True Practice

by Robert Wolfe on December 7th, 2011

Comment/Question: I woke up in the middle of the night with a question I wish I had asked, so much so that I was tempted to call him [Robert] back and ask it and add that segment to the interview. That is, his total rejection of techniques and practices, which all traditions and traditional teachers have advocated and which he himself practiced. Later in the interview, he suggested that people go back and read the traditional spiritual literature post-awakening. Well, if they do that, they’re going to find advocations of practices and techniques.

Answer: Prior to getting the point of the nondual teachings--still a "seeker," not a "finder"--the full truth of what the enlightened masters have written, or are saying, obviously is not yet evident to us.

When finally the "Aha!" moment has come to pass, we can now go back and re-read those same spiritual texts and a completely different, and "new," dimension of the teachings is fully revealed.

Prior to awakening, we read about or hear about some particular discipline or disciplines, and may engage in such a "practice."

Once realization is present clearly, we come to comprehend that the real "practice" the teachers are emphasizing actually has to do with how we live our life, not some superficial system or methodology.

Krishnamurti, for example, speaks of "meditation" (one of his most common words) and "choiceless awareness" in the same breath.

In my own case, from the time I wake up in the morning until I fall asleep at night, there is a constant meditation. This is not some sort of effort to maintain a certain state or to control, change, or express a particular condition. It is a matter that can most simply be stated as being present with what is present. In my post-awakening re-reading of the sages, it was clear to me that this is what is truly meant as meditation--not some artificial, contrived activity.

You'll know when this meditation is your meditation when it is noticed to be completely effortless, and entirely without any idea that it is going to "benefit" you in any way.

When you are doing what you are doing (or saying, or thinking) without any idea that it would be "better" if you were doing something else, that is a true practice.


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