Friday, July 29, 2016

Everyone Becomes Pulled Into “The Dance,” but the Key Question Is: “How Are YOU Dancing?” Part Twenty-Five

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TODAY’S CONSIDERATIONS

Maharaj: "It is the dance of the conscious presence." 

It is so easy to relate here to those who are so certain that they either (A) know the answer to all of the questions regarding "this life" and "the after-life" and therefore need not seek or (B) those who think they have some clue about what is to be sought and believe that they are going about the business of seeking and finding in the proper manner. As was the case with Maharaj at certain points and the case here, "Been there; done that."

For those in group "A," most depend of some sort of supposedly-holy text (which most will never read but will depend on religious leaders or spiritual guides to tell them what the texts have to say about any specific thing and also about everything in general as well).

As for those in group "B," most are seeking by way of an ideology or some philosophy or by way of one of the five main methods of teaching non-duality. 

In most every case, though, that which is being sought does not exist. Most adult seekers are like a child seeking an Easter egg underneath a Christmas tree or seeking Christmas presents wrapped inside eggshells and hidden in a field of grass.

Yesterday, 680 visitors from every continent on the planet came to this site seeking something. Some will find pointers that are diametrically opposite of what is offered by many discussing the issues address here. Yet some keep coming back because - they explain - it is the pointers which are offering a totally different perspective which are resonating within them.

Again, as some non-dualists have taught, "You might as well seek an eagle's nest on the floor of the ocean." 

As seek what? 

As seek the number of angels who can fit on the head of a pin; as seek salvation; as seek eternal life; as seek one's eternal soul; as seek an understanding of one's "spiritual malady" and how to treat it with faith and prayer; as seek the best "faith-healing" method; as seek a Supreme Self or an Infinite Self; as seek personal power; as seek God;

as seek "the right way to live so one can be guarded by a loving, caring god or by that god's surrogates (a.k..a, "guardian angels)"; as seek karmic balance; as seek a holy food plan; as seek escape from the cycles of birth, life, death, and rebirth; as seek the reason that the Power(s) who supposedly control everything that happens on planet earth "think that it's okay to let bad things happen";

as seek supernatural causes for what are actually all-natural events; as seek the answer to why "bad things happen to good people"; as seek an understanding of how "unconditional love" can co-exist alongside "eternal punishment"; as seek how to mentally dissociate from the Am-ness without being mentally ill.

And right alongside all of those, one might as well seek at the same time "The Will-of-the-Wisp," a sasquatch, a unicorn, a mermaid, a dragon, a fairy, a werewolf, a yeti, a kappa, a centaur, a troll, a ghoul, a leprechaun, a gnome, and pixie.

After abandoning the use of religious versions of the Ultimate Medicine and spiritual versions of the Ultimate Medicine, Maharaj offered seekers a psychology-based version of the Ultimate Medicine and encouraged them to seek freedom from the mental roots of the Sickness (including the symptoms of believing in learned ignorance and being strapped with the relative curse of imposed insanity). 

He made clear at the end that realization is about nothing more than being free of ignorance.

From the book Dancing Lightly:

LIGHT IS USELESS IF IT IS NOT INTENSE ENOUGH TO BURN AWAY THE MIND 

If the light is received, then the lightness can follow. If the lightness manifests, then dancing lightly throughout the manifestation can happen. In terms of the Absolute, all of this—all of this dance, all of the discussions, all of the false identifications—all of it is admittedly meaningless. So why not dismiss it all with the point that “the results of believing that personas are real cannot occur in the Absolute . . . end of story”? 

To one trapped in misery as a result of being fixated with the concept of death, the following was shared: Maharaj pointed out that if one were to realize, then she / he would “have come to the end of personality and there is no more human being. There is only impersonal consciousness.” 

Let the belief in the personal "die" and be done once and for all with all these counterfeit concepts about “birth” and “death.” So the question to consider is, “WHO or WHAT is there to ‘die’?” The answer is “No one . . . no thing.” Maharaj made clear that there is nothing more than a play in consciousness that is going on and that “the play will come to an end.” It is not a “human” that it “dying.” It is a play that is ending. That is all. 

See that all of those fluctuations and changes and all of the unsteadiness and instability are happening as part of the “mind”-flow. Be rid of the “mind” to be rid of the chaos. Light is useless if it is not intense enough to burn away the mind, meaning – more specifically – to burn away the ignorant and insane beliefs stored in the mind. 

Stability can only happen as the Absolute Abide as That now, and be done with “life” and “death” both. Then, dance the dance and merely witness whatever happens, knowing that problems can only come with “life” and that “death” is no problem at all. 

THE MOST DEBILITATING BELIEFS 

To be free of the pain associated with roles and ego-states and false identities requires freedom first from belief in all roles and ego-states and false identities. Thus the dance between the seeker and an Advaitin teacher: as pure awareness leads in the dance, the movement can liberate the consciousness of the seeker from the effects of the programming and conditioning that have prevented persons from enjoying the music and moving spontaneously with the natural rhythms that happen when abiding in the natural state. 

As the dance continues, liberation from the effects of “the mind” can happen. By the end of the dance, there is freedom from “the mind” and even from consciousness itself since it, too, is relative. While the consciousness is an attribute, it is awareness that is beyond all that is relative . . . beyond the beingness . . . beyond the non-beingness.

NISARGA-STYLE, AS IF LIVING 

So what is to happen with “the realized” and these teachings? Something. Or nothing. It was noted at the beginning that the "end game" is not to sit around discussing Advaita all day. Some of the Realized might choose to teach; some might choose not to. Either way, the relative is enjoyed on a daily basis with no preoccupation with Advaita. 

Such preoccupation itself would indicate that the fullness of the understanding has not manifested. These teachings are not to be focused upon in the end. In the end, they are to lead to nisarga (natural) living. They are to lead to a condition whereby all can be relished, whether that "all" includes what some dualistic observers might call "bad things" or "good things." 

To one protégé who was witnessed recently to have Realized Fully, these words instead were offered: “Now You Are done here. No more visits or discussions or questions-and-answers are indicated. Via the unblocked consciousness that You Are, the teachings could happen very easily. They may or they may not. So it is. Now, go.” 

It was understood that AS IF living would now happen, that is, living as if anything to do with this IS-ness is meaningful while knowing full well that it is not. It was also understood that the dance can be danced . . . or not. And that’s that. As for you, you are invited to be free of being controlled by the nonsensical content of then mind so that you, too, can dance lightly. 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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