Deconstruction: Part Two – The Motives for Deconstruction

Deconstruction is the undoing, the “taking to pieces” of the false self or the sense of the separate self. Life itself deconstructs the sense of the separate self. At some point a person surrenders to what life gives and takes, and this is known as mellowing. Probably everyone experiences the effects of life’s deconstructive power, whether or not they are spiritual.

The teaching of nonduality calls for a deeper deconstruction, a deconstruction of the one who is mellow. If one has a spiritual practice, life can serve as the deconstructor. You do not need anyone to break down your “ego” or false self. Still, some people function as active deconstructors of the false self. You may meet them online, in person, in books.

Try to understand why a person is deconstructing. If there is a false self that is to be deconstructed, it doesn’t matter what the motive is. However, you may want to align yourself with a deconstructor whose motivation works for you.

People try to deconstruct the false self for any one or combination of the following reasons:

  • to demonstrate deconstruction
  • to teach deconstruction
  • to advertise their skill at deconstruction
  • to release their own stress
  • as a porcupine uses quills
  • to show-off their ability to deconstruct
  • to abuse or attack another person
  • to celebrate deconstruction
  • to deconstruct deconstruction
  • to help an individual, as in a guru/devotee, therapist/client, artist/audience relationship.
  • When one is living in the flow of nature, are they living with motives? Life is lived and actions are assigned motivations so that humanness might be understood.

    3 thoughts on “Deconstruction: Part Two – The Motives for Deconstruction

    1. devil

      to achieve a political goal/group effect, where the deconstructed person who will remain in denial serves as negative example and brings on the better in the rest who will suddenly be verry understanding

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    2. Gerard

      I have tried my whole life to De-construct in some way or another. When I began contemplating the Advaita teachings (specifically Nisargadatta Maharaj’s lineage) about 5 years ago, I thought that by “doing nothing” I was actually doing nothing, i.e giving up all spiritual exercises; giving up all meditations and service and helping – that I was finally doing nothing – that was a mistake on my part. What I had not realized up until recently (atleast for me) is that:

      *It is not about giving up anything others then personal “I.”
      *spiritual exercises happen more frequently then not.
      *If spiritual exercises happen with individuality involved then there will be much suffering and bondage; there will be no realization of our interconectedness to all (and as All.)

      Right this very instant I feel this happening very much [spontaneously] almost like: should I quit typing on this key pad? Should I not? Does it matter? What if I tried to stop, would I succeed? Am I not trying to stop? What if? Who cares?

      Some who saw Maharaj – they would would say: “look. He does worship (Bhati); he does service and helping etc. so he has not deconstructed?” But all who really know Maharaj to be the same nature as them (consciousness) know that there was no hidden Maharaj underneath making seperate individual choices – they know that he was but another drop in the ocean of consciousness flowing along; and in that flowing many things can happen; the difference is that there is no longer individuality involved; Maharaj never “died” only the wrong perception of what Maharaj really was did. Even in Buddhism they say: “If you see a Buddha, kill him.” Kill the body? No. Kill the false perception that is in your mind.

      A few quotes from I AM That That really turn me on:

      You cannot change your circumstances, but your attitudes you can change. (480-1)

      There is nothing we can do, we can only let things happen according to their nature. Clarity and charity is action. Love is not lazy and clarity directs. You need not worry about action, look after your mind and heart. Stupidity and selfishness are the only evil. (496)

      In reality things are done to you, not by you. Your desire just happens to you along with its fulfilment or non-fulfilment. You can change neither. You may believe that you exert yourself, strive and struggle. Again, it all merely happens, including the fruits of the work. Neither is by you and for you. All is in the picture exposed on the cinema screen, nothing in the light, including what you take yourself to be, the person. You are the light only. (481)

      Life itself is desireless. But the false self wants to continue – pleasantly. Therefore, it is always engaged in ensuring one’s continuity. Life is unafraid and free. As long as you have the idea of influencing events, liberation is not for you: the very notion of doership, of being a cause, is bondage. (298)

      Everybody wants to be active, but where do his actions originate? There is no central point: each action begets another, meaninglessly and painfully, in endless succession. The alternation of work and pause is not there. First find the immutable centre where all movement takes birth. Just like a wheel turns round an axle, so must you be always in the centre and not whirling at the periphery. (349)

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    3. Matthew

      And here I thought that deconstruction was a tool of cultural and literary criticism. On its own, though, it can be quite dangerous. If everything is deconstructed, then we arrive at the point where everything means nothing. As far as the sense in which you are using it, one must still be cautious because it may very well lead to Entropy, which is the strongest force in the universe.

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