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Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

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Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

The frame of mind of wanting final realization supports seeking. It in no way invites final realization.

The Son of God

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

The Son of God The body and the personality are experiences. Even experiencing itself is an experience, as is witnessing. There is no “experiencer” and there is no witness. There is consciousness. The entity “I” is an experience. Consciousness is the underlying source of experience. “I Am” is what is called “The Son of God” […]

A Summary

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

An Ocean without beginning or end. Still, incorruptible, unchanging, uncaused, unmanifested. Potential.

Ocean

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

An Ocean without beginning or end. Still, incorruptible, unchanging, uncaused, unmanifested. Potential.

Final Realization

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

The frame of mind of wanting final realization supports seeking. It in no way invites final realization.

Santa Claus

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But how can we understand it and reach the peace you talk about? We can’t understand it. We can only understand experience. What is not experience is non-understandable.

Comfortably

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It seems that Spiritual Realization allows us to live comfortably in our own skins… As an idiomatic language expression that is right on. There is Total Acceptance of who we are as a person, including those defects of character and bad habits that only us know about… 🙂 But to be cautious regarding a possible […]

A Process

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Is awakening a gradual process? Awakening is not a process, it is an event. It is a revelation. And what is revealed in awakening is beyond time. However, the personality as a whole and the ego, do undergo a process both before and after that event. In fact, two different processes take place. The first process is […]

The Dream

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Do we wake up to the dream or from the dream? “To the dream” is close, but no cigar. In reality, neither. It is assumed that there is a separate entity that can awaken either to or from the dream.

A Passing State

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How do you know the state of our Essential Nature that you experience is not a passing state? Because the very nature of the Essential State engenders the effortless conviction that there is no I who experiences or can experience it. And because it is Not Two there is no opposite to it. Therefore there […]

Enlightenment

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What is enlightenment? In my definition, it is a revelation or recognition. What is recognized is that the True Nature of reality is Pure Consciousness and that I am not separate from It. That recognition can have many consequences in the life of the person to whom it happened. Most notably, it heralds the beginning […]

Transmission

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Can enlightenment be transmitted directly to other people? Consciousness is not susceptible to movement, location, ownership, or stewardship. It is not something; not even a subtle or metaphysical thing. So, it does not move from one person to another. However, words, a look, or just the presence of a person can elicit Recognition or Insight […]

Awakening

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It is said that there are many awakenings, glimpses or free samples… From all of the awakenings or glimpses only one is of significance. That is the one where it is irrevocably clear that Consciousness is all there is and that there is no such thing as “I” separate from Consciousness. That is the only […]

Awake

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Mr. X says he woke up and is now awake. But you said nobody wakes up. Maybe it is a question of language and semantics, maybe not. I have no way to tell. So, you have to figure out by yourself where he is coming from. Ask him to explain what he means, that is […]

Glimpses

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Are there many glimpses or insights into our true nature? It depends on the perspective you speak from. From the perspective of the belief in being a separate individual our True Nature is conceived as glimpses. From the perspective of what we Truly Are, the individual and its belief in being separate is an experience […]

Effortless

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When there is subtle feeling that things are not well an effort is still needed to reach the acceptance of things as they are. Sounds perfect and natural to me. The more that happens the clearer it becomes that it is a spontaneous event. The effort happens. And Consciousness remains untouched and unchanged. Is this […]

An Illusion

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Everything is an illusion… A minute ago you told me you are still suffering. You may repeat that everything is an illusion and continue suffering. That does not help. The mind is unfocused and adrift. That idea is a blunt tool and can be safely discarded. We can say the root of psychological suffering is […]

The Other

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Why does Ramana Maharshi say there is no “other”? My educated guess is that a particular seeker needed to hear that at that moment to shake him/her off the wrong belief that the person is a separate entity. And by doing so release the seeker from psychological suffering and establish the seeker in Impersonal Stillness. […]

The Person

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Are you saying the person does not exist? As a separate entity it does not exist. As a network of present thoughts and emotions associated with a body yes, of course it exists. We would not be having this conversation if that was not the case. We call the person “I” for purely practical purposes, […]

I

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Does the “I” get unified with the Totality in the end? No. There is no “I” that is separate.  That separation is an unexamined assumption that about seven billion people go for without a second thought.  So any spiritual idea concocted around that assumption is either pointless imagination or geared toward a certain type of […]

I Am

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What is the sense “I Am”? You may have had the experience when you wake up in the morning, before your eyes open and you do not know where you are and there is only infinite dark space but it appears illuminated, and the light shines from “you”. There is no thought and no emotion […]

Manifested and Unmanifested

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Are we the un-manifested and the ego part of the manifested? We are the un-manifested and we are the manifested. There is no actual division between the un-manifested and the manifested. Those terms are notional distinctions to attempt to describe what cannot be described. The ego, plus anything you can think of, describe or feel, […]

Omnipresence, Omnipotence, Omniscience

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The Natural State is Omnipresence It is the ever-present ground of Being and of all manifestation of consciousness or creation. As well the absence of any creation; the potential of creation. It is present at all times, as the term implies. In fact, it is the only “thing” that is ever-present. Everything else appears and […]

Nothing Ever Happened

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It is said that “there is no world and nothing ever happened”. What’s that got to do with Self-Realization? Notionally, consciousness has two modes of being. Manifested and Unmanifested. But they are concurrent and not separate. They are not two. There is no division or movement between them. Within this paradigm, all that can be […]

Self-Remembering

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What is Self-remembering? In my definition, self-remembering is the act of directing attention to the source of attention. An archer must know where the target is before he/she can shoot the arrow. We must know what the self is before it can be remembered. Logically, Self-remembering becomes available only after awakening, not before. The haphazard […]

Being Conscious

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Isn’t becoming conscious the final aim of spirituality? Regarding Spiritual Realization, we must see the personality in its entirety. No stones can be left unturned. All devils must come to light. All that produces suffering must be seen. No exceptions. It is not a question of intentionally getting rid of anything, it is a question […]

Being Present

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Some teachings exhort us to be present. Is that useful? My questions are: what is it that is present? What is the true nature of presence? What is the place of the mind in presence? Who is present in the present? Where is “I” in presence? Is it the “I” that later tells our friends […]

Love, Truth and Beauty

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

What do you mean by love, truth, and beauty? When the mind is stable and free from time-induced restlessness there is no rejection of what is in the moment; there is a profound acceptance or welcoming of What Is; thus love. Upon the realization of who we are the true nature of the universe is […]

The Good Householder and the Master

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Do we prepare the house for the arrival of the master? Yes, that is a good analogy. With a caveat, as must be the case with all analogies. The house is the personality and the body. The arrival of the Master is the event of the Realization of our True Nature. And if the house is […]

The Basics

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Care for the body and for physical needs. Or else it may be difficult to discern between real and imaginary suffering. Be creative and materialize that creativity. That includes finding solutions to problems. Or else one may become susceptible to depression and rejection of life. Find tools and methods to uncover and process past trauma. […]

The Teacher

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Is a teacher necessary for Spiritual Realization? There are no rules. The teacher in the form of a person is only one of many possible. The teacher in the form of a person obviously can provide consistent intellectual articulation and emotional resonance. If resonance occurs it can certainly be invaluable and enjoyable. Human interaction is a very […]

Surpass the Master

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Can you comment on the notion that the student can surpass the master? In arts, sports, or any other human activity that seems to be the case rather often. Spiritually, the notion that the student can surpass the master is absurd. The true Master was never above anything or anyone, neither below; neither better nor […]

The Sky and the Clouds

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

It seems that all you are saying is simply conceptual. It makes no difference if I think of myself as consciousness or not. The suffering remains. I am sorry about the suffering. I have gone through that and I know exactly what you are describing. It certainly is all conceptual. But the concepts are pointing […]

The Path

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Are you saying you arrived at the end of the spiritual path? There was a chapter in this story called “a path” but there was no one traversing it. That is not an analogy. It is literal. In my definition, Spiritual Realization is the removal of the false belief in the existence of a separate […]

Happiness

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Is Spiritual Realization happiness? Yes, as long as you are not passing a kidney stone, or do not have some debilitating illness, or a loved one has not just died, or you have financial security, you are not in jail, or you do not live in a war zone. Otherwise, Spiritual Realization is unhappiness.

Restlessness

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

The frame of mind of wanting final realization supports seeking. It in no way invites final realization.

Perfection

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Can’t the ego learn to behave in a healthy way? Certainly. And thankfully. When we see clearly that we are not the image we have been programmed to believe we are, and see the body for what it really is – a present perception or experience, the personality naturally and spontaneously begins to operate in […]

Timeline #1

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Tarot of Merseilles’ Major Arcana is a map of the spiritual path on the physical plane from beginning to end. It shows all of the forces that come into play, all of the strengths and all of the pitfalls. It can serve as a tool to allow the user to bring unconscious areas of the […]

Timeline #2

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Read Timeline #1 first in order to get a view of the main points. This timeline describes the key stepping-stones on the conscious spiritual path in more detail. This sequence corresponds to the second half of Tarot of Marseilles’ Major Arcana. It is linear in time. However, after key events take place, at any point […]

Time

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The Present is not a moment between the past and the future. Time is a concept. There is no past, present or future except as concepts. Those concepts do play a role in physics and manipulation of experience and in experience itself. But physics is not the study of or the pursuit of Reality. Well, […]

The Way of Denial

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Can you comment on what is meant by the Way of Denial? The way of denial is what happens after awakening. In awakening the only Thing that really matters becomes Known. From then onward most of what filled our minds about spirituality becomes obsolete and is naturally discarded because most spiritual ideas support seeking. It […]

The Fourth Way

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Why did you abandon the 4th Way? What I am about to say refers to the teaching I learned in the Fellowship of Friends and how it was practiced based on the books by Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Rodney Collin and Maurice Nicoll. I know there are various other groups in that tradition and I am not […]

Ego/False Personality

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For practical purposes, I define the ego as that part of our personality that, when active, produces psychological suffering. Normally, the personality does not receive proper education early in life and thus fear becomes overblown and psychological suffering becomes habitual. The ego’s sense of separation manifests through seven discernible patterns in the population. For seekers, […]

The Ego’s Death

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Is enlightenment the death of the ego? In my definition, the ego is that part of our being that is concerned with survival including its counterparts in the emotional and mental facets of personality therefore it naturally has a mechanism of caution or fear built into it.  A significant part of ego is legitimate. The […]

Trauma

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How do you view trauma in relation to Spiritual Realization? Any unconscious or partly-conscious trauma or karmatic events must be brought to the light of consciousness for conscious digestion. The processing itself is different for different people and for different events. The digestion could take a one minute bout of weeping or months or psychotherapy. […]

Belief

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What is the importance of belief? Belief, or faith, is a genuine function of the mind. It is an attitude. Faith is important and useful in the right circumstances. It imbues the mind with positive energy and new positive action becomes possible. For that to be the case our actions must be congruent with our […]

To Do or Not to Do

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Some teachers say that there is nothing to be done… There is a teacher and a teaching for every stage of the path. And what is said to one person in one moment, may not fit another.  Plus, it is possible that some people start teaching too soon after they experienced awakening and still have not […]

Will and the Power to Do

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Some teachings say that we must develop will and the power to do… Early on the path seekers must find power in order to sustain the efforts to journey through the jungle of psychological suffering and painful karma. The individual must believe it has power otherwise it will crumble under the pressure. However, that is […]

Clarity

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

It seems that Enlightenment produces clarity about life… Clarity is one of the manifested dimensions of the Natural State. Clarity is Truth. Enlightenment probably would not be called Enlightenment if it weren’t. But once awakening or enlightenment happens a new process usually begins in the personality. It is rare that enlightenment happens and we are […]

Science

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Science has not understood consciousness yet, but they are getting there… Science will understand the dimensions of consciousness, explore and expand it and create incredible things and experiences. That is god’s job and science is one of its playgrounds. Science will never understand True Consciousness. Not because science is somehow faulty, or because of a […]

Meditation

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Is meditation useful? What is meditation? It is to spend time paying attention to something. Meditation with the intention of inquiring into who experiences states, that is, the Subject of experience, may lead to Awakening, which means the revelation of uninterrupted peace beyond the pendulum, with no compulsion for experiencing, or search for, this or […]

Prayer

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Is prayer useful? It depends on the present degree of wisdom and the type of prayer. If you do not tie your camel and it runs away and then you pray for its recovery, you may well get your camel back. But if you do not pay attention to your own negligence you have not […]

Value

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Tell me why Conscious Unity has any value whatsoever for Earth living! If by Conscious Unity you mean a mere idea without any reference to an underlying permanent uncontrived and benevolent state of being, or some tangible quality that you know to be valuable, then it would certainly be rather useless. But if we use […]

Anger

Nonduality, Advaita. The end of suffering.

Why is Enlightenment so desirable? Because it is the end of suffering. What kind of suffering? The suffering based on the imagination of and identification with a vulnerable “I”. For example: anxiety, guilt, hurry, feelings of oppression, feelings of inadequacy, stubbornness, greed, fear of the future, fear of loss or lack, fear of death. It […]

Spiritual Proof

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There are no proofs of anything spiritual, only beliefs. I agree in part. The essence of Spirit is not any “thing” or experience thus it cannot be measured, demonstrated or proven. When considering Spirit the only verb that can approach it is the verb to be. This perspective has the potential of bypassing the conceptual […]

Men Number…

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Are you a man number…? Zero.  Being a man or a woman or a person is a garment. There is no grand state I must experience. There is no new revelation that must occur. There is no essential vulnerability. I put on my name, body, and personality every morning and live their pleasures and pains […]

Heaven

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What do you mean by heaven, hell and purgatory? Those are esoteric symbols. Hell is the state where false personality is active and runs our lives. It is a state full of psychological suffering, uneasiness, and restlessness. Heaven is our natural state of peace and absolute acceptance. Purgatory is the mental-emotional process we go through […]

Spirituality, Metaphysics and Psychology

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These are my definitions: Spirituality is the pursuit of Spirit or the Natural State. Through the realization of Spirit or the Natural State ignorance ends and suffering ends. The Natural State does not evolve or change but is the source of all change and is the source of unchanging inner peace. Metaphysics is the study and experience of […]

Tradition

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An Ocean without beginning or end. Still, incorruptible, unchanging, uncaused, unmanifested. Potential.

Higher Centers

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“Lower functions have a dual aspect of positive and negative. The higher emotional and higher intellectual centers do not have that duality.” The “non-duality” of higher centers is a “relative non-duality” and is still part of Duality. Duality being the “ten thousand things”. The manifestation. The universe. Subject-object. Perceiver-perceived. Experience. We are mixing different concepts […]

The Soul

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When you refer to Spirit are you talking about the soul? No. The Soul is something associated with “me”. Spirit is beyond “me” of any kind, physical or metaphysical. In my definition, Spiritual Realization is not the creation, salvation, improvement or evolution of the soul. Spiritual Realization is the realization of what we are: Spirit. […]

The Soul’s Path

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Is not the soul on a path through many lifetimes and it evolves that way? Yes, metaphysical insight or deep intuition reveals that to be the case. Just like the body and personality change and evolve in their own way during this physical lifetime, the soul, or a metaphysical body, evolves through multiple lifetimes. However, […]

Astrology

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Astrology just tells a story about the person… It depends on what kind of astrology. To begin with, the sun-sign astrology that most people know nowadays is a limited, distorted, and often banalized, version of the traditional astrology that has been practiced for millennia. So, most people are clueless about the various branches of astrology […]

Tarot

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Tarot is one of many metaphysical tools available to us. Tarot of Marseilles is a system of psychological delineation that describes the path essence/soul takes on the physical plane. It is also a method of direct communication with spirit guides for the purpose of obtaining specific information. Systems of symbolism can convey much in one […]

Eternal Life

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Do we create a soul and achieve eternal life? The body enables the experience of life day by day in the physical realm. The soul enables the same, lifetime by lifetime alternating between the physical and the astral, which is a metaphysical realm. Spiritual Realization, or the realization of, and living as Who We Are, […]

Karma

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What is karma? Why some traditions say we have to pay karma? Probably the most misinterpreted and misused concept in the spiritual dictionary other than the concept “I”.  Without getting overly analytical or complex about the mechanism of causality, the simple fact is that karma is a name for the law of “cause-and-effect”. It is […]

Reincarnation

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Nobody can know that reincarnation exists! That is not correct. You may speak for yourself. But not for everybody. To say that something does not exist simply because we do not have the experience or proof is an example of wrong work of the intellectual center. That is the sin of skeptics. If we do […]

Non-Incarnated Beings

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Do you believe in non-incarnated beings helping us? Not believe; I know and communicate with them routinely. Horary astrologers and Tarot readers do, whether they know it or not; it is part of our job.  Were people not so preoccupied with the past or the future, or bogged with theory, or hampered by mind-closing skepticsm, […]