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On my walk at the waterfront this cool evening, a conversation floated into my field, happening between the fellow walkers right in my trail, behind me, such that I could hear them clearly but not see who they are, unless I turned around to look.

“…but if you’re rejecting rejection…” came in the voice of a young child, evidently stumbling to understand. “Yeah… what do you think about that?” asked an adult male, parental and patient in their tone. “Mmm… well, I was wondering, if you’re rejecting rejection, then what are you doing?” “Yes, if you’re rejecting rejection…” prompted a female adult, clearly the mom, also apparently good at allowing the child to find their own way. “Why don’t you give us a workshop on this subject,” said the father encouragingly, “Or at least a class?” The child giggled, but returned to the struggle, “See if you’re rejecting rejection, then you’re rejecting, right?” (more…)

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When I speak of thoughts and thinking dissolving in Awakening/Realization, that is the cessation of conditioned, habitual, obsessive and compulsive thought, and also the identification with thought. (The thoughtless state of samadhi is one of the experiences, but samadhi is only a state of consciousness, not abiding Realization!) There continue to be thoughts and actions arising in abiding Realization, it’s just that when one writes or speaks, it’s emptiness writing or speaking; when one acts, it’s emptiness acting; when one sings or paints or cooks, it’s emptiness singing or painting or cooking… Thoughts are a now a manifest expression of total clarity. Thoughts are alive, thoughts are luminous, and thoughts both emerge from and point to the ineffable thoughtlessness beyond concept, beyond words, beyond mind.

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What has been conceptualized (misconstrued) as ”generosity” or “tolerance” or “acceptance” of “other religions” and their “beliefs” in Hinduism, is actually not those things at all. The intellectual concept of tolerance or acceptance traces to the (Vedic) realization that every apparent “person” and concomitant set of beliefs is only a unique and reductive play of universal God/consciousness in a leela, a play with a plot. Such that, backstage (in Reality), the villain, victim and the hero are actors (Atman in the field of Brahman), who merrily walk off hand-in-hand to have chai after entertaining and bowing to their audience (who are also actors in other costumes)!

So, when someone of a particular religion says, only my prophet brings the word of God, or only my savior is son of God, or in my religion we believe this or that about our dead ancestors, the realized hindu (who is not “a Hindu” in identity but in realized consciousness) is neither remotely conflicted, nor needs to “accept” or “tolerate” or “be secular.” It is intrinsic to “Vedic” realization to simply see: Vaah! Kya baat hai! How wonderful! Look how beautifully God/consciousness is playing here!! Look how God/consciousness has chosen to temporarily costume and define, limit and forget its total Godness in this unique instance, to dance the dance of creation! (more…)

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Whenever I speak of no-mind, I’m not speaking of the absence of mind, but the absence of identification with it. The absence of conceiving of it as a separate entity — a me. Mind is not an entity; it is the movement, the activity arising (and passing) in/as consciousness. So, no-mind points to no clinging to it as a finite, limited (and limiting) identity or entity, so it is allowed to dissolve into/as Source just as easily as it arises within/as Source! This easy arising and dissolving lends fluidity and transparency, that we commonly attempt to convey when we refer to “an open mind.” (more…)

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I met a cute and bubbly young woman who, describing her many interests and adventures, said, “I like exploring all that life has to offer.” Of course I didn’t clarify in the listening capacity I had in that moment, but what she’s actually talking about is exploring all that the world has to offer. What Life offers is often numbed by the adrenaline and dopamine of world immersion and addiction. Life is even begun to be noticed only in the moments when world ceases.

Life is that infinite, unchanging wellspring of consciousness from/in/as which the world arises (and passes) as images. To be always immersed (by believing) in the arising and passing images is to be out of touch with Life!

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A No said from the Nothingness of Self, in alignment with universal well-being, is at once also a Yes. A no said from fear, habit patterning, conditioning, control, doubt, compulsion, reactivity, resistance, self-protection, convenience, or plain old laziness to stretch or expand into possibility, is neither no nor yes. It’s just no man’s land, the equivalent of remaining stuck in purgatory.

P.S. As an aside, you’ll notice that few will argue with or object to the first kind of No, as they intuitively and immediately recognize that it’s arising from that “centerless center” also capable of a wholehearted and unconditional Yes. (Even the littlest children recognize it!)

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Intuition

At the level of egoic (mind-body identified) consciousness, intuition manifests as instinct, aimed mainly at survival. (Most of our actions actually arise from here and are post-rationalized, while a small percentage are deliberated via the conscious mind, yet the consciousness guiding them arising from either unconscious programming or conscious beliefs acquired via education, informational/ objective knowledge, analytical or contemplative thought… to replace the old beliefs and acquire new ones, now called values).  (more…)

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