The ultimate non-dual transgression
No need for sleep these days after a thundering realization from our first "Friendship", a study in co-discovery.
Even after a 100 years, neo-advaita must be very delicate, because it is in no way comfortable talking in "any-man's" language. It even seems that the more rigorous advaita is, in avoiding John Doe's question with another question ("who is it that is asking that question"), the more it is prized as the regal jewel. Witness Tony Parsons, Sailor Bob, John Wheeler and others. These guys can only live by throwing "breakthrough imagery", some kind of total disconnect to what the subject's normal mind pattern contains. Maybe there's a need for that? And it does seem to get results, for a microscopic minority. That Lottery percentage is still enough to keep the rest of us going.
I always wondered why Truth is so ineffectual in showing up in people's lives? It has to be the ultimate hype? I also believe that "teaching" offered by every Tom, Dick and Harry is actually damaging. I have acquaintances that swear that they are enlightened for years, and can't even get a job as a bus driver. That would be okay, if they were living a life of joy. But not so, their energy feels as detached as a zombie.
Even Chris Hebard, yesterday posted an apology on Stillnessspeaks to a reader's accusation, "Come on, Chris, you are so full of s*** with this intellectual stuff, which you think is superior to I Am. You can't let go of intellect." To Chris's credit he responded, "To those who might share this view, I humbly respond: Please forgive me." Richard probably doesn't have much of that problem, being more of a bozo than an intellect. My apologies will take on a different tone.
Today I am here to say that the teacher/student relationship is the culprit. Any time someone plants an image in your mind that was pre-prepared, that is a dualistic violence. Many deny being a "teacher" but it doesn't matter what they say. If I go to them expecting to get something, and they come to me expecting to transmit something, that is the separation that such wisdom is tainted by. It is a pollution by a foreign image that I really have no use for. It fundamentally takes me away from this Now, sets up another benchmark, and it is a violence to non-duality. John Wheeler's grace is that he has a job, and doesn't depend on promulgating this questionable relationship.
I have seen "gurus" that ARE comfortable (truly free) talking in any language (yes English and others but) by which I mean the every day language of duality. We are led to believe that eliminating thought is a thought, (which multiplies thought), so that the only way to get a sense of non-duality is to not even tread on duality. Then we get all this contorted "politically correct" code-language.
Many will even testify that no thought of ease is any better than a thought of disease. "Thoughts are all a load of rubbish". There must be a great fear of being caught or of circling, or of the scarcity of "no-time", even from the best teachers, and hence this violent insertion of "ringer" no-ideas.
The alternative is co-discovery and co-creation, one step at a time among peers. In truth we are all peers, let's just drop the pretenses. Maybe it is through venues like this forum? Maybe it is our new series "Friendship", a teacher-less peer to peer learning?