You are the teacher and your -self- is teaching
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Question: You tell us that inner integrity is fundamental for spiritual awakening.
But when we practice it we see that we are the same selfish person as we were. Then how will this practice help us to contribute to our awakening? In spite of the process and teachings we find more and more ugliness. Reality shows us that what we love today is what we betray tomorrow. Then how do we stop this ugliness from affecting our condition to move forward? How do we make our heart flower instead of withering away?
Bhagavan: You see that exactly is the problem. You already condemn this ugliness. And you are saying it must change. How did you go from here? It's all the wrong questions. All that we are saying is: it is neither ugliness nor is it beautiful. That is the problem. The mind is divisive in nature because mind is nothing but a flow of a thought. And what is thought? Thought is measurement. What do you do with measurement? You divide.
It is dividing as the ugly and the beautiful. It is saying this should not be there that must happen. That's where you are caught up. That is exactly what the teaching is telling: please understand the content is never important! Whatever be the content that is of no consequence. It is not 'your' content or 'his' content. It is a content in collective consciousness. It is just there. All that we are telling is please don't try to tamper with it.
What is inner integrity? Inner integrity is just seeing what is there. Not trying to condemn it as good or bad, right or wrong or giving explanations or saying how should it be in 2012? What should I change? I am still self-centered. I am still ugly. I am still struggling. Who asks you to struggle? Who asks you to change? Not at all.
All that we are telling is please see what is going on. It's very alive inside you. From moment to moment it's changing. It's as alive as an ocean. The waves are coming up and down. Your waves - all waves go away. Similarly thoughts are coming - going away. Emotions are coming - they are going away,
Personalities emerging and they are going away. Whole drama is taking place inside you. You are nothing but the universe. We are just saying: please don't condemn it. Don't try to change it. There is selfishness. Yes. It is not 'your' selfishness. It is not 'his' selfishness. It is selfishness.
Suffering is not 'your' suffering. Suffering is suffering whether you have it or he has it. We are all one. It's just there with us for millions of years. And it will be so until the brain changes.
So, you are selfish. Yes. That's the truth. You are rubbish pits and septic tanks. You are a rubbish pit and someone else is septic tank. That is what we have in the collective consciousness. It is there. You have gathered it over millions of years. Nothing we can do about it.
I am not asking you to become saints. Not at all! I want you to become sages. Who is a sage? He doesn’t think what is right or wrong. He is just responds to life - that's all. He could be violent in a moment he could be a peaceful another moment.
He could help you a moment he cannot help you another moment. He is just responding to situations as they arise. He sees perfect action. You cannot call it good action or bad action or right or wrong. He just responds. And he does not go back and think whether is a right thing or a wrong thing. He keeps responding. He is just seeing what is going on. The content is not important for him.
So please just look at your ugliness. And then soon you stop calling it ugly. It could look very beautiful also. What looks useful could look ugly also. Therefore you must take a neutral stand. Not that you take a neutral stand. It must become neutral. Not that you behave like an enlightened one. No. You have to be enlightened.
Not that you behave like an awakened person and you put in effort. If you do that you will never get there. The problem with you is you attend level 1, level 2, this and that and then all of that becomes concepts.
And then you want to get there. You want to achieve that. And then you are doomed. There is nothing to achieve, nowhere to go. Everything is perfect. See things are perfect.
And what will help you? Inner integrity. As you go deeper and deeper it becomes easier and easier. And that is very enjoyable because conflict ceases. Because inner integrity is just seeing what is there. You don' t lie to yourself. It’s ok to lie to somebody.
But the problem is you are often lying to yourself. Nonstop lying is going on to yourself because you don't want to see what is there because you think it is ugly. Who said it's ugly? Some teacher? Some scripture? Well, you have nothing to do with that. It's just there. That's all.
That is the truth. How can you play with the truth? You cannot tamper with the truth. The truth is that, yes you are selfish. But why do you call it selfish? Why do you name it selfish? Why do you say it's bad? It's just there. And you are not in control.
So if you would go deeper it all becomes natural it all becomes automatic. There is no need to change. What happens then? Please do it and see. If I tell you something it will again lead you to a concept. Just do it - it's not difficult. Start with your breath go inside and go inside just see what's going on.
Don't read any scripture or any teaching - not even my teaching. Just see what is going on. That's all. You are the teacher. And the teaching is your self. It's there right inside you the teaching. That is real teaching what's going on. Nothing more.
So if I give you a teaching and you make it a concept you are not going to get anywhere. I am just giving you some help. That's all. Teachings must come from inside from your observation from what you see. Then you must speak it out. Then you will see it has got power.
Love you all. Namaste. Thank you. Thank you so much.