The only spiritual practice necessary is whatever practice brings our mind to rest. To peace. When that happens, all else falls into place. In a very beautiful way. … More Five characteristics of spiritual awakening (and one that really matters)
There are no moments. Moments are a concept. There is only here, now, and change. All else is concept. All else is thought.
And when that is realized, the next step is this… … More Space and time make room for thought
I came across this wonderful reading of the the Ribhu Gita and wanted to help call attention to it. The content creator is Samaneri Jayasāra, a Buddhist nun who describes her YouTube channel as a place “designed to provide listeners with a range of teachings from great spiritual Masters and to create a meditative mood … More The Ribhu Gita, Chapter 26: Listen, Awake, Realize
Considering the people, places, and objects in our dreams as one substance is a good way to understand this world as one substance. And that is the best way I know to grasp non-duality. … More On Oneness
Ultimately, what do we find? That nothing is really there, it seems. It is, but it isn’t. It’s here, but it’s not. What seems to have substance seems to have no substance at all. … More What do you mean the world is an illusion, not real?
Making Sense of Disparate Teachings The teachings of Yoga seem contradictory to the teachings of non-duality. For those who like to ponder, ask questions, and understand, you’re in for a rough ride if you aim to untangle the two. Here’s the breakdown. The similarity… Yoga is a Sanskrit word that translates as yoke, or union. Advaita is a Sanskrit word that translates as not-two, … More Yoga & Non-duality
What’s true for me may not be truly true. What I mean is there is Truth, and it’s not relative. We may believe whatever we want, yes. We have that freedom and that right, and no one can tell us otherwise. That is true. But that does not mean it’s True. Truth is not just … More Self-Realization or self absorption?
Anger. It rises. An emotion in response to stimulus. The stimulus for you may be different than the stimulus for me. And so may the strength, or the intensity, of the emotion, the anger. But the end result is the same. The end result is the seething, the fuming, and the internal dialogue that fuels … More Peace, with a side of anger
Meditation usually involves focusing one’s attention on an object. Mantra meditation, for example, focuses attention on a word or phrase. In the East this might be the word “Aum,” or one of the many names of God, such as “Rama.” In Orthodox Christianity, attention is placed on the words of the Jesus Prayer (“Lord Jesus … More On Self-Inquiry Meditation
Here in the West, Intellect is paramount. If you’re not an athlete or an artist, you’d better have Good Brain, because Good Brain will get you places, and make you Big Buck. And maybe the desire for Big Buck is the real problem here. But that is a thought for another day. Today’s thought is about … More Three Types of Intelligence