Making Enlightenment Stick
"I have not heard of coercion out of awakening, that the friend of Mike experienced. For me it has disappeared by itself in the same mysterious way it has appeared."
The whole world is maya, samsara, The Matrix - one massive coercion. People don't come to this world to get enlightened but "to sleep perchance to dream" to quote Shakespeare - actors on the world stage who do not yet know who they are. Jesus asked "Who do you say I am" to his disciples to test their awareness.
Many people say that the gaining and losing of awakening is mysterious, but that does not mean that it will always be that way
Some people say that they were not ready for an awakening in the past - that it was too much and that they ran away.
My job is too make sure that this time they can handle it and don't run away. Remember - the Buddha sat still, * and sat tight * when confronted by all kinds of illusions and mental &psychic projections that were intent or destroying his equanimity *before* reaching enlightenment
Although I do remember this 48 hour Indian train journey which was so uncomfortable and challenging that when I got to Lucknow in the Satsang the following day I reported to Papaji that 'I had lost it'. We looked at each other and then in fact I discovered I had not lost it.
In the optimistic eyes of your teacher &coach there is always abundant enlightenment - more than enough for everyone. He can reach into your pocket like an amazing magician and pull out the jewel.
But as I have said the real job now is making that enlightenment stick. Ramana Maharshi started the trickle. HWL Poonja opened the floodgate, and now those gates must be held open. Many fledgling sea-lions (Papaji - the Lion of Lucknow) said "Wake Up and Roar" are getting wiped out by the intense energies (shakti kundalini) that are released around full awakening: enlightenment.
And you need to courage and tenacity of the little Dutch boy, Hansje Brinker (Hansa-ji in Sanskrit would mean Venerable Swan), who saved a village from flooding by putting his finger in the Dam. His actions have become a symbol of the eternal struggle against the sea. The Matrix at Work. You must not struggle - you must witness the flood wipe away everything you thought was permanent
Perhaps it never usually sticks because I want it to stick. Perhaps if I do not care if it comes or goes then... Anyway early days.
It's not about you caring about getting IT or not. That's a simplistic myth that is doing the rounds. Just like a few decades ago it was a list of answers to the ZEN Koan "What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping ?"
You should care about your relationship with your teacher - who or whatever that is. Pay attention. Don't space out. Do what you are told. Give it your best shot. Then, and only then, can you not worry about getting enlightened because you will be as close as you can be
The enlightened master and the student: I get the image of a boxing coach preparing a young fighter's muscles with a vigorous oil massage. Preparation for peak performance
You'll see that your former teachers: Osho and Papaji, and many others, were never lazy. They were always serious, committed to researching and pushing back the limits of what they knew.
Yes, mind cannot remember emptiness and and emptiness cannot remember mind. I remember one instance trying to explain to some very good friends lying in a wonderful jacuzzi in Hawai that I wanted to go back to this horrible dusty dirty place called Lucknow. At the time I could not believe my desire. When I was back to Lucknow it was all so so clear.
Pay attention! That's not what was said in the Andrew Cohen quote (see last reply). Andrew (I'm told) said that the "subtle can remember the gross". However, I take you point in that it has been difficult - nay impossible - to fully remember what it is to be unenlightened.
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