RE: [Meditation Society of America] Neanderthals and Einsteins in Spirituality
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto: email@example.com ] On Behalf Of sandeep chatterjee
Sent: June-03-10 9:47 PM
Subject: [Meditation Society of America ] Neanderthals and Einsteins in Spirituality
Espied the phrase "Neanderthal in Spirituality" in one of the posts on another List.
Intriguing phrase, which speaks more about the one through which it erupted..... .
.... than the one the phrase was aimed at.
"Neanderthal in Spirituality" ......obviously assumes and rests on the premise of an "Einstein in Spirituality" .
For the assumption of any state of beingness/expertise /talent/ value....... ..will need a contrasting and thus different state.....in order for it's own self definition to exist and be of relevance.
Contrasting positions/state births the idea of a process between the positions... ......which thus immediately assumes duration and thus time in which the process is to unfold.
And an investment in the direction of the process.
For example it is clear that the usage of the phrase .......is an investment that "Einstein in Spirituality" ......... .is at a higher, more desirable, more wanted state .....than the poor Neanderthals.
The investment in the need of a process, duration, time, direction is thus the investment in the distinction between the alpha and the omega, the Sansar and the Nirgun Brahman, the identified and the let-go, materialism and spirituality( however such distinctions are defined).
Investment in the distinction( any distinction) ......will bring in schools of thought and the investment inter-alia these various schools as to which is the best(more distinctions) way to bridge the gap between alpha and omega.
Thus the whole cacophony between Self-Enquiry and Zen..... Bhaktic-devotion versus witnessing-meditati on....... .. .. Nishkama Karma(acting with out concern for the results of the action) versus engaged and objective-linked- charity.. .... .
Which erupts in the usual bromides as such and such text or X. Y. Z teacher of that text is the power-house last word on the subject..... ..vis-a-vis. ...... .some other who is kindergarten stuff.
And even the cacophony between the need to do serious Sadhana/spiritual work versus everything is already the done case, so why bother doing a done case.
The investment in the need to do serious Sadhana/spiritual work......has to seriously attack, refute, keep-at-bay. ......the school of "done deal case-r(s)".. ...
...because if the done deal case-r(s)start winning..... . the proponents of the Sadhana school feel it will be publicly exposed as a dud cheque.
The investment to seriously attack, refute, keep-at-bay by the "done deal case-r(s) of all spiritual work.......is really a fear that maybe these guys are onto something.
The existing in the field of spirituality. .....of the same mind-set.... .which sees a distinction( really does not see, but is the very prevailing sense of distinction) ......
.....and thus a sense of investment in one hoopla and rejection of the other......
.....is due to the conclusion of perceiving of how things have evidently played out in the so defined mundane world of materialism.
Aka, in order to get ahead you had to be at the top of your class.
Whether that class was an academic one, or a soccer field or relationship platform, some societal unit, or a professional field.
Each of these arenas(whether one was a success story or a failure in any one of them)....... .....is intrinsically defined on distinctions and an investment into that distinction.
Aka "this" is better than "that" and thus obviously "this" has to be pursued, progressed-towards, grasped, reached, attained.
"This" could be market share of a produced thingy...... ...or a complete mastery of another thingy named "I AM THAT" .
The confabulations in and as the pursuit of "this"...... which intrinsically has to be the avoidance of "that"...... ..no doubt does provide in some instances the sense of having "this" fully in one's grasp.
Till another distinction replaces the previous one........and the confabulations of an another round and round the "new" mulberry bush ....starts.
Seeing the transience intrinsic in the temporal.... ....the mind seeks the bliss of the eternal.
A "bliss of the eternal" .....as the new "this"...... .which the mind (thought) has itself created.
And the same drama, with new acts.......plays on.
The presence of the sense of an invested distinction is the very presence of the sense of seeking.
One cannot exist with the other.
Thus a cul-de-sac.
So now is there a new subtle distinction at play here........ in the sense of having exposed the drama......the investment that such a drama SHOULD not be allowed to be played out to the unsuspecting innocent audience?
The exposing of the drama for what it is......is a nuance of the very drama....
...and thus........ ALL IS WELL with the drama as it unfolds, exactly the way it unfolds.
Which does not mean that a leap to the safety of the side-walk does not take place when one finds oneself on the path of an oncoming bus.
But the frenzy of whether the leap is long enough, timed well enough......
..the frenzy of thought is absent.
Thus the witnessing of the presence of doing in the form Pranayam( Yoga in the medium of breath)..... ......or the cessation of such doings....
.... the engagement in discharging familial/societal responsibilities or the lack of such bothering(s) ....
....the focused attention to legally (or illegally) gather some pieces of paper of a particular kind in order to pay the bills....
....or letting someone else pick up the tab for lunch....... ..
....the entirety of the unfolding drama.....continues to unfold....with an associated absence of a stake in any particular aspect of the drama.
Even if the apparent conclusion of an observing audience ......is that of an investment.. .... such an concluding audience seen itself to being part of the same drama.
Absence of a stake....... ..as the apperceiving .....
.....that at the end of the game, both the Queen and the pawn go back o the same chess box.
And all ideations of the left Cave in the Heart and the right Cave in the Heart, the mystical union of the individuated Kundalini and Universal SheshNag(Absolute Consciousness) , the appearance of Sansar from Nirgun Brahman..... and it's merging back...
..........all such ideations .......having never ever risen in the first place.......
........the assertion, belief that they finally subside back into the Source...... ..
And the Primordial Om continues to echo to the beat of Doooo Beee Doooo Beeeee Doooo...
....alto-ing to a crescendo .........of .......LaaaaDeee Dada Dada Deeee