What don't you get?
What is there to get?
What are you searching for?
What will you find?
What makes you so sure that is the right answer?
What makes you so sure this is the right path?
Why are you asking so many questions?
You are assuming a lot. You are assuming that you don't have the things you actually do have. so, since you have them, it begs the question what else do you need? if the things that you already have are not sufficient for you, you look for something else to fill in the gaps.
I’ll ask you to reference the several questions listed at the top.
It is a vast conspiracy (left-wing, or right-wing; whatever your fancy) to think that there is something to improve upon.
The most sinister aspect of it is that we learn in first from our parents.
“Do your homework so that you can be…”
1.) A doctor
2.) A lawyer
3.) An engineer
...and if they themselves have no particular ambitions, but still want to see their children succeed…
If you might not know your purpose, or even why you’re here in the ffirst place…
...at least you know that there is something there.
“You” exist, no mind-body dualism, no “think therefore I am”, no evolution, no creationism.
Not even any consciousness there, or just a bundle of ganglions masquerading as such.
Something is there. There is an existence, even if it’s just “existence”.
Try a little technique here I got from a satsang in Rishikesh given by Mooji; Papaji’s famous disciple…
I want you to imagine you’re about to walk into a house, and on the front porch is a rack to put all your belongings before entering.
Instead of just putting your shoes or jacket there, I want you to imagine putting “everything you know” there.
That means putting your parents, your place of origin, your schooling, your job and your title, your hopes, your dreams, your wishes, your desires.
Even your mindset; you are not entering this home to “do” something or see somebody in particular.
You are simply just entering.
After you place all of your “baggage” on the front porch, walk in; asking yourself…
What is here?
Whatever “that” is, is all you need.
It is interesting how much we take for granted in this life yet we really don't know how much we take for granted exactly.
Take love for instance. We love in a multiplicity of different ways, but of course the most physical showing of love is just that, physical touch.
When we love one another we kiss them, we hug them, and if we are especially infatuated we have sexual relationships.
Now, many mystics have drawn attention to the point I will now make. The scientists, if they have not “proven” this, have at least rationalized this in theory as well.
Do you know that it is impossible to touch someone? You, first of all, are not feeling them but rather the “feeling” is yours; your sensations from your nerve impulses in response to the other person's stimulus. Moreover, in the realm of physics, it is said that an atom, made up of the sub-atomic particles protons neutrons and electrons, themselves weigh such an infinitesimal amount in the already super small size of an atom, but even in this ever so small atom most of its size is empty space.
In that all of your being is made up of these atoms, and that all of your atoms is mostly empty space when you touch someone it is only one empty space encountering another empty space.
Of course, this is all “mysticism”, whether by spiritual guru or scientist, it doesn't really matter for the definition of mysticism is simply a journeying through that which mystifies us. An understanding or a conclusion to something that we don't know.
There is nothing mystical about mysticism or being a mystic. The most common form of a mystic is actually a magician. Magicians don't perform real magic since there is no such thing as magic, what they do instead is present you with a different perspective. They show you a different way of looking at things.
A “paradigm shift”, if we want to over-glorify it.
Now, a scientist is actually different from a mystic, since a scientist tries to show you reality. a mystic presents you with an illusion. The Mystic doesn't purposefully delude you with this illusion, but shows you how you made the illusion yourself.
You are a part of the act, you are the one who bought your ticket to the show. Not suspending your disbelief like at the movies, wanting entertainment to be brought to you. At the magic show you can’t help but try your hardest to one-up the magician; trying to “catch the Illusion”.
Of course you can’t “catch” the illusion; in order for you to know the trick, you’d have to be in on the game.
You’d have to be a magician yourself.
You’d have to know the tricks.
Spirituality, the feeling of “oneness”, non-duality, god-nature, buddha-nature…
...are all “tricks”.
They are nothing but prestige and illusion to make you feel good.
Now you might ask where is the reality?
Well just remember…
There’s no such thing as magic.
As people who seek the truth, we often hear about “reality.” Find it, accept it, embrace it, seek it. So many directives to get to reality, but so many confusions about what it truly is. What is meant by “reality”?
To begin, it is your word. You have decided what it means, and so only you can know. Do not think that just because the word “reality” points to reality, that this makes the word any less susceptible to being imagined and created and invented and turned into all sorts of fictions. I could just as well be preaching to “seek fiction” and you’d be about as well off to find reality as when I say “find reality.”
So how do we get there? How can we gain eyes to see? Let us look at what it means to see. When you see something, when you observe it, you are apart from it. You must be. You are away from it, at a distance, with an unobstructed view of it.
Reality. To see it is just the same. Distance yourself from the concept. That is what obstructs you from finding it. Your idea of what this word reality means stands between you and it because every time you look for it all you can see is your own idea. Stand apart from it. Look at what it is you call reality and see if it truly holds up. Be aware. Your mind needs to be open enough so that it might contradict its most cherished ideas if evidence indicates they are not so.
Look at it this way. When you are seeing something, objectively, what determines that which you see? Not you. When you observe, you have no control over that which you observe. You may hope this happens or believe that, but this is totally irrelevant to observation. What happens is what happens. You are merely there. To see reality you must not be invested in what you see. You must not imagine what it is, or wish it to be one thing or another. You must look at it without any intention at all.
But we do not always think this way. We assume we know, even without realizing. How can we see then? Open your eyes and close your mind. Reality will makes itself known to you. If you are trying to find it, you have failed.
This word “try.” Do you have to try to see something? You either see it or you don’t. If you do not see reality, you must find out why you choose not to, why you obstruct yourself from doing so. What you have created that requires "trying." This is the only way.
That which is real. That which is true. That which exists. That which is.
All one and the same.
Reality cannot be that which is not. That which seems is not. That which appears is not. That which thinks is not. That which feels is not.
Is. Focus on is. All things real come from pursuit of is. Anything else is illusory.
Reality is found through the senses. The senses are not the gateway to reality, the senses are reality itself. Without the senses there is no reality. If you are sensing, you are real. If you are not sensing, you have died. To live is to be real.
Life is lived in reality. Be present.
What makes “real” knowledge different from “false” knowledge?
A distinction must be made before you go after it, but ultimately the question does not matter.
Quite literally, the question does not “matter”, as the spiritual entertainer Alan Watts would cleverly state.
The word “matter” in the English language comes from the Latin word materia which, as I’m sure is easy enough to guess, means “material”. This word is a derivation of the Latin word for “mother” which is mater, which in turn can trace its root to the Sanskrit mata and which Sanskrit, and a majority of European, Levantine, and South Asian languages can trace back to the original Proto-Indo-European stem.
It is fascinating how many words we have now are derivation from this one root. There is of course matrix, matriculation, mark, and surely enough, mature, and a host of others.
Any esoteric and mystical rationalizations as to the connection between discrete quantity and the “eternal feminine” will not be the subject here, but rather the simple use of language.
Asking if something “matters” is asking does something “measure up”?
Does it have form and substance?
What is the gravity of the situation?
Knowledge, even though it might not “measure up” or hold weight and gravity, that might not mean that it doesn’t exist.
The quantum mechanists showed the breakdown of classical physics in that observable phenomena cannot be described in terms of only particles or only energy in wave form, but characteristics of both.
This could possibly be the situation between “knowledge” and “reality”, where the reality is the concrete thing that can be experienced; the “matter”, yet knowledge is the thing that is “there” but elusive.
Knowledge is the energy in this circumstance. Even the questions of “real” and “false” reality breakdown. There might only a difference between the various knowledges that we have secularly in society, such as that which is gained through our branch subjects and disciplines like that of science, and a more subtler form of knowledge that we have as living individuals. The knowledge of existence, but not actually “knowing” it as relating it with something else.
It is like the old saying that I know what it is, but when you ask me, I can’t articulate it.
The only way might be to just feel it.