" Listening to the other begins with listening to oneself. "
..Sri Amma Bhagavan
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This Week's Teaching for contemplation:
" The Awakened One is free of all views.
The Unawakened One is full of views. "
Transcript of Preparatory Session by Sri Namannji – Gratitude Day—14th November, 2013
"On Gratitude Day, I would like to thank all of you who have participated in various Oneness programs. Many of you have gone through the processes and have received grace. You have also attended Bhagavan’s webcast and this webcast.
All that matters to Amma Bhagavan is transformation and awakening. You have benefitted by attending the various processes of Oneness and have graduated in spiritual growth. On behalf of AmmaBhagavan, and of the entire Oneness fraternity, I am grateful to you for receiving these blessings and making a change in yourself and those around you.
Many of you have done a lot of seva and have helped the movement grow. You have grown and contributed to the movement. This has helped humanity. There is a lot more to do and a long way to go. I wish you all the best and Happy Gratitude Day.
Let us begin today’s session with a prayer expressing gratitude to AmmaBhagavan. Remember all they have done in your life and in the life of others. Express your gratitude even while we invoke the Divine Presence.
Express gratitude to the Lord for all the grace and help you have received. Express your gratitude is pictures, words, feelings, in whichever way is most comfortable for you, just close to your heart.
Take some time to remember all the incidents where you received help. See how help arrived at different points in time, yet you had not noticed it. Express your gratitude in your heart to all those who have helped you in your life, in different ways.
It could be that they helped you with nice words, prayers, good thoughts about you and good feelings for you. It could be when you most needed something they gave it to you. It could have been material things. Express your gratitude to them in your heart right now, keeping your eyes closed and when finished open your eyes.
It is so nice to express gratitude to those who have helped us. It is a great feeling. Sometimes people have hurt us and we must also express our gratitude to them, because without those hurts we would not have grown or learned our lessons and what we have learned in life. They are the best teachers.
Bhagavan says, “Suffering is the best teacher”. In fact, Sri Bhagavan says in one of the Mahavakyas, “If I cause you to hurt it is only to keep my word to help you”. Whenever a hurt or suffering comes, it is there to help you. So, we should be grateful to those who have hurt us. It is a blessing in disguise. You forgive them and then you grow.
Sri Bhagavan also says in another Mahavakya, “If you suffer and forgive, then you shall abide in Me and I shall abide in you. Your human nature would become Divine.”. When you suffer and forgive the person, “you shall abide in Me,” that is, you will be in the Lord’s heart. The Lord will be your heart. This is a very nice thing and is the purpose of life. Be grateful to all those who hurt you, as well.
Now we will go into the weekly teaching given by Sri Bhagavan where he mentions fundamental questions:
"The Awakened One does not have fundamental questions.
The Awakened One has fundamental questions."
What are fundamental questions? They are those which do not have answers. The mind will keep asking certain questions and will make you keep thinking about those questions. It perpetuates. You will never get those answers and will keep searching. Ultimately, you will not get your answers until you breathe your last breath.
Those questions are called fundamental questions. Examples of these questions are, “What is the purpose of life? When did creation happen? Does God exist? If there is God, then who created Him? When was the Universe born? Where is the end of the Universe?”
These are questions which do not have answers. You will keep asking these questions. It will come as if it is a very powerful question and you will keep searching. Actually, it is the mind asking those questions and making you perpetuate, so you can constantly keep thinking.
It is like tying grass in front of the head of a horse. It keeps seeing the grass, believing it is very near. He wants to eat it. It keeps moving forward trying to eat it, but it is tied to its head and it can’t reach. So it keeps looking at it and keeps moving forward. It will never reach it because it is tied to his head.
In this way, the fundamental questions create certain projections and make you think. The nature of the mind is to do that so it can survive and perpetuate. Without those questions there is the death of the mind.
Now, the awakened one doesn’t have any fundamental questions because any question asked that is about the past or the future is the self. That very question is the self. Without the question you are not there or you are the question.
Suppose I ask the question, “When did God create the Universe?” In that question I am born. If the question is not there, I am not there. For example, when I say, “That is the camera,” that means I am different from the camera. It is implied. There is a distinction or a division because of the camera. So “I” am born because of the camera.
When you draw a circle, the center automatically emerges. When you put three triangles together, the fourth or base triangle is formed automatically. In that same way, when you ask a fundamental question you are born.
When the fundamental question comes up, the self is there. For the awakened one, there is no self, the person in not there inside. He doesn’t have any fundamental questions and what exists is what is there in that moment. He is in the present.
If he is eating, he is eating. If he is listening, he is listening. If he is seeing, he is seeing. If he is thinking, the thought is there. The Buddha said, “In the seeing, there is just the seeing. In the hearing, just the hearing and in thinking just the thought.” That’s it. What is there is there. There is no future or past.
Bhagavan says, “The past is dead and the future is unborn.” Fundamental questions go into the future or into the past and they have no relevance, at all. If there is a beautiful fragrance, the fragrance is there.
The Universe is only a creation in the mind. It is there physically and at the same time it is your view or perception. We can use so many words and keep talking and talking. The crux is that for the awakened one there are no words needed and there are no fundamental questions.
Whereas, the unawakened one is full of fundamental questions which keep coming. These questions particularly come when there is a lot of physical suffering which is too much to handle. This moves to psychological suffering. When either physical or psychological suffering is too much, it pours into spiritual questions which are fundamental questions.
This is when the spiritual quest begins, only to discover that those questions have no meaning. Sri Bhagavan says that once that insight dawns upon him “like a ton of bricks,” then the whole psyche and then he is free from the self. That is true liberation.
Bhagavan says that trying to search for the answers of fundamental questions is like a blind man searching for a black cat in a dark room, which does not exist. The black cat is the answer to a fundamental question. The black cat is in a dark room, which does not exist.
When you are clear about this, you will enjoy life. Many problems will be solved. Many problems will be solved, because most problems are self-created by the mind leading to these fundamental creations.
Bhagavan has given certain truths and one is, “Physical suffering plus psychological suffering plus spiritual suffering is a constant.”
Contemplate on that. As you contemplate get more clarity. Take the deeksha and ask Bhagavan to give you more clarity and be free from the fundamental questions. Once you are awakened these questions have no meaning and they don’t come. You will be experiencing the joy of “no self” as a Fully Awakened being."