Excerpts from the May 28, 2011 Satsang:
All that exists is consciousness. There is a play of consciousness within which, we as people live and die.
But there is part of us that does not exist, which lies entirely outside consciousness, and to which consciousness comes and shows its forms.
Nisargadatta called it the witness or the absolute, and Ramana referred to it Turyatta, beyond the four states.
The goal of advaita is to find That and then identify as that.
This is the mystery. You see, spirituality is all about identification and what you identify with.
You can identify with nothing, and become a passive witness to everything.
You can identify with the peacefulness and detachment of the Void.
You can identify with yourself as an individual.
You can identify with the many types of love and call it everything.
You also can, and most people do, identify with lots of negative mind states, such as anger, rage, depression, guilt and so forth.
And, you can get stuck in any of these identifications, and get lost in them, as I was lost in identification of the I Am with the Void.
This is where I was 4 months ago, lost in the void, with a strong sense of presence settled there, detached from the world, peaceful, and yet still fairly active.
But I was also stuck on the concepts of advaita, the four states, Consciousness, the absolute, etc.
You see there are so many spiritual concepts, so many types of Buddhism and Hiunduism, Jnana approaches to enlightenment, Bhakti approaches, Raja Yoga approaches including Kundalini, Tantric approaches using desire to obtain enlightenment, karma yoga approaches of self-sacrifice and good deeds. So many schools, gurus, teachers, all with differing paths, including psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
So what happens if we throw out all concepts and all paths?
Is it possible?
Can one be free in the moment instead of in the absolute?
Do we not get into spirituality or psychotherapy because we are stuck somewhere we don’t want to be, and all paths offered appear to offer a way out of stuckness.
For some people it is knowledge, the ultimate truths. For some love or being loved. For others it is accomplishing or creating something.
And you search for that exit until somewhere you find rest.
I found rest in an imperturbable Void, peacefulness, completeness, a strong sense of presence. But I was indifferent. I refused engagement with my students a lot.
But the love of all of you out there brought me back into life, into engagement, into caring.
Freedom is the ability to either follow consciousness as it takes you through differing states, or your ability to choose your states.
It is important that you have access to a completely resting state, and one of the best is of complete love and surrender—if you can. You love completely and sort of become a puddle at the feet of your beloved, whether it be love of God, Kali, Christ, or a human lover.
One can rest too in the Void for a while.
But after awhile, you attain an ability to be at rest, or be at peace, without any concept, theory, idea or thinking. Just resting in the present with whatever that moment brings, from pain and suffering, to complete rest in God or a lover, and anything between.