“The final goal”

Call it what you will, the final goal, the supreme reality, kingdom of heaven, enlightenment, self-realisation or simply a return to the natural self as I like to think of it.

By its very nature, the immensity of this state of being is only ever truly understood once arrived at. It could not be otherwise because the very act of realisation, the claiming as one’s own, comes about by way of understanding.

Before this stage is reached and one of the obstacles to it, is simply the fact that it is incorrectly seen as a resting place, perhaps the ultimate resting place. In a sense this is partly true, for coming to know One-self is the ultimate relief, and an integral part of that relief is the knowing that this peace can never again be lost.

However, in order to clarify things and perhaps assist you in the deepening of the all-important understanding, you should know, that far more than being “just” a resting place, this most desirable state of utter fulfilment is predominantly a launching platform. When you rotate into this new, most magnificent reality that is the birthright of every being, it is finally seen for what it really is, a starting point for high adventure.

The miserable, illusory and petty life you once lived and were so attached to is traded in for something incomparably more exhilerating, love-filled and wonder-full, and so if you could fully comprehend at least this part in its entirety, then the mustering up of energy required to do what needs to be done becomes a non-issue and the “final goal” is yours for the taking.

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What do you do when all your Christmases come at once and are here to stay?

This is a serious question.

How do you or would you handle a situation (call it what you will) where suddenly you find yourself in a position where everything in your existence has fallen into place in an unshakeable, irreversible kind of way? What to do, if anything?

How would you be if you conquered this life (your self) to the point where no more could possibly be added to your state of utter love, bliss & fulfilment & no thing could be taken away?

What would remain? What would be left to do?

 

 

Freedom from the “what next” compulsion

Being free from the obsession of “what next” isn’t so much a thing that you consciously go out to achieve but rather something you notice, like a persistent itch that suddenly stops. And what a relief it is to be focused in the present moment, not for the moment, but abiding there (here, now) permanently.

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.

There’s not much to add to a brilliant quote like this is there? and if so, the only purpose would be to help you keep it in mind a little longer. I’ll let you contemplate upon this one for yourself.

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.

Live your life intelligently, with the interests of your deepest self always in mind.

After all, what do you really want? Not perfection; you are already perfect. What you seek is to express in action what you are. For this you have a body and a mind. Take them in hand and make them serve you.

To imagine that some little thing — food. sex, power, fame — will make you happy is to deceive yourself. Only something as vast and deep as your real self can make you truly and lastingly happy. The self is universal and its aims are universal. There is nothing personal about the self. Increase and widen your desires till nothing but reality can fulfil them. It is not desire that is wrong, but its narrowness and smallness. Desire is devotion. By all means be devoted to the real, the infinite, the eternal heart of being. Transform desire into love. All you want is to be happy. All your desires, whatever they may be, are expressions of your longing for happiness. Basically, you wish yourself well.  

The longing to be happy is there because you love yourself. By all means love yourself — wisely. What is wrong is to love yourself stupidly, so as to make yourself suffer. Love yourself wisely. Both indulgence and austerity have the same purpose in view — to make you happy. Indulgence is the stupid way, austerity is the wise way. Once you have gone through an experience, not to go through it again is austerity. To eschew the unnecessary is austerity. Not to anticipate pleasure or pain Is austerity. Having things under control at all times is austerity. Desire by itself is not wrong. It is life itself, the urge to grow in knowledge and experience.

Live an orderly life, but don’t make it a goal by itself. It should be the starting point for high adventure.

Exponential Joy

When you begin to move more towards the realization of unity (the goal of all spiritual practice) and away from separation, you open yourself up to the great gift of exponential joy.

What this means is that you are able to derive and benefit from anyone and everyone else’s joy as if it were your very own, which of course in reality it is.

From my own experience this is one of the most fundamental factors in recognizing one’s degree of connection to Source. To some of us this comes most naturally while for others, a little more focus applied in this direction is needed.

When we share our positive experiences with others, when we talk about some wonderful and uplifting things that we have experienced, it is possible to observe to what degree the person listening is connected and benefiting from what we are saying. In some people we can easily see that they literally light up and partake fully in the joy that is being offered and transferred. Other people seem to switch off very quickly or we can sense envy and sadness which is caused by their assuming a position of separation. They feel left out, thinking how unfortunate it is that they also couldn’t experience directly the joy that you are trying to describe and share.

Know that it is possible to participate in the happiness of others with at least the same intensity as the original experiencer and the way to it is through realizing yourself as united, intimately connected as one inseparable being that expresses itself through endless forms for no other reason than to experience the bliss of recognizing itself as the One.

 All joy is mine and belongs to me, I am it.