Leonard Jacobson – Nonduality Talk

Published on Jun 18, 2015

Leonard Jacobson “teaches that the fully awakened state of consciousness is available now. It is not something that occurs in the future. It is already here, waiting to be revealed. As you awaken into the present moment, your thoughts will stop, your mind will fall silent, and you will awaken to an inner silence and peace that is beyond understanding. You will begin to encounter what the mystics and Masters have been speaking of for centuries.” His website is http://www.leonardjacobson.com

00:00 – 04:55 Opening music by Prosad: http://www.prosadmusic.com. Introduction. When Leonard began teaching and how he travelled around teaching. “I just kept responding to invitations.” Presently in International Falls, Minnesota, on vacation.

04:55 – 06:38 No need to prepare for his talks or for some of my interviews, including this one.

06:38 – 10:47 Leonard’s partner Mary. Have the questions from seekers changed over the years? There’s an opening happening in human consciousness today. Responsiveness of people in China and Japan. Leonard’s teaching activity in China, how it is done, and how it interfaces with Chinese national concerns.

10:47 – 18:29 Leonard’s two part teaching, a two step dance of awakening. The art of presence is step one, and step two is “bringing conscious awareness to all the ways you are pulled out of the moment.” Coming into right relationship with ego so that we can live our lives day to day more fundamentally present. “Both steps are essential for true awakening.” The nature of thoughts as allowing us to escape the present moment which is desire because in the past the present was difficult. “Thinking is the greatest addiction.”

18:29 – 21:11 The essence of awakening and nonduality. What is revealed at the very deepest level of presence. “Oneness is here. Truth is here.” Why seeking doesn’t work. “The worst is those who are seeking nothingness.”

21:11 – 23:07 Leonard is asked what people want from him and what he offers. Value of being present with someone who is awakened and who offers a way. The teaching has to be extremely simplified. “It’s time to awaken.”

23:07 – 25:20 How is the presence of an awakened person different from the presence of a tree? Leonard’s initial awakening spontaneously happened in nature. Being present with compared to presence as a concept. Presence is beyond understanding and this is difficult for people to get. Letting go of the need to understand. Knowing from presence or as presence.

25:20 – 31:11 Leonard’s initial and further awakenings further explored. The nature of awakenings and experiences. Integration of each awakening. I ask Leonard why, if he never pursued awakening, does he caters to people who do pursue awakening. The I Am presence as pure consciousness beyond form and beyond content. Leonard’s experiences of heaven on earth. God as “The silent presence at the very heart of all things present.”

31:11 – 32:58 There’s nothing wrong but we’re almost all lost in unconsciousness. There’s a need for those who could guide the lost into a place of presence where we are not lost. We don’t need anything else, no religion.

32:58 – 37:11 The art of interviewing and how I find it hard to interview some awakened people. “We have to keep finding the right question that draws out what might be of value.” Pizza discussed. Diet. Small talk.

37:11 – 40:09 Relationships. The value of a relationship is companionship. Relationships are extremely difficult. A relationship as a way of speeding up awakening. The relationship is like a mirror. A relationship based in presence is looking for someone to here with you rather than for you. I ask about Leonard’s relationship. “For the most part I don’t have feelings or issues coming up.”

40:09 – 45:30 Being “like” an awakened person. If you’re present a few minutes every day your life will transform. “When you’re present you are love … acceptance … compassion.” The qualities flow through you and transform your life. If you develop negative, limiting impressions and beliefs early in life they determine the experience of the rest of your life and you will attract people and situations that confirm these beliefs. The question, Who are you?

45:30 – 51:23 What I seek in interviews: talking to ordinary people about their passion and who they fundamentally are. Leonard’s response. The nature of the current interview and the interviews I like to do. “You’re a very unique interviewer … and I really get it.” Some people are naturally present.

51:23 – 56:00 How this interview came together. Leonard as a focused guy. Conclusion. Leonard reviews his two step teaching. Closing music by Prosad: http://www.prosadmusic.com.

Awakening through the Veils: A Seeker’s Guide by Ric Weinman [updated June 19, 2015]

Awakening through the Veils takes the reader, step by step, through the mysterious process of awakening. For most seekers, it will be a direct and practical guide towards an actual awakening. For those already awake, it will help to deepen them from where they are now.
It has been a journey from the shadows to the light. I am completely sure that as you read this book and put your consciousness into it, you will have the same wonderful experience.” -Santiago Ardissone, President of the Columbia Foundation on Consciousness and Energy “Of all the teachers, guides, and masters who I have met in my forty years of seeking spiritual fulfillment, Ric Weinman has the ability to map not only consciousness but that most elusive of qualities: awakening. VortexHealing® provides a path that anyone can tread to that end. What more can you ask? I thoroughly recommend the VortexHealing® path, Ric, and this great book he has written.”

Ric Weinman “Spiritual Awakening”

Ric Weinman was a full-time healer for 15 years until Merlin reawakened his past knowledge of VortexHealing® and moved him to teach its magic. He has taught it for 13 years, and has now trained a handful of other teachers, enabling VortexHealing to be taught internationally.
Founder of the VortexHealing® Institute, Weinman is also author of Your Hands Can Heal: Learn to Channel Healing Energy and Breaking the Illusion: Tools for Self-Awakening.

Ric’s Talk at Conference in Buenos Aires May 5, 2013

Published on May 14, 2013
This is the full talk that Ric gave at the Conference for Consciousness & Energy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 4 & 5, 2013, featuring Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, and himself. The talk is about energy, consciousness, and awakening, and the role of VortexHealing® Divine Energy Healing. The conference was produced by the Columbia Foundation on Consciousness and Energy (of Argentina) with the Omega Institute (in Rhinebeck, NY).

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Whispers from Eternity ~ Paramhansa Yogananda, edited by his disciple Swami Kriyananda

Many poetic works can inspire, but few, like this one, have the power to change your life. These verses rank with the greatest mystical poetry of all time: the works of St. John of the Cross, Rumi, Kabir, Mirabai, and Omar Khayyam. In this book Paramhansa Yogananda—the great master of yoga and author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi—shares his exquisitely beautiful thoughts and words filled with longing for the divine. Yogananda was not only a spiritual master, but a master poet, whose poems revealed the hidden divine presence behind even everyday things.

Each of these prayer-poems has been spiritualized by this great man of God. Open this book, pick a poem at random and read it. Mentally repeat whatever phrase appeals to you. Within a short time you will see your consciousness transformed. This book has the power to rapidly accelerate your spiritual growth, and provides hundreds of delightful ways for you to begin your own conversation with God.

This wonderful collection includes:

Sacred demands to the Infinite
Prayers of devotion
Chants and poems
Invocations to great world teachers
How to see this world as a dream

Prayer-demands for:

Devotion, Illumination, and Bliss
Wisdom, Prosperity, and Balance
Health, Guidance, and Discipline
Calmness and Overcoming Fears
Divine Love . . . and much more.

Hailed as “the father of Yoga in the West”, Paramahansa Yogananda – author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi – is regarded as one of the great spiritual figures of our time. Born in India on January 5, 1893, he devoted his life to helping people of all races and creeds to realize and express more fully in their lives the true beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit.

After graduating from Calcutta University in 1915, Yogananda took formal vows as a monk of India’s venerable monastic Swami Order. Two years later, he began his life’s work with the founding of a how-to-live school since grown to twenty-one educational institutions throughout India where traditional academic subjects were offered together with yoga training and instruction in spiritual ideals.

In 1920, he was invited to serve as India’s delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston. His address to the Congress and subsequent lectures on the East Coast were enthusiastically received, and in 1924 he embarked on a cross-continental speaking tour. Over the next three decades, Paramahansa Yogananda contributed in far-reaching ways to a greater awareness and appreciation in the West of the spiritual wisdom of the East. In Los Angeles, he established an international headquarters for Self-Realization Fellowship, the nonsectarian religious society he had founded in 1920.

Through his writings, extensive lecture tours, and the creation of Self-Realization Fellowship temples and meditation centers, he introduced hundreds of thousands of truth-seekers to the ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its universally applicable methods of meditation.

Today, the spiritual and humanitarian work begun by Paramahansa Yogananda continues under the direction of Sri Daya Mata, one of his earliest and closest disciples and president of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India since 1955. In addition to publishing his writings, lectures and informal talks (including a comprehensive series of Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons for home study), the society also oversees temples, retreats, and centers around the world.

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My Guru – Swami Sri Yukteshwar Giri

10 May 1855 – 9 March 1936
Guru Paduka Strotram

Anantha samsara samudhra thara naukayithabhyam guru bhakthithabhyam,
Vairagya samrajyadha poojanabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 1

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which are like a boat, which helps me cross the endless ocean of life,
Which endows me, with the sense of devotion to my Guru,
And by worship of which, I attain renunciation

Kavithva varasini sagarabhyam, dourbhagya davambudha malikabhyam,
Dhoorikrutha namra vipathithabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 2

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which is the ocean of knowledge, resembling the full moon,
Which is the water, which puts out the fire of misfortunes,
And which removes distresses of those who prostrate before it.

Natha yayo sripatitam samiyu kadachidapyasu daridra varya,
Mookascha vachaspathitham hi thabhyam ,namo nama sri guru padukhabyam.3

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which make those who prostrate before it,
Possessors of great wealth, even if they are very poor,
And which makes even dumb people into great orators.

Naleeka neekasa pada hrithabhyam, nana vimohadhi nivarikabyam,
Nama janabheeshtathathi pradhabhyam namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 4

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which attracts us, to lotus like feet of our Guru,
Which cures us, of unwanted desires,
And which helps fulfill the desires of those who salute.

Nrupali mouleebraja rathna kanthi sariddha raja jjashakanyakabhyam,
Nrupadvadhabhyam nathaloka pankhthe, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 5

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which shine like gems on the crown of a king,
Which shine like a maid in the crocodile infested stream,
And which make the devotees attain the status of a king.

Papandhakara arka paramparabhyam, thapathryaheendra khageswarabhyam,
Jadyadhi samsoshana vadaveebhyam namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 6

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which is like a series of Suns, driving away the dark sins,
Which is like the king of eagles, driving away the cobra of miseries,
And which is like a terrific fire drying away the ocean of ignorance.

Shamadhi shatka pradha vaibhavabhyam,Samadhi dhana vratha deeksithabhyam,
Ramadhavadeegra sthirha bhakthidabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam.7

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which endows us, with the glorious six qualities,
Which gives the students, the ability to go in to eternal trance,
And which helps to obtain perennial devotion to the feet of Vishnu.

Swarchaparana makhileshtathabhyam, swaha sahayaksha durndarabhyam,
Swanthachad bhava pradha poojanabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 8

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru
Which bestows all desires of the serving disciples,
Who are ever involved in carrying the burden of service
And which helps the aspirants to the state of realization.

Kaamadhi sarpa vraja garudabhyam, viveka vairagya nidhi pradhabhyam,
Bhodha pradhabhyam drutha mokshathabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukhabyam. 9

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru
Which is the Garuda ,which drives away the serpent of passion,
Which provides one, with the treasure of wisdom and renunciation,
Which blesses one ,with enlightened knowledge,
And blesses the aspirant with speedy salvation.

“Gurupaduka Stotram” by Uma Mohan, G.Gayathri Devi, Ramya, Roopa, Saindhavi, Krupa, Gowri, Usha, Jaya, Kruti & Bhanu (iTunes)

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