Thursday, April 20, 2017

NO END "PATHS"? A LIFE-LONG "JOURNEY" WHICH NEVER REACHES THE DESTINATION? A LIFETIME OF TREATMENT WITH NO CURE AT ALL? Sensible and Sane? Or Senseless and Insane? Part "J"

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Maharaj advised, "Don't disturb your mind with seeking." 

He endorsed "the end of all seeking." 

He made clear that, ultimately, "There is nothing to seek." 

The discussion continues regarding the reasons that persons are willing to enter onto a "path" and then end up staying on it, or why persons begin a "journey" which never reaches the destination but continue on that "journey" anyway, or why they accept a treatment plan which they are told offers no cure for what ails them but normalize that shortfall and stay with that ineffective plan. 

Consider the advice offered in this exchange between a visitor to the loft and Maharaj:

Questioner: "For the last two and a half years I am travelling, restless, seeking. I want to live a good life, a holy life. What am I to do?" 

Maharaj: " Go home . . . . " 

Not "Continue your travels until you find how to live a 'good' life." Not "Continue your travels until you find how to live a 'holy' life." Not "Continue your travels until you find how to live a 'super spiritual' life." Nope. Just . . . "Go home." 

Maharaj asked: " Does a happy man seek happiness?" Of course not. He added: "How restless people are, how constantly on the move!" 

"The Super Seeker Floyd" was given similar counsel by a Cherokee Elder who told me in ten simple words what I needed at the time to understand, namely, that I only needed to "go home" and stop all of the endless seeking and going and doing and zooming and spiritual workaholism and find out what my real problem was and what the real solution for that actually is.

But the phony identity of "The Super Seeker" would drive me to continue on the same "path" for far too long after hearing but not internalizing the wisdom that the man offered. 

Here is the way it is described in the non-duality-based adventure / mystery novel entitled The Twice-Stolen Necklace Murders as "Floyd's" experiences are described through the character "Kirk":

Now some might say, “Ah, I see what’s missing. Here’s your problem. You’ve never been to the mountaintop and talked to The Wise Man you’ll meet there.” 

But Kirk would say, “Oh, but I have, O Sayer of the False.” 

Yes, Kirk had even been to the mountaintop, or darn close to it, when he traveled from his home to the airport in Houston and flew into Albuquerque; from there, he rented a car, drove from that city into Santa Fe, New Mexico, and climbed—via his rented auto—up the side of the white-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains, all for the promise of getting the chance to spend one hour with a full-blooded Cherokee Man of Wisdom, a Real, Modern-Day Soothsayer. 

Once there, The Wise Man asked of Kirk, “Tell me what you have done so far on your search.” 

In his anal way at that time, Kirk took forty minutes to provide for the chief a detailed cataloguing of all of his spiritual work to date, as delightful a dose of divine workaholism as ever heard. 

Then the chief inquired, “OK. Now tell me all that you have not yet done on your search that you are planning to do.” 

That took Kirk another twenty minutes, enumerating the elements in his game plan for gaining greater godliness and even more knowledge and spirituality in the future. 

At the end of his one-hour session, which had come at the conclusion of a very long journey, Kirk finally fell quiet and looked at the chief. The chief gazed directly at Kirk, but not into Kirk’s eyes. 

The stare from the chief pierced to a depth much deeper than the eyes, not unlike an arrow shot with such force that it not only reached its target but breached its way through the objective as well. The look altered into one of those soul-penetrating stares, coming at Kirk from the now-narrowed eyes of a Wise Man, like a hawk’s glare fixed on a soon-to-be slain mouse. 

Several times, Kirk had to look down to sever this discomforting link, but each time he glanced up, the chief stared him down again. Finally, the Cherokee rose, using the two canes now required for moving about on his ancient legs. Tottering over Kirk, he fixed his eyes again on this seeker, and Kirk became convinced that the Words of Wisdom he had come so far to hear would emerge within seconds. 

The words, Kirk trusted, would provide the penultimate key. That penultimate key would then be used in the ultimate act required for the opening of his mind to a new and definitive level of freedom and independence. He waited with bated breath; his pulse quickened; his mind seemed already to be opening more than ever before. 

Finally, just about to come his way—he felt assured—would be the Secret Knowledge that unravels all mysteries, the key that would allow Full and Final Knowingness to manifest. Instead, the chief proclaimed in a way-too-matter-of-fact manner, 

“Well, then. You’re going to be a very busy boy.” 

And with that, the old man hobbled away, in a way that told Kirk without the least doubt at all that he would hear nothing more, ever, from the chief. 

Kirk’s breath was not now bated; his pulse quickened even more; his mind snapped shut like a spring-loaded trap. Kirk flashed back over all required to arrive in Santa Fe and to sit in the presence of the chief, all the time, all the money, all the effort, only to hear . . . that?!

Kirk’s pseudo-spirituality dissolved, replaced with fury. He thought suddenly that those two canes might better be used to serve up a brutal pummeling across the back and neck and head of this clearly Not-Wise-Man. 

Only later would the tremendous value of the chief’s ten words become clear. And later, that wisdom, along with the connection Kirk had with his grandmother, would inspire Kirk to once again seek insight from a different Cherokee chief. 

Here it is said that the readiness is all - that the non-dual message can usually only be received by someone if I hear the following expressed in one way or another: "I'm tired." 

If all that persons have done while following a long and arduous "path" has not left them wore out, tired, and - yes - even exhausted, then they will not be ready for the most-unconventional non-dual / Nisargan message. 

They will merely be ready to follow their ineffective "paths" even farther. They will continue to think and talk and behave as the masses do, so they will remain willing to enter onto a "path" and then end up staying on it, or will begin a "journey" which never reaches the destination but continue on that "journey" anyway, or will accept a treatment plan which they are told offers no cure for what ails them but will normalize that shortfall and stay with that ineffective plan. 

To those, it is said, "Rock on. Rock and roll," but someday - if you're finally ready - you might see these ten words flash across the screen of consciousness and then consider an alternative approach:

“Well, then. You’re going to be a very busy person"

followed by five more words:

"Yet you need not be."

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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