I do self-inquiry and what I am is obvious. How will that realization sink in?

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?

Don’t you have problems? If not, why not?

I often say that upon awakening there is a ceasing to have problems.  Problems are really fictions of the mind.  They are judgements and opinions about what is happening, what has happened, or what might happen.  We are the ones that make things problematic.  Put another way…the only problem we have is that life is not going the way we think it should.

Awakening is also a seeing through the fictitious “me.”  Who has problems?  Only the fictitious “me.”  If you really don’t identify with the fictitious “me” and realize there is only the Self, where can the problem arise?  It is like saying “I have a problem with myself.”  There is only the Self…why do you see the Self as problematic and who would see the Self as problematic? Continue reading Don’t you have problems? If not, why not?

Do Enlightened people make mistakes? Do they feel regret for the mistakes?

You could say Enlightened people make mistakes, but you could also say Enlightened people don’t make mistakes.  What is a mistake?  I looked it up and saw “an action or judgment that is wrong.”  But what is wrong?  How is wrongness determined?

For example, when we learned how to walk, we fell many times.  Falling could be considered the effect of a mistake (some might even call falling itself the mistake).  Falling however is a part of the process of learning a new skill and so is it really a mistake or could it really be considered wrong?  We might have fallen a hundred times before mastering the skill of walking.  Would you count that as a hundred failures…a hundred mistakes? Continue reading Do Enlightened people make mistakes? Do they feel regret for the mistakes?

Don’t the awakened still have problems…but they just react differently?

What is a problem?  A quick look in a dictionary showed it is a noun that means, “a matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.”

There are two key points in this definition that I want to discuss:

  • the situation is unwelcome.
  • the situation needs to be fixed (i.e. dealt with or overcome).

Really, the only problem we ever have is that life is not going the way we think it should.  Again, what is in life is not welcome and we think it should be otherwise and so needs to be fixed. Continue reading Don’t the awakened still have problems…but they just react differently?