August 25, 2006

Mental Feelings Are Unreal

All feelings arising from the mind are essenceless; only the absolute feeling of the Absolute is Real, and that feeling is beyond the mind.

What is the Absolute Feeling?

The Absolute Feeling of the Absolute is the connection of our pure consciousness with the all-pervading Supreme Consciousness. Unless our consciousness is pure, we will not be able to grasp the meaning of the Absolute Feeling. In fact, we won’t even have any interest in it.

What is Pure Consciousness?

Pure consciousness is our awareness devoid of mental make-up. Our mental mascara (make-up) masks our perception of reality, hence we are unable to discern what is real and we easily get carried away by our own unreality.

What is Our Own Unreality?

Our own unreality is the story we have created in our own mind. In our mental story, we are the main character in the form of personality. Personality is our own unique flavor of ego. All the stories of our mind revolve around ‘little me’ (ego). The stories of our mind are unreal, because they have no basis in reality.

What is Reality?

Reality is that which is immutable, indestructible, incorruptible, indivisible, infinite, and immaculate. It is Absolutely Pure, All-Pervading, Formless, Perfect, Eternal, and Changeless. Anything that is based on Reality will naturally exhibit these characteristics. When we are connected to Reality, we manifest the qualities of that Absolute Consciousness. This means that we do not bend our principles to please our little ego, or anyone else’s ego.

Principles Have Nothing to Do With Images

Principles have nothing at all to do with images and dogma. Principles are rooted in good practices, whereas images and dogma are rooted in ignorance. It is not possible to know Reality through an image of unreality, and all images are unreal.

What is an Image?

An image is an idea of ego. All ideas born out of ego are created for the sole purpose of supporting and sustaining our individuality, personality, and ego. Most images are only in the form of thoughts, but sometimes we give shape to these thoughts in the form of religion, dogma, and even philosophy. Even science has sometimes given shape to images. Art and literature admittedly give shape to images, but even this admission is sometimes omitted, and the artist or writer will falsely claim that their creation is of a ‘special’ character or quality, and sometimes even claim that their art or writing represents a Higher Power.

But the truth is, that Higher Power needs no special representation here in this world (or even in the world beyond), because each and every one of us is already the representative of that Supreme Power and Supreme Being. Our problem is that we do not perceive the presence of that Supreme Being within ourselves, and ourselves within that Supreme Being, hence we continue to flounder in our mind and feel tormented by our ego. Our images do not let us see clearly what we need to do to be happy.

We don’t need to do much. All we need to do is to stay out of our ego. To do that, we have to drop our images. Images are the crutches of ego, that’s why ego doesn’t want to let them go. The wisdom of the Wise (the divine Wisdom) confronts our ego and dissolves our images, and we are at once free from both our images and ego (so long as we practice that wisdom).

What does it mean to ‘practice wisdom?’

Practicing wisdom simply means to take it to heart and internalize it. If we take something to heart, we will really listen to the good advice even though we are still stuck in our ego. When we internalize what we have taken to heart, we deliberately apply that advice to ourselves, and in so doing our images dissolve and the grip of our ego on our mind is loosened. So long as we keep up the practice, we will ultimately attain the perfection of our consciousness and experience the absolute feeling of the Absolute, beyond the mind. OM

August 22, 2006

If you really want to be happy . . . .

If you really want to be happy, be in the company of the Wise. The wise people constantly revolve the mind around the wisdom of Consciousness. If our lives orbit around the wise and noble people, we too become wise and noble.

‘Orbiting around the Wise’ means staying tuned to higher vibrations. The Wise live in those higher vibrations because their mind is filled with wisdom. Wisdom keeps our vibrations high. When we have the knowledge of Soul (Atman, Consciousness) we do not succumb to negativity, boredom, excitement, and other shallow conditions of the mind. The wisdom of Consciousness gives us the power to go beyond our own personality.

Unless we go beyond our personality we can never stabilize our life in the depth of our being. The depth of our being, the core of our consciousness, is the state of Pure Awareness. In that Pure Awareness there is absolutely no pain, anxiety, want, or woe.

Our awareness is not pure if it is hooked to our self-will. We get hooked to our self-will (ego drive) only because we take the bait. In other words, we are driven by our ego only when we follow it. For example, if someone is in their ego and is blaming us for their own shortcomings, we don’t have to react to them negatively. Instead, we can become the witness of their mental drama without becoming judgmental. We just see the whole thing as a drama of the mind and ego and remain established in the state of pure awareness. This is easy to do when we see everyone as the essence of Being, as the embodiment of Supreme Consciousness.

The Wise constantly live in the essence of Being and don’t give importance to that which is non-essential (the non-essence and the nonsense). They do not seek to validate their small self (ego) because they know the ego is only a phenomena of this material Creation and is not the Unchangeable, Ever-Real, True Self.

Becoming wise, raising our consciousness, and being enlightened is an ongoing process that should never stop. The moment we think we are perfect we lose our connection to the Real and become unreal. Being unreal means being in our ego. The best way to stay out of our ego is to stay in the company of the Wise, because those who are truly wise will not feed into our unreality. To be in the company of the Wise we have to be humble, which simply means we have to drop our ego.

It is not always possible to be physically in close proximity with the Wise, but if we study their teachings and practice their precepts we will gain ‘presence of mind’, which means our mind will be clear and focused. When our mind is clear and focused on that which is Real, we will be automatically connected to the essence of Being. Established in the essence of Being, wherein reside all the noble and wise people, together we will celebrate every moment of this life in the ecstasy of Divine Consciousness. OM