Some thoughts prompted by fasting

I haven’t eaten anything in 11 days. This is the fourth time I’ve done a long fast. The longest one was 30 days. What does this have to do with Self-realization? Trust me, I’ll get to that. It’s surprisingly easy to fast. After the third day, there’s no hunger. Our bodies are designed to go […]

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What helped the most?

A friend asked by email: What has really worked for you? Different things helped at different times. It’s hard to know what helped the most, but if I had to recommend a single practice, I’d say the most important thing was destroying vasanas, especially painful vasanas, by seeing them as fully as possible without any […]

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Something new

Hello dear readers. Up till now I’ve rarely talked here about my current experiences. I’ve almost always written retroactively about things that happened years earlier. Time for something new! I woke up today with the feeling that a piece of food was stuck in my esophagus. I hadn’t felt that way before going to bed, […]

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Turn the lights on

A few days ago I quoted this statement by Annamalai Swami: You stumble around in the darkness of your mind, not knowing that you have a torch in your hand. That light is the light of the Self. Switch it on and leave it on and you will never stumble again. (From Annamalai Swami: Final […]

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The desire for God is God

A couple of days ago I mentioned a conversation with the Goddess, and Focus asked me to say more about it. Before I describe the conversation, let me tell you the background. During the summer of 2015 I began to have many mystical experiences. They were very intense for a few months and then tapered […]

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This post takes precedence over all the others

When people ask me for advice, I try to remember what brought about the transformation in my life so I can recommend the same path to them. But even though I remember what I did, and I remember what happened, it’s difficult to know whether one thing caused the other. In my heart of hearts, […]

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I will turn the lights on

Somebody wrote to me recently: I am trying to balance receiving guidance with the actual putting it into practice, and I admit that I sometimes fall into intellectual fascination for these discussions and I moreover need to put my ego aside and really listen. I replied: You can always escape from all complexity and from […]

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Robots

There is a very popular TV show in the United States called Westworld about conscious robots who are slaves in an amusement park. The robots are programmed to think they are people but as the show goes along, some of them discover what they really are and they rebel. To give the robots personalities, the […]

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Words, reality, and fish

One year when I was in high school we had a new teacher in our biology class. He was a very sweet man, and a wise one, but he had just changed careers and didn’t know much biology. Because of his lack of knowledge he had trouble managing the students. I regret to say I […]

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Sonnet 19 by John Milton

This used to be one of the most famous poems in the English language. Maybe it still is, I don’t know. The basic idea is that blindness prevents the author from using his talents to serve God. This troubles him but then he remembers that we serve God not only by doing but also by […]

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