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Nothing Is Everything. What Is Meditation? We need to awaken to the functioning presence of spiritual realities in our lives. Tavistock Institute. Part 123

The words of a realized man cannot go to waste, they are like seeds, they will wait to the proper time to sprout, but once implanted they will bear their fruit.

“My words if implanted in you will destroy all other words and concepts.” Nisargadatta Maharaj

INTEGRATING INTO EMPTINESSThis process was channeled to invite greater inner spaciousness to help integratethe healings, clearings, and activations that are received. The word emptinesswas channeled to amplify the formless qualities of the soul to help furtherunravel the ego and embody the light of heart-centered consciousness.To integrate into emptiness, please read the followingstatements, either silently or aloud:

All is emptiness; emptiness is all.
One is emptiness; emptiness is one.

None is emptiness; emptiness is none.
Space is emptiness; emptiness is space.
Sound is emptiness; emptiness is sound.
Name is emptiness; emptiness is name.
Form is emptiness; emptiness is form.
Time is emptiness; emptiness is time.
Nothing is emptiness; emptiness is nothing.
Everything is emptiness; emptiness is everything.
Thinking is emptiness; emptiness
is thinking.Feeling is emptiness; emptiness is feeling.
Moving is emptiness; emptiness is moving.
Still is emptiness; emptiness is still.
Perceiving is emptiness; emptiness is perceiving.
Noticing is emptiness; emptiness is noticing.
Aware is emptiness; emptiness is aware.
Breathing is emptiness; emptiness is breathing.
Living is emptiness; emptiness is living.
Learning is emptiness; emptiness is learning.
Discerning is emptiness; emptiness is discerning.
Growing is emptiness; emptiness is growing.
Opening is emptiness; emptiness is opening.
Awakening is emptiness; emptiness is awakening.
Realizing is emptiness; emptiness is realizing.
Liberating is emptiness; emptiness is liberating.
Being is emptiness; emptiness is being.
Knowing is emptiness; emptiness is knowing.
Everything is emptiness; emptiness is everything.
Nothing is emptiness; emptiness is nothing.
Time is emptiness; emptiness is time.
Form is emptiness; emptiness is form.
Name is emptiness; emptiness is name.
Sound is emptiness; emptiness is sound.
Space is emptiness; emptiness is space.
None is emptiness; emptiness is none.
One is emptiness; emptiness is one.
All is emptiness; emptiness is all.

“Stay in the consciousness as a portal to the Absolute”.

Maybe the best way to conclude is to recall a time when
He began pacing and shouting at me:
“There is no birth
There is no death
There is no person
It’s all a concept
It’s all an illusion!!!!!
As He directed this powerful energetic focus at me, “light”
passed from His hand and through “me”.

Somehow the word ‘Nothing’ doesn’t interest the seeker
whereas the word ‘Everything’ overwhelms him/her. Why
is it so? Why is there so much fear for this ‘Nothing’? The
thought of one’s absence, even though momentary, seems
to create fear of non-existence although each and everyone
enjoys this absence of ‘separate self’ every night during deep
sleep. The fear of Nothing is fear of death which is in turn the
fear of Unknown. The inability to recognize the hidden secret
beneath this Nothing, somehow forces the seeker to shut the
doors of Ultimate Understanding sans seeker. In short the word
Nothing repels and the word Everything attracts him/her, as
these apparent contradictions are perceived at their face value.
These contradictions do not exist outwardly but rather exist as
the inner division in seeker’s mind.

Seeking or Understanding?

Seeking is based on some reason, Understanding is without any!

Seeking is with an effort and purpose,
Understanding is spontaneous and effortless!
Understanding is absent in Seeking,
While the ‘seeker’ is absent in the Understanding!
Seeking consists of seeker, seeking and the sought,
While this trinity is utterly absent in the Understanding!
Search consists of search, searcher and the searched,
Understanding denies the very ‘searcher’!
Seeking consists of stages, intervals and may be some practices,
While the Understanding is eternal and despite of them!
Seeking has an aim,
While nature of Understanding is itself aim-less!
Seeking is supported by listening, reading or pondering,
While Understanding is Self-sustaining (Independent)!
Fear of forgetting gathered knowledge prevails in Seeking,
While even the thought of having understood is
absent in Understanding!
Background of Seeking is duality,
While Understanding is groundless Non-Duality!
Seeking is an ever changing state,
Whereas Understanding, a ‘stateless’ state!
In Seeking, lock exists and search for the key happens,
While in Understanding, clear conviction prevails that
lock and key were never separate!

What Is Meditation?

Maharaj: Our sense of being is without a body. It is called
Brahman. Without your knowledge, the chant of “I am
Brahman” goes on within you.
One who realizes one’s true identity as Brahman, is worshipped
by spiritual aspirants.
That Brahman or God is your true form. This identity has
no death. You have fear of death because of your body identity.
If you develop your faith as you are told now, you will never
experience death. Then you will find no need to ask anybody
regarding spiritual matters. Instead, people will visit you in
quest of Truth.
Visitor: What is meditation?
M: Not to lose sight of your true identity is meditation. Your
body identity should find no room in your faith. When you
realize your consciousness as God of all Gods, you will find
yourself as infinite and boundless.
V: Is not God greater than me?
M: Your consciousness is the proof that the God is. Without
you, who is there to recognise His greatness? Do not forget
this fact.

You suffer because your existence is restricted to a body.

What is the difference between the mumukshu, one who
desires to be liberated and a Sadhaka, a spiritual seeker?

kNothing Is Everything k
M: A mumukshu has a body; but the seeker is bodiless. Because
of your body identity, death and rebirth apply to you.
V: What is the difference between a Seeker and a Sage or
Siddha?
M: A Siddha has achieved the ultimate. There is not the slightest
of doubt that he is not the body with name and form. He is no
more an individual; neither a man nor a woman.
V: One who has spiritual powers, is he a Siddha?
M: No. One who is established in the Self, is a Siddha.
V: Does a Sage remember his ignorance prior to His becoming
a Sage.
M: Just as the Sun does not know darkness, a Sage does not
know ignorance.

THE ‘ME’ AND THE ‘MINE’

We must understand the creator of time—the past, present, and future—for time is birth anddeath. The consciousness of time creates continuity, everlastingness, but it is not the eternal, it isnot timelessness.The creator of time is the self, the consciousness of the ‘me’ and the ‘mine’: my property, myson, my power, my success, my experience, my immortality.

The concern of the self over its ownstate creates time. The self is the cause of ignorance and sorrow, and its cause and effect is desire,the craving for power, wealth, fame. This self is unified by the will of desire, with its pastmemories, present resolutions, and future determinations.

The future then becomes a form of lust,the present a passage to the future, and the past the driving motive. The self is a wheel within awheel of pleasure and pain, enjoyment and grief, love and hate, ruthlessness and gentleness.

These opposites are created for its own advantage, for its own gain, out of its own uncertainty. Itis the cause of my birth, my death. Thought is held by the will of desire, by the will of self, butsorrow and pain begin their work of awakening thought; and if this awakening is not maintained,thought slips into comforting beliefs, into personal fantasies and hopes.

But if the slowly awakening thought begins to gently and patiently study the cause of sorrowand so begins to comprehend it, it will find that there is another will: the will of understanding.This will of understanding is not personal; it is of no country, of no people, of no religion. It is thiswill that opens the door to the eternal, to the timeless.

The study of the self is the beginning of right thinking—the self that is held in the will of desire.This self creates continuity by craving for immortality, but with it comes the everlastingness ofsorrow, pain, and the conflict of the ‘me’ and the ‘mine’.

There is no end to this save in the will ofunderstanding, which alone dissolves the cause of sorrow.Become aware of the course of desire; out of that awareness, there is born right thinking. Virtueis freeing thought from the ‘me’ and the ‘mine’ for compassion for the uncertainty that self-desirecreates.

BELIEF IN THE MASTERS

The gurus who exist beyond our immediate,physical perception. They were our elder brothers, more evolved than us and so worthy of beingfollowed. They had a plan for humanity and showed us the means, the technique for its fulfilment.

To deal with ignorance is most difficult, for it is often clothed with goodwill. One must acceptthe goodwill with eagerness, but ignorance eventually destroys goodwill. To dispel delusion is farmore important than any belief, than to accept any plan, any technique. It is insidious andextremely subtle, and without first understanding its causes and ways, all thought-feelingbecomes a plaything of illusion. How can you discern what is true if there is ignorance? How canyou discern the truth of a falsehood, or the falsehood in a truth, when the mind is distorted byillusion?

To see the truth as truth, and the falsehood as false, demands freedom from ignorance, from stupidity. It is the greatest gift. Prejudice, credulity, relying on mere opinion, ill will, fear, greed, sensate values, and cravingbreed ignorance and illusion. And thought must be concerned with transcending the causes ofignorance.

This being of primary importance, we can give only secondary consideration to thequestion of Masters.How extremely difficult it is to find a teacher, a guru, in this physical world! Have you soughtone? If you have sought one, wide-eyed, intelligently, then you will know what an arduous task itis. Your choice depends on your conditioning and its reactions, on your moods, hopes, andopinions, and a choice based on prejudice can lead only to confusion. Knowing how difficult it isto find a teacher, who is merely a signpost to the real, can you trust and accept a teacher whomyou do not see with your physical eyes, whom you recognize on the hearsay of another?

When you have the greatest difficulty in finding a teacher here on this plane, how can you be so sure ofone who has been created or discovered by another? Is this not superstition? Is not the acceptanceof authority, of the one or of the many with their opinions, the beginning of ignorance, stupidity?

To follow another, in ignorance, does not lead to the comprehension of the real, and ignorance is not to be broken down in the acceptance of another, however great. Ignorance is self-caused,and only you yourself can destroy it.

This hope that another can lead you to reality, to happiness,is the result of thoughtlessness. You do not become thoughtful through the acceptance ofauthority of another. Another may point out the way, but you yourself have to discern, youyourself must walk.

There is none to save you but yourself.What does he mean when he asserts that they are more evolved? Is the realization of truth amatter of time and growth, or is it to be experienced when thought-feeling is freed from time andgrowth? Does this freedom lie along the path of time? Is it not another form of ignorance to thinkthat time will give understanding?

Strenuous application brings understanding, and it is a form ofslothfulness to think in terms of time and growth. Besides, what is it that evolves? (Greed,however much it may evolve, will remain, perhaps more refined, more subtle, under a differentname.) Is there not a continual change, a constant becoming and dying, and an identification thatgives a continuity to the ‘I am’? The ‘I am’ is different from yesterday, and thought clings to the ‘Iam’ in fear of the unknown, of being insecure.

Does not the highest thought spring frominsecurity, from non-identification? Is there a permanent entity that continues? Or is there onlythat which is real, immortal, which is to be realized only when all grasping has ceased?

This craving to be breeds ignorance and sorrow, and time will not free thought from sorrow. Sorrow isto be transcended by understanding its cause in the present, and a postponement, under adignified name, will not bring happiness. Lust, worldliness, and clinging to personal continuitybring pain, and these must be transcended through awareness and right thinking.Do you think a plan, a glorified blueprint, can liberate man from his bondages, making him happy?

Must he not exert himself to extricate himself from his own self-enclosing limitations andhindrances? He has created his own sorrow, and he alone can transcend his own creation.

The means, the technique, to realize the eternal is to comprehend and master himself. Self-knowledge cultivates right thinking, and this knowledge is not to be bought through the worship of another,or through the authority of another, or through any ritual or prayer; nor does it lie in any book orin any church.

It is to be discovered and nurtured through self-awareness of your thoughts-feelings. It is a strenuous ‘path’ to walk, and though there be many signposts, yet each one must discern, with heightened intelligence and watchfulness.

It is the particular fancy of each group to consider itself the most favoured, and by this method it gathers to itself those who are seeking favours and so flatter themselves. It is a trick of the propagandist and unworthy of those seeking truth.

For, truth does not belong to any group, toany organization, to any individual; the bigger and more powerful the organization, religious orotherwise, the further is it from reality, and so is it with the group and with the individual.Humility, which comes with candour, with that freedom from pretentiousness, is essential to discover that which is the ultimate solution of all our problems.

Do you not think that to lose oneself in wayside shrines, to decorate and collect aroundsignposts is a waste of time and unworthy of him who seeks truth? Professional mediators,beautifying externalities, and repetition of rituals are vain to him who is seeking the eternal.Earnestness, which is so rare, is dissipated in the things of ignorance, and the mind-heart is madedull.

Sensitivity and pliability of mind-heart are lost if there is no understanding of the ways of illusion. Stupidity breaks down the exquisite elasticity of the mind-heart, and it becomes a prey to delusion. Gather that earnestness to dispel ignorance and to understand and transcend ill will and sensory values. You seem earnest, and let us employ it for right means, which will uncover theright end.

We need to awaken to the functioning presence of spiritual realities in our lives.

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