What was I before I was born? Nisargadatta reached the absolute by enquiring about this seemingly strange question. Here we see his train of thoughts. Absolute is, and everything else is a concept. What meaning remains, then, of this life? What should an individual do, when he knows that there is no individual?
What is unmanifest and manifest? Where does the world come from? What is the difference between awareness and consciousness? How to be the awareness? Balsekar explains the answers to these questions as given by Nisargadatta.
Reading the book - "Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj", with commentary and discussion. The author, Ramesh Balsekar, narrates the story of how the writing happened. We are introduced to the Absolute Awareness, consciousness and the illusion of the individual or I.
What is the intent behind the creation? What is the act of willing? What are the implications of determinism for astrology? Is the mind trying to find its source? If this world is a play, is it possible to manipulate it, and how to do that? Let us explore these questions and more.
Logic is about true and false. A powerful and well developed ability of logic is a must for any truth seeker. A spiritual seeker is seeking the truth, and therefore, it is a logical necessity that he must sharpen this tool of the mind. How to do that? Is this only an intellectual exercise? What is the utility of logic?
In the final sermon, the Breakthrough sermon, Bodhidharma plainly states that the only way to gain enlightenment is to behold the mind. The true nature of all of us is awareness, and the only practice is to abide in awareness. The rituals etc. are metaphorical and are totally useless. Realization is here and now.
In the Wakeup Sermon, Bodhidharma points at the need to go beyond mind. The words engage the mind and delusion follows. Not using the mind to know that which cannot be known via mind is Zen. When this is known, everything we do and every state of the mind is Zen.