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