Gangaji – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Gangaji shares a simple message-This is an invitation to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being.

Born in Texas in 1942, Gangaji grew up in Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1964, she married and had a daughter. In 1972, she moved to San Francisco where she began exploring deeper levels of her being. She took Bodhisattva vows, practiced Zen and Vipassana meditation, helped run a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, and had a career as an acupuncturist in the San Francisco Bay area.

Despite her successes, Gangaji continued to experience a deep and persistent longing for fulfillment. She pursued many paths to change her life including relationship, motherhood, political activism, career, and spiritual practice, but even the greatest of her successes ultimately came up short. In the wake of her disillusionment, she made a final prayer for true help. In 1990, the answer to her prayer came unexpectedly, taking her to India and to the meeting that would change everything. There on the banks of the river Ganga, she met Sri H.W.L. Poonja, also known as Papaji, who opened the floodgates of self-recognition. In this meeting, Gangaji’s personal story of suffering ended and the promise of a true life began to flower and unfold.

Today, Gangaji travels the world speaking to seekers from all walks of life. A teacher and author, she shares her direct experience of the essential message she received from Papaji and offers it to all who want to discover a true and lasting fulfillment. Through her life and words, she powerfully articulates how it is really possible to discover the truth of who you are and to be true to that discovery. She is the author of The Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance and Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story. Learn more about Gangaji at http://www.gangaji.org.

Interview recorded 10/18/2011

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What Near-Death Experiences Tell Us About Consciousness and the Concept of the Self ~ Sam Parnia, MD, PhD

The New York Academy of Sciences – June 22, 2010
Shifting Realities: Myths, Models & Morality
Life, Death & the Pursuit of Morality

What Near-Death Experiences Contribute to the Concept of the Self
Sam Parnia, MD, PhD

How does our understanding of the concepts of life and death affect our moral sensibility, decisions, and actions? This symposium engages scientific and humanistic focus upon the ways in which human finitude can, and perhaps should, impact moral character.

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The Thinking Ape: The Enigma of Human Consciousness

What is the origin and nature of consciousness? If consciousness is common to humans and animals alike, what are the defining traits of human consciousness?

Nobel laureate psychologist Daniel Kahneman, philosopher David Chalmers, expert in primate cognition Laurie Santos, and physician-scientist Nicholas Schiff will discuss what it means to be “conscious” and examine the human capacities displayed in cognitive, aesthetic, and ethical behaviors, with a focus on the place and function of the mind within nature.

The New York Academy of Sciences
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

This event is part of The Emerging Science of Consciousness Series, which brings together leading experts from various fields to discuss how the latest research is challenging our understanding of the very nature and function of consciousness in our daily lives.

Non-Duality :The groundless openness by Douwe Tiemersma

Non-Duality; The Groundless Openness, gives an extended and precise exposé of the various forms and aspects of non-duality in a question-answer style. It contains introductions and talks arranged in a systematic order, offering a thorough insight into non-duality and showing viable ways for its realization.
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Ever since his radical encounter with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj in 1980, Douwe Tiemersma has been helping people recognize non-dual openness as the ground of their own existence. Due to his background in yoga he encourages a relaxed, integrated bodily recognition. As such, he offers meditation, pranayama, hathayoga and chakra yoga to compliment the weekly satsangs which take place at the Advaita Center located in Gouda. The Advaita Posts published here on this blog comprise his ongoing teaching in the form of a bi-weekly magazine.

Currently retired, Douwe was professor of Biology, Philosophical anthropology and Eastern studies at Erasmus University in Rotterdam for many years. As an advaita teacher, he seamlessly integrates many aspects of both Eastern and Western arts and sciences in order to focus on a very practical recognition.

Douwe was a co-founder and for many years the principal editor of the Dutch language magazine InZicht: wegen van radicaal zelf-onderzoek (InSight: Paths of radical self-inquiry). He has authored or co-authored over 20 books in the Dutch language, chief among them are Naar de Openheid, Openingen naar de Openheid, Non-Dualiteit, de grondeloze openheid, Verdwijnende scheidingen, Psychotherapie en Non-Dualiteit, Management en Non-Dualiteit, De elf grote Upanishaden, Mediteren leren, Chakrayoga and Pranayama.

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An Advaita talk with Douwe Tiemersma, Schiermonnikoog, June 20, 2012

Insight only on the level of consciousness is still not realization

Many people have difficulty with the transition from the observer’s point of view to a totally open sphere of infinite being. We have already confirmed that the transition happens by itself because there is no longer an ‘I’ that can do something. But that naturally occurring process will only take place when you have truly stabilized at the perspective of the observer. If you are easily distracted, you’re right back to the mental or material viewpoint. So stay in the spacious sphere of that perceiving consciousness. Of course that consciousness is already infinite, but still there’s always an observing viewpoint and an object space in which things appear.

You will want to remain on level of the observer for a long time, until you become aware of yourself anew there and the process continues. That only happens when you find it to be the most important. If other things are more important to you, your attention is focused there and there’s a concentrated, focused form of consciousness. Invariably when you have become distracted by something in the outside world or internally in your mind, you again have the old restrictive situation in which you’re stuck to a small, limited location. Gradually you come to know the value of remaining on the level of the observer. When you have recognized how important and valuable it is, then you can always stay there. Then that is the most important for you. Then the further release goes by itself.

Many people surely find this interesting, it fits into their lifestyle, but fundamentally nothing changes. It needs to be total for something fundamental to change. What does that mean? It needs to totally come into the fore. I can refer to it and it remains to be seen whether it occurs. But I can certainly say that those who have ever really gone along with this process of total breakthrough had that attitude. Because this was the most important, the rest could fall away.

Despite all the interest in advaita the number of people who have actually proceeded is very small – because it requires everything. Who is ready for that? It will just be apparent. So it’s all connected to your orientation. This sphere of your orientation is more important than the content of your action within that sphere. The way in which you are and the way in which you do things is more important than what you do. At a certain moment it no longer matters what you do. But you will need to be totally present in that process.

Could you go a little deeper into the importance of insight and total involvement?

First insight will need to be there, the recognition of what is most important to you. You will have to get to know it, but initially it’s not present in a stable manner. When you remain alert, it can stabilize. Through this you will increase your outlook on the level of clear insight: This. It doesn’t take place on the level of mental consciousness. Mental consciousness is always mediated by all different kinds of ideas, thoughts, words, patterns. You withdraw and see these patterns from the level of insight. From there you confirm directly what’s important and what’s not important. You’re not reasoning from the mental level. Ask yourself: what about myself? This sphere with this external view through which I see everything, that’s my most important position. What I see is much less important than the way in which I see it. I am conscious on the level of insight.

Of course, there is also an emotional side. Clear consciousness by itself doesn’t have so much force. Something can certainly be confirmed, but it will need to become total. The whole feeling sphere will have to go along with it. You can say a hundred times that you are not the body, but whether that is actually realized is another thing. When the body falters and the end is in sight, then too don’t you easily say: of course, my own being isn’t dependent on what happens to the body?

Insight only on the level of consciousness is still not realization. It will have to concern all aspects of yourself. It will need to be a very concrete experience. Of course the ordinary life, reasonably adapted to society, can continue more or less in the old way although a crack is always possible. But you are genuinely interested in how it goes, your actual attention, your heart is there in the reality of the great being-awareness. And of course that doesn’t correspond with what is commonplace within society. When you are grasped by the open sphere then the importance of all other things falls away. They are relative with respect to the one which then functions as the center.

This spacious sphere becomes the framework within which phenomena arise and can be accepted, in which life goes on. We all want to live together in a good way, everyone agrees with that. What does this ‘good’ mean for co-existence? It means that there is a feeling for each other and a togetherness. On a certain level there are no separations, there is a non-duality. Don’t focus on all the many details in which we differ, but focus increasingly on this non-duality.

Then you will feel contact with it and the sphere will become steadily stronger. This non-duality doesn’t mean that everything is the same but rather that there is a unity which carries everything along. This unity, which is also goodness, becomes very evident when you relinquish your position as the observer.

The Storm Before the Calm by Neale Donald Walsch

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Something happened in early 2011 that hasn’t happened in decades, perhaps centuries-and we didn’t even notice it. That is, we didn’t see it for what it was.

Massive unrest from Tunisia to Egypt to Libya rocked the Arab world and threw the globe into political crisis. Within days, an earthquake-tsunami-nuclear calamity of terrifying proportions shocked Japan and sent the world reeling once again, even as the globe’s financial markets shuddered to sustain themselves while states and nations tottered on the brink of bankruptcy-where many still linger.

All of this, of course, we did notice. What we may have missed was that ancient predictions for this period of time called for exactly this: simultaneous environmental, political, and financial disasters. Were we seeing the beginning of “the end of history”-and not picking up the signal?

In his prescient new book The Storm Before The Calm, seven-time New York Times best-selling author Neale Donald Walsch offers a startling answer: yes. But Walsch also says there is nothing to fear, advancing an extraordinary explanation for what is happening even now all over the planet. Then-and more important-he provides a stunning prescription for healing our lives and our world through the answering of seven simple questions, inviting people everywhere to join in an earth-saving exchange at TheGlobalConversation.com. Compelling and perfectly timed, The Storm Before The Calm answers every question that is worth asking about December, 2012 and beyond.
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With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale Donald Walsch spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now-famous Conversation with God series. These books have been translated into 37 languages, touching millions and inspiring important changes in people’s day-to-day lives. Seven of his 27 books have reached the New York Times bestsellers list.

Storm before the Calm – Neale Donald Walsch

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The Divine Abodes: Compassion ~ Dr. Tara Brach

We cultivate compassion by letting ourselves be touched by the suffering within and around us. Because our conditioning is to avoid vulnerability, the path of compassion requires courage and purposefulness. As we awaken to the truth of our connectedness, our hearts become increasingly tender and our actions serve the healing of our world.

1) Is Enlightenment Permanent? 2) The Greatest Miracle ~ Dialogue with Mooji

“Everything hinges upon you, the perceiver…You are not the mind… Be totally clear until this amnesia is over.” (Mooji)

Mooji: The Greatest Miracle

“It cannot just be something you feel ‘nice’ about.” (Mooji) http://www.mooji.org

A Course in Miracles ◦

The teachings of A Course in Miracles have been supported by such mainstream commentators as Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer & Marianne Williamson, and are additionally supported by countless “New Thought” churches, such as Centers for Spiritual Living & the Association of Unity Churches.

Currently over two million volumes of the book, A Course in Miracles (also referred to as ACIM or the Course) have been published worldwide. Additionally, A Course in Miracles has been translated into nineteen different languages with many new translations underway.

A Course In Miracles The Movie, is a new feature length film that blends interviews from Guides in the ACIM community with the story of Kate, a woman learning to use A Course In Miracles to understand what special relationships are truly for.

This powerful new movie is designed for ACIM teachers & students to support them and their communities.

A Gift of Love – Love Poems of Rumi [ Revised & Updated, Oct 24, 2012 ]

Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi Balkhi was a 13th century muslim sufi saint. After so many centuries his message of Love is being rediscovered and spread by people around the world. Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi Balkhi or as commonly known as Rumi has written a few books among them is his famous Masnavi in Persian language.

His main theme in his books are Love, Divine love, love for humanity and Nature. In his love of Divine he has written many poems and couplets. This Divine Love was instilled in his heart by his spiritual teacher Shams e Tabrizi who took Rumi as his only student throughout his life.

To this day Rumi’s spiritual tradition continues known as Mevlavi Spiritual Order of Sufism, they are also known as whirling dervishes. Rumi’s message is of Love which people need the most in these days. There is great wisdom in his poetry and his message of Love is for all.

Track Listings:
1. Valentine To Rumi (Musical Prelude) – Deepak & Friends
2. 2-Love Drunk: My Burning Heart – Deepak Chopra
3. 2-Love Drunk: Bittersweet – Madonna
4. 2-Love Drunk: Intoxicated By Love – Deepak Chopra
5. 5-Desire: The Lover’s Passion – Deepak Chopra D
6. 5-Desire: Do You Love Me – Demi Moore
7. 5-Desire: Come To Me – Deepak Chopra
8. 5-Desire: Desire – Deepak Chopra
9. 9-A Lover’s Madness: The Alchemy Of Love – Deepak Chopra
10. 9-A Lover’s Madness: Caught In The Fire Of Love – Martin Sheen
11. 9-A Lover’s Madness: The Awakening – Deepak Chopra
12. 12-Divine Love: I Am Yours – Robert John Burke
13. 12-Divine Love: Behind The Scenes – Blythe Danner
14. 12-Divine Love: Looking For Your Face – Jared Harris
15. 15-The Light Of Love: The Meaning Of Love – Goldie Hawn
16. 15-The Light Of Love: Aroused Passion – Deepak Chopra
17. 17-The Lover’s Passion: Dying To Love – Robert A.F. Thurman
18. T17-The Lover’s Passion: The Privileged Lovers – Deepak Chopra
19. 17-The Lover’s Passion: Precious Love – Deepak Chopra
20. Surrender To Love-20: Surrender – Deepak Chopra
21. Surrender To Love-20: Defeated By Love – Sussan Deyhim
22. Surrender To Love-20: Lost In The Wilderness – Deepak Chopra
23. Lover From Another World-23: The Mythical Lover – Gautama Chopra
24. Lover From Another World-23: I Am And I Am Not – Deepak Chopra
25. Lover From Another World-23: The Agony Of Lovers – Laura Day
26. Supreme Lover-26: The Agony And Ecstasy Of Divine Discontent – Sonja Sohn
27. In My Heart-27: The Mirror – Debra Winger
28. In My Heart-27: Look At Your Eyes – Noah Hutton/Debra Winger
29. In My Heart-27: Looking For Love – Rosa Parks
30. In My Heart-27: Some Kiss – Coleman Barks
31. In My Heart-27: The Freshness – Coleman Barks
32. In My Heart-27: My Beloved – Chris Barron
33. In My Heart-27: The Hunt – Deepak Chopra
34. Reprise: Desire (Instrumental) – Deepak & Friends
35. In My Heart-27: A Lover’s Madness (Instrumental) – Deepak & Friends
36. In My Heart-27: The Lover’s Passion (Instrumental) – Deepak & Friends

The Space of Presence ~ Dr. Tara Brach


The perception of “there’s not enough time or space” in life blocks our natural capacity for intimacy, creativity and wisdom. Pausing and connecting with the space of presence transforms our entire experience of being alive. This talk explores the pathways that reveal the space that is always here, the awake and loving space of our own awareness.

To learn more about Tara Brach, go to http://www.tarabrach.com

The Emotional Life of Your Brain ~ Dr. Richard J. Davidson

This long awaited book by a pioneer in brain research offers a new model of our emotions- their origins, their power, and their malleability.

For more than thirty years, Richard Davidson has been at the forefront of brain research. Now he gives us an entirely new model for understanding our emotions, as well as practical strategies we can use to change them.

Davidson has discovered that personality is composed of six basic emotional “styles,” including resilience, self-awareness, and attention. Our emotional fingerprint results from where on the continuum of each style we fall. He explains the brain chemistry that underlies each style in order to give us a new model of the emotional brain, one that will even go so far as to affect the way we treat conditions like autism and depression. And, finally, he provides strategies we can use to change our own brains and emotions-if that is what we want to do.

Written with bestselling author Sharon Begley, this original and exciting book gives us a new and useful way to look at ourselves, develop a sense of well-being, and live more meaningful lives.

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Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and director of the W. M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Sharon Begley has been the science editor and science columnist at Newsweek as well as science columnist at The Wall Street Journal.

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The Life Of The Buddha [Full BBC Documentary- HQ] with English/Greek/Catalan Subs

This documentary covers the life of Siddhartha Gautama, a young prince from India who went out to find the reason for “Dukkha” [problems] of human life. He later found the reason of Dukkha and teached a way to live life. He was later known as the Buddha, the founder of “Buddhism”.

The religion with no god.
“If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” Albert Einstein

Jesus was a Buddhist Monk ~ BBC Documentary

This BBC 4 documentary examines the question “Did Jesus Die?”. It looks at a bunch of ideas around this question until minute 25, where this examination of ideas takes a very logical and grounded turn with surprising conclusions that demonstrate…

The three wise men were Buddhist monks who found Jesus and came back for him around puberty. After being trained in a Buddhist Monastery he spread the Buddhist philosophy, survived the crucifixion, and escaped to Kashmir, Afghanistan where he died an old man at the age of 80.

True Refuge- Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart ~ Tara Brach

How do you cope when facing life-threatening illness, family conflict, faltering relationships, old trauma, obsessive thinking, overwhelming emotion, or inevitable loss? If you’re like most people, chances are you react with fear and confusion, falling back on timeworn strategies: anger, self-judgment, and addictive behaviors. Though these old, conditioned attempts to control our life may offer fleeting relief, ultimately they leave us feeling isolated and mired in pain.

There is another way. Beneath the turbulence of our thoughts and emotions exists a profound stillness, a silent awareness capable of limitless love. Tara Brach, author of the award-winning Radical Acceptance, calls this awareness our true refuge, because it is available to every one of us, at any moment, no exceptions. In this book, Brach offers a practical guide to finding our inner sanctuary of peace and wisdom in the midst of difficulty.

Based on a fresh interpretation of the three classic Buddhist gateways to freedom—truth, love, and awareness—True Refuge shows us the way not just to heal our suffering, but also to cultivate our capacity for genuine happiness. Through spiritual teachings, guided meditations, and inspirational stories of people who discovered loving presence during times of great struggle, Brach invites us to connect more deeply with our own inner life, one another, and the world around us.

True Refuge is essential reading for anyone encountering hardship or crisis, anyone dedicated to a path of spiritual awakening. The book reminds us of our own innate intelligence and goodness, making possible an enduring trust in ourselves and our lives. We realize that what we seek is within us, and regardless of circumstances, “there is always a way to take refuge in a healing and liberating presence.”

About the Author
Tara Brach, Ph.D., is the author of Radical Acceptance, winner of a Books for a Better Life Award. She is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community in Washington, D.C., and has conducted workshops across the country. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with her husband, her mother, and three dogs.

Finding True Refuge – Tara Brach

Tara Brach shares an emotional story how meditation helps her find peace and refuge every day as she learns to live with a genetic condition that affects her mobility. She tells a touching story of her whole family going to the beach without her and the realization that she needed to find peace and happiness in her life no matter what.

Embodied Spirit – Part 1A (09-19-2012)

Our body–this changing field of sensation–is a portal into pure Being. These talks explore the resistance we have to embodied presence, the pathways that enable us to awaken through our bodies, and the blessings of realization that arise as we let go over and over into the aliveness of our senses.
Embodied Spirit – Part 1B (09-19-2012)

Gangaji – Unraveling the Knot of Suffering – Full length Movie

Eckhart Tolle – How to be free from Selftalk

Sometimes you are stuck with your thoughts or emotions. You don´t enjoy it !

In this video ET shows us how to free our self from them.

Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit ~ Parker J. Palmer

At a critical time in American life, Parker J. Palmer looks with realism and hope at how to deal with our political tensions for the sake of the common good–without the shouting, blaming, or defaming so common in our politics today.

In his newest book, Parker J. Palmer builds on his own extensive experience as an inner life explorer and social change activist to examine the personal and social infrastructure of American politics. What he did for educators in The Courage to Teach he does here for citizens by looking at the dynamics of our inner lives for clues to reclaiming our civic well-being. In Healing the Heart of Democracy, he points the way to a politics rooted in the commonwealth of compassion and creativity still found among “We the People.”

“Democracy,” writes Palmer, “is a non-stop experiment in the strengths and weaknesses of our political institutions, local communities, and the human heart–and its outcome can never be taken for granted. The experiment is endless, unless we blow up the lab, and the explosives to do the job are found within us. But so also is the heart’s alchemy that can turn suffering into compassion, conflict into community, and tension into energy for creativity amid democracy’s demands.”

Healing the Heart of Democracy names the “habits of the heart” we need to revitalize our politics and shows how they can be formed in the everyday venues of our lives. Palmer proposes practical and hopeful methods to hold the tensions of our differences in a manner that can help restore a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.”
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Biography
PARKER J. PALMER is a writer, teacher and activist whose work speaks deeply to people in many walks of life. He is founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal. His books include “A Hidden Wholeness,” “Let Your Life Speak,” “The Courage to Teach,” “The Active Life,” “To Know as We Are Known,” “The Company of Strangers,” “The Promise of Paradox,” “The Heart of Higher Education,” and “Healing the Heart of Democracy.”

He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as eleven honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, and an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press. In 1998, the Leadership Project, a national survey of 10,000 educators, named him one of the thirty most influential senior leaders in higher education and one of the ten key agenda-setters of the past decade.

In 2010, he was given the William Rainey Harper Award (previously won by Margaret Mead, Marshall McLuhan, Paulo Freire, and Elie Wiesel). “Living the Questions: Essays Inspired by the Work and Life of Parker J. Palmer,” was published in 2005. In 2011, the Utne Reader named him as one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World”–people who “don’t just think out loud but who walk their talk on a daily basis.” (See the Oct-Nov 2011 print or online edition.) He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

For those of us who want to see democracy survive and thrive—and we are legion—the heart is where everything begins: that grounded place in each of us where we can overcome fear, rediscover that we are members of one another, and embrace the conflicts that threaten democracy as openings to new life for us and for our nation.

— from the “Prelude” in Parker J. Palmer’s Healing the Heart of Democracy
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Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity and the Mystical Quest ~ Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

Saracen Chivalry explores the space between Arthurian romance and the ethics and spirituality of Sufism. Framed as a medieval treatise penned by a fabled African queen, the book articulates a vision of life centered on the virtues of wisdom, courage, temperance, and generosity, illustrating these virtues with scriptural verses, prophetic sayings, sage maxims, and traditional legends and lore.

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Queen Belacane is dying. As a last act, she inscribes a book of counsels, or prince’s mirror, to guide her newborn son on his life’s path. The Queen’s counsels illuminate the way of futuwwa, a tradition of mystical chivalry traced to the Prophet Abraham. If the Prince would unite the chivalries of Christendom and Islam and attain the Cup Mixed with Camphor, he must fulfill the pillars of his faith, and uphold the universal virtues of wisdom, courage, temperance, and generosity.

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Biography Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, PhD, is an Anglo-Indian scholar and contemplative leader. He is president of the Sufi Order International and founder of Suluk Academy and Seven Pillars House of Wisdom. He lives with his wife and two children in rural upstate New York.

Interview with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

An interview with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan from the October 2008 Sufi Conference held on Asilomar Conference grounds.

Being and Becoming – A commentary by Lori Tompkins [Updated Oct 21,2012]

I just received an email from Lori Tompkins(below) who commented on the video clip on ” Being and Becoming” View Here given by Andrew Cohen. There are numerous adverse comments on Andrew Cohen’s mannerisms and treatment towards other teachers and as well as his previous staff. Click Here To View

Her viewpoints and critique are poignant and thought-provoking, coming from a different yet resourceful perspective. It would be a refreshingly proposition to host her views in the interest of the viewers and bloggers at large – evolutionarymystic.
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Recently I came across a YouTube video of Andrew Cohen’s ‘Being and Becoming’ workshop. He is standing in front of a colorful circular diagram teaching that spirituality based solely on the Being [the Immobile, Static Absolute] are outdated and that ‘God is Being … and God is Becoming.’

The goal Cohen posits is to ‘become God in his or her manifested form. That’s what the authentic self is…. God is the creative impulse … the energy and intelligence that initiated the creative process and also this Ground.’ I was impressed by the way Cohen handled participants whose idea of spiritual enlightenment or progress was to disregard, escape or detach oneself from the ‘Becoming’, i.e. from the evolving, ever-changing material expression of the One Self in Many varied forms and expressions.

He comments that the enlightenment teachings of Adyashanti and Eckhart Tolle are ‘outmoded, a pre-modern interpretation of Enlightenment …. It will help individuals to feel better, it will help you to feel better, help me to feel better. But I don’t really think the point right now is me feeling better or you feeling better.’

I agree with Cohen that Buddhist-flavored teachings which frame the material and temporal realities of our existence (the Becoming) as an illusion to be transcended so that one can rest or dissolve oneself and one’s material burdens or limitations in the Immobile Absolute (Being) are outdated … like a skin that needs to be shed so that human consciousness can progress to higher perspective and experience of material existence.


My first introduction to the Divine as simultaneously Being and Becoming (also ‘One and the Many’) came from the writings of Sri Aurobindo(left). He made it explicitly clear that a realization of the absolute Being, blissfully disconnected from the material, temporal field of Becoming was not the true goal of the spiritual quest.

Further studies of the Supramental Descent, including the teachings of the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) thoroughly convinced me that Buddhism and Buddhist-flavored teachings of spiritual ‘enlightenment’ were just as outdated, OLD and mis-representative of the Divine Self and the potentialities of material existence and consciousness as all other religions that our modern civilization has inherited from the Age of Pisces (234 B.C.E – 1926 C.E.).
Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea)

In 2001 Thea discussed this issue, among other topics, with the editor-in-chief of Cohen’s What is Enlightenment? magazine at her cosmological center in India. That interview was never published or referred to by Cohen and was not given to Thea for her own use.

It is still a mystery as to why he chose to bury that interview when the whole flavor of his teachings around that time began to head in the direction of subjects which she had already raised to a whole new level, including the evolution of consciousness, the divinization of the individual, cosmology, and the harmonies of a unified Being and Becoming. [For more information on this issue see “Andrew Cohen’s ‘Evolutionary Enlightenment’ and a Buried Interview with Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet”]

The Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea has been relentlessly aimed at dismantling the negative relationship with and view of our material existence – the negative view and experience of our Becoming within the confining framework or womb of time and space.

Separately and as a triadic consciousness-force and action in the world these mahayogis have reminded humanity that the Vedic Journey or evolution towards a fully divine material existence is a reality, not a superstition or primitive myth conjured up by primitive people at all, but rather the natural and inevitable unfolding (Becoming) of the One Self of All Selves (the Being).

‘The pure existent is then a fact and no mere concept; it is the fundamental reality. But, let us hasten to add, the movement, the energy, the becoming are also a fact, also a reality. The supreme intuition and its corresponding experience may correct the other, may go beyond, may suspend, but do not abolish it.

We have therefore two fundamental facts of pure existence and of world-existence, a fact of Being, a fact of Becoming. To deny one or the other is easy; to recognize the facts of consciousness and find out their relation is the true and fruitful wisdom.’ – Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, p. 86

So Cohen seems to be at least somewhat on the right track in his new teachings, trying to wean people out of a negative relationship with the Becoming; but regrettably nowhere in his talk did he refer to those who have preceded and at least somewhat informed his own conception on the matter.

He has paid little true respect to those who through their difficult yoga have made epic, heroic and fruitful efforts towards restoring in our modern times the Vedic conception and consciousness of a divinely intertwined Being and Becoming. Rather when discussing the question of the relationship between Being and Becoming (the Absolute and the Relative), which many have come to think of as somehow separate, he says:

‘This teaching I have is really the only, in terms of the enlightenment teachings, is the only clear, unambiguous answer to the question, because as I was saying before, God is Being … and God is Becoming.’

Perhaps by saying, ‘in terms of the enlightenment teachings’, Cohen feels that he is not misleading his students. Regardless, he is well-aware that before he even said boo on the matter, the yoga of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea had already thoroughly addressed and shed much needed light on the unified nature of Being and Becoming and the Divine Harmonies that flow from this arrangement.

But somehow he does not consider, at least in this particular video, that their ‘answers’ and extensive teachings on Being and Becoming to be worth mentioning to his students who it is his mission to guide and enlighten. It is curious to say the least and actually disturbing to people who know that the question of the true relationship between Being and Becoming has been exquisitely addressed by teachers whose consciousness and integrating force far exceeds that of Cohen.

Perhaps elsewhere in his work Cohen gives credit where credit is due with regard to the Vedic foundations of the Being and Becoming teachings and the progress made by Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea towards exposing the incompleteness of the multitude of spiritual paths inherited from an Age gone by which focus on attaining oneness with the Immobile, Absolute Being (a Divine Being or God removed from Earth’s movements and evolution) and ignoring or negating the Divine nature of the spatial and temporal flow of the Earth and Cosmos. If this is the case, I’d love to know about it.

In the ‘Being and Becoming’ workshop, Cohen mentions the need to ‘pull ourselves out of this narcissistic nightmare’ which is our normal state of consciousness. To me his teaching, which discounts and disconnects from the deeper thread of the Being and Becoming as presented in the Vedic texts and in the Supramental Yoga and Cosmology, is in itself a ‘narcissistic nightmare’.

The Supramental dynamics, harmonies, geometries, consciousness-force and sanatana dharma of the unified field of Being and Becoming have been explored and taught with astounding depth, accuracy and precision over the past hundred years or so by Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea.

I have yet to see any work of Cohen’s that is anything but a distant and distorted echo of the tone set by these three Supramental yogis; and if our civilization succeeds in waking up from its narcissistic nightmare I am fairly certain it will not be by listening to and literally buying such underwhelming and superficial approximations of the true logic, consciousness-force and harmonized Being/Becoming of our Transcendent, Cosmic and Individual Divine Self.

One of my friends has had Buddhist leanings for decades. Our discussions would always get a bit heated when talking about Sri Aurobindo’s teachings on the limitations and errors of Buddhism. He had never read anything of Sri Aurobindo’s and would defend his experience that Buddhist teachings and philosophies were helpful to him in terms of dealing with the stresses and struggles of life.

I would try to explain Sri Aurobindo’s higher and wider view of things and usually the conversation went nowhere because my explanations of Sri Aurobindo’s higher and wider view did not transmit the actual experience of Sri Aurobindo’s higher and wider view. Seeing this, all I could do was say that until I began to read Sri Aurobindo’s writings in my mid-twenties, I too thought Buddhist teachings were ‘good food’ for the spiritual quest.

After reading Sri Aurobindo’s writings, Buddhist thought seemed no longer appealing. Just as if I had been use to eating canned or fast food and one day discovered fresh and high quality food and from then on out had no more interest in the canned or fast food. It was like that.

Many years later my friend is now spontaneously and diligently reading his way through his first Sri Aurobindo book, The Synthesis of Yoga. After his readings he is always aglow with inspiration and love of knowledge. ‘It is such good food for the soul’, he has commented. He did not remember my food analogies from years gone by. He simply saw for himself that Sri Aurobindo’s view of the Whole and All-Encompassing Triadic Self (Transcendent, Cosmic and Individual) was better spiritual sustenance for him, for his soul, than the Buddhist teachings with which he was so familiar.

The transmissions he receives from the truth-consciousness and real force present in Sri Aurobindo’s writings occur to him as inherently more true, more positive, more uplifting, more luminous than the Buddhist teachings to which he had previously been so accustomed and attached.

It is always a rare treat for me to witness someone in my circle of friends and acquaintances (outside my ‘inner’ circle of well-initiated yogic compadres that is) who, after all that I have written and communicated about the matter, finally takes the time to explore the Supramental and Integral Yoga and Cosmology. The results are always a widening of perspective beyond pre-existing beliefs and ideas of the Self and a deepening appreciation for the evolutionary journey by which the Divine expresses its full Self in the field of time and space.

I relate this experience because I am convinced that even though the ‘food’ or teachings offered by Andrew Cohen maybe slightly ‘better’ (i.e. closer to the Truth of Self ) than those who continue to disregard the importance of the Becoming (the real evolution and real purpose of the dynamic Cosmos and the Individual), it is still remarkably substandard or ‘canned’ in comparison to what has been presented by Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea on matters of evolutionary spirituality, Being and Becoming, cosmology and the divinization of the Individual.

Perhaps some readers will be offended by my assessment of the quality of their spiritual food. But there is really no use in getting upset. If one likes one’s spiritual food and has no interest in exploring a ‘tip’ or ‘lead’ that there is better food for the soul offered outside their religion, current field or arena of interests, then that is that.

But, if one is, on the other hand, curious as to whether or not Sri Aurobindo’s Supramental Descent and Integral Yoga actually represents a wider, truer, more unifying, more integral, more conscious, more all-embracing, more sustainable and more luminous view of existence than previously and currently offered by the world’s major religions or popular spiritual trends, then one should start reading and see for oneself whether or not one feels illuminated or well-fed.

Spirituality is in its essence an awakening to the inner reality of our being, to a spirit, self, soul which is other than our mind, life and body, an inner aspiration to know, to feel, to be that, to enter into contact with the greater Reality beyond and pervading the universe which inhabits also our own being, to be in communion withIt and union with It, and a turning, a conversion, a transformation of our whole being as a result of the aspiration, the contact, the union, a growth or waking into a new becoming or new being, a new self, a new nature.
– Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine

Read more about Lori Tompkins at http://circumsolatious.blogspot.com/2010/01/being-and-becoming.html

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