Many souls do not know nor understand what is meant by Enlightenment..
Therefore, I will speak of my own Enlightenment..
After many years of daily meditation and study of wisdom,
I decided to personally know the Truth of the Universe..
I wanted to know if there was a God and I wanted to know why we are here..
I decided to follow the path of Gautama the Buddha and Jesus the Christ..
I decided to sit in meditation until I learned the Truth of existence..
I would not move, nor receive food or water until the Truth was known..
I sat beneath a tree as Buddha did and meditated for about a half hour on the surrender and death of the egoic consciousness..
When the egoic mind saw that I was serious, It began to warn me of the pain of death and the fear of what is unknown..
The fear of death was a wall that was difficult to climb but I was determined to know Truth..
I said to this false power called ego,,
" I will gladly accept death to know Truth"..
I now know that the ego is the same power that tempted Jesus and Gautama..
When I died as the ego,
I fell into a black darkness of nothingness..
For a few seconds, I did not exist..
I then awakened as the Energy of Light, Love, and Consciousness..
I and the Father were One..
I understood what Jesus meant..
I understood what the Buddha meant..
I understood Reality and illusion...
I will speak more of the stories of Reality later...
"There is no creature which is not destined for the supreme goal,
as there is no river which is not winding its way towards the sea.
But only in the human form is consciousness so developed that it is capable of expressing the perfection of its own true self,
which is the Self of all.
in _LISTEN, HUMANITY_
Narrated and Edited by D.E. Stevens
NY: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1957, p. xiii
four exercises of a highly advanced metaphysical character:
(a) Meditation on the Void;
(b) Meditation on Nonduality;
(c) Meditation on Space;
(d) Meditation on Ego's non-existence.
-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 8: The Void As Contemplative Experience > # 122
The belief that You are this personality called ego is the very reason why You remain trapped within this Dream called life..
Enlightenment does not exist within the body, It is an out of body experience..
The body is an illusion that disappears upon the Awakening into Reality..
At this state of the Recognition of what and who You Are,
You Realize that life was just another Dream that You as Divine Consciousness was experiencing..
But, even Realizing that You and God are One is also an aspect of ego and must also be surrendered..
This next and final step is called 'Pure Awareness' and contains no ego or personality..
This is called ' Nothingness' and is the Source of Divine Consciousness..
This is composed of Intelligence and Love and is the Final Reality...
Upon the death of the body, will you become Free ?..
This is the point of Mysticism..
If You still believe that You are an entity called ego,
You will remain trapped within the prison of reincarnation..
You have been lied to by the masters of religion, education, government, and all other souls that seek power, wealth, and fame..
They speak of heaven and hell and tell you that you will remain a separate entity within these dreams of illusion..
If you believe them, they will prove to be true..
You are the Power that decides reality..
Remember when Jesus said; " I and the Father are One"..
There is no separate entity to exist within other dimensions..
Only those that believe that they are separate from God will remain as such..
Belief... Belief.. Belief...
As Jesus said; " If you 'Believe', and say "Mountain be moved !, It shall be"..
Your 'Belief' determines your future..
Believe that 'you' are nothing and 'You' will Awaken as Everything..
This 'you' is the small 'you' called 'false self'..
The capital 'You' is Divine Consciousness and contains no 'you'..
'You' are the Creator Self only if 'You Believe' that 'You' Are..
Until, You Believe, you remain a separate illusion of self, trapped within the continuous wheel of reincarnation and will continue to suffer..
This is why I speak often of the need to experience 'Enlightenment',
This is the surrendering of the illusion of ego and the Awakening into Divine Consciousness..
You and God are experienced as 'One'..
There is no more doubt and You will become Free within the Reality of Divine Consciousness upon the death of the body...
It is false to speak of realization. What is there to realize?
The real is as it is always.
We are not creating anything
new or achieving something which we did not have before.
The illustration given in books is this. We dig a well and
create a huge pit.
The space in the pit or well has not been
created by us.
We have just removed the earth which was
filling the space there.
The space was there then and is
also there now.
Similarly we have simply to throw out all
the age-long samskaras [innate tendencies] which are
When all of them have been given up, the Self
will shine alone.
- Sri Ramana Maharshi
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"Be As You Are"
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Edited by David Godman
Stop thinking of silence as a lack of noise -- mental noise, emotional noise, or the external noise around you. As long as you see silence as something objective, something that is not you but might come to you like an emotional experience, you are chasing your own projected idea.
Looking for silence is like being on a motorboat racing around the lake looking for a smooth spot where everything is silent, and there you are -- vroom! vroom! -- racing around with increasing anxiety that you are never going to get there.
No matter how long you raced around that lake you would never find this silence. Actually, all you have to do is throttle back and turn the key off, and then there you are. Then it is very quiet, very still.
When you start to be receptive and allowing, you start to return to your natural state, which is very quiet. Being receptive is just like throttling back. It is a natural state of quiet.
~ From: Emptiness Dancing, by Adyashanti
The teaching of nonduality is that all things are within one and the same element--Consciousness.
Hence there are no two or three or three million things and entities:
there is in reality only the One Consciousness..
-- Notebooks Category 28: The Alone >
Chapter 1: Absolute Mind > # 26