Western Masters of Non-Duality. Rupert Spira: What is the Cause of Suffering?

Rupert Spira the cause of Suffering.

Eckhart Tolle on Yoga and Gangaji

A fragment from The Journey Into Yourself Q&A

Skype Interview with Gangaji ◦ November 2012


Recognize who you truly are!

Sacred Sangha of Earth,
Beloved Beings of Presence,
Being One, we liberate Humanity

Be present! Be joyful! Be free!

~ Blessings to You ~


Mauricio Garrido: Vedic Philosophy and Quantum Mechanics On the Soul

Religious traditions are often criticized for providing untestable elements in their books of wisdom. Among these elements, the soul’s existence is one of the most debated in talks between science and religion. But is the concept of the soul really so vague and does it really have no empirical evidence for a practical theory? Vedic philosophy and quantum mechanics may bring interesting ideas to consider.

Quantum chromodynamics is the theory describing sub-nuclear particles called quarks and gluons, which are the constituents of hadrons such as protons and neutrons. It is part of the Standard Model describing our current understanding of elementary particles. One interesting feature about this theory is that even though it was postulated in 1964 by Gell-Mann and Zweig and is widely accepted by the physics community, to this day all experiments validating the existence of the quarks have produced only indirect proof of them. In fact, according to the theory itself, no one really ever expects to see direct proof of them at all, viz. free quarks. Pulling two quarks apart requires so much energy, that you create new particles in the process which attach themselves to the old quarks and thus you never end up with free quarks to detect. The important point here is that the experiments that confirmed the existence of these quarks never actually detected them directly and no one really demanded such a proof. They saw certain particles coming in and certain particles coming out according to what the theory predicted, but never actually saw the free quarks by themselves. Therefore, indirect detection with no expectation of direct detection is still valid to confirm the existence of something in science.

On the other hand, Vedic philosophy tells us about the existence of another type of particle called the atma, the soul, the self, having different properties from those of ordinary particles.This is not unusual in physics, as is the case with antimatter particles. But unlike the ordinary matter and antimatter particles, the atma has 3 main qualities: eternality, knowledge and bliss. Eternality can be analyzed as follows: the atma does not come into or out of existence, it is always present. It does not decay or degrade, it maintains its individuality always, it’s infinitesimally small and it’s not composed of more elementary particles. It’s unchangeable, which along with the individuality property implies that it does not unite with other particles to create more complex structures, nor does it merge with others. The atma does not interact directly with matter, but given that the atma is the source of consciousness and the life force in a living entity, any entity displaying them reveals the presence of an atma in it–whether human, animal, plant, etc. The living entities are not made up of atmas; rather, they are these particles and are animating the material bodies that encase them. As soon as the atma leaves one body for another, the old body no longer exhibits consciousness or life symptoms, and begins to degrade. The knowledge property refers to its cognizance about its constitutional position, its source and its interactions with the source. Bliss refers to its natural state of happiness in service to God.
To declare that there is no soul, just because we can’t directly see it with our current instruments, is akin to saying that there are no quarks because we can’t detect them directly in our labs. Both the soul and the quarks’ existence can be inferred indirectly by their effects (living symptoms and consciousness in the case of the soul; particle interactions in the case of the quarks). Even though there are other theories in science describing the origin of consciousness and living symptoms, these remain very unsatisfactory and many times philosophically dismissive. Furthermore, the wealth of data regarding topics like reincarnation gathered by careful scientific studies such as those of Dr. Ian Stevenson from Virginia University can hardly be accounted for by any explanation other than one involving some notion of what is here referred to as atma.

There is, however, a method for directly perceiving the soul, albeit it is as difficult a task as building a synchrotron to detect material particles. One cannot use a microscope to see an atom; one must utilize an STM (scanning tunneling microscope), which uses a different technology. Similarly, to visualize something as subtle as an atma, we can’t use these gross material elements and senses;rather, we must utilize our own spiritual senses. The process is quite detailed and would require a dedicated article for it, but the basis of it entails using the mind as a type of mirror, so that the atma can perceive its own characteristics through its spiritual senses. Yet the mind has to be calibrated, as with any high-precision measuring device, by cleansing it of all selfish, egoistic and cruel propensities. This can be done by the powerful method of meditation techniques utilizing the chanting of mantras, which involve the recitation of the names of God and can focus, tame, and purify the mind. Once the mind has been cleansed and controlled, direct perception of the soul is possible, not only within oneself, but then also within every other living entity. Additionally, given the difficulty of the process, any sincere and determined person can expect divine assistance manifesting itself in variegated ways. This method has been tested and approved by great saints throughout millennia, whose lives are testimony to their words.

Spirituality is much more than just blind faith and sentimentalism, it is an important and sophisticated process of purification that goes beyond just the intellectual curiosity of a few. Its transformative power truly raises the standard of living of a person and positively influences the lives of those he/she comes in contact with. Not everyone may have access to a synchrotron to prove for themselves the existence of quarks and its confirmation may not even be so relevant for most people; but everyone has access to prove for themselves the existence of the soul and the process that takes one to it brings true happiness and inner fulfillment.

Mauricio Garrido graduated from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and in Physics. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from Ohio University. During this time, he interned at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He later went on to Columbia University in the City of New York as a postdoctoral research scientist. In 2006, he began exploring the teachings of Bhakti yoga in Gaudiya Vaishnavism and in 2011, he entered the monastic order at The Bhakti Center, located in New York City, where he later became ordained as a priest and monk. His current research interests are on Vedic astronomy, cosmology, and philosophy. He also leads meditation sessions and teaches classes on Kobayashi Shorin-ryu Karate and Vedic sacred texts.

Does the soul exist? If it does exist then where does it come from? Why does it exist in the first place? What is its purpose? What is the nature of a soul?

These are some of the natural questions that arise whenever there is a discussion on this topic.

This video will try to answer your questions based on the Indian Vedic scriptures.
According to the Vedic Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism as it is popularly known these days, the soul is eternal just like God.

The soul is an infinitesimal part of God. It was never born and will never be destroyed. However, the soul is caught in a circle of birth and death. Actually the soul neither takes birth nor dies. But it keeps incarnating in the physical world in different bodies. A soul is infinitesimal and subtler than the subtlest. That is how a soul is able to take birth in an ant’s body and in the next life the same soul acquires the body of an elephant.

In the human body, the soul lives inside the heart and gives consciousness to the entire body. This cycle of birth, death and suffering has been going on since eternity. It never began at a particular point in time and the process will continue ad infinitum unless the soul achieves its goal.

So why is the soul caught in this vicious and repetitive circle of birth and death? What is that ultimate goal that a soul has to achieve to get out of this circle?

Vedic scriptures explain that What does every living being want? Whether the living being is a human being or an animal or even an insect, What does that living being really want?

Every living being wants only these 2 thing, 1) To get rid of pain/suffering(in any form) 2) To experience a permanent bliss, joy. Even an atheist can want only these 2 things. Even if we try we cannot want any third thing. All the people in the world for that matter also want these 2 things ONLY. Whatever we think, say or do is to achieve these 2 things only. Hence, we are all seeking happiness or bliss all the time.

Now the biggest question that arises is how to achieve that permanent bliss? Where can a soul find it and how? The Vedic scriptures especially the Bhagavad Gita tells us that we need to surrender to a bona fide master/Guru and learn this science of the soul.

We are fortunate to have a bona fide Guru amidst us today. The 5th original Jagadguru, Sri Kripalu Ji Maharaj who explains the very essence of all the Vedic scriptures in a simplified manner.

To benefit from his teachings and philosophy please visit the websites and watch the videos mentioned in the video description. following websites and watch the following videos. Thank you. Jai Jai Sri Radhe!

Eckhart Tolle – How can I Be In The Present Moment

Emptiness Dancing ~ Adyashanti

In recent years, the bold new teacher known as Adyashanti has dared hundreds of students across North America to ask, What is ultimately behind this set of eyes? For it is in the process of this inquiry that we let go of who we think we are, and begin to understand what we are.

With Emptiness Dancing
, readers will explore these subtle differences, and many other human perceptions?and misconceptions that we live by, including:

  • Openness: Discover the freedom available when you cultivate an open heart and an open mind, and lose your self-image to total presence.
  • Love: Enjoy the peace from being the essence of love at every moment, with everyone and everything you experience.
  • Ego: Unmask the fall guy of spirituality for what it is, and release yourself from the fruitless pursuit of and running away from something that doesn’t really exist.

The funny thing about enlightenment, or awakening, is that we miss it even though it’s not hidden,  Adya teaches. It is hard to find because it is right here. Destined to become a spiritual classic, Emptiness Dancing brings readers Adyashanti’s quintessential teachings in a mind-to-mind transmission from this gifted teacher.

Click here to browse inside.

Stillness – from Emptiness Dancing, by Adyashanti, Chapter 8

Adyashanti “Silence”

Adyashanti is a dynamic and inspiring spiritual teacher who lives an ordinary life while demonstrating an extraordinary gift for transmitting a simple truth to thousands of students worldwide: liberation is the birthright of us all. His teachings have been compared to those of the early Zen masters and Advaita Vedanta sages.

Adyashanti began teaching in 1996 at the request of his Zen teacher, with whom he had been studying for 14 years. A native of Northern California, he now teaches extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering weekly satsangs, frequent intensives, and silent retreats. He also travels to teach in other areas of the United States and Canada.

Adyashanti is the author of The Impact of Awakening, Emptiness Dancing, My Secret Is Silence, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, and has made extensive audio and video recordings of his talks and satsangs.

Adyashanti speaks to the word silence.

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