Monday, August 07, 2006

Ramesh Balsekar on enlightenment

Balsekar  on Enlightenment 

While  the nature of sleep, trance, fainting  and death may differ somewhat, 
in each case the surrender of consciousness and individual identity  is 
essentially the same and accompanied by a loss of awareness while 
enlightenment is the surrender of consciousness and individual identity  in a state of total Awareness.

Only  when it is time in the cosmic scheme  of evolution for a particular 
psychosomatic apparatus to get enlightened can enlightenment happen.  And if that time has come, nothing in this world can prevent it from  happening. 
Nor can anything in this world make enlightenment happen if it is not  time.     

Enlightenment  is total emptiness of mind.   
There is nothing  
you can do to get it.   
Any effort you make  
can only be  
an obstruction to it.       

Real  bliss is the absence of the wanting  of bliss.  The enlightenment state 
is not wanting either bliss or anything else.       
Enlightenment  is merely an understanding in which  there is no comprehender. It is a surrender in which there is no one to surrender  anything.      
It  is vital to realize that UNDERSTANDING  IS ALL, that there is no question of  altering or amending WHAT IS, and that  therefore the very question of any  method or technique for "attaining"  enlightenment is totally irrelevant.      
Desire  refers not only to  desiring some object,
but even to the desire for enlightenment.  
The need to know, to have the knowledge of one's true nature,  
even that is a desire,  and that desire 
is by the "me."      
Self-enquiry  is the direct path to Self-realization  or enlightenment.  The only way to  make the mind cease its outward activities   
is to turn it inward. 
By steady and continuous investigation into the nature of the mind,  the mind itself gets transformed into That to which it owes its own  existence.      
The  crux of man's dilemma lies in the concept  of time.  While chasing his mythical happiness of the future, man has no time to enjoy the present 
moment.  And actually there is no such thing as the present because  by the time one thinks of it, it has already become the past.  Therefore,  what is vital is not thinking about the present but actually being the present  moment -- and that is nothing other than enlightenment.      

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