How was the fire ceremony last Thursday.
Sorry to have missed it, had to return to Oakland after my trip to
Things appear to be going well, keeping a cold at
Bay. Got up early this morning to brush my teeth, gargle with some mouth
with some mouthwash. A bacterial infection is working its way out of my
The section on the anti-teacher below reminds me of
my relationship with Nisargadatta in I Am That when I first starting
reading it early in 1988.
When I began reading it, the I am not the body, not
the mind idea was incomprehensible and I read him with the intention of
disproving his assertions that I was not the body and not the mind. But
you know how Nisargadatta is! Trying to pigeon-hole his assertions was
like trying to keep water from spilling out of a cupped hand.
I would grasp an idea, of course with the aim of
capturing it and holding it captive to my own predilection, my own preconceived
and preconditioned state of thinking, but there was no assailing the Truth that
It took me a long six months of just getting thru
the first half of his dialogues. I wasn't just reading, I was trying to
find the flaws in the logic of his teaching. I was trying to disprove his
teaching. I was the anti-pupil without even knowing it. Then, in the
last line of page 220 and ending at the end of the first paragraph on page 224,
I received the understanding, that is, that I understood the esoteric meaning,
the gnosis, the jñana of it.
Why in that section?
Well for me it is what I refer to just now as the
atom-splitter teaching that explains why Awareness is Free - the
title of this section in I Am That.
It does so by explaining in unmistakable language,
should you reflect on the words and concepts, the distinctions between these
terms: mind, consciousness, and awareness. And why are these
distinctions so important. They are so ultimately important because just
about every religion and every philosophy uses these three words, but they are
all very poorly defined, and their use to build philosophies and theologies are
so ambiguous that all we have of them is a vague feeling and misunderstanding of
the Truth in their meaning. The truth of what is the mind, what is
consciousness, and what is awareness. The uniqueness and relatedness of
these three terms, like the truth in electron, proton and neutron, were smashed
in my mind into a spiritual atomic explosion.
For me, this portion of Nisargadatta's teaching was
the key that opened up true meaning as an epiphany, a kensho, a
In the fallout, I did not disprove Nisargadatta,
rather, by my actually understanding him, I proved Nisargadatta and that
vaporized me. But this same me, that is me, is the same me that is him!
His words in I am That are living pulsing words of truth, of
veracity. Their efficaciousness of his communciation microwaves our pseudo
identity, that is the effect they have. His words cook us to
understanding. Of course there was no him to disprove, no me to prove.
This is the dance we are doing now.
So, when you became, as I did, the anti-pupil to
this teaching, we had many wonderful arguments about it. Both of our
understandings were sharpened, and brought into focus.
Now you have the understanding, and as soon as you
talk about it, you will find, without a doubt, that you are attracting
Remember the video, where the psychologist Wolinsky
was recounting his experience visiting Nisargadatta in his tiny upstairs room.
After introductions Nisargadatta told him to go to the back of the room
and to listen to him quietly and then on the eight day he could leave.
After some time a question arose, he asked Nisargadatta something like
this, "Nisargadatta, so I see a thought flash before my mind and observe
it..." And in a very brusk manner, like some Rinzai Zen Master he shouts
at Wolinsky as he flicks his hand at him and bellows "You've been here for eight
days, you've got the teaching, now you can leave!" And Wolinsky explains
that when Nisargadatta flicked his wrist at him, he was dazed by a profound
unexplainable mind numbing energy. He left and walked thru the busy
crowdedness that is Mumbai to the train station, boarded without even
remembering how he got there and it wasn't until several hours later, that he
returned to the 'normal' waking state and recalled that it was the eighth day.
He was cooked!
So this is the nature of this dance. Truth
dances with avidya. Truth dances with ignorance until all that's left is the
dance itself. Have you ever noticed when you are watching gifted dancers
there becomes a moment when the dancers themselves disappear into the dance.
Like a fine ballet, or you yourself dancing salsa with a lady friend, and
then there's neither you nor your friend, but only the bliss of the dance.
This is the allegory, the hidden meaning in the Rasa Lila, the dance of
Vishnu as manifest cosmic consciousness Krishna with the Gopis manifest as
relative consciousness. The swirling cowherds are churned in their dancing
bhakti like milk into butter.
So the dance of the anti-teacher moves on in the
dialogue brought to our attention by Pete Sierra below.
Then follows piece on Douwe Tiemersma from Gouda below.
You have seen his name before. So had I, though I had not recalled
it until Jerry reminded me.
I love these dialogues...
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Subject: [NDhighlights] #4805 - Friday, January 4, 2013 - Editor: Jerry
Date: January 5, 2013 2:48:51 AM PST
#4805 - Friday, January 4, 2013 -
Editor: Jerry Katz
Interview with Pete
Annoucement of One The
Notice of the passing of Douwe
The anti-teacher is a new kind of guru
work on these lists. You might
be the anti-teacher to someone here,
neither you, nor your anti-pupil might
be aware that is
When someone chooses you as his
they set you up as the person to
prove wrong, and this urge
to prove you
wrong becomes like a mission. But underneath
hostility to your ideas the
anti-pupil is using you to teach himself,
to clarify his own ideas. At the end
of the process some of the
opinions will be adopted by the anti-pupil
in a modified
Two people could use each others as
and these relationships, although they could be
and illuminating for both, usually degenerate
into protracted dog fights,
which disturb other
interactions at that list.
If the anti-teacher knows his role, he usually
the anti-pupil attack his ideas without responding.
other party will come to terms with
the ideas, either by agreeing, or
tolerance, or simply moving on.
If you notice someone is using you as such,
best to keep it to yourself, at least until the person
needs you. If you look closer, I bet you can
spot this kind of relationships
going on right now.
People like Tomb, Dan, and AC are sometimes
this way by some people.
There is a very simple, but profitable
you can conduct in this regard: when you notice
at reading a post growing as you read,
and you can't wait to reply, just sit
back, and focus
on the irritation, and try to spot what really provoked
Does it happen more with that person than with others?
Why have you
given those ideas, and maybe that
person such negative value? Recognize those
as hot buttons to be disconnected. (Just a thought,
don't get all
work up about it. :)
The Anti-Teacher was posted to Pete's YahooGroup,
Advaita to Zen:
Watch/listen to my recent interview with
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passed away on January 3, 2012. Ever since his radical encounter with
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj in 1980, he helped people recognize non-dual openness
as the ground of their own existence. Due to his background in yoga he
encouraged a relaxed, integrated bodily recognition. As such, he offered
meditation, pranayama, hathayoga and chakra yoga to compliment the weekly
satsangs which took place at the Advaita Center located in
If you're wondering where you've
heard Douwe's name before, he wrote the foreword to Nisargadatta's I Am That. He
was also recently written up in the Highlights a few months