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The Self, Maya, and the Heart: The Fundamentals of Non-Dualism, page 10
Many of the stories about
Christ and the words He spoke are similar to stories we
might read of Saints and sages in India, Tibet, and
China, as found in "The Tibetan Book of Great
Liberation" and Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa" by
Evens-Wentz, "Autobiography of a Yogi" by
Yogananda, "Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self
Knowledge" by Arthur Osborn, "The
Ramayana" by Tulsidas, books about the lives of
different Buddhas, or the 10 Sikh Sat (Truth) Gurus, and
many other books one can find about the miraculous lives
of these sages, Saints, Avatars, Jnanis, and so on. But
what was special about Christ was the sense of
awe-inspiring fierceness, the intensity of rock hard
Reality that packed each moment, demanding ... commanding
perfection of everyone, now. For example:
"Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect."
"I give you a commandment: Love one another." John 15: 12, 17
"For I have not spoken of myself, but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know his commandment is life everlasting." John 12: 49
As Christ repeatedly stated "If any man have ears to hear, let him hear." Mark Ch 4: 23, again Mark 7: 16, etc.. This "hearing" is central to the entire teaching process of the non-dualist. In the "Lamp of Non-Dual Knowledge" (Advaita Bodha Deepika), Jewel Garland of Enquiry" (Vichara Mani Malai), "The Cream of Emancipation" (Kaivalya Navaneeta), "The Essence of Yoga Vashishta" (Yoga Vashishta Sara) - instructions of the Saint Vashishta to Rama, Shankara's "Crest-Jewel of Discrimination", and others, over and over again we see that the three necessities to realizing the Self, apart from the prerequisite of a "still mind"*, are "hearing", "consideration", and "perfect abiding". Hearing is to understand the concept of the non-dual Self; "consideration", to reflect inwardly: "From where do the thoughts arise?" or "Who sees?", which includes a steady, even ruthless disregard of all rising thoughts, as "not this, not this,.." ("neti, neti,.."); and finally "perfect abiding" in the form of "objectless abiding as the seer" or as Ground (asraya) is to a Lightningbolt (Vajra Siddhi), until the Self flashes forth, as in "I say unto all, Watch!" Mk 13: 37. *"Stillness of mind" means "Be still and know that I am God (I AM Ex 3: 14)." (David, Ps).
Probably the best summation of the possibility, potential, or promise that Christ represents to the Western world is in his following statement from John 16: 33.
"These things I have spoken to you that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulations: But be of good cheer; I have overcome (conquered) the world."
Actually, not to see Christ as the personification of non-dualism is to turn all He says into demagoguery, to make him into another "zealot" of the time, the founder of a bizarre cult, of strange rituals based in fanatical superstition and myth, a revamping of paganism in monistic form. It seems quite obvious though in reading the first three parts (above) concerning Part I, the subject of the Self, Maya, and the Heart, as they relate to the philosophy of non-dualism; Part II, the nature of (Western) preconceptions that needed to be set aside in order to "enter into" the subject; and Part III, a discussion of the nature and experience of non-dualism, as a philosophical reality, that if we can "hear" Him Christ (the Vajra Siddhi Guru), ever abiding in and as the Father, may be one of the most profound Teachers of the non-dual nature of Reality and proof of its philosophy in terms of realizing the Truth of our own Reality as all pervasive Self!
Blessed am I
In freedom am I
I am the infinite
in my soul
I can find no beginning
all is my self
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