2005 June

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…[Fairfield] FF just keeps getting better and better. Now (somewhat to our surprise) we have become semi-permanent residents.

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Now that FF has a fantastic beach at Waterworks Park, my wife and I
are enjoying the summer heat here a great deal more than in previous
years. And coming from Maine (which so far this year has been cold and wet), we are quite pleased that Spring is in full force here in March (as opposed to June in Maine if we were lucky :-) ) We have never seen a town that provided such a perfect balance of nourishment for spirit, soul, and body as FF now does. We’ve both lost weight just from walking our dog around the trails early in the AM and in late afternoon… and everyone is FRIENDLY. Wow!

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…”Brahman” or Wholeness resides AS fully in the “manifest,
relative” point as in the “unmanifest, absolute” Ocean. No
difference. A natural progression from this would seem to be the
realization that one’s Wholeness is potentially as free to be ANY
point-self as to be one’s habitual point-self: what I would
(habitually) call Krishna Consciousness. Again, just a matter of
putting a bit of attention on what has been here all along. :-)

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It is all point-selves of oneself, and one can (to whatever degree)
emerge from the “Ocean” to experience any specific “wave” one attends to. However, generally it would seem that habit keeps one focussed more or less in the original bodymind if there is no particular need/desire at any given moment to experience/heal other point-selves or aspects of oneself.

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Yes, FF has restored whole new olfactory chords [pig-dung] and harmonic arpeggios of redolent appreciation that my nose had quite forgotten. :-)

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My understanding is that it was specifically Hermann Goering who
eliminated his rival Rohm, after (presumably) causing the Reichstag
fire and (certainly) exploiting it to eradicate “homeland” civil
rights in the name of “security”.

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I sometimes wonder what and how long it will take for one to fully
comprehend that the act of seeking is itself the perfect denial of the
ordinary “pure holy enlightenment” one already is… and then again
remembering that seeking is itself yet another expression of
that “pure holy enlightenment” …

Perfect enlightenment denying/fulfilling itself perfectly. Wow.

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…Yes, this is apparently as much of the truth as the believer’s mind
will allow while still protecting its “serious-seeker” game-path,
denying perfection here-now and projecting it into an “illusory” past
or future. No harm in collecting sequential conic slide-sections of
Brahman across time and space; no harm in comparing and discriminating between one time-space section and another (“look! a circle! No; a hyperbola!”); apparently that’s one of the things the cone of Brahman likes to do to itself: suffer the “death of a thousand cuts” by suicide. :-)

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What if you were in the longed-for location all along? I think it was
Maharshi Zaphod who said, “No matter where you go, there you are!” ;-)

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What makes one think “an” enlightenment consists of anything?

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Without at all intending to detract from your most commendable
devotion to MMY, I would merely suggest that to judge anyone in
contrast to anyone else is essentially indulging in delusion. Where it
counts, you and MMY and FF’s pig-dung are all precisely the same —
infinite divinity focussing perfectly here now. Resisting the
perfection here now merely dilutes our experience of divinity;
acknowledging (surrendering) into the perfection of whatever is
playing through us here now — love, anger, pain, whatever — frees us
to be the Whole: what we have always been, regardless of external
appearance :-)

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*lol* The key-word being “essentially.” Only in essence. Apples are
not oranges, and as such cannot truly be compared, but both are
fruit. You, I and pig-dung are each unique and cannot truly be
judged “better” or “worse” than each other, but essentially we are
all Me — or all You, if You prefer.

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…Hell no, boy, you should consider the Gita authoritative because the
Bible says so.

…Of COURSE it was the devil, or one of them false gods, since my God is bigger than yours and can beat yours up with one hand tied behind His back and He’s the one and only true one anyway. Bible says so. Don’t know what made me say different. Musta been the devil. Praise God, and damn the devil anyhow.

[Comment on:…The nice thing about TM is that I’m always right…]

Interesting. I on the other hand have found that I am *always*
deluded. We must be describing the same phenomenon.

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I tend to agree with you about TM and torpor; this is part of why I
quit the practice in 1982, the larger part being there was nowhere
to “go” anymore. This latter understanding makes me wonder a bit
about your statement about “transcending … with no breaks.” From
where I stand now anyhow, the belief that one can “be” without
thought is as absurd as the belief that one can “be” without silence.
It seems more to me that the two are utterly the same, and any
belief otherwise would be the result of being stunned by an apparent
contrast in subtleties. Of course I may well be delusional. :-)

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Do we actually know John the Baptist’s take on the whole thing? I am
only aware of written material from a sect that (apparently and
apparently successfully) wished to marginalize him in favor of their
own candidate.

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[Comment on:…btw, do people in the lands he ravaged call him “the great”?]

No, I think their official title for him was “Alexander the Sumbitch”
:-)

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Yes, this all sounds pretty familiar,
except for your phrase “such a high level” — “here” is certainly not
high; I feel exactly the same as before I ever started on any path. I
mean *complete* ordinariness; “ignorance” even — the only real
difference being a simple contentment and appreciation of the
perfection here and now.

No path remains that I am aware of: samsara is perfection; emptiness
isn’t sacrificed in thought (or vice versa); I cannot appreciate the
two as two anymore. On the other hand, I do feel even better when I
appreciate more — become even more focussed and incarnate and
attentive — so maybe there is yet in store a depth and breadth
of “growth” or “me” I have perhaps scarcely begun to enliven.
Meditation (as I understand the term) seems to have no real bearing on this; appreciation appears to work best (mostly) eyes-open, or via simple listening, or the like.

In a similar manner, the stages of bodhisattvahood you provided didn’t
ring too clearly; only the buddha one felt like “home” or “me,” but I have attained nothing; am no more a buddha than my beloved pig-dung. No less, either, of course. :-) At that we all appear to be pretty much identical in our perfect buddhahood, maybe with some of us occasionally enjoying — or at least indulging in — a momentary bit of more or less resistance here or there.

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Just out of curiosity — did you ever take the Keirsey/Jung
personality test?

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I am tempted to hypothesize that J’s, being more
concerned with tangible “facts” and conceptual boundaries, might have
a relatively harder time dropping their preferred dogma and
descriptors in favor of life-as-it-is, or indeed might never need to,
and thus perenially simply experience life-as-it-is in an entirely
different way than the more amorphous P’s.

…Another perfectly good hypothesis down the drain! :-)

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…Well for starters one might look at the rather large pool of
disaffected ex-TMers, particuarly ones exhibiting strong anti-TM bias,
and examine some of them for signs of “enlightenment” :-)

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…I honestly don’t think any “path” is going to take us anywhere other than here, and so I don’t think Buddhahood can be “achieved” at all. Rather, “we” do what “we” do until “we” don’t, if you see what I mean. For those who swing that way, TM appears to be as good a “path” as any to eventually abandon into the remembrance of who we always have been. All the “paths” are in the realest sense nothing but a distraction, a wonderful sleight of hand. This is not to say they don’t serve a very real purpose, as only misdirection can “fool” us into eventually accepting what always is :-)

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I am not saying this didn’t feel like a path at the time — only
that after the fact, one sees that it led exactly nowhere. Hence I
don’t really get the whole discussion of which path is better (or
gets us “enlightened” or “leads us to Buddhahood” or whatever), or
which view is better, and so on. To me they all look like exactly
the same path and the same view — a view involving denial of here-
now in favor of something conceptualized and projected not-here-now;
e.g. something “better,” “later.” Am I missing something here? If
so, I appreciate your patience in attempting to explain it to me. It
must be a pretty huge blindspot, because I am definitely not getting
it.

…I am merely reading my lines. My appreciation of perfection-here-
now is not necessarily going to be Yours; You are responsible for your
own perception of perfection-here-now, as You well know :-)

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…somehow Grace always gives us what we *most* desire despite our best efforts to achieve it for ourselves :-)

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To paraphrase Pogo, we have met the Divinity and S/He is Us.

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[Comment on:…I think your one-up-manship is perfect, because it is who you are, its your nature — to see as far as you can see.]

Cool, I can live with that :-)

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Do we need a key? I really don’t know; I wasn’t attempting to prescribe; merely to describe :-)

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 …it’s pretty clear that not all beings through history in the
politico-religious arena have had human evolution and terrestrial
wellbeing as their primary goal :-)

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Yes, if one traces one’s genealogical lines back into Plantagenet
royalty and the like (which is far, far more common in the USA than
most people suspect), one finds a great many other-wordly or other-
dimensional “fairy-tale” genealogical strands — the “magical” line of
the Merovingians, Melusine, the various “gods,” and so on.

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And FWIW in the past 20 years or so, careful genealogists (like
Chretien Settipani) have established proven lineages from the
Plantagenets and Charlemagne going all the way back to the pharaohs of Middle-Kingdom Egypt — a land abundant with god-kings and -queens and similar other-dimensional “fairy-tales.” When you get into it, you find the most amazing connections! :-)

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…”Alternate lives ongoing” feels closer here, though that may just be due to the here-now nature of the “records.”

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…channelling or “knowing by being” various enlightened masters and such (when genuinely able to transcend egoic habits and resonate to their darshans) *may* at the right time be enormously helpful to one’s growth.

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…Always smart to check one’s internal truth-meter, no matter who the material is — or is purported to be — from. Simple common sense, one would think :-)

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…Yes; I still laugh at the priceless memory [in India] of those course
administrators ordering us to eat only the course food, since
they “couldn’t guarantee that hotel food was sanitary,” and a few days later watching a course staff-member rinsing off our trays in the toilets…
:-)

*lol* Yeah, some memory I have. On closer look I recall they were
rinsing out the water-filters in the toilets, and walking all over the
just-washed trays with bare feet right after cleaning the bathrooms.

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…But seriously, if you ever want to do something other than sit on the sidelines and snipe, let me know; I trust I will always be at your service. …

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 *lol* Y…if Brahman didn’t contain boredom and anger and paranoia and all the rest of it (as well as none of it), how could it be called Brahman, Emptiful Wholeness?

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…boredom is probably (always?) symptomatic of lack of discrimination somewhere in one’s attention-field…

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Which reminds me of Unc’s more succinct observation that Brahman
differentiates out of boredom :-)

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…From the Witness POV (“C.C.”) the Absolute has nothing to do with the Relative; from Brahman’s POV there *is* no Absolute and no Relative :-)
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…if you’re describing T.C., you’re quite right — still another state in which the Absolute does not manifest the Relative, since neither exists in T.C.. And let’s not forget Waking State, where this *is* no Absolute to create the all-too-obvious Relative :-) Dream State could go either way, I guess, but Deep Sleep is I suppose yet another example of no manifestation of Relative out of Absolute.

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…Brahman is not (only) logical. Pure paradox is the closest we may get to describing the indescribable. Nor is it indescribable. As such, Brahman *is* not the Absolute, and not the Relative, nor neither, nor both, and so on. This is not a logical game; it is direct Understanding/apperception. Though indescribable and logically indefensible, this Understanding is indeed a POV — the one we always had, but distinguishable from the PsOV we thought we held when pretending “ignorance of” Brahman.
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“It is the leaders of a country who determine the policy. It is
always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it is a
democracy or a fascist dictatorship, a parliament or a communist
dictatorship, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to
the bidding of the leaders….
“All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and
denounce the pacifists for a lack of patriotism and exposing the
country to danger. It works the same in every country.”
— Herman Goering, founder of the German State Secret Police
(Gestapo), once-president of the German Legislature (Reichstag), and
convicted war criminal.

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Some years after I had enjoyed channeling, I attended a circle
hosted by Susan Shumsky — say, circa 1986-7. At one point she
directed us to listen to our Inner Christ (or some such; I do not
recall her actual terminology here) and give voice to it. Absolutely
everyone started singing as close to a pure soprano as
possible. “Higher is better!” appeared to be the unspoken belief —
classic TM stance. Anyhow, I listened and my voice emerged in an
extremely deep tone, like a Tibetan chant. Sudden shock. Susan
stopped singing, and rapidly went through an exorcism prayer! My
toning ceased until she was done … expectant silence rang through
the room … and out it came again, the exact same basso. The whole
room cracked up in laughter. This is not to say that I do not have a
lot of respect for Susan Shumsky’s calling and work, overall.

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The Shadow knows….mwahahaha…the Shadow feels it is unsafe to express anger or hostility directly and masks it in seemingly-meek “humor” and sly asides  — textbook case of passive-aggressive.

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Why persist in trying to limit or describe Brahman? Brahman is all
three gunas, and every combination thereof, and none of the above.
Brahman is petty. Brahman is expansive. Brahman has no
manomayakosha. Brahman has manomayakosha. Brahman is angry. Brahman is calm. Brahman is depressed. Brahman is ecstatic. Brahman is proud. Brahman is ashamed.  Brahman is an idiot. Brahman is a genius. Brahman is light. Brahman is shadow. Brahman is all-evil; Brahman is all-good. Brahman is Rory. Brahman is Peter. Brahman is Richard. Brahman is anonymous. Brahman is none of the above. Brahman is one giant YES. Brahman is one tiny NO. Und so weiter.

you have no idea who i am, and i have no idea who you are. The other
as such doesn’t exist. you and i have no idea of what Brahman is.
Every possible “positive” or “negative” trait you could possibly
throw at anyone, or at yourself — it’s all true, and it doesn’t
matter one bit; it doesn’t affect the status of Brahman, in yourself
or in anyone else.

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…FFL today has felt especially fruitful in love-expansion and Self-discovery…

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*LOL* So you actually believe Karl Rove…? Wow. I am in awe. And I thought *Maharshi’s* True Believers were credulous :-)

…My sincere apologies go out to both MDixon and Maharshi’s True
Believers for the above remark. I respect you and your conceptual
stances more than it implied. True Belief serves an excellent purpose,
not to be denied. :-)

…Is Karl Rove ever *not* lying? Seriously, I honestly don’t know, truth
be told.

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…I would be more inclined to lend credence to an impartial observer from outside the US.

…On the other hand, I suppose the very concept of an impartial observer is itself a myth, bringing me back once again to a simple “I don’t know”…:-)

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I have just found that in Ed Tarabilda’s system my communication is
colored by the Nodes operating through Mars, indicating aggressive
iconoclasm in my speaking style. This I can certainly see, and is
well evidenced above! :-) Perhaps more interesting, my spiritual
path is overseen by Jupiter, indicating Karma Yoga. Hence my feeling
when I ceased TM that I was now on “no path”… as most of the
spiritual work now is eyes-open, activity-based, perceiving the
soma/attention-feeding of the other’s “I AM-flame” as my
primary “ritual” purpose, and so on… Tarabilda’s system provides a
most interesting angle to view things from, worthy of a closer look.

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