There is a practice, often mentioned in the path of Gyana (advaita), in which you reject everything that is not true, not real. In Tantric teaching this practice is called Discrimination and there are 5 levels of it. In this practice you reject all that is not true, all that doesn’t match the truth, the permanent and the real. In the first level of this practice you question all that is within and without you in order to ascertain whether it is permanent, beyond possibility of changing, beyond the laws of time and space. The second level is to question this in relation to truth. We seem to know a lot about a lot of things, be they internal or external, or at least someone does – but is it true?
Is it true that the vessel in front of us is really a glass or is “a glass” simply a name given to a certain form? Is this form real, something true, or is there a deeper reality to it? You can ask yourself – “what is the truth behind what I’m seeing, hearing, feeling etc.?” – and in this way, question the truth that you, or someone else, knows. You can question whether it is true or based on faith; whether it is simply a belief that we hold regarding something, is it really so or are we simply calling it this way – and what, then, is the truth? What is the truth concerning what I’m feeling right now? Is this (emotion) permanent and unchanging? Is this emotion true and, by extension, constant in and of itself, or, is it an associative truth of an emotion, the truth of an energy movement? Is what I know about myself true or is it a conviction, an attitude, an opinion, an emotional association which is in itself changeable, inconstant? Is the knowledge I have of myself constant, or is it prone to change? And so on.
The point of this approach is to question everything inside and outside of us. Is all that I know about myself and the world around true, or is it something that is agreed upon, a conventionality, something that’s accepted on account of an agreement with surroundings, with others? Is the one (man/woman) standing right in front of me, and in whom I am interested, true, or a projection I hold and project on this screen (them)? Is love, as I know it, true or merely a chemical reaction; liking, projection, expectation, need for attention, etc.? Through questioning we come to the truth of the matter: all that we knew up till now is not our own knowledge; is not knowledge at all; we don’t know the truth.
The trouble with this method is that the mind tends to revert to its previous state, or the mind splits the method on the time when you work with it, and the time when you don’t – and when it’s free to revert back to all that it knew before: to all of its convictions, attitudes, concepts. Usually, for most people this method is not effective because some other part takes the credit for all of one’s accomplishment, bringing them and their consciousness back to square one. That’s why this method is not for the ones who are not determined to pursue it to the end. Pursuing it to the end requires passing through a few levels, and one of the toughest ones is losing interest and meanings, losing attachment to internal and external things and their value.
The problem appears because a man lacks crystallized consciousness; his perception had not shifted to another point so he is in between two perceptions. Since he hadn’t fully recognized (realized) the mind or “himself” as false, he is repeatedly swinging back and forth and enters into what is called psychological vertigo: a kind of an inner dizziness due to loss of the internal center of gravity. In order to avoid losing the center of gravity a man must, right at the beginning, determine a MOMENTARY truth. Also, he needs to be willing to modify that truth in the course of questioning. The purpose of such momentary truth is not to “dig our heels” into it, or to use it as “a line of defense”. Rather, it serves us to avoid confusion which arises by questioning and discarding lies – for which we had determined, are not in line with the truth. In order to avoid such psychological vertigo religions and Bhakti practices use a belief that “Nothing other than God has reality” or “Only God is real”.
In Gyana and Advaita they use “Only (the feeling of) I Am is real”, while some Tantric practices use: “Only Brahma is real and pervades everything” etc. The purpose of all this is not to set up a new belief or a membrane by which you will fence yourself and feel secure, or for you to repeat it without any meaning or purpose, as usually is the case – but to provide a support for as long as you are in need of one. In the moment when one is sufficiently crystalized this prop gets discarded and one remains in a truer state.
The point of the practice is to remain in the truth we came to know. It doesn’t matter which truth that is, or whether it is the real Truth, what matters is that it is more true (truer) than the previous one. What is necessary is to be, to abide in this knowledge, not letting the mind or personality to take over control – and they will try to take over as soon as possible. At the same time, there ought to be no aggression, hatred, or negative emotions directed at the mind when it’s not obedient, for those same emotions are also NOT TRUE. Outwardly you ought to resume your normal living, not showing the truth you had reached.
This will be hard in the beginning since changing perception requires a tremendous effort; a resolve never to revert to a previous perception, and also, you need to learn how to function in new circumstances. Revealing the truth doesn’t make you exit the dream, rather, it makes you see through it, the dream can no longer fool you. Even when you have awakened you will be in the dream, dream will surround you but you’ll cease to be tied to it, bound by it, you will know it is a dream and that it has nothing to do with you (with what realizes the truth and the dream). You will move within the dream of others, the world you are in, but being “not of this world”, “not of this dream”. Making use of the dream world but not being used by it – which makes a big difference. The truth you had realized is SOLELY YOURS, subjective; it has nothing to do with others. You mustn’t lose the sense of responsibility; you mustn’t discard the mind or ego as useless in a dream world. All of this is simply a dream you participate in, a theatre show you are a part of, but YOU ARE NOT the role you’re playing. As an actor, you are free to play the part as much as you like, can or will, but WITHOUT allowing the role to TAKE OVER and without becoming completely identified with it.
Another common problem is the diversity of truths that you realize. This is simply untrue. There are no diverse truths. THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUTH, but there are variations of it according to surroundings, people, the world, and these variations relate with the role you are playing but NOT WITH YOU. If you’re not determined to go to the end don’t toy with these approaches. This one is a bit more harmless than the one in which you are seeing the play of forces, gunas, the one which you must finish to the end since remaining in the middle is not an option – discrimination by means of gunas is not an option if you lack witnessing, consciousness and the strength to confront everything that this kind of an approach brings. But, in the moment when you are ripe to question the truth and when you embark on this path it needs to become your daily work, a daily effort to realize, question and also remain in the Truth you had discovered. Going back is not an option. There is the option of playing the part while not identifying with it. Outwardly, play the part, participate in the dream, share the meanings of others, or don’t, it’s up to you. But inwardly, there can be no compromise, no calculation regarding the Truth. Either you are truer or you’re not. Either you are True or you’re not. Accept yourself, question the truth about yourself and the world around, and then live it uncompromisingly.
More often than not, such resolve is lacking in the ones who work with these kinds of methods (gyana, advaita and the like). They retell intellectual ideas yet without any emotional strength or involvement and while they are good at hair-splitting the ideas of Absolute, Being, Consciousness, I Am feeling and whatnot – none of this is real in their lives. They are good orators but they are not Real, they had not achieved what they are talking about, they are simply retelling what they had been re-told. Nor do the ones following them want to enter the state of Truth, for it would destroy everything they know, and in the end – them too. Truth needs to be applied on all three minds; as knowledge, discrimination, realization on the intellect; as understanding, feeling the truth on the emotion; and on the physical mind as a reality that you live, a karmic reality you had realized and confirmed by the other two minds.
Physical mind will be most resistant, emotional mind will resist but less than the physical one, while the intellectual mind will readily accept these ideas since they give him a sense of superiority, a sense of importance, an idealized image of itself. If you allow this, remaining blind to the truth that’s behind it, you will be led astray as most advaitas and gyanis are. Your goal is the Truth, isn’t it?
Applying the truth you had revealed will stir up much conflict, friction, fear, negative emotions, projections etc. on the internal. Enter into them slowly, realize the truth of them, accept them for what they are and accept what you found out to be the truth, while remaining conscious and calm in the back of the conflict. Open up to this conflict, to friction, and fear with the truth you came to know, and just be aware. Feel this truth, feel your self-awareness. When this level is strengthened put it into action; impose it gradually on other minds by pulling this Force (Kundalini Shakti) down into mind, body, vital emotions – while Trusting in Truth, with Truth as your foundation – and be prepared for an all-out war that will rage on until you are consolidated in truth.
Many think that simple realization of truth will keep them in that state forever. This is not true. Consolidating the truth you have revealed sometimes requires much more time than was spent on its realization. Realizing the truth usually takes some 3, 4 years while its consolidation may require two or three times that. This is not for those who are “enlightened”, who have “completed” the whole thing and are now glowing like Christmas lamps, assuring others of their truth. If you aren’t ready to go to the end, even the end of your life, do not tamper with questioning, revealing the truth. Amuse yourself with spiritual methods that were created for those in a dream and not for those who are determined to wake up. For, just like any other market, spirituality responds to demands. Examination of Truth is not up for sale, although in the current flood of various gyana, advaita, tantric and yogic teachings it gets presented as such. In the end, by realizing the truth you will discard even those disciplines, although you may, for as long as you feel like it, play the role of a certain discipline for the benefit of the people around you.
Neither is this text the truth, nor is a single word in it true. It is merely a finger pointing at truth, not the truth itself. It is a combination, a manipulation of letters, words, meanings and ideas that aim to point toward the truth, yet the text itself is not the truth. The Truth is what you realize after you had discarded everything, even the one who aims to realize.