Check out 'Enlightenment Blues' http://tinyurl.com/4ttdf So much about responsibility!
--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Vaj <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > A Quote to Wake Up To > > "Many mistakenly feel relieved from the burden of responsibility for > their own behaviour because of erroneous conclusions drawn from their > spiritual experiences of no-separation. Realising that "everything is > the self," they concluded that therefore there was nothing and nobody > to be responsible for. In this way of thinking, responsibility > implies duality, and any notion of responsibility is therefore seen > to be an expression of ignorance. In this view almost any form of > conduct becomes acceptable-when one proponent was asked why he > habitually acted rudely and with dishonesty, he said "Oh, that's not > real, that's just my personality." Another student said, "Nothing > matters because it's all Self." Others have answered with incredulity > when asked about responsibility for behaviour, "How can there be > responsibility in freedom? Who's responsible?" ..Many people do have > profound experiences when exposed to such teachings, but the > teachings usually have the effect of enslaving a person to a deluded > view that they are completely free simply because they have had a > glimpse of the fact that there never could have been a separate > entity who could be bound in the first place. It is at this point the > Advaita view, as it is frequently proclaimed these days, becomes > patently ridiculous. Such a view can make a person extremely > confident, because any difficulty that one is faced with, from within > or without, can be "Advaited" by saying that it is all unreal or all > the Self anyway .. However, this confidence becomes a form of > arrogance, a form of self-delusion, when it is used to avoid one's > own difficulties or areas of avoidance in order to obliterate the > uncomfortable, dualistic facts of one's own situation. The Advaita > view can paralyse a person and prevent him or her from sober self- > introspection because to consider one's "self" is to entertain > illusion, is to deny one's own realisation, is to embrace the falsity > of dualism. In this way, the opportunity to truly be free to face any > difficulty or imperfections in one's own character is destroyed. Any > desire to change anything, in this view, is seen to be coming from > the ego, from ignorance, because change implies separation and only > ego could want change." > > -Andrew Cohen > > Unless a person is perfectly, fully and finally Liberated by these > (Advaita) teachings (a very rare event) their lives will be to some > extent an expression of duality and an expression of ignorance. > ------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor --------------------~--> Join modern day disciples reach the disfigured and poor with hope and healing http://us.click.yahoo.com/lMct6A/Vp3LAA/i1hLAA/UlWolB/TM --------------------------------------------------------------------~-> To subscribe, send a message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Or go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ and click 'Join This Group!' Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/