Enlightenment &Life Mission
In this reply Oshana clearly points out the difference between an Enlightenment Teacher who is 100% committed to his life mission and the lazy no-mind seeker who seeks escape from reality.
From a Finnish Enlightenment-Potential:
Subject: the work in progress...
It seems that I need to put some things into writing. Now that you're in Finland I thought it wouldn't be necessary, but somehow I can't put it off either.
Last time I saw you was the free energy work class. That was really fun, I felt really happy and light for some time after. Nice to see you in your wider audience-mood.
There's still something. I have difficulty in maintaining lightness.
I have a funny situation with leadership. It seems that I often end up being some sort of leader - at school there's 3 women, and we seem to form a group, and we're assigned tasks as a group. And it seems that I end up being the one who has to know what things to do in which order. Or I'm the one who takes least time to figure out at least something. But I do not have any desire to be the leader. I do not really want to tell others what to do. I'd like them to figure out for themselves.
But I'm not willing to wait long enough. So I end up trying to explain to them that this is how we can do it. But I feel it's rude of me to influence them. And as i influence them, I get a responsibility to see that what I say works out. But I don't want this. I want others to take equal share: all make suggestions, discussion and then choice. Like democracy. But it would be too inefficient. I want things to be done quickly and efficiently. For that, obedience would be good. But it seems horrible to ask obedience from anyone. And taking leadership would make me feel like an impostor and a fake.
The intensive was very useful in showing me my tendency to make a thought construct that says in a very elaborate ways "I don't want this, I want that". Still, it's hard to overcome certain emotions. I think the friend thing is probably one where I want that, not this.
The overall feeling seems to be that there's some real strength starting to gather in me. Or maybe resilience would be a better word. I'm not afraid of fear anymore. And there are some little things where I notice that I won't swerve easily. Now that I write this, I realise it seems like I was preparing for something big. What might it be? Interesting to see.
I sometimes think about how to thank you. I feel most of the time that thanking you would be inappropriate or maybe would appear as an attempt to suck up to you (hah, this probably tells too much about me). It is obvious that thanking needs to come straight from the heart, and weighing that takes so much time that in live conversation the situation is gone before I have the verdict in judging myself. So i feel clumsy and rude. But there's a paragraph in Tony Parsons book As It Is where he is asked what to look for in a teacher, he says: "Someone who gives you absolutely nothing and leaves you helpless." Made me laugh. I think I understand what he means, thanks to you. Seems I'm a bit too cunning to surrender to helplessness, though. But I'm happy I happened to meet you.
I'm planning to come to the easter intensive in Röykkä.
- [Finnish Enlightenment-Potential]
Hi ...., [Finnish Enlightenment-Potential]
I found your reply very sweet, almost made my eyes water. I could have answered it point by point but feel that you have already made the necessary connections.
All that remains is the draining of this emotional reservoir of sadness/fear.
Such emotional charge freely dissipates when there is nothing to lose, and that is conferred by enlightenment. It might be possible to train out, or decondition out, fear before Enlightenment - supposedly like a samurai. But as Tom Cruise as Civil War veteran, Captain Nathan Algren, in "The Last Samurai" reveals to a young Japanese boy even he felt fear before every battle.
That cannot be considered 'freedom from fear' only freedom to act *with* fear ever-present.
There are many types of fear, too many to describe here. But the main element of the fear that makes a person unable to continue their life's mission is the fear of losing their 'self', when that 'self' has been misidentified as the false identity/the human body.
If a person knows their true self then there is no choice, no possibility, of not doing one's life mission even at the cost of death.
Death here is only a temporary set back not an absolute wipe-out. Death of the human body is not death of the self, and reincarnation guarantees that one is well-placed to do one's life mission, even if one does not do it. Here the expression "life mission" is the life of the soul which extends over millions of human lifetimes.
The enlightened Krishna sought to impart this knowledge to the unenlightened Arjuna on the spiritual battlefield at Kurukshetra, according to the Bhagavad-gita. Arjuna could not see that he had to do his dharma, life's mission, at all costs and that nothing good could come of avoiding it. Well, actually Krishna allegedly spoke about shame and dishonour. Similar themes appear in the "The Last Samurai" which together with the glorification of killing detract from the over-all message. It would be better to say that one does one's life mission because that is all one is designed to do.
It is this notion of life mission which is missing from the contemporary spiritual scene associated with certain groups that use the word Satsang, Ramana Maharshi, Papaji (HWL Poonja) and other schools that align themselves with the idea "there is nothing to do". Their teachings are incomplete. This is not to say that the founders lacked understanding but that now the students do. If we look at any good enlightenment teacher we see 100% commitment to teaching.
But if we look at their students we find lazy people playing with old concepts and power, acting as if they had received the full understanding. In such case, these students through grace may have had no-mind awakenings, but no-mind is not enlightenment. Lazy people are happy with no-mind. Enlightenment does not make lazy people.
So, enlightenment is very much about the manifestation of one's life mission. This idea is missing in many teachings, and therefore this makes the Oshana Enlightenment Teachings unique and comprehensive at this time on the above-described contemporary spiritual scene.
It is this theme, "mission", that will be explored Enlightenment Advanced in the final part of summer island retreat intensive i.e. 29 - 31 July 2004.
Not every seeker feels ready to face their destiny but instead wants to handle their mind, emotions, energy and have have no-mind bliss.
Hence, there are two parts to the Enlightenment Teaching this summer:
However, since priority has been given to applications to attend the whole intensive: EnergyWork Entry Level, Enlightenment Entry Level and Enlightenment Advanced. There might not be a place for anyone applying for, or accepted for, Enlightenment Entry Level only.
Next year if we get more space will have that possibility, but we so much like the nature, food and teaching environment of our current retreat island that we might never get a larger space, unless a new farmhouse is built.