The Integrity of the Teacher, Part II: Power & Authority

In part 1 of this series of articles, I brought up the key question of whether one can “separate the teaching from the teacher”: a phrase I heard from former students of  gurus involved in scandals. The issue of Truth being true regardless of who said it, but being “tainted” as far as shedding doubt…

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Notes on The Integrity Of The Teacher

 No one is in any privileged position with respect to Truth (or Beauty or Love). There are no authorities in that regard. This is something I’ve discussed over the years with fellow “students” or “seekers” (including those who have been with Osho or Andrew Cohen and other gurus, including “crazy wisdom” teachers). Once one sees…

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Desert Silence

The uniqueness of the experience… to be down in between those silent beautiful curving walls of the canyon – shades of tan, grey orange, yellow bright or dark in sun or shadow, so many textures and patterns… there’s no sound out there, except the crunch crunch of your own footsteps – and you are walking…

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No Real Body or World? ! Why Is The Changing Unreal?

What in the world is meant by this? It’s an outlandish and ridiculous claim, an unworldly Eastern philosophical religious bit of non-sense, New Age woo woo, right? Even spiritual folks with a lifetime of meditation, practices, study and experience under their belt would reject or resist this assertion, since this body and world are all…

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What is Truth and Knowledge: Part 1

What is Knowledge? What is Truth? What can we know for certain, and what can we know only with a probability? What is the difference between an opinion, and knowing, or between a belief and a fact? These questions are important not just in the understanding of non-duality (which is usually taken to be a…

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On Beyond “Awakened” Relating to Direct Relating

We are changing the name of the online group about relationship and the direct path from “Awakened Relating” to “Direct Relating”. This was inspired by the fact that “awakened” is too often interpreted as being about a person “awakening”, and there is no such thing or event as a person becoming enlightened or awakened, or…

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Love, Freedom, and Relating, Revisited

“Love and freedom cannot be separated.” —Francis Lucille This is a paraphrase of what the Advaita (non-duality) teacher Francis Lucille said, since it’s been a few years since we had the dialogue — but is the essence of what was said. The conversation was spurred by my commenting on a recent visit to a restaurant…

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Reflections on “There is no such thing as human love”

On more than one occasion I’ve heard the Advaita (non-duality) teacher Francis Lucille (or his wife Laura also) say “There is no such thing as human love.”  What on Earth are they talking about? This would seem to go against our “normal” way of thinking, and may provoke a reaction amongst listeners. After all, isn’t…

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The Three Spiritual Paths

The Three Spiritual Paths, or How To Do Nothing   162. YOGA AND DEVOTION (125) These are both processes of intense activity, always upholding the doer and enjoyer – even at the highest state, though in a highly general form. As long as this taint of duality lasts, you do not shine as the Absolute.…

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“The Real Awakening”, by Zephinanda

  A Phantom Cannot Awaken   There is no person to awaken, no separate entity that can awaken. From bodily sleep, a seeming entity can awaken, but this is only a seeming. It is in a relative way. How can I hear that what is hearing? How can I see that what is seeing? How…

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