By Jeffrey O'Callaghan email@example.com
Perceptions define our reality. They effect how we judge ourselves, others
and our environment. Some perceive themselves as not worthy while other
perceive them as being worthy. Some perceive others a being arrogant while
they perceive themselves as being self-confident. Some perceive the
universe as being “created” and “controlled” by a supreme being
while others perceives the universe as being the result of a natural
sequence of uncontrolled events. How do our perceptions define
reality? In the fifteenth century may believe that the earth was the
center of the universe. This definition of “reality” was based on the
perceptions drawn from the observations made at that time. However by the
16-century many began to question this “reality”. New observations
such as moons rotating around the planet Jupiter began to undermine the
“reality” of the earth being the center of the universe. Eventually a
new “reality” one that was based on the earth revolving around the sun
was born out the perceptions generated by these new observations. In the
19-century many believed that light was transmitted through space on a
physical medium some called “aether”. However by the early 20 century
many began to question this “reality” New observations such as the
Michelson Morley experiment that verified the speed of light was constant
no matter what direction the earth was moving through space began to
undermine the “reality” of the aether. Eventually a new “reality”
one that was based on the existence of space-time was born out of the
perception generated by the Michelson Morley experiment. However new observations such as the existence dark energy that is causing
the expansion of the universe to accelerate and the anomalous
accelerations NASA has observed in its deep space probes may be undermining the “reality” of space time. Will this lead to
yet another new “reality”? Only the future can answer that question.
Will it be the final “reality”? Only eternity can answer that
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Indeed the Suffering you see is very Real for the Sleeping masses
controlled/ manipulated by their conditioned ideas and images and
meanings and notions of all sorts. But when you get beyond that, when
you start letting all that conditioned clutter go, when you start
Emptying the mind of it's Baggage, you see that "hope" is but
a clinging to the Desire to dwelling in the future. You chase after that
which is not, when actually that is the Baggage that you must let go.
Slow down so you will be able to catch up with yourself, and BE the
Present Moment that IS and you ARE. Fear of the Present lends to Desire
of the future, as Fear of the Present lends to Desire of the past. When
we Fear the Present, we are always a step behind or a step ahead of
ourselves, thus can never Directly Experience Truth/Reality. Let Go, Let
Live, Let BE, simply BE What-IS.
It can not be explained, it can only be Pointed to. It is our
conditioned modus operandi that needs explanations and labels. The
"known" is the conditioned drivel and must be let go. BEing,
Walk, is indeed without effort. "Knowing" and Talking requires
effort. The effort is to let go of the Grand Trickster, because while we
still harbor him we can not Walk or BE or Understand/Realize/Recognize
Truth/Reality AS it IS. All existence other than Robot-Man is quite
Awakened. Why even give credence to conditioned drivel by calling it
"entertainment". Conditioned drivel must be seen for what it
is and not even paid attention to, let alone name.
Conditioned ideas and images and meanings and notions of all sorts
(contents of the mind) initiate thoughts (thinking), which in turn
establishes the idea that there is someone (self) to do the thinking.
The clue is that when the mind is Empty, there are no thoughts and no
self able to think. This is Pure Observation or Witnessing or
Understanding or Realizing. You see, as long as there are conditioned
contents there will always be thoughts and thus always be someone
thinking them. And the someone (the self) is created by the thoughts.
Without the thoughts there is no one, as without the self (someone)
there are no thoughts. Indeed there can be thoughts (thinking) without a
self (someone thinking), but there can not be a self (someone) without
the thoughts. Though they co-habitate, the thought is generated by
conditionings an instant before there is the recognition of the self. So
one could say that the thought comes before the self, but
where/why/what/how generates those thoughts ?
And THAT is the crux of the problem of self/thoughts. It is the stupid
conditioned notions (contents of mind). And if anyone points to the
creator of thoughts (thinking) other than conditioned mental contents
(influences, as Jesus called them), they are avoiding the discovery and
thus exposure of their own conditioned state. The real ones will
recognize the varying influences condensed into *Toxic Conditioned
Notions*, though they may use different terms.
Actually any learning, conditioned or otherwise, would generate
self-arising thought. When the mind is still empty there is no
self-arising thought, there is only observation and witnessing. It is
any mental contents that generate self-arising thought, though there can
be though without contents but not the self-arising type.
We have thoughts at the point when we started harboring/hording
contents/ideas/images/ meanings. If you do not know, there is a me. You
will know when there is no me. Paradoxically, it is not recognized but
is known (intuitively understood to be so, and not known knowledge). The
Key is the Empty mind, the observing, the witnessing, the unprojected/unattached
recognition. The less contents, the more it will
be experienced. These are self-arising thoughts due to contents. Yes,
you let them fly by without paying attention to them but it lets you
know that there are still contents to let go.
When there are contents there will be self-arising thoughts, as when
there is no contents there will not be self-arising thoughts. Where is
the choice ? As needs be done, when observing and witnessing thoughts
will arise due to the need to do so as response to the flow or the
Moment. Memory is not lost in an Empty mind, just the contents therein.
Our natural existence is without thought. But since we have a mind,
thoughts indeed can be a part of it. Yes, it could be simply a response
to the Moment since memory is very much in tact with an Empty mind.
But remember that just because you are not aware of it there still can
be a self entity via thoughts. In Pure observation or witnessing there
can be no thoughts though there is a certain recognition. Without
contents thus without self-arising thoughts, the arising thoughts are
due to the natural flow of the Moment as a needed response in a
continually anew Dance of the Multiple aspects of Unity. Only when the
Dancer IS the Dance is there no thought but rather the continuous flow
Do not confuse the learned, which can be called conditioned,
reactions/responses to our environment with the programming of society
and other people. There is a vast difference. This is a misdirection by
our conditionings to lead our attention away from the fact that we are
programmed controlled manipulated robots. The stuff that we naturally
learn through trial and error is simply that, learning. The stuff that
we are programmed by that controls and manipulates our thinking and
behavior, by others for the purpose of influencing what we do and say,
is conditioning. Most of this conditioning is done subliminally so we
will not realize what is done to us. And naturally we pass it on to our
offspring and others. You can see this behavior and thinking in all
walks of life, if only you would look. But the Fear of seeing that you
have become a mechanical robot is too scary to admit. Study of
conditioning, especially the subliminal type, is a great asset.
Do not lump learning and conditioning together, which makes you think it
is okay. Is the Suffering that conditioned notions of fear and greed and
selfishness establish okay ?
We allow ourselves to be conditioned as well as conditioned without ever
knowing about it. We are conditioned to allow it. We are conditioned to
have a choice in the matter. We are conditioned to like being robots.
There is no choice, thus not choosing our thoughts, but thoughts arise
due to the conditioned contents we harbor mentally. Not off stage but
rather in the attic where we store the conditioned contents and we are
never aware of it until we actually look at what the conditioned
programmed controlled manipulated automatons we have become.
Thoughts are always arising from conditionings (content). But doership
arises from the same place thoughts do and not that one thought is for
one thing and another thought for doership or delusion. Although
self-arising thought is delusional and thus even the idea of non-doership
is delusion arising from conditioned contents. That is, Sleeping, any
offering is but parroting and arises from intellect (which is part and
parcel to conditioned contents. Empty mind = no self-arising thoughts
and thus any *apparent* thoughts are actually only the exchange of
memory within the organism (Consciousness). Much the same as the way
cells communicate with each other within the body. A Flow of what needs
to be done within the Moment by any aspect of that Moment, and nothing
more. You may Talk the Talk, but there may be telltale holes in your
We must give up control but control is not an illusion. Control is what
occurs when we have conditioned contents cluttering up the mind. To give
up control you have to give up the illusion that control is an illusion.
We are responsible for what we say or do, but that does not have to
involve someone doing or say it. The most Enlightened do and say, but
they only say and do what must be said and done and take no credit for
doing or saying it even though they are responsible for it. That is, we
can take the blame but we can not take the credit.
Save yourself from ourselves. Saved from the conditioned contents that
control and manipulate our thinking and behavior. So even though
Consciously there is no doer, physically there has to be otherwise all
manifested form is but an illusion. Talkers, parrots, take the statement
of Wise Sages that "all is an illusion" to mean that
phenomenality does not exist only in our head. The Sages did not mean
that. What they meant was that our *perception* of manifested form is an
illusion. Our attachment to it, our thinking it is permanent, based on
our conditioned contents of mind. Walkers Understand this, Talker just
say it and misunderstand it. It is all founded on the contents of the
We have no volition, thus we have no want. Thoughts will always control
us when there are self-arising thoughts. You can not control the
thought. Wherever there is a self-arising thought it is in control.
Trying to control the thoughts is a rationalization for letting there be
thoughts. A Waste. Let go of the thoughts and there is no more trying
and no more control.
Of course we are responsible for what we do and say. It is foolish to
think we are not, as it is foolish to think that manifest form is
illusion. We take the blame but we do not take the credit. That is,
there is doing and there is a doer but neither the doing nor the doer is
acknowledged as such, but rather being done what must be done. We do not
take ownership of the doing though it is foolish to think that we did
not do it. Of course we did it but we do not have to broadcast it or
even pat ourselves on the back for doing it. It must be done and it was
done, and nothing else to consider. I am speaking about an Awakening
perspective.With conditioned contents functioning as our modus operandi
we take ownership and/or deny it. We take ownership by denying it.
Awakening there is no ownership to accept or deny. It just needed doing
and got done. We can not see it because the conditioned contents
harbored will not let us see it. It all boils down to the conditioned
contents of the mind, and Sages from Siddhartha and before to modern
ones have said FIRST get rid of conditionings. Do the self appointed
gurus think they know more about the situation ? No, they are just too
Fearful to let the contents go. Others like and agree with what they say
because they are just as Fearful. The Blind leading the Blind.
We do not wake up before getting rid of the contents, and we do not get
rid of the contents before we see it. So, at first, we are very much
Sleeping. Then someone adds something else to that contents, such as
"hey, what's all this clutter in your attic ?". Or you get so
fed up with the way things are that you start looking for a better way.
In both cases there has to be a certain Evolution/Involution already
established. Which most of humanity has already established. So for the
most part it depends on how indoctrinated the contents, and how fearful
the person of letting it go. That is, you have to be *ready* before you
could even consider someone's notion or go looking for some better way.
But at this point you are still very much controlled and manipulated by
self-arising conditioned thoughts, a doing, a self, an identity,
carrying around the contents in mind. But due to your particular level of established Wakefulness you
lean more toward looking at the clutter and toward going and looking. It
all depends on the contents, but it also depends on whether you are
able/ready to see it. THEN you go to work to do whatever needs to be
done to get rid of it. Those who are not ready to see it, will not, and
argue tooth and nail that "it's no big thing" or that it is
"human nature". But their peers have gotten them into a new
fad, non-duality, advaita, whatever. So they learn the Talk, and Talk
the Talk, and convince the others who do the same thing that they are
"right on". And even argue about it. Another clue -- how many
*real ones* argue ?
If we do not cling to them why are they still around, as they have no
glue on them ? If we can let them go, then we must be the ones hanging
onto them. And we can let them go, as we can Empty the mind of the
conditioned clutter, people have been doing it for a long time. You do
not think so because you are too afraid to, you are too conditioned to.
You hold on to them for dear life thinking that you will miss life, and
paradoxically in doing so you miss Life. Those conditioned notions can
be dispensed with, yet in order for you to Truly find out whether this
is so you will have to give it a whirl and see for yourself. Otherwise
you will have to remain in the darkness of the *belief* that it is
impossible. Just take a look at Sages of yore as well as those who are
considered to be Awake today and you will find that in their own words
their own way they all say that we must get rid of the conditionings.
Some of the ones of today even use the word conditionings, while the
ones of yore used such words as "influences" or
"defilements" or "beliefs" or whatever. But they all
say to get them out of your head. So are you the New Messiah bringing
the Real Truth of the matter, that all other Sages were only close ?
In Reality there is no Real inside/outside, there is only What-IS. Yet,
there is a vast multiplicity that IS this Unity and thus each and every
Multiple aspect is unique. And though our own conditioned notions should
not be projected into/onto any of these Multiple aspects, there is a
differentiation of one aspect to another. Thus though the underlying
Bridge is indeed a Oneness, that which is not one aspect is another (one
is outside the other). The same differentiation of Yin and Yan. And of
course for the purposes of communications, using language as the medium,
there is no way around this *seeming* separation. Confined to ourselves
only, of course All IS One, but when talking to another there is another
to talk to. Each of us establish this seeming separation by talking, so
to suggest that there is no inside/outside while talking is a fallacy.
The Moment that someone opens their mouth to utter a word they have
established the other, though we must not cling to this establishment
but rather Recognize that it is a medium for us to communicate with each
That Inner Yearning is none other than the True Nature trying to push
forth. Which is always suppressed by the contents of our mind
(conditioned programs we think and live by). Yet IF the Evolved/Involved
True Nature is strong enough due to not quite as much suppression in
both this incarnation and previous ones, it will gain a foot hold and a
certain supremacy making it more difficult for us to Lie to ourselves.
To a point that we get real tired of Lying to ourselves so we go Seeking
for what this Yearning is about. A Few actually come face to face with
it and Embrace it BE-ing that True Nature. Most are so Frightened by it
that they turn tail and Run so they can keep wearing their Masks and
study the words so they can Talk the Game. They even eventually fool
themselves into thinking the Talk (Game) is the Walk. So the Suffering
continues and they wonder why. You can fool a few many times, as you can
fool many a few times, but you can not continue to fool the many
forever. You just Fool yourself.
You leave a trail so that you can backtrack when you realize that the
light at the end of the tunnel is a Train. Due to the conditioned
contents we harbor mentally we misunderstand the simplest of Pointers,
twisting them into just about anything we Desire. You see, though there
are many Route to/upon the Path there can BE only One Path Awakening.
When Krishna said that "all paths lead to me" he meant that
many routes lead to One Path or the Many lead to One. So because of the
wording, as most get hung up on the words thus not able to see the space
between the words, the word Path is misconstrued to mean in a distorted
conditioned way that everyone can have their own path. Why do you think
there are still wars, and conflict, and greed, and selfishness, and
corruption, and crime, and every other ill we are plagued with daily?
It is true that "as a man thinketh, so is he". But when we
Empty the conditioned contents harbored in the mind, we are not thinking
so we are no-thought or no-self. Thus "as a man does not think,
*he* is not".
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How long do you suppose talk of the ego, how to control it, how to curb it, how to subdue it, etc, has been going on ? 200 years ? 2,000
years ? 5,000 years ? 10,000 years ? 100,000 years ? Perhaps 250,000+ years ? And where has all of this discussion gotten us ? What
have we learned from all of this discussion ? Since we are still discussing it, I would say that it has not been much help. Is the ego the
problem or simply the shadow of the problem ? We can chase our shade form
now on yet will never catch it. Who wins when we shadow-box ? We can not resolve a problem by addressing it's shadow, we must go directly to the
Root Cause. Perhaps if we looked for the Cause of our Suffering rather than chasing it's shadow, perhaps then we can catch that shadow.
We would not want to throw out the baby with the dirty bath water, nor keep the dirty bath water because we want to keep the baby, so we
BE-come the baby and step out of the dirty bath water. That is, we BE the Divine
Wisdom that we ARE and discard our conditioned ideas and images and meanings and Dwell AS the Moment. There is no Truth or Reality anywhere
other than AS the Moment so why dwell anywhere else.
Much is multi-layered so that with each reading another bit of Insight is Realized. It is all in the baggage of conditioned notions that must be
discarded in order to Truly Realize Truth and Reality. Some of those conditioned notions will not be easy to discard, for we have become quite
comfortable with them. Some will be very painful to discard. With this further input, perhaps the Bhagavad Gita, by putting yourself in Arjuna's
place, will reveal further Insights for you. This is why Siddhartha said
that we would give up anything including life itself for some cause whether
it be noble for foolish, but would refuse to give up even a miner Cause of
The first conditioned notion that you must discard is the dualistic notion that there is a *his* and *yours* and *them* and *us*. There is
only YOU, and there is only NOW. All else is an Illusion contrived by the
conditioned mind. Realizing THAT, and synergising it AS the discipline that you are very accustomed to would be a major advancement not only in
that discipline but in general.
"The human condition" IS the Suffering, but that is not the Cause. Suffering is easy enough to band-aid or relieve, for that is apparent or
readily recognizable. But will lead to only temporary relief until we Realize and Understand the Causes of that Suffering. It is when we root
out the Cause, that Suffering ceases, and not before. Again, the Causes of our Suffering are
depicted quite well in the Bhagavad Gita in Arjuna's struggles with his conditioned thinking. Siddhartha said not be believe
anything even if he himself said it until we have Directly Experienced it
ourselves. Jesus said that we are to directed by the influences upon us,
that we had to rely more on our own Direct Experience. In Arjuna's struggles with Krishna's guidance, the very things that Siddhartha and
Jesus was conveying is depicted. Both said that we had to be Lamps for our own Sight and that as we think is the way we ARE. No one Saves us but
ourselves, no one can and no one may, others can Point to the Path, but we
ourselves must Walk the Way. Look Within -- at your Reflection IN the Mirror of Truth -- and See what controlled manipulated programmed
automatons we ARE -- and Vow to yourself to do something about it.
There IS only One. There IS only YOU. There IS only NOW. When we Realize THAT, we will Understand the Cause of our Suffering. And with
THAT Understanding, we will have no real choice but to do something about
it. For we will be our own worst antagonist until we do. And *try* not, for there is only *doing* or *not doing* -- as *trying* is but a delusion
to account for our imagined future failing. Yet on this Path True effort
never goes to waste and there are no failures. Yet before we take that first step, we will not even realize THAT. It is not a matter of Trust,
or a matter of Faith, but rather the Realization of Truth and Reality and
What-IS. When we ARE Truth, when we ARE Reality, when we ARE What-IS, we
ARE Directly Experiencing and therefore are not forced to *believe* anything by any seeming *authority*.
It has been said that "as a man thinketh, so is he". If the mind is cluttered with toxic thoughts, then are we not toxic waste ? If our mind
is subdued and at the bequest of our Awakening Inner True Self, are we not
Christs or Buddhas in our own right. AS Awakening, have we not Unfolded a
degree of Christ Consciousness or Buddha Consciousness ? Is it not sad that so many Sleep through this Realization and call those who do Realize
it mentally ill ? I would ask the real mentally ill to stand up, but they
can not because they are Sleeping.
Indeed ego is very recognizable, but it is part and parcel to the conditioned mind. Look at your own mind. The one who carries things
thinks he has things, but the one who looks on only sees the heaviness. Throw away things, lose them, and find lightness. "Purify", "surrender"?
Rather -- Transcend, Transmute, Transfigure, Purge, Discard. As long as we stand apart from ourselves, dividing ourselves into various lesser
selves, we lose sight of the Fact that *There can BE only One*. We are not jugglers, always trying to balance the multiple different selves, but
rather Visitors who should be limiting our baggage. AS Awakening, we Realize that ego is but an Illusion contrived for a false security and
false protection which is no longer needed once one starts Awakening. And
so it is Discarded along with the other conditioned notions. Not that it
gives up without a fierce fight, for it is one of the major struggles we
undertake Within in our Awakening. A good example is Arjuna's struggles in the Bhagavad Gita. The story is set in a battle field, but the battle
field is actually Within ourselves. The seemingly insurmountable struggles we must face with our conditioned ideas and images and meanings,
Ah the Freudian *Id* -- the Super Subconscious -- the Primordial Drives of
Survival. Pent up or suppressed by our *cultureness* ready to unleash at any time. Taming the Id is like taming a house cat compared to
taming our conditioned mind. It is the conditioned mind and it's contents
of ideas and images and meanings and notions of all sorts that we must struggle to let go of. For it is at that point of those notions dying and
shriveling to nothing that our psychic apparatus flowers and blooms to ultimate comprehension. Psychoanalyzing the psyche is of no
use, for all we have to do is unlock it's cage by psychoanalyzing our conditioned
thinking and behavior. Do not over complicate that which is really quite
simple. The more complex WE make an undertaking, the less our chances of
*solving the riddle*.
As to "the demands of the social and physical environment", I must say that such
seeming demands are child's play when we discard the conditioned notion that such seeming
demands *bind* us in some way. In our conditioned thinking we like to view these seeming demands as
responsibility, when in Fact they are *attachments* to a physical realm where we are but Visitors. And Visitors of a reasonably short duration,
at that. We seek *permanence* in this physical realm by clinging to various ideas and images and *things*, yet we are only here for the blink
of an eye. We can not take that which we see with us, so may I offer to *let it go*. Our True Work here is not in the outward undertakings of the
Moment, but rather Waking-Up from the conditioned delusion that it is. For our True Work IS Within. For it IS there where we will Realize the
God we seek. It IS there where we will Realize Awakening.
It would depend on whether one is Sleeping or whether one is Awakening. Sleeping, we Realize nothing and are controlled and
manipulated by our conditioned notions. "As a man thinketh, so is he". Awakening we Realize that we ARE, and All manifested form IS, and
Recognize Truth and Reality IN the very instant Moment, Moment to Moment. That
there is only US and there is only NOW.
One must BE Silence in order for one to Realize Silence, as one must BE the Sound of Silence in order to Realize the Sound of Silence. We can
only Truly Understand that which we ARE. Sleeping, we do not Recognize Awakening for we have yet to BE Awakening. Awakening, we Recognize
Sleeping for we were Sleeping. We can Realize/Recognize where we have been, but we do not Realize/Recognize were we have not been.
When we label via our programmed thinking, each person will be programmed differently based on his particular life experiences. When we
do not label via our Awakening from the delusion of labels, we Recognize
quite Clearly that which IS and that which IS-NOT. And that which IS and
that which IS-NOT is quite Eternal and Infinite and Changeless, as Truth
and Reality are quite Eternal and Infinite and Changeless. Anew each Moment, Moment to Moment, but quite Eternal and Infinite and Changeless.
Sleeping, the ego is our medium of expression. Awakening, What-IS is our only medium of expression. We can not offer Truth, for Truth is not
ours to offer. We can not possess it so we can not offer it. Offerings are not Truth, but rather a Pointer to Truth via the lack of that which is
false. Truth can not be found nor obtained for received nor given, but can only be
Realized as we discard that which IS-NOT (our conditioned notions).
Certify nothing, look beyond so called "authenticity", look beyond the finger and
Realize that to which the finger Points. Once we discard our conditioned notions, study a bit,
meditate on that which is studied, and put aside that which did not survive the meditation for further study, and
we will at least be heading in the Right direction. Of course the first step is
Realizing that we are conditioned automatons, and the next step is doing something about it.
The ego Recognizes nothing other than that which is conditioned to recognize. Direct Experience of Truth and Reality is without ego, for the
ego is part and parcel of our conditioned images and ideas and meanings.
Ego, the contents of our mind, that which we know, that which we learn, our
programmed thinking and behavior, is but stumbling blocks to our Awakening.
To become intelligent we must learn something new each day, yet to become
Wise we must forget something that we have learned each day.
The state of "pre-conditioning" is our state BEFORE the age that we are so
conditioned by those in our life experiences. Our family and friends and peer groups and society in general. Observe the new-born,
it's Openness and Honesty and total Awareness of What-IS. Such are our most Enlightened Gurus, for they have not yet been tainted by conditioned
ideas and images and meanings so they can Show us our Natural Divinity of
Awakening. Yet Francis of Assisi said, "give me your child for a year and
he will be mine for the rest of his life". HE was saying to learn from the child, not condition the child.
Answers are of little importance for they are but Pointers to that which must be Realized Directly. For in many cases the answers Point to
the question and more importantly the questioner. For in order to "Know thyself" we must Observe thyself and Observe why we asked such a question.
As most of the time the answer is found in the question.
For there is ego, and then there is ego. Thus far in this forum I have only been speaking of ego that is part and parcel to our conditioned
thinking and behavior. Yet in the more Buddhist and Occult bents ego is something far different. Ego in this Understanding is the vehicle by
which we direct our forces to Action. This is not conditioned but rather
our Natural state of BE-ing. A vehicle of our most Awakened state of
BE-ing. But this vehicle can not be utilized while we harbor our conditioned notions. So while still quite conditioned we must direct our
attention to the conditioned ego. So I would offer that you Dwell on this
difference of ego and ego and Realize that one IS and one IS-NOT, for it is
our task to Understand the difference.
Now, yes, through discarding our conditioned notions we can Dwell AS Nirvikalpa Samadhi or the Direct Experience of
Truth/Reality/Eternity/Infinity/Divinity. But it is generally fleeting for we are so easily distracted by our attachments to the physical realm,
so can only be sustained for a short time, from time to time, from time to
time. Yet, the less defilements of the physical realm that we cling to, the less conditioned notions that we are attached to, the longer that state
of Samadhi can be sustained. Which is a paramount task for those Awakening for once we Open that door of Awakening by discarding only a few
conditioned notions it can never be closed completely again.
Samadhi is Samadhi, and once you have crossed that line between Sleeping and Awakening it is just a matter of letting go of the remaining
conditioned notions. The difference between Nirvikalpa and Sahaja is the
remaining defilements (Causes, conditionings) that we must discard so that
we can relieve ourselves of our Suffering. Stages or Steps in our Awakening, as it were. Though I must add that in Awakening there are no
stages or steps, but rather a continuous Unfolding. Likewise, consciousness can be viewed much the same way. We can say, for the
purpose of discussion, that there is an overall consciousness and our individual consciousness is within it -- but why ? If we placed the sun
in a box of many holes, the sunlight shining through those holes would give
the illusion that there were many suns in the box. So if we Dwell outside
the box we would *think* that there are many suns. But alas, if we Dwell
Within we Realize that there is but One Sun, but One Light, but One Consciousness. And we Realize that we ARE that Consciousness. We Dwell
without, we Seek that which is outside us, we rationalize our physical position in the Cosmos as being of some significance apart from that which
IS. But alas, *There Can BE Only One*.
May I offer, not to complicate or make complex that which is simple. We can get so involved with the *process* and with the *explanation* that
we can lose sight of the result. All to often our process or our explanation becomes our result. Yet the name is not that which is named.
The deed is not that which is done.
That which IS is UNknown, as that which IS-NOT is Known. How can the UNknown be Known, as how can the Known be UNknown ? One can Realize the
difference by Observing the jump of a legless frog.
Can the ego Observe the ego ? Can a conditioned mind Observe a conditioned mind ? If the ego does not belong to What-IS, how can the ego
confirm What-IS. For in order to Realize What-IS, we must BE What-IS.
How could an offering of Help be "sinning" ? Yet indeed, endeavoring to Awaken the Sleeping would be quite sinful to the Sleeping, for they are
conditioned not to want to be Awakening. Then, perchance if they stir and
Open their Eyes and notice Light by such offerings, they would perhaps no
longer consider such offerings sinful. True ? Sleeping, we judge. Awakening, we consider. Are our
judgments not projections of our own failings ? Would it not be sinful to be silent when we should protest ?
May I offer that we must Openly and Honestly Observe ourselves and face that Reflection IN the Mirror of Truth long before we make
observations of anything else.
For this "common standard of behaviors" and "collective
consciousness working in unison" that you so dearly cling to is
none other than *conditioned controlled manipulated programmed
automatons* who mistakenly *think* it is freedom ..are Conditioned
to *think* it is freedom.
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