I’ve talked here before about the curiosity of the path. A blog like this talks about the process of awakening. As words are symbols for concepts, any such discussion or writing is inherently mental. While it may “resonate” on a deeper level with some, for many it is an exercise in comparing “best concepts”.
As concepts are a barrier to awakening, why is there a calling to present ideas at all? Why not just talk like Nisgardatta or Ramana Maharishi?
The subject came up in a discussion in comments over on Takuin’s blog on Are You More than Experience? As there are many comments, I’ve excerpted the key exchange.
…Any words I come up with seem to do with clever distinctions of experience versus experiencer versus experiencee and getting into the jabber of spirituality or non-duality–both of which are becoming tiresomely trite and repetitive.
We don’t remember good experiences and forget the bad–in fact the reverse. We can’t let go of many experiences. As Davidya points, we remember what fits the ego’s stories, good or bad.
So in other words, these stories help to solidify ourselves further. It brings more weight to the belief in our own existence, and we can look in the mirror and say, “YES, I am a real person experiencing this or that.”
I can feel some sympathy for those seeking. They hope to see beyond the self, through manipulation of the self.
You make an important point.
When we are unconscious, we live by stories. When we come to awakening, we live by stories–the stories change to the beautiful concepts of spirituality and clever and pithy sayings and levels of consciousness–essentially it’s the story of how the ‘me’ is advancing spiritually. It’s an obstacle of course.
But what’s the choice. In the absence of a ’spontaneous’ awakening, when we have the insight that we are not me, what choice is there but to use techniques and pointers to help us see.
Thanks for your thoughts, Kaushik.
It’s the debate that exists behind blogging about awakening. You saw my article on the benefits of “Concept Fatigue“. (laughs)
If we consider some teachers of yore, they used things like parables and stories to explain. While these built stories, they were better stories, closer to truth.
I suppose that’s where the idea of Maya evolving into a ladder comes to. The stories, experiences, and visions are not the truth but can take us closer, to a place where we can shed them and step into it.
It is the play in its essence.
The ideas we have and the story we tell ourselves about the world are both the barrier to being and the means of our being to discover itself. The barrier and the ladder. The obstacle and the means. It is all in our relationship to it. Is it a prison or a play, a trap or an escape.
It’s certainly a fascinating process.