Pure Experiences
The Sunday Q&A #11 : The Mental Reality, Ancestors, Jeev, Duties of a Seeker

The Sunday Q&A #11 : The Mental Reality, Ancestors, Jeev, Duties of a Seeker

October 14, 2019

How is everything mental in nature? What are ancestors? Is there a bigger me? Why are we here? What should a seeker do?

Two years of Pure Experiences Podcast and a Note of Thanks

Two years of Pure Experiences Podcast and a Note of Thanks

September 17, 2019

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.

The Sunday Q&A #8 : Guides, Spiritual Evolution, Universal Mind, and the Plot Twist

The Sunday Q&A #8 : Guides, Spiritual Evolution, Universal Mind, and the Plot Twist

September 15, 2019

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?

Experience or Evidence

Experience or Evidence

August 20, 2019

What is the sure way to know? Can knowledge be obtained via evidences provided by others? What constitutes an evidence? Who should we believe? Answers to these important questions are very simple but are truly mind blowing.

The Guru Field

The Guru Field

July 18, 2019

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.

The Sunday Q&A #01

The Sunday Q&A #01

May 26, 2019

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.

Happiness and Freedom (Remastered)

Happiness and Freedom (Remastered)

May 18, 2019

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).

Parasitic Beliefs

Parasitic Beliefs

March 27, 2019

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.

What is my essence? : Part-2

What is my essence? : Part-2

March 24, 2019

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.

What is my essence? : Part-1

What is my essence? : Part-1

March 19, 2019

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

Renunciation

February 10, 2019

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.

Dissemination of knowledge

Dissemination of knowledge

December 27, 2018

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?

Link to mentioned article

Advaita Bodh Deepika: Part-2

Advaita Bodh Deepika: Part-2

December 7, 2018

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.

Judgment and Evaluation of Minds: Part-1

Judgment and Evaluation of Minds: Part-1

December 6, 2018

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.

Link to the animation.

Attention, Reflection and Intelligence: Part-1

Attention, Reflection and Intelligence: Part-1

November 22, 2018

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.

Balancing the material life and the spiritual life

Balancing the material life and the spiritual life

October 29, 2018

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: Introspection

Universal Mind: Introspection

September 27, 2018

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.

Questions and Answers May 2018 Week 4

Questions and Answers May 2018 Week 4

May 23, 2018

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?

Death

Death

April 6, 2018

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.

Spirituality for Beginners #10: Executive Summary

Spirituality for Beginners #10: Executive Summary

March 14, 2018

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.