Be Bhakta to those who seek your Help

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"Sometimes I feel I am everything, I call that Love. Sometimes I feel I am nothing, I call that Wisdom. Between Love and Wisdom my life continuously flows."
- Nisargadatta Maharaj

Having just joined this forum, There is hesitancy starting off being critical, but something has been disturbing here.

I regard Nisargadatta Maharaj as the Jnani that entered the Dream with the words "Awake". The above quote is a favorite, as it wonderfully describes the nature of the Jnani.

In reading this forum, and it's many answers and responses, it is easy to see that "feeling" like no-thing is easily accepted by many, and insisted upon by some, at least on the intellectual level. This Neo/pseudo advaita is so common these days, particularly in the West, that it has become a kind of game. "Who is asking?", "There is nothing to do", "You are already Enlightened" are all the kinds of things we hear in Neo/pseudo advaita.

Not that these are not true answers, questions or statements, but, when questions are asked by sincere, earnest seekers, they deserve a compassionate answer that is expressly for them. A True Jnani will do this.

We hear so often of Satsangs, particularly in the West, where questioners are subjected to oneupsmanship by the "guru", and then laughed at by the satsang community. There is no attempt to bring understanding to the seeker, just the use of advaita "speak" "Who is asking?", "There is nothing to seek", etc. This is not Advaita, this is ridicule, and an attempt to bolster the ego of the so called guru.

I read on here so many blogs, and questions, that are immediately answered with calling people lazy, saying that the "I" is still present, or that one is still caught up in the egoic self. Some of the people who do this are claiming "realization" or "enlightenment".

Let's return for a moment, to the above quotation. "When I feel I am everything, I call that Love." This seems to be the missing ingredient in the "realization", "enlightenment" of many who play these games.

When a "seeker" comes to the "guru" this is consciousness "meeting" itself. In the True Jnani, like Nisargadatta, there is compassion, and an exact understanding of the "seekers" position and progress. (Now I know, there is no progress or position, just as there is no "seeker" or "guru", but "relative" reality, can tolerate this for the sake of compassion.) This is the key. Compassion sees where the "seeker" is in his search, and answers appropriately. Any attempt to play oneupsmanship, or demean the "seeker" just demonstrates the false guru's attempt to bolster his ego, and to be "right".

Nisargadatta spoke of "God". He also spoke of "Love". He was hard on some of his questioners, no doubt. But he only addressed his answers to "consciousness", as it presented itself in the form before him. He did not try to give "meat" to those who were not weaned off "milk" yet. Compassion is the key. Jnana is the Yoga of the mind. But the mind cannot know the Truth. Only with a combination of Jnana and Bhakti, can one know the Absolute. A Jnani acts. He acts beyond the mind. He is pure Bhakta.

Please meditate on this. If your answers to seekers questions are intellectual only, then you are missing the "heart" that sees the "seeker" for who he is and provides the compassion that he needs to understand. If you only play oneupsmanship games with the seeker, you are feeding your own ego, and no one is served. Bhakta is your True nature. Be That.