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The Sunday Q&A #29 : Ancient Knowledge of Time, Cycles, Planes, Incarnations

The Sunday Q&A #29 : Ancient Knowledge of Time, Cycles, Planes, Incarnations

February 17, 2020

(I apologize for bad sound quality in this episode, some parts are barely audible or are distorted.)

How does the ancient view of time different from current view? What is the nature of the time? What is time like in other planes of existence? What are causal bodies really doing? What is the relation between spiritual evolution and cycles of time? Let us explore together.

Teachings of Ranjit Maharaj : Part-1 : Reality, Knowledge and Ignorance

Teachings of Ranjit Maharaj : Part-1 : Reality, Knowledge and Ignorance

December 31, 2019

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

Mad Mad World

Mad Mad World

August 7, 2019

The world is an illusion. Not a plain boring illusion, it is a mad mad world. A mutually agreed upon insanity. Why do we insist that it is real? If not this which one is the real? Is there any experience which is more sane, more rational, less miserable?

Advaita Bodh Deepika: Part-3

Advaita Bodh Deepika: Part-3

December 21, 2018

In this part of the series, we read, about the collective illusion of the universal mind, the Ishvara. We learn that some teachings are sugar coated and diluted to suit the level of evolution of a student. The teachings of a creator and a creation are some among many such skillful means to purify a mind and bring it to nondual wisdom. Finally we see that there is only one ignorance of one Self, and liberation of one mind brings an end to all ignorance there is.

A link to the book.

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.

The Illusion of Cause and Effect

The Illusion of Cause and Effect

December 2, 2018

Causality is just an idea, a concept, a creation of the mind. Cause and effect apply in a tiny area of the Ego and are related to survival. Cause and effect do not provide a convincing explanation for the reality or for our own direct experiences. Why does it seem like there are causes for events and there are effects of them? How does the mind create causation? If not in terms of cause and effect, how else can we understand this continuous change we call the experience?

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.

Exploring the universal mind: Part-2

Exploring the universal mind: Part-2

September 22, 2018

In the second part on the topic of the universal mind, some ways and methods to explore the universal mind are discussed in brief. There are three broad ways to approach the Universal Mind:
1. Logic
2. Ordinary experiences
3. Extraordinary experiences
  3.1 Everyday extraordinary experiences
  3.2 Rare extraordinary experiences
  3.3 Brute force methods
  3.4 Elegant methods
  3.5 Permanent experiences

Exploring the universal mind: Part-1

Exploring the universal mind: Part-1

September 21, 2018

In this meeting the concept of universal mind is presented in brief. Universal mind is all that which can be experienced, all that which is manifested. There are various theories and models of its structure and organization or ontology. Some of them are presented here. This is the part one of two on this topic.

Link to the images shared in the meeting.

Names and Forms

Names and Forms

August 26, 2018

The world is names and forms. This is the famous teaching. Hows that even possible? How to gain a direct experience of it? How to verify it and get solid evidence for it? We will dig into this teaching in this discussion and try to get a direct experience of the essential nature of the world. This is also a demonstration of gaining knowledge via enquiry, as is customary in the path of knowledge.

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