How to pick a good spiritual teacher

Because of my limited experience in this area, you probably shouldn’t pay much attention to what I’m about to say. In fact that’s probably good advice in general. But for whatever it’s worth here’s what I think. Ideally, you should choose a spiritual teacher who is Self-realized. Unfortunately Self-realization is rare and you may not […]

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What is it that says ‘my experience’?

Instructions for Ramana’s method of Self-enquiry usually suggest that people ask themselves “Who am I?” But some books recommend a different question, “Whence am I?”, which means in modern American English, “Where do I come from?” I would like to suggest a third possibility. Ask yourself, “What is it that says ‘my experience’?” What I […]

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Biblical Self-enquiry?

Is this statement from the Bible a description of Self-enquiry? The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being. Proverbs 20:27, New American Standard Bible The innermost part of our being is the lamp. The search ends only when it rests as itself. Related reading: Ouspensky’s […]

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Love your enemies

One of Jesus’s best-known and most radical teachings is, “Love your enemies.” There is a feeling of exhilaration when we love somebody who dislikes us, a sense of liberation, because the ego becomes disabled. By loving people who dislike us we use our most potent emotion, love, as a solvent to dissolve the ego. Instantly […]

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Find the Source, Nisargadatta-style

People who read Ramana and Nisargadatta are sometimes surprised by the extent of the differences. But are the differences really so great or are they mostly a matter of vocabulary? Ramana’s method is basically: Find the source of the I-thought and stay there until the I-thought dissolves. That source is your real identity. Doesn’t this […]

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How to destroy a vasana (example 3): Julia’s father

Earlier posts in this series are here and here. Before I published this article, Julia checked it for accuracy and made a few changes. She told me, “I got goosebumps and felt tenderness in my heart while I read it because this was the night my heart chakra opened.” How the vasana got created Julia […]

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My reunion with Julia

Here’s an example of the kind of thing I called “supernatural” in a recent post. First let me give you a little background. My girlfriend Julia and I became a couple 31 years ago but in 2004 we broke up and had no contact with each other for 14 years. About a year ago we […]

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Was this telepathy?

Here’s the story I mentioned at the end of the previous post. Many years ago (39 to be exact) I had a girlfriend who I will call Anna. One night while we lay in bed, about to go to sleep, she told me that she had experienced telepathy several times. The fact that we were […]

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The supernatural

I’m planning to add more examples to the series on vasanas but before I do, I’d like to say a few words about the supernatural because it’s going to be an element in future articles. I’m using the words “supernatural” and “magic” ironically in this essay. I don’t believe anything is really supernatural. Things either […]

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How to destroy a vasana (example 2): Julia’s grandmother

This is the second post in a series. The first one is here. This vasana belonged to my girlfriend Julia. She has given me permission to write this article and has checked it for accuracy. How the vasana got created About the time Julia was born, her father began to suffer from schizophrenia. His illness […]

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