Posts Tagged ‘nonduality’

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.

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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.

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CONSCIOUSNESS: How Does It Feel To Know You Are Consciousness?

Video by Francis Lucille – Rupert Spira’s teacher

Francis Lucille’s YouTube channel is here – https://www.youtube.com/user/friendsoffrancis

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Please watch this video for this week’s session;

Rupert’s sites are: http://www.rupertspira.com / http://www.sajahapublications.com

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star-forming region in the Large Magellanic CloudNASA/ESA image – WikiPedia

​Tolle in ​Chapter​ 7 ​of ​A New Earth says​​​;​

the ultimate purpose of the world lies not within the world but in transcendence of the world. Just as you would not be conscious of space if there were no objects in space, the world is needed for the Unmanifested to be realized.

You may have heard the Buddhist saying: “If there were no illusion, there would be no enlightenment.” It is through the world and ultimately through you that the Unmanifested knows itself.

You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!

NB Mr T was speaking of course to the awakened or at least the​ awakening. ​It is interesting to compare his statement on how important the awakened are with a Baha’i passage;

“​Ye are the stars of the heaven of understanding, the breeze that stirreth at the break of day, the soft-flowing waters upon which must depend the very life of all men……​”​

The world of duality is the key to the world of nonduality – and nonduality isn’t the only goal!  Whilst acknowledging that duality is the child of nonduality I want to enjoy the delicious snacks as well as awe & wonderment.

“Concepts are delicious snacks with which we try to alleviate our amazement.” A J Heschel (Who is Man p.88)

I also recall;

TWO ‘JEWELS’ SET ALONGSIDE EACH OTHER – a juxtaposition, one Hindu, one Jewish.

1) Here is an ancient poetic summation of the state of being human, of the cosmos and, implicitly, of the framework of Perennial Philosophy;

“Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the self same tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the tree; the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.


“The individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves and is sad. But when he recognizes the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and beholds his glory, he grieves no more.” ( from the Bhagavad Gita.)


2) From Abraham Joshua Heschel;

“The search for reason ends at the shore of the known;

on the immense expanse beyond it

only the sense of the ineffable can glide.


It alone knows the route to that

which is remote from experience and understanding.


Neither is amphibious:

reason cannot go beyond the shore,

and the sense of the ineffable

is out of place where we measure, where we weigh…….


Citizens of two realms, we must all sustain dual allegiance:

we sense the ineffable in one realm;

we name and exploit reality in another.


Between the two we set up a system of references,

but can never fill the gap.

They are as far and as close to each other as time and calendar, as violin and melody,

as life and what lies beyond the last breath.

The tangible phenomena we scrutinize with our reason,

The sacred and indemonstrable we overhear with the sense of the ineffable.”

Heschel A. J. (1971), Man is Not Alone, New York: Octagon Books p.8


TAGS: the world, transcendence, objects, space, awaken, enlightenment, duality, nonduality, purpose, Buddhist, Baha’i, stars, juxtaposition, Heschel, Bhagavad Gita,

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Magic Eye How to See 3D 

Copyright © 1995 by N.E.Thing Enterprises. All rights reserved.
The secret of the universe, your life-secret – also called ‘the geddit factor’ – got it? – you’ll kick yourself when the penny drops!
The secret of life and your way to it can’t be contained in words.
Great teachers like Zen masters point.  As in this haiku by Basho;
The clouds come and go,  
providing a rest for all  
the moon viewers
The word ‘moon’ does convey the magic of the experience of moon-ness – so great masters point to the moon, but don’t label.
No name is sufficient – in fact labels stop us seeing, stop us experiencing full reality.
It’s like
Pause the video to give yourself longer on each photo.  Don’t worry if the 3d magic eye stuff doesn’t work for you.
It doesn’t mean you haven’t or won’t ‘geddit’ spiritually!  But the 3D Magic Eye photos and videos are good as an analogy.
We stare at what we think is the real world.
But its an illusion.
There’s something deeper – something at least 3 dimensional – and it contains ‘a secret’ – the secret of the universe.
In-breath:      Relaxing
Out-breath:   I see more deeply
In-breath:      Trusting my intuition
Out-breath:   I see more deeply
make the mantra that feeld right for you!
TAGS: mantra, breath, mindfulness, intuition, insight, breakthrough, 3D, illusion, delusion, the secret, secret of the universe, satori, seeing, seeing clearly, haiku, Basho, reality, Zen, spirituality, spiritual masters, kingdom of names, form, formlessness, nonduality, duality

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