Monday, October 24, 2016

The "Necessary Order": Enlightenment, then Realization, then Liberation and Freedom, then Happiness, Part Fifteen

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 Maharaj: 
"All knowledge is like the son of a barren woman. Presently there are only beingness and functioning. The individuality and personality are thrown overboard. There is no personality, so there is no question of birth, life, or death. What remains is only the consciousness without name or form." 

There being no personality, how is it that nothing is more widespread than the belief in personality / personalities among the masses (personalities which they accept as accurate definitions of who they are)? What allows billions of persons to accept unquestioningly that the roles and labels and markers and categorizations and pigeonholings which they were first assigned - along with the ones they later assumed - correctly explain "who they are"? 

Listening does not eliminate confusion and provide truth because the truth can be understood but cannot stated. Only questioning can dig out the truth and eliminate confusion. 

Maharaj: "Be alert. Question, observe, investigate, learn all you can about confusion, how it operates, what it does to you and others. By being clear about confusion you become clear of confusion." 

If you believe "I am a Hindu," that belief did not come to you "out of the blue." Nor is it likely that - after having been introduced to some other religion of your mother and father and forebears - that you abandoned that religion and took years to investigate all religions and then consciously determined which of those religions (if any) made so much sense that Hinduism was the one you became determined to affiliate yourself with. 

The fact is more likely that you have never asked, "Wait a minute! Who told me that I am a Hindu?" 

And few have ever likely asked, "Wait a minute! Who told me that I am a Catholic / Baptist / Lutheran / Muslim / Buddhist / whatever?" 

And few have ever likely asked, "Wait a minute! Who told me that I am a Jew and therefore among the only group of humans who were specifically 'chosen by God as His people'?" 

And few have ever likely asked, "Wait a minute! Who told me that, being white, I am better than people who are brown or black or red?" 

And few have ever likely asked, "Wait a minute! Who told me that I am among the greatest people on earth because I live within the boundaries of what is called the United States / Germany / Switzerland / a Scandinavian country / the U.K., etc." 

And few have ever likely asked, "Wait a minute! Who told me that I am in charge of my family because the Holy Scriptures tell me that I am the head of the household and that my wife and children should submit themselves to me?" 

If studied further, it can be seen that all of that nonsense is (A) based in what one was told and (B) involves personality assignment and assumption. 

Here, nothing is told with the intention of adding to the content of any site visitor's mind. Here, all pointers are invitation to un-learn what has been taught . . . not to teach more. Here, in fact, there is no "teacher" and "no teaching" because there is no one here that wants you to be a know-it-all; 

instead, the invitation here is to take the necessity steps to be un-taught and to know nothing . . . to know the nothingness . . . to be liberated from all of the nonsensical beliefs which personality identifications bring. Freedom involves being free of the belief that any role or label or marker or categorization or pigeonholing can accurately define what you are. And what are you and I, presently? 

Nothing more than an energy-matter triad, a composite unity of (1) an elemental plant food body which is circulating (2) air and circulating (3) conscious-energy. At some point, per the Second Law of Thermodynamics, what has come together will come apart, so the elements will return to the universal pool of elements ("ashes to ashes, dust to dust"); the air will return to the universal pool of air; and the conscious-energy will return to the universal pool of conscious-energy. What in that is missing from the answer to "what are you and I?" 

1. The mind. 

2. Any and all false identities, personal identifications. 

3. Anything special. 

4. The notion of being something or "Something" . . . of being something special . . . of being someone special . . . of being someone who is different from and therefore better than. 

Moreover, there is presently a sense of being, but there is no sense of "who-ness" or "Who-ness" at all. Only in that state can liberation from personality come, and only if liberation from personality comes can there also come liberation from fear and desire and the opportunity thereafter to enjoy freedom. And only if freedom manifests can happiness then come as well. 

 More is offered in that regard in the book entitled LIBERATION (Attaining Freedom from Personality Via Realization):

The Relative Effects of Personality: How Personality Always (A) Generates Fear and Desire and (B) Prevents Sustained Happiness 

All persons (being mentally and emotionally unhealthy as a result of non-realization) can exhibit traits of any or all of the nine personality types. The prior descriptions of the varied personality types, combined with an understanding that anyone not "realized" can exhibit the traits of almost any of the nine types, makes clear why persons suffer from multiple personality disorder and why their relative existence is marked by instability, chaos, and an inability to sustain any degree of true happiness. 

It has been seen that identification with the body-mind-personality triad will result in persons / personas—always trapped in their dualistic beliefs as a result of personality, programming and conditioning—experiencing the fear of being “corrupt” or “evil” or “defective”; the fear of not being loved; the fear of being worthless; 

the fear of having no identity; the fear of being overwhelmed by “reality”; the fear associated with the dependence of seeking external support and guidance from others; the fear of being trapped; the fear of being deprived or in pain; the fear of being harmed or violated or controlled by others; the fear of loss and a constant sense of separation; and the fear that their perceived needs will not being met. 

All of those will be experienced by "the non-realized" who are trapped in their identification with personality. Too, all persons trapped in personality identification will be frustrated by their unfulfilled desires . . . desires rooted in their wanting to be free of their fears. 

Trapped as they are in their false identity and duality—and driven by their fears, as all personas are—all persons at one time or another can have the desire to be seen as being “good”; can have a desire to be “loved”; can have a desire to prove how valuable they are; can desire to isolate; can desire to prove that they are competent and knowledgeable; can desire external support and can thereby become dependent on others for guidance and sustenance; 

can desire a level of freedom that they will never find without Realization; can desire to gain control of others; and will desire freedom from the sense of emptiness and misery that results from (1) desiring continuity of the physical body, (2) desiring “peace of mind” when the “mind” is actually the source of their lack of peace, and (3) desiring that their personality and assumed roles can last eternally. 

The reasoning behind the non-dual suggestion that personality identification should be abandoned should now be obvious. The Original Understanding preempted the assumption of personas, roles, labels, concepts, dogma, and—yes—even any rationale for offering teachings. The influence of personality in regards to the manifesting of perceived fears, unmet desires, and forestalled happiness should be clear. 

To be continued. 

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