Saturday, July 29, 2017

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

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TODAY'S CONSIDERATIONS 

[Continued from yesterday]

What Can Happen When One Uses A Teaching Method
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The Nisarga Yoga 

Pre-"Journey" Considerations, Part Two 

Furthermore, neither the Direct Path to realization nor the Nisarga Yoga are "about" adopting any roles, including "new and improved ones" to replace "the old bad ones." 

Initially, to assume the role or the task of being "The Seeker of the Authentic Self" can and likely will happen, but even that role can reinforce the liabilities of the personality type that pursues authenticity (a pursuit which in itself can generate a sense of separation if the "not authentic" are focused on and judged by "The Seeker"); 

thus, those beginning the "journey" must remain vigilant in order to avoid the following which the adoption of the role of "The Seeker of Authenticity" can spawn: 

1. a tendency to be rebellious and obstinate for the sake of being rebellious and obstinate; 

 2. normalizing depression; 

3. being excessively self-focused, self-absorbed, narcissistic; 

4. being moralistic; 

5. being excessively philosophical and rejecting contact with the "realities" of the relative existence; 

6. being withdrawn; 

7. isolating rather than enjoying the solitude; 

8. being stubborn; 

9. being moody; 

10. having to be different for the sake of being different; 

11. being excessively conscious of one's feelings but unaware of the effects one has on the feelings of others; 

12. being excessively preoccupied with finding the meaning of life or one's own meaning; 

13. adopting the persona of "The Individualist"; 

14. adopting the persona of "The Romanticist"; 

15. adopting the persona of "The Dramatic, Histrionic One"; 

16. adopting the role of "the Temperamental One"; 

17. adopting the role of "The Perfectionist"; 

18. adopting the role of "The Reformer of the World"; 

19. adopting the role of "The Super Helper," "The Savior," "The Rescuer"; 

20. giving lip service to seeking the lightness while remaining unnaturally "heavy"; 

21. focusing less on reality and more on theory; 

22. taking a philosophical view of most everything; 

23. becoming, as a result, totally stiff and rigid and boring and, therefore, missing out on opportunities to brighten and lighten the relative existence each day for oneself and for those about you; 

[The quick test for that condition? Ask the question and answer it honestly and objectively: "How much fun are you to be around, really?"] 

24. dreaming up scenarios involving ideals only; 

25. looking for should-be / could-be utopian possibilities; 

26. failing to understand AS IF living; 

27. engaging in the futility of replacing The Dream of the Planet with The Dream of a Philosophy; 

28. practicing escapism; 

29. not seeing how argumentative monologues and dialogues and critical diatribes are as silly as what is being criticized via those monologues and dialogues and diatribes; 

and 

30. a desire to be understood rather than to understand only. 

To that end, know first that the realized will never be understood except by the small number of those among the also-realized; yet the realized can and do understand readily. 

[To clarify those terms as Maharaj used them, "the realized" are merely those who have been freed from living under the influence and control of the learned ignorance which they were taught via the ignorant programming, conditioning, etc. which is administered to almost all children by adults who were taught and learned the ignorance which they were taught via the ignorant programming, conditioning, etc. when they were children, ad infinitum. 

"The non-realized" are merely those still living under the influence of the learned ignorance which now drives their every thought, their every word, and their every action.] 

The realized can know within an instant which persona they hear speaking when the non-realized talk; the realized can identify instantly which ego-state is sharing its thoughts and words; 

the realized can know exactly WHO is expressing anger or directing judgments at the realized; the realized can know instantly which hidden agendas and which personality liabilities are being evidenced by a person's words and actions. 

To what end can such understanding be of "practical use" during the relative? If one is coughing and sick and spraying germs about, the action here is to move away; however, if you cannot spot those about you who are sick, then you might dally about and be exposed to their sickness (or even to the Ultimate Sickness). 

Or, if one is spraying words about that could be demeaning, critical, or even hate-filled but you spot the persona doing the talking and understand that the cold and mean words are actually about them - about their false self or selves and not about you at all - then it is not necessary for you to try to explain or to defend or to feel anything "negative" or to emote or to react at all. 

What is pointed to with the term "The True Self" is nothing more than the Pure Witnessing as happens among the realized, so it cannot be defended; therefore, there need never be any attempt to do so.

(WHO - what ego-state) - would try to defend a speck of energy that is capable of witnessing only?)

No, to the contrary, any defensive actions will only occur when there is an effort to shield a false self or selves. 

"You" (the so-called "Real You") need not be understood in order to be freed via an ability to understand. 

There are people who are are sane and reasonable - though a small minority they might be - who are sane and reasonable while never having heard the word "advaita" or the term "non-duality." 

It is via the understanding which allow persons to be freed from the ignorance of body and mind and personality identification - even if "the You" is never understood - that nothing again can ever be taken PERSONAlly. 

And that, most certainly, is part of what the Direct Path and Nisarga understandings are "about." 

To be continued. 

Please enter into the silence of contemplation. 

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