It's like waking up with a big grin on your face
From Andrew M.,
Oshana, you asked, here's what I think.
1. If you are totally happy all the time how do you know you are?
Now for some difficult answers! I haven't worked out the language yet but I refuse to use hackneyed Hindu concepts even if I end up re- inventing the Advaita wheel.
There are two David's here. One is in the world of duality. He has happiness and the opposite. He has everything and it's opposite. He has every thought and it's opposite.
Emotions really don't come with labels. It's thoughts that label them. Everything in this world changes, and eventually becomes the opposite. But the Real Me, Mr Nobody, isn't in this world. He is being No-One in the world of Nothing. (I assume since he doesn't send many postcards). That's the second David! He is in the world of Unity. He hasn't got a name really because his parents didn't notice that he was There - they only recognised that he is Here.
The good thing about being Awake is knowing that there is a There. So I get to go There a lot, and no-one seems to notice. But I know it and I really enjoy it. In that place there is always Happiness. So there is happiness all of the time as I say. It might be described in other ways like contentment. It is only on coming back to the world of Duality that I notice that the World of Unity/Nothing is a happy place because I am happy. It's like coming back from vacation with fond memories. Or even waking up with a big grin on your face but not remembering the dream. You assume it was pleasant.
Going to There, tends to help a sense of Happiness here to persist. In fact, the Happiness-of-there tends to persist and merge with every experience Here.
It's fun to be controversial with unfalsifiable statements because it makes people stop and think. They can then realise that they do not know one way or another. In this world I can say that Oshana is responsible for the amazing, radical life-changes and healings in the lives of the people around him. This sort of statement would do Andrew Cohen proud since he never seems shy of heaping praise on to his plate. However, whether I really am doing anything or not, is an intractable free-will problem that one can travel to Bombay to sort out with the likes of philosophers like Ramesh Balsekar. Or you could just go to your local library and read "Philosophy Made Simple".
In this world it seems it does not work to be too humble. Nor does it help to be really arrogant. I said once that I did not know what was going on at my meetings but it sure was profound. I was told by one fellow friendly critics (I have a stable of them) to de-emphasise this talk of `not-knowing'.
Not-knowing, you will notice, is really uncool, and just about every teacher who has been brought to your attention has been claiming knowledge of something - otherwise they would doing something else.
Have you seen any `teachers' washed up or marooned on the Rocks of Conceptuality recently? It can happen to the best.
Love &Grace (I think) Oshana
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