Reading about the teachings of Ranjit Maharaj with commentary. Death is an illusion. Ignorance brings fear of death, and odd, irrational behaviour. Those who know death, know life. How long can you postpone the understanding of who you are? Death is knocking on your door. It is never too late to know, and that is our purpose for assuming a perishable form.
Reading about the teachings of Ranjit Maharaj with commentary. He gives us the key to eternal happiness. He feels that a teacher is necessary to progress quickly, and a bit of faith is initially needed, but in the end the teacher merges in you and knowledge replaces faith.
Reading about the teachings of Ranjit Maharaj with commentary. Zero is absolute, the emptiness without qualities, the only reality. Minds and thoughts are merely appearances in it. When there is no mind, reality is.
Reading about the teachings of Ranjit Maharaj with commentary. He holds the view that the body, ego and the world, all are illusory, unreal. He then states the implications of this understanding. Once we see the illusions, we are freed from the illusions and ignorance. The Reality, the Self shines forth.
This is the audio version of a reading session livestreamed on my YouTube channel recently. It has been edited slightly and cleaned up. Ranjit Maharaj was a Guru brother of Nisargdatta Maharaj and so his teachings contain the same flavour. In this part we learn about his views on reality or zero and the relation between knowledge and ignorance.
The text can be found here : https://www.inner-quest.org/Ranjit_Meeting.htm
In this concluding part of the series, we see the problem of spiritual progress and get a detailed summary of all of his teachings. Nisargadatta's philosophy is seen as a distilled form of Advaita or Nondualism. He presents this timeless knowledge in as pure form as possible and in a very direct way.
There is no perceiver and no perceived, but only perceiving. This immediately leads us to unity, oneness. This destroys the doer. Intellect is an obstruction when used to find the absolute. There can be no re-birth. Nisargadatta discusses all these matters.
This life is a practical joke happening in no space and no time. How did I get so involved in it? Was I born in some place at some time in the past? Or is it that a perception appeared in illusory space and time, which I mistook as myself?
Nisargadatta answers many interesting questions here, such as, the utility of spiritual knowledge in worldly life, origin of duality and illusory world, the root of ignorance, the meaning of awakening and how to achieve liberation instantly.
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.
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.
The doctrines are useless and so are hardships or devotion. Bodhidharma delivers only one message - that of instantaneous knowledge of one's true nature, nothing more. This mind is the Buddha mind. This mind is the movement. No motion, no mind, and since its essence is emptiness, it never really moves.
We start with Bloodstream sermon. Bodhidharma explains the mind and the self-nature. He puts it clearly that the mind itself is the self-nature and trying to find the self-nature beyond this mind is impossible. This mind is the Buddha. To realize this is Zen.
Reading the book - "The Zen teaching of Bodhidharma", with commentary and discussion. Bodhidharma is the father of Zen, which is based on the path of knowledge, as taught by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha himself. We explore its similarities with Advaita and other Nondual philosophies.