Monday, February 24, 2020

REALIZING WITHOUT DOGMA, WITHOUT CONTINUOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, AND WITHOUT A PREOCCUPATION WITH “THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THINGS NOUMENAL”

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1. [See the offer in gold text following this post for details on how you can watch a retreat on video which includes a detailed discussion of all seven of the steps on the path as used by Maharaj]

2. Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns. See the green text after today's post for the full meaning and implications of that.

3. A new video ("Number Ten: Awakening Together Satsang, March 2018") has now been added in the far right column of this page, offering the opportunity to view a recent 2018 satsang session with Floyd being interviewed by Regina and Jacqueline of "The Awakening Together Group." (See the details in the blue text after this post.)

4. Some prefer paperback books even if they have to wait a day or so to receive it and have to pay more for a printed book and its shipment. Now, 10 paperback books by Henderson are in print and available in two anthologies through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and over 40,000+ booksellers around the globe including in the Americas, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Russia, China, Spain, Brazil and South Korea. See the end of this post in red text for details.

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Rather than being "pro- or anti- religion" or "pro- or anti- spirituality", the invitation here is to consider becoming doggedly “anti-ignorance” and tenaciously "anti-stupidity" and staunchly “pro-sanity.” 

REALIZING WITHOUT DOGMA, WITHOUT CONTINUOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, AND WITHOUT A PREOCCUPATION WITH “THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THINGS NOUMENAL” 

“Ego” is the Latin word for “I.” In non-duality discussions, “ego” points to the false “I” (and "egotism" is one of the many ego-defense mechanisms which minds use to preserve false identities and appearances). 

[More accurately, the proper term to use would be the false “I’s” because no single identity is ever assigned or assumed. Identities always appear in multiples, so all persons eventually suffer from the Multiple Personality Disorder;

relatedly, most also suffer from the Dissociative Identity Disorder, the assumption of Alter Egos, the Schizophrenic Personality Disorder and / or the Schizo-Avoidant Personality Disorder - and usually all of those manifest very early on, leading to an abandonment of authenticity.] 

Assigned personal identities are those handed down by parents, relatives, etc. Assumed personal identities are those supposedly chosen by persons from a pool of potential identities that have been catalogued within communities and cultures and by governments and religious organizations, etc. 

An “ego” or false “I” as used by Maharaj after he finally began focusing on the psychological / mind-roots of the Ultimate Sickness could refer to a concept, specifically referring to a false self-concept or to multiple "false selves"-concept. 

The “I” or multiple “I’s” are stored in a part of the brain called “the mind.” In that process, humanity loses touch with the original, post-manifestation of consciousness intimations of immortality which are pre-stored in “an inner guru” or “the inner resource” which allows for a sense early on one’s Original Nature and for an understanding of the fact that “who they have told me I am, that is not who I am at all.” Among some that sense that fact early on, questioning begins. 

In the case with Andy Gugar, Jr. (and in the case here as well), he explained that questions were being raised by the age of 5 or 6. In some young people, the questioning intensifies by the teen years when angst manifests because of the conflict between “who 'they' would have you be” and the sense that "you are not who they are telling you that you are” along with the awareness that “you do not want to be what they are telling you they want you to be.” 

Is it any wonder that persons reach their early adulthood years without having any clue at all about anything at all? Confusion reigns, and when confusion reigns, chaos follows. [“A dual-minded person is unstable in all ways.”] 

Yet pressure comes from those in positions of influence: “Stop with all the destructive stuff that is preventing you from being a success. Set a course for your life and get a career or go out there and find someone to take care of you and stop with all the feely-feelings and the philosophical questions and all the mental angst and trying to analyze and trying to understand everything. Move on, dammit! Fit in and make something of yourself! Go be somebody!” 

So these sorts of advice take over: 

and 


and 


 And once all of that is accepted as truth, these become the guiding principles: 


 and 


and



Thus the accumulation of an assortment of usually-life-long-distortions begins with "I was born"; continues with the assignment or assumptions of a host of false identities which supposedly identify and label that "I"; then the false selves begin self-upgrading after persons become trapped in the false identities of multiple assigned and assumed ego-states; and then full-blown egotism kicks in and takes over: 

"Since being born, I have really become somebody" and "Now, I am really something, huh?" etc.

Having been robbed of the ability to understand (as a result of programming and conditioning and acculturation and domestication and brainwashing and indoctrination) most eventually just give up, fall in line, and walk in file with those making up the long line of the planet's Night-of-the-Living-Dead”-type zombies. Or, some might march to the beat of the drum of "success," whatever the definition of "success" might be in their culture. 

Because the masses become inundated with the perverted advice offered as “wisdom” from parents and relatives and community leaders, or whatever is being modeled by those in the public spotlight, most will eventually start marching in step with all of the other sleepwalkers and sleeptalkers and will just “play the game,” whichever game they might find and settle into playing. 

Most will become a part of the 97% on the planet who unquestioningly accept the teachings of whichever organized religion their parents introduced them to. A few will be pulled away from dogma and introduced to "spirituality" (which claims to involve things of a far-higher plane than religion). Some will be pulled into groups whose members pass on their mythical and myth-based and superstition-based belief systems. 

All will become "unteachable" except for the few who never got past those original, internal sensations which were emanating from within, from “the inner guru” or “the inner resource.” Thus, all will feel dis-eased (by the effects of the Ultimate Sickness); few will ever even recognize their dis-ease because most have become dissociated as a result of their programming, conditioning, etc.; 

therefore, even the few who were originally engaged in a quest for answers - but who were forced off course by those influencing them - will not return to the "path" which they had only begun to consider during a brief period in the past. 

While most among the masses will march off in their sleep - just as they were programmed and conditioned to do - in order to receive their weekly or daily doses of the mental opiates served up in churches and other sky cults and in synagogues and in temples and in mosques and in communes and, yes, even in ashrams; 

and while others who are following their orders to keep coming back will march off in their sleep to attend their daily meetings - just as they have been re-programmed to do; and while a few will find something mythical or supposedly "extraordinary" which now blocks them from being in touch with reality; only a few will stop seeking along those conventional avenues and move to the road less traveled. 

A few might finally ask the question “Who am I, really?” and then move into what often becomes a lifetime of seeking (driven by magical and deep and philosophical and theoretical and dreamy thinking). Fewer still will reach an awareness of their Original Nature when nothing was known, nothing was thought, nothing was said, and nothing was done because there was no “one” to know or think or say or do anything. 

Only a few with move beyond “I am really something” and “I am really somebody” and reach, via the Self-Inquiry process, the conclusion that “I Am Really Something Special in an Other-Worldly Way” and “I Am Really That Which is Something Supreme.” 

And only fewer still (per Maharaj’s final guesstimate, “one in ten million”) will reach a state that is void of any sense of “WHO-ness” or “beingness” or “non-beingness” and will then, for the remainder of the manifestation, be able to just be, finally being truly free (by virtue of the fact that they have reached a state of “zero concepts,” zero beliefs, zero identities, and a state with no "Identity," either). 

Tomorrow: More on “Being Somebody” vs. “Not Concluding That One Is Somebody or Something” and merely being instead.

To be continued.
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The Advanced Seekers' Series (344 pages) is an anthology of four books that share Advaita-based, non-duality pointers that can guide seekers to abide as their original nature. Included in the anthology are



"From the I to the Absolute (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality");



"Consciousness / Awareness: The Nature of Reality Beyond SELF-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding As the Absolute)";



"From the Absolute to the Nothingness";



and

"The Final Understanding."

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“What BLISS is and what BLISS is not”;

“There’s No Such Thing As Peace of Mind (There’s Only Peace If You’re ‘Out of Your Mind’)”;

“Liberation (Attaining Freedom from Personality via Realization)”;

“Freedom from Shifting Between States of Happiness and Unhappiness”;

“Why You Must Be Empty If You Would Be Full”;

and

“When REALITY Is Overlaid on the RELATIVE.”

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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns.

THE EXPLANATION

If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence.

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of god in the past was of a weak god, an absentee god, A Santa Claus-type god, a mean, punishing, vindictive god, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring god whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to."

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a god that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly").

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring god,' any supposed god that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'god' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part.

"That is, a non-narcissistic their god / their goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'god' and focus on the 'god as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you."

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on:

"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within"
--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and

"Heaven and earth shall fade away."
--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and

"Heaven and hell are not geographic places
but are states of mind, nothing more than
concepts dreamed up by men."
--Pope John Paul II

"There is no hell."
--Pope Francis, the current pope
in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari,
a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record
teachings which become a part of the Papal Magisterium.

[That said, would that the popes who have shown the courage to reject a core concept of their dogma - namely, "hell" - would find the additional courage required to question the very existence of their institution in light of the centuries-long cover-up of their history of raping children and in light of the mental and emotional and psychological scarring of billions of their members past and present.

And that need for courage also applies as questions need to be asked about why so many other sky cults are still being supported and allowed to continue to exist as well. When certain types of programming and conditioning have been shown to blind the masses, they should end. Will they? Not likely. Why?

Because what the masses think and say and do is most influenced by the international crime families which hold sway over the masses as criminals conduct their planet-wide operations. What are the major international crime families and which are the most influential and have the largest memberships?

The Mafia / La Cosa Nostra; the Catholic Church (with it 1.2 billion followers) whose Vatican Bank worked for decades with the Mafia while laundering mob earnings (for a 15% all-profit charge by the Bank); Protestant and Evangelical Churches (with over 1.2 billion followers) like the one I was raised in where the youth director molested and sexually assaulted young girls; big business which has long created environments in which people have been abused; powerful political bodies like the U.S. Congress, etc., etc., etc.)

With all of those crime families, neither the followers nor the leadership ever voluntarily step down or shut down their criminal activities. Be they gangs, organized crime families, religions, big business, politicians, etc., they all want control and they all want power and they all want money, and nothing internal will interfere with the driving forces at play.

The masses must demand that all those in charge must step down and their groups and institutions must shut down, and there's the real problem because the continuation of their crimes are enabled not as much by the people running such crime organizations as they are enabled by the masses of people who - wanting some perceived "payoff" - remain involved with them and give them money and support them and aid and abet the continued existence of those criminal enterprises and thus facilitate the ability of church criminals and political criminals and other types of criminals to continue to commit their crimes.]

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

REALIZING WITHOUT DOGMA, WITHOUT CONTINUOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, AND WITHOUT A PREOCCUPATION WITH “THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THINGS NOUMENAL”

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. [See the offer in gold text following this post for details on how you can watch a retreat on video which includes a detailed discussion of all seven of the steps on the path as used by Maharaj]

2. Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns. See the green text after today's post for the full meaning and implications of that.

3. A new video ("Number Ten: Awakening Together Satsang, March 2018") has now been added in the far right column of this page, offering the opportunity to view a recent 2018 satsang session with Floyd being interviewed by Regina and Jacqueline of "The Awakening Together Group." (See the details in the blue text after this post.)

4. Some prefer paperback books even if they have to wait a day or so to receive it and have to pay more for a printed book and its shipment. Now, 10 paperback books by Henderson are in print and available in two anthologies through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and over 40,000+ booksellers around the globe including in the Americas, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Russia, China, Spain, Brazil and South Korea. See the end of this post in red text for details.

5. Would you like to have us send to someone as a gift from you a copy of any ebook in our inventory? See the offer in purple text at the end of this post.

6. You may click here to visit Floyd's bookstore
which offers both digital books and paperback books which deal with
non-duality, non-duality-based fictional adventures, recovery, financial sanity, financial planning, and more

Rather than being "pro- or anti- religion" or "pro- or anti- spirituality", the invitation here is to consider becoming doggedly “anti-ignorance” and tenaciously "anti-stupidity" and staunchly “pro-sanity.” 

To review: 

The discussion at this point in the series is now focusing on "The Most Influential Obstacles Of All" which have come via dreamed up myths and superstitions and via "religious" and / or "spiritual" sources, including religious and / or spiritual thoughts, ideas, concepts, notions, views, theories, inklings, perceptions, a.k.a., "beliefs." 

Recall the man who approached me after a talk and said, "I was abused as a child by a priest. I've done years of work to try to get beyond that, but where I am today is, I still cringe when people start talking religion to me. So my question is, have you found a way to guide people to realization and freedom without their having to buy into the dogma you talk about?" 

Thus, this: 

REALIZING WITHOUT DOGMA, WITHOUT CONTINUOUS SPIRITUAL PRACTICES, AND WITHOUT A PREOCCUPATION WITH “THE NATURE OF REALITY AND THINGS NOUMENAL” 

[Continuing with Tuesday's post

Next, Cicero said that one of "the six major mistakes of mankind" is “believing that personal gain is made by crushing others.” The concept of "personal gain” is supported by the desires of ego-states to (mentally) upgrade themselves. "Crushing others" is inspired by ego and egotism which are, in turn, driven constantly by the desire of ego-states to (mentally) upgrade themselves (such as upgrading one’s self image to “A Special Self” instead) and the tendency of ego-states to downgrade all others. 

Among those no longer seeking because they think they have found but have not, there is still no freedom from identification. There is merely the assumption of new and improved and upgraded identities which have been assumed in place of formerly-assumed false identities which were deemed to be of a lower grade. The fact: all identities are based in delusion and in self-deception and, yes, even in Self-deception. 

Once again, to review, Maharaj's take on these pointers regarding "self" and "Self": 

"It is enough to know who you are not" 

and 

“Whatever I am telling you is not the truth . . . .” 

and 

“The ‘discovery of truth’ is in the discernment of the false” 

and 

“What the real is cannot be told” 

and 

“You cannot say truthfully about yourself anything except 'I am'” 

and 

“The desire for truth is the highest of all desires, yet, it is still a desire” 

and 

“Once you are convinced that you cannot say truthfully about yourself anything except ‘I am’ and that nothing which can be pointed at can be yourself, you are no longer intent on verbalizing ‘What You Are’.” 

Realize the falseness of all identification / Identification and then you will no longer be intent on verbalizing ‘What You Are’.” 

Once more: In the end, Maharaj advised seekers to stop reading I AM THAT; to give up all of their spirituality and spiritual doingness and spiritual workaholism; to stop talking about "Who You Are"; to focus on reaching a state of “zero concepts” and zero identity; and to focus on being totally free of the mind, and – thereafter – being free, period. 


****** 


Then comes Leg Four: 


To be continued.
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Please enter into the silence of contemplation.



[NOTE: The four most recent posts are below. You may access all of the posts in this series and in the previous series and several thousand other posts as well by clicking on the links in the "Recent Posts and Archives" section.]



In addition to the five non-duality books made available without charge by Andy Gugar, Jr. (see “FREEBIES” above), you can now access nearly 3,300 posts for any topics of interest to you.



PAPERBACK VERSIONS OF SOME OF HENDERSON'S NON-DUALITY BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE



If you prefer PAPERBACK copies
of some of Henderson’s non-duality books,

10 of his books are available in PRINT FORM
(collected in two anthologies).

Links for ordering are below with 
BARNES and NOBLE presently providing better service 
than AMAZON
when  it come to fulfilling orders for
paperback and hardcover books
as opposed to delivering digital books. 


[NOTE: Wherever you live, you can search for the books below by title with booksellers in your country. With 40,000+ retailers distributing my paperback books, you may order from U.S. stores or you may find someone nearer to you.] 



For NON-DUALITY AUDIENCES






The Advanced Seekers' Series (344 pages) is an anthology of four books that share Advaita-based, non-duality pointers that can guide seekers to abide as their original nature. Included in the anthology are



"From the I to the Absolute (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality");


"Consciousness / Awareness: The Nature of Reality Beyond SELF-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding As the Absolute)";

"From the Absolute to the Nothingness";

and

"The Final Understanding."

Order a PAPERBACK copy of The Advanced Seekers' Series 
 from BARNES AND NOBLE by clicking here
or (sometimes less efficiently nowadays in terms of paperback delivery)
from AMAZON by clicking here.

Also for NON-DUALITY AUDIENCES


This anthology (438 pages) contains the six books that make up what has been called The Blissful Abidance Series for those seeking to live blissfully and happily for the remainder of the manifestation, including,

“What BLISS is and what BLISS is not”;

“There’s No Such Thing As Peace of Mind (There’s Only Peace If You’re ‘Out of Your Mind’)”;

“Liberation (Attaining Freedom from Personality via Realization)”;

“Freedom from Shifting Between States of Happiness and Unhappiness”;

“Why You Must Be Empty If You Would Be Full”;

and

“When REALITY Is Overlaid on the RELATIVE.”

Order a PAPERBACK copy of The Blissful Abidance Series 
from BARNES AND NOBLE by clicking here
or (sometimes less efficiently nowadays in terms of paperback delivery)
from Amazon by clicking here.

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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns.

THE EXPLANATION

If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence.

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of god in the past was of a weak god, an absentee god, A Santa Claus-type god, a mean, punishing, vindictive god, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring god whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to."

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a god that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly").

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring god,' any supposed god that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'god' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part.

"That is, a non-narcissistic their god / their goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'god' and focus on the 'god as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you."

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on:

"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within"
--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and

"Heaven and earth shall fade away."
--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and

"Heaven and hell are not geographic places
but are states of mind, nothing more than
concepts dreamed up by men."
--Pope John Paul II

"There is no hell."
--Pope Francis, the current pope
in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari,
a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record
teachings which become a part of the Papal Magisterium.

[That said, would that the popes who have shown the courage to reject a core concept of their dogma - namely, "hell" - would find the additional courage required to question the very existence of their institution in light of the centuries-long cover-up of their history of raping children and in light of the mental and emotional and psychological scarring of billions of their members past and present.

And that need for courage also applies as questions need to be asked about why so many other sky cults are still being supported and allowed to continue to exist as well. When certain types of programming and conditioning have been shown to blind the masses, they should end. Will they? Not likely. Why?

Because what the masses think and say and do is most influenced by the international crime families which hold sway over the masses as criminals conduct their planet-wide operations. What are the major international crime families and which are the most influential and have the largest memberships?

The Mafia / La Cosa Nostra; the Catholic Church (with it 1.2 billion followers) whose Vatican Bank worked for decades with the Mafia while laundering mob earnings (for a 15% all-profit charge by the Bank); Protestant and Evangelical Churches (with over 1.2 billion followers) like the one I was raised in where the youth director molested and sexually assaulted young girls; big business which has long created environments in which people have been abused; powerful political bodies like the U.S. Congress, etc., etc., etc.)

With all of those crime families, neither the followers nor the leadership ever voluntarily step down or shut down their criminal activities. Be they gangs, organized crime families, religions, big business, politicians, etc., they all want control and they all want power and they all want money, and nothing internal will interfere with the driving forces at play.

The masses must demand that all those in charge must step down and their groups and institutions must shut down, and there's the real problem because the continuation of their crimes are enabled not as much by the people running such crime organizations as they are enabled by the masses of people who - wanting some perceived "payoff" - remain involved with them and give them money and support them and aid and abet the continued existence of those criminal enterprises and thus facilitate the ability of church criminals and political criminals and other types of criminals to continue to commit their crimes.]

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THERE WAS NO ANTI-RELIGION OR ANTI-SPIRITUALITY BIAS WITH MAHARAJ AND THERE IS NONE HERE, EITHER

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"Science will one day advance to the point that it will prove all of the non-dual teachings to be true." 
--Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 

 THERE WAS NO ANTI-RELIGION OR ANTI-SPIRITUALITY BIAS WITH MAHARAJ AND THERE IS NONE HERE, EITHER

To clarify, the suggestion to seek facts and truth vs. religious and spiritual concepts does not involve even the slightest hint of an anti-religion / anti-spirituality bias. Maharaj tried both religion and spirituality at varying times early on as key ingredients in his version of the Ultimate Medicine. But he would eventually abandon the use of both. Why? 

He abandoned them both because they proved to be ineffective, long-term, and because he came to understand that any version of the Ultimate Medicine which was to have any efficacy at all called for the use of psychology-based pointers because the Ultimate Sickness, he came to see, is a mental sickness. 

Note the sequence of the awarenesses which came and which led him to the shifts he made: 

I. Maharaj made clear that the sole job of the non-dual teacher is to free his or her protégés of the learned ignorance which is trapping them in misery and suffering

II. He came to see, via his own experiences, that the elimination of learned ignorance and entrapment in misery and suffering had nothing to do with learning more and more dogma or with endlessly engaging in spiritual exercises. 

III. Therefore, his ending the use of both had nothing to do with being anti-religion or anti-spirituality but instead had everything to do with setting aside versions of the Ultimate Medicine which he saw were ineffective in order to use a version which could work. 

IV. When Maharaj advised seekers to forget both religion and spirituality, it had nothing to do with being "anti-" any specific institution or organization but had everything to do with finding a more effective version of the Ultimate Medicine which could free seekers from the key symptoms of the Ultimate (Mental) Sickness, namely, "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity." 

V. He also realized that the two predominant sources of those mental symptoms of "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity" were the very things he had tried to use to eliminate those symptoms.

VI. Most significantly, he realized that such an approach made no sense at all. 

He may as well have been trying to treat persons with tuberculosis by moving them into the ward of a hospital where scores of TB patients were isolated and instructing his listeners to spend the entire day every day bending over and placing their noses near the mouths of the sickest TB patients and inhaling their diseased breath. 

One cannot be rendered free of "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity" by taking in more "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity" from the persons who are already spreading far more "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity" than any others. 

Yet even then, keeping one's distance from those spreading more "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity" than any others does not imply that those persons or their venues are to be hated. 

In my youth, I spent many months each year with Grandmother, and some days I would play with the children of one of her nearest neighbors, a fellow named Josh. When I arrived one summer at the end of May, one of the first things Grandmother said was "This summer, you must stay away from Josh's house and his children. He has TB now and I don't want you to get sick." 

In the inner city in another state where I lived eight months or so each year with my parents, Mr. Kerley across the street had recently bought the first TV in our neighborhood and he would let us watch one thirty-minute program a week. With that experience fresh in the consciousness, it was easy for me to misunderstand Grandmother, so I said, "I watch thirty minutes of TV every week. Is that going to make me sick?" She smiled and replied, "I said 'TB,' meaning tuberculosis, not 'TV'." 

(It would be years later before I came to understand that TV in some cases can make parts of a population very sick, such as when a station transmits and passes along the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness to its viewers.) 

But to continue with the point that Maharaj's later warning to his visitors - that they should ignore both dogma and spirituality because neither addresses the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness - was not evidence of any anti-religion or anti-spirituality prejudice. 

If Maharaj's experiences had shown him clearly that no place was spreading more ignorance, stupidity, and insanity than the farsan snack shops in Bombay (Mumbai), then he would have advised seekers to stay away from farsan snack shops. If a seeker wanted to go inside and try one of the salty snacks, he may have said, "Rock and roll. Visit that place if you like, but do not stay there. Move beyond." 

It so happened, however, that he came to understand not that the most ignorance, stupidity, and insanity was being spread in farsan snack shops but that, in fact, the most ignorance, stupidity, and insanity was being spread in religious and spiritual venues. And that is the sole reason he advised seekers to seek elsewhere rather than in religious and spiritual venues.

And, yes, he eventually admitted that one such venue where ineffective religious and spiritual pointers had been shared was in a loft in an upper floor near Grant Road at Khetwadi 10th Lane in Bombay. 

Thus he said: "Stop reading the talks in I AM THAT. Listen to my later talks." Were there some pointers in that collection of transcripts of earlier talks which provided a glimpse into his later mind-and-psychology-focused message? Yes, but they were buried beneath far too many dogma-and-spirituality-based diversions for most readers to find. 

That is why he would later advise, “Give up spirituality” and “follow your normal inclinations" and "forget spirituality." Focusing eventually on the psychological roots of the Sickness, he advised, “There is no such thing as a mind” and “I have no mind.” He advised seekers to go to the “no-mind” state, to reach a state of “zero concepts.” Why? 

Because the Ultimate Sickness is not about having too little religion; it is not about having a “spiritual malady” or a “sick spirit.” Humankind’s main problem, he came to see, is a mental problem marked by what he called an excess of “ignorance and stupidity and insanity.” 

Religion does not cure ignorance and magical thinking. It contributes to them. Spirituality does not cure ignorance and magical thinking. It can contribute to them. Nor can either eliminate the insanity of distorted thinking, delusions, personality disorders, neuroses or psychoses. 

No, the problem with humans is not rooted in widespread agnosticism and atheism. Neither agnosticism nor atheism is widespread, evidenced by the fact that 97% of all persons claim an affiliation with one religion or another; additionally, the problem with humans is not rooted in their ignoring things spiritual. Millions upon millions are presently reporting, and reporting proudly, that they “are spiritual” or that they "are spiritual creatures presently having a human experience.” 

No, it should be clear that the problem with humanity has nothing to do with too little religion or too little spirituality because both are plentiful - and have been for thousands of years - yet the problems of humanity continued - and continues - alongside an abundance of "religious" and "spiritual" beliefs. 

Obviously, therefore, neither religion nor spirituality nor any mythical procedure offers a solution or the answer or a cure or any effective treatment for what ails humankind, namely, the preponderance of ignorance-and-stupidity-and-insanity-filled minds.

So Maharaj was not “anti-religion” and was not “anti-spirituality.” That is not the case here, either. It’s just that he came to see that both are irrelevant for those who are trapped in (and would be free of) . . .

personality and personality disorders and mind-based neuroses and psychoses

and 

misery and suffering 

which are all rooted in

the “ignorance and insanity” of the Ultimate Sickness. 

Thus, rather than becoming “anti-religion” or “anti-spirituality,” Maharaj became doggedly “anti-ignorance” and tenaciously "anti-stupidity" and staunchly “pro-sanity.” 

And that is the invitation offered here as well, specifically, to become doggedly “anti-ignorance” and tenaciously "anti-stupidity" and staunchly “pro-sanity.”

To be continued.
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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns.

THE EXPLANATION

If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence.

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of god in the past was of a weak god, an absentee god, A Santa Claus-type god, a mean, punishing, vindictive god, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring god whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to."

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a god that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly").

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring god,' any supposed god that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'god' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part.

"That is, a non-narcissistic their god / their goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'god' and focus on the 'god as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you."

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on:

"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within"
--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and

"Heaven and earth shall fade away."
--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

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"Heaven and hell are not geographic places
but are states of mind, nothing more than
concepts dreamed up by men."
--Pope John Paul II

"There is no hell."
--Pope Francis, the current pope
in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari,
a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record
teachings which become a part of the Papal Magisterium.

[That said, would that the popes who have shown the courage to reject a core concept of their dogma - namely, "hell" - would find the additional courage required to question the very existence of their institution in light of the centuries-long cover-up of their history of raping children and in light of the mental and emotional and psychological scarring of billions of their members past and present.

And that need for courage also applies as questions need to be asked about why so many other sky cults are still being supported and allowed to continue to exist as well. When certain types of programming and conditioning have been shown to blind the masses, they should end. Will they? Not likely. Why?

Because what the masses think and say and do is most influenced by the international crime families which hold sway over the masses as criminals conduct their planet-wide operations. What are the major international crime families and which are the most influential and have the largest memberships?

The Mafia / La Cosa Nostra; the Catholic Church (with it 1.2 billion followers) whose Vatican Bank worked for decades with the Mafia while laundering mob earnings (for a 15% all-profit charge by the Bank); Protestant and Evangelical Churches (with over 1.2 billion followers) like the one I was raised in where the youth director molested and sexually assaulted young girls; big business which has long created environments in which people have been abused; powerful political bodies like the U.S. Congress, etc., etc., etc.)

With all of those crime families, neither the followers nor the leadership ever voluntarily step down or shut down their criminal activities. Be they gangs, organized crime families, religions, big business, politicians, etc., they all want control and they all want power and they all want money, and nothing internal will interfere with the driving forces at play.

The masses must demand that all those in charge must step down and their groups and institutions must shut down, and there's the real problem because the continuation of their crimes are enabled not as much by the people running such crime organizations as they are enabled by the masses of people who - wanting some perceived "payoff" - remain involved with them and give them money and support them and aid and abet the continued existence of those criminal enterprises and thus facilitate the ability of church criminals and political criminals and other types of criminals to continue to commit their crimes.]

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