Much more by Leonard Jacobson HERE
Much more by Leonard Jacobson HERE
A contributor ‘Maria’ wrote a piece HERE
under the heading of ‘A Tour of Advaita via the Books of Dennis Waite’
As a summary of advaita some may find it useful;
• Advaita uses various methods (prakriyA-s) to analyze topics about which we have mistaken beliefs in order to reveal our errors and to demonstrate that there is only Brahman.
• The method of discriminating between who we are (the seer) and what we are not (the seen – body, mind etc.) is called dRRigdRRiSya- viveka.
• Who we really are – Brahman – is beyond description and immaculate.
• The body is nothing more than the food we have eaten, yet we worry about its comfort, aging and death.
• Consciousness is not an epiphenomenon of the mind. Everything “appears” in Consciousness.
• We do not “think” thoughts – they arise and we witness them.
• The mind assumes the power of Consciousness in the way that an iron ball in the fire becomes hot.
• Attachment to emotions occurs similarly and we must cultivate dispassion (vairAgya). Peace is beyond all emotions.
• The ego is a construction of concepts and its power is destroyed once the truth is understood. This is the basis of “Self-enquiry.”
• ahaMkAra is the process by which we identify with ideas, emotions, roles etc. All disappear in sleep so we cannot be them.
• Neither are we the mask of a “person.” We are the changeless “I am,” the essence of the changing forms.
• The sheath model (pa~ncha-kosha-prakriyA) is used to illustrate the various levels of identification.
• The true Self has nothing to do with the body and mind etc, just as the moon has nothing to do with the bough of the tree on which it appears to rest.
• We are constantly lured by the form and miss the essence.
• Everything transient is first rejected (neti, neti) in order to discover who we truly are, the eternal unchanging. It is then realized that the changing, too, is none other than the non-dual Self.
• Just as dreams are seen to have been nothing but the mind itself on awakening, so the world is seen to be the Self on enlightenment.
• If it can be spoken of, I am not that. Truth is beyond language, which is necessarily in duality. I am the eternal subject. Reality is self-evident.
A nondual teacher who meant/means a lot to many people
Published on 27 Mar 2015
In 2006 Stephen Wolinsky proposed the idea of traveling to India to film Nisargadatta Maharaj’s translators and disciples to explore the legacy Maharaj left behind in his hometown, Mumbai.
In 2007 Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo together with Stephen Wolinsky, Philip Safarik and Fred Good traveled to India to shoot this film.
The meeting with the old devotees was both illuminating as well as deeply touching.
Over the next seven and a half years, we all plugged away, going through mounds of material allowing this project to reach completion.
The film you are about to see cannot demonstrate the amount of work that went into this project….but let’s simply say that finally it is complete…
Nisargadatta did not leave an ashram; he did not leave any teachings nor successors. This movie is a homage to him; a look at his unintended legacy from people that have been inspired by him more then words can express.
This film contains interviews with four of the old Nisargadatta’s translators: Ramesh Balsekar, S.K. Mullarpattan, Mohan and Jayashri Gaitonde,plus some old indian devotees and trustees, the publishers of “I Am That” and a visit to the old room in which Maharaj was holding his meetings, his Guru Samadhi Shrine and the place in which some of Maharaj ashes are preserved.
In the footage are also presented exclusive photographs of Maharaji’s cremation ceremony.
Jean Klein was Francis Lucille’s teacher who in turn was Rupert Spira’s teacher.
See also – http://www.stillnessspeaks.com/jean_klein
Jean Klein’s teacher was known as Panditji Rao but I can’t find anything about him – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Klein_%28spiritual_teacher%29
Rupert Spira 280 + YouTube videos
Go to http://www.rupertspira.com/ for an absolute treasure trove!