The universe is a dream in the mind of the ALL, its an illusion, imagination, unreal. This is established via observation and the principle of correspondence. Although its unreal, one should not make a mistake of treating it as such. From a relative point of view, it appears real and is rule bound. The way out of it is not by changing it, but by transcending it via self transmutation.
Beliefs are assumptions, ideas not founded on the evidence gained via direct experience or logic. Beliefs lead to suffering, for they are just ignorance. They can be difficult to get rid of, they are parasitic. A gyani must always keep his guard up against blind beliefs. Not knowing is of more value than knowing.
The essence of I cannot be seen as an object. This puts the mind in a difficult position, which can know only objects. We see limitations of the mind or intellect immediately. We take the next step, and see the experience and the experiencer as two sides of the same coin, inseparable and an appearance in that which is not-two.
The concepts of transmutation and the wholeness of the existence, the ALL, are described. Transmutation is always of the mind, because that is what there is. The ALL, which is exactly the same as the word Brahman, is the only reality, the only substance, infinite and unchanging.
Who am I or what is my essence is the most important question one can ask. This is the Self Enquiry. This talk is an introduction to the enquiry and is meant for beginners. We define the essence as that which remains unchanged, and progressively eliminate all that is non-essential, changing and unnecessary. In this way we arrive at the real I.
The Kybalion is a short and accessible description of the Hermetic teachings from ancient Egypt, which is being presented here with some commentary and comparison with non dualistic Indian philosophies. We immediately see the emphasis on a teacher-student style of transmission of knowledge and the need to carefully evaluate the readiness of the students.
Shiva is a very popular concept among all kinds of spiritual practitioners. It is pure nothingness, the substratum from which everything arises and to which everything falls back. Why is a yogi trying to become like Shiva? What is the significance of such practices? Why so much mystery? We will informally explore this highly interesting landscape of nothingness, which is Shiva himself.
To be established as the Being-Knowledge-Bliss, the mind needs to be killed. The Master reveals that the mind is only an illusion, movements, thoughts. It is a concept that points to ceaseless activity. To kill the mind, one needs to completely forget it. This statement needs some careful interpretation.