Why are kindness and compassion necessities? What can go wrong with such practices? What are the pitfalls? Who can be genuinely kind and compassionate? How to find kind and compassionate people? How to know the oneness that we are?
Is purification of mind really necessary? How should we approach it, especially on the path of knowledge? Why is spirituality so topsy turvy and not straight? Why do people worship idols and what are temples for?
What are the best ways to study experiences of all kinds? Why scientific method, which is so successful in the study of physical phenomena, fails miserably in case of spiritual phenomena? What is wrong with scientific journals? Lets discuss some practical issues on this topic.
Suppression is a time bomb. Desires control the mind. Mind is nothing but unceasing activity of desires. How to take back the control? What is the final cure for the anarchy of desires? In the concluding part of this series, we reveal it all.
Desires find a way. There can be supernatural ways. We explore them in this part. We find that it can be either a trap or a path to liberation.
There are three ways to manage desires. Satiation or fulfillment is the first and most popular way. We discuss here the consequences of desire fulfillment. We discover something very important.
Desires are the cause of actions. Quality of our life depends on how we act, which depends on what we desire. So their study is of a great significance. What are desires and how many kinds are there? Lets see them in the first part of this series on desire management.
After realizing that there is no doer, a question is often asked - what should I do now? How to live this life? What is an ideal action? etc. It is paradoxical, how can you act when you are not the actor? The answer is surprisingly simple. That is what we discuss here.
What is the proper way to get something done in our day today life? How to sail smoothly in the sea of society, which is largely based on ignorance? Do extraordinary phenomena or paranormal events, like telekinesis, really occur? How to explain them? We try to answer all these questions from a nondual perspective.
Human life is about balance. Imbalance is seen as suffering and dissatisfaction. But balance of what? Of the activity of various layers of the mind. These intricate, interdependent and dynamic parts of the whole human being, when functioning optimally in perfect balance, produce a perfect experience of this life. This is manifested as total happiness and freedom. Now, what causes imbalance and how to fix it?
Letting go of the concept of a separate individual, who is the doer of all actions, can be very challenging. And it seems difficult, because there is often misunderstanding, or probably one is easily lost in the jungle of techniques, traditions etc. When it happens, it is actually very natural, spontaneous, and is extremely blissful. One can conduct one's whole life in pure bliss of egolessness.
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.
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?
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).
The individual mind, although it appears to be segregated, resides in a sea of minds, all present right here and right now. It is always influencing other minds and is being influenced by them. Supernatural influences are the ones, where the source is nonphysical. Its always our own tendencies that allow, other minds to influence us. Since a mind cannot remain unaffected by influences, it is useful to know which influences are beneficial for us, and which ones are not.
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.
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.