How to Get There? | Advaita Vedanta

Published | Updated February 12, 2019

How to Get There?
How to get where?

We can discuss Enlightenment or Self-Realization forever, and “how to get there,” but we’ll first need to know where it is exactly we want to be or go, and what it is we really want.

Most likely the best thing we could do is to forget all about it, because as long as we don’t know what it is we’re looking for, Enlightenment is just a fantasy, a myth, a concept, wishful-thinking at best, and every idea about it subsequently false.

Maybe the thing or “mental state” that comes close mostly, is “peace of mind,” and maybe that’s what we actually want.

But then, how to get there? Get where?

How to get anywhere if the thing we long after may be right before our eyes? What if it’s all there… here? What if the single thing that hinders us to see it here and now, is “our background” never ceasing to interfere.

This background, which is all we know, all we’ve learned, and obey, all we think being true, the whole of our education and cultural mold, every single thought or mental image we have, including so-called “emotions,” and… all our ideas of what Enlightenment or Self-Realization is.

To get free from our background, from everything we take for real or true, and with that—getting free from our fears and from wanting-to-get-there, is the only thing necessary to “achieve” peace of mind and the only way of seeing what-really-is-there—here.

But to get free from all that, one needs to be very courageous, or utterly desperate, and one needs to believe. One needs to make the hypothesis of a background-free mind our practical playground.

There’s nothing to find, nowhere to go. Yet there’s everything to lose, being lost perhaps the foremost prerequisite of finding our true selves.

But then it will show that this so-called “true self” is a fiction too. There’s no there nor where, not this or that, and there’s nothing to become, achieve, or get.

What there is, here, is an extremely peaceful, functional, highly efficient being. All what hinders it to express itself is that what-we-think-we-are-or-should-become.

So, how to get there where you are already?

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