Here is something to ponder. Comment freely.
Awakening is not an accident anymore
During the past few weeks I've several times come across a specific problem in the spiritual/mind training scene related to awakening. I am referring to the matter of even very seasoned or somewhat experienced spiritual seekers being frustrated with the fact that despite of their long efforts and following the advices they have been given, they have not yet awakened. Adding to this problem, it seems to me that spiritual guides do not always specifically know what awakening specifically is and what takes place with awakening, even if they are awakened themselves and therefore are able to recognise the awakening of others. This is turn has an impact to the instructions and technology that people are told to use or not use in their pursuit of awakening.
I have defined awakening as the dropping off of the notion of me from the place of subject, so I will not repeat it here. My book Awake! Stories of awakening and dialogues leading to it is available for free at Samadhi Path-website so get it and learn about the two part formula, if you are not familiar with it already.
Just letting you know that I have written and edited an extended version of the book that is already finished in the Finnish language. I am seeking a publisher for it at the moment. The present English version of the book that is available for free, is also being edited and extended as we speak.
Couple of popular misconceptions regarding awakening are that A) doing some spiritual practices will somehow make you awakened or B) nothing cannot be done to get awakened. Depending on the situation both can be true. However, based on my long study with masters and work as a direct pointer that has lead to awakening of over 30 people during the past 1? years, I have to reject both of these views as valid statements in a large scale. Based on what I have witnessed I have to say that with the majority of people neither of these views are airtight and therefore they are impractical and misleading.
Practices will awaken you
Committing in some spiritual practices might or might not make one awakened. In fact, based on my years of study and research it seems that, yes some people get awakened through various spiritual practices but these people are a very small minority among the larger mass of awakened people. Therefore, it seems that committing in some practices, whatever they might be, does not naturally and automatically result to awakening, except in few cases.
Nothing cannot be done to get awakened
The claim that nothing cannot be done to get awakened is misleading altogether. Based on my experience that simply is not the case. I feel that this claim is misleading because there are certain things that can be done to get awakened. I am referring to the two step formula that has worked for 92% of people that I have worked with. This is a statistical fact. These people have different social, educational and spiritual backgrounds, and include both men and women of all ages. Some of them have none prior spiritual training or meditation practice history.
Awakening is not an accident anymore
"Awakening is like an accident. You can't make it happen but spiritual practices make you accident prone." This is one of the catch phrases I've heard. It is true that awakening might come about like an accident, completely unexpectedly or as a side product to some practice but again these people are a marginal group among awakened folk as large. I know personally about 50-60 awakened individuals. Out of them only 2 or 3 have awakened spontaneously or accidentally through some practices. Therefore, I have to refute this view as well. In my experience, there is a way to generate awakening in a pragmatic manner with solid results.
As I post information to the internet about the Guidance to Awakening that I offer, people often meet it with suspect, sometimes as a joke, sometimes with insult. I completely understand these reactions because our present spiritual culture does not offer truly valid methods for awakening. At the same time there is a huge enlightenment business going on all around the world, so it is logical for people to react in this manner. I get it. In such cases I have encouraged people to read the materials I have presented to get a sense of what I am talking about. Fortunately some people are able to meet this information with reason and use it for their benefit.
Two step formula is for all
In this post I have expressed some critical views while at the same time praising the method, two step formula, that I use myself. I want to clarify why I do this.
First of all, the two step formula, is not my invention. I received it intuitively after I had been asked for help by a friend who hadn't awakened after a professional meditation practice of over 30 years. I thought for a moment what would be the most direct way to help my friend awaken, and snap, just like that, the formula came to my mind. It worked well in my friend's case so I have used it ever since. It was only later that I read from a source that the same formula is used in some Tibetan dzogchen-tradition as a preliminary practice. I think it is safe to assume that they have been using it for centuries as their tradition is ancient. So, the two step formula is not my invention, it just came to me. At the same time, I have not come across any other method of mind training or a spiritual teacher who publicly uses it.
While I have the responsibility to spread Samadhi Path-teachings that me and my wife have learned from non-physical masters, I have no interest in becoming a famous guru. To me personally it is enough to meet people who are really interested in becoming awakened and especially keen towards attaining karmic purity through Tibetan Heart Yoga, that is the main tantric method that I teach.
Having said that I am concerned with the spiritual situation of people in general. Having suffered a lot myself due to confused mind and dualistic delusion, I feel I want to do my best in helping others to get awakened and even mature further. That is because awakening and karmic purity puts an end to confusion and delusion caused by the dualistic mind. I feel that as a human being and a spiritual teacher I should do whatever I can to bring valid spiritual help to as many people as possible, whether they know me personally or not.
For this reason, I hope that the two step formula would be used by other spiritual guides and awakened teachers as well. It works so well. It gives the desired results in 9 out of 10 cases within the time span ranging from 6 hours to 12 days once the dialogue has begun. In two cases it has even worked without me being involved as a guide, even though later on I verified the awakenings. The percentage (92%) might be higher had I been more experienced in giving guidance with the formula when I gave my first guidances.
I hope this post of mine cleares up some things about this topic, the two step formula and about the Guidance to Awakening that Samadhi Path offers. I also hope that this piece of spiritual/mind training technology spreads far and wide to all those who seek their way out of dualistic confusion.
Thank you for reading,
- Baba, 20.11.2015