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Dream and Waking Experience-“We are such stuff As dreams are made on And our little life Is rounded by a sleep.” Shakespeare really did know what he was talking about and it was not just poetic effervescence. Maharshi used to say exactly the same. Though I questioned Bhagavan more often on this subject than any other, some doubts […]
Naked Song-Lalla lived in Kashmir in the 14th century, when many doctrinal streams were merging: Shaivism, Sufism, Vedantic non-dualism, and other –isms, but Lalla is beyond religious categories, a living combination that cannot be described in those terms. Born in Kashmir, probably in a village near Srinagar, maybe in 1320, she died near there in 1391. […]
No Death, No Fear-In my hermitage in France there is a bush of japonica, Japanese quince. The bush usually blossoms in the spring, but one winter it had been quite warm and the flower buds had come early. During the night a cold snap arrived and brought with it frost. The next day while doing walking meditation, I […]
Inquiring Beyond the Non-Dual: How Deep Are You Willing to Go?-It’s easy to recognize non-dual presence and let it go to your head. The concepts start to replace the direct experience. At about that time, non-duality becomes like a religion, something to defend, a kind of head game where one’s identity gets wrapped up in the concepts that try to prove that one is awakened, […]
That Which Is-God has no reflection of himself. There is no one or thing to do the reflecting. The One Self is the Self of All, all Self. A reflection would not be the original, but rather an “image,” a “likeness,” hence a counterfeit which is worthless, valueless, a fraud. The Perfect One includes nothing fraudulent. Moses […]