#4790 - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
- #4790 - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - Editor: Jerry KatzThe Nonduality Highlights http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/Here is an interview I did with Dan aka Braying Jack Cass the other day:or use the audio player here:~ ~ ~Have you seen Dan's nondual humor videos?They're good.The guy who makes them goes by Braying Jack Cass on Facebook:~ ~ ~Here are some of his writings:Rest in awareness often. Allow whatever is arising to happen without resistance. Dog is attacking; allow the dog to attack without hindrance. Missed your turnoff; let the car go over the cliff effortlessly. House is on fire; let it burn down. A burnt house is a small price to pay for a spiritual insight.~ from "A Pile of Wisdom, the Collected Droppings of Braying Jack Cass"~ ~ ~I was watching a Byron Katie video and it struck me how useful her Work is for pointing out the irrational manner of our thoughts and how these make us miserable. Of course this a very useful process. But it seems as though the vast majority of spiritual gurus are simply playing the role of a psychotherapist for people. What they end up doing then is help to keep a person's thoughts neat and orderly and rational. Which is a great service if a person is suffering because of irrational thoughts.
Of course, there are several problems with this.
For one thing, almost none of these spiritual gurus have the training or licensing to treat people with psychological issues, making the possibility of creating lasting damage very great. Also, the seekers build a dependence on the spiritual teachers to fix their problems. When thoughts gets messy and out of control and unbearable, they click on the latest satsang video or crack open the latest spirituality book.
If you think of the analogy of the body/mind as a house, and the thoughts as the furniture, what a spiritual guru ends up doing is coming into your house to help arrange and clean the furniture. Which leaves you with a neat and tidy house for the time being, but then life goes on and the furniture slowly but surely gets dirty and out of place. Which necessitates another visit from the spiritual maid.
So, basically, these followers have signed up for a cleaning service. Just as a house continues to be lived in, thoughts continue to get messy and need to be cleaned and re-arranged.
For as much talk as there is about how life is an illusion and how thoughts are all lies, theres a lot of effort in making the illusion tidier and neater and having a more preferable set of lies. If my previous lies were that Im an incomplete, imperfect being thats a failure, does a new set of lies telling me that Im NOT those things but instead Oneness and Awareness and Perfection really help in the long run? Wont those new lies also begin to get messy and out of order and also need to have a spiritual cleaning?~ ~ ~"Your hallucinations and delusions about the world are wholly inadequate and unacceptable. Please listen to and accept my hallucinations and delusions about the world."Said every spiritual teacher, ever.~ ~ ~If you're a frustrated spiritual seeker, learn how to end the search in my 6-week retreat. My retreats are so effective that many of the same people have attended year after year. The popularity only grows. Don't wait and reserve your stall now. Hay will be provided during breaks.~ ~ ~Listen to the conversation between me and Dan: