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The enormity of nonduality is unthinkably at odds with all your learning

The enormity of nonduality is unthinkably at odds with all your learning

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Published by Clara Llum
Satsang with Clara Llum, Miami 2/1/2010. Non duality teachings from the timeless Dharma. Info: www.clarallum.org. To listen this talk go: http://www.archive.org/details/Satsang2010-2-1
Satsang with Clara Llum, Miami 2/1/2010. Non duality teachings from the timeless Dharma. Info: www.clarallum.org. To listen this talk go: http://www.archive.org/details/Satsang2010-2-1

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THE ENORMITY OF NONDUALITY IS UNTHINKABLY AT ODDSWITH ALL YOUR LEARNING.
Clara Llum – Satsang of February 1, 2010
Hosted by Doris Weyer. Transcribed by Steve Harnish1 hour, 28 minutes | mp3 file size: 41 megs || http://www.archive.org/details/Satsang2010-2-1
Consciousness is the Secret, hidden in plain sight.Consciousness is the Master of all that appears:its very expression.Consciousness is the Power transforming its own mindscapewithout any trace of duality, calculation, control or intention.Consciousness is the ineffable Perfectionthat all things dream to reflect and unknowingly manifest.Know your Self as Consciousness- this is Freedom.And know the world as the Life that beats within you- that is Love.
Welcome again. First of all, my praises to the teachers of any school, any tradition, any lineage, becausethe truth manifests as a continuum of the spirit, and there is only one of us. And you are that One. So allthe teachers are our manifestations, taking us back home.If it were not for these teachers, who appear in a form that we can recognize – or that simply withoutappearing are known to our heart, and have the ability to inspire us – if not for them, the teaching wouldnot be expressed.Even here in this Satsang, meeting for the sake of truth, it is the teachers who speak – not that this is achanneling or anything similar, but it is the recognition that Truth is beyond the individual, or particularform and name.Here, this person Clara is not the source of what is being spoken, and does not own this truth. Rather thisperson Clara is at the feet of Truth, at the feet of the teachers, being just an instrument to communicate it;not as a channel, because Clara is conscious and participating in that consciousness and is indivisible,nondual with that source.
 
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The individual is just an outlet for expression, an outlet for creation. The individual is the visible part of apartless infinite. Clara is not the source, but “I am” the source. Clara is just an appearance, a figment of our imagination.This is the precisely the subject of the teaching, that consciousness is the seeker, seeking itself.Consciousness has forgotten itself and believes it’s a seeker, believes it’s a person. And it will remember,it will awaken to the fact that consciousness is itself. It is not limited to its expression, which is changing;the expression cannot confine the source, that consciousness.We are here as consciousness disguised, or in a state of forgetfulness, identified with this body and thismemory. We are here as That, this consciousness, in forgetfulness, to remember, to rediscover who weare, who I am.And we are then to transcend that identification, that idea that consists in believing that we are a particulardelimited or defined entity, a body-mind. Under this delusion of being a particular entity, consciousness,who we are, is operating as an apparent closed system. Because we think, or this consciousness under thespell of thought thinks, that she is “my memories, my stories, my experiences, the circumstances of mylife”, and this body, with all that is implied in it.“I do,” “I speak,” “I get,” “I lack” – all the predicaments, all the verbs, all the predicates, just express orreinforce the concept of a limited system, a limited identity.10:14All that we say and think that follows the name or the pronoun “I” is tainted by the belief in limitation. Itbecomes shrunken to a very small thing: “I need this, I need that, I have this fear, I have that other wish ordesire.”The question is that we believe these things, not that we say them. That by itself is not the problem, if weunderstand. The problem, if we want to say there’s a problem – and it’s a problem only because sufferingis implicit in that point of view or paradigm – the problem is that we believe those categorizations and wesubmit this infinite consciousness to that very confining straightjacket in which we dress.We put our self in that by believing that we are apart from everything else. We become very limited inour movements, our abilities, very much at the mercy of this random universe. Because what is this body,in the midst of this ocean of existence? This body, planted in this planet, what is it? Nothing. We see itevery day – the illnesses, the catastrophes; it’s clear that the body, the person, is a very little thing. Andthis way of thinking, in limited-identity terms is reinforcing or feeding a constant anxiety, worry anddespair: “What about my future? What about my health? What about my survival?”Even if we are Ok in our corner of the world, because it’s prosperous or whatever, this way of thinkingthat is so universal, “Me, me, me, me,” is inseparable from fear and anxiety and all those problems,despair, etc. Because now you are here but maybe then you are somewhere else. And even if you arealways here, someday you will die. So we are afraid of death, and we try not to think about it.This is the scenario that the ego-paradigm creates. But then comes the spirituality of the East that says,“That’s a paradigm with no truth in it, with no foundation. It’s a misunderstanding.” It’s an approach that
 
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is very little known and very weird or strange for our culture. Because even religions as we know themare based on the idea of “me.” So you are here in this vale of tears, of sorrows. That is what is said in thereligions of the west, the Judaic religion and the Christian religion and the Muslim religion. We are in thisworld of suffering.But then you, the individual, can go to some heaven, somewhere else; and you can continue in thatheaven, you can keep that entity and last an eternity – with all your faults and all your defects, but theywill be sanctified then.They negotiate, the religions that we know here, in this side of the world. They negotiate with you aspecial passport to go to their heaven, keeping your individuality and your particularity. So you with yoursame name, Pam or Ann, with your same body, but a little bit reshaped, another version, just your samebody upgraded somehow, resurrected, will go to that heaven.20:52This is the model of religion that goes with the idea of a particular entity – that’s what we have beenacculturated to believe. But this model does not cure us while in this world, or in this form, from thatanxiety or despair or worry or preoccupation. Because we still have to negotiate and come to a deal withthese grantors of salvation.So there’s another anxiety; you just move the anxiety to another field: If you’re a good Christian you willgo to heaven, you will see Jesus, and you will see the Father. And if you are a good Muslim you will goto heaven also, where there are many angels; and if you are a man you will have seven thousand virgins atyour disposition.So we want that deal, and you have to earn it, and it is suffering to earn it because you have to behave.Then there comes some spiritual teaching from the East that says, “Well, this is all based on a wrongunderstanding. Who are you?” That’s all.Ann: What we really want is eternity, solid unmoving light, love.Clara: Yes, we want happiness, we want eternity...Ann: We want eternity as long as it’s filled with love and peace and happiness.Clara: Yes, we don’t want eternal hell, which is what they blackmail you with: you have to negotiate soyou don’t fall into eternal hell.Ann: The problem is, who is wanting it? Because who we are is already eternal peace and love andhappiness. But what we want it for is limited.Clara: There’s nothing wrong with aspirating to that infinity or eternity. Why? Because we are that. Itwould be against our own nature not to be oriented to our true self, our reality, our Truth, our true nature.But that’s disclosing what’s after the question, “Who am I?” That’s disclosing what appears after.These nondual teachings of the East just pose the question. “Who is wanting? Who are you? Who do youthink you are?” When that is answered you may find that you happen to be eternity, infinity, and so on –

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