I used to gather every weekend with a group of “seekers.” We were just like friends, sharing different things about “spirituality.” Few liked Ahnanda’s insight. Others did not. Some even despised it. Nothing new! It was another opportunity to argue, to prove who was “right” and who was “wrong.” Ego driven “spirituality.”
Ahnanda is just like them… another view point. There is no way they could ever know/believe that Ahnanda is going through a process of self-realization. Is that something making me “special”? My experience is my experience. It is not the “only truth.” It is not the “only path.” There is no such a thing as “the true path.” That much, I know. Perhaps that is enough. 🙂
Ahnanda does not perform miracles. He does not perform any healing or fortune telling. He does not have promises of salvation. He is not being endorsed by influential people. He is a nobody, where to be “somebody” is important.
Typically, things that he expresses will get distorted: “what you mean is this, right?” and after a few minutes those “important” things, will get completely forgotten… 🙂
Benefit for a seeker is encountered when they can IDENTIFY with what is being shared through their own experience. Otherwise, it does not make any sense. That is why there are so many “teachings” for so many types of consciousness. The ones geared for the collective consciousness are the “best seller” material, the “democratic truth;” the ones who are not, are for fewer. At the end, No teachings here but only recognition of an experience through the words of another. That is how a “follower” is born.
“Spiritual gurus” (whether self-realized or not) emphasize the need of their disciples to blindly follow what they “teach” so the disciples in time, could get the “vibe” and that will become part of them. A disciple with an argumentative mind, will not fit this set up. That is the theory.
However, I can now see that if there is no love from the disciple, there will not be openness to listen beyond words, to assimilate beyond dogmas and to mesh like a sponge does with water.
That sort of love is not necessarily romantic. That path is meant for those who have the capacity to open up and be as accepting as water.
In that sort of relationship, there are no teachings. It is a oneness. How could you teach yourself? This is not book learning, this is assimilation of Life experiences together.
Ahnanda only shares his experiences. AWARENESS is the big “keyword” here, but it is not just a word. The meaning is beyond the word. Love and trust to Life, are closely hidden behind awareness.
In my experience, the true measure of a man is found when you have too much free time on your hands: You could be unemployed, you could be bedridden through sickness or old age, you could be in jail or any other situation with lots of time in your hands. Most individuals will destroy themselves. Others will try to get busy and lost into “achievements” by making themselves into “something” in Life. Very few, will enjoy their own company and allow Life to open them up until there is nothing to call “I” but for namesake only.
There is nothing to teach, for you ARE and others could only recognize that, if it is meant to be. You ARE “something” but that is not to “be something in Life” as society teaches. That “something” that you ARE through self-realization, is very close to “nothing” and for that, even closer to “everything.” Of course, Love is everything.
Does it make sense?
No “best seller” material. 🙂
For many people, God is just a definition. An idea. Something to fight for and to make parties. Something to differentiate people: Believers and non-believers; theists and atheists, etc.
If you are in the “theist,” group; then further division is needed; therefore, religions will appear with their different flags and symbols. Further division. “We have the truth. You don’t.” 🙂
God is not an idea. It is an experience and as such, it changes from every individual.
When we use language to define God, we will be “boxed in” the limits of our language and understanding provided by…our own experiences and perceptions. See the circle?
If a Guru thinks that God is everywhere, for God is being and not a being; then I would gently add that this experience is not according to “my” experience. Moreover, their definition does not match mine as well. See the problem?
Then, we have the group of those who have experienced something different, and a religion was made out of that experience, where believers were needed to maintain their “dogma” (for a dogma is needed when we try to “standardize” an experience, meaning everyone has to say and think the same way if you want to wear the” t-shirt” of this organization or church; that becomes then “sacred” and we forget about the experience in itself.)
And as mentioned before, the group of those who do not believe in anything because they have not experienced anything other than the “concrete,” material world which is given life by science. They have a neat label to differentiate then as well: “Atheists.” That becomes another belief.
Here comes my take on this seemingly conundrum.
Ready? Forget about concepts of God. Forget about religions. Forget about scriptures. Forget about science. Forget everything. : -)
Just look at you. The self.
That is it. Discover it.
How is that?
You will die. Death is unavoidable. Do you feel that in your, in your core? “that is it.” If so, what is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of being an “ignited candle” ready to be blown away by the winds of destiny through a secure death in less than 150 years? What is the meaning of working at the office, in that cubicle for 30 or more years of your life? What is the meaning of being busy in meaningless things? You see at the end all of that is not important. Meaningless. Getting busy by marrying and having 2.5 kids and a cat, will not help either. You are stuck for whatever you do in this life. You will die and that is the end of it all.
The ignited candle is just waiting for the time to go away .. That is life. Moreover, anything that we do with the intention to preserve our selves, is futile. We have not control over destiny.
How about that for a reality check? 🙂
If believing in a God helps you to cope with the unavoidable, good for you. Keep that “handkerchief handy.” If believing in science keeps you “updated” with the latest geek device or facility; keep at it… At the end it is just another handy handkerchief to keep in case there is a need to cry in despair. Are your ready for the time when you will be gone? 🙂
That is why experience is important. For that is the only thing that will fulfill our hunger for “security” in a changing world. Experiencing the self, the true self, is the experience which will bring that “security” that we are eternal beings. Without that experience, I am afraid, we will be just dealing with more words, discussions and politicians with parties and dogmas. Emptiness.
More books to read. More CDs to purchase. More “ashrams” to visit. More Gurus to hear.
That is it folks! The rest will come when the time arrives, but there is no better time to know thyself than “now,” for it is the only “time” we have.