Today’s spirituality has almost become a market place. So many teachers have so many things to offer. A seeker is confused due to so many offerings. What has he to do? There are so many conceptual teachings available today which may all be good and valid but often contradict each other. It is not unusual for a seeker to try out something new as soon as he feels he is not “getting” anywhere with the earlier practice. There is an element of anxiety to “get it all done” as soon as possible.

Such anxiousness, panic and greed to “reach” has blinded us so much that we fail to see that every moment offers us an awakening already. Every moment of recognition of still awareness is a moment into awakening. Every delay of such recognition is to deny awakening. So on the one hand we have the habit-enforced state of forgetfulness while on the other we have a remembrance of our true state.

When the senses move towards the movement of the mind it is a state of forgetfulness (of my true ever blissful nature) and when the senses move towards recognizing that still awareness which is ever present, it is a state of remembrance and awakening. In simple words the journey towards such recognition away from habit-enforced forgetfulness, sums up the entire pursuit of Self-realization. Really, it is just about taking that one step into recognition for forgetfulness to disappear.

This first results in the disconnection of the senses from mind-related movement. The relationship between senses and mind breaks as the senses start to acknowledge a background state of still and joyous awareness. The senses prefer to stay there and start disregarding the commands given by the mind. As this deepens, the senses and the pranas shaktis (life force) start to melt into each other and with this emerges an inner sixth sense (INTUITION). It is this sixth sense which perceives the SELF. Masters who say that the SELF cannot be known are obviously not wrong. What they mean to say is that the SELF cannot be known like an ordinary knowing – through our 5 senses (which can only provide knowledge of the world). The SELF is perceived and known as the ever new joy through this intuitive sixth sense.

~ Rajiv Kapur

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