The Core Structure of Wisdom – by Sonjan

The Core Structure of Wisdom
By Sonjan

This is the core structure of wisdom that the Immortals teach. Aaravindha teaches mandalically, so the teaching is not nicely laid out from A to Z in a linear, rational fashion. Other teachers may deduce a different sequence of topics. These are the cornerstones from my perspective.

Before the foundation is laid, the ground must be prepared. The fundamental ground of being with the Amartyas is sincerity and humility – sincerity being our willingness to be present and authentic, humility, our willingness to listen. Instead of arrogance, which is the refusal to listen, we step back, open up and listen again. That is fundamental! You could say that the foundation of the Amartya teaching is humility and sincerity. Together they form a natural innocence and authenticity.

Presence: The First Cornerstone

Presence is bringing our attention into the present moment. It represents conscious awareness, mindful attention. It means, for a moment, we have emerged from the fog of mentalizing – thinking, analyzing and dwelling on the past and future. We arrive in the universal, present moment, awake, aware, in the here and now. This is monumental, and everything in spiritual life depends on it. So, I consider presence the first cornerstone. Without mindful presence, there is only the unobserved mind, lost in thought, emotion and reaction.

Silence: Presence will, in time, lead to silence. At first, it’s mental silence, which is a profound blessing, but silence deepens even further into a luminous majesty. The more present we become, the more silence we experience. Presence yields an increasing bounty of silence.

The initial dance with silence is appreciated as a relief from thinking. A profound peace settles in as we slip out of constant thinking into silence. This is magnificent and rejuvenating, and the meditator bathes in it and cavorts in it for years, maybe lifetimes.

Sakshi: Over time, silence will lead to sakshi, a witnessing presence within the mind. At some point, silence calls us even deeper, revealing its essential nature: a radiant field of majesty. Words fail its description. Because it is so obviously holy, I capitalize – it is the living, pulsing ’I Am’ Field of Consciousness – the ultimate perceiver. Even though it is the most intimate essence of us, it’s not a thing, and it’s not a ’you’ or a ’me’. It’s bigger than that.

The majesty of silence lies not in what is not there – thinking

but in what IS there – the Majesty Field of the God Self.

The mind is at a complete loss to recognize it, because that field of radiance is attributeless. There is nothing there for the mind to perceive. It appears completely empty, but once pierced, what started out as not thinking reveals itself as Fullness Itself. It is the Sacred Self, pulsing in all its majesty in emptiness – the living perceiver. Empty but full; invisible yet aware.

This is the legendary pre-existing witnessing presence called vaira’sakshi – the silent perceiver – the third layer of presence. The unobserved mind becomes observed, no longer from the mind but from the Self. The Self is observing the mind. The inner reality begins revealing itself.

Realization is now upon your shoulders,

the realization, the knowing, that you are the

luminous, pulsing, conscious awareness.

We are that loving intelligence, the Source-I-Am-Presence looking out the eyes, perceiving, the beingness resting quietly in silent awareness, causing all things to occur. It draws from Itself, the infinite potential inherent in silence, to answer the need in the moment. So, I consider presence the magnificent first cornerstone of the teaching.





I want to put in your hands what has taken a lifetime to learn, in hopes you will go far beyond the depth of my understanding.

We stand on each other’s shoulders, generation to generation, and I would be honored to be your shoulder, to aid you in moving faster and more elegantly through the maze that will present itself as you embark on the hero’s journey.

SONJAN is a teacher, writer, poet, author of five books on spiritual growth and Self-Realization. He has studied, practiced and appliedthe wisdom of the Immortals for over twenty years with Aaravindha Himadra, founder of Sambodha. He now teaches the knowledge of the Amartyas to those thirsty for the wisdom of the transforming Spirit.


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