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  1. Ah... Leo playing some game not mentioning Jed. Right as you read him (genius high IQ mind) the ego is illuminated.
  2. You're going to have to crawl through a tunnel of shit. Don't watch if you haven't seen the movie.
  3. It's one thing to walk the path, it's another thing to talk of walking the path. I don't think I'm addicted, I'm just not letting go when I've found what I was looking for, exhausted all the use an achieved personal pre-enlightenment. I only rationalize my staying in certain places (YouTube, reddit, etc) because I've had tremendous use of them in the past.
  4. If you have a genetic predisposition for alcoholism, stay away. It's not healthy if you become addicted.
  5. I would make it clear to the student asking the original question that there was no hurry, that they should take their time and develop their thoughts to fullness. I might suggest that they process their understanding by writing an essay for me in which they attempt to answer their own question, cautioning them that they must be very thoughtful and rewrite it again and again until they have it exactly they way they want it before sending it to me. I'd never see it, though, because that level of scrutiny leaves no trace of the original question. Oscar Wilde wrote, "All thought is immoral. Its very essence is destruction. If you think of anything, you kill it. Nothing survives being thought of." What he might have meant is that falseness exists only in shadow. Illumination by intellect "destroys" the untrue by revealing that there was never anything there to begin with. Just as light banishes shadow, scrutiny banishes illusion. The debate over free will versus predetermination provides a particularly good example of this teaching process. Students are perplexed by this question because they focus on an answer when all their attention should remain on the question. "Stay with the question," I tell them. "Don't worry about the answer, just get the question right. Examine your assumptions." Soon enough the question itself has been destroyed and, along with it, many layers of delusion. Students, understandably, wish to deepen their understanding, but it is the role of the teacher to keep them moving forward rather than standing around deepening things. Self-realization isn't about more, it's about less. The only construction required for awakening is that which facilitates demolition. Actually, I often don't reply to the email and letters sent to me at all because it is clear that the writing is the process and that no response is required. I'm being used as the target recipient in a process of Spiritual Autolysis in which my only role is to exist as an ideal in the student's mind. This can be a very intense and accelerated process. It is not uncommon for a writer to send me a message every day apologizing for the one they sent the day before, embarrassed that they could have been so foolish, and enthusiastically sharing their newfound level of comprehension which, if all goes well, will be tomorrow's source of embarrassment. - Jed McKenna, p. 209-210, The Damnedest Thing
  6. http://slatestarcodex.com/2018/07/10/melatonin-much-more-than-you-wanted-to-know/
  7. As was shown in the previous chapter, the theory that the Maharshi taught was intended only to serve as a basis for practice. However, the demand for practice brought in another branch of theory, that of free-will or predestination, since people were not lacking who asked why they should make any effort if everything was predestined, or if all men returned to their Source in any case. A visitor from Bengal said: Shankara says that we are all free, not bound, and that we shall all return to God from whom we came, like sparks from a fire. If that is so, why should we not commit all sorts of sins? Bhagavan's reply showed him that that cannot be the point of view of the ego. B: It is true that we are not bound. That is to say, the real Self has no bondage. And it is true that you will eventually return to your Source. But meanwhile, if you commit sins as you call them, you have to face the consequences. You cannot escape them. If a man beats you, can you say: 'I am free. I am not affected by the beating and feel no pain. Let him continue beating'? If you can really feel that, then you can do what you like, but what is the use of just saying in words that you are free? Bhagavan did sometimes make pronouncements which seemed superficially like affirmations of complete predestination. When he left home in his youth, already established in Self-realisation, his mother sought and at last found him. He was maintaining silence at that time; therefore, on her request to return home with her, he wrote out his reply instead of replying verbally: The Ordainer controls the fate of souls in accordance with their prarabdha karma (destiny to be worked out in this life, resulting from the balance sheet of actions in past lives). Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent. He sometimes also made such statements to devotees. All the activities that the body is to go through are determined when it first comes into existence. It does not rest with you to accept or reject them. The only freedom you have is to turn your mind inward and renounces activities there. With reference to Bhagavan's reply to Mrs. Desai on the evening of January 3, 1946, I asked him: Are only the important events in a man's life, such as his main occupation or profession, predetermined, or are trifling acts also, such as taking a cup of water or moving from one part of the room to another? B: Everything is predetermined. I: Then what responsibility, what free will has man? B: Why does the body come into existence? It is designed for the various things that are marked out for it in this life.... As for freedom, a man is always free not to identify himself with the body and not to be affected by the pleasures and pains consequent on its activities. Actually, however, the question of free will or predestination does not arise at all from the point of view of non-duality. It is as though a group of people who had never heard of radio were to stand round a wireless set arguing whether the man in the box has to sing what the transmitting station tells him to or whether he can change parts of the songs. The answer is that there is no man in the box and therefore the question does not arise. Similarly, the answer to the question of whether the ego has free will or not is that there is no ego and therefore the question does not arise. Therefore Bhagavan's usual response to the question would be to bid the questioner find out who it is that has free will or predestination. D: Has man any free will or is everything in his life predetermined? The same question as above, but the answer differs according to the needs of the questioner. In fact, if one does not bear in mind what has just been said about the unreality of the ego it seems to be quite contradictory. B: Free will exists together with the individuality. As long as the individuality lasts, so long is there free will. All the scriptures are based on this fact and advise directing the free will in the right channel. Is this really a contradiction of the reply given earlier? No, because, according to Bhagavan's teaching, individuality has only an illusory existence. So long as one imagines that one has a separate individuality, so long does one also imagine its free will. The two exist together inevitably. The problem of predestination and free will has always plagued philosophers and theologians and will always continue to do so, because it is insoluble on the plane of duality, that is on the supposition of one being who is the Creator and a lot of other, separate omnipotent and omniscient - he does not know what will happen, because it depends on what they decide; and he cannot control all happenings because they have the power to change them. On the other hand, if he is omniscient and omnipotent he has the fore-knowledge of all that will happen and controls everything, and therefore they can have no power of decision, that is to say no free will. But on the level of advaita or non-duality the problem fades out and ceases to exist. In truth the ego has no free will, because there is no ego; but on the level of apparent reality the ego consists of free will - it is the illusion of free will that creates the illusion of the ego. That is what Bhagavan meant by saying that "as long as the individuality lasts, so long is there free will.'' The next sentence in his answer turns the questioner away from the theory of practice. Find out who it is who has free will or predestination and abide in that state. Then both are transcended. That is the only purpose in discussing these questions. To whom do such questions present themselves? Discover that and be at peace.
  8. Haha ok. If you want to become instantly enlightened - right now - stop your thoughts. See how that goes.
  9. Why do you follow TJ Reeves? Go follow Gary Weber instead. He is pointing to Ramana Maharshi, which the best teachers do, like Jed McKenna. Follow their insights, forget nonsense like this. TJ has a completely ignorant opinion if what you said is true.
  10. Outside is so vivid too for me. It doesn't matter where it's filmed. Just "Life" or "Consciousness".
  11. When I see the outside like that I just think how interconnected everything is and how no one including Travolta in that scene control anything.