Happiness is the nature of being and we share our being with everyone and everything.
In the middle of the 20th century, three sages appeared in India –
Ramana Maharshi, Atmananda Krishna Menon, and Nisargadatta Maharaj
– all pointing to the same thing:
the personal identity turning around and investigating itself.
[Mr. Jesus: turn ye and live.]
Enlightenment is the recognition of the nature of being,
but it is often obscured by the activities of
thinking, feeling, sensing, and perceiving.
However, the more we become aware of our being,
the more being is magnified in our experience,
and the activities of
thinking, feeling, sensing, and perceiving
lose their obscuring power.
In time, experiences that once seemed to veil
our true nature from us
now shine with it.
The world seems to veil its reality, but in time,
it begins to shine with its reality.
Gatherings like this,
where we offer an invitation for reality
to reveal itself to us,
is the best way to understand this process.
By closing our eyes and referring only
to our current direct experience,
we can understand that
our actual knowledge of ourselves
is that we are ever-present.
The problem is not our experience of ourselves,
but what our intellect tells us about ourselves.
By aligning our intellect with our experience of ourselves,
and sharing that experience in our community,
we bring something immeasurably valuable to them.
If we were to distill the essence of three thousand years
of religious and spiritual instruction into less than 15 words,
it would be this:
Ultimately, happiness is the nature of our being
and we share our being with everyone and everything.
The truth is that the teaching is simple.