Teleconference with North America 12-20-2009
Topic: Inner Integrity
Bhagavan: I spoke with Mexico yesterday and Sweden and Italy today. What I notice was there seems to be a misunderstanding about the teachings. They have gone through Level 1 and Level 2. From the way they’re asking the questions, I could clearly see they’ve misunderstood the teachings. Now the oneness teaching is actually a very, very simple teaching.
What you need to understand is that If it sounds complex, there is some misunderstanding about the teaching. And then if you understand that you have to put in some effort, then again, you have misunderstood the teaching. By saying no effort, we do not mean indifference at all. This should not be mistaken for indifference.
Let us see what is it we are saying. Basically we could put the entire oneness teaching into one word, That is AWARENESS. So, very often we are getting questions like saying, “Look I know I have ugliness, I have jealousy, I have no love, I have anger, I have violence and I am trying to experience suffering and now it’s not happening and when is it I’m going to change and I find that I am helpless.”
So we get these kind of questions. What is most important to understand in oneness is the content of your mind is NOT AT ALL important. It could be anything. It could be violence, non-violence, anger, hatred, jealousy frustration, fear, what not. All that whole range of thoughts, feelings and emotions. We’re just not concerned about them. Because we are not trying to change at all. There is no effort to change because we cannot change. We cannot change because these are the properties of the human mind which is very ancient and there is only one mind.
What is it we’re trying to do? What is this change we’re talking about? On the one hand, we say no change and on the other hand, we still do seem to talk about some sort of change. All that we are talking about is please become intensely aware of what is going on. That’s all. There is nothing else you could do. There is nothing else you should do. That is why we’re talking about it as effortless effort.
The only effort is slightly becoming aware of what is going on and then saying. “Okay. Let me become aware.” That’s all.
Then, as you try to become aware, you will realize it’s next to impossible. It’s that difficult to start with. That’s when you throw in the towel and say “Oh my God it is not possible.” That is the time, we say, you better surrender. This surrender is not some kind of slavish surrender. It’s just the realization that you cannot do anything and nothing is happening. It’s then that you invoke the divine through a blessing. Then the blessing will take you where you should go. And where do you go? You go nowhere because there is nowhere to go in the first place. You only become more and more aware of what is going on.
And the teaching says that first step, the last step. This does not mean that after you have taken the first step, you are going to go somewhere. You are not going to go anywhere at all for the simple reason there is nowhere to go. So what’s the first step? The first step is awareness. What’s the last step? Awareness. So what is there? There is only awareness. Awareness is the be all and end all of all things. Please understand that awareness is not going to take you anywhere. It is not going to free you of jealousy. Understand that awareness is not going to free you from anger. It’s not going to make you into a saint. No, not at all Awareness will only be giving you freedom with jealousy, Freedom with anger, freedom with hatred. You will stop tampering with them and you will stop trying to change them. What is in the beginning is awareness. What is in the middle is awareness. What is in the end is awareness. When you are aware, you are fully awake, When you are awake, you are living and no more existing.
Right now you are in the state of day dreaming. All the while, you are caught up in this conflict the thought is producing. You are somewhere and you’re trying to get somewhere. That is the movement of thought. You are engaged in this and you are caught up in that. That is why you do not live, but you are merely existing. This is the situation which is going to change in the year 2012. Even before that it is going to happen to lots of people if you correctly understand the teachings.
So I’ll repeat, you are not going anywhere. You are not going to change anything. There is nothing you can change. All that we’re expecting from you is please become intensely aware of what is going on. It’s a beautiful movie that you could enjoy. There is no better movie than that. And no better book you can read than that. You cannot read it as long as there is no awareness. To be aware is all there is. To be aware is to have the presence in you. As your awareness deepens, the presence deepens. And there comes a point when you are so intensely aware that the presence is almost completely there. The presence is what you call God. At that point you become God. You and the presence are totally one. You, the awareness and the presence will all completely become one. That’s when you see for yourself that you are God. We are trying to get there.
So, I hope that from this moment onwards, you will just see what is going on. Don’t try to do anything to it. There is nothing you can do to it. It’s just there. That is the truth. That is inner integrity. That is being authentic. Don’t be indifferent to It, please, but be intensely aware of it. That’s all you have to do. That is the oneness teaching. That’s the most fundamental teaching. Other teachings are mainly supportive of it. Like saying the first step is like the last step. Experience it. When you try to experience it, there is no experiencing at all. When you’re aware, experience is automatically taking place. You are experiencing reality as it is. What we are merely trying to describe, but then you try to put an effort, “Okay, I must now experience suffering. All right, I must experience reality is at is. All right I’ll be a better human being.” There is no such thing as a better human being or a lower human being.
Out of this awareness action arises spontaneously. That is what we call action. Everything else you may call action, but it is merely activity. This action — some may call it who are not awakened good action and some may call it bad action, right action or wrong action. For someone who is awakened, it is just action. For him, it is perfect action. This arises from complete awareness.