Archive for October, 2012

The advaita meditation is not an action, but rather a release in the openness.
October 29, 2012

Advaita Post Volume 13 No. 18

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The masks, the little lives – what about yourself?

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The realization of non-duality is

the surrender

of yourself to every thing, to every living being,

is love

without holding anything of yourself back.

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Positive sounds

Several people have mentioned to me that they found the “Positive noises” in the previous Advaita Post very fine and inspiring. I indicated the risk of these texts in that same post, but the good features are also there. So here below are two more of these texts.

“These are words which dissolve all others. They touch me very deeply. Suddenly I see very clearly all these ideas … relaxation, there is no duality. There was simply a false trail (but it sure felt pretty real to follow, I must say!); back home again now, thank you.”

“I want to thank you again for the clear texts in the Advaita Post. There is a complete recognition of what you write.

I am very happy that I was able to share during the last two satsangs about the stranglehold in my process and my dedicated but also constricting attitude.

I could see “doing” in my process so clearly and on an increasingly subtle level.  Seeing through doing and letting it go made me feel calmer.

The stranglehold, where I was stuck for so long, appears to have given itself up. I now experience real surrender through seeing: “this is it”.

To me it felt like a kind of release during the satsang.

Actually, I only just now experience that the process proceeds in a calm and natural way without a doer.

As you already said in the satsang: “The continuation of the process is not dependent on conditions”. Nothing more needs to be done, it continues by itself.

There is a depth of self-being which I  fully recognize as my authentic self and within which everything can continue normally.

Also there is the recognition, like an intimate knowing, of that about which nothing can be said, but is experienced, as you have so beautifully expressed.”

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Text Satsang

 The universal opening of the individual sphere

An Advaita talk with Douwe Tiemersma, Gouda, September 19, 2007

It continues to be about the opening of yourself on all levels: your opening in consciousness, but also opening up in your feelings. When there is a low level of consciousness the process of opening depends on conditions. You can experience that for example, during a vacation in a beautiful landscape. Then everything can be open, you become one with the landscape. But it’s important to become acquainted with the processes of opening and closing within their situation, because only then does  it become apparent that the openness is always independent of conditions and is always present.

There are mainly mental processes up to a certain level. When you notice, for example, that there is a concentration or a restriction in your attention, that you have blinders on, then you simply take a more precise look at this energetic concentration through which the blockage has arisen. From there the attention can open up. You can orient yourself more expansively, experience a wider horizon in a very literal way. The orientation then is no longer focused on something that consciousness can bump up against but it becomes more spacious. Just try it: you focus yourself in a concentrated way on the wall, the lamp, or something that you hear. From there suddenly the whole attention can open up. This happens quite literally. You will have to experience that quite concretely, otherwise it doesn’t work. Find out what it means to look at things and what it means when the consciousness situation suddenly opens infinitely, in all directions. Through knowledge and practice the opening of yourself becomes less and less dependent on conditions.

The advaita path can be very direct. This immediacy presupposes that you have a base in which this openness is already present. When this sphere is clearly there, you have nothing more to do than relax within it. But as long as this openness isn’t there, apparently something will have to happen. To a certain extent a practice is needed in order to reveal this openness very clearly. When the mind is slow and limited, something will need to happen from consciousness to facilitate this opening. When it concerns the radical openness, this openness will need to be so strongly present that it no longer disappears. That means that there will need to be a total dedication to this openness. But be careful: it’s not an orientation towards something. It is simply an orientation to openness. It’s a kind of meditation without an object. At first just hold it as consciousness of ‘space’, but space in its purest form, total space.

Of course, it’s about yourself as feeling consciousness. Consciousness and feeling will need to come together. It is your feeling consciousness which opens itself infinitely in all directions: left, right, forwards, backwards, up, down. Take a precise look. It’s a continuous inquiry. What happens when this meditation propels itself? This universal infinity-dimension remains present in all directions. It is your own sphere, your own feeling consciousness. It is a universal opening of your self-being. This will need to be experienced very concretely. It’s like a tactile sense that expands itself. Feeling sense-wise you experience everything sensitively into infinity.

When you really go along into the infinite there is no separation any longer between inside and outside. What happens then with your center? Do you see that that’s going to dissolve? That ego center is no longer there because that limited self-being is now an unlimited self-being. This infiniteness is not infinitely far away rather it is incredibly near. Everything that is not infinite is going to dissolve.

Since this infinity is everywhere, even there where that center was, there’s nothing more to do. But that only applies to this sphere. In the initial situation of limited consciousness and feeling of course something will certainly need to happen. Wakefulness will need to arise, so that an opening can come there. When you in this stage, say: I can’t do anything to achieve enlightenment so I’ll just sit still, what’s your situation like then? Then there is closedness, limitation, dullness. In this situation it’s necessary that you become more awake, otherwise nothing happens. Only when this openness reveals itself so thoroughly that it never disappears there’s just a release into this sphere of openness. That’s no longer an action rather it’s a letting go of everything.

The meditation on openness will therefore need to develop so that everything is at stake, your whole existence. And then you no longer say: I meditate on something. Then there’s always still someone who is meditating. This someone is the starting point and all kinds of things are retained within that. When it really opens up in the infinite, then doesn’t everything fly away? The whole center of yourself disappears. Does it happen like this? Take a look for yourself. Does it happen completely or does it stop somewhere?

So as you continue you lose yourself?

You notice that. It’s about you expanding yourself universally as feeling consciousness. Because it’s universal it’s not stuck to a particular form. It’s a little bit like the Big Bang. First there is a tense energy and then suddenly: the universe expands into infinity. You can also experience it like a balloon that expands. At a certain moment the balloon bursts. What happens then?

In the beginning meditation is just a psychological trick, a little technique. When you apply yourself earnestly to it, even on the psychological level it already yields quite a lot. When you start with it from this personal ‘I’-situation, then you notice that it’s joyful when a little more space comes. That’s the basis on which it can continue. Still more space arises, still more joy,  infinite space arises, infinite joy. That’s no longer psychological, because then it concerns your own total being. Then there’s a state which is total. The psychology of a person has nothing more to do with that.

(A mobile phone suddenly rings)

See how quickly the attention just closes back up again? So that’s what this is about. About these very practical things. Within that the processes of opening and closing off will need to become clear. Whatever happens there’s absolutely no need for a restriction of the conscious sphere to arise there. But of course the knowledge that’s needed for that will need to prove itself in practice.

Announcements

The physical condition of Douwe has deteriorated. His weight continues to decrease and his fatigue increases. Now a few things have been done for it but the discomfort has not been ameliorated. Therefore the satsang on Wednesday, October 31 will be cancelled. We assume that the following satsang on November 7 will proceed.

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Unity and goodness become evident when you relinquish your position as observer.
October 4, 2012

Advaita Post Volume 13 No 17

The mirror is always there: reflexive consciousness
[Magritte]

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Dhan Gopal Mukerji

You are the Path


You are the Path,

And the Goal that is never reached by paths;

You are the lawful Lord,

In which all laws dissolve

As rivers in the sea.


This, I say, is silence,

A return to the origin,

Or, better yet, a return

To the will of God,

A return to what is permanent;

I call this enlightenment,

And to not know this

Is blindness which causes harm.


But when you know

That which never changes,

Then you have found your own shape

And that brings justice along with it.

Justice is royal

And royalty is divine

And divinity is the Path

That ultimately is.


Further Reading: Classical texts [not translated]

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Positive sounds

Emails have been coming in, not only with problems and questions, but also with many positive messages. These weren’t included in the Advaita Post or put on the website because before you know it you’re in the arena of advertising for an individual business.

Still, maybe it’s good just to show something of the breakthroughs that occur, if only because this can function in a stimulating and inspiring way for others. These are two examples.

“From this depth the world is

just an outer shell.

My core

is free of it there.

What a wonderful discovery.

That which I really am,

has nothing to do with life and death.

Oh, so wonderful.

I’m not this shell.

Thank you, thank you, thank you,

It is so moving

to know what I am

free from the form,

subtly present in the world of being.

So that’s how it is … ”

“… I think your teaching has performed miracles. Everything has become LUCID, but also totally normal. It’s as though you’re living in two worlds that intermingle and are one. …

In the last 30 days I have RADICALLY done what Douwe told me to do, experience your bodily feeling-consciousness as INFINITE space. Just do THIS and stop with all the chatter in your head …. THEN THE GREAT SELF takes over from there with MUCH GREATER AWARENESS. NOW it actually goes by itself. IT is Knowing WITHOUT THINKING!!!!, much faster than your tiresome puttering and you really have no interest in that any more; you’d much rather stay unfocussed … ABSORBED in the whole SUBTLE!

I still thought like the other teachers say, that you couldn’t do ANYTHING; actually what bullshit… “

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Text Satsang

An Advaita talk with Douwe Tiemersma, Schiermonnikoog, June 20, 2012

Insight only on the level of consciousness is still not realization

Many people have difficulty with the transition from the observer’s point of view to a totally open sphere of infinite being. We have already confirmed that the transition happens by itself because there is no longer an ‘I’ that can do something. But that naturally occurring process will only take place when you have truly stabilized at the perspective of the observer. If you are easily distracted, you’re right back to the mental or material viewpoint. So stay in the spacious sphere of that perceiving consciousness. Of course that consciousness is already infinite, but still there’s always an observing viewpoint and an object space in which things appear.

You will want to remain on level of the observer for a long time, until you become aware of yourself anew there and the process continues. That only happens when you find it to be the most important. If other things are more important to you, your attention is focused there and there’s a concentrated, focused form of consciousness. Invariably when you have become distracted by something in the outside world or internally in your mind, you again have the old restrictive situation in which you’re stuck to a small, limited location. Gradually you come to know the value of remaining on the level of the observer. When you have recognized how important and valuable it is, then you can always stay there. Then that is the most important for you. Then the further release goes by itself.

Many people surely find this interesting, it fits into their lifestyle, but fundamentally nothing changes. It needs to be total for something fundamental to change. What does that mean? It needs to totally come into the fore. I can refer to it and it remains to be seen whether it occurs. But I can certainly say that those who have ever really gone along with this process of total breakthrough had that attitude. Because this was the most important, the rest could fall away. Despite all the interest in advaita the number of people who have actually proceeded is very small – because it requires everything. Who is ready for that? It will just be apparent. So it’s all connected to your orientation. This sphere of your orientation is more important than the content of your action within that sphere. The way in which you are and the way in which you do things is more important than what you do. At a certain moment it no longer matters what you do. But you will need to be totally present in that process.

Could you go a little deeper into the importance of insight and total involvement?

First insight will need to be there, the recognition of what is most important to you. You will have to get to know it, but initially it’s not present in a stable manner. When you remain alert, it can stabilize. Through this you will increase your outlook on the level of clear insight: This. It doesn’t take place on the level of mental consciousness. Mental consciousness is always mediated by all different kinds of ideas, thoughts, words, patterns. You withdraw and see these patterns from the level of insight. From there you confirm directly what’s important and what’s not important. You’re not reasoning from the mental level. Ask yourself: what about myself? This sphere with this external view through which I see everything, that’s my most important position. What I see is much less important than the way in which I see it. I am conscious on the level of insight.

Of course, there is also an emotional side. Clear consciousness by itself doesn’t have so much force. Something can certainly be confirmed, but it will need to become total. The whole feeling sphere will have to go along with it. You can say a hundred times that you are not the body, but whether that is actually realized is another thing. When the body falters and the end is in sight, then too don’t you easily say: of course, my own being isn’t dependent on what happens to the body? Insight only on the level of consciousness is still not realization. It will have to concern all aspects of yourself. It will need to be a very concrete experience. Of course the ordinary life, reasonably adapted to society, can continue more or less in the old way although a crack is always possible. But you are genuinely interested in how it goes, your actual attention, your heart is there in the reality of the great being-awareness. And of course that doesn’t correspond with what is commonplace within society. When you are grasped by the open sphere then the importance of all other things falls away. They are relative with respect to the one which then functions as the center.

This spacious sphere becomes the framework within which phenomena arise and can be accepted, in which life goes on. We all want to live together in a good way, everyone agrees with that. What does this ‘good’ mean for co-existence? It means that there is a feeling for each other and a togetherness. On a certain level there are no separations, there is a non-duality. Don’t focus on all the many details in which we differ, but focus increasingly on this non-duality. Then you will feel contact with it and the sphere will become steadily stronger. This non-duality doesn’t mean that everything is the same but rather that there is a unity which carries everything along. This unity, which is also goodness, becomes very evident when you relinquish your position as the observer.