Addiction and Non-Duality ~ Rupert Spira

Addiction and Non-Duality

Question: For a while now I have had some trouble reconciling some of my behaviour with my understanding of the non-dual teaching. The fruits of this path have definitely been self-evident in
ways that I cannot describe. However, in a very honest and worldly sense, I have also been struggling with an addiction to lust and pornography

I obviously feel very conflicted about this. It seems to me that this addictive, lustful behaviour is certainly not in alignment with the truth that non-duality points to. However, when the impulse arises to watch it, my mind creates a convincing dialogue that says, “There is no doer. This is a spontaneous occurrence. Don’t resist this. All is meaningless,” etc.

I then act on the impulse and afterwards the mind rationalises the behaviour with more of this pseudo logic, falsely claiming that it never left awareness. This is, of course, coupled with all sorts of guilt, inadequacy and other afflictive emotions. Commonsense tells me that something is amiss.

I have heard many stories of all sorts of so-called sages, holy men and enlightened gurus who rationalise inappropriate sexual behaviour under a veneer of spiritual truth. How do we, as spiritual seekers, avoid this tragic pitfall especially when we have a deep understanding that this is a path of
acceptance and not avoidance?

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Yoga in the Kashmir Tradition: The Art of Listening by Billy Doyle (Author)

In Yoga in the Kashmir Tradition Billy Doyle gives a simple yet profound guide to a yoga that is far removed from the ‘glorified gymnastics’ and almost competitive nature of yoga that some of us are familiar with. Jean Klein, Billy’s own teacher taught this approach, based on awareness through body sensation.

If we have first understood, or have the deep conviction, that in our real nature there is nothing to become, nothing to attain, then we can explore the body and its movements without end-gaining. We can practise yoga to free us from what we are not, and perhaps more profoundly, simply for the joy of it.

Jean also had reservations about certain dualistic tendencies in yoga: yoga means to join, but to join what? We are one from the beginning; we only have to see it. The emphasis here is not on achieving something but on listening and exploring without will or effort. In the progressive approach one evolves through various levels of spiritual attainment. But there is always a someone, an ego, still evolving. In the direct approach there is simply recognising the false as false, that you can never be something objective. The personal has no role to play.

Jean Klein was a master of Advaita (non-dualism) and yoga. He taught yoga in the Kashmir Tradition, an approach based on awareness through body sensation, which is here presented by Billy Doyle, a long term student of Jean Klein. This teaching was grounded in the non-dualistic perspective. Yoga in the Kashmir Tradition: The Art of Listening therefore covers all facets of Jean Klein’s teaching.

Billy Doyle lives in London and teaches yoga in the Kashmir Tradition. His previous book, The Mirage of Separation is a collection of poems on non-dualism.
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Billy Doyle ‘The Mirage of Separation’ Interview by Renate McNay

Published on Mar 16, 2013
Billy is a Spiritual Teacher and Yoga Teacher in the Kashmir Tradition, and author of the book “The Mirage of Separation”.
He had a strong spiritual orientation early in life and started to explore non-dualistic teachings in his twenties. He met Jean Klein, a master of Advaita and Yoga who became his teacher for 14 years. He practiced ‘Art of Listening’ and self-inquiry and then one day, while on a silent retreat, “all identification with a separate Entity dissolved” and he then knew himself as Silence.

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave from The Republic

The Allegory is related to Plato’s Theory of Forms, wherein Plato asserts that “Forms” (or “Ideas”), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. Only knowledge of the Forms constitutes real knowledge. In addition, the allegory of the cave is an attempt to explain the philosopher’s place in society.

PLATO – Allegory of the Cave (Animated)

Philosophy – Platos Cosmology – Allegory of the Cave

GCC Instructor David Makinster delivers a brief lecture titled “Platos Cosmology – Allegory of the Cave” for his Introduction to Philosophy classes.

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