Just don't

leo's picture

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I (the body, the mind, the person) am not enlightened. That which I let to operate through me is.

You can also let it operate through you by not operating, by not claiming to know, by not resisting, by not cultivating unnecessary conflict and mainly by not trying to be it. That simple.

Your mistake is simple, you try to be it, you try to be only it by trying to disidentify with the "I", with the body you presently feel is part of your "I". Be careful with these approaches, don't try to be it, the core mistake in this is that you still maintain a centered identity. It does not matter what you are or whether you are. Trying to be something, whatever this something is, is a mistake and will only bring conflict. Trying not to be something is also a mistake as there is still someone who tries.

Just don't claim to know, just don't resist, just don't cultivate unnecessary conflict, just don't try to be it. Just don't. Don't whatever you can not to do and then instead it will be the one to do, through you.

Lastly, be aware to why you want to let it operate through you. Don't resist the reason you find, whether it is ego or helping others, just be aware of the reason.

And just don't.

Omkaradatta's picture


"don't try to be it, the core mistake in this is that you still maintain a centered identity."

There's identity, and then there's *I*dentity, which is pure and simple Nowness, Beingness, minus thought. It is a sort of 'absence of absence' (or presence, if you like), which is what Nisargadatta called the "I Am". How does that create conflict?

This "it" that is doing 'through you', from whence it comes... the sky? ;-).

"Trying to be something, whatever this something is, is a mistake and will only bring conflict."

How about just BE-ing, without being anything in particular? Of course, it doesn't make for a very interesting Blog entry, but Nisargadatta sold some books somehow ;-).


Omkaradatta | Mon, 09/29/2008 - 09:14
leo's picture

when you go back enough in

when you go back enough in meditation, there is no identity or any center and words cannot depict this anyway so the only way to realize this or not is by experiencing this, it cannot be communicated.

Nisargadatta in the verbatims of his last days and in texts later than that in the book "I am That" hints about the beyond of "I Am". "I Am" was just a technique (a powerful one) to get rid of identification with objects, not an absolute state.

whence it comes from is trying to understand through mind's concepts in which everyting has a source, a reason etc. useless and pointless.

What this blog simply says is that when you are absent than something which you can label by mind's words such as god, absolute, beyond and so on, has the space to operate through you, it manifests as instincts, sayings of gurus, right action and so on. But these are only words and descriptions about, instead of about, one can experience and see for himself in a meditation as explained above. Just be abscent with no center and allow things to happen, you will get the answers to your questions in a wordless way by yourself.

leo | Wed, 10/01/2008 - 15:02
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divine intervention | Wed, 10/01/2008 - 19:03
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Thanks for clearing up what you are saying, it makes more sense here now.


Omkaradatta | Wed, 10/01/2008 - 19:25
madan_gautam's picture

leo's picture when you go back enough in

What can be said is not HE and what is HE can not be said.

madan_gautam | Wed, 12/31/2008 - 17:40
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beautiful, "just don't", not

beautiful, "just don't", not to. the least that can be said with mind's concepts about going beyond mind is by negating.

The post pinpoints one of the most unfortunate problems: the mind wants to get enlightened, a state which means the cessation of mind, the person wants to switch to something which it perceive as yet another state of mind, the "I" thinks it is doing the transformation, the center wants to be centerless.

nancy pro | Wed, 10/01/2008 - 21:39
gentlyok's picture

Just Being

Thank you! Your comments are so beautiful and clear. Just being ... It constantly humbles me at how strong the conditioning to get caught up in thinking of myself as the one who does. However,awareness is increasingly more frequent to which I have abundant gratitude.

gentlyok | Mon, 04/06/2009 - 15:39
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madan_gautam | Mon, 04/06/2009 - 18:02
davids's picture

Just be aware of the reasons and don't

I love you leo, this is brilliant and complete. Thank you.

davids | Sat, 06/20/2009 - 09:31
zoya's picture

different perspective

I can relate to that different perspective. Instead of trying to be the self, honor that fact that currently you are identified with the body+mind and speak from that perspective, otherwise it will be artificial and artificiality as we know does not work in spirituality but only creates tacit suppression.

zoya | Fri, 08/07/2009 - 20:48
Quantum's picture


Beautiful, Leo. Beautiful.

I can tell you've gone the route, and you speak from--what I would say--direct experience.

Quantum | Thu, 01/21/2010 - 18:39
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PS: oh, by the way...

PS: Lately I've been pondering something similar to what you conveyed in your post. In Christian parlance, what you described can be summarized, in my own mind, into this sentence:

"Let go, let God." (i.e. let your ego let the enlightened BEING named "God" flow through you.)

I love you, Man!

Quantum | Thu, 01/21/2010 - 18:42
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Thank you

Akash | Sat, 04/24/2010 - 22:13