Saturday, June 25, 2016

Destructive Process of Enlightenment

“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier.
Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the
complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” …………Adyashanti

I find a lot of resonance between the way I think with that of Adyashanti. His spiritual wisdom comes from a deep experience. When I read the above quote by him, I was taken to the first saying of Buddha upon his state of awakening stated:

"Seeking but not finding the house builder, I traveled through the round of countless births. Oh, painful is birth ever and again! House builder, you have now been seen. You shall not build the house again. Your rafters have been broken down; your ridge-pole is demolished too. My mind has now attained the unformed nirvana and reached the end of every kind of craving." ……….Dhammapada verses: 153 -156

All our lives we inherently question our origin, our true nature and the purpose of our existence. But we conveniently assign a pre-given state for our origin and destiny through an external religious dogma or a dictum given by some external authority. The purpose of our life, for most of us, is rooted in physical or material reality.
Any hard truth is blocked from these perceptions. To delve deep into our true nature and fully realize the human person one has to move beyond these limiting perceptions. Our deeper levels of consciousness tries to nudge us to go beyond our sensory perceptions but we assign a metaphysical or miraculous dimension to these promptings and externalize these experience as something not subjective. These promptings through our deeper levels of consciousness do frighten us and that is the reason that mystics called these moments before some deep insights as “Dark night of the Soul”.
This darkness is overpowering and threatens to exterminate our very existence in the world of comfortable external objective perceptions.

Buddha’s words capture the full meaning of what it means to attain this awakening to our authentic self.

Only a creature looks for the creator and the convenient form allocated to the creator is the form of the creature as scriptures tell us that we are created in the image of the omnipotent creator. This is a disastrous reverse engineering that we creatures embark on. Hence in Buddha’s words the only way of realizing the true nature is for both the creator (house builder) and the creature (house) from a stance of nondual perception. The impediment to our perception of our true self comes from our inherent attachment to or craving for the false reality of our sensory realities. This is possible only when our true nature is perceived as which is formless, birthless and deathless. This is the unformed nirvana of which Buddha speaks.

How do we embark on this process of making a radical shift in our conscious thinking. Here again the spiritual wisdom of Adyashanti points the way in the following advice:

"Sitting in stillness is all about going to the root of being. This root is also the root of movement, energy, and emptiness. The mind may be busy, but you can open to the silence from which thought arises. Focus on the background rather than on the foreground of experience. The more you relax the easier it is. Utilize the stillness within the subtle body to unite with the stillness of awareness. From that stillness all movement arises without disturbing the inherent stillness at the center of things." ……………Adyashanti

Stillness of mind starts with the stillness of the body. A regressive path must be followed. The mind is always busy but through deep slow breathing the mind can be made to regress to deeper backgrounds. The background and fore grounds which we talk of here is from the current perception levels. The foreground is a collection of past experiences. The radical shift has to be made to ignore these impressions and move to unseen, unheard, untouched, un-smelt and untasted realms. This is why the root is defined as movement, energy, and emptiness. None of these are perceptible entities but can only be inferred by their effects which are universal and defy any assignment of particularity.

When Nicodemus asks Jesus about as to how one can be born of the spirit, Jesus replies:
“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” …….John 3:8

The one who is born of the spirit realizes his universal or cosmic nature.

Love to you all.


  1. Namaste! Very enlightening post. Thanks sir.kindly tell me more about Adyashanti. I am hearing of him first time...

  2. Dear Vishnu,
    Thanks for your appreciation and feedback.
    Adyashanti is a contemporary American Buddhist spiritual teacher.
    More details at