Richard Feynman lecture on God

May 24, 2013

New clues to the basics of conscious mentality

May 24, 2013

Professor Dr. Sir Roger Penrose’s lecture on new clues to the basics of conscious mentality

Talks with Ramana Maharishi

May 21, 2013

Non-Duality and Yoga: a perspective

May 21, 2013

Attempt to experience and Explain the explicable

Path to reach Self

January 9, 2013

It has been quite a few months since I have blogged here. It was so because it has been more of experience rather than concepts, ideas or thoughts that could be explained in words…. and it is not an experience of miracles or mysteries but simple wonders, pain and joy of every day life as we live the moment. I have also been reading, listening and learning, and reflecting on what I read, listened to and learned, all along.

My experience has been that the experiences on the way to reach Self is highly subjective, personal and sometime even deceptive. Curiously, what should otherwise be simple journey gets incredibly confusing by many layers of deception.

Of what I have encountered, perhaps most formidable one is my own Ego. Mysterious are ways and means of ego colors everyday experience, blinding the vision

There could be significant role for Guru, for good and bad. Guru can be guiding light, but what appears to be a guiding light may not lead you, unless it is the right Guru.

Equally important is reference documents, often called spiritual texts but then these are often interspersed with rituals. Many can be seen to end with mere rituals with no regard to the underlying spirit.

The real problem is not Guru or reference point as much as one’s own bias and inhibitions. Often, one tends to hold on to these blindly. These can be initial reference point to get started, or they can also be intermediate reference points. They can help and guide. Problem is only when one holds on, and become end in themselves. If you start revolving around it for too long, it is time to move on

Further, we have all along been trained and tuned to trust mind and intellect. Both mind and intellect base their inferences on experience through five senses. Five senses are limited by design. Mind and intellect too that dwelve on these too are limited, constrained being set in a wrap of fixed time and space apart from impressions and patterns of earlier experience coloring observation. In short, everything and everyone that one encounters is questionable, and the absolute truth is beyond all these layers of great illusion.

Essentially, journey is are purely personal and all experiences are subjective, with nothing to explain and no one else can know/realize what you experience

uddharedaatmanaathmaanam na aathmaanamavasaadayeth
aathmaiva hi aathmano bandhu: aathmaiva ripuraathmana

which roughly translates to mean ‘you are your friend, you are your enemy too. you need to lift and guide yourself’

Intimacy of the moment

June 8, 2012

Kenyon College commencement address by David Foster Wallace

May 2, 2012

Quite a thought provoking speech, connecting many dots, by David Foster Wallace

Exploring experience

April 28, 2012

An interesting discussion with Rupert Spira, an expert on Advaita experience and a renowned ceramic artist

Note: I was introduced to work of Rupert Spira by Bob Burns recently, whom I know through a few recent interactions in blogosphere

Explaining Maya

April 28, 2012

An interesting video explaining Maya, the great illusion; a consequence of ignorance

Paradox of Negation

April 24, 2012

I found an interesting discussion on negation in one of blogs that I follow. I too find in my own exploration both importance of balancing negation with acceptance.

My experience in quest for absolute truth and self realization, two sides of the same coin, is that mind tends to latch on many falsehood, like a mirage. This illusion is so powerful that we tend to get quickly attached to this, mistaking it for the real. Probably, this is why Sankaracharya advocates Brahma Jnanavalimalanegation of all such illusions and directs attention towards the observer from the object of observation

drk drsyau dvau padaarthau stah parasparavilakshanam
drg brahma drsyam maayeti sarvavedaantadindimah

Roughly translates as: Distinction between eye (Observer) and vision (observation) are different. Vedanta declares that the observer is Brahma and the observation is illusion

He goes further, and concludes with:
brahma satyam jaganmithyaa jeevo brahmaiva naaparah
anena vedyam tat sat saastram iti vedaantadindimah

Roughly translates as: Vedanta declares that the correct knowledge can be gained, knowing that Brahma is truth and the world is illusion (creation of observer’s mind and five senses). Self is no different from Brahma.