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Originally published in The Enlightenment of the Whole

The Last Words – The Mood of Enlightenment


Be Relieved of Your Seriousness (The
Mood of Enlightenment

While you are alive, everything seems important. Even
despair is important, an acknowledgment that something
important to you has not happened. Thus, life, while you
live it, is full of importances.

Life is completely absurd. To attain freedom from
something that is unnecessary to begin with is completly
crazy. Why bother with it to begin with?

Enlightenment is to Awaken from the seriousness of
experience. It is not about forgetting all about it or to
assume some superfical understanding the real process. Many
people come up with one liners that last for their whole
life. It’s like that one joke you keep in your back pocket
that will always get you a laugh when you need one.

Despair, Self-indulgence, stressful effort, discipline,
real interest, knowledge, death, sex, food, everything is
completely serious. This movement or tendency to survive, to
continue in independent form, is profoundly serious, and it
is also absurd because it must be understood and
transcended. Enlightenment is to be restored to Divine

You can either become distracted by experience and forget
about the real condition of life and go about repeating your
experience over and over again, or you can transcend it. One
or the other.

We are under the incredibly absurd illusion that there is
an objective world “outside” Consciousness and there is a
‘me’ inside this body. There is not a shred of truth in
these presumption. What ‘you’ presume in your everyday
consciousness in any moment is the drama of the seriousness
of your independent existence. When you awaken, even for a
moment to its true Position, which is senior to any
phenomena, then the full of humor and feedom of necessity to
any experience is brought forth. There is only
Enlightenment, Divine Freedom. No matter what arises.

What is objective about your experience? It is just your
own fascination. It is your own mind. It is your own
Consciousness, modified by the brain and organs of
experience. It is mind. It is harmless enough in itself,
really, but you are so distracted by it that you have lost
your humor. You have lost your true position. You do not
have a right relationship to experience.

The wrong relationship to experiential phenomena is to
presume that you are a separate person, a separate
consciousness, in the midst of a world that you know nothing
about, that somehow encloses you, that is objective to you,
that is separate from you. In that case, you see, experience
is a very serious business. You have no option but to submit
to it, to be distracted and tormented by it.

The motive that keeps this sense of ‘reality’ continuing
is basic to your sense of existence. Surviving as experience
is what you are chronically doing. You are being this
body-mind. You are moved to continue as that, and to
glamorize it, pleasurize it, protect it, fight for it and
all the rest of the catostrophic mind set that goes with it.
As soon as you get a little physical or emotional or mental
pleasure, right away you think that you are existing in the
highest state that one can realize. In Enlightenment, the
motive to survival dissolves. Continued bodily existence is
spontaneous affair. You are no longer dependent upon a
psychological motive to continue. It simply continues on
it’s own.

The universe is not ultimate. It does not hide a great
Fact. If you could relax that demand just a little bit,
something entirely different would happen. But you are
afraid of something entirely different. You are afraid to
die. You are afraid to allow things to change. Therefore,
you hold on to your present experience. But if you could
give up everything, not through negative, reactive effort,
but through Transcendental Realization, then your humor
would be restored, and a different sense of existence would
quite spontaneously arise. Then you would realize that there
is no necessity to this present experience, except that it
is set in motion through ordinary causation and will
therefore continue for its term.

“From the radical, Enlightened point of view,
there is no body-mind! Thus, in order to enter into the
seventh stage of life, one must pass through the most
profound and even terrifying transformation. That event
cannot be casually created by a little thinking. One must
come to the point where there is literally no necessity to
the body-mind, to the psyche, or to


Experience is NOT IT!

We are not present in our experience. In other
words, acting, or experiencing, is not a present activity.
It has nothing to do with the present, the absolute Moment
of Existence. It is the past. All experience is the
. There is nothing new, and there is nothing real
about the mind that experiences. The mind is simply memory,
past association. It is not perceptive, nor truly sensitive
to anything. It is just the mechanical record of patterns.
The body is exactly the same as the mind, but because we
think so much, we imagine that the mind is something
different from the body. Actually, the body-mind is one, a
simultaneous coincidence. Just as the mind is past
associations, the body is past associations.

The body is the past. It is like a star-the rays of light
that we now see were generated light years before now. The
present form of that star is not visible, because it is so
far away that the light it generates today takes eons to
arrive. Likewise, these bodies are the reflections of the
distant past. They have no present significance. They must
be transcended before we can Realize the Present, or the
Transcendental Reality.

Such a Realization, however, occurs only in the seventh
stage of life. Many people read and think about spiritual
teachings and their minds prattle the traditional ideas to
the point that they think they are already Enlightened. Yet
they have never become the bodily Sacrifice that is
essential for this Realization. Enlightenment, or the
Realization of God, is not just a conceptual understanding.
It is not just a relatively calm state of mind.
Enlightenment is an absolute Condition of existence that
literally transcends the body-mind. It is not just an idea
the body-mind has that makes it feel better. From the
radical, Enlightened point of view, there is no body-mind!
Thus, in order to enter into the seventh stage of life, one
must pass through the most profound and even terrifying
transformation. That event cannot be casually created by a
little thinking. One must come to the point where there is
literally no necessity to the body-mind, to the psyche, or
to experience.

Countless silly people think that they are Enlightened
when, at best, they feel good today. That mediocre sense of
pleasure is not Enlightenment. Enlightenment involves no
thinking whatsoever. There is no rational justification for
Enlightenment, no logical sequence of thought that leads to
it. Enlightenment is a spontaneous, absolute, transcendental
Awakening that is free of all the seriousness and necessity
of bodily and mental existence. Therefore, death, the
cessation of experience, the cessation of states of mind,
the cessation of the body, the cessation of the world, is no
longer a threat. So much the worse for it! There is complete
freedom from the implications of all that dreadful destiny
that everyone fears so profoundly. The Enlightened being is
not at all threatened by all of that. He is laughing. He is

But one must pay the price for this Freedom. It is not
simply an attitude toward the world that one enjoys from
some conventional position of separation. There is the
Radiant Transcendental Consciousness, the Absolute Divine
Reality. That truly is Existence, and It must be Realized if
Enlightenment is to be true. In that Realization, the Divine
Person is tacitly obvious, as concrete as any object that
you now associate with bodily life and experience. Once this
Realization is Awake, there is no necessity to the phenomena
of experience. They simply continue in this moment, but they
have no power to deceive.

All the stages of life leading up to the seventh stage
are stages of distraction by the seriousness of one or
another kind of experience. The process of the transcendence
of experience begins at the lowest level, where experience
involves the fear of loss of the body and the profound
connection to food, and the craving for sexual
self-indulgence. These experiences characterize the ordinary
person, the lowest kind of person in the spectrum of
existence. Yogis, mystics, and saints all cling mightily to
experiential inwardness, visions, flashing lights in the
brain, vibrations in the middle of the head, exotic,
many-armed works of art that they create in imagination,
infinite peacefulness without a single thought, or even
seeing and thinking nothing and having no experience at all.
But these are all, high and low, merely the possibilities of
human beings in the first six stages of life.

In the Way of Divine Ignorance, what makes these
possibilities spiritually significant is that in each stage
of life, in the midst of each stage of distracting
experience, whether high or low, we must realize
self-transcendence and whole body surrender into the Radiant
Transcendental Consciousness, or Divine Person.

The ordinary reactive personality, who is basically in
despair and hysterical, can also say that life is
meaningless, but such a person is very serious. The
Enlightened man, however, Realizes total Freedom. He is no
longer serious, but neither is he self-destructive. He has
passed into Ecstasy. He has not suppressed or separated from
himself-rather, all that he is has been transcended in the
Radiant Transcendental Consciousness. Thus, he is full of
humor and delight. He is not aggressively opposed to the
world, nor is he clinging to it. All the tension in his
heart has been re-leased. To speak of Enlightenment without
that sign is nonsense. There is no Enlightenment without the
release of the heart from all of its seriousness, all of its
clinging to phenomena, high and low.

We must be allowed to become love, to be free, to be
humorous. Then everything that is past will dissolve. The
mind is the past, and so the mind dissolves. The body is the
past, and so the body dissolves.

For the usual man, the body is the past, moving into the
future. There is no present in the usual life. We are too
busy having experiences to be Awakened in the present. The
present is the Transcendental Reality Itself, for which we
have no time because we are so occupied. Thus, you must
Awaken from your vulgar disposition of clinging to vital
desires themselves. You must Awaken from your romantic
nostalgia for life and your desire for experiences. You must
Awaken from your coolness of mind, whereby you inspect the
world and find logical consistency and meaning. You must
Awaken to your true Position, wherein all the locks on the
heart are dissolved and all the tension in the heart is

It is the tension in the heart that produces obsession
with vital experience, with reactive and illusory, emotional
experience, with mental forms and inner psychic forms, all
the subjective distractions. When the tension in the heart
is released, there is no clinging to the body-mind or its
experiential possibilities. If the body-mind arises, that is
fine, and if it does not arise, that too is fine.

When you begin to come to rest in the native Blissfulness
of God, you realize freedom and you receive Grace. Grace is
the humor you enjoy by always already resting in God. Grace
is not ultimately a matter of achieving all kinds of
successes in life. Success may come also, but that is just
part of the game of experience. Grace is the liberation that
comes when we rest in God. Then the locks in the heart are
loosened, and the seriousness of experience is dispelled. We
feel Radiant. Our occupations become Blissful. Our capacity
to enter into the spiritual process is clarified and
intensified. We have energy for spiritual life. The process
of self-transcendence is quickened, and we move into higher
stages of the transforming process until Enlightenment is
Radical or Perfect, uncaused and unsupported. In that case,
there is simply rest in God, or Grace Absolute, and the
world and the body-mind are allowed to float in Infinity.
There is no tension in the body-mind, and no illusion.

The moral of this talk is that all devotees must realize
Humor, Freedom, or Distance from all the seriousness of
their interests and their occupations from day to day. They
must see the ordinariness of it, even the absurdity of it,
without becoming ironic. They must be free of the world in
itself and rest naturally in the mood of the heart, the
Intuition of the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness. If
you rest in God, then you have received Grace. Then Grace
has entered into your daily life and only serves its
ultimate transcendence. If you do not come to rest in God,
the heart is like a stone or a clenched fist. It has not
entered into the Infinite Radiance of Consciousness. It is
fixed upon itself. It is Narcissus, self-meditative,
self-protective, threatened by everything to Infinity,
obsessed with possibilities and the repetition of experience
in order to acquire a sense of survival, consolation, and


The only Happiness is the release of the heart, or the
differentiated self, which is not a fixed entity. The self
is just like this clenched fist. Relax the fist and there is
nothing inside. Relax the heart and there is no one inside.
The sense of self is just the tension in the body-mind that
gives it the sense of independence. Relax the tension and
the body-mind becomes transparent. There is no ego. There is
no ego in experience. That is why Enlightenment is not
really an event in the universe. It is not associated with
experience of special, so-called “Enlightenment phenomena.”
It would seem, from the ordinary point of view, that
Enlightenment is the dissolution of this separate self. But
Enlightenment is the Realization that there is no such self
and that there never was, that there is no such self in all
the other beings that now continue to exist, and that there
never was a self when one was struggling to become
Enlightened or to transcend oneself.

The Disposition of the Enlightened one is paradoxical. It
is a bodily Disposition, because he is, in a conventional
sense, embodied, and he therefore represents the past and
its movement toward the future. And, paradoxically, his
obligation is to somehow serve the Enlightenment of other
beings. But from the point of view of Enlightenment itself
there are no other beings, and those conventions of
experience that we call other beings are not in fact failing
to be Enlightened. They are Enlightenment. They are
themselves only the Radiant Transcendental Consciousness.
Therefore, all that we are confronting is a conventional
concept of bondage and the need to survive. It is a
superficial concept, and yet all beings are profoundly
organized around these notions of bondage and survival. They
create their daily lives around motives based in these
notions. Thus, all beings appear to be tormented, and yet
their torment is totally superficial and insignificant. The
affair of life is unnecessary, but it is inevitable. The
best description of it is that it is absurd. The entire
universe and all experience exist only to be

The Spiritual Master is absurd, like everything else. He
is a Function that serves to Enlighten or Awaken beings from
this condition that is absurd and unnecessary to begin with.
The occupation of the Spiritual Master is as absurd as
anything anyone else does, you see. Therefore, it requires a
Sense of Humor, or the Enlightened point of view. Likewise,
people must be obliged to be responsible in their approach
to me. Irresponsible people cannot be Enlightened, cannot be
Awakened, cannot hear the Teaching. That obligation for
responsibility having been met, then there is the right
circumstance for our meeting, and then our meeting is truly

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