How to Stay Conscious 1

I assume you know what it’s like to be conscious. If not, you can find out by following the suggestions in my article How to Stop Thoughts. The next step is to remain in that state as intensely as possible, as frequently as possible, and as long as possible. Most people find this hard to […]

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Sadhana 1

Sadhana means ‘practice’ in Sanskrit, the language of Hindu scriptures.   ‘Sadhanas’ are exercises or techniques that can help people get enlightened. I’ve named this sadhana ‘Number One’ because if you could write a syllabus for enlightenment — you can’t, of course, but if you could — this sadhana might be a prerequisite for the […]

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Sadhana 26

Sadhana means ‘practice’ in Sanskrit, the language that the oldest Yoga books were written in. It means an exercise that people can do to help get enlightened. Sadhana is to enlightenment what weight-lifting is to muscles. Sorry, no, I don’t know where you can buy steroids for enlightenment. The basic idea of the sadhana that […]

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Charlie’s Magic Camera

My friend Charlie — excuse me, my brother Charlie — often sends me pictures that he takes with a certain camera. Either Charlie has a strange talent or there is something unusual about this camera. Maybe both. Yesterday he sent this picture of a dead salmon. I wrote and said: “Okay, let’s face it, this […]

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My Day at Meenakshi Amman Temple

For a prequel to this article, please go here. In 1985 my father died. Shortly afterward, immersed in the kinds of thoughts that follow a parent’s death, I went to India as a tourist. Before I left I asked my girlfriend for advice about which places to visit, since she had been to India a few […]

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Ramana Maharshi and Meenakshi Amman Temple

The house where Ramana Maharshi lived as a teenager is about 300 feet from Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai, India, as shown in this picture from Google Earth: When Ramana stood in front of his house he could see the temple’s south gopuram (gate tower) at the end of the block. The view looked something like this: […]

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