Before the next thought arises, YOU ARE ... Here, Now … Being.
Being that YOU ARE knows NO problems. All so called problems are in
thoughts only. YOU are NOT any thought. Being, Space-like
Knowing-Awareness, just Always IS. You are That. Period, End, Full stop.
If the mind claims "I despair", "I am suffering, I hate life, and my life sucks!" have a good, through, intelligent, LOOK:
What or Who says any of that? Who claims to be a personal "I" with properties like despair?
Do you have at least some intellectual grasp on what suffering IS? What the SOURCE of "my suffering really IS?
this: You are being, living, as a body (so we assume). Then, "shit
happens". Your body gets really sick. Or your car gets repossessed. Or
your wife leaves you for a rat bastard lover who in her words is "hung
like a donkey" where you-as-a-body are "average" at best in that area!
So that happens in a life story of a body; is there any suffering in all
that? In FACT, no. In the confusion about who we are, yes.
confusion consist in a wrong identification, first, that this "I"
thought is "who I am"; secondly, that this I IS the body, the always
changing organism which is but a temporary happening in Universe, and
finally, the CONVICTION that WHAT IS SHOULD BE (and COULD BE!)
is madness, pure and simple. What is, IS. There is no should except in
the language of a delusion, a dreamed ego-I character who assumes IT is
"in charge" and could and therefore MUST makes things go ITS way. But
the briefest honest look will show that ego up to be the fake that it
is. Examine this: How often do you really get things to turn out "your"
way? We are as "egos" tremendously selective in assigning ourselves as
"cause in the matter" of the life and living of this one insignificant
speck of protoplasm on the one insignificant speck of dirt and water
whirling around an insignificant star in a remote and insignificant
corner of universe!
IS that what we really ARE!? This nonduality expression is pointing you
to a fare deeper looking! As the Advaita Sage Wayne Liquorman points
out in "Never Mind":
source of the suffering is specifically this quality in which the
organism usurps the subjectivity of God. But it is absolutely crucial-to
remember that it was NOT the organism that decided of its own volition
to do that. What I've been pointing to all along is that the volition
claimed by the "me" is in illusion, so it can't possibly be the organism
that created it. That's where this teaching diverges from many
so-called Advaita teachings, because they say that to wake up is the one
decision that the individual can make, while the individual has no
volition over anything else. The way I understand such a concept is that
there is only one thing left for you to screw up: waking up. If you
have the power to simply allow the waking up to happen and you don't do
it, then you must be the biggest idiot of all time! Of course, it is
more desirable for the ego to think of itself as an idiot than to think
of itself as impotent."
Who Are YOU in the matter? Are YOU a thought? "Ego", as Ramana Maharshi
tells us, is merely the "I: (or ""me") thought. Nothing more than an
insubstantial thought, yet we take that thought to be who we are, and in
doing so, the assumption is "I as this thought (which includes thoughts
like 'I am the body" etc", AM the God of All Creation; it is an
usurpation of the Infinite Omnipotence of the Source or God and is right
down at the core of every human belief system. And it is no more real
that the once-assumed "fact" that the earth is flat!
you know you self as a thought, there will always follow that suffering
will arise. To know Thy Self as No-Thought is freedom. That does not
mean thoughts are somehow resisted or are wrong; only that what YOU are
is free and clear, an open space of Aware Being IN which thought appears
and subside like clouds that come and go in the forever Empty Sky.
You in that metaphor are NOT the clouds (despair etc). YOU are The Sky.
That, your True Self, which is already the case; only NOW you just
recognize it, and nothing can trouble you ever again. Nothing temporal
is Real Nothing that happens is You. Being is Knowing, Seeing,
Now: The exhortation comes from many (including Ramana and Nisargadatta Maharaj) to BE THAT and nothing else. "Be as you are!"
That is what You already are, it's very simple, according to the
currently "popular" Advaita teachings, whether of so called "Neo
Advaita" or "Traditional Advaita. But ARE you as the idea-of-me the
Source of "your" seeing this "simplicity" and having the happening occur
of the end of "me" in which there is the demise of seeker and therefore
the end of "your" suffering? When in fact this "you": is no more than a
hypnotic suggestion placed in the organism by god or the AUTHENTIC
if you "could" do that would you not have already done that? This
teaching is about realizing that a) You are not what you think, believe
and even KNOW your "self" to BE?
has been seen here in the last few years is that SO many of these self
styled teachers are ignoring what Wayne (and a very few others, like
Ramesh Balsekar and Tony Parsons, for example) have pointed out so powerfully, and that is
this question of having the volition to "inquire", "investigate" etc. I
am not saying there is anything "wrong" with all that, far from it! ALL
of that is also (obviously!) part of God's Play, the functioning of
Wholeness. Whatever you like to call it. But is sum or summary, every
great authentic teaching has one statement of fact at its core: "Thy
Will be Done". The false sense of authorship (as Wayne puts it) has
simply mechanistically or hypnotically USURPED God's Power as its own.
The irony is that THIS is also the perfect Will of God: ALL THAT IS,
appearing and not-appearing, as it is and as it ain’t, is the "Maya",
the Play Of God, the Dance Of Shiva.
as the Buddha said, “Life is suffering” This Teaching adds: “UNTIL the
hypnotist (God) snaps His fingers!” Then, in the Eternal Permanent Now,
the intemporal-self disappears and, there is, as the Buddha said,
"Nirvana is Peace." And the Buddha is also purported to have said,
"Suffering and Peace are Not Two!"
that one might break the system of concepts into a trillion invisible
pieces leaving the True Peace that you really are. We shall, as always,
simply have to see if THAT is the Divine Will for that organism you
believe to be "you". Meanwhile, what will happen will happen, whether
"you" want it to or not! This body called charlie has been quite ill
(again!) recently and as is always the case, it is not clear what will
happen regarding its health. The best of doctors don't seem to really
know what is going on despite a myriad of tests. Maybe the old thing is
just wearing out! Gotta happen sooner or later. No worries, no one is
born and no one dies. That doesn’t; relieve pain but it does relieve
suffering! That is okay!
God's Will IS being done!
there IS is God's Perfect Will. No "you" or "I" or "me" has one gram of
authentic free will to "make what is different than it is! Isn't that
just SO bloody obvious? If NOT? "God's Perfect Will!"
Remember here that "God" is ONLY a word POINTING to the ineffable and invisible non-conceptual ... That which IS and never is NOT. Words must always fail to capture this essence we call "God".
Don't confuse the WORD "God" for the REAL God, or Pure Wordless Awareness. Cannot be perceived or conceived yet IS. That is the Final paradox of THIS "sharing" or "Teaching".