Thursday, February 23, 2017

THE ULTIMATE SICKNESS: Causes, Symptoms, Aspects, Effects, TREATMENT, Part Sixty-Nine

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 Again, this reminder:  

The invitation offered via this series is to understand that the "Fully Realized" (those fully freed from abiding under the influence of a nonsense-filled mind) are no different from anyone who visits this site. That includes the actually realized; the non-realized who are seeking; the non-realized who are not seeking; and those claiming realization who think they have completed the entire "journey" but have not and are, therefore, trying to satisfy their ego-based desire to control others or to assume new "Superior Identities." 

The only possible difference among all of those is in perspective, in a perspective which has been changed as a result of being freed from the key symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness (identified by Maharaj as "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity); thus, certain perspectives here that might differ from perspectives held by "others" are being shared for consideration and - possibly - for further enlightenment. 

That said, realization - combined with the Nisargan understanding - results in another perspective that differs from a non-dual understanding alone. It has been explained this way in "The Advanced Seekers' Series": 

Because the post-realization, post-Nisarga understanding allows for abidance as the Awareness - which will not even be aware of awareness post-manifestation - what justification can be offered for being “concerned” with any of the following labels, if Fully Realized? 

“Absolute,” “THAT,” “Brahman,” “God,” “energy,” “energy-matter,” “Consciousness,” “Awareness,” and “something.” Are not all of those still man-made labels generated by persons, even if many persons believe that concepts pointing to things Noumenal are exempt from being discounted because they are still nothing more than . . . concepts? 

Here, there is no justification for concern with any label or identity. Here, the final understanding leads to an end to any desire to "be something" in the relative, including something that is supposedly "beyond the relative" or that is "metaphysical" or that is thought to be "truly special." 

Most who read pointers that endorse reaching a state of zero concepts (as offered by some Direct Path Advaita Teachers and by some “Neo-Advaitins”), will feel as if they are dying or being robbed of their “true identity.” 

Some will feel that their “true identity” is being minimized and not recognized for the glorious post-manifestation "SOMETHING" that it is . . . all “heavenly” and “celestial” and “splendid” . . . maybe even “saintly” or “godly” or “cherubic” or “spiritual” or “divine” or “holy” or "something" which they believe will be "even above and beyond" all of that. 

Here, there is a "no-something-at-all" perspective. 

Some resent the implication that their relevance, either during the relative manifestation or after the relative manifestation, is being decreased or diminished or underestimated. 

They hate the suggestion that to have taken themselves and their beliefs seriously for so many years was all nonsense. 

They hate hearing that their years of fighting for their causes were uselessly passed in vain and were steeped in egotism and efforts to support their false identities / ego-states. 

They hate hearing that their entire existence is all much ado about nothing. 

They despise being told that they have been fooled. 

They hate pointers dealing with purposelessness and meaninglessness. 

They hate pointers which suggest that all of those times when they made mountains out of molehills was pure foolishness. 

They hate the notion of "nothingness" and thrive on all their concepts that deal with "somethingness." 

They hate hearing that their beliefs and their concepts are fiction. 

They hate hearing that they will never be able to "change the world," that they are not even in the world, and that "the world" is in them . . . in their fiction-filled "minds." 

They hate when their dualistic belief in their own eternal reward is exposed as a fraud or when their belief in an eternal punishment for their enemies is debunked. 

They bristle when it is pointed out that their "life-long" attempts to defend their various concepts have amounted to nothing more than a waste of breath. 

They hate to hear that the energy spent in trying to make their views understood and accepted was for naught. 

They can become livid when it is noted that their actions (which earned applause from the masses who considered those actions to be “accomplishments”) were for nil. 

They despise the pointer that no one has ever "made the world a better place" as a result of any action. They hate hearing that the one they take to be "His Holiness" in not holy at all (the word "holy" meaning "different"). 

In reality, there is no different-from-ness, no separation, no multiplicity, no real hierarchies, and, therefore, no better-than-ness. They hate hearing that the one they perceived to be "the wisest" cannot even differentiate actual, natural events from imaginary "supernatural" events (as was the case with the man discussed yesterday).

If among those who are active in one of the three sky cults that evolved from the words of Abraham, they hate hearing that their having fought and killed each other for centuries - with their centuries of fighting each other and murdering each other continuing to this very day - is pure insanity because they are fighting and killing over a debate about which of those three religions has the best imaginary friend and protector. 

Others are offended when it is suggested that the naming of streets after them, that the building of statues in their honor, and that the construction of libraries built to laud their "achievements" amount to just so much rubbish. 

They reject any suggestion that the desire to extend in perpetuity the memory of them and their “identity” is mere tripe. 

Similarly, the following pointer - evidencing a quite different perspective from that held by most - was offered to a seeker who said that "surely he had to be something" in defense of his “identity,” desiring as he did to verify his assumed identity and to be assured that his assumed identity will be extended in perpetuity: 

Whether their assumed identity / identities are of a phenomenal nature or a noumenal nature in the “mind” of persons, the preoccupation with it is evidence of the fact that they hold in esteem either that which they currently believe they are, or that "something" which they think they shall be forever, or both. In fact, when a "state" of zero concepts is reached, it is understood that there is no "identity" at all. 

It is also realized from that "state" that there is nothing deserving any esteem at all, contrary to the tendency among the non-Realized and / or the supposedly Realized to demand that they be shown “the honor they deserve” as something that is most different from what the masses take themselves to be. 

The concept of “something” blocks the understanding of what is most pervasive in this universe (and in all universes). What is most pervasive? Not something but . . . no-thing. The physical body of a human is neither “primarily energy” nor “primarily matter.” It is primarily space, primarily a void, and can thereby serve as a microcosm of the universe which is primarily space, primarily nothingness, primarily no-thingness. 

Similar to every concrete and steel bridge that will eventually be reduced to rubble, a couple of hundred pounds of “floyd” will be reduced to a few pounds of ash. That which is mainly “space” is misperceived by the non-Realized as being “something.” Typically, "the nothing" is neither seen nor understood as persons show deference to, and preference for, “something.” 

Only "the most advanced" (the most free of ignorance) might consider the implications of this pointer objectively, a pointer which offers a totally different perspective from that held by most: If "the nothingness" is understood, then not an iota of attention is wasted with concern about the “something” that so many take themselves - "Their Selves" - to be. 

At "the peak" of understanding, it is realized that “concern” with a post-manifestation identity is just so much silliness. Persons who focus on “somethings” become “concerned,” and "concern" about anything will generate unnatural or supernatural thinking and living. 

The "realized Nisargan" understands that all “concerns” prevent peace and natural living from happening. If an excess of energy is available, employ it to realize all that you are not if you would eliminate insane-like thoughts and words and deeds and relative destructiveness from an otherwise ego-dominated existence. 

Thus, there are also these perspectives: To focus on the concept of “SOMETHING” prevents seeing “The Reality of the Emptiness,” “The Reality of the Void,” “The Reality of the Nothingness.” 

All “mind”-stuff attached to “somethingness” will preempt any Full Understanding of the no-concept, non-dual, no-thing Reality; of the actual functioning of the totality; and of what natural living truly entails. 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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