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This issue considers the cancellation of the podcast, The Advaita Show featuring 'Sailor' Bob Adamson, cancelled because there was nothing new to say. We open with the announcement of cancellation and this is followed by commentary which questions whether there is really nothing new to say.
The Advaita Show #027 - The Very Last Show
Well it was fun while it lasted but I think the general consensus today was that this show has run dry. Theres nothing left to say. No questions left to ask. No new answers left to give you. Nothing new to say that Bob hasnt said ad infinitum over the last 27 shows. So thanks for tuning in over the last 6 months and for playing The Advaita Game ™.
Let me summarize what we have learned from his Bobness
Find out who is asking the question and the questions will disappear.
You are already that which you seek.
Thank you and goodnight.
The blurb above refers to a podcast which for the last few months has featured spiritual teacher 'Sailor' Bob Adamson. "Nothing new to say," they say. They cancelled the program.
From the extreme nondual point of view there is no one and nothing being said. The extreme nondual point of view is that there is God without a second. If there is only God there cannot be anything else, therefore it is God "without a second."
Then why has God, Truth, or Nonduality reserved for us the domain names of our lives?: firstmarriage.com, religiousschool.parents.net, lousyexlover.org, myguru.tv, sitdownandshutup.info, and the ever popular horrificabuse.com/mental-illness.htm.
Even though there is God without a second, we still want to say, "Wait a second. If nonduality means there is only God, it means there are not two things; there is nonseparateness. But why do things seem separate? When we're feeling pain why can't we remember there is only God without a second and then suddenly feel better? Seems like it's more a matter of there being God without a Seconal."
Things seem very, very separate from God, Truth, or nondual reality. However, no matter what we do or how smart we are, we cannot find a bridge that reaches from our lives to some place or condition we know as nondual reality. We think we can do something to find or to build such a bridge, but isn't that an admission that nonseparateness is not the case? How can that be? The Kabbalah responds to talk of such a condition in the same way my mother responded back in '65 to news that I wanted to take a shiksa to the prom: "God forbid!"
Here's the passage from the Kabbalah in its entirety: Do not attribute duality to God. Let God be solely God. If you suppose that Ein Sof emanates until a certain point, and that from that point on is outside of it, you have dualized. God forbid! Realize, rather, that Ein Sof exists in each existent.
Islamic tradition, as set forth by Ibn Arabi is very similar: If you think that to know Allah depends on your ridding yourself of yourself, then you are guilty of attributing partners to Him the only unforgivable sin because you are claiming that there is another existence besides Him, the All-Existent: that there is a you and a He.
According to the above two passages, the Jews and Islamics agree perfectly. ("Oy, I'm plotzing!") There is only God, Allah, Truth, Reality, Nonduality. Reality is nondual. There is nothing to do other than "Let God be solely God," say the Jews. We cannot rid ourselves of ourselves, say the Islamic teachings.
On the one hand we know there is nothing and no one and nothing new to be said, and on the other hand we feel the opposite and that there is lots to say. So what's going on?
These teachings quoted do not say everything is the same. There are in fact distinct things, people, conditions of joy and misery, situations, objects. What is being said is that those things are nonseparate from God, Truth, Allah, nondual reality. They are not "one with" God. They are not blended into God like a smoothie. Those things and God are "not two." Please look at something in this poem which was included in a recent issue of the Highlights:
I live far off in the wild
Where moss and woods
Are thick and plants perfumed
I can see mountains rain or shine
And never hear market noise
I light a few leaves in my stove to heat tea
To patch my robe I cut off a cloud
Lifetimes seldom fill a hundred years
Why suffer for profit and fame?
Ask yourself: Is this poem a blended smoothie of mush? Look and see that there are very distinct, individualistic elements within this poem conveying nonseparateness from God. Great poetry and art present extraordinary individuality. So does nature herself.
Things become more distinct when embedded in the recognition of the nature of Truth, which is nondual. Writing about the design of buildings, the architect/theorist Christopher Alexander says, "In the moment where...non-separateness is attained in a thing, and it truly becomes one with the things which surround it, it stands out shining with an extraordinary power. ... This is, perhaps, the central mystery of the universe: that as things become more unified, less separate, so also they become most individual, and most precious."
Things are nonseparate from God. Since that is the case, there is no need to be a smoothie maker such as John de Ruiter who poured this out of his sacred blender and onto his home page: "True life begins with profound honesty. Only such wholeness of orientation can reveal pure beingness, and allow recognition of our authentic, true nature, reflecting its pure, inviolable, Absolute source."
Compare de Ruiter's words to the poem above. Those who understands nonduality or nonseparateness are the opposite of smoothie makers. They are the geniuses of individuality and preciousness. Everything quoted in this letter, including my mother, is individual and precious. Only de Ruiter's words are homogenized nothing, which he uses to bring people into his website and world.
Nothing new to say? There is much new to say. There are distinct things to bring forth and no end to them. They are nonseparate from God, nonseparate from Truth, nonseparate from Allah, nonseparate from the Absolute. They are the URL's of our lives and the web pages within them. Because they are nonseparate from God they have to be extraordinarily distinct, individual, and precious.
That one series of podcasts with 'Sailor' Bob Adamson ended does not mean there is nothing new for Bob or his producer to say. It does not mean they do not share the understanding set forth in this letter. It means there was no longer the inspiration to create within that form.
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