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David Spero - Tasting Vedanta

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Enlightenment must be to your satisfaction. No guru, no master, no enlightened being can tell you when your process has consummated. It's simply a question of quenching of all your spiritual thirsts. And only you can truly know when that happens. This understanding should erase all the erroneous notions of stages of consciousness and states of realization. Especially the singularly erroneous notion that there is a certain state, a particular level, that one reaches whereby one can claim real, true, genuine enlightenment. When I say that, "it must be to your satisfaction", it means that it's directly revealed. It means that you yourself, inherently, are the teacher. You are the master. And it's your own process of slowly unveiling that mastery that gives you the authority to declare your own realization. However, that does not mean that one can simply say what ever one wants to say and that's true. I'm not saying that there is no such thing as enlightenment. I'm simply saying that it's ultimately revealed to and by and within oneself. There will always be characters that make false proclamations. People who claim inaccurate authorship of enlightenment. And that's just the way it is. That's how life is. There are clothing manufacturers who make sweaters that will fall apart in 6 months or so and they still call is a sweater. There are shoe manufacturers who make shoes that fall apart in 3 months and they still say that they sell shoes. That doesn't invalidate the truth of people that really make good sweaters and good shoes. They're the real sweater makers and the real cobblers. So in the same way in the spiritual field there will always be inaccuracies. There will be, whether intentional or unintentional, misinformation conveyed. But that doesn't invalidate the entire subject of enlightenment. But I can tell you this, that if you really listen to what I'm saying, it's quite powerful. That only you can actually know what your own condition is. Only you have access to view your heart. No one else. And when that point comes when all of your longing, your imaginations, your desires for ecstatic spiritual understanding have occurred, then the whole project comes to an end. Then you are living in the state of Vedanta. You are living in that state where there is an end to all knowledge. All knowledge about this topic of enlightenment. It doesn't mean that there is an end to all knowledge, obviously. The relative fields of knowledge will go on evolving. Geology, archeology, philosophy will all continue to evolve based on creative thinking, based on scholarly investigations and the sharing of minds. But when we are talking about enlightenment we are talking about the radical self understanding of awareness itself. And only that can be known by the subject. That's a field that is solely within consciousness. And it is simply understood, a state in which the bliss, the inherent bliss of being has overtaken or subsumed an individual life. When what goes on living in a life is the massive awakening of consciousness into itself. So that has a particular texture and feel to it, what that means that consciousness is enraptured by it's own presence. And the ensuing bliss that happens as a result of that seeing, that kind of understanding. So never compare yourself with a book, a message that come out of a book or an image that you can glean from reading a spiritual book. What any master has said in the past was only relevant essentially to their own process of awakening. If they were a genuine master, it was only about them. So turn into the immediacy of right now and let's do this work.

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Duration: 8 minutes and 5 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 132
Posted by: friendsofdavidspero on Nov 1, 2008

An internet talk by Spiritual Master/Avatar, David Spero, whose teachings are inclusive of many spiritual approaches: Advaita Vedanta, Divine Mother, Kundalini Shakti, Meditation.

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