Are the awakened really awakened?
Recently I have heard so many people claim that they are awakened, but I have my doubts. They talk about having “seen” or discovered that the I-thought does not point to anything, and therefore all concepts are empty and even the mind is not real. Robert used to say all the time, the mind is not real, just a collection of thoughts.
Yet, if we go to the books and writings of those who claim awakening, we find incredible long treatises explaining their understanding and argumentation with others who claim to be “nothingness.”
I see many of the neo-Advaitin and Advaitin teachers of today writing long books about no mind, no self, and yet refer to Ramana Maharshi as one of their idols, even though he only talked about Self.
Go to any of the Facebook enlightenment pages, and people are arguing as to who has the best understanding post-awakening, no I, no-mind.
They all have so, so many concepts. How can anyone who has seen through the mind possible have so many concepts left over and so many moral imperatives? A teacher should be this way or that, a student should be this way or that.
I find no one on Facebook who appears really empty, except in their ability to draw conclusions and teachings about no mind and emptiness.
Don’t you see, if you see through the illusion of mind, there is nothing more to say? You see the flow of words from your mouth about awakening, emotions and consciousness is all bullcocky. It is still concepts formed from their own experience of no-I, influence by a dozen current writers on the topic from Jiddhu Krishnamurti, to U.G. Krishnamurti, to Tolle, Parsons, Sailor Bob, and many others.
Why is it that those who claim awakening are so prolific talking about their concepts of what no-mind and emptiness means, both in terms of perception, but how to live life, and even the nature of consciousness. Rather than not-knowing, they know everything.
The bone fide teacher really does not have much to say. As the Ashtavakra Gita states, he is happy, blissfully happy and Oh so lazy, saying nothing, doing nothing. Robert Adams, my teacher, rarely spoke because he knew each time he did he filled his students with concepts which later had to be destroyed. He wanted us to talk around in no-mind, letting our innate, internal and subjective brilliance to respond to the environment at every moment.
When I had my first awakening experience, I had nothing to say of my own for 11 years. What could I say that was not a lie? As Hui Neng said so clearly, “The only truth is that there is no truth; beware even of this truth.”
You see, with this understanding, post awakening, the “proper” use of language is for description and functioning in the world. Meaningful statements are, “Pass the butter please,” “What time is it?,” “How fast was I driving officer?,” or, “I only had two beers.”
A proper awakening experience virtually destroys the thinking mind, the curious and searching mind that loves pursuing knowledge and concepts.
You become empty, dumb as a rock, while your perfect, internal and subjective brilliance apprehends and appropriately responds to the world and to others. AND, you are happy! So many who claim awakening are not really happy, and why is that? Too many concepts; too many should; too much judgments, expectations. They do not rest in the happiness of no-mind, or of a minimumly functioning mind.