1595Re: THE SAGE'S VIEW OF THE WORLD
- Jan 1, 2003Thanks, Bob. Beautiful satsang from Sivananda.
The sense of two worlds and especially the
two languages resonate clearly.
So often, religious admonition to live by
a certain code or set of rituals, and even
the claim to exclusivity, is based on
the new language wrongly interpreted as
relative to the physical world and then
"taught" by those who do not know of what
they speak. These are the false prophets
so often warned about by Jesus (and Judi).
Awakened teachers speaking of the results
of their new perceptions of a separate reality
in which a perfect joy, perfect love and perfect
harmony can be known intuitively, are speaking
from experiential knowledge and understanding.
The difficulty, the impossibility, of
distinguishing who is speaking from
experiential knowledge and who is speaking
from ego and rationally acquired, intellectual
postulating, seems the source of much of
the negative reaction to present day teachers
and accusations of fraud and hidden agenda
leveled at them.
As you say, famous dead guys and those
who are "to come in future" fare much
better than those who are in the
present moment - much the way the ego
resists resting in the present moment.
Some of us who have received what I consider
to be pure gift, feel that they were allowed
to see this truth under the agreement that
they would communicate it to others
(Boddisattva vow) - even though they find
that it cannot be put in words and must be
personally experienced to be known. Others
who come to understand this "new language" feel
that any attempt to guide is misguidance.
I received guidance. And am grateful for it.
So, my leaning is to offer to guide and
witness to the possibility of new understanding
available to us, that which we are intuitively
drawn to seek out.
Ultimately, the guidance is to "go within" and
discover what is already there - the kingdom
within. Meditation is the method prescribed
by virtually all awakened teachers.
For me, it was a re-awakening in the midst
of formal meditation, and so the paradigm
in which I "teach" is that our natural state
is one of enlightenment and it is a re-awakening
that "returns us" to our natural enlightenment
and pure joy in living that we knew as a child.
"By their fruits you shall know them".
Your fruit bowl is full and your
manner always gracious, Bob.
I love the work you do and I admire
the equanimity and openness you
maintain. Happy New Year.
Peace and love and gratitude,
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