Great Expectations

Is it true that

  • Can we expect a continuous and unbroken state of extreme bliss?
  • We will experience only the positive side of Duality.

  • Can we expect to spontaneously have skills and abilities that will amaze all, especially ourselves?

  • Can we expect to be in a continuous state of stillness and no-thought?

  • Will we have a profound and deep feeling of inner Peace wherein nothing upsets us, nothing irritates us even in the slightest way?

  • Will we have a Presence and Bearing that will be instantly recognized by others?
  • We will be Saint-like, or almost so.
  • We will always respond to the present environment in a calm, peaceful and positive way and never react precipitously at all.

  • Will we have a life where nothing at all 'goes wrong'?. Will everything 'go right', as it is a manifestation of our sublime state?

  • Will we spontaneously have a deep and profound wisdom and knowledge of all aspects of life and living?
  • All aspects of our behaviour and thought will be peaceful and positive in every way, devoid of any aspects of the 'bad' side of duality.

  • Will we spontaneously have knowledge and understanding that will enable us to become very, very, very rich? Oh - Yes! - and very very famous too?

  • Will so-called 'negative emotions' have no place at all in our life and consciousness?

  • Will we never feel disgruntled, never feel sadness or grief or exasperated, never feel 'a bit flat'?

The list could go on.

There are two good questions to ask about this list

  1. 'Who' would be there to 'have' all those things?

    This question is asked on the basis that our true nature, Awareness / Consciousness, is non personal - meaning that there is no entity or identity there to 'have' those attributes.

  2. How many of the above are about acquiring satisfactory things, or about avoiding unsatisfactory things? (Cherry picking the dualistic world)

    So you can cross all of those out.

Quoting Nisargadatta Maharaj

"Liberation is never of the person, it is always from the person."

"A man's desire for a woman is innocence itself compared to the lusting for an everlasting personal bliss."

The so-called 'spiritual quest' has got nothing to do with personal enhancement or personal improvement by accumulating 'good things' and eliminating 'bad things' from your life.

The "I want this" and the "I do not want that" is all about the 'me'. It is Mind stuff. Egoic. It is all inside the dream. The dream of the 'me', the person.

The 'spiritual quest' is about two things

  1. Finding out who / what you are not.

  2. Finding out who / what you are.

All else follows from that.

It is the end of suffering, which is a by-product and not the goal.

It is the end of seeking, but not because you have found something that you did not have before.


Written by Mike Graham, 19 Jan 2008, last edited 17 Feb 2008

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Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Ramana Maharshi

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