Signs of Enlightenment: Loving the Ugliness Too !! Advaita Vedanta


Published on Aug 8, 2016

What is a sign of Freedom? of ‘Enlightenment’?
The most obvious sign is when we are able to love the ugly things too!

We all love the beautiful things: e.g. a delicious dinner, an inspiring movie, a beautiful partner, a healthy child, etc.
But what about the opposite?

Can we also love the opposite? Can we love the evil and ugly parts of life?A terrible movie? A sick child? A partner who is …

If we cannot love the ugly parts, are we really free?

How do I then accept/love the ugly parts?
I love everything by assimilating the knowledge and all its implications of I am actionless, non-dual, limitless, ordinary awareness.
Furthermore, ugly and beautiful things are just concepts, they are only real in relation to likes and dislikes.

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Adam Chacksfield – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview


Published on Aug 8, 2016

Also see https://batgap.com/adam-chacksfield/

Adam Chacksfield is a nondual spiritual teacher whose retreats and private sessions are known for their transformative power and love-saturated depth. He devotedly serves the alive field of awareness as it unfolds, reveals, and liberates, rather than any fixed philosophy.

Adam first turned toward spirituality and meditation after a series of profound psychedelic-assisted openings led him to experience the truth that lies beyond all philosophies. At age 33 he left his career as a university professor of political theory to devote his life to spiritual unfolding.

For a few years, Adam struggled to try and piece together all the apparently contradictory teachings and practices. These efforts decisively fell away when he came across the nondual teaching of Peter Fenner, and realized the openness that can never be captured in words and requires no practice.

Adam started inviting his friends to do nondual inquiry with him and was amazed by the ease with which the direct experience of openness could be shared. In 2010, with Peter Fenner’s encouragement and support, Adam started to publicly share with groups and individuals. Since then, his teaching has been profoundly influenced by the opportunity to soak in Jeannie Zandi’s heart-centered and full-bodied transmission.

Adam now shares the direct experience of the heart and mind falling open. In this effortless opening, the suffering involved in resisting feelings and believing thoughts spontaneously releases. The natural abundance of joy, peace, wisdom, and love becomes apparent and available. Heart-centered, gentle, and direct, Adam offers a path straight into the truth of who we are.

In addition to leading retreats in North America and Europe, Adam meets with individuals, and is the creator of “Falling Open,” a four-month online course. He is also the founder of the Center for Nondual Awareness, a supportive community for those called to share nonduality.

Website: http://adamchacksfield.com

Interview recorded 8/6/2016

Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) And The Language Of The Heart

“If it is one man’s karma to suffer, isn’t it our dharma to help ease his suffering and pain?”
Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the world as Amma, or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally.

Throughout her life, Mata Amritanandamayi has embraced and comforted more than 34 million people. Amma inspires, uplifts, and transforms through her embrace, her spiritual wisdom and through her global charities, known as Embracing the World. When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people, she answers: “Where there is true love, anything is effortless.”

While Amma is widely regarded as one of India’s foremost spiritual leaders, Amma says that her religion is love. She has never asked anyone to change their religion but only to contemplate the essential principles of their own faith and to try to live accordingly.
Teachings from Amma

“The first step in spiritual life is to have compassion. A person who is kind and loving never needs to go searching for God. God rushes toward any heart that beats with compassion-it is God’s favorite place.”

“Different people will think different things – that is the nature of the world. People have the right to have faith or not to have faith.”

“The common expression is ‘I love you.’ But instead of ‘I love you,’ it would be better to say, ‘I am love — I am the embodiment of pure love.’ Remove the I and you, and you will find that there is only love. It is as if love is imprisoned between the I and you. Remove the I and you, for they are unreal; they are self-imposed walls that don’t exist. The gulf between I and you is the ego. When the ego is removed the distance disappears and the I and you also disappear. They merge to become one — and that is love. You lend the I and you their reality. Withdraw your support and they will disappear. Then you will realise, not that ‘I love you,’ but that ‘I am that all-embracing love.’”
*Sourced from amma.org and awaken.com
Watch Now: Science of Compassion – A Documentary about Amma

Renowned director and artist Shekhar Kapur focuses on Sri Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) in this new documentary, investigating the source of human compassion and creativity. Includes a rare lengthy private interview with Amma, as well as interviews with Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Leland Hartwell and many others about Amma’s unique approach to life and how Amma’s love has touched, and in many cases, transformed their lives.

Science of Compassion – a Documentary on Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi


Published on May 26, 2016

Renowned director and artist Shekhar Kapur focuses on Sri Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) in this new documentary, investigating the source of human compassion and creativity. Includes a rare lengthy private interview with Amma, as well as interviews with Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Leland Hartwell and many others about Amma’s unique approach to life and how Amma’s love has touched, and in many cases, transformed their lives.

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“If it is one man’s karma to suffer, isn’t it our dharma to help ease his suffering and pain?”

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Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the world as Amma, or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor, and those suffering physically and emotionally.

Throughout her life, Mata Amritanandamayi has embraced and comforted more than 34 million people. Amma inspires, uplifts, and transforms through her embrace, her spiritual wisdom and through her global charities, known as Embracing the World. When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people, she answers: “Where there is true love, anything is effortless.”

While Amma is widely regarded as one of India’s foremost spiritual leaders, Amma says that her religion is love. She has never asked anyone to change their religion but only to contemplate the essential principles of their own faith and to try to live accordingly.
Teachings from Amma

“The first step in spiritual life is to have compassion. A person who is kind and loving never needs to go searching for God. God rushes toward any heart that beats with compassion-it is God’s favorite place.”

“Different people will think different things – that is the nature of the world. People have the right to have faith or not to have faith.”

“The common expression is ‘I love you.’ But instead of ‘I love you,’ it would be better to say, ‘I am love — I am the embodiment of pure love.’ Remove the I and you, and you will find that there is only love. It is as if love is imprisoned between the I and you. Remove the I and you, for they are unreal; they are self-imposed walls that don’t exist. The gulf between I and you is the ego. When the ego is removed the distance disappears and the I and you also disappear. They merge to become one — and that is love. You lend the I and you their reality. Withdraw your support and they will disappear. Then you will realise, not that ‘I love you,’ but that ‘I am that all-embracing love.’”
*Sourced from amma.org and awaken.com
Watch Now: Science of Compassion – A Documentary about Amma

Renowned director and artist Shekhar Kapur focuses on Sri Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) in this new documentary, investigating the source of human compassion and creativity. Includes a rare lengthy private interview with Amma, as well as interviews with Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Leland Hartwell and many others about Amma’s unique approach to life and how Amma’s love has touched, and in many cases, transformed their lives.

Source: Ram Dass

The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting by Shefali Tsabary Ph.D. (Author)

“Parents . . . you will be wowed and awed by [Dr. Shefali].” —Oprah Winfrey

As seen on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday, a radically transformative plan that shows parents how to raise children to be their best, truest selves, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Conscious Parent

What if…?

What if I told you that you can put an end to all of your parenting struggles?

That you can learn to parent without fear or anxiety?

That you can end conflict with your children?

That you can create close and connected relationships within your family?

…Would you accept this invitation to a revolution in parenting?

We all have the capacity to raise children who are highly resilient and emotionally connected. However, many of us are unable to because we are blinded by modern misconceptions of parenting and our own inner limitations. In The Awakened Family, I show you how you can cultivate a relationship with your children so they can thrive; moreover, you can be transformed to a state of greater calm, compassion and wisdom as well.

This book will take you on a journey to transcending your fears and illusions around parenting and help you become the parent you always wanted to be: fully present and conscious. It will arm you with practical, hands-on strategies and real-life examples from my experience as a parent and clinical psychologist that show the extraordinary power of being a conscious parent.

Everyone in your family is ready to be awakened.

Will you take this journey with me?

—Shefali


Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University. Specializing in the integration of Western psychology and Eastern philosophy, Dr. Shefali brings together the best of both worlds for her clients. She is an expert in family dynamics and personal development and runs a private practice in New York City. Dr. Shefali has written three books, including the award-winning New York Times bestselling book The Conscious Parent. Dr. Shefali is also a keynote speaker who has presented at TEDx, Kellogg Business School, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and other conferences and workshops around the world. She’s been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul Sunday and Oprah’s Lifeclass.

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Dr. Shefali Tsabary On “The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting” | AOL BUILD

Published on May 31, 2016

Join Dr. Shefali Tsabary as she discusses her book, “The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting.” Shefali presents a transformative new approach to parenting, one that focuses not on how we can change our kids—but on how we can change ourselves as parents so we can become our children’s biggest supporters and resources.

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