During an interview a well-known modern teacher, now deceased, was asked for his “final” teaching and quickly changed the subject. The question itself reveals a common misconception: freedom is not an event; it is the nature of the Self. The belief that liberation from the thralldom of matter is a happening is based on the idea that reality is a duality, the world is an effect of a prior cause, and that a finite entity can produce actions that will generate a limitless result. In fact, reality is non-dual —appearances to the contrary notwithstanding—, a “world” only appears in the human mind, and the one Self is already free. Therefore, The notion that enlightenment can be “attained” requires an appreciation of the truth that what exists but is not known can only be gained by knowledge, that knowledge requires an appropriate means and that ignorance of our limitlessness is difficult to remove. The belief that I am small, inadequate, limited and separate from everything cannot be permanently dismissed by a non-dual epiphany, the transmission of spiritual energy, or luck.
Known for millennia, the “final” teaching “I am ever-free limitless unborn non-dual ordinary awareness/existence/love” is a well-kept secret and will only reveal itself in its fulness when the ignorance that hides it behind beliefs and opinions of every ilk is systematically and rigorously assaulted with a complete teaching. Vedanta is a complete teaching. It explains the paths of love, action and knowledge with reference to our physical, psychological and spiritual selves. A proven scientific scripture-based tradition, it connects character to values and love and leads a disciplined inquirer from the listening to the reflecting and on to the assimilation phases of self- inquiry with quiet confidence.
I am giving the complete teaching three times this year because many Self realized individuals who are firmly committed to Vedanta find the steady bliss that should become a constant experience when a qualified person realizes "I am ordinary ever-free unborn ever-present unconcerned Awareness" is often obscured by unresolved emotions developed in childhood and overlooked during the listening and reflecting stages of the teaching. Vedanta attracts intelligent people who often assume they know more than they do. Mistakes in the reflecting stage are a consequence of improper hearing. So it is incumbent that a dedicated inquirer go back to the beginning and listen again. Even when the hearing stage is completed correctly, failure at the reflecting stage is commonplace because of the mind's tendency to delude. Mistakes at the reflecting stage carry over the assimilation phase, Self actualization. Because Self deception is the nature of ignorance, all three stages of Vedanta need to be practiced under the tutelage of a qualified teacher. To accept that you have more work to do when you believe that you are enlightened requires great humility.
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