November 26

Awake and Awakening

Both the waking and dreaming are waking states when actually experienced. That state in which you remain at any particular moment is then considered to be the waking state and more real than any other.

What I’m speaking about is not a state. It is That which knows each state: the absence of phenomena, the observing of phenomena and the interaction with phenomena.

The question that normally arises from this is: “What do I need to do to see this?”

However, such a question reveals a lack of understanding. For that which is always there, there is nothing to do.

The arrival of understanding erases everything. It becomes clear that no reflection exists prior to the mirror. As such, one is the source of everything.

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November 19

On Seeking

There are many ways in which people use the spiritual process. For some people, spirituality and all the talks, retreats, and satsangs are just an escape from life.

For others, it’s purely intellectual entertainment.  A few people want to bring about some change in their life; they want to become a little more peaceful, a little more loving. It’s sort of a Spring cleaning and polishing.

Finally, there are a scant few people who are actually looking for transformation. I’m not equating that with change here. Change means improvement of some aspect of self. Transformation means nothing of the old remains. The old is torn down to make way for the new.

People seek what they don’t have. If they don’t have health, they seek health as if it is the ultimate thing. If they don’t have money, they seek money as if it is the ultimate. If they don’t have love, they seek love.

When someone goes by this process of asking for what (s)he does not have, they have initiated an endless process.

It seems to be taking you somewhere, but it does not really take you anywhere that really matters. Yet you tell yourself that if you don’t seek, if you don’t desire, you don’t go anywhere.

Whether you seek money, or love or knowledge, or God, it’s all desire. The object of desire just changes the direction of your seeking, but it does not change the process of life. And the essence of life rests in its process, in how you are experiencing it right now.

To experience life in a better way, changing the objects of desire is not going to make much of a difference. It is the way we handle the process which is going to make the difference.

Then, one sees that what was really sought all along was the absence of desire.

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November 4

Brain Musings

The brain is, for all intents and purposes, a sixth sense organ. It gathers all the data from the five other senses and forms concepts and representations that comprise the world as it seems to appear. When perception is converted into conception, I-am, the sense of being, is converted into I am this and that.

This is self consciousness whose arrival is like walking into a room wherein the floor, the walls and the ceiling are covered in mirrors. In an instant, you are surrounded by “others”, fear arises and survival programs, previously dormant, go online.
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One is the brain’s readiness to perceive brain patterns even in random phenomena. The other is its readiness to nominate agency —intentional action — as the cause of natural events. The brain is always seeking to find meaning in the information that pours into it. Once it has constructed a belief, it rationalizes it with explanations, almost always after the event.

The brain thus becomes invested in the beliefs, and reinforces them by looking for supporting evidence while blinding itself to anything contrary. One could say that it has a predisposition to the status quo.
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Here’s the paradox: The brain cannot know what is beyond the brain, but the brain is known by what is beyond it.
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There are no colored objects out there; there are just wavelength mixtures. The green, and the red, and all the colors you experience are properties of the internal models your brain creates of reality.
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Intellect, imagination, cognition, emotion, identification, and sensations are all inextricably related, comprising the individual and the totality of its objective experience.

However, at their root, each is no more than an occurance in the brain.
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The pseudo-subject is the brain’s way of creating a frame of reference; it answers the question “How does this latest perception relate to me?”

If no relation can be made, the perception is discarded and it’s on to the next perception. Once you can see this as a process, you find yourself standing outside of it.
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The brain and the body cannot be treated as separate. They are a singular, integrated whole. The personality is how the brain “does business” via the body. Don’t become distracted by the notion of “mind”. Mind equals brain process; it’s another object of perception. That’s it.

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