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Michael: Hi, Ram. I had emailed back and forth with you a bit, back in October, I believe. I’m sure you get a shitload of emails so I understand if you don’t recall our initial conversation or if you are unable to respond to this email. Anyhow, I really appreciate your time and very straightforward, helpful responses.
You had recommended for me to purchase your book and I finally got around to reading it… a week or so ago. I held off initially because I wanted to take care of other areas of “life” before I delved into this, and I read your book in a span of less than a week. I actually still have one chapter left which I’m going to finish tonight.
But the realization came to me… Initially, per our email exchange, I was “confused” over the idea that there was a “world out there” and how we related to it. What finally occurred to me NOW, after reading your book, doing some inquiry into every experience of mine and also after reading a lot of your satsangs, is the obvious of the obvious, nothing can possibly be without me (consciousness, or whatever you’d like to label it as). Everything exists because I am here to “experience it”… basically, that means… everything IS me and there is nothing that cannot possibly BE me.
When I’m in deep sleep (anesthesia sleep, which I was in recently) the world ceases to be experienced but when the mind/senses come back on, bang… there’s a world again, not only because there is perception but because I am there to allow the world to “be.” Everything ultimately IS Consciousness. How can it not be? It’s utterly mind-blowing.
So what else am I missing here? This seems so utterly simple to me now.
Where do I go from here? There is still a body-mind complex here with thoughts but I realize now that they are just an appearance within and are only here when I am here. Part of me has no desire to “do” anymore after this realization. Yet part of me wants to run around the world and explore it just for shits and giggles.
I’d love to get your take on all of this if you have a chance to respond.
James: You are welcome, Michael. I am very happy for you. At the expense of giving you a case of enlightenment sickness – which is treatable nonetheless – it sounds to me like you have cracked the enlightenment code! Congratulations. The key sentences are “It’s utterly mind-blowing. So what else am I missing here? This seems so utterly simple to me now.”
The short answer is that you are not missing anything. It IS utterly simple. That is why we call it The Royal Secret. It is the most valuable thing in life yet it is hidden in plain sight – “It” is you. What does this knowledge mean? It means that the world depends on you but you do not depend on it. Conclusion: you are free. You go nowhere from here. If there is somewhere to go beyond you or there is a doer to go then your self-knowledge is not firm and requires some more contemplation. I am trying to save you the trouble of further seeking by confirming your self-knowledge. That you have no desire to do anything is a sign of enlightenment. Why? Because what can you do to obtain you? You can’t get you and you can’t lose you. You are you. My advice? Run around and explore the world for shits and giggles. Let this knowledge simmer and enjoy your life.
~ Love, James