Sissel sings the first verse in English and the final three verses in Swedish.
Archive for December, 2014
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They are mostly spiritual-based, contents of which are pointers leading to realizing ‘Enlightenment’, ‘Consciousness’, ‘Awakening’ ‘Awareness’, etc. All these are compilations contributed by well-renowned and evolved spiritual luminaries, scientists and authors. Their aspirations are directed towards a shift in consciousness in ‘unveiling’ layers of ignorance that are preventing us from operating and interacting at a much deeper level of understanding LIFE whose inherent source originates from ‘Happiness’ and ‘Peace’
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Buddha and the Quantum is about the connection between meditation and physics. Many books show parallels between consciousness and physics; a few of these attempt to explain consciousness in terms of the physics of everyday experience.
This is the only book on the market that explains physics and the everyday world in terms of consciousness alone. Space and time – and the physical world they define – are a structure of consciousness. We can understand the motion of the planets only by putting the sun at their center; similarly, we can understand modern physics only if we put space and time within consciousness.
Buddha and the Quantum is also unique in that it shows why we think there is a world independent of consciousness. The concept of material substance is explained in terms of the same structure of consciousness that explains quantum mechanics and relativity theory. Kalapa is a Buddhist term for a subtle sensation: a point of consciousness in the body. Barely noticeable most of the time, it fills awareness during meditation. It is the voice of a cell.
This book shows that it is also the quantum. Quanta arranged in space-time – photons – are visual consciousness: the experience of cells in the retina. This explains why modern physics has had so much difficulty understanding light. Light is not in space; space is in light. Buddha and the Quantum describes how experience in the physical world is built not from objective reality, but from experience within. Avery’s brilliant model of consciousness makes difficult and subtle ideas understandable, surprising you with the implications.
Samuel Avery was raised near New York City and educated at Oberlin College and the University of Kentucky. He has written a series of books on the relationship of physics and consciousness, including The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness, Transcendence of the Western Mind, and Buddha and the Quantum.
He is passionate about peace and environmental issues, having written The Globalist Papers and The Pipeline and the Paradigm. Samuel lives with his wife on a small wooded farm on the banks of the Nolin River in central Kentucky. He spends his time gardening, building, writing, and operating a small solar installation company. He has practiced meditation daily throughout his adult life. “On the farm,” he says, “We have to find reliable sources of water, food, warmth, and energy. We see where our lives come from.”
Buddha and the Quantum: Hearing the Voice in Every Cell [Audiobook Excerpt]
Written and narrated by Samuel Avery
Are you seeking a deeper understanding of consciousness? Are you interested in meditation or currently practicing meditation? The Buddha and the Quantum is about the connection between meditation and physics.
Many books show parallels between consciousness and physics; a few of these attempt to explain consciousness in terms of the physics of everyday experience. This is the only book that explains physics and the everyday world in terms of consciousness alone, with surprising implications.
Published on Dec 30, 2014
A conversation exploring whether the ‘I’ of Awareness is really obscured by feelings and beliefs.
has been interested in astrology since she was 12. From the age of 24 she has been practising astrology professionally. She lived in Germany, India, the South of France and Australia where she worked not only as an astrologer but also as a psychotherapist. She specialized in chakra and subtle energy work. Sitara is a certified naturopath and a reincarnation therapist. Since 12 years now, she has been writing the monthly horoscopes for the German Osho Times.
So far she has published three books in German language. The first two deal with the moon nodes – her special field -, and her latest book deals with the topic of when and how certain planetary energies influence our lives.
Sitara’s teaching is inspired by Advaita Vedanta and Direct Path. She writes here http://www.advaita-vision.org/category/sitara/
and here http://www.astro-sitara.de/engl_advaitavedanta11_2010.html
NDM: At the point of death and the breakup of the body, (see details here) what happens to the mind?
Sitara: According to Vedanta gross body and subtle body part in the moment of death. While the gross body disintegrates, the mind being part of the subtle body will “hang around” in subtle realms until the vasanas, will prompt another incarnation – provided that the time is ripe, i.e. the time for reincarnation needs to abide by the law and order of the universe (ishvara).
NDM: What if these supposedly enlightened people happen to still have sex after attaining the “knowledge”, and still can’t break the sex habit/addiction even in their older age?
For example, this Zen master Roshi had an un-sattvic mind at 105, so it appears from this NY Times article that Zazen didn’t seem to have worked very well in his case .
Swami Tapovanam in his book “Ishvara Darshana” said that “he who pursues sensuous enjoyment cannot realize god.” He said it is impossible to exhaust desire through enjoyment, the only way to overcome it is through right thinking.
Sitara: I absolutely agree. Desire is inexhaustible. It will only cease with the understanding of who you are: abundance itself, nothing missing whatsoever.
NDM: Swami Tapovanam said “the relationship to a woman in marriage and the performance of a householders’s duties are for men of attachment, not of detachment. Food is for the hungry, he who is no longer hungry requires no food. Only those who long for worldly welfare need the performance of worldly duties. The man who has no desires does not require it. What the vedas say about sexual pleasure is this. This ought to restrain mans sexual freedom. Birds and animals have this sexual freedom but in man it leads to sorrow and suffering. It is true sastras enjoy the presence of a partner, during the performance of worldly and other worldly duties, But why should those who have truly realized the true nature of worldly pleasures that cause ultimate pain and have cast away the seen as well as the unseen fruits of their work, by cultivating the spirit of total detachment , hanker after the woman’s body composed of flesh and blood, feces and urine. Is the man who plunges into his hot pursuit of happiness, wise or unwise, discreet or indiscreet”?
Sitara: I do not know that particular book of Swami Tapovanam but I have read “Wanderings in the Himalayas” which throws a clear light on his personality. Swami Tapovanam was born 1889 and died 1916. He was an ascetic to the core; to him the body was something he disregarded 100 % at all times. For example he went to Tibet wearing nothing but his thin robe, being ill and weak, staying the nights in the freezing cold windy plains without shelter or blanket. He lived up to the yogic ideal.
But this is not my ideal. I do not share the traditional admiration for an austere life style. The life style of an enlightened one should be modest and if need be, he/she should be able, to face even the harshest conditions with equanimity. But I do not see any need to actively seek out harsh conditions. I do not even see the need to deny oneself natural bodily needs, such as food, water, shelter and even sexual expression.
For a suppressed sexuality there is very little chance to be transcended; on the contrary, the desire for it will be preserved, even enhanced. If sexuality is suppressed the identification with it will never cease. That’s why grihasta life was to precede vanaprasta and sannyasa since the beginning of time in India. But in kali yuga it has not been working out. In the past grihasta life has been the model of society in East and West alike but, in order to protect the family, sexuality has been suppressed everywhere anyway. As a consequence, the powerful biological need for sexuality went underground, where it became even more powerful and perverse (child abuse, rape etc).
NDM: When Swami Tapovan Maharaj, was asked about attaining liberation (moksha) through sensual pleasure, and tantra, He said it was like night and day. Two opposite poles. He also said that sanyasin, celibacy for life was the only for “true liberation”. Anything other than this is not possible.
Sitara: He repeated what he was taught – but was he qualified to say what he said? Obviously he did not walk the path of tantra. In the societies of the past sexuality was suppressed to such a degree that it was simply inconceivable to be sexually active without identification (and so far this has not changed). The tradition of tantra seems to be the only one which holds up the possibility of disidentified sexual activities.
The way Swami Tapovanam talks about sexuality reveals that, like most other people on this earth, he knew only of identified sex. Of course those “most other people” will identify with what he said. But this does not mean that it is true. There is another possibility.
As far as I am concerned, enlightenment and sex do not exclude one another. Yet I am speaking of unidentified sex because identification with anything does exclude enlightenment.
Quoting Swami Tapovanam, Birds and animals have this sexual freedom but in man it leads to sorrow and suffering. It does so because of identification, not because of sexual activities. Man usually is identified with his sexual desires. In order to become enlightened he will have to leave his identifications behind, to certain a degree – nobody knows to what degree. After enlightenment sexuality is possible, yet only without identification, which means hunger, hankering, hot pursuit, requiring (see Swami Tapovanam’s words) won’t be part of the package.
While actions are being done in various ways by the gunas (qualities) of nature (body, mind, senses), deluded by the I-notion one thinks “I am the doer.”
Those who become wholly deluded by the gunas of nature become attached to the activities of the gunas.
Bhagavad Geeta 3, 27 and 29
“Enlightened sex” is very different from what we usually consider sexual. Normal sex is egocentric whereas with enlightenment sexuality can either end, or become a playful expression of life/love in the sense of the Geeta verses above,
There is no need for love to express itself sexually, but it can. As a matter of fact the union of love and sex is bound to prevent sexual abuse, rape etc. So if a teacher like Zen master Roshi sexually abuses his/her students he is evidently not fully accomplished. His sexuality has remained egocentric, which means there is still identification with a separate self within him.
Basically there is nothing wrong with sexuality; it is nature innocently expressing itself. On the other hand there is everything wrong with egocentricity, which has its roots in the identification with a separate self. If there is no longer any identification, sex can continue or not. In any case, love will continue to shine.
NDM: Is rebirth into a heaven, hell, human, animal, spirit, hungry ghost realm a reality?
Sitara: It is as real as our everyday reality. In Vedanta this kind of reality is called mithya, which is relatively real, whereas satya is ultimately real. Satya is the one and only true reality, called Atman/Brahman. Mithya is what seems to be reality: jiva, jagat and ishvara (the individual, the universe and the underlying law and order that makes our seeming reality possible).
All realms, whether physical or subtle, belong to the category jagat, universe, and are therefore mithya. Mind you, they are not more mithya than anything else that you encounter in your life.
From the satya perspective there is no jiva, no jagat, no ishvara, there is only pure being (satyam), pure consciousness (jnanam), limitlessness (anantam).
NDM: Does an enlightened person fear aging, sickness and death?
Sitara: No, this is impossible. Fear of death cannot arise in someone who has died to death.
NDM: Would an enlightened person wear seductive clothing, makeup, have plastic surgery, (implants, Botox, liposuction), or even color their hair to appear younger, more attractive for their self esteem, or to attract followers, disciples/clients?
Sitara: Basically no – if behind these behaviors were the above mentioned “fear of aging, sickness and death”. But it is not possible to judge the motive for a certain behavior from the outside. No-one knows what is behind a certain conduct, except the person who performs it.
Also, it is a matter of culture. In India, enlightened beings are very often Swamis or Swaminis. Of course they do not wear make up or dye their hair. In the West most enlightened beings are more or less involved in society, they may have girl/boy friends, they may have to speak up for their children in school, represent in a job and the like. It is very possible that they may enjoy a piece of garment they look good in, or a new haircut, i.e. they are less likely to behave like nuns or monks. I do not see any problem with this.
Even the degree of these behaviours being acceptable or not corresponds to the cultural environment. In many European countries it is still normal for an aging woman to turn grey and to leave it like that, whereas it seems that in the US this has become extraordinary except if you are homeless or antisocial. So why should someone who is enlightened needlessly want to be put into those categories? Also, in Europe or even in India there is a big difference between someone “just” putting on make up and someone undergoing plastic surgery; but is it the same in the US? I simply don’t know. I have always found Israeli women’s clothing excessively seductive. But is it considered the same in Israel itself? I don’t know. Culture is relative.
Part of culture is the distinction between what is to be expected from a woman and what is to be expected from a man. Most of the above mentioned issues apply only to women. What about a male guru with an impressive lion’s mane? Should he rather shave his head because he has got enlightened? And where is the dividing line between someone just talented in making him/herself beautiful and someone who does so for fear of being rejected?
There is no definite answer to these questions.
NDM: Would an enlightened person take sleeping pills, drink alcohol, take recreational drugs (smoke marijuana, LSD), or medication for mood control, anxiety, depression (Prozac, or Viagra)?
Sitara: Again this may be a matter of culture. Yogis have been smoking marijuana for ages in India. What if one of them has become enlightened? Would he necessarily stop smoking? You may argue that such he would not have any chance to become enlightened in the first place – but who knows? I would say, anything that is done in moderation cannot rule-out enlightenment. But then again we know of enlightened chain smokers like Sw. Chinmayananda or Nisargadatta Maharaj. Where was their moderation? Or was their enlightenment a fake?
As to medication for mood control, anxiety, depression (Prozac, or Viagra), I don’t really know what to say. If someone’s body does not produce enough serotonin he/she will turn out to be depressive. You add serotonin to the system by taking a pill every day and the depression may be over and done with. Will the serotonin rush into the body after enlightenment, making medication superfluous? I simply don’t know.
I would suppose that you cannot be an addict and be enlightened at the same time. But then again, I seem to be one of those very rare people with an absolutely non-addictive personality. So how weighty is my word in this respect? Most of my students have the one or the other problem with addiction and one of those few who has none has a tendency to compulsive behavior which is just the other side of the addiction coin (addiction = no control, compulsion = over controlled)l. They (my students) do work on those tendencies, vasanas, but to what degree do vasanas have to be eradicated in order to become enlightened? Nobody knows.
NDM: Would an enlightened person have an aversion to harsh or desolate living conditions, isolation, desert, jungle, forest, (excessively cold or hot weather climates), fear of wild animals, snakes, scorpions, bears, tigers, crocodiles, sharks and spiders?
Sitara: I suppose that this again is a matter of culture as well as of personality. Some people feel completely at home out in the jungle but then feel uncomfortable in the middle of New York City. Or the other way round. Others again don’t mind either way, enlightened or not. Also I think that the brain of the human animal nature has got certain built in alarm systems, which will be felt by enlightened as well as non-enlightened beings. So aversion to this or that, or fear based on those alarm systems is natural. It simply depends on the degree to which someone is able to handle that aversion or fear intelligently.
If your alarm starts because you encounter a big but harmless spider, see whether you can move away, and if you can’t, just meet the situation as it is.
If your alarm starts because you see a dangerous animal, run away or do whatever is needed to be done to save your life. It is appropriate to save your life if you can.
If your alarm starts because the airplane you are sitting in is diving head on to the ground, the enlightened should be able to stay calm. The alarm of the body-mind may go crazy but not he/she. There is absolutely nothing that can be done, life is over, so why not relax. Nothing is lost anyway.
The same applies to harsh or desolate living conditions: if you can, choose what you prefer, but if you cannot choose, meet whatever needs to be met with equanimity.
An enlightened being should be able to behave along these lines. If he/she makes a big fuss because there is a cockroach in their hotel room or someone has cooked non-vegetarian food in the kitchen that feeds them, I would recommend checking again whether your belief in their enlightenment might not be built on sand. But, again, take into account the culture the person is coming from. Most Indians will have no problem with a cockroach but could be very concerned with the non-veg food in their kitchen, whereas for a Westerner it may well be the other way round.
NDM: Can an enlightened person lose their temper, use foul language, or harsh speech, sarcasm, ridicule, make off color jokes?
Sitara: To a degree this may be possible in the beginning of enlightenment when some of the old personality structures are still active. But after some time all of this should subside.
NDM: Would an enlightened person make a legal disclaimer for their teachings, as to not be held responsible? (Please see example below).
Sitara: This again is probably cultural. It seems that in America people tend to sue each other over all and everything. So maybe in this culture there is a need to make these disclaimers even for spiritual teachers. I have not seen anything like this anywhere else in the world up to now.
Basically such a disclaimer is based on fear. But in a country where this fear is justified you need to protect yourself, just as you protect yourself from wild animals or hailstorms.
Source: Non-Duality Magazine
END OF INTERVIEW
Published on Dec 27, 2014
The heart is a remarkable sensing instrument that is capable of extraordinary intimacy. Yet it is often veiled by psychological conditioning or a simple lack of awareness.
It is common to have a very clear mental understanding of nonduality along with tastes of a vast awareness while the depths of the heart remain dormant or blocked. is can lead to a subtle spiritual narcissism and arrogance (I know, you don’t. I’m awake, you’re not.)
Exploring the depths of the heart requires great vulnerability. As we are willing to honestly face and experience residual fears of emotional intimacy or abandonment, or desires to be recognized or admired, the heart softens and opens. A felt sense of intrinsic wholeness reveals itself. Love, compassion, and gratitude shine more freely and steadily.
As the heart awakens, new dimensions of intimacy unfold. We become more available to relate with others in an essential way. We may also discover a non-personal capacity of the heart to embrace the collective suffering of humanity.
Published on Dec 27, 2014
Karen Johnson is the Co-founder of The Ridhwan School/Diamond Approach
Recent scientific discoveries have shown that two particles that have been in contact with one another under certain circumstances will behave as though they are in continual communication regardless of where they are in spatial relationship to one another. In other words distance is not a factor in the transfer and mutual influence of information. This discovery has important implications for human relationships.
Although more a metaphor than a proven correlation, it is interesting to note how the principle has parallels in terms of the deep spiritual conditions beyond the time space continuum that can impact experiences within the relational field. We will be investigating how entanglement can be seen as an expression of a kind of union between beings that is more intimate than simply being connected or not separate.
* How will two people experience this principle within their relationship?
* What are the implications of this kind of union?
* What kinds of potential does entanglement speak to that are inherent in
* What does it mean about love, intimacy, delight and pleasure?
I posit that it calls into question how we hold these human experiences. We can find that there is more to relationships than we have usually imagined. at our usual limited ways of experiencing, no matter how pleasurable or fulfilling; there is more mystery to them in ways that we might not have considered before.The presentation is a contemplation of how nonlocal entanglement can manifest itself in relationships.
Karen Johnson participated in the development of the Diamond Approach with Hameed Ali since 1970’s, She has been teaching in the US and Europe for 35 years. She has an MA in Psychology, and trained as an artist and dancer. She has an interest true spirit of scientific investigation based on the love for truth. The underlying truth that manifests through the beauty and order of the physical and spiritual universe has been a motivating force in her life. http://www.ridhwan.org/
Published on Nov 28, 2014
This interview is featured in the 3DVD set “Science and Nonduality Anthology Vol.2”. http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/p…
Published on Dec 26, 2014
A panel discussion with Henry Stapp, Federico
Faggin, Neil Theise; moderated by Menas Kafatos.
Entanglement has a well-understood meaning in quantum mechanics. However, as any term, this very important concept has different interpretations and meanings, even among scientists. In this panel of scientists, the panelists will briefly discuss their own understanding and we will then attempt to identify a meaning very relevant in each panelists view to life.
Published on Dec 26, 2014
Deep Truths Are Eternal. They constantly return and engage the Human Mind. The discovery of Quantum Physics that there is an invisible part of the world, which doesn’t consist of things, but of non-material forms, is such a truth. We find it, for example, in the work of the European Romanesque Artists, between 1000 – 1120 CE. the artists at that time believed that the basis of reality is an invisible mystery, and they wanted to reveal that mystery in their art. In this lecture the parallels between the world view of Quantum Physics and that of the Romanesque Artists will be described, which suggest that our mind is connected with a Cosmic Mind, which expresses its principles as thoughts in our mind and as material structures in the external world.
Lothar Schäfer is Distinguished Professor (emeritus) of Physical Chemistry at the University of Arkansas. His research in physical chemistry, electron diffraction, applied quantum chemistry, and computational chemistry led to developing the first real-time gas electron diffraction instrument in which data is recorded online, enabling the first pulsed-beam, timeresolved studies of laser-excited molecules, and to performing the first quantum chemical geometry determinations of peptide molecules, predicting structural trends in proteins a decade before experimental observation. Author of Infinite Potential and In Search of Divine Reality.
Published on Dec 26, 2014
What are the nature of physical reality, and the nature of consciousness? These two questions have remained unanswered since the beginning of the human race. Science has made tremendous progress in understanding physical reality, but consciousness has remained largely a mystery. In human experience, reality has an inner, subjective aspect, and an outer, objective aspect, yet science insists in a materialistic position where everything in the universe, including consciousness, is supposed to derive from matter. For science, then, only outer reality exists, and inner reality must therefore be an epiphenomenon.
For the last 400 years, western culture has lived suspended between a Cartesian mindbody dualism and a monism based on scientific materialism. On the other hand, for more than 4000 years, many eastern spiritual traditions have held that consciousness is fundamental, and physical reality derives from it. How can we resolve this debate and find unity between inner and outer realities?
In this presentation, I will describe my attempt at unification with a hypothesis that starts where the eastern traditions leave off, and weaves a narrative that is intended as a first step toward uniting science and spirituality. This narrative is intended to create a conceptual framework for a future mathematical theory of consciousness, where consciousness is held as a primary property of nature. This hypothesis starts by postulating that the fundamental energy of which space, time and matter are made contains also the seeds of consciousness, therefore the evolution of our universe is in reality a co-evolution of consciousness and matter. This co-evolution is driven by the desire of consciousness to know itself, and matter serves as a kind of mirror to help consciousness do so. Thus, the complexity of living matter reflects the self-knowing of consciousness.
Published on Aug 30, 2014
Krishnamurti – The Role of a Flower (Brockwood Park, 1985).
Transcendental Meditation. The world’s best kept secret?: Chris Greathead at TEDxJesmondDene
The Talk: Transcendental Meditation. The world’s best kept secret?
The Person: Chris runs courses in personal development and stress management through Transcendental Meditation (TM) across the UK. Over the past 18 years, he has worked with staff from major public and private sector organizations in the North East of England. Having studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s TM organization in Switzerland, France, India and the UK, he qualified to become a TM teacher in 1977 and has taught courses in India and the UK ever since. Since 1985, he has been teaching TM independently of the international TM organization with, what he hopes, is a more down to earth approach.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)