Advaita

Meditation: “Are We There Yet?” (funny)

The scene: a group in meditation. The teacher guides them to “open their attention”, and “simply Be in awareness”, and observe, notice the thoughts going by, the feelings as sensations in the body, the entirety of their experience… The teacher starts to end the session and encourages the participants to gently open their eyes. A…

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The Enlightenment Contest (funny)

The scene: a spiritual retreat … someone gets up, in the evening, after the meditation and dialogue: “I have a little announcement. Since everyone here is interested in not only becoming enlightened, or perhaps thinks they already are, and furthermore would love very much to gain full recognition for it and prove something to their…

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The Garden of Bliss

In the garden of bliss there are no formulas no principles only the sun blazing away unknown All to all sweet as infinite love has no opposite pure perfect absolute beyond the mind beyond thought no intermediate direct silent Presence

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God Said STOP SEEKING Me

113. His disciples said to him, “When will the kingdom come?” “It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Rather, the Father’s kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people don’t see it.” – Jesus, The Gospel of Thomas (Trans. Stephen Patterson and Marvin…

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There Is No Such Thing as Enlightenment

I once heard the spiritual teacher (of Advaita, Non-duality) Francis Lucille tell his students (who he would rather refer to as “friends”): “Would you rather be enlightened, or happy? Would you rather be enlightened and unhappy, or unenlightened and happy?”. While I laughed and thought this very insightful, part of me also was taken aback:…

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Beyond the Event Horizon of Thought

Definition: “Thought” – The energy used to form the contents of experience. At this point in my life I find it harder to avoid feeling and thinking there can be only be one reality and one consciousness. How could you not? The answer is, by believing that Truth or Consciousness (or “innate health” as they talk…

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The Reality of Universal Consciousness

Jesus said, “I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind.” – The Gospel of Thomas The hard thing to grasp about Universal Consciousness is that it is not something that can be sensed by…

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Healthy Egos and Spiritual Development

Must one must first travel the arc from infant to healthy separate self or ego—a well-adapted adult ego in one’s environment and community—before passing down the other side of the rainbow, to the post-egoic state of non-dual understanding, happiness and peace, love and bliss? I’ve heard it suggested more than once, and in more than…

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The Meaning of Ott’s Jack’s Cheese and Bread Snack Lyrics

Heard this (trippy) song about ten years ago and loved it, and was intrigued by the lyrics: Ott – Jack’s Cheese and Bread Snack   One: All composite phenomena are impermanent. Two: All contaminated things and events are unsatisfactory or in the nature of suffering. Three: All phenomena are empty and selfless (devoid of self-existence).…

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