'Be As You Are',
edited by David Godman
- especially the first 55 pages.
The biggest delusion is that there IS something called enlightenment - a final goal. There is no final goal.
That is maya - the carrot and the stick - putting the whole deal in the human context - something at our minds can really get to grips with.
The mind likes the story - the story of 'me' that overcomes all the obstacles, continues despite suffering, finds the way out, works hard at it and finally achieves it. The happy ending - all a story.
"Enlightenment will bring an end to my suffering - it is the end of my problems. I will be alright then. Life will be great then. I will be happy then. I will be enlightened, so I will understand it then".
As Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (Buddhist Teacher) said
"Enlightenment is the great and final disappointment, the dissolution of all our egoic fantasies and grand hopes."
The delusion of enlightenment is the first of the Two Truths of Buddhism - which is that things 'are as they appear'. Humans are as they appear. Enlightenment is as it appears.
Not True - we are not the one we think we are and there is no separate 'Module of Consciousness' that is 'me'. There is literally no-one to get enlightened. It is ALL Maya.
Right Understanding means understanding it as it really is - not merely as it appears to be. What it appears to be in these cases is false and that is the truth of 'what appears to be'.
"Seeing the false as false, is meditation. This must go on all the time."
The truth is seen by seeing through 'what appears to be' to what is true underneath.
We can go through our lives locked in the dream of 'me' where everything IS as it appears. At least it seems that way and a conviction can be resolutely maintained that it actually is like that. The Truth!
Once that is seen through - or the smallest doubt about the apparent truth of it happens - it starts to open the floodgate. The floodgate opens and the realizations and insights just flow and flow.
That is what it is all about. Awareness is aware. See-ING. See-ING is a verb - it is an action that only occurs in the immediacy of the present moment. Understand-ING is a verb. It is alive in the immediacy. Know-ING is a verb - in the immediacy as well. Only the ALIVE actions are in the immediacy of the present instant - all the others are just recordings, replays or even endless replays.
In the immediacy of the present moment there is no concept of time and no sense of self. It is the only place where Aliveness is, where universal, eternal, impersonal Awareness is. Where Consciousness is. Where God is.
There cannot be a static state of having 'achieved it', 'I am enlightened', 'I have awoken'. There is no permanent state - that is also delusion. The actuality is a 'movement' as Krishnamurti put it - a verb.
Nisargadatta has said "Liberation is from the person .. not of the person"
Very soon it is back in the egoic dream and suffering resumes as normal. The attempt to embody what has been 'achieved' is started - trying to wring the last bit of value out of a (dead) realization. "If only I could live that". The horse has already bolted.
All that is left is what was always there - the impersonal - Aliveness. That which you can only point to and which words cannot describe.
We literally are what we seek and can never be other than that.
There is no end to the unfolding and there is no place where you can say "I understand it all now" or "I have arrived" - both are PAST tense - locked in time. Both of the 'person' and part of the story.
The Live ones are in the immediacy of the present moment.
There is no shortage of them. They do not run out.
As 'Sailor' Bob says
"Truth or Reality cannot be stored, cannot be amassed--it does not accumulate.
The value of any insight, understanding or realisation can only be in the ever-fresh presence of the moment.
Yesterday's realisation is not a bit of good. Now it is dead. Now it has lost it's vitality.
It is useless to try and cling to or hold onto an insight, an understanding, or a realisation, for only in it's movement can there be the enabling of ever-fresh and new insights of Truth or Reality to appear.
The idea of enlightenment or self-realisation as a onetime event or a lasting and permanent state or experience is an erroneous concept.
Understand-ING or know-ING is alive in the immediacy which can never be negated.
The emphasis is on the activity of know-ING which is going on as the immediacy now -- not the dead concept 'I understand' or 'I know'"
Francis Lucille says
"Once enlightenment has taken place, the process of self inquiry continues effortlessly. The attention spontaneously reverts to the source at the end of each thought and feeling and there is no need to focus the attention any longer.
The process of self realization continues spontaneously until the body-mind-world firmly abides in peace and happiness."
Written by Mike Graham 2 Apr 2008, last edited 27 Apr 2008