FEAR and DESIRE block your innate HAPPINESS. New MJ Awakening Blog
September 6, 2019

desires-and-transcendence

“We assume that the pleasures we enjoy are in the things that we seek and get hold of. It may be said that desire is the cause of our being exiled from the happiness that is within us, and its momentary cessation just allows us to taste a little of that happiness for the time being.

Because we are most of the time desiring to get hold of something, or to get rid of something, we are most of the time unhappy. The desire to get rid of something is due to fear. So desire and fear are the two enemies of happiness. And so long as we are content to remain subject to them, we shall never be really happy. To be subject to desire or fear is itself unhappiness; and the more intense the desire or the fear, the keener is the unhappiness.

Desire tells us, each time, ‘Now get thou this, and then you shall be happy.’ We believe it implicitly and set about getting it. We are unhappy for wanting it, but we forget the unhappiness in the effort. If we do not get it, we have to suffer. Neither are we happy if we get it; for desire then finds something else for us to strive for, and we fail to see how desire is fooling us all the time. The fact is, desire is like a bottomless pit which one can never fill up, or like the all consuming fire which burns the fiercer, the more we feed it.

As desire is without end, so is fear; for the things that fear tells us to avoid are without end. Thus we come to this conclusion; so long as desire and fear have sway over us, we shall never reach happiness. If we be content to remain in bondage to them, we must, as rational beings, renounce all hope of happiness.”

-K. Lakshmana Sarma (MAHA YOGA)

MICHAEL: While it’s obvious that if we are fearful we cannot simultaneously be happy, what’s not obvious is how our desires actually prevent us from being happy. And it’s because they never end, but simply change their forms.

We are a slave to our desires and thus are always on our way to happiness, but never actually arrive. And if we believe our happiness is always in the future, then we also believe that it’s not already here/now. But is this true? What happens when we give up our attachment to all worldly fears and desires?

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Q: How does one receive, let alone apply truth if it cannot be “known” or “realized”? New MJ Awakening Blog
December 27, 2017

ramana on silence

Q: How does one receive, let alone apply truth if it cannot be “known” or “realized”?
 
MICHAEL: One doesn’t receive or apply the truth… one IS the Truth. (Thus, you cannot find it in the world/mind).
 
Q: Is there anything wrong with going to different spiritual teachers?
 
MICHAEL: While it can be helpful to go to one spiritual teacher after another, ultimately you have to discover the Silence within all by yourself.
 
Which means the next time the mind asks you a question, instead of asking another for their advice, just be with it. You may find it dissolves…
 
Here’s a photo of Ramana with the quote, “Inner Silence is Self Surrender.” Notice if your mind immediately kicks on and starts to decide if it agrees or disagrees with it, likes/dislikes it?
 
That’s NOT Silence!
 
Notice your thoughts FROM Silence… and keep NOTICING them FROM Silence. Just because a thought arises doesn’t mean you have to answer it. YOU are always and already the answer, NOT any thought.
 
Rest in the Silence you’ve always been. It’s difficult at first because you’re not used to it. You’re habitually going to thought and this is the conditioning that you must become consciously aware of. The unconscious habit/addiction/activity of constantly leaving Silence for noise.

What is a THOUGHT? new MJ Awakening Blog
May 13, 2017

ramana give up thoughts

“What is a THOUGHT?”

This was the question I asked at the beginning of last Wednesday night’s West LA weekly Satsang.

“What is a THOUGHT?”

The mere sincere asking of this question brought a stillness over the room. This is because when asked from a place of genuine curiosity and having no pre-conceived answer, it stops the mind dead in its tracks. Why? Because it suddenly hits you that you don’t really know what a THOUGHT is!!? Yet, we are told the brain produces as many as 60-70 thousand per day… doesn’t it strike you as more than a bit strange to believe something that you don’t know what it actually is??

THOUGHTS have nothing to offer you. They are impotent. Imagine if you had been pushing a big red button on a wall all your life and then one day I took you on the other side of the wall and you saw just two loose wires hanging in the air. The button was never connected to anything!! Once you clearly saw this, how much longer would you continue to push the button? In fact, how much longer would you be even interested in thinking about pushing the button?? You wouldn’t. It would lose your interest.

Once you lose interest in your thoughts, what’s left??

Michael Jeffreys

 

“Even the slightest thought immerses a man in sorrow; when devoid of all thoughts he enjoys imperishable bliss.” Yoga Vasishta Sara

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