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  • Jeff Belyea
    Masters speak of a gate, a narrow path, a straight way, that leads to awakening. There is also a narrow meaning that must be carefully discerned from some of
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 18, 2004
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      Masters speak of a gate, a
      narrow path, a straight way,
      that leads to awakening.

      There is also a narrow
      meaning that must be
      carefully discerned from
      some of the more esoteric,
      mystical and (especially!)
      non-dual teachings. if one
      is not to be discouraged
      along the way, and left
      in despair, thinking that
      there is nothing they can
      do to end their suffering
      or assuage their longing.

      When it is taught that no
      volitional effort can bring
      us closer to awakening,
      because awakening is beyond
      the rational process of mind,
      apart from mind and logic,
      and that; therefore, any
      effort will come from ego
      and thereby serve to
      strengthen the ego rather
      than lead to awakening...
      this is true.

      And so one might ask,
      "Why meditate, why seek?"

      Here is where the careful
      discernment is required.

      The volitional effort of sitting
      for meditation, attending
      satsang or classes, and
      the effort of seeking out and
      listening to the teachings of
      authentic teacher is not
      "wrong action". It is rather
      preparatory to entering
      the narrow path, the place
      of no effort, no internal
      dialogue, no attempts to
      explain or presume.

      These preparatory activities
      serve to strength "faith, hope
      and trust " in the authenticity of
      enlightenment. The teachings
      that speak of the peace of mind,
      joy and new understanding
      that enlightenment, awakening
      and realization will bring, will
      resonate in the searching and
      seeking, intuitively stirring, heart.

      Effort precedes grace.
      The "mystery" is...

      the exquisite timing of when
      to completely surrender concepts
      and enter the noble silence beyond
      seeking, beyond desire of
      any sort, is...

      entrance onto the narrow path.

      This part of the journey
      begins only when the seeker,
      the aspirant, the inquirer
      is ready to finally give up
      any and all concepts, any
      activity of mind or ego, that
      attempt to frame or explain
      what the aspirant does not
      know experientially.

      There is nothing that one
      can or should do to try
      to "figure out" awakening.

      There are no words sufficient.
      Awakening is wholly experiential,
      arising from within - as startling
      wisdom.

      Deep inquiry, ardent seeking,
      any and all mind stuff must
      be silenced in order to "hear"
      the wisdom whisper of awakening,
      allowing the natural state of
      enlightenment (that we were
      socialized and coerced out
      of experiencing as the
      ever-present undercurrent
      of our lives) to be "re-discovered".

      Effort precedes grace. Silence
      precedes awakening.

      Meditation is a tool for silencing
      the mind and the concepts, so
      that the seeker may step onto
      the narrow path of silence and
      non-activity, open a pure heart
      to Truth beyond what can be
      thought or imagined, and,
      by grace, awaken.
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