(Inspired by the tea cup story.)
Those who learn meditation as a
relaxation technique and seek
only a means of stress management
will find meditation uniquely
For those who come to meditation
in response to a deep intuitive
sense of "something missing"
in their lives, or in some cases
a desperate longing for peace
of mind - those who seek
enlightenment, the ultimate
meditation experience - and
remain unsatisfied, you may
be open to the following:
(Please keep in mind that
this teaching uses a model, a
paradigm, for expressing what
cannot really be put into words.
So, terms like, "guru, astral,
causal, Source, enlightenment"
are mere conveniences for the
sake of communication.)
Why are many not enlightened, after
years and years of seeking, and time
with a guru or many gurus (teachers,
if you prefer)?
First, a little history of how
guru comes to be guru:
When some fully enlightened ones
die to this physical realm, they
become one with the light being who
is a singular being, yet composed of
all enlightened beings, past, present
and future (beyond time), on the astral
Actually, if they are guru, they
are already infused with the light
while living, as we all are, but
guru is awakened to this truth by
direct experience and is consciously
aware of this infusion.
Other enlightened ones merge
immediately with Source upon physical
death. This same scenario is reflected
on the early plane as a "preview"
for guru - enlightened ones who are
empowered to be darkness (gu)
remover (ru) - teachers.
All enlightened ones living on earth have
"visited" the astral plane and merged
with Source as a "living" experience.
(More accurately, it is a dying
experience - the death of a wrongly
held previous idea of who they were,
and the re-birth of their True identity).
Some enlightened ones speak of
encountering the astral light being.
Others report (or recall) only merging
All living enlightened ones, those
who have entered nirvikalpa samadhi (were
consciously filled with The Holy Spirit,
or whatever term fits your tradion),
passed through this astral plane and into the
causal presence of Source, were absorbed
in the Divine Love that is Source, merged
with Source, and then returned to earthly
living, become guru. They are guides
for those who come to them for teaching.
They speak from direct personal experience -
the only way of truly Knowing Source.
Some present themselves openly as guru,
others serve their purpose in more
subtle ways, but they know they must
share the awesome Truth of Enlightenment,
and they do in some way...for the remainder
of their physical lives, in virtually
everything they do. Most use theistic
language, because of the "spiritual"
sense of their experience, and some
do not use theistic language. The
parallels are obvious to enlightened
ones, in any event.
Guru has been "baptized" with fire and
power. They have died to self and now
live only to serve as empowered witnesses
of the Truth of Enlightenment - for those
who are drawn to find a teacher and a
guide to their own awakening, realization
If a guru is a bodhisattva (by any name),
they will return "full time" (beyond
time) to the astral plane upon physical
death, and "usher" into the causal plane,
those whose incarnations on earth have
finally brought them to enlightenment...
until all sentient beings are enlightened.
That is the core of their "vow".
Jesus is such a one.
Guru is already consciousnly one
with the astral light being, while
still in the physical body on earth.
Yet, of course, they are seen
in their physical body. For those
who, as Jesus said, have "ears to
hear", they speak of the Truth
that you are reading here.
It may be this "light" that guru
has been infused with that is
the empowering catalyst - known
by some as "transmission", as in when
a seeker, a sincere student, reaches
the point of emptying their mind
of concepts and "empties their cup",
that the Knowing of the Guru may
be transmitted to them - taking
them to the astral plane, and
possibly into the causal plane
of Source and full enlightenment.
There is an intermediary step,
known as the unitive experience
that some experience as a clarity
of the perfect harmony of all that
"Is" that precedes entrance into
the astral plane. Some experience
this as a "whisper" from God, a
knowing of divine presence. Others
experience this as a "naturalness",
an "Of course!" as if the harmony
had been there all the time, and
now they Know it. Many have
experienced this without a guru -
or their guru has been a sunrise,
an "out of the blue" awakening
(of sorts) in a variety of settings.
Some see this unitive experience
as "all there is" and so the debates
about enlightenment, and guru, and
transmission go on. But that's another
chapter. This email is already way
Gurus' "Knowing" and therefore
their teaching, is that enlightenment
is the destiny of humankind. They do not
know the time or the "schedule" of
the fulfillment of this destiny, and many
gurus, in their bliss and enthusiasm
for this full enlightenment of all
sentient beings, seem to over-promise
that enlightenment is available to
all who seek it. This is seen in the
many seekers who have spent time
with gurus and walked away disappointed,
as well as those who profess desperate
longing, yet after years with a guru
(or a string of gurus) are still not
awakened, realized or enlightened.
Guru "Knows" of the availability,
of the inherent ability, in all
who seek to satisfy their longing,
but the secondary identity (ego)
often interprets the guru's teachings
as some profession of personal power
or pretense, and so does not surrender
their own ego to the teachings -
even though they may say that they do.
They know in their hearts if this
is so, or not. So does guru.
This (ego) is the final stumbling block
to enlightenment. After years and
years of accepting a secondary identity
(this physical body and the linear
thought processes), it is difficult;
in fact impossible for most, to defer
to the possibility that there is
some "Power" or "Knowing" or "Source"
that is great than their seemingly
separate individual self. And so,
they do not take the final leap,
the final surrender, the ultimate
laying down of their lives, in order
to be "born again" to their primary
identity as already merged with Source.
To add some clarity here: the "final
surrender" is a sacrifice of even the
seeking - the longing to Know, to be
enlightened. Everything, every thought,
is laid down in complete and utter
willingness to "die" to Know.
This teaching can be confusing, and is
often taught as, "one should not seek",
or that "the seeking is the problem,
because you are already enlightened".
But without awakening and realization
of the enlightenment, it is not Known
to conscious perception.
Guru can only offer the Truth that
Guru Knows. When the student is ready
the guru will come into their life.
There is a huge distinction between
the student who is ready and the
student who "wishes" they were ready.
Rare few are ready. Many wish they
were ready. Some come to meditation,
as a way to reduce stress or learn
to relax, only to find a deeper longing
within, and they come to the startling
realization that they are on a quest
to know an ineffable something, that
"something missing"...and they become
Ready or not?
Sundays with Papajeff