Satsang in Milan – Italy, April 2009


Avasa: In the same way as if a fish is surrounded by water, a human being is surrounded by truth. The same way as the water around the fish pervades the whole body of the fish, the truth pervades the whole body of the human form. The form itself is a manifestation of truth.

What appears within it as the play of the mind is a manifestation of truth. That which knows of the presence of the body and the mind is the unmanifest aspect of truth. Now it seems strange if we are utterly completely saturated in truth, why truth is sought at all. It is all that exists. Every object in this room is truth manifesting. Every thought that appears in the mind that you imagine maybe to be personal, is the truth manifested. Every feeling that arises as physical or emotional is impersonal. It is the truth manifested. Now clearly if what is being stated here is true, and it is, it would seem futile to seek truth. The body is truth, your mind is truth, the world is truth, and what is manifesting in is the unmanifest aspect of truth. So why the seeking? For some reason we are not able to see directly. What it is we think lies in another moment.

This is because we are not looking in the right place in a sense. We are not focused on what is already present. There is a lot of misinformation about what this thing called enlightenment is, that every human being is seeking, that some of us are aware that we are seeking. Any description would be wrong, because in itself it has no description. Like trying to describe water to a fish that was not aware that it was in the water it was seeking. It was all around it, beside it. Already it’s … . but it has no description. This is why the seeking takes place. Because when the seeking action arises it arises with the intention of finding something. The seeking action ceases to arise when it is realized that there is nothing to find. When it is realized that that nothingness is all around. Both within and without. The body itself is made out of that nothing. Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. The form is the temporary appearance of emptiness, the emptiness is permanent. Which means literally that it is a complete waste of time seeking because you already are what you are looking for. It is not a feeling, it is not a bad feeling it is not a good feeling. The mind doesn’t like that word, ‘nothing’. But the truth is, the truth is nothing. It is not a feeling, it doesn’t have a shape, it has no color, taste or smell, it has no sound. It has no description. It requires something other than the senses of the mind to recognize the truth of oneself. When the truth is recognized, it is not recognized by the mind.

When the truth is recognized it is recognized by the truth itself. It is self confirming. It is strange that it should be self confirming in every single moment. When we claim to be a spiritual seeker what we are actually stating is that we notice that there is a seeking action present in the body. It has always been there. We just suddenly become aware of it. And as a spiritual seeker not knowing what it is we are looking for, we think that the accumulation of knowledge or experiences will at some moment reach its peak and enlightenment will take place. Well this is not true. Any more than reaching of the seventh chakra immediately results in enlightenment. The energy can be at base level, first second or third chakra and enlightenment can take place, because the whole chakra system, all those systems that are based upon gaining knowledge and experience happen in time.

Enlightenment is not the result of time. It is not a product of time. It is the eternal. It is the recognition that what one is, is the eternal. That happen in any moment. We don’t need to add one more experience, or one more word of knowledge to what we already are. In order for this realization to take place. In fact believing we need to go through any system is an avoidance of what can be presently recognized. Whenever realization has taken place, it has always taken place in the eternal moment. Which is this moment that we are in right now. It has never taken place, it has never taken place in the past. It can only take place now. Now is a presence which never changes, which views the world through the senses of the human form. Presence which is eternal. Still unchanging, rested. Not in time, not affected by time. But the witness of time. And this is what is recognized in that moment of realization. The self which is recognized at the moment of realization is the nothing that is looking through the eyes of the form. The eternal nothingness. It was never anywhere than right where the body was in each and every moment. So simple but so obvious when this is seen. I know a few people here in these meetings who have had a glimpse of this and those glimpses will continue to repeat without your help. Also anything you do will not hinder that glimpse returning.

And eventually it will become stabilized, the seeing of this will become permanent. This is the way it takes place. It isn’t the result of anything, it is a sudden insight, the seeing of what lies behind the play in time observing time, it can’t be claimed, it can’t be held onto we don’t need to do that. It is always present, we don’t need methods, we don’t need to do anything. To arrive at it, it is already arrived at. It is what we are. It is the one who is living through these forms right now. … to have improved but it isn’t. It is silent, still, colorless, tasteless, without any smell, without any feeling, we already have it. The mind might tell you another story. It does that, it arises out of this tries to convince itself that it isn’t so. The truth is you cannot get away from truth, you cannot get to it. Because it is already, always has been what you are.

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