Thursday, May 04, 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 "S"

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Persons (the "non-realized") are also willing to enter onto a "path" and then end up staying on it, and willing to begin a "journey" which never reaches the destination but continue on that "journey" anyway, and are willing to accept a treatment plan which they are told offers no cure for what ails them but normalize that and stay with that ineffective plan, anyway, for this reason also: 

50. Because of the bane of humanity, which happens to be near-limitless levels of arrogance, unchecked egotism, smug haughtiness, a boundless sense of superiority, false pride, and near-infinite degrees of self-importance which support humanity's belief in different-from-ment and in the subsequent belief in better-than-ment. 

What did Maharaj have to say about those? 

ARROGANCE 

Maharaj: "Blind beliefs and intellectual arrogance pollute and dull the psyche." 

EGOTISM 

Maharaj: "The realized man is egoless."

SUPERIORITY VS. INFERIORITY AND DIFFERENT VS. THE SAME 

Questioner: "Maharaj, you are sitting in front of me and I am here at your feet. What is the basic difference between us?" 

Maharaj: "There is no basic difference." 

Q: "Still there must be some real difference, I come to you, you do not come to me." 

M: "Because you imagine differences, you go here and there in search of ‘superior’ people." 

Q: "You too are a superior person. You claim to know the real, while I do not." 

M: "Did I ever tell you that you do not know and, therefore, you are inferior? Let those who invented such distinctions prove them. I do not claim to know what you do not. In fact, I know much less than you do." 

BETTER 

A visitor to the loft said to Maharaj: "I do not want to chase 'the more' and 'the better'."

 Maharaj replied: "You are quite right; do it." 

PRIDE 

"There are so many who take the dawn for the noon, a momentary experience for full realization and destroy even the little they gain by excess of pride." 

He said: "There is nothing to renounce. Enough if you stop acquiring. To give you must have, and to have you must take. Better don’t take. It is simpler than to practise renunciation, which leads to a dangerous form of ‘spiritual’ pride."

To find the roots of all of that, understand that (a) they are based in ego and that (2) ego and egotism are not the same.

"Ego" (Latin, "I") refers to ego-states, assumed personas, personality identification. Egotism is an ego-defense mechanism, used to support and maintain an assumed "ego."

At the heart of humanity's attachment to duality is a dualistic attachment to the belief in different-from-ment, and the result of a dualistic attachment to the belief in different-from-ment is the subsequent belief in better-than-ment. 

Seeking and "journeying" and being blindly dedicated to one's totally-ineffective "treatment plan for the soul" are never agenda-less processes.

While the sages suggested a process of realization whereby one can be free of personality-driven fear and desires, seeking and "journeying" and being blindly dedicated to one's totally-ineffective "treatment plan for the soul" always involves desire, namely the desire to reinforce and expand supposedly "good" or even "supreme roles" which are being sought or which have already been assumed. 

Near-limitless levels of arrogance, unchecked egotism, smug haughtiness, a boundless sense of superiority, false pride, and near-infinite degrees of self-importance survive when piranha-like feeding frenzies are engaged in by fanatical humans, and that on which they feast is a smorgasbord of assumed goodness and virtue and integrity and high morality and a sense of uprightness. 

Maharaj: "Only that person will visit this place whose virtue and sin have come to an end"

and 

“Whatever you have tried to understand during your spiritual search will prove false," and he could have added, “Whatever you think you have acquired during your spiritual search will prove false” 

and 

"You have some experiences and you try to benefit from them, but remember that whatever is going to be of use to you ultimately is going to harm you. Wherever there is use, there is also dis-use in this world of duality. Whatever you like is going to create harm for you. Whatever you like most is, in the end, going to be most harmful for you.” 

And that applies to liking the Seeker role and the seeking process, to liking "the journey," and to liking ineffective treatment plans which millions and billions are attached to.

A man in Western Europe contacted me several months ago and claimed to be concerned that his children were alienated from him and that his wife could well be planning a divorce. In truth, his subsequent behavior would prove he was not really concerned at all.

His case was similar to the woman whose alcoholic husband had joined a program and had recently received all kinds of accolades from his fellow group members because he had reached a "landmark point on his journey": "365 days of sobriety" and "365 days of maintaining his 'Spiritual Giant' role." 

Her comment to me, revealing why she was going to be seeking a divorce, can be paraphrased thusly: 

"We rejoiced when he said that he had joined a program in which other alcoholics were going to teach him how to quit drinking. We had been exposed for years to what you call his 'assholism' and were thrilled that it might end. Now, some super saint has shown up. By comparison, the asshole was more tolerable than the saint, but now, we are no longer willing to deal with either."

The man in Europe was also like another man who said to me: "I reached a year of sobriety and they held a big celebration for me in my group. I had always manipulated my rich grandmother for money in the past, and on some level, I went to her house to brag about my accomplishment with the idea in the back of my mind that she might want to give me a monetary reward. 

"When I told her that I had just reached a major milestone, explaining proudly that I had gone a year with getting drunk, all she said was, "Yeah, and I've gone 80 years without getting drunk. Now get the hell out of here." Of course his egotism-supported ego-state was appalled at her "rudeness." "Screwed up my whole celebration, she did. Cold-hearted bitch."

Now here was the man in Europe sharing the same sort of message. He had spent decades in AA, went to a meeting every day, did volunteer work throughout the week, came home at night and after eating his meal went to his home office to read AA literature and to listen until bedtime to a host of speaker tapes of talks offered by the Big Name Speakers in AA. Now he was calling me, wanting me to do more of "the work" with him - for free, of course - to try to save his marriage.

What he did not see was that for years he had an Attachment Personality Disorder which led him to ignore his wife and children; that he had become proud of the fact that he had quit drinking (because he had misplaced the cause of his behavior on alcohol rather than on  his Attachment Personality Disorder along with several others); and that he was now ignoring his wife and children while stone-cold sober instead of under the influence of alcohol.

Though some persons give up that which led to their often being physically intoxicated, they almost never get rid of what was - and is - causing their mental intoxication, their emotional intoxication, and their spiritual intoxication. Yes. Spiritual intoxication.

Talk about an ineffective treatment plan. Since when is 25% a "passing grade" in anything? Would you let a surgeon operate on you if you knew that 75% of his patients died during surgery? Hell no, but millions allow persons who are just that inefficient to operate on their minds.

I explained to him that, in regard to his two-fold illness involving a body allergy and an obsessive mind, he had not triggered the body allergy because he was not drinking but that he had obviously done nothing to address the obsessive mind. 

So obsessive was he that I suggested I would only try to deal with him if he stayed on the proper dosage of an all-natural, organic - not synthetic - version of lithium for 90 days in order to help reduce his obsessiveness, understanding that he would hear nothing I had to say about his fanatical behavior unless his through-the-roof level of fanaticism had first been reduced. 

Of course, in his program, one is to take nothing to assist them - even if it is natural - because that is an admission that his spiritual work was not addressing one of his key issues, and his ego-state of the "Spiritual Giant" was not about to admit that. End of all contact.

Agreed, the over-prescribing of drugs is a common approach which is also ineffective long-term, some persons being on fifteen different drugs at the same time. That has nothing to do with using organic food supplements to address the deficiencies of the universally-bastardized food supply and to provide the supplemental help that is needed to effectively power the elemental plant food body (and to counter the same effects which also lead to the malfunctioning of the mind).

More to the point, though, is this: Is it clear that in the case of all three of those men, "what they liked the most - their seeking, their journey, their ineffective treatment plan - was, in the end, the most harmful for them,” relatively speaking?

To be continued. 

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