Sri Ramana Maharshi – JNANI 2018

Documentary on the great Indian sage Sri Ramana Maharshi. Released publicly on 25th May 2018.

David Buckland – 2nd Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

David grew up on the SW coast of Canada. He began witnessing full time during a 6-month retreat in the mid-’70s then the lights came on and celestial perception began. It soon became clear that Self was awake within but had not woken up to Itself through this form yet. Self co-existed with an identified ego. Subtle perception continued to unfold in a myriad of ways.

With a more outward stroke into career, marriage, and family, inner development continued but took a back seat to life’s responsibilities.

Then in 2005, much of the old life fell away and spirituality moved back to the foreground. After some feedback and darshan with Lorne Hoff, Self at last woke up to Itself here. Probably because of the long witnessing, this was quickly followed by a series of profound shifts in Being. (see my first BatGap interview) And then transcending Being into Brahman. In 2011, David was awarded a graduate degree in Vedic Science.

In this interview, we had an extended preamble to touch on the earlier shifts, then we discussed the ParaBrahman shift, pure Divinity, and how embodied Divinity is waking up laws of nature. This process will help raise the presence of Divinity in consciousness.

In the second part of the interview, we touched on the book Our Natural Potential describing the 7 stages of enlightenment, then explored some related topics.

For over a decade, David has been blogging on a wide range of subjects related to unfolding enlightenment. Under the nickname Davidya, he has posted close to 2,000 articles. During the Science and Nonduality Conference in 2017, David gave a talk on the stages described in this interview.


Book: Our Natural Potential: Beyond Personal Development, The Stages of Enlightenment (Rick Archer wrote the Foreword.)

Part 1:
Stages of Witnessing

The Three Parts of Awakening

Experience vs Being

Stages of Development in Consciousness

3-way Dynamics of Consciousness

Understanding Unity

The Appearance of the Doers (Devata)

The Koshas or sheathes

The Levels talk @ SAND18

Free Will and Determinism

Unity into Brahman or Beyond Consciousness

Subtle Perception

The 16 Kalas


Pure Divinity

Laws of Nature Waking Up (from dormancy)

Being Cosmic (body)

Awakening the Body (laws becoming enlightened)

Inherent Intelligence

Devata and Geometry


Part 2: (about 53 minutes in)
Our Natural Potential book that explores the stages in more detail.
What is Nonduality?

The Gunas in Awakening

Knowing God

Gradations of Awakening and 5 subjective styles

Kaivalya, the Enlightenment of Yoga

Cognition, forms of

The Chakras

Understanding Your Energy System, Part 1


The Awakening Intellect (Resolute )

Styles of Teachers

Styles of Enlightenment

Atman and Sattva (Bhavas)

Karma and the Awake

Enlightenment Can Never Be Claimed By a Person

Published on Dec 7, 2018

In this conversation we discuss how to determine that the Neti-Neti process is complete and then explore the next step.

Linda Clair ‘Enlightenment is in the Body ‘ Interview By Renate McNay”

Published on 8 Nov 2018
Linda Clair ‘Enlightenment is in the Body.’ Interview By Renate McNay
Linda is a Meditation Teacher based on ZEN practice. She is the Author of the book ‘What do you want – Conversations about Enlightenment.’
In this interview which is the second one with her Linda says that enlightenment is the beginning of a whole new way of living and although its the end of suffering and fear, there is no end to the practice as long as one is in the body. To be fully free you need to go through being grounded, so grounded that you’re able to let go of everything—even enlightenment.
Stay in your body. The silence is in your body. Its not out there. Stay in your body and you’ll be surprised what happens.
To really become immersed in the silence, you need to free your body – purify your body of the past. Only then will there be silence and that silence is overwhelming.

Adyashanti – The Enlightened Perspective

Published on Nov 2, 2018

What does it mean to live the enlightened perspective? Adyashanti explores manifesting it and bringing it forth in your daily life, not in a perfect or idealized way, but in a way that is simple and true.

Quotes from this Video:

“When we see everything as God and nothing is left out of that everything, then we are actually seeing relative life from the enlightened perspective.”

How to Awaken a New World…Andina Seers

Many people around the globe have a sense, or vision, of a possible world based on peace and love, where individuals are able to live lives of meaning and fulfillment, with authentic and nourishing relationships and in balance with nature and the planet.

The Stirrings of Our Awakening…
For the first time in history we are at a point where we can now realistically begin to turn this vision into a practical reality. This is only now possible because, although often still unknowingly, many of us have already begun taking part in a number of interrelated awakenings that can take us where we as a species have never actually been before.

Awakening No.1: Self Directed Evolution

To begin with, and a foundational aspect of our transformation, we are the first people able to both look back into our own history and see where we have come from, and also at the same time have sufficient information, knowledge, wisdom, communications systems and skills, as well as inclination, to also be able to begin to put together a workable plan for a radically different future for ourselves and our species.
We are now awakening to the realization that it is in our power to participate in something truly magnificent, our own conscious evolution – chosen and guided by ourselves.

Awakening No.2: Enlightenment

The second awakening that is now also taking place is that we are also the first of our species to, in large numbers, awaken directly into spiritual enlightenment. For millennia enlightenment has been the province of only a handful of saints and sages but now hundreds, if not thousands, of people are awakening directly as the source and ground of all life – and discovering the mystical truth of who, and what, we really are.
That this awakening is taking place is in itself profoundly transformative at both the deepest and subtlest levels of our human psyche. Opening into enlightenment neatly whisks us beyond any sense that we are separate individuals, or that others and the world are separate from us. It is both of these beliefs that underpin so much of the suffering, fear and strife that is currently plaguing our world.

Awakening No.3: The Infinite & The Individual

On awakening into Oneness all previous beliefs in the seemingly obvious reality of separation instantaneously dissolve in the clarity that is unveiled. There is a direct seeing of the unity of all life, which is sometimes also called nondual awareness as we have relocated beyond ‘twoness’ or duality.
Whilst this awakening is absolutely necessary and fundamental, it is not by itself sufficient. This will already be abundantly clear if we consider the financial, sexual and other scandals surrounding many people who have a glimpse beyond the veil of the illusion of separation – but are still under its shadow.
In order to actualize our fullest potential, awakening into our One nature is served by also waking up into the more human areas of our lives, which in the past established teachings on spiritual awakening have dismissed as irrelevant.
However, in reality the Infinite and the Individual are intimately interrelated since they are the two aspects of the same one source.
Within the fundamental awakening into the absolute and singular truth of who we are, other arenas of awakening are simultaneously occurring within the world of relative reality and duality – and awakening into both of our natures is necessary to fully embrace the rich tapestry of being human.

Awakening No.4: Recovery from Our Childhood

In the past spiritual teachers have readily dismissed the impact of childhood with admonitions to ‘put it behind you’ and to live only in the ‘present moment’.
However, as seekers of truth awaken into our underlying unity, and experiencing some challenges with this, they begin to recognize the very real impact that unhealed trauma has on curtailing and fracturing their relationships with themselves, with other people, with nature and with the planet.
This discord is also being backed up by recent scientific research which is now shedding light on how our psyche, and our brains, are formed as well as deformed, by what has taken place during crucial childhood developmental stages.
Out of all of this is emerging a growing realization of the level of contraction that our biology can impose on ongoing awakening into our fullest awakening and freedom of being.
Fortunately, ways to recover from the past and heal and regrow our brain are also now becoming well established.

Awakening No.5: Ray of The Absolute

Underlying the appearance of everything, and everyone is an undivided, timeless and changeless unity, and within this emerges the reality of an individual Soul – which can be seen as not only each person’s unique blueprint but also as far greater than we have believed ourselves to be.
It is here that we also connect more and more with our unique gifts and open into our multiple dimensions of awareness which include intuition, empathic ability, telepathy and awareness of the energetic fields of our environment – to name but a few.
It is by using information provided by these that we can also most easily align more and more with our soul’s purpose and discover, and then share, our abilities with the world. In so doing we ultimately live out the fullest expression of our uniqueness as an ever emerging and unfolding aspect of the infinite and changeless One source that we are.

Awakening No.6: The Unfolding Process

As we intentionally, actively and selectively participate in our own transformation it begins to dawn on us that there is a process that is taking place and that we are on a journey with a number of recognizable stages, and also pitfalls,
Getting comfortable with paradox is one an important part of this process as all of the transformation is also discovered to be taking place, paradoxically, within a vast and changeless infinite stillness.
We also begin to learn ways to effectively tend, enhance and integrate our journey of transformation, and as we do so we consolidate a trajectory that can enable us to achieve escape velocity from our current strife ridden, separation based and limited consciousness.
In doing so we take a discontinuous and evolutionary leap, one that is very different from any undertaken by humanity so far, and alight into very different future… and as a very different kind of human.

Source: Evolutionary Awakening

Enlightenment & Nonduality

October 31, 2018

Andina Seers

Andina Seers: The direct discovery of who you really are…

A New Enlightenment narrative

Down through our history, and dotted around different parts of the planet like the occasional blooming of an extremely rare and exotic flower, there have been a few people who have opened into a mystical consciousness profoundly different from normal every-day awareness.

The Buddha, Jesus Christ, Lao Tzu and the prophet Mohamed are some examples of such people who underwent a profound and radical alteration in perception, and in doing so discovered that the true nature of reality, behind and beyond what appears on the surface – is an unbounded oneness, a unity beyond time and space – a unity which is also the ground of being and from within which all life arises.

Names given to this revelation have included: Enlightenment, Liberation, and Awakening, all of which allude to a radically freeing perception of the nature of life itself.

Each of these teachers, and the traditions that formed around them, also related what encountering this was like.

To experience this larger consciousness was to experience paradise, and the different cultures each again gave a name to this. In the Hindu traditions it became known as Moksha, in Buddhist traditions – Satori, and in Christian traditions – Heaven.

Up until now the vast majority of cultural narratives have also said that this mystical consciousness is extremely rare and only happened ‘Once upon a time ’ to a mere handful of saints and sages.

However the nature of this transcendent consciousness has also been described as infinite, limitless and timeless, and therefore doesn’t just belong in the past, or even in the future for those awaiting a saviour.

This liberation, this freedom, is alive within each of us, right here and right now, but this is not what we have generally been taught about ourselves so far, and it is now time for a more comprehensive narrative, and a new one is beginning to ring out.

The new narrative says that we are no longer limited to looking over our shoulder at those who have gone before us in order to get a hint at our true nature, no longer do we have to stand with one foot in the past and rely on ancient texts to describe something that can seem like a myth, and especially no longer do we have to rely totally on belief, faith or dogma.

The new narrative has at its core the recognition that there is a real possibility to actually awaken into the same mystical reality that the spiritual teachers have pointed to for over two thousand years, and that there is a tangible possibility for you too to discover the magnificence of who, and what, you really are.

Already around the globe many people, who would generally be considered the ‘person next door’, have found out directly for themselves that this new narrative is accurate as they too have awakened into oneness, opening directly into the non-dual unity which is our true identity.

After such awakenings, more and more people are also now sharing this, and pointing not only to our underlying unity but also pointing out that the nature of this unity is a love that is beyond bounds.

Over time this new narrative will replace the previous one, although not before adherents to the old ways have put up resistance to the change.

But with each person that opens into their/our true divine nature, the mystical one source of all life, and also awakens into the multiple aspects of our human nature, we will each become more and more able to take a radically new step in our evolution and begin to be able to at last co-create a very new world – one with unity and love as its foundation.

Enlightenment & Love…

Part 1: Why Waking Up, Clearing Up & Growing Up are the first stages of opening deeply into the fullest love… love that is who we really are.

Source: Evolutionary Awakening

Ayurveda for Perfect Heath, Yoga for Enlightenment, Consciousness & Fundament…

Published on Oct 10, 2018

Deepak Chopra in conversation with Eddie Stern

How to Become Enlightened – Gangaji

Is there a fast and simple way to become enlightend now? According to direct disciple of Papaji and spiritual teacher Gangaji we have to be willing to let go of all strategies, concepts, beliefs, etc and become truly still. We have to be willing to throw away everything and just be here and now and receive what is offered. We have to detach from everything that we have learned or accumulated in our life, be it positive or negative. This is the best way to self-realization now. This is a simple to be yourself, a simple path to be who you truly are, a simple path to pure consciousness or awareness.

The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment ~ Adyashanti

More and more people are “waking up” spiritually. And for most of them, the question becomes: now what? “Information about life after awakening is usually not made public,” explains Adyashanti. “It’s most often shared only between teachers and their students.” The End of Your World is his response to a growing need for direction on the spiritual path. Consider the book you hold in your hands Adyashanti’s personal welcome to “a new world, a state of oneness.”….ADYASHANTI (whose name means “primordial peace”) dares all seekers of peace and freedom to take the possibility of liberation in this life seriously. He began teaching in 1996, at the request of his Zen teacher with whom he had been studying for fourteen years. Since then, many spiritual seekers have awakened to their true nature while spending time with Adyashanti.

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Adyashanti – The Disorientation That Occurs When Ego Drives Begin To Disappear

More and more people are “waking up” spiritually. And for most of them, the question becomes: now what? “Information about life after awakening is usually not made public,” explains Adyashanti. “It’s most often shared only between teachers and their students.” The End of Your World is his response to a growing need for direction on the spiritual path.

Association with Truth / Adyashanti

Adyashanti’s nondual teachings have been compared to those of the early Zen masters and Advaita Vedanta sages. Expressing both the infinite possibilities and the ordinary simplicity of a spiritually realized life, Adyashanti’s teachings are directed to those who are sincerely called to awaken to their true nature and embody this life-changing realization.

Adyashanti the happiness of enlightenment

Adyashanti, author of Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.” Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.

Enlightenment is Never Far Away : Sadhguru

Enlightenment is not something that happens. It is always there. The sadhana, or yogic practices that one does on the spiritual path enable you to see that it is there.
You are not doing sadhana to construct divinity within you. Many people talk about self-development, but self is one thing you cannot develop. You can develop the mind, you can develop the ego, but how can you develop the self, which is absolute and boundless?

Only that which is incomplete can be developed. If something is already all-pervading and eternal, how can you develop it? So, sadhana is not about building something. It is not about creating divinity within you or becoming enlightened. The source of creation is already there within you. Sadhana is just a way of opening your eyes. Sadhana is like an alarm bell. The whole thing is just a process of waking you up, waking you up to another level of reality.

There is no such thing as self-knowledge. There is just self. That is all. Jesus made this clear. He talked about himself and his father in heaven, but at one point he said, “I and my father are one.” The you that is beyond all limitations and that which you are referring to as the almighty are the same.

To experience this, you must become willing to transcend your limitations. This willingness is surrender. The only barrier to it is your identity with the limited nature of your body and mind. If you are willing, who can stop you? The sadhana is just to make you willing. Enlightenment is never far away, but to make a person completely willing takes time because there are layers and layers of resistance. It takes time to work through the resistance, to become absolutely willing. It need not necessarily take time, but generally people do take time.

India is a very ancient culture that has produced many enlightened beings. This is a culture that has always said that the only way to transform oneself is to turn into a god. Yoga is a scientific tool to realize and experience this. In yoga we have no incarnations of God. We see the possibility that even you can become godlike, blissful and all-seeing.

Let this be clear. Yoga is a technology, so there is no question of it working for one person and not working for another. Your telephone, television and computer work for everyone — even though most people do not have a clue as to how they work. You just have to learn how to use them. Similarly, most people will never understand how yoga works. Factors such as age, attitude, or karmic situations can decide how quickly it works, but it definitely works whether you can immediately notice it or not. Some people will catch fire like gasoline, some will burn like paper, others will burn like wet wood, but yoga can definitely hasten everyone’s evolution.

If enlightenment is the one and only purpose of your life and all your energies are focused in this direction, it is not far away. The problem is that people have so many other priorities, so spirituality is kept on the side. What you are seeking is within you. If it is the only priority of your life, nothing can stop you. If you are willing, what is within you cannot be denied to you even for a moment.

Right now, you are the divine but unaware of it. Whatever you are unaware of, does not exist for you; you must understand that. If you are sitting down and an elephant is standing right behind you and you are unaware of it, it does not exist for you. Only when you become aware of it does it exist for you. Similarly, although God is within you, as long as you are unaware of your God-like nature, it doesn’t exist for you. When someone becomes aware, he also becomes aware that everybody carries the same potential.

Life as you know it is not a barrier. If realizing your ultimate nature is the only priority in your life, everything you do will naturally orient itself toward that. Your work, relationships, love, money — even your very life’s breath — will orient themselves toward your ultimate nature. The experience of every little thing you do becomes extremely fulfilling and joyful when it is done in the light of great purpose. Once your ultimate nature is your only priority, the life process will become a joyful and fulfilling process.

Source: AWAKEN

Sadhguru – What is Enlightenment and how to get there

When we talk about enlightenment , we are only talking around it, never it. We are talking around it to bring you closer. – talk draws you closer. Close is not in. ‘I am almost there’ is not a good place. – a boundless nature which doesn’t need any context exists within you. -enlightenment- is just a word. -only when you touch it..

“Sadhguru – the day Gautama the buddha got enlightened, realize the highest within”

It’s already there. It doesn’t take any time
So you’re already alive and on it doesn’t take any time for realization because you don’t have to do anything particularly
-the day Gautama the buddha got enlightened
-N1 priority
-realize the highest within

Eckhart Tolle 2018#Unhappiness is optional!#

Is There a Shortcut to Enlightenment?

In this introduction Igor Kufayev speaks of the necessity of energetic transformation irrespective of the chosen path to self-realisation.

False Promises and the True Nature of Enlightenment by James Swartz

Enlightenment is not some that should be promised and many spiritual teachers seem to lead people astray. Instead, we must change our belief systems and enable ourselves to be fully conscious in the present.
This is a segement of james swartz talk at watkins books

Buddha & Enlightenment – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

When Lord Buddha got enlightened, he was silent for seven days…he didn’t say a word. All the Gods and the angels got worried that he is not saying anything. They pleaded him to say something, because what he says will benefit people for ages to come.

Lord Buddha came 2,500 years after Lord Krishna, and if he doesn’t say anything, what will happen? One of the Gods, Lord Brahma went to Buddha and said, “Please say something.”

Lord Buddha then said, “Those who know it, you don’t need to tell them. For those who do not know, there is no point in telling them because they are ignorant. Any amount of telling them will not be of any use. They are in the small mind.”

Then the angels told Buddha that there are some who are in the middle; they know a little bit and yet, they don’t know a lot. When they hear you, they can move towards the higher truth. Thus, they convinced Lord Buddha, and then he started speaking. He travelled all over India and spoke for 32 years. In those days, there were no airplanes, otherwise he would have come to Japan also. His only intention was to bring compassion and inner peace to the people of the world.
Each one of us have a ‘Buddha’ inside of us.

If you ask me, “Is it possible? Isn’t it too difficult?” The answer is – yes, it is possible and no, it is not too difficult.

The formula is:
1. Having clarity in mind, purity in heart, and sincerity in action.
2. Keeping a smile and doing meditation.
3. Seeing life from a bigger perspective.

We have been on this planet many times; life is much bigger than just a few incidents. We should not let our mind get stuck in events, incidences and people. We have to sail through them all, and then our smile will be stronger. Otherwise, you get one phone call, and all your joy goes away. You cannot afford to be like that. When you expand your mind and shift the context for your life, you become so strong, stable, solid and yet, so soft. Then there is nothing that can shake you
Source: Wisdom

Shawn Nevins ‘The Way Of Subtraction’ Interview by Iain McNay”

Published on 24 May 2018
Shawn Nevins ‘The Way Of Subtraction’ Interview by Iain McNay
Shawn is author of four books including ‘Subtraction: The Simple Math Of Enlightenment.‘ In the foreword he says, ‘This book answers the question of how to find out the answer to who and what you are beyond any shadow of a doubt.’ His spiritual search ended on December 28th 1999 having started 7 years earlier. During that time he meditated for thousands of hours, fasted, prayed, retreated, met spiritual teachers, and never gave up.
His primary teacher was Richard Rose but he also spent time with Bernadette Roberts, Douglas Harding and others. His breakthrough came when he read through a transcript of a talk by Franklin Merrell-Wolff.
Shawn’s story has many ups and downs. His sincerity during his search shines through and his many realisations on his path are tangible.

Is There a Shortcut to Enlightenment? ~ Igor Kufayev

In this introduction Igor Kufayev speaks of the necessity of energetic transformation irrespective of the chosen path to self-realisation

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