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Non-duality : The Treasure of Enlightenment

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Non-duality : The Treasure of Enlightenment

The external world is a collective reflection of our individual states of being. All of our experiences are reflections of our present quality of relationship. Everything that we are experiencing is completely appropriate in regards to our present condition of awareness. Everything including our present experience is acceptable and appropriate for the processes of our conscious development. The circumstance of our existence is meant to be, it is God’s will for it to be this way. If we are to enjoy Satsang we must not be in duality about non-perfection. Satsang is about freedom from preferences. True happiness is about transcendence of doubt. To be in Satsang is to be in utter joy in the midst of apparent pain, suffering and death. Conditional existence is just a limitation, the ego is always trying to make conditional existence into something other than what it is. The way is to transcend the inherent nature of conditions. To enjoy and love life in the midst of pain and suffering is the enjoyment of Satsang. When you realize your native condition, you will not be in despair about the quality of your experience, you will simply be happy. Non-duality is the essence of Satsang, it is the treasure of true enlightenment.

 


The Enjoyment of Satsang

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The Enjoyment of Satsang

Our conventional inclinations are not an expression of happiness. The way of happiness is through the transcendence of our egoic inclinations. As your understanding intensifies you will gradually minimize, or abandon the gestures that diminish happiness, and you will begin to disregard the gestures that express unhappiness. This is the true spiritual work of sadhana as the enjoyment of satsang will increase as a progressive result of the intensification of this sadhana. As you are purified you will become more and more capable of enjoying real happiness. This is the progressive process of way of satsang, or enlightenment. The intuition of our native condition is the enjoyment of satsang.   

 


The Pitfalls of Sadhana

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The Pitfalls of Sadhana

They [people] like not being afraid; they like feeling safe and secure. But what I’m saying to you is that you are already safe and secure in God, and you basically have identified with things that are temporary, and associate that with your security and that’s why you feel threatened.  Conditional existence has no security; there is no stability in anything that is temporary.  Our existence is only momentary, it’s like grasping at something that’s here for a moment and then it’s gone. 

So we get into that kind of process, through the process of being born. We become identified with objects, states, conditions that we find consoling.  

It basically springs out of individuation.  Out of that comes the desire to seek.  So when you are talking about happiness or enlightenment, you are talking about completion, actually being full.  It’s like having everything you want out of life and not being afraid to die anymore. 

Basically, the whole society is driven on people avoiding this understanding.  In essence, the ego tends to avoid Reality.  So the ego survives by living in fantasies, or illusions. With actual teachers, their job is to communicate Reality.  And ultimately, when we are talking about Reality, we are talking about something that you can’t communicate through words. 

So the problem is that people have a lot of ideas about what Reality is, that are false.  So people are living in a false reality, they are deluding themselves.  And the reasons you have so many misconceptions in spirituality is because all conceptions are false.  Basically, enlightenment can’t be achieved.  So when people say they have achieved it, they are deluding themselves.  It’s actually a big risk, under ‘sadhana’ [picks up sheet of paper and reads], *it says, ‘one of the big risks of sadhana, spiritual work, is increased ego.’  Because what happens is that you start thinking you are ‘spiritual’, when you are still just as egoic as you were before. But now you are calling it ‘spiritual’.  Sort of like saying, ‘I’m being spiritual now,’ when they are seeking just as much as they were before.  So you find that, just like you were saying in that movie, people will spend time with gurus and follow them around and that whole time they believe they are being spiritual, when really they are actually brainwashed.    

*Hermes is referring to one of the pitfalls as outlined in samasti sadhanaSadhana is a spiritual practice done for the purpose of attaining higher aims such as liberation (moksha) or enlightment.  Samasti sadhana is the higher form of niskam sadhana, of which is only possible with a correct guru.  Samasti sadhana benefits both the individual and the community, instead of solely the individual who is practicing sadhana as in the other forms, I.E. niskam sadhana, and vyasti sadhana.

(This is a transcript from a talk given by Hermes in 2012)

Copyright © Hermes 2012

 


The Way is Tapas

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The Way is Tapas

The quickest and easiest way to relief is not always best for our development. The best thing I can do for you is to get you to confront your difficulties. It may be tough now but if you confront your errs you will begin to enjoy more happiness. The way is tapas; it is a process of recognition and purification. When you are purified of the modalities that are causing your suffering you will be happy.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.” Many will console you for profit, I am here to help you understand.   


Love Liberates Us from Suffering

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Love Liberates Us from Suffering

The Reason that we are suffering is because we don’t love; if we love we are happy. The purifying force of love liberates us from the things that make us unhappy. Where there is real love there is only Happiness.

                                                                                                                                  Hermes


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