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#2955 - Saturday, October 13, 2007 - Editor: Jerry Katz 

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Selections from 3 blogs.

"Discard every self-seeking motive and Reality will find you." -Nisargadatta

The Secret Busted--- Flaws of the Secret.

Hi Folks,
I guess most of you have read or at least heard about "The Secret".

I think it was at that time that I was being drawn to Non duality and was reading books like "I am That" .

That's why I could feel a slight confusion and there was a sort of disconnect somewhere.

Here, "The Secret" tells you that you are the creator of everything around you and it is our thoughts and our vibrations that we send out to the universe that determine our lives.

"The secret" would have us believe that we are the most important beings in the universe and everything else is there to fulfill our wishes.
I guess it was our greed and wishful thinking which led us to believe whatever "The Secret" tries to teach us.

Now, we come to Non duality where we are told that "you" are an illusion. The ego doesn't exist. There is only beingness. In his book " I am That", Nisargadatta Maharaj reveal that we are just the witness of whatever happens.

Feelings arise, Thoughts arise --- You are just the witness of these. All you do is watch the show.

In the words of the Buddha " Events happen, deeds are done.But there is no individual doer of these deeds."

So, it becomes clear enough that we can either believe one of these. Either there is no doer OR there is a doer who can think thoughts and send vibrations out to the universe.

So, there is a choice for me -- I can believe Rhonda Byrne(Author of The Secret) OR I could believe the Buddha.
I dont know about you but I would rather vote for The Buddha.

Even If you dont know about the buddha or Rhonda. What does your experience say.

How many circumstances have you been able to control?

Well, I dont think that I can do justice to this topic in one blog post but I will be adding more about this later.

So I end it here now with a quote from Ramesh Balsekar ---

"You have not controlled your birth, you are not going to control your death. And you are not in control of anything in between"

posted by Faraz Ahmed @ 11:26 PM

Evolution versus Enlightenment or Consciousness

Avtar Singh - October 10, 2007

Evolution is often linked to the growth of spirituality or enlightenment by many who try to establish a link between science and religion. Evolution, which in scientific terms means biological evolution represented specifically by Darwin’s theory of evolution, is loosely used by many to refer to the growth of information and knowledge that is then wrongly presumed to lead to an expanded consciousness, spirituality or enlightenment in time.

This is also misrepresented by some as the “Evolutionary Consciousness”, wherein the biological consciousness (mind or ego) is mistaken as the spiritual or universal consciousness.

There are some serious flaws in these misrepresentations based upon a lack of understanding of the integrated, non-paradoxical, and universal scientific as well as spiritual concepts. The differences between the two - evolution and enlightenment need to be understood to develop a thorough understanding of the secular or genuine spirituality.

The term “Evolution” in the following refers to Darwin’s theory of evolution:

Evolution is of the body (genetic mutations/adaptations); enlightenment is of the mind (psyche).
Evolution (change) creates time; enlightenment dissolves time.
Evolution is translation; enlightenment is transformation.
Evolution is the struggle for outer bodily survival; enlightenment is love for inner revival.
Evolution is relative to the environment (duality); enlightenment is absolute Oneness (non-duality).
Evolution enhances ego or bodily identity; enlightenment dissolves ego.
Evolution is domination over others; Enlightenment is union with others.
Evolution is to attain superiority; enlightenment is to cultivate humility.
Evolution is of the species (crowd); enlightenment is of the individual.
Evolution promotes knowledge; enlightenment cultivates wisdom.
Evolution generates information; enlightenment cultivates awareness.
Evolution enhances intelligence; enlightenment nurtures intuition.
Evolution creates complexity; enlightenment creates simplicity.
Evolution resides in fragmentation/multiplicity; enlightenment resides in unity.
Evolution creates entropy (suffering); enlightenment dissolves entropy.
Evolution is driven by the fear of extinction; enlightenment is driven by the joy of eternity.
Evolution enhances bodily consciousness; enlightenment nurtures universal consciousness.
Evolution is driven by hostile environment; enlightenment is friendly free-will.
Evolution may bring temporary happiness; enlightenment brings contentment.
Evolution may bring material rewards; enlightenment brings meaning.
Evolution is rooted in sex; enlightenment is rooted in love.
Evolution is of the primate being; enlightenment is being human.
Evolution is fighting for a prolonged survival; enlightenment is being of the eternal existence.

Well, all this tells us that the so-called “Evolutionary Consciousness” and “Evolutionary Enlightenment” are nothing but oxymorons defying the universal understanding of the genuine science as well as spirituality.

The above facts are not to suggest that evolution is not a relative or scientific reality, but to make one aware of not mistaking evolution as a path to the spiritual enlightenment or universal consciousness.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Advaita Teaching of Nisargadatta Maharaj: A Synopsis

All you need is to get rid of the tendency to define yourself. You will revert to your natural state spontaneously and effortlessly. You will reach the Source of being, life and consciousness. Shift the focus of consciousness beyond the mind. Refuse all thoughts except one: Who am I? Just live your life as it comes. Keep quietly alert, inquiring into the real nature of yourself. Perception is based on memory and is only imagination. The world can be said to appear but not to be. Only that which makes perception possible is real. You agree to be guided from within and life becomes a journey into the unknown. Give up all names and forms, and the Real is with you. Know yourself as you are. Distrust your mind and go beyond. Do not think of the Real in terms of consciousness and unconsciousness. It is utterly beyond both. It gives birth to consciousness. All else is in consciousness. Nothing you can see, feel or think is so. Go beyond the personal and see. Stop imagining that you were born. You are utterly beyond all existence and non-existence, utterly beyond all that the mind conceives. Question yourself: Who am I? What is behind and beyond all this? Soon you will see that thinking yourself to be a person is mere habit built on memory. Inquire ceaselessly.

How can Reality depend on experience when it is the very ground, the very basis of experience, the very fact of experience? Just be aware of your being here and now. There is nothing more to it. In reality you are not a thing nor separate. You are the infinite potentiality, the inexhaustible possibility. Because you are, all can be. The universe is but a partial manifestation of your limitless capacity to become. You are neither consciousness nor its content. You are the timeless Source. Disassociate yourself from mind and consciousness. Find a foothold beyond and all will be clear and easy. You are the Supreme Reality- all there is. Just trust and remember that. Wisdom lies in never forgetting the Self, the Supreme Absolute as the ever-present Source of both the experiencer and the experience. I am beyond consciousness and so in consciousness I cannot say what I am. Yet I am. The question “Who am I?” has no answer in consciousness and therefore helps to go beyond consciousness. Remember there is no person, only a mental picture given a false reality by conviction. All you need to do is to cease taking yourself to be within the field of consciousness.

You are free of being a percept or a concept. Abandon all conceptualization and stay silent and attentive. Be earnest about it and all will be well with you. Give up the idea of being what you think yourself to be. Let go of the idea that you are not aware of yourself as the ever-present, changeless inexpressible Reality. Just let go. Your difficulty stems from the idea that Reality is a state of consciousness. Essence is independent of consciousness. Self-knowledge is a new dimension altogether. Pure, concentrated longing will take you speedily to your goal. If you could keep in mind what you do not know, it would reveal to you its secrets. When you want nothing, seek nothing, expect nothing, then the Supreme State will come to you uninvited and unexpected. Stop making use of your mind and see what happens. Do this one thing thoroughly. That is all. Your weakness is due to your conviction that you were born into the world. In reality the world is ever recreated by you and in you. Once you realize that the world is your own projection you are free of it. You need not free yourself of a world that does not exist except in your own imagination!

Realize that you are the Eternal Source. There is no reality but That. So how could you be “other?” And accept all as your own. Such acceptance is true love. Don’t try to understand! Don’t rely on your mind for liberation. Go beyond it altogether. Be aware of being aware. Broaden and deepen the field of awareness. You are beyond space and time, uncaused, the very matrix of existence, the Supreme Absolute, the Noumenon- not unknowable, but unperceivable, un-objectival, inseparable- neither material nor mental, neither objective nor subjective- the Source of being, life and consciousness. You are the all-pervading, all-transcending Reality. Behave accordingly. The actual experience will dawn upon you in no time. No effort is needed. Have faith and act on it. All will happen by itself: You are the subtle cause of the entire universe. All is because you are. Grasp this point firmly and deeply and dwell on it repeatedly. To realize this as absolutely true is liberation. What you need will come to you. Whatever you come across, go beyond. Paramakash, your Self, is the timeless and spaceless Reality, mindless, undifferentiated, the infinite potentiality, the source and origin, the substance and the essence, both matter and consciousness, yet utterly beyond both. It cannot be perceived, but can be experienced as ever witnessing the witness, perceiving the perceiver, the origin and the end of all manifestation, the root of time and space, the prime cause in every chain of causation. Your idea that you were born and that you will die is absurd: Both logic and experience contradict it. Behave as what I say is true and judge by what actually happens. I know the Source of all experience. From moment to moment the little I need to know to live my life I somehow happen to know. The Supreme Absolute, the Self, is at the root of and utterly beyond all. You are That. Don’t you see that the Self, your Self, the Supreme Reality, is what makes everything possible? Know life as pure radiation from the inexhaustible Source. There is nothing to practice. To know yourself, be yourself. Stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking. The very absence of obstacles will cause Reality to rush in. You will know the Light of Absolute Awareness in all its clarity and the world will fade out of your vision. Awareness takes the place of consciousness. In consciousness there is the “I” who is conscious, while awareness is undivided. Awareness is aware of Itself. The “I am” is a thought, while awareness is not a thought. There is no “I-am-aware” in awareness. Awareness is not an attribute. One can be aware of being conscious , but not conscious of awareness. Awareness is not a form of consciousness. One who is aware is beyond every experience, utterly beyond awareness itself. The fundamental Reality is beyond awareness, beyond becoming, beyond being and not-being. Give up all idea of the person , of personal attainment. Find out what you are.

There is no effort in witnessing. You understand that you are the witness only, and understanding acts. If in the state of witnessing you ask “Who am I?” the answer comes at once, wordless and silent. You find yourself utterly beyond the subject and the object. Both exist in you, but you are neither. You, the Supreme Absolute, are the very source of reality. Collect your energies in one great longing. My words are true and they will do their work. Enlightenment is a certainty. It is your destiny.

Discard every self-seeking motive and Reality will find you. Who am I? Go into it deeply. Find out your real being. You are the beingness of being, utterly beyond the universal even. You are the non-dimensional Source of all dimensions. As you keep on giving up, you grow spontaneously in intelligence and power and inexhaustible love and joy. The Absolute can be reached by absolute devotion only. Don’t be half-hearted.

The “person” is a shell imprisoning you. Break the shell. There is nothing you need. Nothing perceivable is real. Even space and time are imagined. All existence is imaginary. Only the Unlimited is real. Question the limits. Go beyond. Set yourself tasks apparently impossible- This is the way. Look at consciousness as something alien, superimposed. Then suddenly you are free of consciousness. Whatever you feel needs to be done happens unfailingly. Selfless and intelligent, all the powers of the universe are for you to command: You are the Source Absolute. This is your natural state. Believe me, you are the Supreme Reality. You are the fullness of perfection here and now.

Investigate what you know to its very end and you reach the unknown layers of your being. Go further and the unexpected will explode in you and shatter all. The crucial question is: “Who am I?”

Just see the person you imagine yourself to be as a part of the world perceived within consciousness; and look at consciousness from the outside; for you are not the consciousness. You, the Supreme Reality, are utterly beyond. Tat Tvam Asi.

( Adapted from Frydman, M. trans. I Am That. Durham, North Carolina: Acorn Press1973)

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