How many steps to the Supreme?
Actually, there are no steps. You are the Supreme, the Self, the Infinite, freedom itself.
But if you still do not feel that way, if that is not your experience yet, there is at least one step.
Take it. Resolve to take it. Resolve to be free asap. Don’t wait any longer.
Just be (“Summa Ire”). Keep quiet. That’s all.
Don’t follow around the activities of your so called mind. Don’t even try to not follow.
Just be yourself. Not becoming this or doing that. Just be exactly as you are right now. Really, that is all. It really is.
You are already doing it right now…see? 🙂 You ARE it!
When a difficult (or pleasant perhaps) situation or series of thoughts or emotions arise, immediately inquire who is experiencing it.
The experiencer is the mind. Rest in the space, awareness, presence, silence that comes forward.
See that every experience is arising in awareness. There is no experience of any kind (thoughts, emotions, perceptions etc.) or any object (person, place or thing) without your awareness being there first.
Rest in the awareness. Just simple awareness. Nothing special or sparkly. There is no mind and there never was. Just natural experience, endlessly arising by itself from itself. It simply is.
If you want to know God, experience God, you see that if it is really God, than nothing can be apart from God, even slightly.
Everything is God. This is the truth. Everything is God. That means every object prior deemed pure or impure, auspicious or not, intelligent or foolish, the worst offender you can imagine in your view, is quite literally God.
Finally, it is seen you are God and “Wait, that means I am God?! Oh no, that can’t be” says the mind. Oh yes. So it is. Even that thought just now, was God. So is the screen you are reading. The field is completely leveled.
Since everything is God, there is no need to refer to it in any way, name or form. That is why it is often referred to as simply That…or maybe This. Or anything you like. This is how an atheist and an ardent devotee of God in any form can realize the same Truth. It is the only Reality. Silence and Peace remain, simply and easily as it always was. All dreamed up divisions dissolve once and for all.
Seeing that all activities in the universe are done by a power that we could never figure out with the mind (did a human mind design the big bang? No.), surrender completely, let go into, dissolve in that power that does everything anyways, whether we think we are doing something or not.
Right now, not later. Remember…one step.
Digestion happens by itself, breathing and just about everything else. If you think it otherwise, you are in the mind! Just see.
If you trying to figure how to do all the things you want (or dont want) to do, don’t! Like Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi says, it would be like carrying all your luggage on your head while on a train. Put everything down and relax. Total surrender means the mind is out of a job. The mind might say no, but pay him/her no heed. You are not the mind. The mind is not your boss. It was just pretending to be. It was a poor mid level manager anyways. You know, the kind that pretends to do all the work but doesn’t really do anything. It just wants to keep showing up and making your head hurt.
He might still get coffee at the office but he won’t be causing any havoc anymore. All his noisy ramblings have no bearing on what actually ends up happening. All the work still gets done, even better. Seeing and feeling this, there is finally peace.
There are as many ways and nuances to return to freedom as there are people. These examples are direct. It can feel like jumping off a cliff for the mind. But you are definitely safe.
When you realize you have ended up far away from home and you can get back home in one step, wouldn’t you want to?
When you come back Home you realize you have always been here. You have always been free. You already had everything you ever wanted and everything you need to do has been done for you.
Now, simply enjoy the view.