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Highlights #423

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Friday July 28, 2000



More on " gurus and teachers and awakening"....too many good posts on Friday!!

MICHAEL READ

"Daniel Heller" wrote:
Perhaps I really am the dullard I'd always suspected, not being
"enlightened" and all yet, and I'm one of the few who hasn't been
let in on a colossal joke.

In the book _A Buddhist Bible_ by Dwight Goddard I read
these words purportedly uttered by Gautama Buddha:

"When I attained pure and perfect enlightenment, I realized
that there is no such thing as pure and perfect enlightenment.
Marvelous! Marvelous!"

Hah! Same thing here! Gained enlightenment only to find that
there is no such thing as enlightenment. Quite a liberating
experience, I must say. I do not say that I am enlightened. It's
such a silly thing to say. :-)) There is no single separate
person to be enlightened.

So what is there if there is no enlightenment? Like Matthew posted
today - just keep going - don't stop.

Whenever I'm asked what the meaning of life is, I just respond
that life is it's own meaning. To play in the fields of illusion
without fear, ahhh!

Buddhism is full of delightful contradictions. Buddha would say
that we work towards the enlightenment of all sentient beings
with on breath. Then, with the next breath, state there are
no such things as sentient beings.

As one human shadow in the great game of existance to another
all I can say is your very conciousness is the realization
of the so-called Self.

In other words, the true guru is already there - inside of you.

Enjoy! Not only is the joke on us, the joke is the thing.

HAHAHAH and HOHOHO!

Peace - boy are they gonna jump on me or what? - Michael

___________________________________________________________________

MATTHEW

"Daniel Heller" wrote:
> Does the list on this site, of teachers or people you can contact,
> purport to offer names of those who are fully
> "liberated/awakened/realized" or whatever other term you prefer?
>
-----------well daniel, this list and others have lots of names of
teachers. Their "status" is purely subjective. I particularly
like "Sarlos hum-drum-guru -ratings", because he rates everyone so
low. Though there are a select few i think he should bump up a few
notches. Everyone has their own opinion of who is at what level.
Personally, i look around at the scene today and i couldn't imagine
having to find a "real one" out of that mess. I consider my self
fortunate that i never had to do that search and just sort of
stumbled into my guru quite by accident not even knowing i was
looking for one, some 23 years ago. To many he is a fraud, charlatan,
liar, a fool, or totally deluded. To me is the One with no second. So
like i said, it's totally subjective. Happy hunting!

D.H.:I have long been under the impression that receiving the full
> understanding was somewhat rare, perhaps extremely rare. Now,
> surfing some sites such as NDS and realization.org, I'm wondering
if I've misunderstood.

-----------I think you understand just fine.i think i'm in the
minority on this one around these parts but i agree with you. The way
people talk you would think that the whole of humanity is just waking
up left and right. What a crock! Wouldn't it be so nice and easy if
there was a way of testing for enlightenment. Like a ph test or
something. So that with anyone who claimed enlightenment, we could
just test them and if they failed or passed then that proved it for
sure. Oh, we already do have that in each of our own little minds,
with our own special criteria. Ah but is it accurate? hmmmmm good
question.
------------------matthew.
________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________

JAN BARENDRECHT

Daniel Heller wrote:

>Does the list on this site, of teachers or people you can contact,
>purport to offer names of those who are fully
>"liberated/awakened/realized" or whatever other term you prefer?

It depends on one's definition of the above terms. For instance, one can be
"liberated" from the idea of "I and you" but yet have to cope with the sense of
"I
and you", and one can be "liberated" from the very sense of "I and you". And
there
isn't (yet?) a test to prove the absence of the sense of "I and you".


>I have long been under the impression that receiving the full
>understanding was somewhat rare, perhaps extremely rare. Now,
>surfing some sites such as NDS and realization.org, I'm wondering if
>I've misunderstood.

No, you haven't misunderstood: comprehension of nondualism is simple, whereas
disciplines working with the body and the mind (several yogas) can be very
complicated.

It seems that the disciples of some teachers
>could populate a small planet with all from their ranks who have
>understood their true buddha nature. Perhaps I really am the dullard
>I'd always suspected, not being "enlightened" and all yet, and I'm
>one of the few who hasn't been let in on a colossal joke.

Regarding understanding "only" of "buddha nature", its usefulness can be
compared to
the understanding of gravity when falling from the Empire State Building
without a
parachute :)

Gravity works whether people understand it nor not and likewise, with
"enlightenment": confessing one isn't enlightened has the same informational
value as
confessing one is enlightened. But just for the record, the term
"enlightenment" is
often used to denote recognition of "who one is". If one puts a mirror inside
the
cage of a pigeon, it won't have the recognition "I". For a monkey, that
changes, it
does recognize "I". For a humanoid, there is the option to recognize "my" body
in the
mirror and subsequently to recognize that "I" am not the body but... which
recognition is called "enlightenment". As might be guessed, that recognition
has (for
good reasons) to be considered a "start".

>Thanks all
>
>D

You're welcome
Jan
________________________________________________________________________________

JERRY

Daniel Heller wrote:
>
> What is a realizer? What is a confessor? I've never heard those
> terms before.

Hi Dan,

Welcome!

I take responsibility for using those terms. I can give my
understanding of them, however it is only one
interpretation.

It's really one term: realizer/confessor. It is one who has
known or who knows nondual nature. It could be a taste that
occurs from time to time or a stable knowing in the one
moment. And it is one who speaks intimately about his or
her knowing.

This from Michael Read is a good example of a confession,
as I use the word:

"I hold no beliefs. Have you lived this lifetime? I used to
think that I had a life until Grace burned me up. Now I am
enveloped in life. I did not know who I was until Grace
consumed me. There is not really a creature called Michael
Read. Only an abiding Presence."

The statement of a realizer might be illustrated by the
following written by Jan Barendrecht:

"Ending the succession of the transformations of the
thinking principle is the same as ending all
identifications - that is why achieving siddhis (creating
more identifications) is said to cause bondage. But for
some, especially followers, the spontaneous siddhis will
give a sense of certainty."

The confessor is a realizer; the realizer may or may not
lean toward being a confessor.

The realizer/confessor is one, although the confessor tends
to speak in the first person, but not always. Yet the 'I'
the confessor uses, as I see it, refers not to the speaker,
but to all individuals or to no individual; it refers to
consciousness perhaps.

When I started my website I found I very much enjoyed the
utterances of realizers/confessors and thought they were as
valuable as what was uttered by the recognized giants of
spirituality, whoever they are. Why? Because the knowing of
the Self or I Am is the same.

You don't have to be Tiger Woods to play golf, to understand
what it means to win and lose, or to speak articulately
about the game. You don't have to have a great long-lived
love or many loves to speak of love. A momentary glimpse, a
passing in the night, can be the inspiration for
heart-shaking poetry. The same with realization of
nonduality. The people who speak of that realization I've
called realizers/confessors.

Now, whether realizers/confessors on these lists are 'fully'
enlightened, is a subject I don't even recognize. The
question doesn't arise for me. For others it arises. I have
no need to know.

If a person has a need to know to what degree another is
'enlightened' then that's that person's nature and so be it.

Having said that, I do a certain amount of judgment. I judge
whether a voice is genuine and whether realization is
nondual. Who am I to do that? I have no right to do that.
Not enough people are embraced as realizers/confessors and
recognized on my list. However, I think the point has been
made that there are many, many realizers/confessors. Some
day the list will be expanded.

I hope I've addressed your questions fairly, Dan. Thanks
again.

Jerry
__________________________________________________________________

AND DANIEL REPLIES....

We can reliably assume that Buddha's statement that he "attained"
enlightenment was a mistranslation by someone with an incomplete
understanding of Buddha's "bones"

Similarly, I will assume that Michael misspoke when he wrote of
"gaining" enlightenment. As there is no enlightenment and no
non-enlightenment, and no person to gain or lose it or anything else
in this nondual reality, gaining enlightenment would really be
something!

Speaking from experience, I spent several years as a Rajneesh (osho)
disciple, and have reflected on the fact that he said several times
that "a master like me only comes along every few thousand years.
There are only a handful of people on the planet who know the living
current. If you miss me, you may not have another chance for many
lifetimes."

So was he deluding others, himself, or both? or neither?

I don't know if Rajneesh was "enlightened" - being part of that
experience helped me, and obviously was part of this bodymind's
destiny.

And, as Greg and others have told me, there need to be different
teachers for different people at different levels with different
natures. To me, to speak about our true nature, without KNOWING it
as Ramana and Maharaj did, is a waste of breath.

And I've met my guru, I'm not shopping anymore. That is the ultimate
answer to my questions.

Also - are there really realizers and confessors, or is there just
realizing and confessing?


"The fate of the soul is determined in accordance with its prarabhda
karma. What is meant to be will be, no matter what you do to prevent
it. What is not meant to be will not be, no matter what you do to
make it happen. Therefore the best course is to remain silent."
- Ramana
_______________________________________________________________________

HARSHA



When Ramana Maharshi's mother found him after some years of searching, she
tried to convince the Sage to come back home. He ignored her and remained
silent. She wept and wailed and begged him to come back. It went on for some
time, perhaps several days. Ramana then wrote the above on a piece of paper
and stayed silent. Disappointed and distressed, his mother returned home.
Eventually, she gave up the worldly life and joined him on the Arunachala
Hill. She was never away from him for even a day after that. Her fervent
wish was to die with her son near her. She passed away with Ramana's hands
on her head and heart. The Sage said that the Mother had gained complete
liberation. The story of his mother's death and the last hours is quite
beautiful and worth reading.

Love
Harsha
_____________________________________________________________________

MELODY & JERRY

> This leads me to wonder....concerning compassion:
>
> Do me best serve God by 'cultivating' a heart
> of compassion? Do we best serve ourselves?
> And how do we know what's 'best'?
>
> The moment we ask such a question....doesn't
> it show us that we are NOT in the position to
> know? Doesn't it show us that we are not at
> that moment being AS a 'hollow bamboo'?

The hollow bamboo is empty. The hollow bamboo can't ask or
answer any questions. An answer, such as 'we are not in a
position to know' is not the hollow bamboo's answer. I'm
wondering if the answer is any better than the question.


> One of my biggest struggles of all is in
> giving up this notion of 'having a Christian
> heart' ....of being a helper or healer....of
> being my bothers' keeper. And yet, my
> observations (of my self and others) show
> me that this 'compassionate' intent can not
> only CREATE considerable sorrow and suffering,
> it is the fastest way for this 'bamboo' to
> become full of itself.
>
> It makes me wonder if this is not the
> challenge for AC, and many others.
>
> my morning musings,
> Melody

The hollow bamboo allows God to sing through us, and that is
the voice of Grace. Yes, that is the challenge, remaining
empty. From my own seeing and from reading others, I find
there's no one-time emptying and that's it, done and final,
you're finished. God fills it, God empties it. Don't ask my
why. Yes, that's the challenge. That's the purpose of life,
as far as I know, keeping the bamboo empty in order to serve
the voice of God.

Jerry
_________________________________________________________

DAN BERKOW


>July 28
>
>The intellect divides everything between what it considers pleasant
>(acceptable) and unpleasant (unacceptable) and then opposes anything it
>deems unacceptable as a "problem" that needs solving! Thus, any problem can
>only be solved at its source, which is the intellect that conceived the
>problem as a problem in the first place.
>

>In comparison with the inconceivable Infinity that we actually are, what we
>think we are is a mere hallucination, an illusory and insubstantial shadow.
Ramesh
Balsekar
D:
Thank you, Ramesh!
Please, I have a couple of
questions here.

I wonder,
this idea that I'm inconceivable
and infinite, well, it's just
another thought after all, no?
If I think that thought is true,
and I hold onto that idea,
I'm still focused on a concept, no?
Now, I've perhaps changed from the
concept that I'm limited to
the concept that I'm
"inconceivable and infinite."
But it's still a concept of
myself either way,
isn't it?

Just wanting to clarify here,
probably you're just saying
this as a helpful means
to encourage me to drop
any concept of "myself"
of Reality, no?

So then, I can drop even my
concept of you as saying
something "true" about Reality?
Because, clearly, *I've already conceptualized*,
the instant I've imagined/described
myself as infinite and inconceivable.
So, if I stick to that idea, I have
become conceivable, no ...?

And Ramesh, why blame the intellect for
dividing things?
That is just its job.
It can't help itself anymore than
a computer can avoid using binary
coding.

I've observed, as you apparently
have, that delusion can be an
attempted substitute
for reality.
Is the intellect to blame for this,
or is it the way *we* use the intellect?

It's our wishful thinking, our emotionally
reactive belief that we can use
the intellect to maintain a "self"
that can be "owned"; that's
the delusion, isn't it?

What I mean here is that the division
between acceptable and unacceptable
is taken as reality, not by the intellect,
but by the attempt of an energy system
to function separately? The intellect
divides things, and those things
aren't ultimately separate, yet once
I see through delusion, I can
use the intellect without believing
there are unacceptable pieces of reality,
no?

Dan

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