Here's a message that Osho Robbins sent me. He said it'd be fine to share it as a blog post. Since I wrote a book called Return to the One, naturally I'm interested in notions of the One -- which appeal to me more than dualistic religious teachings.
Finally a Q&A session that makes it clear - there is no journey - we are already ONE.
4 mins 30 secs in there is a 2.5 minute clear exposition in which Gurinder Singh Dhillon says:
1. We feel separated from the father - but the separation is not there.
2. We are working towards a certain understanding (of oneness) / experience.
3. It's not about "working towards something."
4. We dont have to go anywhere - we dont have to do anything.
5. We just need to experience it (oneness) within ourself.
6. So we are not actually separate.
7. We have created that separation (i.e. a perception ONLY) when we see ourselves as the physical body.
8. The moment you see yourself as the SOUL (i.e. ONE) then you will never see yourself as separated.
9. We are as separated from the lord as a ray of light is separated from the sun - we are separated from the ocean of the lord as much as a drop of water is separated from the ocean.
10. So that is more in our MINDSET - we need just to FEEL that divine essence within ourself, and that will take care of this question of "separation" and "wanting to go back" or "achieving something." We are (already) there.
11. When he gave us human birth - we are there.
12. We come into life seeking to understand what it is to be human - the moment we learn what it is to be human - the merger will take place automatically.
However, how does repeating 5 holy words get us to a greater understanding? Greater understanding can come by contemplating on the nature of ONENESS and time/space and the meaning of eternal, which is exactly what the Japji of Guru Nanak explains.
Japji then defines the exact meaning of TRUE / REAL.
translation: TRUE in the beginning, true, TRUE throughout all time,
TRUE now, TRUE forever and eternally.
All it's saying is: the ONE is beyond all time and space. (eternal)
and the JAP at the end means : think / contemplate
If you do this, it will dawn on you that YOU are not eternal, and that YOU will die (the YOU means the body) and that there is something (call it God or the ONE) that is the opposite to you - it does NOT die nor is born because it is outside of time.
If you DO this - i.e. contemplate - it's quite possible that you will UNDERSTAND the nature of us versus ETERNAL, and that we are not real - only the eternal is real.
Now that's not really a God - it's just a contrast between us (who die) and ETERNAL. The gurbani then says that eternal is your TRUE nature because it cannot be anything else (because all else is untrue). Only the TRUE exists - the rest (bodies) is MAYA (illusion) and MAYA is defined as everything that is NOT eternal.
Now that is just a simple true statement that cannot be refuted. It's made of definitions - not beliefs.
Once you accept these definitions - the rest all falls into place, nothing to argue over.
You cannot say "I don't believe in the ONE" because it doesn't require belief. It is a definition. That which is beyond time and space is called the ONE by definition.
You cannot argue with a definition.
So I can understand that contemplating on this can lead to a deeper understanding and then you can get insights. But simply repeating the scripture or repeating 5 holy names cannot get anywhere.
The gurbani even has a verse that says "Ram Ram sab koi kahe" - everyone says "god, god" by saying that he doesn't manifest. Yet still the religious person follows these rituals of repeating some words hoping for a miracle. This is the very thing the gurbani is preaching against.
Gurinder Singh Dhillon is clearly saying that ONENESS is the reality and we have to realise it. There is nothing to do or attain.
It's not an attainment - but just a realization of what already IS the case. A realisation that this ME is a false identification with the body and that my true identity is the ONE which means there is no individual - no separation, only ONE.
That is what the gurbani says about dropping the haumi (ego) or sense of "I")
This notion that you are already there does not fit in with the RSSB path of effort and trying to achieve and intense meditation.
This is more a "drop all the doing" and just realise you are not the body. It's a deeper understanding of the nature of eternity.
Anything that enhances the sense of a ME doing something (meditation or seva) is part of the delusion that keeps me stuck in maya and identified with a separate self so cannot possibly help in the realisation of the oneness.
A person sitting down and meditating is obviously trying to attain something, so he obviously believes he is separate and has to meditate to merge.
Yet GSD is saying clearly that he is already the ONE. So the old teachings have to be dropped.