Those familiar with "the journey" here know
1. that it was far too long and far too arduous;
2. that it is a self-deception of the highest order to use the dismissive, rationalizing, justifying statement, "I had to do everything I did."
Some time back, a train wreck in New York left the tracks blocked; they would remain that way for a period. Eventually, someone would have to come along and unblock the tracks if the journey from upstate to Manhattan was to be completed. The passengers who were involved in the train wreck could not clear the tracks themselves. They were totally involved in the train wreck, first hand, but they only knew after investigation what caused the train wreck and the blockage that had to be cleared.
The same applies to persons whose relative existence has become a train wreck: Programming and conditioning and acculturation and domestication and indoctrination and brainwashing have left them blocked . . . blocked from seeing truth . . . from seeing reality . . . and from seeing Reality.
They will remain that way for a period (or for an entire manifestation). If they are to complete the journey, someone will have to come along and unblock the obstruction (in their case, their minds) because they are constantly involved in their own train wreck and they cannot clear the obstructions themselves.
Specifically, they are totally involved in a train-wreck-of-an-existence, first hand, but they will only know after investigation what caused the wreck and the blockage and what all must be cleared away. Those familiar with "the journey" here also know that
a. the stage was set early on to rebel against the programming, conditioning, etc.;
b. that persons in authority eventually quelled the rebellion; and
c. that the quelled rebellion blocked authenticity and blocked knowing the True Self and functioning thereas; The familiar also know
d. that the subconscious drive to escape from the frustrating sense of separation from Self - from the exasperating and maddening sense of being blocked from the Authentic Self - took a serious toll;
e. that exposure to hundreds and hundreds of sources - including all of what Maharaj disparagingly called "the Big Name Teachers" who are to be avoided - did nothing to remove the blockage;
f. that finding the words of Maharaj began to remove the blockages somewhat (especially after exposure to the later non-religious, non-spiritual, purer Nisargan talks);
g. that even the pointers received from Maharaj did not remove the blockages (but did set the stage for turning back finally to the inner resource, the inner guru, that had been pointing out the culture's BS from early on);
h. set the stage to receive the inner vision that revealed the three-leg journey (1) to manifestation and then (2) to Realization and then (3) back to reality with Reality overlaid upon it which has allowed for a sane and natural abidance, post-Realization, after having completed the third leg.
[You may use the search tool at the upper right to find the full explanation of the three-legged journey and see why the path of the masses - like those train tracks in New York that morning - are blocked and preventing completion of "the journey." The fact: the non-Realized masses only complete one leg of the three-leg journey so they will never Realize and they will never abide sanely. So it is.]
So Maharaj set the stage for the vision that eventually revealed the functioning of the totality and the understanding that unblocked all of the former obstacles and obstructions to seeing Truth and reality and Reality.
Over the next few weeks, you will be invited to read the vision; to know that it made no sense or only little sense to me after it first came; to understand that its message "hit like a lightning bolt" that brought the light and the explosive force that blasted away the final obstructions and blockages; that beyond its basic revelations regarding the non-dual teachings, many other more subtle parts of the teachings were only seen and recognized over a period of days and weeks and months of re-reading the vision; and that the entire three-legged journey can be understood by you now - with no more long and arduous seeking required - if you understand what the vision reveals. So, now, the vision.
As you read it, please set aside time to sit in the quiet and contemplate the content and see if any further understanding comes regarding the way that you moved into the relative existence on the first leg; the way that the seeker must "go back" and "reverse" and return the same way that you came;
how the third leg allows for Reality to be overlaid on the relative; and how that allows for the remainder of the relative existence to happen as Your Original Nature and with an absence of the "ignorance, stupidity and insanity" which Maharaj said marks and mars the relative existence as experienced by the non-Realized masses.
Envision yourself standing at one end of an open field in a very remote area. At the far end of the field is the edge of a forest. See yourself moving across the field and toward the woods. As you walk closer to the edge of the forest, see a gap in the trees that allows clear access to a trail. Follow that path through the woods, noticing the sounds along the way.
Walk until you reach the side of a small creek bed. Turn to the right and see yourself walking along the bank of a branch, one of those small, usually V-shaped mini-gorges, cut into the ground ten to twelve feet at its deepest, not as much by rainwater as by constantly flowing springs that surface from below. Observe an emerald-green moss that covers the walls and the bed; it seems to shine with a luminescence in spite of the fact that the thickness of the overhead foliage prevents much sunlight from striking the creek bed or the sides of the chasm.
The earthen walls look rough-edged, for stones jut out all along the way, their tips exposed by years of erosion. Colors typical of the region come into view along the way: earth-tones, rust-colors, and sometimes blackness, but always brightened by the ever-present grayish and fluorescent-green moss.
As you parallel the edge of the creek on the beginning of this journey, see yourself reaching a place where the land slopes sharply, and the watery swath cut into the earth follows the oblique contour of the land. Next to the slanting branch rests a series of natural, sandstone steps descending to a granite arch twice the height of a human.
From the arch shines a pure white light. An illumination this bright should easily blind you, but instead it soothes you. It seems to spotlight the steps, and as you move down the stones, first your feet and then your legs and then your torso become bathed in the glow.
Eventually, by the time you reach the dead-flat area at the bottom of the natural walkway, you stand before the arch, and the luxuriance of the light baths you fully in its warmth. The clear spring waters from the branch flow through the archway, and you follow. Stepping inside, you look over your shoulder to see that your physical body has remained outside the arch. You sense some degree of separation from the material.
When you turn to see where the arch has led, you notice that the spring waters have suddenly multiplied into a slow-moving stream. The stream runs the length of a plateau and then cascades over the edge at the far end. You will soon see that the waters drop from the highland and then flow, in waterfall fashion, down the cliff side and into a pool some twenty feet below.
To be continued.
Please enter into the silence of contemplation.
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