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?
Much of our delusion has been learned from others…some of it activity taught and trained. That is why it is sometimes referred to as conditioning. In the whole socialization process, we teach various illusions that then become our delusions. Some illusions have some practical value (inches, lines of longitude, an hour, etc.) Some of these delusions keep us in line and give the powers that be the means of controlling the masses. It maintains social order. Continue reading Is delusion a thing trained into human minds? Could it be different?
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?
No reason really. We are here to simply experience…to play is another way to put it. There is suffering because challenges and antagonists are needed to make a good play (to make it more entertaining and fun).
There is no meaning or purpose to life beyond living it. Any reasons or purposes given are mental fictions and imaginations we attribute to life. When there is no thinking, you see no purpose or meaning…it just is as it is. Continue reading Why are we here in the first place? How come there is suffering?
In speaking about nonduality, you can only point at it using words. Words are inherently dualistic. Chair only has meaning because there are things that are not chairs. But when I say “nonduality”, I mean that which does not have an other.
Now, you can logically and linguistically say there is duality and nonduality – as if they are opposed and that it is dualistic. Quite right. But that use of the term “nonduality” would not really be nonduality. That would be pointing at something with an other or opposing view. If you focus too much on the words and take them literally, then you will not understand what is being pointed to. Continue reading Can you really speak about nondualism? Isn’t that duality?
Really, it does not matter if you call something choice or fate/scripted/preordained. Either you can say you chose it all or you can say you chose none of it. I find the “no choice” side tends to promote distancing and escapism. Distancing and escapism is contrary to nonduality. You are this and you can’t get away from it. So I tend to speak from the choice side. This tends to promote more intimacy and engagement with what-is.
Really either stance is fine, but the problem is when we say we chose something and other things just happen to us…that is duality. We want to pick and choose…some things are my choice and some things are not my choice. Continue reading Would you say there is no doer and no choice?
There is no such thing as “the Witness”. There is only awareness. There is seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling. There is no seer, no hearer, no feeler, no taster, and no smeller. At best, you might say there is witnessing, but there is no witness.
Saying you are the witness is a subtle way for the ego to sneak in through the back door. The ego says, “I am the witness of my thoughts, feelings, experiences, etc.” This is true…for the ego. What you really are is “awareness-ing”…in which there is thinking, feeling, experiencing, etc. There is no noun. To use a noun – as in ‘I am a witness’ – is a way to have an object to identify with. In reality, you are the witnessing itself without a who/witness. Continue reading Should I just stay as the Witness? The Self is the Witness…right?
Some people talk about feeling an inner knot or feeling contracted. We often identify with this sense of contraction. We also try to expand or open ourselves. Whether we feel contracted or open does not matter, who/what we really are is beyond both feelings. Do not be fooled by the illusion of thought…but also do not be fooled by the illusion created by this feeling of contraction or expansion. It is the same inside this bubble as outside this bubble…and the film barrier is only a thought and feeling.
Cease struggling against the feeling on contraction. Just recognize it as a passing feeling within awareness. It has nothing to do with a “me”. You are That…which includes any feeling of contraction, expansion, or any other feeling. Continue reading I struggle with feeling “contracted” & wonder if there is something there to unravel.
Who is this “I” that will become selfish and who are the “others”? This question comes from an egocentric mind that is trying to grasp concepts it encounters. The enlightened are not attached to people, places, things, etc. So the ego incorrectly concludes this would mean selfishness and not caring about others.
The enlightened know that there are no others…there is only the Self. In this way, the enlightened care for “others” just as much as the Self. The enlightened know that to help others is to help the Self. To love others is to love the Self. Continue reading If I am detached, won’t I become a selfish entity…uncaring about others?
I can kind of see how someone could say nothing happens and nothing is done. When you wake up from a dream in the morning, you realize it was all in your head and nothing really happened and nothing was done (in reference to the “real” world). Similarly, when you watch a movie in the theater…before and after the movie is just a white screen. The movie was a play of images, and so you could say nothing really happened and nothing was really done.
But this is an attempt to separate yourself from what is being experienced. It is a putting down of the experience. During that movie, you did experience things happening and it may have made you laugh or cry. During that dream, you may have experienced flying or being chased or whatever. For the duration of the experience…clearly something is happening and things can be done. Continue reading Many teach that nothing happens and there is nothing done – do you agree?