Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Whether Living Spirituality (Supernaturally), Asleep (Unnaturally), Religiously (Unnaturally), Naturally, Philosophically, Ideologically, or otherwise, WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? Part Six

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THE RATIONALE FOR UNDERSTANDING AND MAKING USE OF THE NISARGAN UNDERSTANDING 

That which is natural is rooted in non-duality; all which involves unnatural thinking and / or supernatural thinking is rooted in duality. 

Whether speaking of Maharaj's lesser focus on the Nisarga Yoga in the beginning or discussing his near-total focus on abiding naturally in the end (as opposed to trying to live supernaturally and / or unnaturally), it is granted that all of that is relevant only to the AM-ness, but presently, what happens in the AM-ness impacts every person far more than anything to do with the THAT-ness. 

So, to continue with excerpts from the book Why NISARGA YOGA in addition to the Advaita Teachings? as considerations about the nisarga (natural) fashion of abidance are offered:

Why "Advertise" a Method or a Yoga? 

In Shakespeare's London when the theaters moved across the Thames from London proper to Southwark in order to escape harassment by puritanical magistrates, flagpoles were erected atop the theater turrets for purposes of advertising: if people in the city saw a white flag flying atop a playhouse, they knew that a comedy was playing there; if they saw a black flag flying, they knew that a tragedy was playing. 

In Bombay (Mumbai) in the days of Maharaj, he also "advertised" what was "being shown" in the loft. How? The "Nisarga" in "Nisargadatta" was also like a modern-day movie poster, "Nisarga" meaning "natural" and making clear that the Nisarga, Natural Yoga was being offered in the loft. Infatuated with any other yoga? Then probably best not to come in. 

Here, a disclaimer is offered to any that consider seeking in the venue of this author: 

"For those who have developed a preference for any non-Nisargan yoga or who prefer Traditional Advaita Vedanta, Neo-Advaita, Neo-Vedanta, or Pseudo Advaita: here you will only find the use of the Direct Path Method of teaching along with pointers based in the Nisarga (Natural) Yoga." 

[Conversations over the years with both novice seekers and with so-called "seasoned seekers" who claim that "they understand a lot" (and with some who claim to have "understood it all") actually haven't the slightest clue about which of the basic methods is being used by the guru or the Big Name Teacher they are following, if - indeed - any actual method is being used by their guru or teacher at all. Moreover, die-hard, long-time Maharaj fans have admitted that - until they read a few of the books or series offered here - they also had not been conscious of the particulars of his "evolution" and the changes in his message over the years. Of course the ones who did note his shift away from the use of Hindu dogma were his first critics and the Westerners who noted his shift away from spirituality were a second, much-larger. much-more vocal wave of detractors.] 

To disclose that the Natural Yoga is used is to disclose right up front to any and all seekers that there is no "goal" here other than to 

1. remove the ignorance which inspires attachment to religious or spiritual or philosophical or ideological concepts and exercises and accoutrements 

and to 

2. bring to an end all thoughts and words and deeds which support unnatural / supernatural living, 

giving way to 

3. living in an all-natural fashion. 

The "later Maharaj" or "Pure Maharaj," therefore, offered less and less tolerance for those "hanging out" at the third of seven steps to realization where they were playing the role of "The Spiritual Giant" and / or "The Super Religious One." 

Yes, for most, the religious or spiritual or philosophical roles have to be played for a time, it seems, but the longer Maharaj taught, the less tolerant he was of those fixating at a place on the "path" that is not even the halfway point of the "journey." 

Thus, he spoke of their "kindergarten spirituality." 

He noted that "there are so many who take the dawn for the noon, a momentary experience for full realisation . . . . " 

For all the spiritual and religious and philosophical talk in I AM THAT, his later talks contained less and less of the earlier "spirituality" and "beating around the bush"; thus, he said to two visitors, "Forget spirituality." 

He encouraged seekers to follow "their normal inclinations," that is, to follow their natural tendencies, to abandon all of their spiritual work and just abide naturally - not unnaturally and not supernaturally (i.e., neither "religiously" nor "spiritually" nor "philosophically"). 

He told visitors, "Do your normal duties" 

and 

"just give up spirituality." 

And thus the pointer that his message did evolve and even change over the decades to the degree that he became more and more direct, wasting less time with "foundational and preparatory pointers" that would 

(a) tolerate for a time the assumption of seekers' "new and improved and good" religious or spiritual or philosophical personas and that would sometimes gently guide seekers beyond their obsession with the religious or spiritual or philosophical step 

and instead 

admonishing them, in a far more direct manner than earlier, to 

(b) be free of all that drives them to live unnaturally and to 

(c) abandon their efforts to live supernaturally 

and to 

(d) get on with the process of merely living naturally. He admitted later on that he, too, had been bogged down at the third step of seven steps and he made clear that he was trying to spare seekers from the years or decades of being similarly bogged down. 

He said: "I got involved in spirituality, in the business of spirituality, [but] finally I lost that love of the Self also. I have no more love for the Self." 

He said that “When the birth is disproved, the great noble meaning of spirituality and the meaning of this world—everything—is disproved.” 

When a visitor said, "The scriptures say that we have our karma and our sins and that is why we are here," Maharaj answered: 

"That is for the ignorant masses. One who has realized the Self-Knowledge 'I Am,' for him these stories are of no use." 

[Later, he would endorse only the seeking of "self-knowledge" ("false-self"-knowledge) which allows seekers to "find all that they are not," saying to them, "that is enough."

Again, recall that he said, “I have no faith in anything which has ever been told, not even what has been told by the Vedas. Only my own experience.” 

A seeker once asked this question: 

"So beyond all that talk of the varied phases of 'the Absolute' or 'Brahman,' the question is, 'Once that 'Cosmic Self' is found, what is one to do with it'?" Again, one should be reminded of the dog chasing a car: once it catches up with the car, what is it to do with it? 

If seekers love their religious or spiritual or philosophical role-playing, then "early Maharaj" is more likely to appeal to them, but religious or spiritual or philosophical pointers will only trap seekers at a point that is not even halfway to "full realization" (that is, to full freedom from learned ignorance) while deluding them into believing that they have "realized fully." 

[To abide at the third of seven steps but to believe that one has completed an entire journey is like a father traveling with his spouse and young children from Paris to Nice, reaching Geneva, telling the family members to grab their suitcases and leave the train, and then telling them they have reached their destination. That would be totally delusional, but as is the case with all children who listen to the nonsense been taught to them by their delusional parents, those children will believe that they are in Nice, France rather than in Geneva, Switzerland and will never have a clue about where they are or what Nice is really like or how very different Nice is from Geneva.]

If seekers would actually realize fully and thus be free of being driven by the body of learned ignorance stored in "the mind part" of their brains, then all religious or spiritual or philosophical concepts and beliefs and ideas and teachings must eventually be abandoned, and the sooner the better for those who would be totally free of delusions and distortions and ignorance and who would abide in the freedom and peace and ease and simplicity and relaxation of Nisarga, natural living. 

So, there are three ways in which the relative existence can happen: unnaturally, supernaturally, or naturally (meaning, in a "Nisarga" fashion). 

To fail to seek is to live unnaturally. To seek realization via only the Traditional Method, the Neo-Advaita Method, the Neo-Vedanta Method, the Direct Path Method (or one of the spin-offs of those four) is to be left in a position where one tries to live supernaturally . . . becoming a "Spiritual Giant" or something "Supreme." 

Only if the Nisarga Yoga (the "Natural Yoga") is also offered can living naturally and spontaneously happen. When that is the case, all religious and / or spiritual work finally ends, all seeking finally ends, and ordinary, normal, effortless, relaxed living begins. 

All “journeys” undertaken by seekers have goals—save one. For some, the goal is “salvation” or “eternal bliss” in some version of heaven or the completion of one level of development on what is believed to be one “journey” of many that must be completed. 

All—save one—involve the assumption of new personas, being better, gaining power, enjoying rewards now and forevermore, finding a way to live a religious life or a spiritual life, or living in some similar supernatural fashion. 

And while all such “journeys” can at certain junctures involve the above, here, seekers are invited to move beyond personality and the assumption of all roles, including religious roles and spiritual roles. Here, persons are invited to consider: is it possible that no matter how certain you are that you have reached the end of the “path,” is it possible that you have not even reached the midway point? 

Is it possible that Maharaj’s pointer may have been accurate when he said, 

“There are so many who take the dawn for the noon, a momentary experience for full realisation, and destroy even the little they gain by excess of pride”? 

Are you proud of how spiritual you are? If it is understood that the assumption of any ego-state triggers the use of egotism and other ego-defense mechanisms, then can it not also be understood that the assumption of a spiritual ego-state will always result in spiritual arrogance? 

Yes, the “path” from identification with the false “I” to the Absolute has steps involving religion or spirituality or the supernatural; however, those all inspire the assumption of roles; they all require doingness; and they all have goals which fixate persons in the goal-seeker stage and in a seeker mode that will prevent the reaching of full realization and understanding the Noneness as well as the Oneness. 

The question offered for consideration, therefore, is this: WHO—what persona, what personality type—thinks that he / she is now "better" for having become religious or spiritual? WHO believes that she / he is "made better"—or even made "better than"—because living is happening in a supernatural fashion? 

WHO is being led—often subconsciously—to believe that life is made better when one knells, rises, and knells some more? Rings a bell? Puts a bowl on a pillow and strikes it with a special stick? Wears a special robe or cross? Commits suicide while killing members of other religions? Hums and chants or shouts and screams? Asks favors of some external power? Arbitrarily follows holy diets rather than the food plan indicated for one's metabolic body type? WHO waves arms in the air? WHO rolls on the floor? 

And WHO . . . 

Speaks in unknown tongues? Cries as a result of being emotionally intoxicated? Sings praises? Faints? Gives away possessions or money to a supposedly-holy institution? Continues to give money to an institution even though they know their money is being used as hush money to cover up the sexual abuse of children by people in charge of that institution, thus enabling the molestation to continue? Is struck on the forehead and then swoons? Fights with others who have different beliefs? Allows religious or spiritual leaders to dictate what should or should not be eaten? 

 Allows "religious men" to determine how many children you have? Questions nothing and believes all they hear with unwavering "faith"? And works, works, works at living—especially at living in the “right” way or in a “better way”? 

Of all the “paths” that have been dreamed up by persons over the ages, it is the Direct Path Method - presented in conjunction with the Nisarga, Natural Yoga - which has clear-cut steps to be completed in a specific order but has no goals in the end; 

that eliminates the assumption of personas; that makes no promises about being “better than” someday; that offers no superpower or super beings to be at your disposal; that does not promise that you will become a Supreme Being; 

that does not claim you are superior now; and that invites persons to take religious or spiritual or supernatural steps not as an end but as a means to move beyond that and then realize fully and thereafter to abide naturally rather than unnaturally or supernaturally. 

Of all of the types of yoga available for study or guidance, the least popular is likely the Nisarga Yoga. Of all the types of yoga, this is the one which invites seekers to engage in whatever exercises they deem necessary but to eventually move beyond all of the effort and work and toil involved in assuming and maintaining their spiritual roles and to abide in a totally natural fashion. 

Consider all the work that goes into blocking the consciousness enough for it to believe that such identities as these are real: “The Religious One”; “The Spiritual One” or “The Spiritual Giant”; “The Good Catholic”; 

 “The Good Baptist”; “The Good Presbyterian”; “The Good Anglican”; The Good Pentecostal”; “The Good Episcopalian”; “The Good Cultist”; “The Good Evangelical”; “The Good Muslim”; 

“The Good Shiite”; “The Good Sunni”; “The Good Jew”; “The Good Hindu”; “The Good Taoist”; “The Good Advaitin”; “The Good Vedantin”; “The Native American Spiritualist,” ad infinitum

Consider all of the work and sacrifice and energy and effort that goes into maintaining those images, and consider the levels of nonsense which persons must believe in order to play all of those roles and engage in all of the phoniness that accompanies role-playing.

You are invited to consider this as well:

"Is it possible that the remainder of the manifestation could unfold with considerably more freedom if it were to happen spontaneously and naturally rather than in a planned, prescribed, and artificially-supernatural manner?" 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Whether Living Spirituality (Supernaturally), Asleep (Unnaturally), Religiously (Unnaturally), Naturally, Philosophically, Ideologically, or otherwise, WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? Part Five

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TODAY'S CONSIDERATIONS 

THE RATIONALE FOR UNDERSTANDING AND MAKING USE OF THE NISARGAN UNDERSTANDING 

That which is natural is rooted in non-duality; all which involves unnatural thinking and / or supernatural thinking is rooted in duality. 

Whether speaking of (a) Maharaj's lesser focus on the Nisarga Yoga in the beginning or discussing (b) his near-total focus on abiding naturally in the end (as opposed to trying to live supernaturally and / or unnaturally) . . .

then granted - in both cases - all of that is relevant only to the AM-ness, but presently, what happens in the AM-ness impacts every person far more than anything to do with the THAT-ness. 

So, to continue with excerpts from the book Why NISARGA YOGA in addition to the Advaita Teachings? as considerations about the nisarga (natural) fashion of abidance are offered:

A LITTLE LEARNING IS A DANGEROUS THING, BUT A LITTLE UN-LEARNING CAN BE EVEN MORE DANGEROUS 
(Why the Teachings Offered by Use of Any of the Major Methods of Teaching Non-Duality Do Not Present the Total Picture) 

The Spring of 2017 marked the twenty-eighth year that the teachings here have been offered as a "package" including the Direct Path Method in combination with the Nisarga Yoga. 

[As with Maharaj, there has been an "evolution" in the message offered. In both cases, it involved an end to blending dogma or spiritual messages and exercises into the Ultimate Medicine mix and concentrating instead on the mental / psychological aspects of the Ultimate Sickness which are its actual basis and singularly form its core. ] 

But why both a "path" and a yoga for a time? Why the Nisarga Yoga in addition to the Advaita / Non-Dual Teachings? 

First, it should be said that nothing herein should be interpreted as a criticism of any of the other methods of teachings or any other yoga method which some use. The content herein is based on seeing what finally "worked" after decades of fruitless seeking in dozens of other venues, including religion, spiritual programs, ideologies, Eastern and Western philosophies as well as trying other methods of non-dual teachings. 

"Realization" for the sake of "Realization" - or for the sake of bragging about "being Realized" and "better" and "Supreme" and "special" - is useless. 

If the understandings which come via realization are not overlaid on the relative existence (that is, "applied" in the absence of belief in an "applier") and if a natural and spontaneous manner of abiding does not end all unnatural living and all efforts to live supernaturally and magically, then realization has not happened and all effort to that point has been a waste of time and effort and energy; furthermore, "full realization" never causes the "fully realized" to dissociate, to be out of touch with the relative existence, to disconnect, or to detach (which is not to be confused with non-attachment). 

[So in the end, Maharaj made clear that realization has nothing to do with most of what dominated his talks for years, including the talks transcribed in the book I AM THAT, and that is why he eventually told seekers to stop reading the talks in that book and to heed what he was sharing in his later talks. Why? 

Because he came to realize that "realization is simply about being free from the effects that learned ignorance have on the relative existence." Realization, he finally concluded, is not about finding some "True Self" (which is merely Pure Witnessing") and is not about finding some Supreme Self, Infinite Self, etc. but is about being freed of the ignorance which all persons are taught. 

And that understanding is what led Maharaj to start advising seekers to abandon SELF-Inquiry and the search for some "Real Identity" (or whatever) and to focus instead on conducting a thorough self-inquiry - actually "a false self  inquiry" - and to understand that "it is enough to know who / what you are not."] 

"Full realization" ends all distancing and all sense of separation, so the summative statement "I AM THAT; I AM" is not re-written post-realization to "I AM THAT ONLY; FORGET I AM." It remains "I AM THAT; I AM" and the "not-two-ness" of the statement is clearly understood. 

 [It is also understood post-realization that anything involved with THAT is guaranteed to function automatically and spontaneously per the laws of nature and that there is nothing that any human can do, or not do, that can affect THAT in the slightest; thus, it is sane - for those that would bring about some change, such as a change which might end their misery and suffering and distortion and delusion - to focus for now on the AM-ness alone, realizing that 

(a) THAT is going to function as it does 

and that 

(b) no human or dreamed up Power is going to affect its functioning, either. It does not change and it cannot be changed. What does change and what can be changed? The way that the AM-ness unfolds during the temporary manifestation.] 

The non-dual teachings, if combined with the understanding that the "end game" is about Nisargan (natural) living 

and 

if both are properly presented,

then it will also be seen that all "teachings" actually have no significance at all and that a viable approach will focus on un-learning what has already been taught. 

[Again, that is why at the beginning of this blog and throughout the years when satsanga sessions were being offered prior to posting here, it was explained to seekers that they need not even begin this "journey" if it is not clear to them that "the understanding" and "realization" and "enlightenment" and finding some "Supreme Self" or "True Self" etc. are not "the goal" or "the objective" but are merely tools used along the way to reach a point where what was referred to as "Applied Advaita" could happen. What does that term point to? 

It points toward the fact that "the end game" is this: even in the absence of "an applier," the understanding should provide an ability to be able to differentiate 

(1) between true and false 

and 

(2) between what is natural vs. what is thought to be supernatural - or what is thought to be natural when it is really unnatural - 

and, thereafter,

provide an ability to abide naturally, free of being driven by any of the keys symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness which Maharaj identified as "ignorance, stupidity and insanity."] 

Yet consider the following from Alexander Pope which many take as "a guide for life" rather than totally ignoring what sounds, at first glance, to be sage advice when he said: "A little learning is a dangerous thing." 

Here, the pointer is, "A little un-learning can be a far-more-dangerous thing." 

It has also been seen that, far-too-often, a little un-learning or a little understanding can be dangerous, relatively speaking, when the influence of the fallacious content of the mind is not totally rejected and when nothing more than a new mindset is adopted. 

That "new mindset" might cause some to conclude 

a. if THAT is what it's all about and the relative is useless, then why not kill myself or others? 

b. that a new identity is to be adopted, namely, that of "The Deep Philosopher" or "The All-Knowing One" or "The Super Sage"; 

c. that caring about anything or anyone in the relative should end; 

d. that one should no longer feel; 

e. that one should live with his / her head in the clouds; 

f. that one must withdraw and isolate and extend "The Forest Dweller Stage" for the remainder of the manifestation; 

g. that one should focus less on reality and more on theory; 

h. and that one must take a philosophical view of everything. 

In upcoming posts, these points will be discussed in detail: 

The understanding puts us more in touch with reality throughout the AM-ness, not less. 

To be free of attachment to the AM-ness is not to be free of the basic responsibilities of the AM-ness: providing food, clothing, shelter, etc. 

The "goal" here, with the Nisarga Yoga, is to live naturally. 

The way that deer live, not the way that most humans live, would provide a saner model. 

To develop a position of neutrality around all things does not mean you will not care about anything, for not-caring is one extreme while excessive caring is the other extreme . . . just more duality. 

Yet any prior disposition toward conflict gives way to pure witnessing rather than confronting and engaging other humans. To "realize fully" is . . . 

1. to overlay Reality on the relative (that is, to overlay Reality on reality and then be done with it); 

2. to use the understanding of THAT as nothing more than a tool to enhance the enjoyment of the "this," the Am-ness; 

and 

3. to plant one's feet firmly on the ground for as long as the manifestation continues. 

Additionally, realization ends all competition because it ends all Subject-Object Witnessing. post-realization. There will be no effort to show "others that what you "have" or "understand" has provided you with a far better life than they have. 

Were that the case, the Advaita teachings could be abandoned and persons could be sent off to their nearest church or synagogue or temple or ideological camp or spiritual group where they can find the 97% of the planet's population who claim to be religious or spiritual and who believe deep inside that they are better than others as a result of following the dogma or spiritual principles which they follow. 

Living naturally rather than supernaturally, there can be among "the realized" (i.e., among those freed of ignorance) no notions about "better-than-ness" and "different from-ness," so there can be no beliefs about "my philosophy is better" or beliefs about "I'm going to show you that since I got rid of you, my life is far better . . . and far better than yours." 

There can be no "look how well I'm doing as a result of what I know"; there can be no "look how much better my relationship is than yours"; and there can be no "look how much happier I am that you are." 

The naturally-abiding, ego-less deer, as is the case with all life-forms on the planet which all abide naturally except for humans, engage in no such competitive one-up-man-ship. (Okay, the mating season behaviors of deer notwithstanding, but even taking that into account, what the deer can do when trying to "hook up" is nothing compared to the insane behavior of humans when they are trying to do the same). 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Whether Living Spirituality (Supernaturally), Asleep (Unnaturally), Religiously (Unnaturally), Naturally, Philosophically, Ideologically, or otherwise, WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? Part Four

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That which is natural is rooted in non-duality; all which involves unnatural thinking and / or supernatural thinking is rooted in duality. 

Once more, this natural vs. supernatural and / or unnatural subject is all a part of the AM-ness, but presently, what happens in the AM-ness impacts the masses far more than anything to do with the THAT-ness. 

So, to continue with excerpts from the book Why NISARGA YOGA in addition to the Advaita Teachings? as considerations about the nisarga (natural) fashion of abidance are offered:

What Exactly Does "Nisarga" Mean? Part One 

First, review and consider in depth this point offered occasionally on this site: Consciousness is rooted in the Absolute. The brain is rooted in the elements. "The mind" is rooted in wrong programming and faulty conditioning and lies and concepts and ideas and superstitions and falsehoods. Then, revisit this point and consider it thoroughly: 

“ . . . There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so," indicating that the brain can continued to function and the consciousness can continue to be manifest but that if belief in duality is to end, then the “mind” must end. The “mind” ends when belief in the content of that storehouse of fiction is seen to be nothing more than an accumulation of ideas and concepts, etc. (a.k.a., "beliefs") that were dreamed up by “others,” taught to you, and then accepted by you as truth without any questioning at all. 

Some pointers regarding the mind shall be reviewed, therefore, and the process of eliminating belief in unquestioned nonsense can begin and nisarga living can eventually manifest: Efforts to quiet the mind or to ignore thoughts cannot succeed with any consistency. Only when full realization (i.e., total freedom from learned ignorance) strikes, only when the "Oh my gosh!" moment happens—only then does the mind dissolve. What to consider meanwhile? 

It is true that, if you are instructed to "avoid thinking about an elephant," the only thing that you can think about is an elephant. So, what is the answer? The answer is not to try to be rid of a disturbing thought. The answer is to ask when a thought is interrupting the peace, “WHO is thinking that thought?” Only by relinquishing belief in the false identities that inspire thoughts can the thoughts come to an end. Only by abandoning the "this" and "that" in such beliefs as "I am this" (role) or "I am that" (role) can the peace and quiet of Nisarga's "I Am, only" manner of functioning happen. 

The "mind" is the instrument that supports your personality with thoughts, and those thoughts are the instruments that will forever prevent "peace of mind"; in fact, there is no such thing as "peace of mind." There is only peace if freed of the "mind." You are in a play, playing a role, and believing that the role and the play are both real. Why would you believe such nonsense? 

Because "your mind" is the playwright, the author of every scene. Yet there is no "your mind" really. There is only "their mind" which you have adopted and now believe is your own. When Maharaj said, "You are not in the world . . . the world is in you," what did he mean? He meant, "You are not in the world," that is, there is no "you" that is real or in any world. "The world is in you" means that the world is in your "mind" and is nothing more than a figment of your programming-and-conditioning-induced imaginings. 

Everything that is offered here is to be used to be rid of another false belief until all ideas and emotional intoxication and beliefs are gone and nothing remains but the unstated understanding. Only then can the constant churning and re-churning of the false beliefs of the corrupted "mind" finally cease. 

What Exactly Does "Nisarga" Mean? Part Two 

The term "Nisarga" points to a way of functioning throughout the manifestation that is natural rather than unnatural or supernatural. It is natural when earth elements combine to form a space—a body-cum-consciousness—and as air circulates into and out of an elemental plant-food body throughout the period that the consciousness remains manifest. 

It is unnatural to believe that that there is anything more at play than a temporary manifestation of an elements-air-energy triad. It is natural throughout nature for elemental bodies to form brains that function in tandem with the manifest consciousness, be the elemental body called "bird" or "fish" or "fowl" or "deer"; it is unnatural, however, if a brain-consciousness-“mind” triad happens, as is the case among non-realized persons. 

It is unnatural for a “mind” to form and to use its false content to conclude that one’s identity is a body-mind-personality triad. It is supernatural for a “mind” to form and to believe that an element-air-energy triad is something “special,” “holy,” “godly,” “religious,” “spiritual,” or “other-worldly” as opposed to “worldly.” 

It is unnatural and nonsensical to believe that naturally-occurring events such as tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, etc., have an origin that is supernatural and to believe that they are set into motion by some "supreme being" in another world in order to "send a signal" or "a message" or "a punishment" to persons residing on this planet who have offended a god living in some other world. 

No nonsense can be believed - and no unnatural / supernatural living can happen - without the formation, first, of a “mind.” Thus, considerations regarding freedom from living under the influence of the fiction-filled mind continue: 

What is that inner resource, that inner guru? It is the vestige of pure consciousness that remains, deeply buried beneath the waste called “your mind.” “Your mind” obscures the consciousness because that "mind" is so marred with its belief in lies and superstitions and all of its "knowledge," all that learned ignorance, that it leaves you insane … so insane that you don’t know yourself (or, "your selves") or the True Self, which is merely the Pure Witnessing) and so insane that you believe that the lies you've been told are true and that the dreams of the planet are real. 

If your body has disappeared, how can any person remain? And if no person remains, how can a mind remain? In order to know both reality and Reality, you must be sane. In order to be sane, you must be out of your mind. For their suffering to end, persons must understand the functioning of the totality; must see that all suffering is rooted in the assumption of ego-states as false identities; 

must realize that they have no “mind” but instead are being driven by the “minds” of others (which they now think is their own "mind"); must be aware of the fact that a “mind” is nothing more than the storehouse of all the lies and beliefs and ideas and concepts that must be cast aside in order to end human suffering; and must see not only 

(a) the limitations of doingness 

but also 

(b) the timelessness and limitless nature of beingness . . . and non-beingness as well. 

In this relative existence, nothing is going on but a breeziness of play, but persons are caught up in a tornado of work, in a storm of seriousness, and in a tempest of drama. So-called “life” in this sphere of consciousness is just a process of functioning, and while the “mind” of a person will dream up notions about separation or differentiation, none exists. The process just keeps on happening. 

A religion or a philosophy, a state or a nation, a hero or a villain . . . all are just part of the process of functioning that has been marred by the adoption of dualistic beliefs and concepts which are stored in the mind. All those are just dreamed up names, and all such dreamed up labels (dreamed up and then stored in that accumulation of corruptions called "the mind") generate a false sense of reality. 

The "journey" aims to put you fully in touch with reality. To be out of touch with reality is to be insane. This "journey" is about once again being in touch with reality in order to be free of the bondage of the illusions and the effects of the falsehoods of “a mind” exposed to years of acculturation. 

Among religions and philosophies, there is no other means that can produce the necessary brain-flush save completion of the entire Advaita “journey” which invites the dissolution of all of the contamination that is “the mind.” Ultimately, the Direct Path Method is the method of teaching that has the "goal" of becoming the non-teaching by way of un-teaching. 

Natural (Nisarga) living happens when the brain and consciousness and intuitive sense inspire self-constructive behavior (relatively speaking); unnatural and supernatural living happen when the brain and blocked consciousness and fiction-filled “mind” drive self-destructive behaviors (relatively speaking) or nonsensical behavior. 

Nisarga functioning is naturally simple, naturally light; unnatural and supernatural living are complex and burdensome and weighty. 

The Nisarga Yoga, used here in combination with the Direct Path Method of teaching the Advaita understanding, invites seekers to be aware of the way that 

(1) programming and conditioning and acculturation and domestication and indoctrination and brainwashing have inspired the drive to live unnaturally and induced efforts to live supernaturally; 

and to be aware that 

(2) there is an alternate means of abidance throughout the manifestation that allows for movement through the relative existence with a natural ease and grace and calmness and freedom and peace. 

Living in the Nisarga Fashion 

The Nisarga Yoga, in conjunction with the Direct Path Teaching Method that can lead to Full Realization, offers a direct but very specific route to an understanding that results in a natural way of AS IF living (that is, to a natural way of functioning). 

That leads to living / functioning spontaneously for the remainder of the manifestation, 

(1) knowing that the “world” is illusory 

but 

(2) living as if any of “all this” matters. 

(Thus, employment can happen even without the assumption of an "employee" persona.) 

To further understand the Nisarga Yoga, consider what the Advaita poet William Shakespeare wrote: 

“The heavens themselves, the planets, and this centre observe degree, priority, and place. Insisture, course, proportion, season, form, office, and custom, in all line of order.” Natural living recognizes that the laws of nature have the right of "insisture": 

either 

(a) life is lived naturally according to the “customs” of the universe 

or 

(b) persons violating the natural “order” will collapse and self-destruct. 

The realized move through the relative existence in a manner that is fixed by nature even though they appear to be moving as they please. Rather than trying to exert any force, they accept that happenings happen. Among the realized, nature has “priority” over efforts to control or manipulate. 

The realized abide within the framework of the natural laws that have “insisture,” understanding that all is to happen per the natural order and also understanding that all is to happen in “proportion.” 

Persons (the non-realized, attached to what they have learned and attached to a host of personal identifications), on the other hand, seek to control and manipulate so they will not have to accept “proportion.” They work to accumulate and to have more and to appear to be greater than what is proportional. They imagine that they have an actual need for more than is proportional or necessary. 

The realized move along lines that are “customary” rather than along paths that are unnatural or supernatural. To think supernaturally is to think magically, and magical thinking is delusional. 

The Advaitin Shakespeare also said: “ . . . There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” 

Understand the implications of that pointer via syllogistic reasoning: 

“Good vs. bad” duality can only happen via thinking. If there is no thinking, then there can be no (belief in) duality. Thinking is of the “mind.” The presence and use of “the mind” leads to thinking which, in turn, leads to dualistic beliefs. If the intent is to end belief in duality, then thinking must end. If thinking is to end, then “the mind” must end. 

To put to an end "the mind"—that is, and end to believing the false content which has been stored in a portion of the brain—does not end the brain; nor must the brain's functioning end. To put an end to "the mind" does not mean that the consciousness must un-manifest. 

The understanding in this regard is this: Consciousness is rooted in the Absolute (at that point, as unmanifested Awareness with the potential to be aware of). The brain is rooted in the elements. The "mind" is rooted in faulty programming and faulty conditioning and lies and concepts and ideas and superstitions and falsehoods. 

To be continued. 

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Whether Living Spirituality (Supernaturally), Asleep (Unnaturally), Religiously (Unnaturally), Naturally, Philosophically, Ideologically, or otherwise, WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? Part Three

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Yesterday, a rationale for receiving the Nisargan understanding was shared. Consider:

WHEN SUPERNATURAL - NOT NATURAL - THINKING REIGNS 

The objective observer of the lessons which history can offer already understands that when a majority of the people in a nation become obsessed with religious and / or spiritual fanaticism and when leaders of that ilk take over political control, chaos rules. 

Consider but one example of what happened in the city-state of Firenze (Florence) Italy when the monk Girolamo ("The Bonfires of the Vanities") Savonarola exposed the masses there to his fanaticism and infected them as well. 

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WHEN UNNATURAL - NOT NATURAL - THINKING REIGNS 

Last Fall while I was trimming back some plants in the front yard, a neighbor approached me and tried to give me a flyer and a pep talk, soliciting votes for the candidate of his choice in the presidential race. 

Yes, this is the same neighbor who (a) gives money each week to an institution that uses millions of donated dollars ("tithes") to cover up its history of sexual abuse and to protect the abusers rather the children, enabling the abuse and the misery and suffering which they cause to continue; and who (b) is a white supremacist who said that "the problems in the U.S. began when Lincoln freed the slaves." 

I said, "Thanks but no thanks" to both the pamphlet and pep talk, but after months of having followed a regimen which has strengthened the condition of my cardiovascular system, I had some breath to waste momentarily so I asked, "Do you know what a sociopath is?" 

He: "Sure," and smiled. 

F.: "And do you know what a psychopath is?" 

He, again: "Sure," and smiled. 

F.: "Are you aware of the fact that your candidate is a full-blown sociopath and psychopath?" 

He: "You bet! My wife and I both said, 'Maybe what this country needs at this point is a totally crazy person in charge for a while to do all the drastic things we need done here and around the world'," and he smiled again. 

So much for needlessly expelling some of that surplus breath I had been holding in reserve. 

The Ultimate Sickness is marked by non-dualistic beliefs which trap the masses in what Maharaj called "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity," and when more in a nation are suffering from the most extreme cases of that Sickness than not, then more persons in that nation will identify with and be attracted to persons who are also being driven by "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity." 

When that unnatural state manifests, then the masses in that nation will prefer leaders of that ilk and allow them to take over political control, and chaos will rule.

When the unnatural is "normalized" in the minds of the masses, instability follows. ("A dual-minded person is unstable in all ways.") And when supernatural thinking prevails, then the masses will not be in touch with reality, much less Reality.

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Yes, this natural vs. supernatural and / or unnatural discussion deals with the AM-ness, but presently, what happens in the AM-ness impacts the masses far more than anything to do with the THAT-ness. 

So, to continue with excerpts from the book Why NISARGA YOGA in addition to the Advaita Teachings? as considerations about the nisarga (natural) fashion of abidance are offered: 

Defining Nisarga Yoga 

At the simplest level, one may take “nisarga” to mean “natural.” As used most frequently, the term refers to the yoga of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj which advocates “natural living” or abidance as the natural state. 

NOTE: Abidance as the natural state is the proper perspective, not abidance in the natural state.

The Natural Disposition 

Every form or space on the planet has an innate disposition. That natural, inherent, instinctive disposition is simple and uncomplicated, allowing for a relative existence that is undemanding, plain, minimalistic, unadorned, bare and fairly effortless at its core. 

Be the reference to a rock or a flower or a bird or a tree or a fish or a deer, all among those happens spontaneously without thought, the result of a simple, no-mind, no-concept, no-belief, natural manner of functioning; too, that happens planet-wide without any exceptions, except for one exception. 

When the Natural Disposition Became Skewed 

The exception: the space or form called “humans.” As the brain increased over the millennia from a size that would fill one coffee cup to a size that would fill three-and-a-half coffee cups, a “mind” evolved; that is, the ability to store and retrieve data developed. 

What actually came about was a section of the brain that was capable of storing information and capable of retrieving information, a process that happened spontaneously and naturally in order to perpetuate the species—such longing for perpetuation being natural once consciousness manifests. 

(You do not have to train a bird to fly away from a human walking noisily through a forest. The consciousness automatically and spontaneously drives that behavior, and there is no mind—and thus no thought—involved in the movement of the bird. It is natural. The bird knows the I AM, even in the absence of language which allows the "thought" I AM to happen.) 

How Language-Borne Lies Began Spreading the Ultimate Sickness Across the Globe 

Focus not on “pandemics.” They affect few, comparatively speaking. If seekers would be well and free, they are invited via the Nisarga Yoga to focus on the Ultimate Sickness that is infecting and affecting 95% or more of the persons on the planet. 

It is a sickness which prevents a seeing of the unicity and which drives misperceived thoughts about separation and division and disharmony and better-than-ment, eliminating any chance for the "peace on earth" wish that some persons call for annually. 

Contrary to popular belief, everything in this universe evolved from one, single atom. There is a unity beyond the multiplicity; however, once language developed, humans began perpetuating dualistic beliefs that reinforced a false sense of separation. 

They dreamed up the false concept of “time” and divided what is a continuous stream of happenings into groups and subgroups: millennia, centuries, decades, years, months, days, minutes, seconds, etc. Then they began telling lies that they thought to be truth. 

The result is this: what had been a simple, uncomplicated, undemanding, plain, minimalistic, unadorned, bare and fairly effortless natural existence took on the character among persons—actually, just a perceived character—of being complex, complicated, demanding, elaborate, conspicuous, adorned, embellished, strenuous, unnatural and / or supernatural. 

How the Desire To Be Supernatural and To Live Supernaturally Has Almost Eliminated Natural Living Altogether 

Few persons on the planet now live naturally. Unnatural and supernatural living have become the abnormal norm. While a relative existence that is marked by that which is complex, complicated, demanding, elaborate, conspicuous, adorned, embellished, and strenuous is unnatural, it is nevertheless sought by the masses. Why? 

Magical, superstition-and-myth-based, mind-inspired, egocentric thinking has generated concepts about a god or gods, resulting in complicated efforts among most humans to try to live supernaturally rather than naturally. More and more, it is lies (rooted in ignorance and misunderstanding) that have become widely-accepted as truth, such as this belief that humans once held on a near-global basis: 

“There are powerful beings in other worlds that cause thunder” 

and 

“Those Powers use thunder to send either ‘good’ and ‘bad’ messages and warnings to people, the actual message depending on the days of the week": 

“If there is thunder on Sunday, wise men will die; if there is thunder on a Monday, it signals the death of many women; If there is thunder on Tuesday, it is a sign that there will be plenty of grain; if it thunders on Wednesday, then many prostitutes will die; 

“if there is thunder on a Thursday, it is a sign that there will be plenty of sheep and corn; if it thunders on Friday, some great man or noble leader will die and that will trigger additional murders; if it thunders on a Saturday; it is a warning that a plague is coming and it will cause widespread death.” 

An extreme example? 

No more extreme than believing that if you die killing Christians, you’ll be blessed with multiple virgins, prostitutes and wives in a paradise; no more extreme than believing that if you kill Muslims in foreign lands, you are a patriot; and no more extreme than believing that all Jews should be exterminated or Jews believing that they are "God's chosen people" and have the right to slaughter their Muslim neighbors.

No more extreme than a preoccupation with blood, believing it has magical power if spread above a doorway; believing that it is "good" to beat yourself about the head and back with spikes and to walk through the streets in a holy parade of blood; 

and no more extreme than believing you will be in closer, conscious contact with a supreme power in another world if you drink blood in weekly or monthly services conducted in supposedly "holy" buildings; no more extreme than believing that you should kill all persons who do believe in your concepts. 

All of that is most unnatural, but all of that is believed in by (and is therefore driving the behavior of) billions of people on the planet. The Nisarga Yoga invites persons to abide as all other "non-human forms / spaces" on the planet, not in that supernatural fashion illustrated above but in a natural manner, free of belief in unnatural and supernatural concepts that drive such insane behavior. 

The Ultimate Sickness, Mental Disorders, and Personality Disorders Have Spread Around the Globe 

Yet few will ever find the Nisarga Yoga, much less full realization (that is, being fully freed from believing all of the learned ignorance which they have been taught); therefore, such mental sickness as discussed above now dominates persons (a.k.a., "non-realized humans") all around the globe. 

The most nonsensical concepts imaginable have been dreamed up by controlling men and women and have been shared as “The Truth” or “The Secret” or “The Purpose” or “The Way” or “The Will of the Universe” or "The Sacred Contract" or "The Holy This or That" or as “God’s Infallible Word.” 

The result is that natural abidance—which is still common among all that is manifest except “humans”—now happens infrequently among the vast majority of persons. The now-common mental sickness among persons is spread via the virus of ignorance. 

The Nisarga Yoga is the vessel which carries the Ultimate Medicine that can treat the Sickness. It is the yoga which can guide seekers along a “path” to being restored to reason and logic and wisdom as a result of being free of belief in false concepts, ideologies, myths, and superstitions. 

It is the yoga which can result in an understanding of the functioning of the totality. It is a yoga which can make clear the difference in humanity’s quest for what is “false love” and can guide seekers to an understanding of the Oneness (and, thus, what True Love is). 

It is the yoga which can eliminate supernatural efforts to live in an unnatural manner and can return persons (all of whom have been programmed and conditioned and acculturated and domesticated) to a condition of abidance in the style of their original nature; it is a yoga which can guide seekers to a manner of functioning by which all that happens will happens naturally and spontaneously; 

and it is a yoga which will reveal a fashion of abidance which allows the seekers who complete all of the steps on the “path” to realization to be, once again, in touch with their innate and inherent and instinctive disposition. 

To be continued. 

Next, "Living in the Nisarga Fashion." 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Whether Living Spirituality (Supernaturally), Asleep (Unnaturally), Religiously (Unnaturally), Naturally, Philosophically, Ideologically, or otherwise, WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? Part Two

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It was in his later years that Maruti Shivrampant Kambli actually began offering a pure Nisarga (Natural) Yoga message as advertised in his assumed teaching name, "Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj."

"As advertised with a name?" Yes. Consider: 

"Sri" is a Sanskrit noun of address used mostly in India as a polite equivalent to the English title "Mr." but with an added connotation of veneration or higher-than-usual respect (or even worship, in the case of many guru-protégé relationships). 

As for "Maharaj," that is a Hindu name derived from the Sanskrit title "maharaja," (literally translated as "great king") and also used in, but not limited to, guru-protégé relationships. Why? Because the title can also refer to "an accomplished practitioner" or "a master" with a particular skill set or craft in many other areas, including singing, drumming, dancing, cooking, etc. 

It is the name "Nisargadatta" which was chosen for the sake of advertising to allow seekers to know up front that this particular teacher could be expected to offer a message which would be focused on the "nisarga" state or style of living, that is, focused on "the natural state or condition or form or character" and which endorses "a natural and spontaneous style of abidance as happens with every living thing on planet earth" with the exception of humans who have been programmed, conditioned, etc. 

Did Maharaj always provide the message which his teaching name advertised? No. Those more familiar with his "evolution" than most are aware of the fact that his guru advised Maharaj to offer certain Hindu rituals - including the singing of bhajans, dancing, etc. - to attract the Hindu locals and then to slip in some pointers rooted in non-dualism. 

At that point, he was offering less of a Nisargan message and more of a Hindu / non-dual message. After Westerners began finding their way - often painstakingly - to the 10' x 20' loft of the flat on 10th Lane Khetwadi, Girgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004, India, Maharaj fell under the influence of those seekers who were more interested in "spiritual talks" than Hinduism, so for the second time, he allowed the content of the message he shared to be influenced by others. 

At that point, he was offering less of a Nisarga message and more of a spirituality / non-dual message. During both of those stages or phases, however, he did offer certain Nisargan pointers which were not popular among either his Hindu guests or his Western visitors, but he did not go full-out-Nisargan until he became convinced that the Ultimate Sickness is not a soul-sickness but is a totally-psychological sickness for which neither dogma nor spiritual practices could provide a viable means for addressing the mental aspects of the illness. 

At that point, the true, original nature of his Personality Type Four / Rebel character emerged. He finally made a clean break from his guru's influence; he turned his back on Hinduism; and he abandoned spirituality and the recommending of spiritual exercises as a form of treatment for the Ultimate Sickness. 

After that, he invited his visitors far more consistently to consider what was offered here yesterday, namely, "To determine accurately if one's manner of abidance is happening naturally or unnaturally and / or supernaturally" and "To then find out if the mode of living which has been accepted or adopted is really providing a life marked by being sane and sound and reasonable and peaceful and content." 

Before that, his teaching name - for the sake of "Truth-in-Lending-Disclosure-Rules" - may have been Sri Hindugadatta Maharaj or Sri Spiritagadatta Maharaj. After that, "Nisargadatta" accurately applied. 

In September of this year, the space called "Floyd" and presently formed by an always-evolving-and-changing plant food body will be said by the less aware to be "70 years old." (Those who know better know that there has been no continuity of "a body" and that the cells involved during those seven decades have constantly come and gone, even as the conscious-energy has also constantly cycled in and cycled out of the space). 

One could review what happened here during many of the decades during the "early adulthood years" and see that they are an exact adumbration of the same shifts which Maharaj underwent, trying religion(s) and trying all sorts of spiritual movements until finally settling into a Nisargan-only style of living. So why did the searching end when the Nisarga-Yoga-understanding came? 

That is answered in detail in the book Why NISARGA YOGA in addition to the Advaita Teachings? 


In upcoming posts certain excerpts will be shared from that book. The book begins with an explanation of the five basic, non-dual teaching methods. With Maharaj - and now here - the Nisargan Yoga was offered in conjunction with the Direct Path Teaching Method. That will not be covered here since the focus in on The Yoga rather than The Method. 

Today, therefore, the discussion will begin with a look at . . . 

The Basic Rationale for Offering the Nisarga Yoga in Addition to the Non-Duality Teachings 

After one chooses which mode of travel is to be used (that is, which method of traveling on the "journey" is to be used), then one must decide what is to happen AFTER having completed the journey. 

 (By the way: pointers about Nisarga Yoga and what the relative existence will be like while abiding in a nisarga / natural manner will appear to be very strange to those who are trying to follow a knowledge path, a worship path, an action path, or a service path. So it is. Those paths are available for discussion elsewhere.) 

The longing here that led to decades of seeking and searching manifested very early on, and the road that was traveled before "the Advaita path" was crossed, by chance, was a long and grueling and onerous road. The "journey" had been quite arduous. 

Happening upon certain words and names such as "advaita" and "non-duality" and "Maharaj" - and then entering into a thorough study of those - aroused some hope; however, after so many years of searching in vain, the hope was of a most cautious and guarded nature. Why? Because so many instances of hope had been dashed along the way before, time and again. The restraint was warranted. 

Along with the words of Maharaj in I AM THAT (which he would eventually tell seekers to stop reading), the words and writings of more than fifty non-duality teachers were read, and while each of them may have been able to guide other seekers somewhere, 

a. not a one of them presented the teachings in a way that led to the "Aha! Moment" here; 

b. not a one provided the final, search-ending flash of the peripetia; 

c. not a one ignited the gunpowder that finally blew away all of the blockages that had been built up via programming, conditioning, acculturation, domestication, brainwashing, and indoctrination; 

d. not a one offered the Ultimate Medicine in a manner that finally brought to an end the misery of the Ultimate Sickness which had generated suffering for decades; and 

e. not a one made clear the means by which 

(1) Full Realization could happen along with 

(2) the manifesting of the ability to abide naturally and normally and steadily and Lovingly and simply and sanely and enjoyably throughout the remainder of the AM-ness. 

Yes, there were years in the deepest pits of despair; yes, there were years where the head was in the clouds and a parade of even-more-obnoxious-personas-than-before all came and went, including "The Super Religious One" and "The Spiritual Giant" and "The Super Seeker" and "The Lofty Thinker" and "The Supreme Self."

Even as talk of "the Oneness" happened, the fact is that there was a greater sense of separation while playing those roles than during any of the darkest days of the past. And part of that happened even after finding and exploring the many different "brands" of non-duality. All of the talk of "the path" and "the journey" proved to be a disservice for it implied that there was "a path" that could be followed to its end and I would "arrive" somewhere; 

and all of that talk also suggested that, if I would but complete "the journey," I would arrive at a destination which was "there" - well away from "this world" which had rendered a Type Four Personality (the type that accounts for only 1-2 of 1% of the earth's population) feeling quite the alien on this planet. What was the missing element in the explanations and talks by all of those teachers who talked of "the path" and "the journey"? 

What was missing was the key fact that there is not one passage that is to be completed but that there are actually three in total. Even if one wants to claim that there is but "one journey," then it must be made clear that the journey has three legs. And Maharaj's earliest statements (which were his only statements that were read originally) seemed to point to a two-leg "journey" when he said, “ … You should go back, reverse, to the source” and “Follow the same path by which you came.” 

If one reads the book Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj and His Evolution, it becomes clear that his early emphasis was not solely on the ultimate "goal" of abiding naturally. The "totally unadulterated version of a purely nisarga message" came years later. 

So in the process of seeking via Advaita Vedanta, there was a fruitless search for "the exact path," an unsuccessful search for the exact way to follow that "path," a futile search for the means by which "the journey" could finally be completed once and for all, and an unproductive search for the way to reach the final destination of "the journey" and remain there. 

It took a vision that came one afternoon while leaving the delta level of consciousness and entering into a theta state of consciousness to finally "break the code" being used by so many teachers and understand what the entire three-leg "journey" involves. 

The content of that vision made clear how it is that only one-leg of "the journey" will happen with the masses; how it is that far too many seekers are stopping after the second leg of the "journey" and being stuck at the third of seven steps to Full Realization; made clear how an entire three-part "journey" must happen if one would Realize Fully; 

and made clear what happens after "the journey" is completed so that the remainder of the relative existence can happen in a not-insane, non-stupid, not-ignorant, non-fluctuating, non-chaotic, not-unstable, but totally steady and logical AS IF manner instead. 

That manner is marked by freedom and joy and peace as well as an ability to merely witness whatever events that the relative existence might toss one's way which might fall outside the categorization of "perfectly tranquil happenings." 

The book will discuss that manner of living, referred to in this book as "AS IF living," and will share what the relative existence can look like after realization (i.e., being freed of all learned ignorance, Maharaj said) and after the third and final leg of "the journey" has been completed. 

To be continued. 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Whether Living Spirituality (Supernaturally), Asleep (Unnaturally), Religiously (Unnaturally), Naturally, Philosophically, Ideologically, or otherwise, WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? Part One

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Few ever stop long enough to look at themselves - at their false selves - and inventory their actual motives. Even for the few who do look, finding truth is further complicated because most never realize what their actual, hidden motivators are, namely the agendas of the many false personality identifications which have been assumed and the desires and fears of each of those identities. Why that is a complication? Those motivators operate at a subconscious level, so most persons (even seekers) are doubly unaware of their influence and effects.

In the last series, this was shared: 

Even the few who do seek will seldom really understand at all what it is that they should actually be seeking.

So, you're invited

(A) to consider some possibilities of what those persons among the masses are seeking and then

(B) to see which mode of living is driving them to seek whatever it is that they are seeking and then

(C) to see if you can relate to any of the following:

If Living Asleep, what is it you think you want?

#1 . . . Happiness? 

# 2 . . . Money, as in . . . 

Hit a jackpot? 

Have a rich relative die? 

Find a wealthy woman . . . that's the plan? 

Find a man . . . a man's a plan? 

Find someone to sue?

Receive a major settlement from a class action lawsuit? 

Passion / Sex / Killer sex? 

Emotional intoxication / Adrenaline rushes? 

Having power? 

Being in control? 

To avoid? 

To escape? 

To dissociate? 

To deny? 

To evade? 

To find a caretaker? 

To be admired? 

To be applauded? 

To find the love your parents did not give you when you were a child?

If Living Religiously, what is it you think you want?

Eternal life? 

Eternal reward? 

The avoidance of eternal punishment? 

A really good ___ (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, etc.) man? 

A really good ___ (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, etc.) woman? 

Fulfillment? 

Joy? 

Blessings? 

Meaning?

Respect? 

A positive image in the community? 

Emotional intoxication / Adrenaline rushes? 

Virgins, Wives and Whores in an eternal afterlife? 

Being pleasing to God? 

Having a Power to tap into? 

Control? 

To convert others? 

To reform the world? 

Paradise? 

Zion? 

The Next World? 

The Next Life? 

Elysian Fields? 

Valhalla? 

The Hereafter? 

The Firmament? 

The Wild Blue Yonder? 

To be seen as a super religious person? 

To be able to do whatever you want to others, to ask for forgiveness for screwing them over, to thereby get a clean slate, and then to start all over again? 

To be seen as the one with all the answers? 

To help and save everyone? 

And why is living religiously unnatural? Living religiously is a recent phenomenon in the history of humankind and its ancestors. Those ancestors lived and evolved naturally for 540 million years, and they did so without knelling and rising and knelling and rising; without smelling special smoke; without chanting and humming; without hitting bowls on pillows; without claiming to have been possessed by a "Holy Spirit" and then rolling around on the ground in a state of emotional intoxication, etc., yet they did just fine. The evidence: We are here. 

During the 8+ million-year history of humankind's more immediate ancestors, they lived and evolved naturally, and they did so without claiming to speak in foreign tongues; without wearing special, holy robes; without having special haircuts; without thinking that they were sinful at times and virtuous at other times; and without spending a fortune on religious accoutrements, yet they did just fine. The evidence: We are here. 

And in the 200,000 years since so-called "modern humans" evolved, excluding only the last 5000 years, trillions of humans have lived and evolved naturally, and they did so without reading special books; without allowing the content of special books written thousands of years before them to tell them how to live presently; without feeling guilty about having sex; without being killed or beheaded for being a member of "the wrong religion" or "the wrong sect," etc., yet they did just fine. The evidence: We are here. 

And while doing just fine, they did not abide unnaturally, and they did not abide supernaturally, buying into a few superstitions and myths dreamed up by their leaders notwithstanding. (It was that "buying into" which led during the last 5000 years to all of the present-day organized religions and cults and spiritual movements). 

Contrast hundreds and thousands and millions of years of abiding naturally with the unnatural and supernatural ways in which the masses abide nowadays.

If Living Spiritually, what is it you think you want?

A Pure Spirit? 

Having a Power to tap into? 

Sobriety? 

Control? 

To be seen as a spiritual giant? 

To be seen as a wise one / the wisest one? 

To be seen as the all-knowing one? 

Enlightenment? 

Realization (without knowing that, per Maharaj, "realization" simply means "being free of all learned ignorance")? 

Liberation (without knowing that means being free of being driven by the hidden agendas of personalities)? 

To be seen as a Knower? 

To find . . . 

God? 

Parabrahman? 

The Supreme Reality? 

The Ultimate Reality? 

The Infinite Self? 

The Ultimate Self? 

The Authentic Self? 

The Eternal Self? 

The True Self? 

The Impersonal Absolute? 

THAT? 

Nirvana? 

A State Of Supreme Bliss? 

The Upper Regions? 

The Celestial Sphere? 

Rebirth onto a Higher Plain? 

If Living Philosophically, what is it you think you want?

To be seen as a deep thinker? 

To be argumentative for the sake of being argumentative? 

To be provocative for the sake of being provocative? 

To appear aloof? 

To appear lofty and superior and elevated? 

To isolate? 

To enjoy pushing the limits on moral relativism? 

To be Nietzsche-like? 

To be Kant-like? 

To be Socrates-like? 

To be Sartre-like? 

To be Confucius-like? 

To be Ayn Rand-like? 

If Living Ideologically, what is it you think you want?

To be able to tell everyone what the best political party is, unequivocally? 

To be able to tell everyone what the best economic system is, unequivocally? 

To be able to tell everyone what the best monetary policies are, unequivocally? 

To be able to tell everyone what the best form of government is, unequivocally? 

To be able to fixate on one subject and to become a fanatical about that one subject in an effort to use every second available to influence others to agree with your views? 

To be able to fulfill your "missionary complex"? 

To eliminate all compromise and overwhelm others in order to force your views on everyone else? 

To present lies as facts and truths in order to inspire others to accept all of the components of your belief system?

Yesterday, this was shared: 

If you are interested, may you find a final and viable and effective treatment, be freed from the machinations of the warped mind, then be done with seeking, and then finally unwind, calm down, slow down, let go, loosen up, lighten up, settle down, rest, chill out, take a break, and abide naturally rather than unnaturally and / or supernaturally. Of course, that is all just a suggestion. 

The invitation here is . . .

(1) to look objectively at what is driving your thoughts and words and actions 

and then to ask

(2) "How much fun am I to be around, really? Am I taking myself (my false selves) way too seriously? Am I actually boring the hell out of everyone around me with my fixations and obsessions and domineering ways?" 

and

(3) to find out what style of living you have lapsed into or been programmed and conditioned to follow

and

(4) To determine accurately if you are living naturally or unnaturally and / or supernaturally

and

(5) To find out if the mode of living you have accepted or adopted is really "working for you" (that is, actually providing a life marked by your being sane and sound and reasonable and peaceful and content and by enjoying unconditional happiness).

To be continued.

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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