Question about Michaels posting/teaching
- Question from Email:
I did not understand one thing about all that irrelevant talk that
Michael wrote. If my getting enlightened is going to depend on me
understanding gibberish such as that, I fear I'll never become
enlightened. What gives? Did that make sense to you or is it some
private joke? I'd write in the group but didn't want to offend
Michael since he is obviously someone you respect most highly. I just
thought it deserved some clarification.
***The writer has given permission to post this since being answered.
I don't even know what I am doing, so I can only guess what he is
doing, but I will give you my feeling, which is subject to change at
Michael is an enlightened man and could just keep the bliss to himself
and not share a thing. Do you know the term Bodhisattva? He's being
very generous, and is really telling it like it is, and sometimes
does it from the nondual perspective, but most often with a wit and
looseness not found easily or often. In the last few years, this
"Nondual" method of enlightenment has grown like wildfire. What you
will commonly find is a teacher - and there are alot of them now -
whose technique is to throw everything back on the seeker by asking
them "Who are you?", "Who is saying this", and a few other very
similar cliches that are intended to draw the seeker to look within
and awaken to the present moment and inner Witness that is not their
body, emotions, mind/ego. This mimics the method used by the great
Indian saint, Ramana Maharshi. Many of these teachers went to India,
were in the presence of one of Maharshi's disciples (most usually
Papaji), had a high experience, and thought they got enlightened and
had been commissioned to enlighten others. They copied the "Who are
you" method and started teaching. The emphasis is on not having to
meditate, pray, gain mastery over their desires, or anything. You
just have to see the Reality that is everpresent and that seeking of
any kind prevents you from experiencing. The seeking is considered
the suffering. Anyway, Michael points you to this without the pompous
"higher then thou" persona that some of these teachers take on. He
has fun being free of both seeking and having to play what I (and
others) call being a Ramana parrot. Lets look at one of the posts:
how many times you done read it
been told by your own guru
felt it to be true
and wanted it oh so much!
still though didn't understand it?
yo! dudes and dudettes!
still silly old IT - michael
See - Michael has actually told you what one of the other type
teachers would have taken hours or a weekend seminar to share, in
just a few words. IE: You don't have to look anywhere, or do anything,
just BE, because "you are". As we used to say back in hippie days,
can you dig it?
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> See - Michael has actually told you what one of the other typeanything,
> teachers would have taken hours or a weekend seminar to share, in
> just a few words. IE: You don't have to look anywhere, or do
> just BE, because "you are". As we used to say back in hippie days,Thank you, Bob and no_reply.
> can you dig it?
You know how many times it has been said - you are what you seek?
The kingdom of heaven is within. Be as child?
And gee, such lovely words. We like to frame them up in nice frames
and admire them, point to them and cherish them. Ah, but when we
start to take them to heart! Oh my!
loveya - michael