To know when enough is enough is contentment.
No millionaire can equal the deep peace and contentment that wisdom and genuine spiritual understanding brings. The middle path or balance of equanimity between the opposite extremes of loving and hating is Yoga.Yoga in Sanskrit means union or joining of the individual and supreme Soul. However the true yoga or the Nisarga yoga, referred to by Nisargadatta Maharaj as your ‘Natural State’, is this awareness-knowing-ness which is ever-present – and to which everyone is – and always and already joined – never dis-joined.This supreme yoga is always and already accomplished.Hence true yoga is no-yoga.
True Self is no self or Anatman in Sanskrit. To realize that there is no “me” apart from consciousness is real freedom. If there is no separate “me’ there can be no problem. All problems are problems of relationship, me and the other.If I can directly see that this empty essence from which everything springs is, as we say in Advaita, non dual, unicity, not two, then all so called problems can be resolved, not by any person, but simply by seeing the falseness of this me or person that, previous to this, I had taken to be myself.
If there is no separate “me”, there can be no problem, and there is no relationship because everything is non dual – empty cognizance appearing as duality or multiplicity. Even though it may appear as persons and things, it never changes it’s true non-dual nature. A quote – “In the experience of yogins who do not perceive things dualistically, the fact that things manifest without truly existing is so amazing they burst into laughter.” – from ancient Dzogchen masters notes. A day will dawn when you will laugh at your past efforts. What you realize on the day you laugh is also present here and now – Omnipresent.You can’t get out of this awareness-knowingness, so what is the need to search for it? This is the cosmic joke, that that awareness or oneness imagines itself as a separate person and then proceeds to find itself.Oneness arises as two, duality or multiplicity, and then searches for it’s own absence.There is no reason for the arising of consciousness as “I am” – the manifested universe.Life has no purpose, it needs no purpose it just “is”.
Everything is causeless and un-originated.It is simply in the nature of things that endless numbers os universes into being and then pass away. – No one created this world that we seemingly inhabit, everything happens spontaneously by itself. Everything is appearing as a dynamic display of this limitless empty cognizance. This cognizing emptiness is what everything is.In this dynamic display of boundless, pure, self-shining intelligence, there is every possibility that one could conceive of , as well as possibilities that one is not even aware of. Any and everything perceivable or conceivable is always already present in this dynamic display of awareness. Awareness is nothing, no thing – not a vacuum or a void but the very animating essence or livingness of everlasting, ever-increasing life. This Life cannot know death. – Life lives on life and that is why it appears as ever-increasing – The sword can’t cut it, the fire can’t burn it, the water can’t drown it and the wind can’t dry it, simply because it contains all those things – those things do not contain it. Impersonal space like empty cognizance, and no one, not Buddha, Krishna, Christ or anyone else has ever gone beyond this nothingness, simply because it has no dimensions, no center or circumference. – And any and every reference point like me, he, she, it is invalid, because it measures itself against some other reference point eg: here and there, us, them etc.
All these reference points are only seeming reference points, imaginary, mind made creations.This being clearly seen by no one, the puppet dance of Shiva or manifestation can be enjoyed and seen for what it is – a passing show, glittering and empty of any ultimate substance – a phantom and a dream. No longer a nightmare but simply a happy dream to be enjoyed while it lasts. This doesn’t diminish the uncaused joy of life, because as it is seen that there is no free will or doer-ship there is utter freedom and spontaneous relaxation into this boundless pure livingness. One is not then living a separate life to defend or feel threatened by seeming others; there is direct realization that you as that seeming separate entity are spontaneously ‘being lived’ or ‘dreamed of’ in this limitless essence. This is freedom from the known.The known is the dead past, only dead memory and images – all your so called knowledge is only ignorance. The mind is only memory and it is clearly seen that there is no mind at all, apart from thinking or thought.
Mind is time and time is an illusion, a mental concept, there is really no such thing.Concepts and thoughts are useful in daily life, but they cannot conceive the inconceivable, they cannot grasp or understand this self-shining deathless essence that all things already are. – Knowing that, the mind gives up it’s hold over us and then becomes our servant instead of our master as it had been up until this realization.