Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Everyone Becomes Pulled Into “The Dance,” but the Key Question Is: “How Are You Dancing?” Part Four

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There are certain prerequisites for being able to go to a dance and, once there, being able to enjoy yourself fully: 

1. You must have finished your work 

2. You must be willing to abandon all concern about everything else 

3. You must be in tune with the natural rhythms which are all around you 

4. You must be able to move in harmony - even in a crowd - with all who are there 

5. You must not have a desire to bump into others or to try to control them or to try to appropriate the space they’re in 

6. You must not be prone to conflict but must be willing to move in concord with all

7. Being in full synchronization with all must be your natural manner of being 

8. You must be willing to forget yourself / your selves

9. Thus, you must be willing to abandon all, including any and all concern with image, and be willing to let go fully 

The abandonment of all is explained this way in the book "FROM THE I TO THE ABSOLUTE (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality)"

“Realization is marked by the abandoning of all concepts. On this seven-step ‘journey,’ we’ve used many concepts to remove concepts, not unlike the proverbial thorn used to remove a thorn. If you have something within you like a thorn, and you use a thorn to get rid of that which was within, that which was causing your misery, what effort need remain after the removal? 

"The work is done; the tools required for the task—the thorns needed to remove the thorn—are no longer required. What further exercises could be indicated? Realized, You will not know any concern about any thorns from ‘the past.’ You will not long for any thorn to return. You will not save spare thorns just in case they might be needed in ‘the future.’ You will not work to maintain Your 'state of non-thorn-ness.' It’s all gone, all dissolved. It just happened automatically when the last concept dis-appeared.” 

At that point, you can just enjoy the dancing, about which must has been said over the ages: 

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined; 
No sleep till morn, when 
Youth and Pleasure meet 
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet. 
(George Gordon, Lord Byron) 

You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart. 
(Author Unknown) 

Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made. 
(Ted Shawn)

To dance is to be out of yourself. 
Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. 
 (Agnes De Mille) 

Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is not mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself. 
(Havelock Ellis) 

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance. 
(Author Unknown) 

Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it.
 (Martha Graham) 

We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive . . . and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. 
(D.H. Lawrence)

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. 
(Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)

To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak. 
(Hopi Indian Saying) 

From Dancing Lightly:

SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ:

"I am neither the potentiality nor the actualisation, nor the actuality of things. In my light they come and go as the specks of dust dancing in the sunbeam. The light illumines the specks, but does not depend on them. Nor can it be said to create them. It cannot be even said to know them"

and

"The moon dancing on the water is seen in the water, but it is caused by the moon in the sky and not by the water."

[Floyd: "So, too, the dancing that is seen among the Realized is caused not by 'a person' but by the freedom which follows the understanding of the functioning of the totality and by abiding thereafter as Your Original Nature, overlaying Reality upon the relative."]

A visitor to Maharaj's loft noted: There was "a woman . . . beginning a guru-disciple relationship with Maharaj. He was encouraging her to take initiation from him. It was like watching a romance, a dance."

[Floyd: "Once the Oneness is known and True Love manifests, then the dance can happen. To some, the dance might look like romance, like 'love,' yet it is not. It is merely the dance which occurs when the instrument of the heart begins playing a melodious tune called 'Real Love Understood' after the Wisdom manifests - the Wisdom which allows for the knowing of the Oneness . . . the understanding of the Everything-ness."]

From another visitor: Speaking of Maharaj's morning ritual, he noted that Maharaj would " . . . join the bhajan-dance and forget himself."

[Floyd: "Actually, it is because He forget his 'self' / his 'selves' that he could then dance."]

To be continued.

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