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may 31, 2017
Hello my loves,
I received a letter from a Catholic nun in Spain who had a profound unitive insight and was now uncertain how to live in the world with her fellow nuns. My reply to her is below.
I was impressed with the sincerity of you letter and I think Google did a pretty good job of translation. I am familiar with your difficulty and you may be surprised to learn that it is not an unusual problem. Spiritual societies are not really so different from other communities and the problem of fitting in to them once there is a spiritual awakening is a common one.
The awakening you had becomes problematic only after it is subsequently processed by the mind and then claimed by the "ego" (what I call the False Sense of Authorship). Often, the more books you have read and the deeper your intellectual understanding the bigger the difficulty becomes. Because ultimately the Truth can never be reconciled with any teaching, code of behavior, social structure, religion or philosophy. It is simply too big to fit into such small packages.
Ramesh often spoke about "secondary involvement" in relation to the concept of non-doership. Simply put, it isn't "doing" or "action" that brings suffering but rather a sense that the ego was responsible for the doing that brings suffering. It is the sense that I authored the doing rather than the doing itself which creates difficulties.
Doing happens, actions happen. As long as there is breath in your body you will act in accordance with the Cosmic Law Ramesh so poetically pointed to.
Even after you awaken to the truth that the earth revolves to obscure and reveal the sun rather than it being the way our senses tell us it is, namely that the sun circles the earth once each day, you can still admire a sunset and use the word sunrise. So to it is possible to speak and act like a "normal" person even after a transformative spiritual experience.
The world of appearance is the Word become flesh. Knowledge and ignorance are manifestations of the same Source. To look at the finite and know it as Infinite is the Ultimate Understanding.
May it find you now.
With much love,
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