Have you known That?
Have you known That and by knowing you have known everything and without knowing you have not known anything.
Throughout the history of man, there always have been some people who knew everything that needed to be known. You can call them metaphysically, scientifically, or spiritually enlightened. You can also say that they have liberated themselves. They are the messengers of That and their messages are identical at a deeper level. Old wine in new bottles so to speak. It is important that we take their messages and run with it and leave the messengers alone. Messengers are not important but their messages are significant.
They don't always come from the same path. Some of them were students of metaphysics, while others were scientists and a few others were spiritual seekers.
The path is pathless said the Liberated One.
Take a pathless path to liberate yourself.
The ancient Greek Philosopher Socrates said, 'An unexamined life is not worth living and has no value'.
Remember Albert Einstein's quote?
The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self
There are Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and New Agers who are among those who attained liberation or enlightenment, and there are others that are freaking fools and religious fanatics who are mentally disturbed causing all kinds of problems in the society.
This is true of all philosophies, science and metaphysical thought, without exception. The reason it is true because of what the liberated ones teach us. They teach us there are four major attitudes of learning you will go through to attain to liberation from the self. Everyone will go through all four of them, and everyone who progresses will occasionally and unexpectedly bounce back and forth from one to the other. Each level brings with it different thoughts and resulting experiences, and you will interpret the exact same scripture / concept differently depending on which attitude of learning you are currently engaged in.
The Liberated one's teach us that dualism is the condition of almost all of the universe. The mind believes in the domain of subject and object. Conceptually, it would appear to those who believe in God that there are two worlds that are both true: the world of God and the world of man. In the world of man you believe, very practically and objectively, that there is in fact a subject—you—and an object, namely, anything else. This attitude was well expressed through the model of Newtonian physics. The objects that make up a human’s universe, which until the last few hundred years was simply called the world and referred to all of manifestation, are believed to exist apart from you and can be manipulated by you—“you” meaning the body and the brain that seems to run it. In fact, as we have already touched upon, the body and brain that you think are you appear to have been caused by the world. As we will see, this idea is exactly backwards. By necessity, the attitude toward God that accompanies this attitude of learning is that He is somewhere outside of you. There is you and there is God, seemingly separated from one another. God, Who is actually real, seems distant and illusory. The world, which is actually illusory, seems immediate and real. The dual mind has unconsciously assigned to God the same qualities that your seemingly separated mind itself possesses. Thus God and the messages that seem to come from Him are conflicted. God seems to exist out there in the world rather than in your own split mind. So God is considered to be both forgiving and wrathful. He is both loving and a killer, apparently depending on what kind of a mood He’s in. This may be a good description of the conflict of a dualistic mind, but it is hardly a description of God. Almost needless to say, all of this leads to countless oddities, including the bizarre notion that God would somehow play a role in instructing people to kill other people in order to acquire certain lands and possessions, or bring a certain version of justice or the right religion to everyone. The nonsensical tragedy of duality is considered to be normal by all modern societies, which are themselves as mad as a hatter.
The next attitude of learning you will go through during your return to God is sometimes referred to as semi-dualism. This could be described as a kinder, gentler form of dualism because certain true ideas have begun to be accepted by the mind. Once again, it makes no difference what your religion is, which is just one reason why all religions have some very nice, gentle, and relatively nonjudgmental people. One such idea that the mind would be accepting at this time is the simple concept that God is Love. A simple notion like this, however, if it is truly believed, would bring along with it some very difficult questions. For example, if God is Love, can He also be hate? If God is really perfect Love, then can He also be flawed? If God is a Creator, could He then be vengeful against that which He Himself had created? Once the answer to such questions is clearly seen to be of course not, a long closed door has been nudged open. In the state of semi-dualism, your mind has begun to lose some of its hidden but terrible fear of God. Now God is less threatening to you, as you yourself have already expressed to us. A primitive form of forgiveness has taken root within you. You still think of yourself as a body, and both God and the world still seem to be outside of you, but now you sense that God is not the cause of your situation. Perhaps the one person who was always there when things appeared to be going down the toilet was you. Perfect Love can only be responsible for good. So everything else must come from somewhere else. But, as we will see in our next attitude of learning, there is
On the subject of non-dualism, the Liberated one asks us to keep in mind that
whether we are talking about an attitude of learning or spiritual sight, we are always referring to a state of mind—an inner attitude and not something that is seen with the body’s eyes in the world. We’ll begin with a simple idea. Do you remember the old riddle, that if a tree falls in the middle of the forest and there’s nobody there to hear it, does it still make a sound? Most people say, yes, but they can't prove it, so people always end up arguing about it. One would argue and say the tree always makes a sound, whether there’s someone there to hear it or not. The Liberated One says that you would be enormously wrong, even on the level of form. What the tree does is send out sound waves. Sound waves, like radio waves—and for that matter, energy waves—require a receiver to pick them up. There are many radio waves going through this room right now, but there is no sound because there’s no receiver tuned into them. The human ear is a receiver. If a tree falls in the middle of the forest and there’s nobody there to hear it, then it does not make a sound. Sound isn’t sound until you hear it, just as a wave of energy does not appear to be matter until you see or touch it. To make a long story short, it should be evident from this that it takes two to tango. In order for anything to interact, you must have duality. Indeed, without duality there is nothing to interact with. There can be nothing in a mirror without an image that appears to be opposite it, attached to an observer to see it. Without duality there is no tree in the forest. As some of your scientists of quantum physics know, duality is a myth. And if duality is a myth, then not only is there no tree, but there is also no universe. Without you to perceive it, the universe is not here, but logic would have to dictate that if the universe is not here, then you are also not here. In order to make the illusion of existence, you must take oneness and seemingly divide it, which is precisely what you’ve done. It’s all a trick. The concept of oneness is hardly an original one. However, the question few people ever ask is: What am I really one with? Although most of those who do ask this question would say the answer is God, they then make the error of assuming they and this universe were created in their present form by the Divine. That is not true, and it leaves the seeker in a position where even if he masters the mind, as Buddha certainly did, he will still not reach God in a permanent way. Yes, he will achieve oneness with the mind that made the duality waves. This mind, in a non-place that transcends all of your dimensions, is completely outside the system of time, space, and form. This is the logical and proper extension of non-duality, yet it is still not God. It is, in fact, a dead end. Or better yet, a dead beginning. This explains why Buddhism, which is obviously the world’s most psychologically sophisticated religion, does not handle the issue of God. It’s because Buddha didn’t handle the issue of God while he was still in the body you call Buddha. It’s also the reason we’ll be making distinctions between non-dualism and pure non-dualism. When Buddha said, “I am awake,” he meant he realized that he was not actually a participant in the illusion, but the maker of the entire illusion. Still, there is another step required, where the mind that is the maker of the illusion chooses completely against itself in favor of God. Of course someone of Buddha’s tremendous accomplishment had a snap of it, quickly going on to the exact same awareness as Jesus. But this was done by Buddha in a lifetime the world doesn’t even know about. It’s not unheard of for people to achieve Jesus level of enlightenment in obscurity, and for the world to think they achieved it in a more famous lifetime when they really didn’t. Most people who approach true spiritual mastery are not interested in being leaders. At the same time, there are people who are highly visible when, rather than being true masters of spirituality and metaphysics, they are merely exhibiting the symptoms of an extroverted personality.
So how did Jesus experience his oneness with God?
The Liberated One says that Jesus realized that the universe doesn’t exist, but that he didn’t exist on any level other than pure spirit. That’s something that practically no one really wants to learn. It’s terrifying to all people on an unconscious level because it means the relinquishment of any individuality or personal identity, now and forever.
I’m not here, but that I don’t even exist in an individual way—not on any level. There is no separated or individual soul. There is no Atman, as the Hindus call it, There is only God. So you’re not here; you don’t even exist, and the mind is projecting these duality waves so they can seem to become solid particles by interacting with each other like in a movie. Also, you’re saying that few people have ever been aware of the real reason they’re appearing here. As we said, we are here for the Holy Spirit’s purposes, but most people haven’t got aclue what they are or how they got here. It’s not just that I don’t exist; you don’t exist and neither does the false universe. When we talk about returning to reality and God, we’re not just blowing hypothetical smoke. You can’t have both you and God. It’s not possible. You can’t have both your universe and God. The two are mutually exclusive. You’ll have to choose. There’s no hurry, for time is hypothetical smoke, and we’ll relay some of Jesus teachings to you on how to escape it. It’s not easy, but it’s doable. The Holy Spirit wouldn’t give you a way out that wasn’t workable. You’ll be afraid of losing your identity at times. That’s why we went out of our way earlier to point out that you’re really giving up nothing in exchange for everything. But it will take time and more experience for you to have faith in that.
So, non-dualism is like the old teaching that you live as if you are in
this world, but your attitude is that of the two seeming worlds, the world of truth and the world of illusion, only the truth is true and nothing else is true. Even then, people make the mistake of thinking the illusion was made by truth. So they still make the error of attempting to bring legitimacy to the illusion rather than giving it up. You cannot hope to break the cycle of birth and death as long as you maintain this confusion.
The unconscious mind goes to such lengths to avoid God that you will either ignore Him, or even more likely you will attempt to devolve non-dualism into dualism. An extraordinary example of this is what happened to one of the great teachings of Indian philosophy called the Vedanta.
The Vedanta is a non-dualistic spiritual document that teaches that the truth of Brahman is all that there really is, and anything else is illusion, untrue, nothing period. The Vedanta was wisely interpreted by Shankara as Advaita or non-dualistic. Only one in one thousand people realize Shankara's teaching as purely non-dualistic. The other nine hundred and ninety nine follow the several other major, more popular and untrue interpretations of the Vedanta that represent attempts to destroy its non-dualistic metaphysics and turn it into what it is not.
This is where we see an astonishing parallel between what happened to
Hinduism and what happened to the teachings of Jesus. Jesus taught pure non-dualism, interpreted by the world as dualism. The Vedanta was pure non-dualism, interpreted by the world as dualism. Today, you have two huge religions that are controlled by a reactionary majority, both of which are in competition for the hearts and minds of a world that isn’t there—one religion being the symbol of an empire based on money, and the other religion being the symbol of a government that could possibly engage in nuclear war along with its next-door, equally reactionary Muslim neighbor. Such antics may be good enough for most of the planet, but they don’t have to be good enough for you. The attitude of non-dualism tells you that what you are seeing is not the truth. If it’s not the truth, then how can you judge it? To judge it is to give it reality. But how can you judge and give reality to that which isn’t there? And if it’s not there, why would you need to acquire it, or fight a war over it, or make it more holy or valuable than something else? How could one piece of land on earth be more important than another? Why would it matter what happens in an illusion, unless you have given the illusion a power it does not and cannot have? How could it matter what result is produced in a particular situation unless you have made a false idol out of the situation? Why is Tibet more important than anyplace else? I know you don’t want to hear this yet, but it doesn’t matter what actions you take or don’t take in the world—although your way of seeing and the attitude you maintain while engaging in any action does matter. Of course, as long as you appear to exist within the world of multiplicity, you will have some temporary earthly concerns, and we do not intend to ignore your worldly needs. Your experience is that you are here. There is a way to go through life doing many of the same things you’d do anyway, but now you won’t do them alone. And thus you will learn that you are never alone. So we’re not suggesting you shouldn’t be practical and take care of yourself.
It’s just that your real boss won’t be of this world. You don’t even have to tell anybody you’re not the boss if you don’t want to. If you want to have your own business and look like you’re the boss, then fine. Make it work the best way you feel guided to. Be good to yourself. It’s your mental attitude we’re really concerned with, not what you appear to do. Eventually, you will come to see anything you do to make a living as an illusion to support you in the illusion, without really supporting the illusion. The Liberated one's say, you should get the sense that with the attitude of non-dualism, you are acquiring the ability to question all of your judgments and beliefs. Now you realize there isn’t really any such thing as a subject and an object, there is only oneness. Still unknown to you is that this is an imitation of genuine oneness, for few have learned to make the distinction between being one with the mind that has seemingly separated itself from God, and being one with God. Yet traditional non-dualism is a necessary step along the way, for you have learned you can’t really separate one thing from anything else—nor can you separate anything from you. As hinted at earlier, this idea is well expressed by the models of quantum physics. Newtonian physics held that objects were real and outside of you with a separate existence. Quantum physics demonstrates that this is not true. The universe is not what you assume it to be; everything that appears to exist is really inseparable thought. You can’t even observe something without causing a change in it on the sub-atomic level. Everything is in your mind, including your own body. As aspects of Buddhism correctly teach, the mind that is thinking everything is one mind, and this mind is completely outside the illusion of time and space. What no philosophy except one teaches is a truth that will seldom be well received by anyone: the fact that this mind is itself also an illusion. It should be self-evident that if there is only oneness, then anything else that appears to exist must have been made up. Furthermore—and this is an issue that no teaching has satisfactorily supplied the motivation for until very recently—it must have been made up for what appeared to be a damn good reason. Thus, instead of judging the world and everything in it, perhaps it would be more helpful for you to ask what value you saw in making it up in the first place. It may also be wise to ask yourself what would be a more appropriate response to it now. Which brings us to Jesus attitude. His is the awareness of pure non-dualism, the end of the road, the final stop.
You should keep in mind that each of the four major attitudes of learning are long roads in themselves, and you will sometimes bounce around like a Ping-Pong ball in between them. The Holy Spirit will correct you along the way and set you back in the right direction. Christians call It the Holy Spirit, in Hinduism It is Shakti, in Sikhism It is Wahe Guru, in Islam It is Ruh al-Qudus, in Buddhism It is Dharma, in New Age It is Inner Voice, or Still Small Voice. Do not feel bad when you temporarily lose your way. There is no one who has ever walked this earth, including Jesus, Buddha, Shankara, who did not give in to temptation in some way. The myth of living a perfect life in terms of behavior is self-defeating and unnecessary. All that is necessary is to be willing to receive correction. A jetliner is always going off course, but through constant correction it arrives at its destination. So will you arrive at yours.
It’s not too early for you to start thinking along the lines of pure non-dualism. You won’t always stick with it, but it doesn’t hurt to start.
You will be going off course, but by listening to the Holy Spirit, Wahe Guru, Shakti, Dharma, Ruh al-Qudus, Inner Voice or, Still Small Voice, you constantly correct yourself and arrive at your destination.
Adapted from Gary Renards book, The Disappearance of the universe.
If you resonate with the teachings of the Liberated One's and would like to know more about it, read the books by Gary Renard or contact Jahanji for guidance or sharing.