An interesting take on Kundalini

I enjoy listening to the teacher who calls herself Maharishikaa. She’s an iconoclast who claims to offer a new teaching that is better in some ways than traditional ones: surrender (“bend down”) to the soul. The soul, she says, is the inner “impulse” that tells us what we should do. I don’t know if this […]

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Why I believe in auras

A friend asked today if I believe that some people can see auras. Although I can’t see them, yes I do. Here’s why. This is a true story. When I was a child my father barely survived a heart attack. From that day on I lived with the expectation that at any moment he might […]

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The final nail

Guest post

George wrote this article as a comment last night. I think it’s so helpful that I asked his permission to reprint it as a post. –Freddie By George The glimpses I mentioned were like powerful flashes of non-duality/not-self, having the feeling that reality was watching itself with no person involved, or suddenly seeing the world […]

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My experiment in the New York City subway

The subject of external aids (videos, satsangs, music, chanting, books, etc.) came up in a comment yesterday. These things can be very helpful by reminding us, inspiring us, and transmission. Incidentally, if you’ve never been in a large hall, especially a large wooden hall, where hundreds of people are chanting, try to arrange it at […]

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Here’s what I’ve been doing, part 1

It’s been more than a year since I wrote about myself. Here’s what I’ve been up to. I was feeling discouraged because after decades of sadhana and change I still wasn’t Self-realized. It occurred to me, “Maybe I should look in a new direction. Maybe the key that unlocks the door has been hiding openly […]

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A childhood with Ramana

These two videos with Kitty Osborne, who spent her childhood in Ramana’s ashram, are extraordinary. I thought I knew a lot about Ramana from reading a bazillion books about him but wow, was I missing some major parts of the picture. I cried the whole time I watched these, but there is plenty of food […]

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Einstein on Consciousness

From an article by Galen Strawson, a philosopher of conciousness: Herbert Feigl remembers a conversation with Einstein in Princeton in 1954 in which he asked Einstein whether he thought that “the qualities of immediate experience” would be left out in an ideally perfect representation of the universe — given that they are not accounted for […]

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Is this manonasha?

Is this manonasha? Is it a different kind of manonasha from what we see in the Tony Parsons video? Is it preliminary to manonasha? Something else entirely? The part that surprised me the most was that the “ego” doesn’t disappear at all. It doesn’t die, because it never lived. Rather, my false belief that a […]

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Does philosophy help?

Riccardo asked me on Realization.org’s Discord (it was later shut down due to lack of interest): Did you find that understanding the philosophy of self-realization was of help to Realizing? Short answer: I don’t think it’s a significant help. There are traditions that claim that intellectual understanding is a huge help, even a sufficient factor […]

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Manonasha

From the Ashtavakra Gita, a famous classic Advaitin text: When there is no “me,” that is liberation, and when there is “me” there is bondage. Consider this carefully, and neither hold on to anything nor reject anything. 8.4 From Jetzt TV, a German video website. I love this video. Check out Tony’s adorable laugh at […]

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