Thursday, February 02, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, TREATMENT, Part Fifty-One

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"Why not go beyond the waking state and leave the personal life altogether? It does not mean the extinction of the person; it means only seeing it in right perspective." 
 --Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

From yesterday: 

What did Maharaj mean when he said, "You are not in the world - the world is in you"? 

What he meant was that "the world" is as it is imagined to be by persons; that what is imagined is not real; and that "the world," therefore, is in you . . . that is, in your mind. 

If there are seven billion persons on the planet, no two will define "the world" in the exact same way. So what "the world" is imagined to be has seven billions definitions, and nothing that is being defined in seven billion contradictory ways is being defined accurately. 

Thus, if one wants "the world" he or she is presently living in to change or wants "her or his world" to be different from the way it is, then the process for bringing that change about is simply to . . . . . . change your perspective. 

All of the previous "groundwork" laid down in this series so far is building to the key elements of treatment, and one of the keys is to develop a different perspective. 

How different must it be? 

It must be 180-degrees opposite of the way it has been. The blind faith in - and attachment to - every idea, concept, notion, perception, etc. (a.k.a., in "every belief") must be relinquished, abandoned, and renounced and one must then reach (and fixated in)n what Maharaj called "The Zero Concepts" state. 

That is a key element of the viable treatment which he eventually found. 

Only in a state of "zero concepts" can you abide in the enjoyable manner which comes when you are both fear-less and desire-less. (Note that both fear and desire are rooted in the hidden agendas and distorted perspectives of personality identifications). 

Maharaj said: "Once you realize that all comes from within, that the world in which you live is not projected onto you but by you, your fear comes to an end. 

[Note: Of course it should be understood that what is "within," namely, within the mind, did come from without because what is put into the mind is always put there by "others" - specifically, by "others who had been fooled and then passed on their foolish beliefs." That is why it is said here that "There is no such thing as 'your' mind. It is 'their mind,' the content of which you are now carrying about and being subconsciously driven by."] 

He said, "It is the person you imagine yourself to be that suffers, not you. Dissolve it in awareness. It is merely a bundle of memories and habits." 

For example, I have dealt with men who are still cataloguing all of the faults of the women they were married to and still sharing how "horrible" or "crazy" or "cruel" their wives were. 

I always ask them (knowing full well that their marriages had ended long ago), "So with the present intensity of your anger and hurt and, yes, even suffering that I can see, it would seem that the wounds of her leaving you must surely be fairly new?" 

Most often the reply is, "Hell no . . . the bitch left me twenty years ago." 

See? "It is the person he imagined himself to be that is still suffering, not him." That is, the imaginary person - the false persona, the false personality - was "The Husband" or "The Super Husband." He believed the beliefs of his culture and the words of a religious person who told him many years ago, "I now pronounce you man and wife / husband and wife." And what did that man need / desire in order to continue to "imagine himself" to be "The Husband?" He needed "A Wife." Role-players must always be enabled by fellow role-players in order to continue to be perceived as real.

All personal identifications required a co-dependent counterpart player in order for one to imagine himself or herself to actually be that role. But how to change one's perspective? You must allow it to "dissolve it in awareness." "Awareness" refers to the pre-manifestation speck of energy which was one's "Original Nature" prior to the manifestation of an elemental plant food body which would circulate consciousness and air. 

To realize is to transcend the dualistic consciousness and become aware of awareness and its original condition when there was neither "conscious-of-ness" nor "aware-of-ness"; in that state, obviously there was no "imagining oneself" to be anything, especially anything that it is not. 

So what was the angry and hurt and suffering man being driven by? "Merely a bundle of memories," and all memories are lies. 

[Why? The "realized" do not buy into memories as being real because memories are registered in a pre-realization mind. A pre-realization mind only knows the false, so any memory stored in the mind at the time that only false beliefs prevail must necessarily be a false impression. To recall a false impression and to believe that it was rooted in truth and that it actually reflects the way that things really were at the time is nonsensical. Thus, to believe that anything following the term "I am" was or is true is total foolishness: "The priest said that I am a husband, so it is true. That defines me. If the one playing the role which allows me to continue to believe in that identity should suddenly announce that she is going to stop playing her role of "The Wife," then I - "The Husband" - feel as if I am dying (even screaming, "She's killing me!") What is actually happening is that a belief in a lie is "dissolving." If that dissolving is not witnessed from the perspective of awareness (a.k.a., "wisdom") then suffering will happen. If one "dissolves it in awareness, " then true, accurate witnessing will happen and no anger or hurt or suffering will continue because all is being witnessed from the perspective of wisdom . . . of truth.] 

Maharaj said that "You may die a hundred deaths without a break in the mental turmoil. Or, you may keep your body and die only in the mind. The death of the mind is the birth of wisdom." 

[Note: He was not endorsing a belief in reincarnation. Persons assume scores of false identities and each of those identities will die at some point.]

He asked: "Why not go beyond the waking state and leave the personal life altogether? It does not mean the extinction of the person; it means only seeing it in right perspective." 

It is, ironically, during the "waking state" that "non-realized persons" dream the most, and those dreams will all eventually devolve into nightmares because nothing in the relative lasts. 

Unless a "husband" and a "wife" are killed simultaneously - for example, in a car wreck - then a spouse will always be left first by his or her spouse - be it by divorce, demise, or departure of some other means. 

Whether the remainder of the relative existence of the surviving spouse is marked by anger and hurt and suffering or not is a matter of . . . perspective. 

And the same that applies to "spouses" applies to all roles assigned to humans or assumed by humans.

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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