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Maharaj's Nisarga Yoga Message

For those of you who have read the book SriNisargadatta Maharaj and His Evolution,


you know that he practiced many different yogas from the beginning of his teaching career to the end. It was only near the end of his years of teaching that he became totally dedicated to his namesake, the Nisarga Yoga, which he taught alongside the Direct Path Method. Why?

He saw all along that persons were too often fixating at the religious or spiritual step (the third of seven steps taught here), attaching to their "new and improved personas," mistaking "the dawn for the noonday sun," and never realized fully. He saw others feeling superior, claiming that they had reached THAT state and were abiding there alone. 

He saw that the summative statement “I AM THAT; I AM” was often misunderstood, that it was not offering a ranking, and that the statement was not giving THAT a superior role and discounting the AM-ness completely.

He saw that persons could abide naturally, supernaturally or unnaturally, but that only natural abidance was sane. He saw that nisarga living was "the [natural] law of the land" around the globe, except among humans. 

He understood that there is “Reality” (“THAT”) and “reality,” (“things not everlasting but nevertheless real during the relative existence”) and that the sane are in touch with both; therefore, the Nisarga Yoga is offered by the author here in conjunction with The Direct Path Method.

This is what came to be understood in terms of what the post-"journey," post-realization existence is concerned:

You will then enjoy the remainder of the relative existence as a result of all that you came to understand on the "journey," but now, the "journey" to understanding THAT is over and it is time to relish the freedom that allows for the enjoyment of the remainder of the manifestation. 

It must be asked, "What good is it, if you are hungry, to go to the grocery store and buy food but then stay in the store forever, never returning home, never undertaking the relative existence task of preparing the food, and never enjoying the relative tasting of the relative meal?" 

The one who stays in the store can claim, "I have arrived," but that one will be totally insane to stay in the store and not enjoy what the relative existence can offer."

For those that want to enjoy the remainder of the manifestation, then both the "I AM THAT" and the "I AM" are to be understood. If the Reality of I AM THAT is overlaid on the reality of I AM - of the manifested consciousness and the remainder of the relative existence - then the "journey" will make sense.

If that does not happen, then what "justification" can be offered for following the entire "path" and completing the entire "journey?"

It is the Nisarga Yoga which allows for both Reality and reality to be understood

and

it is the complete understanding of the Nisarga Yoga that

a. brings to an end unnatural living; and

b. brings to an end all efforts to live supernaturally; and

c. brings to an end all efforts to try to live magically, mythically, superstitiously; and 

d. brings to an end living "paranormally" rather than normally; and

e. brings to an end living in a fairy-tale-like fashion; and

f. brings to an end all efforts - period - because natural, spontaneous, no-drama, no-histrionic, no-concept, no-duality, no-identity abidance becomes the only mode of abidance.

PREPPING FOR THE DIRECT PATH - NISARGAN YOGA “JOURNEY” 

Pre-"Journey" Considerations, Part One

Again, Alexander Pope observation has been noted: "A little learning is a dangerous thing."

Here, the pointer is, "A little un-learning can be a far-more-dangerous thing."

Surveys show that 53 million people in the U.S. plan to travel during the upcoming holiday week and that approximately 10% of those by will traveling by air. Before embarking on their trips, almost all will spend time preparing for the “journey.”

Similarly, when the work with a seeker begins, an intuitive sense here makes it apparent that - before the direct path, Nisarga understanding (involving  a process of un-teaching and un-learning) - a need for the laying of a foundation is indicated. 

In such cases, some prior-to-beginning-the-"journey"-insights must be grasped if the seeker is to have any chance at all of being led to the end of the "path" where freedom and happiness and stability and a complete restoration of sanity await.

If the Ultimate Sickness is consider "monstrous," then the monster must be wiped out; the last thing that should happen is that a new or different kind of monster is created - which is exactly what happens with most persons who become fascinated with (or engrossed in, or captivated by) any of the hundreds and thousands of philosophies, ideologies, religions, and spiritual movements that have come and gone or that have come and stayed over the centuries.

With the Direct Path Method used here in conjunction with the Nisarga Yoga, the first understanding required is that anything considered a "teaching" or a "concept" is actually nothing more than a thorn being used to remove thorns . . . to be tossed when the understanding is firm. Some, however, cling to the thorns and use them to prick themselves or others, so this explanation is intended to prevent that from happening.

Of all of the pre-"Journey" understandings which are necessary, next is the summative statement of the Advaita teachings, specifically, "I AM THAT; I AM." Direct Path realization and the Nisarga Yoga are not "about" being THAT alone, detaching from the AM-ness, or asserting that "nothing in the relative is real." 

Everything in the reality that is energy or matter is real; the point is that nothing is as non-realized persons perceive it to be. It is the perceptions / misperceptions that are not real, that are not based in fact.

Next, why realize if what is realized is not "applied" in the relative (even in the absence of any "applier") so that freedom and peace and happiness can manifest and be enjoyed at the only time those can be enjoyed, specifically, NOW (for there is no "after-NOW"). Nisarga living IS "about" living naturally now, freely now, sanely now, and happily and blissfully now.

So the seeker beginning the "journey" should understand that while the word "advaita" means "not two" (that is, "non-duality") the summative statement seems to some novices to suggest two-ness. That is not the case. Just as frosting can be placed atop a cake but the end product is still a cake - just one single treat - so it is when THAT (Reality) is overlaid on the AM-ness: a far sweeter but singular treat is the result.

Note, therefore, that only the Oneness is being pointed to with the summative statement, even though some might conclude that there are two aspects to the One. (Simply because a human body might have a torso and two arms and two legs does not mean that a person has multiple bodies. There is only one body in spite of what appears to be some sort of multiplicity at work.)

Other additional points to be understood include the following:

1. The intent is not to generate a new, false identity of "The Philosopher" (which would soon be ungraded by the ego-defense mechanism of egotism to "The Super Philosopher"). There are more than enough (or even far too many) philosophers running about;

and most so designated are unemployed, a college degree in philosophy presently heading the list of the most useless degrees of all. Transforming the non-realized masses from sleepwalkers and sleep-talkers into deep thinking and pensive and overly-serious and instructive (and really boring) philosopher-types is not what these teachings are "about."

The intent, as far as the realized Nisargan is concerned, is not to inspire seekers to eat, drink and sleep these teachings after full realization happens. These points were offered in the book Dancing Lightly:

 

"The 'end game' with the non-dual message is not to be able to eat, drink, breathe, talk, dissect, and analyze Advaita; nor is the 'end game' to spend all of one's waking hours pontificating about non-duality.

The 'end game' is to reach an understanding that results in a love of silence and solitude; that allows Reality to be overlaid upon the relative so that a Nisarga (natural) manner of abidance happens; that allows all to happen spontaneously while, ironically, also happening deliberately; and that allows whatever happens - or whatever does not happen - to be enjoyed fully.

With the sense of limitlessness that manifests post-realization, then all can be relished: namely, the working required to assure independence, the walking, the eating, the looking at what nature has to offer, the sitting, the sharing, and, yes, the dancing"

and

"Moving through the relative existence post-realization is like moving smoothly across a dance floor (not in some helter-skelter fashion and not in some roller coaster fashion with excessive up's and down's but in a slow, deliberate, even, level, steady, flexible, and effortless manner)."

2. The intent is not to generate a new, false identity of "The All-Knowing One" (which would soon be ungraded to "The Super Sage"). That is not what Direct Path realization and nisarga living are "about," either.

3. The intent is not to generate new, false identities that fall at various points along any spectrum, including such dualistic extremes as:

a. totally stoic at one extreme to totally uncaring at the other extreme;

b. totally nihilistic at one extreme to excessively concerned at the other extreme;

c. totally in touch with THAT but not at all in touch with "this," or preoccupied with the THAT-ness while ignoring or devaluing the AM-ness;

d. forfeiting the ability to feel while seeking freedom from excessive emoting;

e. not caring at all to caring about everything;

f. reducing all things relative at one extreme to exaggerating all things relative at the other extreme;

g. giving great value to the fact that one has his / her head in the clouds and giving no value to having one's feet planted firmly on the ground;

h. debating and arguing for the sake of debating and arguing rather than enjoying the freedom of witnessing and the accompanying position of neutrality;

and

i. abusing the right of freedom of speech while ignoring the pleasure of freedom from speech.

None of that is what realization and Nisargan (natural) living are "about."

To be continued.

Please enter into the silence of contemplation.


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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns.

THE EXPLANATION


If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence.

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of god in the past was of a weak god, an absentee god, A Santa Claus-type god, a mean, punishing, vindictive god, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring god whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to."

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a god that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly").

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring god,' any supposed god that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'god' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part.

"That is, a non-narcissistic their god / their goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'god' and focus on the 'god as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you." 

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on:


"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within"

--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and 


"Heaven and earth shall fade away."

--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and 


"Heaven and hell are not geographic places

but are states of mind, nothing more than

concepts dreamed up by men."

--Pope John Paul II 

"There is no hell."

--Pope Francis, the current pope

in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari,

a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record

teachings which become a part of the Papal Magisterium.

[That said, would that the popes who have shown the courage to reject a core concept of their dogma - namely, "hell" - would find the additional courage required to question the very existence of their institution in light of the centuries-long cover-up of their history of raping children and in light of the mental and emotional and psychological scarring of billions of their members past and present.

And that need for courage also applies as questions need to be asked about why so many other sky cults are still being supported and allowed to continue to exist as well. When certain types of programming and conditioning have been shown to blind the masses, they should end. Will they? Not likely. Why?

Because what the masses think and say and do is most influenced by the international crime families which hold sway over the masses as criminals conduct their planet-wide operations. What are the major international crime families and which are the most influential and have the largest memberships?

The Mafia / La Cosa Nostra; the Catholic Church (with it 1.2 billion followers) whose Vatican Bank worked for decades with the Mafia while laundering mob earnings (for a 15% all-profit charge by the Bank); Protestant and Evangelical Churches (with over 1.2 billion followers) like the one I was raised in where the youth director molested and sexually assaulted young girls; big business which has long created environments in which people have been abused; powerful political bodies like the U.S. Congress, etc., etc., etc.)

With all of those crime families, neither the followers nor the leadership ever voluntarily step down or shut down their criminal activities. Be they gangs, organized crime families, religions, big business, politicians, etc., they all want control and they all want power and they all want money, and nothing internal will interfere with the driving forces at play.

The masses must demand that all those in charge must step down and their groups and institutions must shut down, and there's the real problem because the continuation of their crimes are enabled not as much by the people running such crime organizations as they are enabled by the masses of people who - wanting some perceived "payoff" - remain involved with them and give them money and support them and aid and abet the continued existence of those criminal enterprises and thus facilitate the ability of church criminals and political criminals and other types of criminals to continue to commit their crimes.] 

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