Be kind

We should try always to be kind. Be generous, cause happiness, listen to other people, see things from their point of view. Avoid causing pain. Do no harm. Give and help and soothe and cheer. Be this way not just with people but with all creatures that have feelings. This is so simple that nothing […]

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Did Ramana practice Self-enquiry for four years or a few minutes?

How did Ramana Maharshi get Self-realized? The standard description goes something like this: One day when Ramana was 16 years old, for no apparent reason, he suddenly thought he was about to die. Instead of shouting for help or running to a doctor, he lay on the floor and pretended he was already dead. He […]

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How to destroy a vasana (example 1)

In this article, I’ll describe in detail how I destroyed a vasana which had tormented me for decades. Vasanas must be destroyed in order to realize the Self. This particular vasana was painful because it made me hate myself. Painful, self-hating vasanas are especially insidious. First I’ll tell you how the vasana got created. When […]

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This might be a powerful sadhana

The basic idea This technique is intended to make you more conscious of your vasanas in order to help them dissolve. Set your phone (mobile) or digital watch so it beeps or vibrates unexpectedly at random times. Each time it goes off, notice what you had just been thinking. Optionally, you can write the thoughts […]

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Accept the Situation and There Is No Problem

I’m printing the following quotation from a book by Ma Dharm Jyoti called One Hundred Tales for Ten Thousand Buddhas because I plan to refer to it in a future post, but the quote is true and useful on its own. It is very hot in the afternoon and Osho is resting on His cot […]

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Heraclitus on Pramada

About 18 years ago I noticed to my astonishment that all my life I had been unconscious in a certain sense while I was in the waking state. Another way of saying that same thing is that I began to see what it means to really be conscious. The first sentence is negative and the […]

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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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