The teacher

Advaita Post, 14 #3


Text satsang

An Advaita talk with Douwe Tiemersma, Rotterdam, January 24, 1980

The teacher

I have experienced that the trust in someone who “is standing on the other side” is very important for the final release. Letting go of everything doesn’t just happen. It concerns that which you unconsciously thought was the basis of your own existence. Then that trust is extremely important. That you believe someone when he says: “You are Brahman”. When you believe it, it is also so; from the one moment to the next you see it. One minute you’re still conditioned, the next moment there is the unlimited Reality. Because you unconditionally believe it, you see it. For most people that seems to be difficult. There are hundreds of people who come to great masters and there’s only just a few who accept it and so realize the Ultimate.

See the limitations of your ‘I’ increasingly clearly and realize that you are the Self, as free being-awareness, in which your whole world can dissolve. Imagine yourself open for that. Believe in it, so that you see it. Give yourself over to it. It is similar to allowing the ‘I’ to collapse into a deep abyss. When you dare to jump into the abyss you have overcome all fear. When that doesn’t happen you continue to hold on tightly to yourself and you remain stuck in limitation. There is a fear-of-death phase for the little ‘me’ who wants to survive. This is overcome when you have a great confidence in the space in which you will land, a trust that you will be received. A guru can be of inestimable significance for this, yet not as a person, but rather because you see that he is the space. In him you see that this is possible. Then you just let it happen.

You have been practicing yoga for years and you think, “this is my path”. You have an idea of ​​progress. When you look back you see that you were very different a number of years ago, that it’s better now. You live life more relaxed, more aware, healthier and you think you’ve traveled a good distance along the path. But when you are fully engaged with yoga, there is no past anymore. Every moment can be new. You can let go of the old every moment, the old ideas about the goal, about liberation. See that it’s about this moment, now. The ideas belong to the past, to a rigid and limited ‘I’. The ‘I’-thought is glued onto all concepts. The ‘I am’ in the ideas about conception, birth and death. Bring these points of your ego together, here before you. You can grab it just like that and in this way it can disappear. The ‘I am’ is everything. Experience it and see it very clearly. Then the realization of the highest reality can come.




Letter from Douwe about the Foundation Openness / Advaita Center after his death.


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