The Raw Truth About Living in The Moment – A Solo Podcast with Kapil Gupta

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Key Takeaways

  • There is nothing that you can do to get into the present moment, with any form of consistency
    • No prescription, no breathing method, no mindfulness practice – NOTHING
  • The present moment arrives when someone truly desires it, genuinely and naturally, as opposed to viewing it as a success or as a form of accomplishment
    • “The person who seeks the moment genuinely is the person who realizes that everything in his life, leads nowhere…that behind every door, is an empty room…and no matter what the promise may be, it’s always an empty room”
  • “A person who is looking for a prescription to get into the moment, doesn’t see the contradiction – a person cannot get into the moment, because the moment only exists when a person DISAPPEARS. There cannot be two.”
    • How can you bring yourself into the moment, when the very act of bringing a you with you, prevents the moment?
    • “If there was no you, there would be only the moment”

Intro

Let’s Get Straight to the Point

  • “There is nothing that you can do to get into the moment, with any form of consistency”
    • No prescription, no breathing method, no mindfulness practice…. will bring you into the present moment
    • “There is nothing in the world that exists, in any part of the planet, that a human being can employ as some form of a doing, or a prescription, or a technique, or a hack, or a method… no matter how holy, or how spiritual, or how lauded it may be, to get into the moment. It is NOT possible.”

The Moment and The Mind

  • “The moment is an otherworldly element, only because a human being has been led elsewhere by his belief systems and his conditioning”
    • “Where he has been led is into the realms of the mind”
      • “The mind doesn’t care what you’re doing, as long as you’re doing something. As long as it keeps you prescribing, and as long as it keeps you doing some form of an activity – it knows that it has you.”

Remember This

  • “It is IMPOSSIBLE to prescribe your way into the moment with any form of regularity or consistency.”
    • “Living in a moment is a complete impossibility by way of a bridge of prescription”
    • Why? – Whenever there is an intermediary of a prescription, the light is shined upon that intermediary 
      • It’s like a bridge that goes nowhere

What is true presence like?

  • “The person who find the moment by accident, and that’s typically how it happens, he experiences the glory of the moment – there are no thoughts, no emotions…it’s this feeling of great peace”
    • “There”s a sense of floating almost….no matter what happens, you know it will be okay”

Is it truly possible to arrive at the moment and live there?

  • “Yes” – But upon hearing this (or reading it) we naturally are ready for the prescription – the how, or the method to achieve it
  • “It arrives when someone truly desires it, genuinely and naturally, as opposed to viewing it as a success – As opposed to viewing it as a form of accomplishment”
    • “The person who seeks the moment genuinely is the person who realizes that everything in his life, leads nowhere…that behind every door, is an empty room…and no matter what the promise may be, it’s always an empty room”
      • “Inside every sealed box, is more sealed boxes, and as each one of those sealed boxes are opened, they’re always empty”

But Don’t Just Believe Kapil

  • “The only things you should believe are the things that don’t require belief, and those are your own direct experiences”

How the Mind Leads Human Beings Astray 

  • “There is a belief that is created by the mind that says, ‘Yes, 1,000 doors that you have opened have all lead to empty rooms, I realize that. But what if door # 1,007 is the jackpot?'”
    • It is that very belief which keeps one hooked
      • This is how the mind leads human beings astray for their entire lives

The Direct Truth – Hope Leads Nowhere

  • “When one comes to see that all the things he had hoped for his entire life with his relationships, his family, his children, his success, his failures… all of the things he looked forward to in his life… all of the things he thought would pan out, and the wealth that he thought would make him ‘happy’, and the ‘happiness’ that he thought would make him happy…when one comes to the realization that he is finished, that there really is no such thing as a full room behind a door, then one naturally begins to retreat from the worldly domain.”
    • “Though he may continue to live in the world, he lives above it, because he has come to see that EVERYTHING, in the end, is empty and that hope leads NOWHERE.”

The Cocoon of the Moment

  • “The possibility of arriving in the cocoon of the moment arises when one has no interest in any intermediary or any prescription to get there, because he realizes that any trick to get him there, will trick him right out of it”
  • “If you have a choice, the moment isn’t for you”
    • It’s only when there IS NO OTHER CHOICE, that you are ready for the cocoon of the moment to arrive

Some good things to remember…

  • “The one who seeks materialism in this world, is no different than the one who seeks spiritual materialism”
    • If one seeks a Ferrari, and one seeks a way to get into the moment, they are both materialistic people
    • Is it wrong to be materialistic? – “There is no wrong, it’s just that it leads to PAIN and FRUSTRATION.” If one enjoys pain and frustration, then one is free to do so.”
  • “It is foolish to try and bring a human being out of his miseries, because of the implicit belief that the person wants to be relieved of his miseries”
    • “There is great pleasure in misery”
      • Where there is misery, there is comfort – it’s home for many of us

The Truth

  • “The moment has nothing to do with any form of doing in order to get there”
  • Buddhist monks are not in the moment
    • “They’re too busy following their own cultural beliefs and rituals to get into the moment”
  • “A person who is looking for a prescription to get into the moment, doesn’t see the contradiction – a person cannot get into the moment, because the moment only exists when a person DISAPPEARS. There cannot be two.”
    • How can you bring yourself into the moment, when the very act of bringing a you with you, prevents the moment?
    • “If there was no you, there would be only the moment”
  • “The moment is for serious and sincere human beings, who have come to the realization that no matter what they achieve in this life, in the end it, is NOTHING. And the one who achieves the moment, the one who is qualified to live in the moment, is the one who is ready to be NOTHING.”

These notes were edited by RoRoPa Editing Services

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