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391.1 - Bhakti,
Refining Perception and Non-Duality (Audio)
March 22, 2010
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Q: What happens to bhakti in enlightenment? How can one be a seeker or a
devotee in non-duality? Is enlightenment the end of bhakti, just as it is
the end of seeking? I ask because, after some years of practice, I feel I am
so much less the doer, and wonder what this fading sense of being the doer
and the seeker means in terms of the choices that are still occurring in
daily experience. If I am not the one making these choices, while helping
others more and more in the process, who is?
Spiritual desire is the manifestation of the force of divine attraction,
that which draws us inevitably to Oneness,
which we call enlightenment. It has also been called the power of universal
sustained desire for something more, is the underlying emotion in all that
we do, whether the expression seems to be divine or not. As our desire
intensifies and becomes more focused on our chosen ideal, a merging occurs.
The principle of meditation is involved, where we become our ideal and
transcend with it into
pure bliss consciousness. Then the two have become one, in stillness, in a
non-dual condition, temporarily at first, and as an all-day experience later
becomes of our desires then? First of all, they gravitate toward a wider
expression of Oneness
in our surroundings, which means a natural tendency toward doing for others
as we would for ourselves. This is the flow of outpouring divine love. In
this situation, desires do not leave, and neither does their divine focus,
which we have called bhakti. Just as our perspective expands, so does our
bhakti expand in its focus, flowing within itself with little personal
intention required. Paradoxically, the outpouring of divine love, the most
personal experience we can have, is entirely impersonal. It is its own
movement and its own fulfillment. There is no need for anything in return.
It just flows, and we flow with it
"Stillness in action."
doing all that? Who is pumping our blood in this moment, and attending to
the innumerable tasks occurring in nature, within us and all around us? Who
makes the flower bloom? It is the mechanics of life occurring, filled with
an infinite intelligence. This is the nature of life. It does not need our
personal direction. As we become abiding inner silence and surrender to
that, our underlying reality,
everything will go on as it has before, only with much more purity of
intention, with us along for the ride in the awareness that we are not
separate from anyone or anything. There will also be more efficiency in
life. Divine love is not a push-over. What must be done will be done.
transition of desire is very natural. Bhakti is a play in duality, and
non-duality simply is. When we go from a dual to a non-dual perception,
bhakti does not end. It only shifts from being a personal seeking to a deep
appreciation (love) and serving of all. It is an expansion. It is an
evolution. Bhakti is always present in our service, where we move
spontaneously for the Oneness
of all. The miracle of divine flow is unspoken and ordinary, with no mind
assessment like chopping the wood and carrying the water. We just do
whatever has to be done in an unending inner joy, which is our essential
nature. Good things are happening.
is in you.
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