four of seven steps are completed, an amazing shift can happen: 

Maharaj: "By knowing what you are not, you are free of it and remain in your own natural state. It all happens quite spontaneously and effortlessly" 

and 

Maharaj: "You need not know 'What You Are'. Enough to know what you are not." 

It is at the end of the third of the seven steps offered here that you will come to know what you are not, and that itself can be enough. The result of programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, indoctrination and brainwashing is that all persons who are subjected to nonsense early on will try to abide supernaturally (a.k.a., unnaturally and abnormally) as opposed to abiding naturally. 

The process of going back with your guide / guru to that earlier "blank tablet" state is that the guru can hit a "reset button," so to speak, and the process can unfold again but, this time, in the natural way that does not result in the acceptance of nonsensical ideas and concepts and beliefs and falsehoods as truth. 

The "path" to Realization provides a means that is similar to the way by which a garden can be cleansed of weeds. In the case of the earnest seeker, the weeds can be cleared away so that the seeds of consciousness can bloom in the natural way that would have happened in the absence of being taught nonsense: 

Maharaj: "This work of mental self-purification, the cleansing of the psyche, is essential" 

and 

"Being free from the false is 'good' in itself; it wants no reward. It is just like being clean - which is its own reward." 

The invitation is to clean out the weeds (the nonsense) from the mental garden so that the seeds of consciousness can bloom in the way that nature intended: naturally. 

When nisarga, natural living happens, you will not believe that you are something that you are not, and you will not believe that you can become something other than - or in addition to - what is real. And what is the relative existence like after that understanding comes? Consider: 

Maharaj: "By knowing what you are not, you are free of it and remain in your own natural state. It all happens quite spontaneously and effortlessly." 

When the child's basic requirements of food and (dry) clothing and shelter were met, there were no desires and fears (which are a product of personality assumption and the fiction-filled "mind" that is the storehouse of personalities and personal, false identities). 

The invitation from Maharaj: "Turn away from your desires and fears and from the thoughts they create and you are at once in your natural state." Then there will be no need to search for happiness for one will be abiding in the same state of unconditional happiness that was last experienced while in "the Child No-Knowing State": 

Maharaj: "All search for happiness is misery and leads to more misery. The only happiness worth the name is the natural happiness of conscious being." But "the natural happiness of conscious being" cannot come when one believes that he or she is "being this" or "being that," and it cannot come when one has not been liberated from the driving, controlling, subconscious forces of the hidden agendas of personality: 

Again, Maharaj: "Non-identification, when natural and spontaneous, is liberation. You need not know 'What You Are'. Enough to know what you are not. What you are you will never know, for every discovery reveals new dimensions to conquer. The unknown has no limits." 

The last time that the vast majority of persons who make up the non-Realized masses were enjoying the unconditional happiness of "non-identification" was when they were two years old. 

Whatever your current age, hasn't it been long enough since that unconditional happiness was last enjoyed? 

Are you tired enough of not being able to be as happy as you were then that you are now willing to make this "final journey" and be done with all that is presently blocking your opportunity to enjoy that unconditional brand of happiness again? 

It is possible. 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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