Category: Oneness



Barbara Marx Hubbard & Duane Elgin will both be speakers on Global Oneness Day 2017: Oneness – Living into the Unity of all Life. The Oneness Movement is growing; more and more people are waking up to the Ultimate Reality of the Oneness of all Life. It takes more however than waking up to bring an end to all the devastation that we are witnessing in the world around us. Life revolves around a continuing process of opening up, cleaning up, growing up and showing up. All of this governed by the eternal universal principles of functionality, adaptability and sustainability of life; of living into the Unity of all Life, that are hidden by our mental constructions that are expressed through our social conventions, customs and practices as they are created through our views around morality, justice, and ownership.

Go to https://globalonenesssummit.org for more information.

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Looking for it, the vision cannot be seen: cease your search. It cannot be discovered through meditation, so abandon your trance states and mental images. It cannot be accomplished by anything you do, so give up the attempt to treat the world as magical illusion. It cannot be found by seeking, so abandon all hope of results.
— Shabkar Lama, 19th Century Tibetan Mystic

There are contradictions at nearly every step on the spiritual path. In fact the very image of a spiritual path is a contradiction. It implies there is a distance to be traveled, that we are walking on a path that goes from somewhere far from the divine to somewhere closer, from darkness to light or from a state of less awareness to awakening.

And yet enlightenment is nothing other than the experiential recognition of Oneness and the simultaneous recognition of our seamless identity with Oneness, which is the case at this moment and has always been the case. So what purpose is served by postulating distance from Oneness? If we are in fact already one with Oneness, what is the point of making a path to go there? Won’t our identification of a path be a detour?

A second contradiction emerges right after this: implicitly a spiritual path leads to spiritual awakening. But surely the Whole by its very nature is awakeness itself. Since the central fact of realization is our seamless identity with Oneness, then we are already awake! How can what is already awake awaken?

These are some of the contradictions inherent in the ideas of path and goal. There is another contradiction embedded in the idea of the seeker. The seeker travels on the path toward the goal. But just as ideas of path and goal collapse in the ubiquity of the One, so too does the notion of a seeker. After all, who is seeking? Since the One is the Only Being, the idea of a seeker looking for the Only Being is bewildering to say the least.

And yet, through the course of history, untold thousands of spiritual paths have been delineated. Their goals have been spoken of in the most poetic terms, and seekers have journeyed with great endurance along their routes, some of whom have clearly “awakened” in the process. Inner schools, mystery schools, monks in monasteries, nuns in convents, wandering sadhus and their disciples, Buddhists sects and sufi orders—the human community has engaged in a vast project of spiritual search, teaching, and discovery.

But in light of the contradictions of seeker, path, and goal described above, is this vast project anything more than a smokescreen veiling the obvious? By formulating the notions of seeker, seeking, and sought, do spiritual paths simply reinforce these ideas and strategies as if they were ends in themselves, rather than opening us to what is beyond all ideas? Regardless of whether we are engaged in a formal spiritual path or are non-affiliated spiritual seekers, these questions are relevant.

In this contemplation I would like to consider these questions as directly as I can. While one could respond to them, as I often do, by saying it is in the nature of spiritual paths to encompass contradiction and paradox, that response is not entirely satisfactory. There is considerable danger in guiding or in following a spiritual path to unwittingly make of it a destination in itself. In this way seeker, path, and goal can each become furniture in our spiritual house. And yet without any guidance from a path or sincerity in following the call to awaken, we run the risk of self-absorption and self-deception.

Something is Missing

When we look closely at the function of a spiritual path, including the idea of a seeker on the path and a goal toward which one aspires, we see these phenomena are all emerging from the felt sense that something is missing. I am missing something. My experience of life could be better. I want to be a better person. I want to feel close to God. I want to find the meaning behind this existence. These feelings may draw me to a formal religion or to a spiritual path where I hope to find what is missing—a belief system, an inspiring teacher, a community, or a practice that will assuage my sense of lacking something.

A central element in this view of reality is of course the I-sense: I am missing something. My experience of life could be better. A spiritual path is something that will benefit me. The splitting off into a self-identification as an entity distinct from others and from the world at large is the primal movement of the human psyche. It sets the stage for my experience of lack: something can only be missing if there is a separate me that misses it.

It also delineates in space my sense of separation from what I’m missing: I am here and everything else is out there. The thing I lack must also be out there somewhere. Some teacher or teaching must have the key that I am searching for. I must find it. It is an it, out there.

The sense of distance from what I long for also invites the added separation of time: I hope or expect to find what is missing sometime in the future. A grand event will occur. Salvation or enlightenment will happen. Not now, but sometime. Both these senses of spatial and temporal distance from that which I am missing refer back to and reinforce my experience of I-ness — I am this entity who is lacking this most desired something and who waits for it.

At this point we see how the idea of the perceived need for spiritual effort and discipline is established. I must exert my will and make use of prayer and spiritual practices to one day achieve that which I lack: a calm mind, an open heart, freedom, awakening, God-consciousness, forgiveness, etc. This is what Buddhists call a gaining idea. Again, if we look closely we can see how this dynamic of a gaining idea once again subtly refers back to and reinforces the sense of the separate I. I do this practice. I choose this difficult path. I cause myself to sit here motionless, trying to tame the thoughts and emotions that arise in my awareness.

Looked at through this lens, the consequences of taking on a spiritual path and being a spiritual seeker with a spiritual goal are counterproductive. Instead of releasing the sense of self they reinforce it. Instead of resolving the subject-object duality they employ it. Instead of opening my awareness to the mystery of existence they give me ways to define it.

And yet it would be wrong to dismiss the entire religious and spiritual curriculum of humanity because some of its expressions may entangle us in the very attachments they seek to free us from. Despite the pitfalls described above, spiritual paths can serve a positive function. We see evidence for this in the experiences of illuminated souls throughout history. What, then, does it take for a spiritual path to be effective?

The Art of Awakening

If we we approach the journey of the spiritual path as an art rather than a practice or a discipline, we may avoid the gaining idea that clouds this process. All art requires discipline, yet discipline alone does not produce art. Great art arrives through the artist’s openness to the unknown and the unexpected, in addition to his or her history of practice and developed skills. In the same way there is a ripening process that spiritual practices can serve, to bring us to a readiness from which we may more easily open beyond path and ripening and preparation.

Here again we see the contradiction inherent in the idea of a spiritual path. Teachings and practices are useful to the extent that they prepare us to notice what is already true. When we finally notice “this that is already true,” we realize it’s been here all along, and no preparation was ever necessary to recognize it.

Nevertheless, we can appreciate how all the practices we have used — sitting in silence, repeating mantra, singing zikrs, whirling in circles, praying, visualizing deities, meditating, inquiring into the nature of the self, practicing koans, etc. — plus all the teachings we have been exposed to, can ripen us in two basic ways. First, they can encourage us to consider the possibility that we are not a separate self but the transparent awareness within all being. This is initially an intellectual consideration—we are invited by teachings and practices to relax our assumptions about what is real. We allow for the possibility that things may not be as we had imagined them to be. We allow for the possibility that reality — all of this universe as we know it — is awake. We allow for the possibility that the familiar awareness we experience as the ground of our everyday perception is continuous with the infinite awareness that is the ground of everything.

These kinds of insights tend to expand our capacity to be comfortable with not knowing answers and not needing to know. They help us give up trying to define the world and ourselves. They make room in us for the indefinable.

The second way in which spiritual teachings and practices can serve to ripen us is by helping to clarify the internal stresses of our mental and emotional life. By “clarify” I mean their capacity to help us reduce the speed and volume of thoughts, become aware of habitual patterns of thinking, release attachments and identifications, and open our hearts to simple presence. From this perspective we can see how a path can help create conditions in us and in our lives from which we are more likely to be opened to the transparent presence of awareness.

Through both of these functions — opening us to the possibility of our true nature, and clarifying our mental and emotional environment so that we may be better able to realize that nature — spiritual practices can serve us on our path. As long as they emphasize these two functions they will not mislead us. Teachings and practices must be utterly humble in this regard, recognizing their limits.

It is always tempting to believe that if I apply effort, discipline, and focus I will be transformed and one day achieve awakening. This is the illusion of being a seeker following a path toward a goal. There is simply no I that can apply effort or be transformed. Awakeness is unachievable because it is already the nature of things. We can never do anything to awaken because here it is.


Elias Amidon is the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Way. He has been an initiate of the Sufi Way for the past 44 years, and was appointed as the Pir of the order in 2004 by the previous Pir, Sitara Brutnell. His root teacher in the order was Pir Fazal Inayat-Khan. Pir Elias has also studied with Qadiri Sufis in Morocco, Theravaden Buddhist teachers in Thailand, Native American teachers of the Assemblies of the Morning Star, Christian monks in Syria, Zen teachers of the White Plum Sangha, and contemporary teachers in the Dzogchen tradition.

eliasElias has lived a multifaceted, engaged life. The son of an artist and a social activist, he has worked as a schoolteacher, carpenter, architect, professor, writer, anthologist, environmental educator, peace activist, wilderness quest guide, and spiritual teacher. He founded, co-founded, or helped to develop several schools: the Heartwood School, the Institute for Deep Ecology, the Boulder Institute for Nature and the Human Spirit, the graduate program in Environmental Leadership at Naropa University, and the Open Path.

Author of the book The Open Path – Recognizing Nondual Awareness, and co-editor of the books Earth Prayers, Life Prayers, and Prayers for a Thousand Years, he has worked for many years in the fields of peace and environmental activism in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and with indigenous tribes in Thailand and Burma on issues of cultural continuity and land rights. He was instrumental in founding the Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil (Abraham’s Path), an international project dedicated to helping Middle Eastern countries open a network of cultural routes and walking trails through the region. He continues to travel widely teaching Open Path and other Sufi Way programs.


Published on Mar 20, 2017

We have all heard fancy awakening or enlightenment stories, but what is enlightenment really about? According to spiritual teacher Roger Castillo enlightenment is something really mundane, it is the absence of suffering. But because so many spiritual seeker have an image in their mind that something very special has to happen they create expectation and thus suffering.

Roger shares also his personal Oneness experience. He believed that he reached his goal of spiritual enlightenment until his teacher Ramesh Balsekar and suffering proved him otherwise.

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Published on Dec 27, 2016

What is oneness? How do we connect with others spiritually? How do we realize oneness? Finding an answer to all these questions would bring harmony, love and joy to all of us, because we would be connected to the Source, to Truth. Spiritual teacher Adyashanti says that we don’t have to be enlightened in order to understand oneness. A great and important step is to realize oneness on an logical and philosophical level. For this he takes the example of ‘tree’ and shows how a ‘tree’ is not only connected to everything in the universe, but that is it is everything in the universe.

If we want to realize oneness or experience oneness / unity with the cosmos we have to realize what Unity / Oneness actually means. ‘Unity isn’t just a nice. It’s not a better belief system than separation. It has nothing to do with a belief system,’ he says. ‘The experience of Unity is the whole universe now experiencing itself.’ ‘The universe is actually your intimate companion, it’s more than that. It’s your intimate Self.’ So, if all beliefs drop – even the belief in oneness – we realize unity consciousness and see that separation is an illusion. We then can experience harmony, connectedness with others and oneness with everything. We can see what personal and unhealthy boundaries we had and we can stop searching for oneness.


Published on Dec 4, 2016

From the event, “Where the Two Seas Meet: An Introduction to Sufism” with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

This talk asks the question “What is Sufism?” and explores its esoteric nature.

Historical Beginnings of Sufism – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Published on Dec 4, 2016

From the event, “Where the Two Seas Meet: An Introduction to Sufism” with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

This talk is part two of An Introduction to Sufism and includes a description of Sufism’s historical beginnings and some of the early Sufi saints.

Amma (Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi) is known throughout the world for her love, compassion and selflessness toward all beings. Over 30 million people have experienced the magnificent healing effect of love that she showers on all through her maternal embrace. Amma has given keynote speeches at the United Nations and received a multitude of awards for her humanitarian activities from governments and distinguished organizations all over the world. Amma: Inspiring Experiences with the Divine Mother is a compilation of hundreds of awe-inspiring and miraculous stories of devotees being transformed through the power of Amma s divine love.”

Ted Zeff (Dayalu) on Amma – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview


Published on Oct 30, 2016

Also see https://batgap.com/ted-zeff-dayalu-amma/

Ted Zeff (Dayalu) met Amma, the “hugging saint” from India, in 1988 and has lived in her ashram in California for 20 years and her ashram in Chicago for one year. Dayalu has written three books about Amma: “Searching for God Part I” in 1996, “Searching for God Part II” in 2002 and “Amma: Inspiring Experiences with the Divine Mother” in 2016. Dayalu has a Ph.D. in integral counseling and psychotherapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and has studied ayurveda and vedic astrology.

Ted Zeff Dayalu has also given talks about the books he has written about Amma throughout the United Sates, Israel, Denmark and Holland.

Amma’s website: http://amma.org

Book: Amma: Inspiring Experiences with the Divine Mother

Interview recorded 10/29/2016


Published on Oct 25, 2016

NonDuality weekly meeting led by Drs. Moschetta at their home in East Hampton, NY.


Jean Klein talks with Drs.Moschetta about the spiritual meaning of love and marriage.
http://www.marriagehelp-newyork.com


Cassandra Vieten PhD talks about the Science of Interconnectedness as part of the TEDxNapaValley 2012 “Connected” event.

Cassandra’s Event Photos are here – http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxnapa…

Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, co-director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the State of California, and several private donors and foundations, her research has focused on spirituality and health; development and pilot testing of mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating emotional balance (primarily in the areas of addiction and pregnancy/postpartum well-being); and factors, experiences, and practices involved in psychospiritual transformation to a more meaningful, compassionate, and service-oriented way of life. Her primary interest lies in how psychology, biology, and spirituality interact to affect experience and behavior.


Published on Sep 3, 2016

Ginger Gilmour ‘ Bright Side Of The Moon’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘ Bright Side Of The Moon’ Met and married Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour with whom she had 4 children. Started her spiritual journey when she became very ill and discovered meditation. Worked and trained with Irena Tweedie, Cecil Collins, Dr Wenger Engel and Gerhard Adler on her processes over the years.
‘I discovered the answer to the shadow Collective Unconscious including Anima and Animus. I realised I had always placed a shield between myself and my shadow – I only wanted to focus on Love light and Beauty – I discovered the shadow was marked – ‘do not enter broken dreams’ I was a puppet controlled by the darkness.’
In this interview she talks about her life, her passions, her struggles and breakthroughs and her realizations. Ginger now works as a painter and sculptor.

by Christopher Chase: What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. – Richard Bach, Illusions

We are living now during one of the most important time periods in human history. As Joanna Macy has described, our global species is at a turning point, the actions and decisions we take collectively over the next few decades will determine the path humanity (and all life on our planet) takes far into the future – towards either greater harmony or chaos, stability or destruction.

If one turns on the television, the news does not sound good. The mass media feeds our fears, warning of global warming, terrorism, racism, wealth inequality, economic instability and ecological collapse.

If one turns on the television, the news does not sound good

While most of these problems are real, what the media (and our leaders) do not understand is how these issues are ALL symptoms of the destructive ways so-called “advanced” civilisations see the world and behave. That to solve these problems requires that we (as a species) grow up, cultivating a deeper level of wisdom, compassion and creativity.

A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels…
– Albert Einstein

Our children and grandchildren’s future depends upon our species becoming less materialistic, fearful and violent; more generous, peaceful and caring. It requires that billions of people “wake up” to a deeper sense of unity and love for our human family and the natural world that supports us.

Mother Earth needs us to mature, to transform ourselves from a selfish caterpillar-likespecies (that consumes resources mindlessly), to more spiritual butterfly-like beings, who behave wisely, dance among the flowers and take joy from living lightly.

The butterfly effect is the concept that extremely small causes can have enormous effects. In chaos theory (the study in mathematics of dynamical systems), the butterfly effect is seen with numerical rounding errors that yield divergent outcomes. This effect is relevant for dynamic systems, such as life on earth, in that a tiny change or activity in one part of the globe can have untold consequences in another. Each of us has the potential to weave extraordinary unknown changes in the world by our seemingly small actions.

The time has come for our species to evolve our consciousness, to open our hearts, to question the predatory behaviours and mechanistic thinking of our more technologically advanced warrior civilisations.
How our thinking causes separation

For thousands of years people in Western cultures have been wrestling with the illusions we’ve spun from our dualistic “us versus them” mindsets and beliefs. It’s like we’ve been dreaming a shared nightmare together, grounded in the predatory and feudalistic ways our societies have been organised, rooted in how we live and think.

Us versus them mindset

Across the centuries, the very foundation of Western civilisation has been based on ideas of separation and superiority- men above, women below; kings above, peasants below; humans above, Nature below; etc.

We’ve built walls of separation in our hearts and minds, a sense of sin and abandonment, believing that our entire species was “thrown out of Eden” by a sky God that lives far far away.

With dualistic thinking came an emphasis on linear time, our consciousnesses locked into mental projections of a feared or desired future, an imagined and idealised history.

When lost in these linear projections we became less aware of the magical nature of each moment, blind to the beauty, value and mystery of the HERE and NOW. This is how schools teach our children to think and feel, how our ancestors were dazed and hypnotised.

How schools teach our children to think and feel

From this mindset grew civilised humanity’s mad circus of history, the hostile cultures of race and nationalism as identity, religion as truth, militarism as method, acquisition of wealth and power (by a ruling elite) as the organising goals of our economic and political systems, the unquestioned materialistic paradigm guiding our way of life.

It manifested with the rise of wealth obsessed empires seeking power and dominance in the Middle East and Europe. Dualistic thinking led to the Witch Hunts during the Renaissance, to Europeans coming to conquer the “New World” – thinking themselves superior to the Natives, stealing their land. Then going to Africa where they kidnaped and enslaved the people, robbing their resources and dragging them across the oceans.

Over the centuries reductionistic thinking has given rise to all our most difficult problems: to racism, sexism, nationalism, slavery, human trafficking, organised crime, alcoholism, drug abuse, obesity, prostitution, genocide and all our wars.

For thousands of years now, individual artists, poets, prophets and sages have been trying to help “civilised” humans to wake up from our delusions, to let love and wisdom guide us, instead of materialism and fear.

Trying to help “civilised” humans to wake up

From Jesus to Buddha, from Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” to Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience,” Whitman & Blake’s poems, Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables,” Van Gogh’s paintings and forward thru time to the “Wizard of Oz,” Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” and James Cameron’s “Avatar”― the message of love has been clear.

Yes,there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.
– Led Zeppelin

There was a great creative burst of realisation and vision in the 1960s, but still the spirit crushing institutions, materialistic lifestyles and unquestioned mechanistic assumptions of the past continued to exert a powerful hypnotic force.

With the rise of new technologies and global industrialisation our consumer lifestyles have overpowered the rivers, mountains and forests that surround us. Over the last five decades we have been destroying Nature’s ecosystems at an astounding rate.

The cost of our consumer lifestyles

Why has it been so difficult for humans to change?

In part, I think, it is because the “Civilised” Matrix will do whatever it can to avoid a shutdown. Our dominant institutions are designed to acquire wealth for those with power, to maintain control, to defend, expand and perpetuate their existence. Like the immune system of a body, attacking these systems directly only strengthens them, leads to hostility and violence.

Mostly however, I believe that we have not changed as a species because too many of us are still hypnotised. Primarily identifying our sense of self with names, career, race, religion, gender, political perspective or nationality.

So, we seek pleasurable experiences, wealth, status and material possessions; mistakenly believing that these will bring us happiness and that the only way to solve complex problems is to “defeat the opposition.”

What most of us have failed to see is that we are not these social and cultural roles we imagine ourselves to be. And that the historical systems that have constrained us (the darkness and creative suppression) may have been exactly what we needed, to transform our minds, let go of our fears and transcend our limited cultural ideas of identity.

We are not the social and cultural roles we imagine ourselves to be

As Eckhart Tolle has described, “You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.”

We are Life, in human form. Descendants of the stars and galaxies, children of the oceans and forests, creative expressions of Nature. As much a part of this planet as the rivers, trees, mountains and butterflies.
Transforming our ways of thinking and being in the world

As more and more of us wake up to a deeper sense of identity (as universal beings) we will be more easily able to transcend old thought patterns and beliefs. Observing Nature’s Systems closely, studying her ways, we can re-write and delete old programming.

Viewing the Universe in fixed categories and scattered pieces, it’s become very difficult for Civilisation’s people to see how all the parts connect together to form greater wholes. As a result modern technologically “advanced” humans have created countless problems that we have been unable to solve.

All the parts connect together to form greater wholes

The field of medicine, for example, focuses on treating “illnesses” which are often the result of biological systems that are overstressed, unhealthy or out of balance. Human bodies that have evolved over millions of years with the capability to maintain and self-regulate their health no longer seem to function optimally.

With education, our children have an innate ability to learn new things, to understand the world’s patterns and develop complex skills. They will learn quickly and easily when their curiosity is encouraged, when learning is creative, interesting and fun. Yet far too often formal schooling is rigid and boring, creating anti-social environments that are out of synch with the way children naturally grow and learn.

It’s time to join with others who see the world holistically, taking the wisdom of our wholeness and applying it creatively to everything we say and do, to all fields of human activity. Economics, entertainment, technology, education, art, music, poetry, law, medicine, farming, politics, transportation, energy- they all can (and must) be transformed.

How we see the world has a powerful effect on how we behave towards others. If we see a world at war― a world of competition and battle― we respond to situations that way, defensively and aggressively, seeking to exert control and dominate.

When we see a world where everything is connected our hearts open more easily, so that we respond more creatively, compassionately and generously.

When we see a world where everything is connected our hearts open more easily

To truly bring an end to the destructiveness of humanity, a deeper wisdom has to first arise within each of us. As individuals, we must each “be the change,” as Gandhi put it. We have to free our hearts and minds, transform our ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.

Learn to live in peace, live in love. Make your spiritual growth a priority, so that you can transcend fear. Then find others who view the world the same way, who recognise our connectedness to everything. Together, we will rise above the historical illusions of our species, and bring a new world into being.

What is dawning now (at this time in history) is the realisation that we are not the solitary individuals we had believed ourselves to be. We are expressions of Universal life, Children of the Earth. We are the “leaves of grass” Walt Whitman spoke of – the Awakening voices of Eden, instruments of the great turning.
Source: Uplift Connect


When you were born, you moved from a womb that became too small for you (your mother’s womb),
to a much larger womb ( the world you were being born into).

But you did not have the opportunity to complete that transition. You got caught in the trauma of separation that occurred at birth and instead of entering a world of Oneness, you entered a world of separation.

It was a gradual transition as you joined your parents in the past and future world of the mind. If your parents had been fully present and awake, and not lost in the mind, they could have guided you through the trauma of separation into the present moment. The feeling of separation that arose in the birth process would have subsided and you would have developed within a world of Presence and Oneness. But your parents were not present. They did not know how to guide you into the present moment. Instead they guided you into their world of the mind. It is not their fault. That is what happened to them, and it is passed down, generation to generation.

The whole point of awakening is to return to that larger womb, which is existence itself, revealed through the present moment. You will feel safe. You will feel connected to everything. You will experience Oneness. Now you can evolve into your true nature. Now your true destiny can unfold.
Source: AWAKEN

Leonard Jacobson ♥ Awakening to Presence


Published on Apr 28, 2016

While our materialistic paradigm would have us believe that our consciousness is housed in our physical brain and does not extend beyond it, there is growing evidence that this is actually not true.

This is a presentation that was given in February 2016 to the Chinmaya Mission in Princeton, New Jersey.

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