Guru Fat Bastard

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  1. Eckhart is correct. "The witness" as most people try to concieve it,is not a position of playing as a "witness-er", standing back and watching thoughts,feelings emotions etc.,. That position, is the I-thought/identity/ego/ playing the role of not being a thought,watching thoughts. It can seemingly play the two positions of I and You. It can refer to itself as I(singular individual) and can also refer to that same 'I" it was just playing ,as You (i.e., other),as if playing the part of a separate individual/therapist/criticizer to the "I" singular individual. It can treat itself as subject and object. But the 'trick" it's playing is that it's one thought playing different"personal" roles,and being that it is only a thought/idea,it has no existence. Realizing this is realizing there's "no-self". What one thought and identifiied as "I",me,myself" ,was/is , just a made up thought/idea,and thus not a reality. The real and only non- individual/,impersonal,undivided "subject" is the one,eternal,boundless,timeless Existence-Reality alone.
  2. The non-happening,is the only thing "happening".
  3. If you checked,you'll see that time is just an idea and not an absolute fact or truth of fundamental reality. Does it have a relative use? It does in terms of being useful/conveineint for relative matters,but it is not a fact of fundamental reality. Sadly,human beings live and die by this so called "fact" that has nothing to do with basic,fundamental reality.
  4. Time never comes into being. No one has ever directly experienced a concept called time. Check, right now in your direct experience (which means not referring to accepted, yet unchecked/unquestioned "knowledge" gathered from outside), if there is the experiencing of something called time. What is your knowledge of time in the absence of thought or the activity of thought (i.e, the mind).
  5. Desire arises from a sense of lack. If the object of desire is obtained, then a temporary sense of fullfillment,contentment,peace (i.e, happiness) is experienced,only to find out later on that what you thought would finally fulfill you, didn't live up to the imagined idea or expectation you thought it would. So, the search is on again. It's only beacause you think you're somebody and/or something, that the idea that somebody or something will finally bring you happiness. The attainment of the object, and the subsequent contentment/happiness experienced, is not from the object. It is the fullfillment of the imagined idea of the object and the imagined idea of the contentment it would bring. Once obtained, the object eventually just becomes another object,proving that the object of desire was not the reason for your happiness. It was the temporary fulfillment of a grandiose and compulsive idea created in the mind. No object of desire,and this includes relationships, will ever live up to the expectations "you'" (itself a created idea/imagination) created of it. An idea of an idea. Desire itself isn't really the enemy,it's the attachment and expectation you've created around it that is the culprit. If a desire arises and you can honestly say it's ok whether it is obtained or not,then desire is no longer a problem.
  6. "The Laniakea Supercluster. It contains 100,000 galaxies and is 250,000 million lightyears in diameter. The observable universe contains 10 million superclusters. Out of all of them, the red dot is our home, the Milky way."
  7. The Reality. The Reality, has no time,no dimension. 'Here" is a "placeless place" that can't be pointed to. There is "hereness",but that is about as much as can be said. When the"I am the body" (name and form false identification) is fully seen through, there is no longer an illusory sense of boundary separating an 'inside me" from an outside "not- me" . Reality,or Truth or whatever you want to call what is essentially nameless,includes and simultaneously transcends the physical "boundary" of form . This is transcendence,Liberation,true Freedom. If you still experience that you are a simple physical body,then true awakening/transcendence has not happened. It needs to be said that this is not something the ego can hear and believe itself into,which is what it always tries to do. Direct experience transcends belief or faith. That's why it's referred to as Truth.
  8. Truth at it's best here. Particularly this: "Paradoxically, a form of ignorance similar to nihilism , is often found in contemporary Advaita teachings (neo-advaita).It is only normal for an ignorant who believes to be realized to tell his students that they are already realized, for he knows no better. This instant form of enlightenment is trendy in our culture of instant gratification.The teacher has ended his/her quest too early, based on a purely intellectual understanding that “form is emptiness and emptiness is form”(i.e., no self). Since he had no revelation of Transcendence (key word here), his teachings lack the poetry, the love, the supreme intelligence and the sense of awe that we find in Rumi, Buddha, Jesus, Ramana Maharshi, Jean Klein, Krishna Menon and other truly enlightened beings." Anyway.here's the full article: Truth is beyond the mind just as the mirror is beyond the reflected images that appear in it. The reality of the images is the mirror, but the reality of the mirror is not an image. The mirror exists independently from any of the reflected images. In other words, this Presence is both immanent in the perceptions and transcendent in their absence. The belief that it is only immanent is ignorance, the experience that it transcends the mind is enlightenment, and the actual continuous experience of both its transcendence and its immanence is self-realization. The denial of the transcendence of Atman was a major heresy of Buddhism. Also known as nihilism or as the Anatman doctrine, it was a subject of controversy between buddhists and advaitins in Shankara’s days. However this denial is not found in the original teachings of the Buddha or in those of the Chan and Zen masters. Atman is what they refer to as “our Buddha nature”, “our true nature”, “our original face”. This heresy is still fairly common in contemporary Buddhism. It originates from a misunderstanding of the saying “Form is emptiness and emptiness is form”. To understand this saying correctly, let us take the metaphor of a white page with a red apple painted on it. The red apple is the form, the remaining white portion of the page is the emptiness. But we can look at it differently, the white portion of the page being the form, the red portion being the emptiness (= absence of white). It follows that “Form is emptiness and emptiness is form”. The transcendence, the Atman, The Brahman, “our Buddha nature”, “our true nature”, “our original face”, is the piece of paper, the support of the red and of its absence. The saying “Form is emptiness and emptiness is form” is used as a warning about a state of mind reached by practitioners during meditation in which an absence of thoughts, an emptiness is experienced. The disciple is simply reminded that this absence of form is still a form, and that enlightenment has not been experienced at that stage, because the transcendence, our Buddha nature has not been revealed yet. Paradoxically, a form of ignorance similar to nihilism is often found in contemporary Advaita teachings. These paths in both cases lead to a “second class” type of enlightenment which is no enlightenment at all. The teacher has ended his/her quest too early, based on a purely intellectual understanding that “form is emptiness and emptiness is form”. Since he had no revelation of Transcendence, his teachings lack the poetry, the love, the supreme intelligence and the sense of awe that we find in Rumi, Buddha, Jesus, Ramana Maharshi, Jean Klein, Krishna Menon and other truly enlightened beings. Because he is not awakened to his own Presence, his presence doesn’t awake the Presence in the student. The final truth there, seems to be “there is nothing to do, your current condition is already that of a realized being”. It is only normal for an ignorant who believes to be realized to tell his students that they are already realized, for he knows no better. This instant form of enlightenment is trendy in our culture of instant gratification. However it doesn’t correspond to the sudden enlightenment the Chan masters spoke of. To them “sudden” didn’t mean “right away”.The only problem with this “enlightenment on sale” is that it falls short from bringing about the peace and the happiness we seek. In some cases it may create in the student a form of resignation, the belief that there is nothing to find. Most disciples will remain stuck with their pseudo enlightenment; others, disenchanted with the whole “truth business”, will revert for a while to their previous life style; the most eager ones will continue the search and find a true teacher whose silence, words, demeanor and actions will take them to the apperception of their true nature and who will guide them on the path until they are established in unshakable peace. This leads me to a final remark. That which matters is not what is said about the Truth, but where that which is said comes from. If it comes from ignorance, no matter how advaitically correct it seems to be, it will never have the incendiary power of a single line of a Rumi poem. And that which is said is marginal compared to the silent transmission that takes place in the guru’s presence, the highest form of teaching according to Buddha (remember the episode of the flower and of the Buddha’s smile), Ramana Maharshi, Atmananda, Jean Klein, etc… And yet this silent teaching is carefully ignored by many contemporary teachers, both buddhists and advaitins, because they cannot speak of an experience which is not theirs, even so they claim to teach the same non dual realization as these illustrious teachers. Ultimately, the truth has to be heard “from the lips of the guru” according to Atmananda’s formula, for it’s apperception to occur. Mere conversations over the internet won’t get the job done. They can at best convey a “sample” of the causeless joy of our true nature, which will resonate in the heart of those who have “eyes to see and ears to hear” the Truth that cannot be uttered. Love, Francis
  9. This guy is a kriya yogi and knows breathing. His method of breathing to reach deep states of meditation has worked well for me,and I've tried various methods over the years. If you get the chance check out 4th Phase - Tranquil Breath:. It's worth getting. As far as yogic breathing(pranayama) goes, fill the belly first with the breath expanding the diaphram,and then up into the chest. So in one smoothe motion, breathe into the belly until it is expanded then on up into the chest. Breathing out,the chest drops first and then the belly draws in as you continue to exhale to completion. As you'll see in the vids. the exhale should be longer than the inhale, (say a 4 count inhalation, and a 6 or 7 count exhalation), this induces the heartrate resonance variability. In the 4th phase training above it goes into more detail of how and why it works and he adds info on how to do the bandhas(body locks) which really kick in the "bliss" phase of the breathing.
  10. No such thing as "high time" or "low time". In terms of high or low consciousness,the terms are based on action. How conscious are ones actions. Are they helpful,beneficial,unselfish,truthful,unhurtful actions etc., or, destructive,selfish,unhelpful,unbeneficial,dishonest actions etc.,? Consciousness itself bears no qualities as such, but when identified as a conditioned,limited mind or "ego",the actions will reflect the quality of that particular conditioned mind and/or ego. This is the reason for"sadhana or practices, to "purify" the mind so that what's aleady there can reflect itself as it truly is.
  11. When did you become something that you could tell a story about?
  12. It's pretty common with spiritual/meditative work,especially the pranic breathing. Practices such as Kriya,WH,and other pranayama methods have direct physiological effects on the nervous system which in turn cause a "re-tuning", which is what you're hearing. The further along you go with these practices, other subtle,and not so subtle sounds will occur. For some "schools", these experiences are indications of "progress",but like all experiences, don't put too much importance or emphasis on them. Otherwise you'll get diverted into wanting or looking for more experiences instead of finding Truth.
  13. No need to push really. Once this question is genuinely asked (which it seems to be),the process is already in motion. Whether he wants it or not,or knows it or not, he's already on the "journey". He (assumed personal self at this point) may think he's choosing (i.e., personal free will?),whether or not to start the journey,but no,that has already been decided. 🤫
  14. "Not separate from anything" is Love beyond any personal experience (object to object) love, it is a Divine Impersonal Love. 'I" alone Am, is Ultimate Freedom. Limitless,boundless Freedom not confined to the limitation and deep rooted belief of being just a physical body. The experience of being inside and simultaneously outside the body ( a metaphor would be like the empty space inside the cup, is also the empty space outside the cup). is not something that can really be articulated in words.
  15. Wisdom would say, If this is all a delusion,then make it a loving,joyful delusion?
  16. This, is the quintessence of what it means to "simply be" or "rest in being". It is also the core essence of the instruction to "Allow everything to be as it is".
  17. But,but,there's no body home and no one to hold it.
  18. However,there is the creative intelligence (i.e, Consciousness),from which all knowledge and understanding is made possible. The same creative intelligence from which the experiential insight/understanding that "there is no body home", was made known.
  19. Take from the Hindu concept of "Lila", that creation (all creation) is a divine play of the Supreme. "The world is a mere spontaneous creation of Brahman. It is a Lila, or playful sport, of Brahman. It is created out of Bliss, by Bliss and for Bliss. Lila indicates a spontaneous sportive,playful activity of Brahman, which is distinguished from a self-conscious volitional effort. The concept of Lila signifies freedom of creation, distinguished from creating from necessity. A playful, aimless display which precipitates pain ,as well as joy, but in its bliss transcends them both.
  20. Also too,if the two words are inquired into as to the essence of their meaning it would be: Being Aware= Am Aware. So Being Aware means 'I' ( the empty,eternal,silent,reality) AM Aware. This is primordial,Self-known,Self-inherent knowledge. "You"(the unborn,eternal,silent,reality) don't have to be told you are aware. Non identified Self knows it exists, and is aware , that it exists (i.e, it is Self knowing). So, Being Aware of Being Aware= "I" (Self /God/Reality) AM Aware that I AM Aware. So,your true nature/essence is always Being (ie., always Existing), and is always Aware. Another way Spira put it is to ask "Am I Aware". The question,and the ridiculously obvious answer, leads directly to Being Aware of Being Aware.
  21. Here are some additional ways if anyone is interested. Not to detract from what @Beginner Mind posted here , which is excellent,but for additional exploration if desired. This is not to cause any confusion with too many "ways", but to find one that best resonates and feels effortless or nearly effortless and stick with that one. If it feels effortful, burdensome or stressful,then it's not the one you want. THE AWARENESS WATCHING AWARENESS METHOD PRACTICE INSTRUCTIONS by Michael Langford: 74. Description A: Shut your eyes. Notice your awareness. Observe your awareness. Turn your attention away from the world, body and thought and towards awareness watching awareness. Every time you notice you are thinking, turn your attention away from thought and back towards awareness watching awareness. Watch your awareness, not your thoughts. 75. Description B: Look out at the room and notice your awareness looking out through your eyes. Now shut your eyes and notice that same awareness is still there that a moment ago was looking outward at the room. Observe that awareness. If you notice thoughts, ignore the thoughts and turn your attention away from the thoughts and towards awareness observing awareness. 76. Description C: Shut your eyes. Notice that you are conscious. Watch that consciousness. Every time you notice a thought, turn your attention away from the thought and continue watching your consciousness. Do not watch your thoughts. Watch your consciousness. Consciousness watching consciousness. Consciousness conscious of consciousness. 77. Description D: Shut your eyes. Turn your attention away from thought and watch the watcher. 78. Description E: Shut your eyes. Notice your awareness. Be aware of your awareness. If you notice you are thinking, turn your attention away from thought and towards awareness of awareness. 79. Description F: Shut your eyes. Just remain in awareness aware of itself. If there are thoughts, turn your attention away from thoughts and back to awareness aware of itself. 43 80. Description G: Shut your eyes. You observe your awareness. Whenever there are thoughts, turn your observation away from the thoughts and continue to observe your awareness. 81. Description H: Shut your eyes. Turn your attention towards awareness and concentrate on awareness. Concentrate in a relaxed manner without effort. Every time thoughts are noticed, turn your attention away from the thoughts and back towards concentrating on awareness. 82. Description I: Shut your eyes. Be aware of being aware. Now remain in that awareness of awareness. If there are thoughts, turn your attention away from the thoughts and continue being aware of being aware. 83. Description J: Shut your eyes. Notice you are aware. Look at that awareness. Remain in awareness looking at awareness. If thoughts arise, look away from the thoughts and continue looking at awareness. Remain in that awareness looking at awareness. 84. Description K: Shut your eyes. Your present awareness watching your present awareness, while ignoring all else. 85. Description L: Look at the room. Notice your attention looking through your eyes. Shut your eyes and turn your attention around to look at itself. Attention attending to attention. Remain with that. Don’t move from that. Don’t attend to anything else. Don’t attend to thought. Attend only to attention. 86. Description M: Look at the room. Notice your awareness looking through your eyes. Now shut your eyes. Notice that same awareness that was looking through your eyes a moment ago. Now turn that awareness around degrees away from the world, the body and thought and towards itself, towards awareness watching awareness. 87. Description N: Look at the room, or if you are outdoors look at the sky. Your awareness is the seer. Shut your eyes. See the seer. Turn your attention away from thought and towards the seer. 88. Description O: Shut your eyes. Turn your attention away from the known and know the knower. 89. Description P: Shut your eyes. Awareness aware only of awareness. Remain there. Dwell there. Be there. Live there. 90. Description Q: Shut your eyes. One awareness observing one awareness. Not two, one observing the other. Only one. Observe your awareness. If you notice thinking, do not attempt to complete the thought. Drop the thought, let go of the thought as though you had no interest in the thought. Continue observing your awareness. 91. Description R: Shut your eyes. Observe your awareness. Relax into your awareness. Remain there in awareness aware only of your awareness. 92. Description S: Shut your eyes. Turn your awareness away from what your awareness is aware of and towards awareness aware only of itself. 93. Description T: Shut your eyes. Directly experience awareness by observing and relaxing into awareness. Rest in your awareness of awareness. Rest in awareness aware only of itself. Remain in awareness. Do not remain in thought. 44 94. Description U: There are the things you are aware of. There is the awareness that is aware of the things. Instead of observing the things, observe the awareness. Shut your eyes. There are thoughts and feelings. There is the awareness that is aware of thoughts and feelings. Instead of observing thoughts and feelings, observe the awareness. 95. Description V: Shut your eyes. Do not observe thought. Observe awareness. Awareness observing awareness is empty. There is no thing to observe there. Don’t complicate it by thinking there is more to it. Awareness is subtle. In awareness observing awareness there is only awareness. It is simple. Remain in awareness observing itself. 96. Description W: Shut your eyes. Focus on the awareness that thoughts are arising in. Do not focus on the thoughts. Thoughts come and thoughts go. The awareness that thoughts are arising in does not come and go. Be aware of the awareness that does not come and go. When there are thoughts, watch the awareness, not the thoughts. When there are no thoughts, watch the awareness. Thoughts or no thoughts, continue to observe the awareness, not the thoughts. Continue to relax in and be aware of your awareness. Remain there. Be there. Live there. 97. Description X: Shut your eyes. If you see darkness, turn your attention away from the darkness and towards awareness of awareness. If you see light, turn your attention away from the light and towards awareness aware only of awareness. If you notice your breathing, turn your attention away from the breathing and towards awareness aware only of awareness. Whatever you become aware of, turn your attention away from it and towards awareness of awareness. 98. Description Y: Shut your eyes. Awareness not aware of thoughts. Awareness not aware of emotions. Awareness not aware of anything except awareness. Awareness aware of nothing except awareness. The background of awareness aware only of the background of awareness. Awareness aware only of awareness. Awareness only. Awareness alone. 99. Description Z: Shut your eyes. Let go of the idea that you own awareness. Let go of the idea that you control awareness. Let the infinite awareness be what it is without your trying to control it. Relax and observe the awareness. Let go of everything and observe the awareness. Relax completely and observe the awareness. With as little effort as possible and with a gentle, kind, easy, relaxed, loving approach; observe the awareness
  22. Is 'me", thoughts, the body, the room, hearing, seeing,sensing, and the perceiving of all of this, all appearing, in one, non localized Presence having no form, space,or boundary? Any boundary is always assumed,and not the empty (yet full), boundless PresenceRealityBeingness < all one.