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When we are One with all that is, the paradox is that “your pain is my pain” calls not for solving your pain, but for dis-solving mine!

How so?

When we are One with all that is, we simultaneously realize that the entire play underlying The One ‘differentiated as many’ is to lovingly allow unique experiences through which to recognize and realize Oneness. In truly, lovingly, unconditionally honoring the sovereignty in (and wish for) differentiated experience, it isn’t for (an identity of) “me” to take on another’s unique experience — however ‘good’ or ‘bad’ — and make it mine (in the name of empathy or compassion or unity as solidarity), and then make a mission out of it in any way — whether as fan or savior. It is only for me to allow for every kind of experience, and be there, in Love, should it arise within my physical field of experience. If I’m triggered into sensational excitement or suffering in response to another’s unique experience (‘good’ or ‘bad’), it is an opportunity for me to see that I am identified (attached) with them / that experience in some way, and use it as a clue, a window to look within. The more I look within, the more I see that whatever I experience in vicarious response to another’s experience reveals what is alive within me as attachments. The more I dissolve these within, in Love, the more they dissolve without, in ‘reality.’  (more…)


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Repressing and recycling feelings and emotions are two sides of the same coin.

Most of us recognize what repression is. Recycling is when we believe we are harmlessly “venting,” “sharing” or “expressing” feelings and emotions, but we’re only passing them through the mind, and then talking out loud our thoughts (reactions) about these emotions.

Both recycling and repressing lead to the same thing — stuckness, and eventually stagnation, in which hardened emotion turns into mental and physical conditions. The key is to let emotion flow as pure energy, in and out.  (more…)

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Vedanta literally means, anta (end) of veda (knowledge)!

(Read ‘end’ in both its meanings, should you insist on goals :-))

The end of knowledge is the birth of realization. The Self cannot be known as knowledge; what can be known as knowledge is what is not-Self: neti, neti. So, I often write about the ego/identity and its thoughts, emotions, stories — that which is not Self. Know (simply see) what you’re not, and you’ll gently and easily fall into what you are.


The Self is nothing (and so, its field of Love is everything), and there’s not much to write about nothing (or everything) 🙂 cidānandarūpaḥ śivo’ham śivo’ham: I am (shiva) — nothingness, nothing but eternal consciousness, the unified field of Love. (Atmashatkam, Adi Shankaracharya.)

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Only the ego/mind can learn. Learning is an augmentative act, a layering of things over the nothingness of who we truly are. As such, learning is conditioning or patterning: a collection of sanskaars. One can learn facts, events and phenomena in what is perceived as objective reality (and convert them into a body of “knowledge”), one can learn beliefs and values, and one can learn (physical) skills. For learning, there can be sources and teachers, and this learning can be “passed down.”

Awakening is not an act of learning or scholarship. It is a remembering of what is forgotten via the ego/mind, and all its learning!! As such, there are no “sources” that can “teach” awakening. If there are “sources of knowing” and if they are true (SatGuru), they are only pointing to Truth that is already within you, to assist your remembrance. (And any instruction they give is solely on how to look and see.) As such, they are re-sources — reflections of the knowing SOURCED WITHIN YOU. The SatGuru is the Guru within, reflected without. Whatever is awakening within you at this moment (even if the ego has tons of resistance to it), is reflected by the SatGuru. Any resistance to or rejection of the guidance is the ego’s resistance to Self; it has little to do with the “other” person and their offering! (If it did, they/the offering would either not arise in your field of experience, or once they do, you would simply let it go with nothing arising in you)! You may awaken to it, or you may recede into the ego, but either way, the expansion is happening. The seed is sown and will sprout “in time.”  (more…)

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“Spiritual bypass” is yet another mental concept, as it is based in time. Consider that the mind can only assess in retrospect that it engaged in spiritual bypassing, looking back into the past and saying: Oh, I see now how I was levitating above my emotions and only engaging in illusory elevating via “spiritual experience,” and so, I was spiritually bypassing. So spiritual bypass is a conceptualization of the past, and the past doesn’t exist 🙂

When the moment arrives for awakening to Truth (and embracing the pain/shadow that simultaneously comes to Light), that is the only moment one could have seen it! All prior experience, whether perceived as spiritual or mental or emotional or physical, is either all bypass (as the ego will use everything at hand to bypass Truth, regardless of whether it is a spiritual technique or scholarly wisdom or just the usual worldly attachment…), or none of it was bypass — it was exactly as it had to be until this moment of now!

In this moment of now, I am either wholly awake in Self or I have identified with the ego.

And if in this moment of now I am wholly awake in Self, there’s simply no bypass possible. The light is on, and the shadow is seen.

And if in this moment of now I have identified with the ego, then that’s all it is, the ego! 🙂

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Physical renunciation of the world(ly) is only the other side of attachment to it. It’s a temporary romance with and seeking in the “other worldly,” and the moment there are two worlds, there is once again a divided state.

True renunciation is the dissolving of ego / attachment while in complete physical engagement with Life. It is the bringing in of the light-body into all aspects of physical existence, such that all actions arise in pure inspiration (spirit-in-action), and free of need or compulsion. (We can only choose what we don’t need, including the need to choose!)

A being in such a state is an embodiment — i.e. physically manifest expression — of Love and Light (enlightenment). And this is the true vairagya (dispassion), not achievable by any concerted act of outward austerity or “sacrifice,” but naturally found solely in unconditional Love in the wholly manifest.

If you wish to “give up” something, recognize and release the subtlest need for control, security and approval from within, in every single life situation, right-here-right-now, and see what happens 🙂 All other “things” that don’t serve you in wholeness will also naturally fall away.

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Self-doubt is one of our most primary attachments!

It is a way of splitting from Self, through the mind, and then experiencing duality and separation. And we say, “I’m having second thoughts,” or “I’m in two minds.” (Or in Hindi: दुविधा.) Actually, the appropriate way to describe this condition is simply, “I’m in the mind.” The characteristic quality of living identified with the mind is two-mindedness or better still, conjuring up an entire committee with different “perspectives” and view points, and becoming entrenched and entertained by their never-ending debate!   (more…)

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