This is really a nasty question. If I say “yes”, then you will think there is nothing to realize and remain stuck in suffering. If I say “no”, that is not correct and limitations on the Self could be inferred.
You see…it is not as simple as saying “the Self has always been free.” While true, the question is do you feel free? Also, are you free from suffering? If you do not feel free and are not free of suffering, then you are not awake and are not free. However, it is a figment of your imagination. An illusion of the mind. You are hypnotized…and hence asleep…within a prison of your own thoughts. As long as the illusion is attached to and believed…it is a delusion of being trapped and that delusion has effects. Continue reading The Self has always been free. The Self is always awake. Right?
Nisargadatta Maharaj said, “love says ‘I am everything.’ Wisdom says ‘I am nothing.’ Between the two, my life flows.” Likewise, for me, love says, “100% responsibility for everything” and wisdom says “0% responsibility for anything.” Between the two, my life flows. Continue reading Where is the responsibility in nondualism?
Why would you be treated any differently if you are enlightened? You will not suddenly have a glowing halo around your head. Nor will light shine from your body. Nor will people be able to feel by your mere presence how enlightened you are. It is a myth that others will recognize your enlightenment and treat you any differently. Continue reading I feel like I’m enlightened, but others don’t treat me any differently. Why?
I woke up in November 2005. I simply mean that a happening occurred…a realization. A kind of aha moment when the illusions of the mind are clearly and deeply seen through…in particular this idea of “me”. This is not just a mental realization, but undeniably through the whole being. I sometimes say it hits you to the core or in your bones. Continue reading What does “when I woke up”…exactly mean?
Let us start off by saying that awakening is clearly seeing through the illusion of “me”…no longer identifying with the body/mind, ego, or “I”. The personal “I” is simply a thought and never really existed. There is a knowing…in the here and now…that identification is no longer happening (and there is a memory of having had such identification). So there is a knowing or awareness that the illusion of “me” is not believed…that awakening occurred. Awakening is simply a happening in a point in time…prior – the illusory “me” was believed; and after – the illusory “me” is not believed. In this way there is a recognition of awakening. Continue reading How can we know that we are awakened?
As long as you are setting conditions on Awakening or Enlightenment, it will not happen. What you are saying are really conflicting statements. “I’d like to Awaken, but…”, as soon as there is a “but” in there…what you are really saying is I don’t want to Awaken. You are saying – I have these attachments and I don’t want to let go. What if letting go was the only way to Awaken?
Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you. Also, the unknown is often scary for people, but there can be no assurances given. You have to be willing to take the chance…come what may. Otherwise, fear will always stop you at the edge of the cliff…unwilling to jump into the void. Continue reading I’d like to Awaken, but I don’t want to lose my interests or friends.
You want to know how that realization will sink in and how to keep the knowing when the body/mind is full of fear or suffering. You say you have awakened (per ‘what I am is obvious’), but I must tell you that you really don’t know who you are. Maybe on some intellectual level you are trying to believe something, but in your heart and bones you “know” otherwise.
The same kind of thing happened when (for example) a devote Christian told me he was absolutely sure that when he died he would go straight to heaven and enjoy everlasting bliss next to God. And yet he was terrified about his own death. Why? If death truly is going to a “better place”, then what is the problem with death? Continue reading I do self-inquiry and what I am is obvious. How will that realization sink in?
The idea of partial or incomplete awakenings is a refuge of the ego by creating progress. It feels good, egoically, to say I partially awakened. I have taken another step to “full awakening.” No, that is just being stuck in a new illusion…a new set of chains.
How can there be a partial or incomplete awakenings? It is like saying you can partially know that 2 + 2 = 4. Can you incompletely know 2 + 2 = 4? Both versions are really not yet knowing 2 + 2 = 4. You either know 2 + 2 = 4 or you haven’t quite figured it out yet. Or it is like saying you can partially or incompletely see a person entering the room. You either saw a person enter or you did not see a person enter the room. If you didn’t see, you are not sure a person is in the room. If you did see, you know a person is in the room. Partially seeing doesn’t exist. Continue reading Are there partial or incomplete awakenings?
The human journey (post self-realization) is simply playing and enjoying what is happening.
As I am a house-holder yogi (as Indian philosophy would call it). I do have the roles of husband, father, employee, etc. to play. I play at working as a recruiter during the day so I can play at paying the bills every month. Playing the role of recruiter keeps food, shelter, clothing, etc. readily available in the grander game of life. The game of life is an amazingly intricate game played on many levels…and I am having fun playing it. I enjoy what is happening…whatever is happening. A few years ago, I played the role of unemployed person…and that was fun in its own way as well. Continue reading What is the human journey to you post realization?
I’ve heard this question different ways and sometimes with additional information. For example, the Self is always Awake, and there is only the Self & the Self has always been free.
Let’s start with the Self is always Awake. The massive fallacy with this concept is that we experience directly that this is not the case. This is not even the case when you are dreaming at night. You are asleep in your bed and a world is created from the mind. You see other people, trees, rocks, etc. It is all from one mind. There is no other. All in the dream is only you. Continue reading Isn’t Enlightenment the realization that there is no such thing as Enlightenment?