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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Change the World to Beauty

To want to change the world, you are already saying, or thinking, there is something wrong with me. I am not good enough, there is a separate me, and there is a world apart from me. Already hidden in that is an inherent wrong that cannot be gotten ridden of: the original sin as it…

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The Matrix Resurrections and The Desert of the Unreal

The Matrix Resurrections and The Desert of the Unreal: A Philosophical Review Somewhere in a shop in the matrix world: [Bugs] It’s not something I can explain easily, but… But the moment he looked at me, I felt something… unlock my mind. [agent] Okay. Something like that happened to me. I saw this pattern… and…

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alOne in the Silence: A Poem

A persistent assumption There are Others And listening to the insistent mind Which wants attention – Look at me! As if it were alone in a vast universe of loneliness “I’m a This, I’m a that…” it says A man, a woman, and old one, a young one A rich one, a poor one A…

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Tag, You’re It: A Poem and a Contemplation of Reality

In my journal, scribbled some reflections, and a little “poem” this morning …   Tag, You’re It. In short … One cannot stand outside reality, one is It. One cannot know that reality any more than one can see one’s own eye Except as an image, appearing in mind, looking in a mirror… What you…

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