Are YOU Awareness or an object in Awareness? New MJ Awakening Blog
May 10, 2020

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ARE YOU AWARENESS OR AN OBJECT IN AWARENESS?

If you see a tree, are you the tree or what is AWARE of it?
Likewise, if you see your body, are you the body or what is AWARE of it?

This must be gone into very carefully so there is no confusion. What is AWARE of one object is what’s AWARE of all objects, isn’t it? And that AWARENESS is and always will be, You. So you are not any particular object, but that which is AWARE of all objects. This is what must be understood deeply, until there is no doubt.

You’ve never been an object, but that which is AWARE of all objects. And if there are no objects present, what is AWARE of that? You are, as in deep sleep. So, the presence or absence of objects makes no difference to You, the formless, unmoving, unchanging AWARENESS.

All is well, regardless of the current configuration of objects or the absence of them. Whether there’s a dream or no dream, AWARENESS, like a mirror remains eternally at peace, ever-untouched by all passing appearances.

Michael Jeffreys

Michael Jeffreys “Are you your body?” Satsang video 5-6-20 (part 1)
May 6, 2020

“Are you your body? This is where the rubber meets the road. Because if I think I’m the body then of course I’m the doer. On the other hand, if you are not the body then how can you claim to be the doer since all actions belong to the body, not you?” -Michael

“Because you think you are the body, for a long time you have been bound.” -Ashtavakra Gita

 

Turn the MIND away from OBJECTS. New MJ Awakening Blog
September 16, 2019

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Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj (1888-1936)

TURN THE MIND AWAY FROM OBJECTS

“Your mind is engrossed in the objects created by Illusion (Maya). This includes even the body. As long as your mind is involved in Maya you have the concepts of “you” and “I.” The whole struggle in Illusion is because you want the body only to get what the mind considers to be “good.”

Because you devote your mind to this struggle, the world exists. Because there are students, there are teachers. If the students go away, for whom is the teacher? Because there is objective knowledge, “you” exist. How can the Lord pervade the body in which “you” (the ego) have taken residence? How can one sheath contain two swords?

How can God occupy that place where “I” is? To those who aspire to attain Brahman, can worthless objects be useful? You should not even think of Illusion as being good or bad. This is what is called detachment. When everything from an atom to Lord Brahma, and all wealth and prosperity is false, how can it be good or bad?

When the mental inclination turns away from worldly desires, it naturally turns towards the Self. How can one who thinks of objects all the time get the “Knowledge of Brahman”?

-Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj

 

That which is Birthless/Deathless appears illusorily in the form of the world… New MJ Awakening Blog
September 3, 2019

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“Nothing whatever is born or dies anywhere at any time. It is Brahman alone appearing illusorily in the form of the world.”  

-Yoga Vasishtha Sara

MICHAEL: To the mind this makes no sense because the mind IS duality, and as such can only see things in terms of separation. In other words, everything being THE ONE (a/k/a Brahman) simply doesn’t compute to the mind.

Thus, Self-Realization is not for the mind since it cannot be figured out or understood intellectually. Something in you either “groks” the eternal Truth or doesn’t. But either way, you’re still not, nor have you ever been, other than THAT.

That you are PRIOR to any object, anything knowable, is indisputable… New MJ Awakening Blog
February 28, 2018

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That you are PRIOR to any object is indisputable, as how would you know of or be aware of the object if YOU were not here previous to it showing up?

What’s an object? Anything knowable. Then I AM prior to even “me” or “myself,” since I am always aware of that one. Yes? Regardless if it’s feeling up or down, happy or sad, are you not AWARE of exactly how it’s feeling right now?

This is how to begin to break the lifelong habit of identifying with this mental object called, “me” or “myself” and realize, Oh, I’m PRIOR to that appearance and all stories related to that appearance. And to realize this has always been so, but was never clearly noticed. What was not noticed? That YOU have never come or gone or changed or moved. 

Michael Jeffreys

FUN FACT: Your thoughts pretend to be You… new MJ Awakening pic quote
June 27, 2017

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You, pure Awareness, are forever unattached, regardless of what a thought may claim… new MJ Awakening Blog
March 29, 2017

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MICHAEL: The belief that you must give up all your attachments crumbles in light of the realization that it is not possible for You to actually be attached to anything!! That’s right. The witnessing presence that You already are is pure and contains no parts, objects or impurities. Thus you are always and forever unattached, regardless of what a thought may claim. More from swamiji, who is commenting on the Astavakra Samhita:

I am not saying you SHOULD NOT be attached. Astavakra is telling us you are NOT attached. You are not attached to anything. It is the mind which develops attachments: ‘I want this to stay, I want that person to stay, I want this circumstance, this wealth, this health, this place, this environment, I want this to continue.’

This is the mind thinking. Yet beyond the mind, the Atman, the witness, You the being consciousness… you’re not attached to anything, not even to the mind itself. The mind itself disappears in deep sleep. You’re not attached to anything.

-Swami Sarvapriyananda

p.s. For those that are interested, here’s Swamiji’s powerful video from which the above quote was taken: Ashtavakra Samhita by Swami Sarvapriyananda

Your true self isn’t an object… new MJ Awakening Blog
February 25, 2017

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What we seek is our true self. However, our true self is not an object, but that which knows or is aware of all objects. We are subtler than objects, so we are aware of objects, but objects are not aware of us. For example, you are aware of your body but your body is not aware of you. If you changed your name, would your body ‘know’ this? No. But You would. What is this You that knows or is aware? It’s obviously not a thought, since thoughts are another ‘thing’ we are aware of.

Has not this awareness been present throughout your existence? What else can you say this about?? Without awareness, you couldn’t ‘know’ anything. So awareness is prior to knowledge, even prior to space and time, for without awareness what would ‘know of’ space and time?

Notice that you don’t have to ‘do anything’ to become aware. You are already aware. Simply stop and recognize what has always already been so: that the belief that ‘I’ am a body/mind is just that, a belief. What is aware of this belief? You! But not ‘you’ as an ever-changing self-image (another object), but as you truly are right here/now… ever-present, limitless, attributeless, causeless awareness.

Michael Jeffreys

Wholeness is indivisible–there is no peace in a fragment… new MJ Awakening Blog
February 2, 2017

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If we want wholeness, we will not find it in a fragment. What’s a fragment? A thought is a fragment. A feeling is a fragment. The story of “me” is a fragment. Any movement can only ever take you to a fragment because you are already wholeness itself. It’s our ignorance/conditioning that keeps us from truly seeing this and so it’s our ignorance/conditioning that must be seen through. This is what Satsang is for.

Michael Jeffreys

“The Light of the Self…” new MJ Awakening pic quote
January 31, 2017

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The light of the Self is always available but is not experienced when our attention is on the illusory ego  Michael Jeffreys

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