Tuesday, June 27, 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 QQQ - A REVIEW OF "THE REASONS"

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THE RATIONALE FOR UNDERSTANDING "THE REASONS" AND BEING FREED FROM THEIR INFLUENCE, PART SIX 

"As long as your urge for truth affects your daily life, all is well with you. Live your life without hurting anybody. Harmlessness is a most powerful form of Yoga and it will take you speedily to your goal. This is what I call 'nisarga yoga', 'the Natural yoga'." 
 --Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

Yesterday, it was noted that the indigenous peoples in what is now called "the Americas" had no words in their language for "my," "mine," "ownership," or "possessions."

In that regard, Maharaj said: "For reality to be, the ideas of ‘me’ and ‘mine’ must go. They will go if you let them. Then your normal natural state reappears, in which you are neither the body nor the mind, neither the ‘me’ nor the ‘mine’, but in a different state of being altogether. It is pure awareness of being, without being this or that, without any self-identification with anything in particular, or in general." 

The only three modes of abidance are: 

natural (a.k.a., abiding normally, sanely, wisely) 

unnatural (a.k.a., abiding abnormally, plagued with personality disorders) 

supernatural (a.k.a., abiding religiously, spiritually, magically) 

If abiding in the natural way, there is no identity, nothing personal: "I am nothing." 

Maharaj said, "There is no ‘I am this’, ‘I am that’ in the Natural State." 

If freed of learned ignorance and false identifications, then abiding naturally can begin, but for that to begin, the normalization of abiding unnaturally must be set aside and the desire and effort to try to abide supernaturally must also end. 

Maharaj advised: "Just live your life as it comes, but alertly, watchfully, allowing everything to happen as it happens, doing the natural things the natural way"

and

"Once you are quiet, things will begin to happen spontaneously and quite naturally, without any interference on your part" 

and then 

"What needs be done is being done, in the normal and natural way." 

He said: "The only happiness worth the name is the natural happiness of conscious being." 

THE KEY CHALLENGES AND THE COMPLICATING FACTORS WHICH USUALLY PREVENT HUMANS FROM LIVING IN A NATURAL WAY 

Almost every person on the planet is raised in a manner which inundates him or her with the nonsense that is taught via warped programming and faulty conditioning and perverted acculturation and senseless domestication and vile brainwashing and foul indoctrination. The result?

The ability to differentiate true from false is lost. 

Early on, children have fine-tuned BS detectors, but when they are used, the children are whipped (mentally and sometimes even physically) into submission, into accepting the crap they are told by adults as the truth or at least into being intimidated so much that they abandon all questioning. 

Blind faith can then become the key motivating factor unless children are among the few with a propensity to rebel against ignorance and stupidity and insanity, and even then, they will likely at some point be sucked into that darkness for a time. Meanwhile, adults will delight in their offspring having bought into the "faith" part of that term while ignoring the fact that the "blind" part is most detrimental. 

To regain the use of one's vital BS detector, and to be free of living under the influence of key symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness (which Maharaj identified as "ignorance, stupidity and insanity"), one must find someone that has undergone the process of having been rendered ignorant and stupid and insane; that has undergone the process of having been restored to sanity; and that has undergone the process which finally freed them of all three.

Those who have climbed Mt. Everest and reached the peak are lauded, but they did not accomplished that feat without assistance from the often-ignored sherpa or guide. Seekers of the peak seldom not reach their goal alone. 

The next challenge and the next complicating factor: no matter the number of years a guide has lived, there are only a limited number of years when a guide's skill set is at its height and when the readiness of the one seeking the peak is also at its height. Those conditions seldom manifest early on and seldom last for a protracted time.

Maharaj said that humankind "naturally ripens and becomes ready for realization" (that is, ready to cast aside all of the ignorance that has been taught and learned during a lifetime). 

With all of those variables and complicating factors at play, what are the odds of a seeker's readiness being in place, of a guide's "ripeness" being in place, and of their paths converging at the point when that confluence of one's readiness and the other's ripeness have manifested simultaneously? 

See, for those whose paths crossed the paths of "maharaj" or "floyd" or any one of thousands of others too early, before they had yet fully "ripened" and therefore had not fully realized, then seekers were not given the pointers required to activate their BS detector. 

The pointers which flowed from a religious / non-duality version of the Ultimate Medicine or from a spiritual / non-duality version of the Ultimate Medicine were useless in terms of activating the vital BS detector and, in fact, actually caused the detector to remain inactive.

Is it any wonder that the longer Maharaj worked with seekers, the lower became his estimate of how many would ever realize, changing his prediction from 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 1,000,000 to 1 in 10,000,000. 

Comedian Steve Martin suggested that if you really want to screw up your kids, "talk 'wrong' around them when they are little and learning to talk." Then, he said, imagine how funny it will be when your child is in the first grade and raises his hand and says, "Excuse me, teacher, may I mambo dogface to the banana patch?" 

Another comedian shared this during his act: “Here’s a parenting tip for you: if your goal is to really screw up your kids, don’t use corporal punishment. Wounds heal in seven to ten days or so. No, to really screw ‘em up good, don’t screw up their bodies. That’s temporary; instead, screw up their minds. Now that punishment lasts forever!” 

Now those two were conscious of the damage that parents do to their children, but most parents will never realize that. Oh, they will believe that they can see clearly all of the mistakes that "those other parents" are making, but as for seeing their own? Not likely.

A counselor probed into the upbringing of a client and he exposed - unconsciously - the insanity of his parents and their really strange style of child-rearing. She began asking some questions to inspire the client to wake up to the lingering effects of what he had witnessed as a child and what he had been taught as a child. 

His reply: "That was then; this here is now, little lady, so how 'bout we just stick ta dealin' with now." 

See? As often noted here, "The truth will set you free, but it is really going to piss you off first." 

The man soon left counseling, his ego-states and his egotism working to block his realizing that his "childhood then" is his "adulthood now." To admit that what one parent passed down might have been defective leads person to conclude that they might be "half-defective," and egotism will not allow that admission. 

To admit that what both parents passed down might have been defective leads person to conclude that they must be "totally-defective," and egotism will not allow that admission. Such a conclusion would be totally false, but that is the way that the subconscious mind and egotism work when functioning in tandem. 

The client erroneously felt that the counselor was trying to get him to hate the parents whom he was certain he loved dearly, though many of his comments revealed a deep-seated resentment of them which he has never faced. So it is, so for another generation, the chain will not be broken. To his wife's chagrin, he is raising their children in the same warped fashion as he was raised, bragging: "My folks must'a done sumpthin right: I've turned out purty damn good." 

When in my 20's, I had an acquaintance who knew she had the flu but selfishly came around anyway and exposed me to it, claiming "it's just my sinuses acting up." When I contracted the flu, I was not thrilled with her actions that made me sick, but I did not have to hate her to be inspired to take the action to treat the symptoms while my immune system worked on restoring me to health. 

The same is the case when persons during their childhood were exposed to unnatural thinking and behaviors and normalized those and when persons during their childhood were exposed to supernatural thinking and behaviors and normalized those. They need not hate the ones who passed down the Sickness to them in order to see what those persons handed down to them and then to take all of the necessary action to un-do the effects of the Sickness which was handed down to them.

And what is unnatural and supernatural yet is normalized more than anything else? Being placed on an endless path and unquestioningly staying on it; undertaking a never-ending journey which one never chose for herself or himself to take but blindly continuing with it anyway; and / or seeking treatment for an illness from people who admit they cannot help themselves and who admit they have no cure for your sickness but then agreeing to let them try to treat you, nevertheless.

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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