How is everything mental in nature? What are ancestors? Is there a bigger me? Why are we here? What should a seeker do?
On the occasion of completion of two years of this podcast I wish to thank all the listener and I also share a bit of history, a bit of my personal life, and a small story about the pitfalls of teaching.
Where are my spiritual guides? What can I do to make myself worthy of being guided? Does the universal mind help seekers? How can I bypass this whole trouble of spiritual evolution?
A Guru is much more than a person. The Guru field manifests through many things and events. We are all connected to the same one Guru field. It is right here, right now. All you need is a deep longing for knowledge and a strong intention, and you will receive. Lets say thank you to this Guru field.
Is enlightenment instantaneous, or is it gradual? Which practice will lead to enlightenment? How to be the witness and remain as non-doer? Is there a supreme doer? What happens when I let go of doership and ownership? Lets discuss these questions.
There is often this question that, given our current existence as a human being with a body and a mind, what one should do? In other words how to live this human life? Most of us blindly follow what others are doing, or whatever we were told to do, resulting in a less than optimal experience. We will see that the goal has been already set for you, and it is - Happiness and Freedom. No matter what you do, you end up choosing an action that leads to happiness and freedom. We are incapable of choosing anything else. We will discuss about how to achieve this effortlessly and practically. (This is a remastered and edited version of an earlier podcast).
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.
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.
Renunciation is not about forcing yourself to get rid of everything you own, it is simply a realization that I never owned anything, there is nothing to own, there is no me to possess anything. And the Self is not concerned with owning or disowning, it is forever free, the owner and the owned are illusory ephemeral expressions of the Self.
Sharing of knowledge and information is a natural human tendency. Whatever knowledge we have is a gift from someone else, and so it feels the right thing to do, to give it away. However, it is not so easy, there are pitfalls and consequences. What happens when you try to share your knowledge, especially, spiritual knowledge, among people? Who is ready or worthy of receiving spiritual teachings? What are the do's and don'ts in this matter? How to effectively disseminate the knowledge for other's benefit, and your own pleasure?
In this part of the series, we read about the mechanisms of Maya, the force, latent in the existence itself, which wakes up through minds and project an illusory experience. We also see how an illusion of ego arises, and how can one Self/existence appear as many egos. We explore the beginning and cause of the Maya.
Evaluation of one's current status of evolution, is essential for rapid progress. It is possible to do so, both for the self and for others. While judging others, it must be kept in the mind that, the resulting action must be such, that it corrects your own behaviour instead of correcting others. In this part we discuss the basics such as, what is judgment, how to evaluate a mind, what criteria to use, is it moral to do so, etc. We also study the animalistic and hedonistic minds in this part of the talk.
Attention, Reflection and Intelligence are three essential abilities that a seeker on the path of knowledge must sharpen in order to progress rapidly. These abilities when operating optimally can result in enormous success in material life also. How to improve these abilities? What can be done, and what to avoid in order to maximize them? We will share some tips and experiences in this meeting.
Here is the link to animation shown in the meeting.
There is no need to balance anything, because the so called material life does not exist. Until this is realized, one must struggle and make some efforts, by whatever means, and arrive at an effortless path - the direct path, or the nondual path.
Universal Mind is the manifested existence. Continuing from our previous meetings on the topic, we will take a baby step towards establishing the universal mind, via direct experiences. This will be more of an unlearning experience rather than a learning one. All one needs to do is thoroughly question one's everyday waking experience, and arrive at a place of not knowing. As soon as the dirt of beliefs is cleared, the knowledge then shines by itself.
The questions discussed in today's meeting are. What is the difference between benevolent indifference and unconditional love? How does an enlightened person behave? Why do excessive conditioning, beliefs and expectations become an obstacle?
A slightly unconventional and introductory view on what death is and what it is not. It seems that the death is largely misunderstood as an event of decay and destruction. Here we find that death is a tiny but important part of the continuous flow of experiences we call life. The opposite of death is birth, life has no opposites.
In this concluding part of the series, we summarize what we learnt in the last 9 parts. We discuss the matter of a path, why is it needed, how to choose it, the risks of extreme practices, evaluation criteria of progress, and how much assistance one would need for a specific path. Spirituality is a huge field, but one thing is certain - once you have choosen this lifestyle, you will never want to go back to the old ways.