Thursday, July 20, 2017

Whether Living Spirituality (Supernaturally), Asleep (Unnaturally), Religiously (Unnaturally), Naturally, Philosophically, Ideologically, or otherwise, WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? Part Three

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Yesterday, a rationale for receiving the Nisargan understanding was shared. Consider:

WHEN SUPERNATURAL - NOT NATURAL - THINKING REIGNS 

The objective observer of the lessons which history can offer already understands that when a majority of the people in a nation become obsessed with religious and / or spiritual fanaticism and when leaders of that ilk take over political control, chaos rules. 

Consider but one example of what happened in the city-state of Firenze (Florence) Italy when the monk Girolamo ("The Bonfires of the Vanities") Savonarola exposed the masses there to his fanaticism and infected them as well. 

[If interested, more details are available in the 9 July 2016 post, and others. Use the search feature on this page and search the word Florence.] 

WHEN UNNATURAL - NOT NATURAL - THINKING REIGNS 

Last Fall while I was trimming back some plants in the front yard, a neighbor approached me and tried to give me a flyer and a pep talk, soliciting votes for the candidate of his choice in the presidential race. 

Yes, this is the same neighbor who (a) gives money each week to an institution that uses millions of donated dollars ("tithes") to cover up its history of sexual abuse and to protect the abusers rather the children, enabling the abuse and the misery and suffering which they cause to continue; and who (b) is a white supremacist who said that "the problems in the U.S. began when Lincoln freed the slaves." 

I said, "Thanks but no thanks" to both the pamphlet and pep talk, but after months of having followed a regimen which has strengthened the condition of my cardiovascular system, I had some breath to waste momentarily so I asked, "Do you know what a sociopath is?" 

He: "Sure," and smiled. 

F.: "And do you know what a psychopath is?" 

He, again: "Sure," and smiled. 

F.: "Are you aware of the fact that your candidate is a full-blown sociopath and psychopath?" 

He: "You bet! My wife and I both said, 'Maybe what this country needs at this point is a totally crazy person in charge for a while to do all the drastic things we need done here and around the world'," and he smiled again. 

So much for needlessly expelling some of that surplus breath I had been holding in reserve. 

The Ultimate Sickness is marked by non-dualistic beliefs which trap the masses in what Maharaj called "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity," and when more in a nation are suffering from the most extreme cases of that Sickness than not, then more persons in that nation will identify with and be attracted to persons who are also being driven by "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity." 

When that unnatural state manifests, then the masses in that nation will prefer leaders of that ilk and allow them to take over political control, and chaos will rule.

When the unnatural is "normalized" in the minds of the masses, instability follows. ("A dual-minded person is unstable in all ways.") And when supernatural thinking prevails, then the masses will not be in touch with reality, much less Reality.

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Yes, this natural vs. supernatural and / or unnatural discussion deals with the AM-ness, but presently, what happens in the AM-ness impacts the masses far more than anything to do with the THAT-ness. 

So, to continue with excerpts from the book Why NISARGA YOGA in addition to the Advaita Teachings? as considerations about the nisarga (natural) fashion of abidance are offered: 

Defining Nisarga Yoga 

At the simplest level, one may take “nisarga” to mean “natural.” As used most frequently, the term refers to the yoga of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj which advocates “natural living” or abidance as the natural state. 

NOTE: Abidance as the natural state is the proper perspective, not abidance in the natural state.

The Natural Disposition 

Every form or space on the planet has an innate disposition. That natural, inherent, instinctive disposition is simple and uncomplicated, allowing for a relative existence that is undemanding, plain, minimalistic, unadorned, bare and fairly effortless at its core. 

Be the reference to a rock or a flower or a bird or a tree or a fish or a deer, all among those happens spontaneously without thought, the result of a simple, no-mind, no-concept, no-belief, natural manner of functioning; too, that happens planet-wide without any exceptions, except for one exception. 

When the Natural Disposition Became Skewed 

The exception: the space or form called “humans.” As the brain increased over the millennia from a size that would fill one coffee cup to a size that would fill three-and-a-half coffee cups, a “mind” evolved; that is, the ability to store and retrieve data developed. 

What actually came about was a section of the brain that was capable of storing information and capable of retrieving information, a process that happened spontaneously and naturally in order to perpetuate the species—such longing for perpetuation being natural once consciousness manifests. 

(You do not have to train a bird to fly away from a human walking noisily through a forest. The consciousness automatically and spontaneously drives that behavior, and there is no mind—and thus no thought—involved in the movement of the bird. It is natural. The bird knows the I AM, even in the absence of language which allows the "thought" I AM to happen.) 

How Language-Borne Lies Began Spreading the Ultimate Sickness Across the Globe 

Focus not on “pandemics.” They affect few, comparatively speaking. If seekers would be well and free, they are invited via the Nisarga Yoga to focus on the Ultimate Sickness that is infecting and affecting 95% or more of the persons on the planet. 

It is a sickness which prevents a seeing of the unicity and which drives misperceived thoughts about separation and division and disharmony and better-than-ment, eliminating any chance for the "peace on earth" wish that some persons call for annually. 

Contrary to popular belief, everything in this universe evolved from one, single atom. There is a unity beyond the multiplicity; however, once language developed, humans began perpetuating dualistic beliefs that reinforced a false sense of separation. 

They dreamed up the false concept of “time” and divided what is a continuous stream of happenings into groups and subgroups: millennia, centuries, decades, years, months, days, minutes, seconds, etc. Then they began telling lies that they thought to be truth. 

The result is this: what had been a simple, uncomplicated, undemanding, plain, minimalistic, unadorned, bare and fairly effortless natural existence took on the character among persons—actually, just a perceived character—of being complex, complicated, demanding, elaborate, conspicuous, adorned, embellished, strenuous, unnatural and / or supernatural. 

How the Desire To Be Supernatural and To Live Supernaturally Has Almost Eliminated Natural Living Altogether 

Few persons on the planet now live naturally. Unnatural and supernatural living have become the abnormal norm. While a relative existence that is marked by that which is complex, complicated, demanding, elaborate, conspicuous, adorned, embellished, and strenuous is unnatural, it is nevertheless sought by the masses. Why? 

Magical, superstition-and-myth-based, mind-inspired, egocentric thinking has generated concepts about a god or gods, resulting in complicated efforts among most humans to try to live supernaturally rather than naturally. More and more, it is lies (rooted in ignorance and misunderstanding) that have become widely-accepted as truth, such as this belief that humans once held on a near-global basis: 

“There are powerful beings in other worlds that cause thunder” 

and 

“Those Powers use thunder to send either ‘good’ and ‘bad’ messages and warnings to people, the actual message depending on the days of the week": 

“If there is thunder on Sunday, wise men will die; if there is thunder on a Monday, it signals the death of many women; If there is thunder on Tuesday, it is a sign that there will be plenty of grain; if it thunders on Wednesday, then many prostitutes will die; 

“if there is thunder on a Thursday, it is a sign that there will be plenty of sheep and corn; if it thunders on Friday, some great man or noble leader will die and that will trigger additional murders; if it thunders on a Saturday; it is a warning that a plague is coming and it will cause widespread death.” 

An extreme example? 

No more extreme than believing that if you die killing Christians, you’ll be blessed with multiple virgins, prostitutes and wives in a paradise; no more extreme than believing that if you kill Muslims in foreign lands, you are a patriot; and no more extreme than believing that all Jews should be exterminated or Jews believing that they are "God's chosen people" and have the right to slaughter their Muslim neighbors.

No more extreme than a preoccupation with blood, believing it has magical power if spread above a doorway; believing that it is "good" to beat yourself about the head and back with spikes and to walk through the streets in a holy parade of blood; 

and no more extreme than believing you will be in closer, conscious contact with a supreme power in another world if you drink blood in weekly or monthly services conducted in supposedly "holy" buildings; no more extreme than believing that you should kill all persons who do believe in your concepts. 

All of that is most unnatural, but all of that is believed in by (and is therefore driving the behavior of) billions of people on the planet. The Nisarga Yoga invites persons to abide as all other "non-human forms / spaces" on the planet, not in that supernatural fashion illustrated above but in a natural manner, free of belief in unnatural and supernatural concepts that drive such insane behavior. 

The Ultimate Sickness, Mental Disorders, and Personality Disorders Have Spread Around the Globe 

Yet few will ever find the Nisarga Yoga, much less full realization (that is, being fully freed from believing all of the learned ignorance which they have been taught); therefore, such mental sickness as discussed above now dominates persons (a.k.a., "non-realized humans") all around the globe. 

The most nonsensical concepts imaginable have been dreamed up by controlling men and women and have been shared as “The Truth” or “The Secret” or “The Purpose” or “The Way” or “The Will of the Universe” or "The Sacred Contract" or "The Holy This or That" or as “God’s Infallible Word.” 

The result is that natural abidance—which is still common among all that is manifest except “humans”—now happens infrequently among the vast majority of persons. The now-common mental sickness among persons is spread via the virus of ignorance. 

The Nisarga Yoga is the vessel which carries the Ultimate Medicine that can treat the Sickness. It is the yoga which can guide seekers along a “path” to being restored to reason and logic and wisdom as a result of being free of belief in false concepts, ideologies, myths, and superstitions. 

It is the yoga which can result in an understanding of the functioning of the totality. It is a yoga which can make clear the difference in humanity’s quest for what is “false love” and can guide seekers to an understanding of the Oneness (and, thus, what True Love is). 

It is the yoga which can eliminate supernatural efforts to live in an unnatural manner and can return persons (all of whom have been programmed and conditioned and acculturated and domesticated) to a condition of abidance in the style of their original nature; it is a yoga which can guide seekers to a manner of functioning by which all that happens will happens naturally and spontaneously; 

and it is a yoga which will reveal a fashion of abidance which allows the seekers who complete all of the steps on the “path” to realization to be, once again, in touch with their innate and inherent and instinctive disposition. 

To be continued. 

Next, "Living in the Nisarga Fashion." 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Whether Living Spirituality (Supernaturally), Asleep (Unnaturally), Religiously (Unnaturally), Naturally, Philosophically, Ideologically, or otherwise, WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? Part Two

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It was in his later years that Maruti Shivrampant Kambli actually began offering a pure Nisarga (Natural) Yoga message as advertised in his assumed teaching name, "Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj."

"As advertised with a name?" Yes. Consider: 

"Sri" is a Sanskrit noun of address used mostly in India as a polite equivalent to the English title "Mr." but with an added connotation of veneration or higher-than-usual respect (or even worship, in the case of many guru-protégé relationships). 

As for "Maharaj," that is a Hindu name derived from the Sanskrit title "maharaja," (literally translated as "great king") and also used in, but not limited to, guru-protégé relationships. Why? Because the title can also refer to "an accomplished practitioner" or "a master" with a particular skill set or craft in many other areas, including singing, drumming, dancing, cooking, etc. 

It is the name "Nisargadatta" which was chosen for the sake of advertising to allow seekers to know up front that this particular teacher could be expected to offer a message which would be focused on the "nisarga" state or style of living, that is, focused on "the natural state or condition or form or character" and which endorses "a natural and spontaneous style of abidance as happens with every living thing on planet earth" with the exception of humans who have been programmed, conditioned, etc. 

Did Maharaj always provide the message which his teaching name advertised? No. Those more familiar with his "evolution" than most are aware of the fact that his guru advised Maharaj to offer certain Hindu rituals - including the singing of bhajans, dancing, etc. - to attract the Hindu locals and then to slip in some pointers rooted in non-dualism. 

At that point, he was offering less of a Nisargan message and more of a Hindu / non-dual message. After Westerners began finding their way - often painstakingly - to the 10' x 20' loft of the flat on 10th Lane Khetwadi, Girgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004, India, Maharaj fell under the influence of those seekers who were more interested in "spiritual talks" than Hinduism, so for the second time, he allowed the content of the message he shared to be influenced by others. 

At that point, he was offering less of a Nisarga message and more of a spirituality / non-dual message. During both of those stages or phases, however, he did offer certain Nisargan pointers which were not popular among either his Hindu guests or his Western visitors, but he did not go full-out-Nisargan until he became convinced that the Ultimate Sickness is not a soul-sickness but is a totally-psychological sickness for which neither dogma nor spiritual practices could provide a viable means for addressing the mental aspects of the illness. 

At that point, the true, original nature of his Personality Type Four / Rebel character emerged. He finally made a clean break from his guru's influence; he turned his back on Hinduism; and he abandoned spirituality and the recommending of spiritual exercises as a form of treatment for the Ultimate Sickness. 

After that, he invited his visitors far more consistently to consider what was offered here yesterday, namely, "To determine accurately if one's manner of abidance is happening naturally or unnaturally and / or supernaturally" and "To then find out if the mode of living which has been accepted or adopted is really providing a life marked by being sane and sound and reasonable and peaceful and content." 

Before that, his teaching name - for the sake of "Truth-in-Lending-Disclosure-Rules" - may have been Sri Hindugadatta Maharaj or Sri Spiritagadatta Maharaj. After that, "Nisargadatta" accurately applied. 

In September of this year, the space called "Floyd" and presently formed by an always-evolving-and-changing plant food body will be said by the less aware to be "70 years old." (Those who know better know that there has been no continuity of "a body" and that the cells involved during those seven decades have constantly come and gone, even as the conscious-energy has also constantly cycled in and cycled out of the space). 

One could review what happened here during many of the decades during the "early adulthood years" and see that they are an exact adumbration of the same shifts which Maharaj underwent, trying religion(s) and trying all sorts of spiritual movements until finally settling into a Nisargan-only style of living. So why did the searching end when the Nisarga-Yoga-understanding came? 

That is answered in detail in the book Why NISARGA YOGA in addition to the Advaita Teachings? 


In upcoming posts certain excerpts will be shared from that book. The book begins with an explanation of the five basic, non-dual teaching methods. With Maharaj - and now here - the Nisargan Yoga was offered in conjunction with the Direct Path Teaching Method. That will not be covered here since the focus in on The Yoga rather than The Method. 

Today, therefore, the discussion will begin with a look at . . . 

The Basic Rationale for Offering the Nisarga Yoga in Addition to the Non-Duality Teachings 

After one chooses which mode of travel is to be used (that is, which method of traveling on the "journey" is to be used), then one must decide what is to happen AFTER having completed the journey. 

 (By the way: pointers about Nisarga Yoga and what the relative existence will be like while abiding in a nisarga / natural manner will appear to be very strange to those who are trying to follow a knowledge path, a worship path, an action path, or a service path. So it is. Those paths are available for discussion elsewhere.) 

The longing here that led to decades of seeking and searching manifested very early on, and the road that was traveled before "the Advaita path" was crossed, by chance, was a long and grueling and onerous road. The "journey" had been quite arduous. 

Happening upon certain words and names such as "advaita" and "non-duality" and "Maharaj" - and then entering into a thorough study of those - aroused some hope; however, after so many years of searching in vain, the hope was of a most cautious and guarded nature. Why? Because so many instances of hope had been dashed along the way before, time and again. The restraint was warranted. 

Along with the words of Maharaj in I AM THAT (which he would eventually tell seekers to stop reading), the words and writings of more than fifty non-duality teachers were read, and while each of them may have been able to guide other seekers somewhere, 

a. not a one of them presented the teachings in a way that led to the "Aha! Moment" here; 

b. not a one provided the final, search-ending flash of the peripetia; 

c. not a one ignited the gunpowder that finally blew away all of the blockages that had been built up via programming, conditioning, acculturation, domestication, brainwashing, and indoctrination; 

d. not a one offered the Ultimate Medicine in a manner that finally brought to an end the misery of the Ultimate Sickness which had generated suffering for decades; and 

e. not a one made clear the means by which 

(1) Full Realization could happen along with 

(2) the manifesting of the ability to abide naturally and normally and steadily and Lovingly and simply and sanely and enjoyably throughout the remainder of the AM-ness. 

Yes, there were years in the deepest pits of despair; yes, there were years where the head was in the clouds and a parade of even-more-obnoxious-personas-than-before all came and went, including "The Super Religious One" and "The Spiritual Giant" and "The Super Seeker" and "The Lofty Thinker" and "The Supreme Self."

Even as talk of "the Oneness" happened, the fact is that there was a greater sense of separation while playing those roles than during any of the darkest days of the past. And part of that happened even after finding and exploring the many different "brands" of non-duality. All of the talk of "the path" and "the journey" proved to be a disservice for it implied that there was "a path" that could be followed to its end and I would "arrive" somewhere; 

and all of that talk also suggested that, if I would but complete "the journey," I would arrive at a destination which was "there" - well away from "this world" which had rendered a Type Four Personality (the type that accounts for only 1-2 of 1% of the earth's population) feeling quite the alien on this planet. What was the missing element in the explanations and talks by all of those teachers who talked of "the path" and "the journey"? 

What was missing was the key fact that there is not one passage that is to be completed but that there are actually three in total. Even if one wants to claim that there is but "one journey," then it must be made clear that the journey has three legs. And Maharaj's earliest statements (which were his only statements that were read originally) seemed to point to a two-leg "journey" when he said, “ … You should go back, reverse, to the source” and “Follow the same path by which you came.” 

If one reads the book Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj and His Evolution, it becomes clear that his early emphasis was not solely on the ultimate "goal" of abiding naturally. The "totally unadulterated version of a purely nisarga message" came years later. 

So in the process of seeking via Advaita Vedanta, there was a fruitless search for "the exact path," an unsuccessful search for the exact way to follow that "path," a futile search for the means by which "the journey" could finally be completed once and for all, and an unproductive search for the way to reach the final destination of "the journey" and remain there. 

It took a vision that came one afternoon while leaving the delta level of consciousness and entering into a theta state of consciousness to finally "break the code" being used by so many teachers and understand what the entire three-leg "journey" involves. 

The content of that vision made clear how it is that only one-leg of "the journey" will happen with the masses; how it is that far too many seekers are stopping after the second leg of the "journey" and being stuck at the third of seven steps to Full Realization; made clear how an entire three-part "journey" must happen if one would Realize Fully; 

and made clear what happens after "the journey" is completed so that the remainder of the relative existence can happen in a not-insane, non-stupid, not-ignorant, non-fluctuating, non-chaotic, not-unstable, but totally steady and logical AS IF manner instead. 

That manner is marked by freedom and joy and peace as well as an ability to merely witness whatever events that the relative existence might toss one's way which might fall outside the categorization of "perfectly tranquil happenings." 

The book will discuss that manner of living, referred to in this book as "AS IF living," and will share what the relative existence can look like after realization (i.e., being freed of all learned ignorance, Maharaj said) and after the third and final leg of "the journey" has been completed. 

To be continued. 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Whether Living Spirituality (Supernaturally), Asleep (Unnaturally), Religiously (Unnaturally), Naturally, Philosophically, Ideologically, or otherwise, WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? Part One

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Few ever stop long enough to look at themselves - at their false selves - and inventory their actual motives. Even for the few who do look, finding truth is further complicated because most never realize what their actual, hidden motivators are, namely the agendas of the many false personality identifications which have been assumed and the desires and fears of each of those identities. Why that is a complication? Those motivators operate at a subconscious level, so most persons (even seekers) are doubly unaware of their influence and effects.

In the last series, this was shared: 

Even the few who do seek will seldom really understand at all what it is that they should actually be seeking.

So, you're invited

(A) to consider some possibilities of what those persons among the masses are seeking and then

(B) to see which mode of living is driving them to seek whatever it is that they are seeking and then

(C) to see if you can relate to any of the following:

If Living Asleep, what is it you think you want?

#1 . . . Happiness? 

# 2 . . . Money, as in . . . 

Hit a jackpot? 

Have a rich relative die? 

Find a wealthy woman . . . that's the plan? 

Find a man . . . a man's a plan? 

Find someone to sue?

Receive a major settlement from a class action lawsuit? 

Passion / Sex / Killer sex? 

Emotional intoxication / Adrenaline rushes? 

Having power? 

Being in control? 

To avoid? 

To escape? 

To dissociate? 

To deny? 

To evade? 

To find a caretaker? 

To be admired? 

To be applauded? 

To find the love your parents did not give you when you were a child?

If Living Religiously, what is it you think you want?

Eternal life? 

Eternal reward? 

The avoidance of eternal punishment? 

A really good ___ (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, etc.) man? 

A really good ___ (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, etc.) woman? 

Fulfillment? 

Joy? 

Blessings? 

Meaning?

Respect? 

A positive image in the community? 

Emotional intoxication / Adrenaline rushes? 

Virgins, Wives and Whores in an eternal afterlife? 

Being pleasing to God? 

Having a Power to tap into? 

Control? 

To convert others? 

To reform the world? 

Paradise? 

Zion? 

The Next World? 

The Next Life? 

Elysian Fields? 

Valhalla? 

The Hereafter? 

The Firmament? 

The Wild Blue Yonder? 

To be seen as a super religious person? 

To be able to do whatever you want to others, to ask for forgiveness for screwing them over, to thereby get a clean slate, and then to start all over again? 

To be seen as the one with all the answers? 

To help and save everyone? 

And why is living religiously unnatural? Living religiously is a recent phenomenon in the history of humankind and its ancestors. Those ancestors lived and evolved naturally for 540 million years, and they did so without knelling and rising and knelling and rising; without smelling special smoke; without chanting and humming; without hitting bowls on pillows; without claiming to have been possessed by a "Holy Spirit" and then rolling around on the ground in a state of emotional intoxication, etc., yet they did just fine. The evidence: We are here. 

During the 8+ million-year history of humankind's more immediate ancestors, they lived and evolved naturally, and they did so without claiming to speak in foreign tongues; without wearing special, holy robes; without having special haircuts; without thinking that they were sinful at times and virtuous at other times; and without spending a fortune on religious accoutrements, yet they did just fine. The evidence: We are here. 

And in the 200,000 years since so-called "modern humans" evolved, excluding only the last 5000 years, trillions of humans have lived and evolved naturally, and they did so without reading special books; without allowing the content of special books written thousands of years before them to tell them how to live presently; without feeling guilty about having sex; without being killed or beheaded for being a member of "the wrong religion" or "the wrong sect," etc., yet they did just fine. The evidence: We are here. 

And while doing just fine, they did not abide unnaturally, and they did not abide supernaturally, buying into a few superstitions and myths dreamed up by their leaders notwithstanding. (It was that "buying into" which led during the last 5000 years to all of the present-day organized religions and cults and spiritual movements). 

Contrast hundreds and thousands and millions of years of abiding naturally with the unnatural and supernatural ways in which the masses abide nowadays.

If Living Spiritually, what is it you think you want?

A Pure Spirit? 

Having a Power to tap into? 

Sobriety? 

Control? 

To be seen as a spiritual giant? 

To be seen as a wise one / the wisest one? 

To be seen as the all-knowing one? 

Enlightenment? 

Realization (without knowing that, per Maharaj, "realization" simply means "being free of all learned ignorance")? 

Liberation (without knowing that means being free of being driven by the hidden agendas of personalities)? 

To be seen as a Knower? 

To find . . . 

God? 

Parabrahman? 

The Supreme Reality? 

The Ultimate Reality? 

The Infinite Self? 

The Ultimate Self? 

The Authentic Self? 

The Eternal Self? 

The True Self? 

The Impersonal Absolute? 

THAT? 

Nirvana? 

A State Of Supreme Bliss? 

The Upper Regions? 

The Celestial Sphere? 

Rebirth onto a Higher Plain? 

If Living Philosophically, what is it you think you want?

To be seen as a deep thinker? 

To be argumentative for the sake of being argumentative? 

To be provocative for the sake of being provocative? 

To appear aloof? 

To appear lofty and superior and elevated? 

To isolate? 

To enjoy pushing the limits on moral relativism? 

To be Nietzsche-like? 

To be Kant-like? 

To be Socrates-like? 

To be Sartre-like? 

To be Confucius-like? 

To be Ayn Rand-like? 

If Living Ideologically, what is it you think you want?

To be able to tell everyone what the best political party is, unequivocally? 

To be able to tell everyone what the best economic system is, unequivocally? 

To be able to tell everyone what the best monetary policies are, unequivocally? 

To be able to tell everyone what the best form of government is, unequivocally? 

To be able to fixate on one subject and to become a fanatical about that one subject in an effort to use every second available to influence others to agree with your views? 

To be able to fulfill your "missionary complex"? 

To eliminate all compromise and overwhelm others in order to force your views on everyone else? 

To present lies as facts and truths in order to inspire others to accept all of the components of your belief system?

Yesterday, this was shared: 

If you are interested, may you find a final and viable and effective treatment, be freed from the machinations of the warped mind, then be done with seeking, and then finally unwind, calm down, slow down, let go, loosen up, lighten up, settle down, rest, chill out, take a break, and abide naturally rather than unnaturally and / or supernaturally. Of course, that is all just a suggestion. 

The invitation here is . . .

(1) to look objectively at what is driving your thoughts and words and actions 

and then to ask

(2) "How much fun am I to be around, really? Am I taking myself (my false selves) way too seriously? Am I actually boring the hell out of everyone around me with my fixations and obsessions and domineering ways?" 

and

(3) to find out what style of living you have lapsed into or been programmed and conditioned to follow

and

(4) To determine accurately if you are living naturally or unnaturally and / or supernaturally

and

(5) To find out if the mode of living you have accepted or adopted is really "working for you" (that is, actually providing a life marked by your being sane and sound and reasonable and peaceful and content and by enjoying unconditional happiness).

To be continued.

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Monday, July 17, 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? The Conclusion

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In closing out this series, here's an overview: 

The "non-realized" masses (that is - per Maharaj - those persons who have not realized, meaning, not been freed from believing unquestioningly the learned ignorance which they have accumulated in their minds and those persons who have not restored their brains to their original no-concept, no-beliefs, no-nonsense, no-learned ignorance state) . . . 

• are obsessive 

• are compulsive 

• are unable to relax 

• are driven to go and do and zoom (whether that involves religion; spirituality; employment; "personal relationships"; politicking; reforming; rescuing; seeking love; seeking mass approval and applause and admiration; trying to escape responsibilities; accumulating; finding caretakers; or controlling). 

We looked at sixty-eight reasons which cause the above to manifest and we have discussed what must happen in order to be freed from their influence; additionally, we looked at the "causes of the causes." 

Now Maharaj made clear that "the cause of all is all." To identify all of the truly "original causes" is impossible because they have been developing and evolving for infinity:

No "Big Bang" = no "this universe" even as other universes have continuously come and gone. 

No "this universe" = no 7+ billion persons who are now cursed by the Ultimate Sickness and three of its key symptoms which Maharaj identified as "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity." 

No ignorance, stupidity and insanity = no need for humans to either be driven unconsciously throughout an entire relative existence by ignorance, stupidity and insanity; 

or, 

no ignorance, stupidity and insanity = no need for the few who do realize that they have been driven all their lives by ignorance, stupidity and insanity to become trapped for the rest of their lives in seeking "something else" (even as the few who do seek seldom really understand at all what it is that they should actually be seeking). 

So, because there is no way to trace causes which have developed and evolved for infinity, we have looked at the current state of the causes and how they have functioned during the last 5,000 or so years (which is a tiny period in the 13.772 billion-year history of the universe; in the 4.5 billion-year history of earth; since the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans - a microscopic, bag-like sea creature - lived about 540 million years ago; in the 8+ million-year history of humankind's more immediate ancestors; and in the 200,000 years since so-called "modern humans" evolved). 

Now, we'll review the "causes of the sixty-eight causes" and note the levels of their impact, starting with the most influential and working down from there. 

First, the "causes of the causes" in this series were 26 in number and appeared a total of 312 times in varying combinations. 

So what should those who would be free of the effects of the Ultimate Sickness need to understand about the causes in terms of their weight of influence? 

The impacts via the first two causes were close in the weight of their influence: 

10.6% of the time, acculturation is the key driver of humankind's obsessiveness, compulsiveness, fanaticism, and the preponderance of humanity's ignorant and insane thoughts and words and actions which the masses exhibit 

while 

10.2% of the time, the cause of the causes involves the assumption of personality identifications

Look at the time involved with the various topics that Maharaj discussed and you'll see that those two would be very high on the list of what Maharaj warned seekers to be aware of and to beware of. 

Close to the effects of those two is the influence of conditioning which came in at 10%. 

Next came insanity itself at 8.3%, 

domestication at 8%, 

programming at 7.3%, 

with indoctrination and brainwashing tied at 7% each. 

Next, the Maharaj-identified symptoms of "stupidity" and "ignorance" tied at 6.7% 

and 

delusion and distortion tied at 5% 

with warped beliefs coming in closely at 4.8% 

and 

with arrogance and egotism at 3.2%. 

In order after that were: 

personality-based fears 

personality-based desires 

mind identification 

being re-programmed rather than de-programmed 

the varying effects of the nine basic personality types 

body identification 

the addiction to control 

the addiction to power / Power in order to be able to control 

the mental problems which result when the body is out of physical balance because of following a food plan that is not the one required for maximized functioning of each of the three metabolic body types 

and 

fanaticism per se

So what do all of those have in common? Do they exist because the persons being driven by those know too little dogma? Hardly. Do they exist because of a "spiritual malady" or "a sick spirit" or "the dark night of the soul"? Hardly. 

As Maharaj came to understand, they all exist because the non-realized go through each day living under the influence of the unnatural mind rather than functioning under the auspices of the rest of the natural brain. 

The real rub, therefore, with those causes? 

They all share a common "place of residence" (namely, in a warped mind) so neither they nor their effects can be separated or compartmentalized. 

It is not as if a person is only being influenced 10.6% of the time by the effects of having been acculturated. One is being influence by all of those factors all of the time. Whichever comes to the forefront at any given moment and becomes the primary driver of ignorant and insane thoughts and words and actions is irrelevant because they can all be "running constantly in the background" and can all be activated singularly or simultaneously by the slightest pressure on their hair-trigger character. 

Bottom line: All of humankind's problems and troubles and conflicts and insane thoughts find birth in a mind warped by what has been taught, by what has been learned, and by the subsequent beliefs which are accumulated in warped minds. 

Hence, Maharaj turned his back on religion as a component of the Ultimate Medicine and turned his back on spirituality as a component of the Ultimate Medicine and focused in the end on treating the actual, psychological roots of the Ultimate Sickness. 

And that is why, having finally come to understand that the problems of humanity are all centered in the mind, he said: 

"There is no such thing as peace of mind. Mind means disturbance. Restlessness itself is mind." 

“Don’t rely on your mind for liberation. It is the mind that brought you into bondage. Go beyond it altogether.” 

"Distrust your mind, and go beyond." 

“The death of the mind is the birth of wisdom.” 

 "All illness begins in the mind." 

"There is no chaos in the world except the chaos which your mind creates." 

 " . . . The mind obscures and distorts." 

"Beyond the mind there is no suffering.” 

[Note the distinction between “pain” on one hand and "misery and suffering" on the other: pain is rooted in the body; misery and suffering are rooted in the mind.] 

 His advice: "Stop making use of your mind and see what happens." 

"There is no such thing as mind. There are ideas . . . ." 

[Here the point is that ideas, concepts, notions, perceptions, values, etc. can all be clustered into one single group or classification: beliefs; thus, it would be said here that “There is no such thing as mind. There is only a conglomeration of beliefs; moreover, those are not 'your beliefs' but are actually just 'their beliefs' which have been accepted on blind faith without any logical or reasonable or objective questioning at all.”] 

Maharaj: "To know that you are a prisoner of your mind - that you live in an imaginary world of your own creation - is the dawn of wisdom." 

So what was the state which ultimately freed him and led to the birth of his wisdom? It was a no-mind state: 

"There is no such thing as a mind." 

"I have no mind . . . ." 

"Reach a state of zero-concepts." 

"As to my mind, I have no such thing. There is consciousness in which everything happens." 

"I find I have lost the mind irretrievably." 

If you are interested, may you find a final and viable and effective treatment, be freed from the machinations of the warped mind, then be done with seeking, and then finally unwind, calm down, slow down, let go, loosen up, lighten up, settle down, rest, chill out, take a break, and abide naturally rather than unnaturally and / or supernaturally. 

Of course, that is all just a suggestion. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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Sunday, July 16, 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 GGGG - A REVIEW OF "THE REASONS"

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Specific "reasons" cause persons 

• to be obsessive and compulsive 

• and render them unable to relax 

• and lead them to be driven to go and do and zoom (whether that involves religion; spirituality; employment; "personal relationships"; politicking; reforming; rescuing; seeking love; seeking mass approval and applause and admiration; trying to escape responsibilities; accumulating; finding caretakers; or controlling). 

• We are looking at what causes "the reasons" to manifest 

• and what must happen in order to be freed from their influence. 

We are looking at what causes "the reasons" to manifest and what must happen in order to be freed from their influence. 

So, to continue: 

Persons obsess, act compulsively, are unable to relax, are fanatical, are driven by subconscious motives, and do whatever authority figures tell them to do - unquestioningly - because of reason #68. Children - except for rebellious Type Fours - seek to be seen as "good" and not "bad" in order to please parents, please Santa, and later, please the Supreme Parent / the Father / God in a hope that their problems during the AM-ness will be avoided, that continuous joy and uninterrupted bliss will mark their entire lives, and that after the manifestation of the IS-ness, then boundless rewards and endless joy and even greater bliss will manifest forever. 

The causes behind reason #68? 

DISTORTION, DELUSION, IGNORANCE AND MAGICAL THINKING which result from PROGRAMMING, CONDITIONING, DOMESTICATION, ACCULTURATION, BRAINWASHING, AND INDOCTRINATION in combination with HUMANKIND'S ADDICTION TO CONTROL which leads to AN ADDICTION TO POWER IN THE HOPE OF BEING ABLE TO CONTROL 

A survey conducted by staff at the University of Chicago asked subjects if they had stayed in the religion they were raised in; if they had ever switched to another denomination or sect within that religion; or if then now preferred no religion at all. 

The study found that the percent of people raised in a particular religion who reported currently being members of that same religion were as follows: 

Protestant 90.4% 

Jewish 86.6% 

Catholic 82.3% 

As for whether the participants in the study identified as "a religious fundamentalist," "a religious moderate," or "a religious liberal," the percent of people raised in a particular religion who reported currently being members of that same religion revealed the following:

Religious Fundamentalists: 
80.3% of those types said they had never changed either their religion or denomination, and among the ones who did make a change, it was to another denomination but within the same religion. 

(For example, the Evangelical Movement nowadays draws many of its members from established, ultra-conservative Christian religions.) 

Religious Moderates: 
81.9% of those types said they had never changed either their religion or their denomination.

Religious Liberals: (an identity - and possibly an oxymoron - which in itself could beg additional questions) 
71.6% of these types said they had never changed either their religion or their denomination.

More recent research in the U.S., which takes into account the fact that the number of persons claiming any religious affiliation is dropping, revealed that "only 20 percent of Americans say they no longer practice the religion of their parents." 

 In the U.S., of the generation born after World War II, 95 percent received a religious upbringing, yet some two-thirds of the seventy-five million American so-called "baby boomers" had left the religion of their parents by their early adult years; 

however, 84% of all in the U.S. still nevertheless claim to be "religious," and the survey results overall showed that "the great majority of Americans raised in a particular denomination remain members after they become adults." 

On a global scale, the trend is different: the world's religious landscape is undergoing a major restructuring as the population of the planet is becomes increasingly religious and increasingly Muslim. Ninety-seven percent in global studies reported that they were affiliated with one religion or another.

Regarding reproduction stats among Muslims and Christians, the number of babies born to Muslims is expected to surpass those born to Christians sometime between 2030 and 2035. The trend is driven by high death rates for Christian populations in some regions, combined with extremely high fertility rates among Muslims. 

As for Muslims born and raised in the Muslim religion, the number who leave that religion is "minimal" according to some studies and "practically non-existent" in other studies. As for formally and openly leaving Islam in a Muslim country, that can be legally difficult in many ways, including . . .

the loss of one's inheritance as well as the right to be able to visit one's children; the possibly of serving time in jail, along with other criminal penalties; the inability to remarry; and even death. Under the strictest application of Islamic law, if you leave the Muslim religion and did not "repent" and return to Islam within three days, you could potentially be executed. 

The key take away from the various studies: once born into any religion, most will stay associated with that same religion until death. If they do seek change, it will never likely involve "thinking outside the box," as in: "You know what, this is nonsense. I'm not going to search for a different religion; I'm going to leave religion completely." 

Instead, the changes are usually cosmetic, involving trying one church or another or one denomination or another, but usually staying within the religion in which one was raised. Conscious choices are seldom ever made.

Among Muslims, even changing sects is rare. 

Now, while all of that involves "monkey-see, monkey-do" thinking and behavior, it is also driven by the addictions to control and power. 

In the English language there are expressions which advise: "Don't spoil our carefully laid plans by upsetting the apple cart" and "Leave well enough alone" and "Just do what you're told and heed what you've been taught or you're going to spoil everything" and "Do not question me! Don't you ever ask 'why' when you're told something. The answer will always be 'because.' Just do what you're told because you were told to do that and accept what you're taught without question because that's what those of us in authority have taught you." Most all cultures have similar statements in their languages.

Furthermore, in most religions, doubting and questioning are further suppressed with the threat of eternal damnation and punishment. "Believing" and "blind faith" are key.

Next, post-programming, post-conditioning, etc., the desire for power / a Power in order to be able to control is so strong that most would never even consider questioning the existent of power / Power and trying to use that power / Power. 

If a person wants to recharge the battery on a cell phone and is told to plug the charger into a wall receptacle in order to get the power needed to accomplish what they want, who is going to say, "Why should I believe that there is power within that receptacle which I can tap into? I can't see the power. You have never seen the power. I refuse to believe that there is power there so I'm not going to plug my charger in there. I'll just let the battery run down and never use my phone again"? The answer: "No one." 

Humans want power and accept as truth anything they are told about sources of power and how to tap into them, whether that involves plugging something into a receptacle or involves "using prayer to tap into the Power." 

It's a total setup, and no matter that beliefs about the latter form of Power are rooted in myths, superstitions, dreamed up concepts, distortions, delusions, ignorance, and magical thinking; those beliefs will still be accepted unquestioningly if there is also a belief that one's fears can be alleviated and / or one's desires can be fulfilled by tapping into the Power. 

And even in the case of adults who have tried to use that source for decades to alleviate their fears and to fulfill their desires - with no results at all - they will not be dissuaded from trying to use it over and over again, refusing to admit that their supposed source of power has proved to be unreliable and has failed time and again to "come through" and grant their requests.

More to the point, what is the root of all fears and desires to start with? Personality assignment and / or assumption. 

Every ego-state which is assumed as an identity brings with it a basic fear and a basic desire. Since personality identifications are all illusions, then so are the fears and desires they generate. 

If one is driving through a mountainous desert area in mid-afternoon and sees a mirage in the road ahead, the false belief that there is actually a dangerous obstacle in the road ahead can generate fear and can cause a delusional driver to swerve off the road and into the canyon below. 

And if there is a desire to otherwise avoid the supposed obstacle in the road ahead, one might be inspired by that desire to turn the car around, drive back miles to the nearest intersection, and take an hour-long detour around the imagined obstacle which seemed to be real but was not. 

So it is with fears and desires which are all rooted in imaginary personal identities: they can lead to a lifetime of ignorant beliefs and insane thoughts and crazy talk and the dumbest actions imaginable.

To believe unquestionably whatever one was taught in the religion of their parents - and their grandparents and a long chain of ancestors before them - is evidence that the Ultimate Sickness has infected one's mind. 

And to allow unquestioned beliefs to drive you to stay on a path which you were put on or which you happened upon but which you never consciously chose and which you have not currently done an honest, objective appraisal of; 

and to allow unquestioned beliefs to drive you to continue on a journey which you were set upon or which you happened upon but which you never consciously chose to undertake and which you have not currently done an honest, objective evaluation of; 

and to allow unquestioned beliefs to drive you to continue with a treatment plan for what supposedly ails you without ever having entered into an honest, objective assessment of the plan and without ever questioning the fact that those offering the plan have admitted that it will never be able to cure what ails you, 

well, in all of those cases, it is obvious that the Ultimate (Mental) Sickness is firmly rooted within. 

Tomorrow: The Conclusion 

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Saturday, July 15, 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 FFFF - A REVIEW OF "THE REASONS"

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THE RATIONALE FOR UNDERSTANDING "THE REASONS" AND BEING FREED FROM THEIR INFLUENCE, PART SEVEN (Continued) 

Yesterday: "Finally, Maharaj recommended only what would lead to natural abidance; to what would result in freedom from entrapment on paths and in journeys; to what would result in a sense of lightness." 

And that is what this series has been about, about seeing that magical thinking adds to the heaviness of a relative existence; that deep and philosophical thinking add to the heaviness of a relative existence; that excessive seriousness adds to the heaviness of a relative existence; that abiding unnaturally and supernaturally adds to the heaviness of a relative existence; 

that constant seeking adds to the heaviness of a relative existence (whether that which one is seeking is enlightenment, realization, eternal life and an eternal reward, a man to solve one's problems, a woman to fill one's "needs," or many women to fill one's "needs," ad infinitum); that constant going and doing and zooming - be it of an adventurous sort, of a religious sort, or of a spiritual sort - add to the heaviness of a relative existence; and personality assumption adds to the heaviness of a relative existence. 

TO REACH A STATE OF LIGHTNESS, LIGHTEN UP YOUR PERSONALITY LOAD. 

So when Maharaj shifted from recommending a Seven Step path to recommending a Four Step Path, he said that it is enough to know what you are not (an understanding which comes when the third step is completed, the step at which all personality identifications are finally abandoned, including the three which are usually the final false identifications to be forfeited: "The Super Religious One" and "The Spiritual Giant" and "The Super Seeker"). 

Thus, two of his key pointers from his later talks: “It is enough to know what you are not” 

and “Don’t try to understand! It’s enough if you do not misunderstand.” 

So stop it all: the entrapment on endless paths and endless journeys; the valuing of heaviness; magical thinking; deep and philosophical thinking; excessive seriousness; abiding unnaturally and supernaturally; constant seeking; constant going and doing and zooming (often driven by an addiction to chaos and / or adrenaline in an effort to escape boredom); and the constant accumulation of more and more personality identifications. 

TO REACH A STATE OF LIGHTNESS, LIGHTEN UP YOUR MIND LOAD. 

Maharaj, on rejecting that notion that you can finally attain “peace of mind," said "there is no such thing as peace of mind." Added here is the caveat, "There is only peace if you are out of your mind." 

There is no peace when the belief is stored your mind that . . .

if you just work hard enough and long enough or worship enough or study enough holy scriptures or Big Books or go to a church / temple / mosque / synagogue regularly or visit enough holy sites or go to enough retreats or listen to enough talks or visit enough holy men or read and accumulate enough books by “Big Name Teachers” or refuse to eat certain foods or wear special clothes or wear a special hairdo or have no hair at all or attend enough meetings or listen to enough speakers at speaker meetings or hang out with enough religious people or hang out with enough spiritual people or go into complete isolation and drop out and mentally dissociate that . . .

then only can you finally be free and at peace. 

What is being done to try to be free are the very things which prevent freedom. It's all just nonsense. Peace begins when mental imprisonment ends. Freedom precedes peace. It does not follow peace. 

One might as well think, "I can't control my drinking. It has put me in bondage. Therefore, please handcuff my hands behind my back so that I can stop drinking and then finally be free" 

or 

"Doc, you haven't been able to end my Irritable Bowel Syndrome and now I'm suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease and all you can tell me is to give up all of the things I love to eat and drink, like fiber, alcohol, carbonated drinks, fried foods, and fatty foods, so just remove my colon to put an end to my misery once and for all." 

Maharaj would say, "Find the means by which you can put an end to the insanity that was passed down to you. Try putting an end to your belief in all of the nonsense that 'they' pumped into your mind." 

TO REACH A STATE OF LIGHTNESS, LIGHTEN UP ON YOURSELF. 

Most humans either have a job or need a job to meet the basic requirements of a relative existence, namely, food, clothing and shelter. (Ego-states and egotism can drive some to believe that they must have only gourmet food, only designer apparel, and only the largest and grandest and most expensive shelter available). 

While a job is needed by most, what is not needed is the taking on of a second job which focuses on a mirage - on dreamed up needs - such as the dreamed up need to work for an entire lifetime to nurture a dreamed up “soul” or the dreamed up need to work on earning a place in a dreamed up “heaven” or “paradise” or “nirvana” or "Zion" or “the next world” or “the next life” or “Elysian Fields” or “Valhalla” or “the hereafter” or “the next life” or “a state of supreme bliss” or “a later life with eternal rewards rather than eternal punishment” or “the firmament” or “the wild blue yonder” or “the upper regions” or “the celestial sphere,” ad infinitum. 

Maharaj said: “I have no faith in anything which has ever been told, not even what has been told by the Vedas. Only my own experience” 

and 

“Whatever you have tried to understand during your spiritual search will prove false” 

and 

"Just give up spirituality" 

and 

"Abide naturally" (meaning, not "supernaturally" / spiritually and not "unnaturally" / religiously). 

While their numbers are decreasing, there are still 2.2 billion persons on the planet who claim to be "A Christian" (or, when they're speaking honestly, "A Super Christian") and who identify Christ as "their Lord" but who ignore his words when he told them that there is no “heaven” or “paradise” or “the next world” or “the next life” or “a hereafter” or “the next life” or “a state of supreme bliss” or “a later life with eternal rewards rather than eternal punishment” or “a firmament” or “a celestial sphere,” saying: 

“No one shall ever see ‘the kingdom of heaven’ . . . it is within.” 

(Did he offer different, level-appropriate messages to those who were not ready or who could never understand that truth? Yes, just as Maharaj did. But for those who might "get it," he made clear: there is no heaven.) 

Some may ask, "Then where does the Creator live? The reply, "No 'Creator' or 'creator' lives at all." All is energy-matter, and neither energy nor matter can be created or destroyed. No creation? No Creator. Just as "parents" do not "create" children but merely participate in the cycling of elements which already exist, so no "Heavenly Father" has ever created "His Children.")

Moreover, there is no human - and there is no "invisible part" of a human (a.k.a., "soul") - which will be forever. Additionally, when humans take mahasamadhi (or, as the masses call it, "die") they do not sprout wings and become half-human / half-bird creatures. 

[Grandmother recounted how she and her family members smiled one night when sitting around a campfire as one of the elders who had spoken to an officer in the U.S. military reported that the officer had told the elder that he needed to believe that, when he died, he would sprout wings and either float about in heaven and worship God and His Son Christ, or float about invisibly on earth while guarding people who were still alive, or go to hell and suffer mental and physical anguish forever. "And they think that we are the ones who are crazy!"]

Maharaj: “You cannot eternalise a transient thing - only the changeless is eternal.” 

He said: “Only the process of change continues. Nothing lasts” (except, of course, energy-matter, which can neither be created nor destroyed). 

TO REACH A STATE OF LIGHTNESS, LIGHTEN UP. 

Give yourself a break from the going and doing and zooming which are inspired by personality-based fears and desires. Stop all of the religious going and doing and zooming to escape the fear of eternal punishment. Stop all of the religious going and doing and zooming in an effort to earn the eternal rewards which you desire. Stop all of the spiritual going and doing and zooming to elevate, to be Something Special, to be Something Supreme, to be different from and to be better than. Again, 

Maharaj said: “I got involved in spirituality, in the business of spirituality; finally, I lost that love of Self also. I have no more love for the Self." 

The summative statement of the non-dual understanding is, “I AM THAT; I AM.” As a child, how much attention did you have to give to understanding THAT in order to enjoy unconditional happiness? None. On the other hand, how much did you enjoy the milk or food you were given as a child? Considerably. No attention was paid to things Noumenal. All attention which was paid was paid to things phenomenal, and the child did just find while abiding in that manner. 

Give my granddaughter a few English peas to snack on and you will see the peace that peas can bring during the pre-programmed, pre-conditioned, Child No-Knowing State: 


but try to give her a boring-ass lecture about all of the philosophical things that you know and about all of the Noumenal things that you understand and about all of the things that you have learned from your vast library of books and she will crawl away from you very quickly, find one of her own books, and suck on the corner of it. 

As a child, how much thought and time and effort did you give to seeking "Enlightenment" or to understanding the concept of “Your Supreme Self” in order to enjoy unconditional happiness? None. It was not required then for unconditional happiness to manifest and it will not be required for unconditional happiness to manifest now if one merely returns once more to the same no-mind and no-concept condition as existed then. 

How much did you enjoy a dry diaper and a comfortable ambient temperature? Considerably. How light did you feel “just being” as opposed to later on when you were programmed, conditioned, etc. in a way that led you to enter into a lifetime of going and doing and zooming? 

[Sadly, the “wiring” of many has been so backwards that they are so uncomfortable in their own Am-ness skin that they are most on edge and uneasy when sitting in the silence. Again, those types are so bored that they become addicted to chaos just to get the adrenal glands pumping so they might “feel alive.”] 

To be able to accept Maharaj’s recommendation to “relax in the cool blue shade,” one must find all that one is not, see the effects that the assumption of false identities has had throughout the relative existence, and then - via that realization - stop allowing what one is not to determine what one thinks and says and does. Instead, be free of all mind and personality identifications. 

Then see that the only “time” when unconditional happiness has ever happened for you was during the early childhood period when there were zero concepts stored in the part of your brain which would come to be called “the mind.” 

Only then in a mindless state were you able to enjoy unconditional happiness, and now, the only chance you have to enjoy unconditional happiness again is if you return to that no-concept, no-mind condition. There will be no “one” post-manifestation to enjoy anything, so enjoy whatever can be enjoyed at the only time anything can be enjoyed: now.

How can that be known? By understanding this: 

You are presently nothing more than a composite unity which is cycling plant food elements to sustain a physical body which is circulating air and which is circulating conscious-energy. The consumption of plants – or things which ate plants – is required to ingest plant cells which can convert to human body cells, and the consumption of plants – or things which ate plants – is required to restore the conscious-energy which is manifest only on a finite basis and must constantly be replaced throughout the manifestation. 

If bliss is to be enjoyed, it can only happen NOW. The AM-ness you can impact; the THAT-ness you cannot. The THAT-ness will do what it does automatically, both prior to manifestation and post manifestation. It needs no attention from you or from me. What could use some attention? 

The way that the IS-ness is unfolding. If you are feeling great and your entire digestive tract has been checked out and you have been given a clean bill of health, why undergo a surgery and have your colon removed? It’s fine. What it does, it does spontaneously without any attention from you (sane maintenance notwithstanding). So leave it alone. 

Like a scabbed-over wound, it will take care of itself automatically and spontaneously. Leave it alone. Stop picking at it obsessively. And leave THAT alone as well. It is faring far better than the typical human's IS-ness. If energy is going to be expended, expend it on something that you can affect, not on that / THAT which you cannot affect. 

One need not give any attention at all to the THAT-ness which had worked just fine for eternity and which shall function just fine, all on its own, for eternity. If you are feeling great and your lungs have been checked out and you have been given a clean bill of health, why undergo a surgery to have a lung removed? Both are fine. What your lungs do, they do spontaneously without any attention from you (sane maintenance notwithstanding). 

Similarly, one need not give any attention to the THAT-ness which had worked just fine for eternity and which shall function just fine, all on its own, for eternity. If your indoor plumbing is working fine, why call out a plumber and spend hundreds of dollars to pay him to exert a needless effort to pay attention to your commode and sewer pipes? They are fine. Leave them alone. 

The same applies to the THAT-ness and the AM-ness: find the means by which you can change that which involves the AM-ness if it is calling for change, but see that the THAT-ness has never changed, cannot change now, and will never change. 

It does not need you; it does not need me; it does not need anyone or Anyone to do what it does spontaneously and automatically. The invitation is to put your energy into what can be affected, and stop putting your energy into what can never be affected. 

Maharaj: “You cannot change the course of events, but you can change your attitude and what really matters is the attitude and not the bare event.” 

Too, he said, “It is neither necessary, nor possible to change others. But if you can change yourself you will find that no other change is needed.” 

So, again, “Heal thyself,” thy false selves which always block persons from enjoying the sense of lightness which comes with unconditional happiness. 

And that is what this series has been about: about offering a chance to see that any sense of actually being free among humans is more often than not a total illusion; about offering an alternate perspective; about understanding what absolute independence looks like; about seeing how to reach that state and enjoy it by taking it easy - or at least easier - and enjoying a doer-free and doingness-free relative existence (just as every living thing on the planet does for the most part, except for humans). 


To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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