EXCERPTS

EXCERPTS

 

To understand the conditions that surround you, you need to create a certain distance from them. You need to realize that you are able to create this distance. To create the distance effectively, you have to be ready to travel a little bit, to get some height above your conditions. If your mind is imprisoning your consciousness, your presence, in all the troubles that you have in your daily life, you cannot create this distance and you cannot develop a sense that will give you an overview of your present situation.  To make it simple I would say to achieve the Realization of your true Self you need to take some moments to stop acting out your story.  You have to stop.



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You could ask yourself, “What is going to bring me the highest level of happiness?” What would make you the happiest person in the world?  This is a very intense question! If you ask this question of any one of your friends they will tell you, “I don’t know, this is a strange question!” At first, certainly, they will think about things to acquire.

Imagine now that you have all these material things, now what? You have everything that you thought would make you completely, absolutely happy. However if you did acquire everything you want, the experience would soon prove to you that even when you have acquired everything material and all the people you thought would make you happy, you are not. Something will still be missing.



What is missing in all this is: you. You could lose yourself in all these situations, all these things that are supposed to make you happy. Even feelings with other people, we can call those feelings objects, because like objects they arise and then disappear; they are not constant all the time. In the end, by the practice of introspection we realize “I have everything now, but something is still missing.”  


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We are all looking for happiness and to find happiness we have to find our true nature. What is it that maintains us in a physical body for a certain time? What has made us appear in this life in the form of a human being, a human being who carries within himself a great deal of expectation of happiness – where does that come from? What is behind this?



If you are very, very identified with your mind you can in certain circumstances create what we call a spiritual personality.  With a spiritual personality you turn your mind toward the hope of finding God. Unfortunately this creates a feeling within yourself that if you don’t find freedom in this life, it’s all right, you will find it in another life, or after death. You have the feeling there is no hurry and no need to work at it. This is just an intellectualized freedom, a concept of freedom. You are not free.  You put your hope in what you believe but you have no real proof that what you believe is what you are going to get. This is why what you believe to be true can one day reveal itself to be a pure illusion.

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To begin with, we have to understand the concept of karma. It means action. In the Buddhist tradition, karma has three aspects: positive karma, which increases one’s freedom from suffering; negative karma, which increases the conditions of suffering; and neutral karma, which brings neither good nor bad karma.  Regardless of what you do, you exist in the principle of interrelationship with everything, animated things and inanimate things, living people and simple objects with little or no consciousness. No matter what you do, there is karma. 

Now, however, in the new era that we call the Golden Age, karma can definitely be stopped. There could be actions which are karma, but we will not call that karma, we will call it karmadana: a karma that promotes evolution, promotes the awakening of consciousness. Karmadana is different from karma because karmadana is a conscious action that will always promote harmony, unity, and freedom for yourself and every sentient being around you.



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Many people are stuck in situations they don’t understand and they say, “God, what I have done to deserve that?” They don’t really look for the answer to this question but through this expression they develop a feeling of being the victim of this incarnation. If you are the victim, you are not happy. You are sad. You feel without control, you feel without security and you become angry at other people. You are full of bitterness. As you increase this kind of feeling, you become it. Your way of expressing yourself, no matter what you say, what you think, what you do, will be tainted with this frustration, with this fear and this feeling of being a victim. When you die you will die according to what you believe reality to be, and you will be reborn according to what you became because you bring with you, in a future life, what you possessed within yourself in the previous life.

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In the mind it is easy to know who you are because in the mind you are someone. You are a personality: you have a name, you have a shape and you are identified with the form. However when you discover who you really are, beyond the body and the mind, you realize that you cannot grasp very much about yourself. You become aware that in fact you go far beyond all that you know and all that used to make you feel secure about your idea of who you are. You enter a path that goes beyond your knowledge.  



If you are very, very stuck in your story, in your personality, you can be frightened by this glimpse of your vastness. This is because you know who you are or you pretend or believe that you know who you are but you never actually experience who you are. You only experience your own invention, your own imagination about who you are, all the time. In this world of pure imagination you even create the conditions that will prove to your mind that you are what you have invented. Then you are stuck with it! This is the most common condition among humans.



In your life you will be put into certain circumstances and when things go wrong, you naturally ask yourself, “Why? Why did that happen to me? Why am I in this situation again?  Why am I still experiencing this negative karmic inner atmosphere? Why? Why? Why? What did I do to deserve this?” This is a genuine scream, and these are very important questions.



When you ask these questions you have comprehended that there are circumstances that seem to stick to you, to cling to you.  They seem to always show up in your life. You achieve something and you think that you are going to be happy, but no!    Something happens that you did not want and boom, once again you are unhappy. You realize that consciously you were looking for happiness but in the facts of life, you don’t find it. There is always something that makes you miserable. There is a point where you don’t even want to make any effort any more to find happiness, because you don’t believe you can be happy in this life. It is vitally important not to get stuck at this point, but to push the enquiry a little bit further.

To understand the conditions that surround you, you need to create a certain distance from them. You need to realize that you are able to create this distance. To create the distance effectively, you have to be ready to travel a little bit, to get some height above your conditions. If your mind is imprisoning your consciousness, your presence, in all the troubles that you have in your daily life, you cannot create this distance and you cannot develop a sense that will give you an overview of your present situation.   To make it simple I would say to achieve the Realization of your true Self you need to take some moments to stop acting out your story.  You have to stop. 



There is another problem that the Sadhak, the seeker, will encounter. The Sadhak wants answers in the form of definitions, sentences, explanations whereas the realization of your true consciousness exists beyond the limited world of words. So, the mind wants answers in the form of explanations but what the mind accepts is just what it already knows, not what is beyond what it knows. You know yourself because you have a certain view of yourself. You have defined yourself as a person, happy or unhappy ambitious or lazy, or looking for something better. That is as it is, but now you are looking for the true Self and the true Self exists all the time but outside the realm of the mind or descriptions.

You need to do something to reach the threshold that will separate you from being the constant prisoner of your mind and then you will begin to have an overview of what is present in this life.



How can you achieve this? You can achieve it by being involved in the process. It will not happen by accident! You have to do something. No matter what you know or what you believe yourself to be, true consciousness is always there present within yourself, always with you. You don’t experience it because like all humans, you put a great deal of importance in the personality that you have created and, like all humans, you don’t want to satisfy your consciousness. You want to satisfy your ego, your personality. It’s what you have been taught to do, what you are programmed to do. 



As long as you want to satisfy your personality you continue to work for nothing because the personality does not represent you completely, doesn’t even exist, in fact. It is merely a play that you repeat all the time. The only way to take the big step that leads you directly to consciousness is under certain circumstances, which are stored already in your collection of memories.



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When the aspiration to find out who you really are is powerful enough, then you create around you new circumstances, new circumstances that will cause you to encounter people who can help you in the process of self-realization. It could be a book, it could be a sacred scripture, it could be a physical spiritual teacher you meet who will lead you. If your aspiration is strong enough then you will have the inner strength to practice the yoga that leads you to the real spiritual experience of your true nature.



By “mastering your present incarnation,” I mean mastering the emotions in your body, mastering your thoughts, being able to always keep a certain distance between you, the observer, and the activities which go on in your head. Once you can do that, then you will develop a sense that is lacking in most humans, something which is called ‘pure intuition.” Intuition has nothing to do with knowledge in the form of accepting things which are defined already, or have a certain shape that is recognized from the past.  Intuition is about entering into or being in contact with what is beyond all the different kinds of inner reflection.  

When you reach this stage, you have mastered your mind enough so that you don’t use your mind to accept reality any more.   You stop using ancient knowledge to get in touch with reality. You see what is, you engage with what is. You see a rose, and the concept of “rose” is no longer between you, the true Presence, and the rose.   You can admire the rose, not just by seeing the shape of the rose, but the rose in its very presence with the entire universe around it. Through this intuition you start to perceive a certain sense of unity. Wow! You realize that your problem in the past was that you lived in a concept of total separation, a world of total separation.