Teaching & Work
“We become what we already are.” That is the fundamental paradox of the inner path, a koan, which can only be resolved by the union of a philosophy of becoming and a philosophy of Being.
The philosophy of becoming describes the great order of the evolution of consciousness, the unfolding of human intelligence, its perfection.
The philosophy of Being describes the union beyond the world of phenomena. That-what-is, always was and always will be. Eternally. Non-duality. That which is not manifest. The Absolute.
The highest philosophy is neither a philosophy of becoming, of the manifold, nor is it a philosophy of Being, of union. It is a teaching of unification. A philosophy of BEING. Advaita, being the teaching of non-duality, can only be understood like this, because non-duality is neither duality nor unity. Sri Aurobindo called the teaching of unification Integral Yoga. The union of becoming and Being, of the descending and the ascending paths, of Yin and Yang, of Love and Truth.
In order to walk on the path of the unfolding of the soul, “conscious effort” (Gurdjieff) is needed at first. “This means a turn to the inside, a turn of the attention of 180 degrees inward. It initiates the treading of, the Inner Work of an inward-turned inner path.” (Intelligence of Awakening, p. 133). Ordinary man, people of the outer path, do not accomplish these efforts. Their inclination to comfort does not consider it necessary, their search for fulfillment drives them outside into the world. All human beings are seekers, but few are really seeking in the world that we call inside.
Wisdom teachers of all times and traditions have unitedly been pointing to the inner gate. Only he who passes the inner gate, past the guardians who test him, finds bliss. A bliss of which the masters report to us, not to be confounded with the transient happiness of human love or other (transitorily) fulfilled wishes. A bliss of BEING. A bliss that neither comes, nor goes, because it is an immanent ‘taste’ of realised human nature. Even during painful experiences, the one who is conscious of himself does not lose this latent ‘taste of BEING’.
Thus a great part of applied Inner Work does not yet directly serve the awakening to the true SELF, but to remove mental and emotional obstacles that stem from an imagined, childlike past, so that the inner gaze – pure and clarified – can look at the essential, at the exploration of true Being.
The most direct path, the ‘pathless path’, is the direct view of the Absolute. The seeing of the SELF. Darshan. This radical, direct view, penetrates everything, even the concept of a path that has to be trodden: mysticism is the turn towards formless awareness. It is the innermost, the core of every religion, of every spiritual path. Indian wise man Ramana Maharshi taught as its sole means Self-Inquiry through the question “who am I”? I have called it great Self-Inquiry and opposed it to the small self-inquiry, which happens through the inner disciplines of the path. It asks: Who am I not? In an integral, unifying understanding, this inner practice of the path – the Inner Work- serves the unveiling, even the emptying of the mind’s world and makes possible the mystical view. The small self-inquiry serves the great Self-Inquiry. Expressed in an image: If the sky is full of clouds, the awareness of the sky is at first limited, because consciousness is busy with the clouds, not with the sky. Whereas if the sky is free of clouds, then the inner view is also free.
Through lectures and dialogues, at Gut Saunstorf and other locations, on themes of truly being human, OM guides towards integral intelligence via the heart, through Inner Science, towards “Perennial Philosophy”, where seeking finds an end as universal knowledge reveals itself. Whoever opens in trust to the master stands at the beginning of unfolding one’s true human potential.