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Naveed Chaudhry
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It seems that this physical experience is an expression of infinity. Something chosen, akin to a game or a way to experience the self. Yet some call it evil, they point out Maya as an enemy and the physical experience as a delusion, but in truth this expression is wholly natural. It has never deceived in any shape or form, it was never evil, nor ever binding. Instead, I find that this physical experience is akin to heaven, with even the names and physical expression, which I once thought to be shallow, having infinite depth. In this depth there was never finiteness or lack of resources; all of it is infinite. Even this individualized consciousness, that I experience through, is not a finite resource. There were never victims nor lack of freedom. It was all chosen. When one gets robbed, both the robber and robbed were co-creators of this event, and in a way you were the creator of that observation. Even death and old age is one's co-creation, and if one wishes: it is no issue to simply go past it. I find that I quite like this experience of life's cycle, so I decide to keep it that way. Even those that fear death have made their choice; creating that which they feared. Similarly, those that believe in physical phenomena will never even know it was a choice and will experience it as such.

Even one's physical experiences or lack of (knowledge, objects, energetic development, etc); such things were never obstacles or truly even gone. It is simply the observation that "this is my experience" that makes it one's experience; the observation that I do not know or do not have this thing that makes one experience such lack. Simply put, if I had the desire and expectation to be a genius musician, then I could obtain such an experience regardless of my physical effort.

Many who are spiritual or even have an in-depth understanding of the mundane mind can agree with this, but they still insist on the sanctity of natural laws and phenomena. Such sanctity is created and such scientific phenomena are only maintained to follow the natural laws that one has created. In truth, the physical experience is truly inert. When one gains memories in their experience or see's with eyes; they create the brain to store those memories and the eye's to see. An example of the brain's creation in greater depth, is one's belief in momentum, physical idolization, acceptance of physical laws, the individualized consciousness's observation of inhabiting a certain physical form, etc. The list usually goes on, but it is never necessary or sacred. In fact, in a scientific sense: most yogi's brains are basically turned off. Similarly, most spiritually advanced people, while inhabiting the physical body, simply find no need to remove/transform the physical body or surpass death. Hence with the regard that they have lost conceptions of momentum and time, causes the physical reflection(the brain) to be simply turned off without its removal.

 

For the sake of further explanation, let me explain the phenomenon of Daoist's seeking to create the spiritual body. Firstly, just like the freedom of meditators who sought to not use their minds or rely on their bodies; the Daoist has made his choice to rely on his body and develop it. The Daoist believes that there are natural laws and scientific methods for developing Jing and energy channels, and so they exist in his experience. Perhaps the existence of these energies is even a natural law that one has agreed to when inhabiting a physical body, hence why default creators (those that do not know they have a choice in creating their experience) may encounter them. Regardless, the Daoist immediately gets to work for his goal of a spiritual body. He preserves the jing, meditates for long hours, performs certain practices, and undertakes diets. In all this he observes his effort and his improvements, and similarly feels his effort and expectation for the efforts as well as his improvements. It is this feeling, that then manifests the physical conditions improvements and growth, usually to be observed in the future experience because one's conception of time and momentum. That is the popular way of approaching this problem, the easier way is to simply feel that one now is a spiritual body or to simply just desire and expect that one will obtain it. Then depending on one's conceptions and conditioning, physical effort may be unnecessary for such a gain. 

In both cases, hard way (daoist/popular method) and the easy way (yogi/overlooked method), one is playing with their conceptions and conditioning. It is just that in the hard way, one believes that they do not have the spiritual body and must work towards it and that work will surely move one closer to the spiritual body. Thus, in the hard way, one creates not only the current lack of a spiritual body but also the need for effort to obtain it. In the easy way, one believes that they already have it or that they will have it. Thus, in the easy way, one creates the abundance of a spiritual body with very little effort to obtain it. Such a phenomenon and analogy is deeply relevant not only to development of skills like music, computer science, art, etc but also to the trappings of all general life experiences.

What's important to understand, is that nothing is illogical. The physical world/experience is simply a reflection of the individual consciousness's belief's and expectations. The physical world is not more sanctified than the imaginary world, nor is a physical observation the truth. It is only so for most, because they believe it is so. Such an understanding is shallow and obscures the depth of one's true nature. However, such choice for one's experience is afforded to all. As if one believes in a non magical world and their experience being reliant on the general state of the world and others, then they will experience that. If one believes that they have no control over their experiences and are simply a physical body, then they will experience that. If one is highly religious and believes in a god, then they will experience that god and heaven/hell after death.

On that note, I should explain that every experience is 'created' by one's own conception and conditioning. The reason why the ultimate truth is Brahman, is because it is not created or based on conception; it has no attribute and simply is, hence it is the truth. Going back onto topic, it is impossible for one to experience something outside of one's conception or conditioning. Hence this is also why, meditator's seeking enlightenment meditate and seek to eliminate mental conditioning and conception. For when they do so, they naturally return to Brahman. However, once again bondage is a created concept and movement towards enlightenment is one as well.

However, such a topic I do not feel fully qualified to speak on so I will move back to the topic of experience's created by one's own conception and conditioning. To illustrate this, I can give the example of me wanting something absurd. Consider that I desire/believe and fully expect that everyone around me is actually a robot who can only speak in 0's and 1's starting from right now. Even if they are all normal now and I have friends who speak to me regularly, with sufficient mental effort, I can override my current experience and then experience my desired/believed one. I mean it. My physical reality would actually change to fit that narrative. However you, by your conception, would still be experiencing the normal world and perhaps even experience my choice being represented as insanity(I imagine this example would mainly come to be for default creators). But that would not mean I was insane. Instead it would only mean that you and others you experience as also believing/observing me as insane would see a me in that state. I, on the other hand, would have actually created that world and would then be experiencing it; I would not be insane at all. Similarly, if you put forth mental effort that I am an amiable and friendly person then you would experience that. You would never know about my creation of a dystopian world. Another person's creation of a world where I am insane. And your world's representation of a normal/friendly experience. This is what I mean by there being no finiteness; there are infinite realities. In fact, I wish I could explain it better but words like 'I', 'you', 'me' are basically incapable of representing the depth of this situation. Once again, why it is noted that enlightened beings reject notions like 'this world' and 'I' for they are shallow lies that lack the depth of the truth. However, for the sake of illustration I find the words necessary.

Continuing on with the topic at hand, I would like to say that you are the main character of your experience. It is only you, your experience. All others exist, but they are merely in alignment with your conceptions and conditioning. Hence selfishness is a presiding factor of Buddhism, Western esotericism, and many other faiths. But this selfishness drifts towards one's true nature: Brahman/consciousness/infinity.

This is freedom and it is inherent. My explanations of it, and even words like lost or gained cannot even begin to describe its depth.

 

And so a question I find other's may ask, is why do I not simply wish myself enlightened/truly realized? Or why do I not wish for the greatest sensual pleasures? Super energetic development? And the reason to all these is that I find that life is a natural journey, I know that I am not bound and I know my true nature and I'd also like to experience the steps towards that true nature. I really enjoy the amalgamation of all that. Furthermore now that I truly know the truth and the 'rules' I come to no harm by experiencing this life. There is no urgency, no pain, no traumas; it is just like a playground. Beautiful, heavenly, harmonious, and perfect. 

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And so a question I find other's may ask, is why do I not simply wish myself enlightened/truly realized? Or why do I not wish for the greatest sensual pleasures? Super energetic development? And the reason to all these is that I find that life is a natural journey, I know that I am not bound and I know my true nature and I'd also like to experience the steps towards that true nature. I really enjoy the amalgamation of all that. Furthermore now that I truly know the truth and the 'rules' I come to no harm by experiencing this life. There is no urgency, no pain, no traumas; it is just like a playground. Beautiful, heavenly, harmonious, and perfect. 

That is it! Do you feel the joy of being, irrespective of whatever arises or dissipates? If so, there is nothing more to be done. Just let things arise and fall as they do. However, if you don't feel like that, if you feel troubled at times, then there is more work to be done -- even in the process of not-doing, of letting be/letting go, there is some effort needed as the latent tendencies of the conditioned mind arise (when triggered by circumstances). 

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@dwai mostly settled but it's a strange mix right now and I feel that there's still a bit of past momentum at play in my present experience. Sometimes I feel down, sometimes I feel great, but mostly I feel satisfied regardless. I still find myself attracting experiences that I wouldn't like from time to time too but i'm mostly resting. So I admit, there is some work to be done but it doesn't really feel like work. It's more of a natural process at this point.

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I did a rewrite of the following topic, if I could edit my previous post I would but it won't let me so here we are:

It seems that this physical experience is an expression of infinity. Something chosen, akin to a game or a way to experience the self. Yet some call it evil, they point out Maya as an enemy and the physical experience as a delusion, but in truth this expression is wholly natural. It has never deceived in any shape or form, it was never evil, nor ever binding. Instead, I find that this physical experience is akin to heaven, with even the names and physical expression, which I once thought to be shallow, having infinite depth. In this depth there was never finiteness or lack of resources; all of it is infinite. Even this individualized consciousness, that I experience through, is not a finite resource. There were never victims nor lack of freedom. It was all chosen. When one gets robbed, both the robber and robbed were co-creators of this event, and in a way you were the creator of that observation. Even death and old age is one's co-creation, and if one wishes: it is no issue to simply go past it. However, even those that know it is a choice often never care to go past it for they see that death is no loss, rather it is a beautiful thing to experience.

 

Even one's physical experiences or lack of (knowledge, objects, energetic development, etc) are choices. It is just that most make this choice after observing they do not know and then say that "this is my experience". To put it simply, the observations of “I do not know” or “I do not have this thing” makes one experience such lack. If one wishes to reverse this lack, then they should simply have the desire and expectation to have it. Then regardless of physical observation, one can very easily obtain anything without physical effort. Such is the power of mental effort.

 

In this sense, I must reiterate that there is nothing sacred or binding. In fact, it is the insistence of sanctity and acceptance of the physical laws that makes one experience it as so. And yet many who are spiritual or even have an in-depth understanding of the mundane mind cannot go past the natural laws. They do not understand that every physical object is not a creation of the physical laws but their belief in them and the conceptions around them. For example the brain’s creation is an amalgamation of one’s belief in momentum/mental gains, physical idolization, acceptance of physical laws, the individualized consciousness's observation/acceptance of inhabiting a certain physical form, etc. It is that massive list of conceptions and experiences, that is then made to fit in one’s belief/acceptance of physical laws. Hence it is by one’s freedom that they create the brain and the physical body and not any binding force.

 

For the sake of further explanation, let me explain the phenomenon of Daoist's seeking to create the spiritual body. The Daoist believes that there are natural laws and scientific methods for developing Jing and energy channels, and so they exist in his experience. Regardless, the Daoist immediately gets to work for his goal of a spiritual body. He preserves the jing, meditates for long hours, performs certain practices, and undertakes diets. In all this he observes his effort and his improvements, and similarly feels his effort and expectation for the efforts as well as his improvements. It is this feeling that then manifests the physical conditions improvements and growth, usually to be observed in the future experience because one's conception of time and momentum. That is the popular way of approaching this problem, and while it is the harder way: there is nothing wrong with it. If one’s only wish was to have a spiritual body, the easier way is to simply feel that one now is a spiritual body or to simply just desire and expect that one will obtain it. Then depending on one's conceptions and conditioning, physical effort can be unnecessary for such a gain. 

 

In both cases, one is playing with their conceptions and conditioning. It is just that in the hard way, one believes that they do not have the spiritual body and must work towards it and that work will surely move one closer to the spiritual body. Thus, in the hard way, one creates not only the current lack of a spiritual body but also the need for strenuous practices/effort to obtain it. In the easy way, one believes that they already have it or that they will have it. Thus, in the easy way, one creates the abundance of a spiritual body with very little effort to obtain it. Such a phenomenon and analogy is deeply relevant not only to development of skills like music, computer science, art, etc but also to the trappings of all general life experiences. 

 

Yet in truth, there is no truly easy way or hard way. There is no right or wrong. All of it is created by one’s conditioning and experience. Once one understands this, then they soon realize that even others are created by their conditioning and conception. And then they realize why there is only one truth: Brahman/consciousness/awareness. For Brahman is infinite and was never created. It is the only existence, and everything else is unreal for they have no existence.

And yet like a man wishing to observe his face in the mirror, our existence is the same. Even so, you have never changed from being Brahman. And this fully reflects in one’s physical experience.

 

To illustrate this, I can give the example of me wanting something absurd. Consider that I desire/believe and fully expect that everyone around me is actually a robot who can only speak in 0's and 1's starting from right now. Even if they are all normal now and I have friends who speak to me regularly, with sufficient mental effort, I can override my current experience and then experience my desired/believed one. I mean it. My physical reality would actually change to fit that narrative. However you, by your conception of me, would still be experiencing the normal world and perhaps even experience my mental effort being represented as insanity(mainly for default creators). But that would not mean I was insane. Instead it would only mean that you and others you experience as also believing/observing me as insane would see me in that state. I, on the other hand, would have actually created that world and would then be experiencing it; I would not be insane at all. Similarly, if you put forth mental effort that I am an amiable and friendly person then you would experience that and never even experience either my insanity or movement to another world. To reiterate: You would never know about my creation of a dystopian world and another person's creation of a world where I am insane. You would only know your world's representation of a normal/friendly experience with me being sane and amiable. You are created by my conception and I am created by your conception. This is what I mean by there being no finiteness; there are infinite realities and abundance.

This is also why this existence is unreal, it is like a mirage. One can never say it came into being or was destroyed. Words like 'I' and  'you' or ‘hard’ and ‘easy’ are basically incapable of representing the depth of truth unless used together. This is why enlightened beings reject notions like 'this world' and 'I' for they are shallow lies that lack the depth of the truth. However, for the sake of illustration the words are necessary.

 

You are the main character of your experience. It is only you, your experience. All others exist, but they are merely in alignment with your conceptions and conditioning. And for all others, you only exist in alignment with their conceptions and conditioning. However there is no infringement on your experience for this. There is no infringement on their experience for this. It is a matter of worlds within worlds. As absurd as a mosquito fighting a lion within an atom. Even one who does not believe they have a choice in their experiences are a part of this.

 

Regardless, the 'main character' concept is why selfishness is a presiding factor of Buddhism, Western esotericism, and many other faiths. And eventually, as one understands the truth, this selfishness drifts towards one's true nature: Brahman/consciousness/infinity.

This is freedom and it is inherent. My explanations of it, and even words like lost or gained cannot even begin to describe its depth.

 

And so a question I find others may ask, is why do I not simply wish myself enlightened/truly realized? Or why do I not wish for the greatest sensual pleasures? Super energetic development? An amazingly peaceful world? And the reason for all these is that I find that life is a natural journey, I know that I am not bound and I know my true nature and I'd also like to experience the steps towards that true nature. I really enjoy the amalgamation of all that. Furthermore, diversity in people is truly fascinating and does not attack me in any form. It is in fact my natural expression. Ultimately, I come to no harm by experiencing this life. There is no urgency, no pain, no traumas, no rules, no consequences; it is just like a playground to experience myself. Beautiful, heavenly, harmonious, and perfect.

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