Self-Evidence Does Not Belong To The Brain

Published on Mar 4, 2016

2016-02-28 Dialogue with Francis Lucille in Temecula, CA


Is The World Moving Towards A Better Time?

Francis Lucille Retreat : Dialogues on the Hills

A Natural, Effortless, Vanishing Direction Towards Presence ~ Francis Lucille Francis Lucille

Published on Jan 8, 2016

“The mind can become silent only through its allegiance to the source, to the true presence.”

The Innocence and Spontaneity of Not-Knowing.

Question and Answer Session with Francis Lucille from SAND16

Francis doesn’t deliver a pre-planned presentation. He speaks instead in the spirit of the moment, answering questions from the audience from the innocence and spontaneity of not-knowing.

Highlights Of A Retreat With Francis Lucille

Published on Jan 2, 2016

Experience what it is like to attend a retreat with Francis Lucille.

Uproot The After-Thought And After-Feeling Of Separation ~ Francis Lucille

Don’t Waste Time Cultivating Virtues ~ Francis Lucille

The World Is A Manifestation of Me

Published on Dec 11, 2015

2015 Thanksgiving retreat in Temecula Week 2 Day 1

Life Is Your Lover

Satsang 21 of 24 – Life Is Your Lover

Make A Clear Distinction Between Mind and Consciousness

Published on Nov 2, 2015

2015 10 31 dialogue

Can Desire Be Impersonal If It’s For A Body-Mind? ~ Satsang by Francis Lucille

Why Don’t I Know Everything Since I Am Consciousness?

Published on Oct 20, 2015

2015-10-18 Dialogue

You Are Always Awake As This Presence

Published on Oct 4, 2015

Francis answers three questions: 1) Regarding being aware of being aware in deep sleep;
2) Why is the feeling of existing suffering?; and
3) What is the origin of consciousness and where is the proof it created all forms?

The Mind Is A Child Of Time ~ Francis Lucille

Published on Sep 26, 2015
Francis answers 2 questions: a) Is enthusiasm a state?; and 2) Loss in the belief in a personal God.
2015 Summer retreat with Francis Lucille week 2 Day 1

The Highest Form of Happiness ~ Francis Lucille

Published on Jul 22, 2015

2015-03-07 Dialogue

The Body Is Your Drone ~ Francis Lucille

Published on Sep 22, 2015

Francis answers two questions: 1) Regarding feelings; and 2) regarding an exercise which was used to uncover identification with the head.

2015 Summer retreat with Francis Lucille week 1 Day 1

A Spiritual Awakening ~ Francis Lucille

How did you discover your real nature?

You are asking about the specifics in my case. Before I give you the details, I have to forewarn you that this is not a one-size-fits-all path to the truth. The way to the discovery of our true nature varies from one seeker to another. It may be a sudden and dramatic experience or a subtle, seemingly gradual path. The touchstone, in all cases, is the peace and understanding that prevails at the end of the road.

Although a first glimpse of reality is an event of cosmic proportions, it may remain unnoticed at first and work its way in the background of the mind until the egoistic structure collapses, just as a building severely damaged by an earthquake remains stand- ing for some time and collapses a few months later, gradually or suddenly. This effect is due to the fact that the glimpse does not belong to the mind. The mind, which until now was the slave of the ego, becomes the servant and lover of the eternal splendor that illuminates thoughts and perceptions. As a slave of the ego, the mind was the warden of the jail of time, space and causation; as a servant of the highest intelligence and a lover of the supreme beauty, it becomes the instrument of our liberation.

The glimpse that ignited my interest for the truth occurred while I was reading a book by J. Krishnamurti. It was the point of departure of an intense quest that became the central and exclusive focus in my life. I read Krishnamurti’s books again and again, along with the main texts of Advaita Vedanta and Zen Buddhism. I made important changes in my life in order to live in accordance with my spiritual understanding. I renounced what many people would call an excellent career, because it implied my involvement as a scientist with the design and development of sophisticated weapons for the French military.

Two years after the first glimpse, I had achieved a good intellectual understanding of the non-dual perspective, although a few questions still remained unanswered. I knew from experience that any attempt to fulfill my desires was doomed to failure. It had become clear to me that I was consciousness, rather than my body or my mind. This knowledge was not a purely intellectual one, a mere concept, but seemed to somehow originate from experience, a particular kind of experience devoid of any objectivity. I had experienced, on several occasions, states in which perceptions were surrounded and permeated by bliss, light and silence. Physical objects seemed more remote from me, more unreal, as if reality had moved away from them and shifted toward that light and that silence which was at the center of the stage. Along with it came the feeling that everything was all right, just as it should be, and, as a matter of fact, just as it had always been. However, I still believed that awareness was subject to the same limitations as the mind, that it was of a personal, rather than universal, nature.

Sometimes, I had a foretaste of its limitlessness, usually while reading Ch’an or Advaita texts or while thinking deeply about the non-dual perspective. Due to my upbringing by materialistic and anti-religious parents and to my training in Mathematics and Physics, I was both reluctant to adopt any religious belief and suspicious of any non-logically or non-scientifically validated hypothesis. An unlimited, universal awareness seemed to me to be such a belief or hypothesis, but I was open to explore this possibility. The perfume of this limitlessness had, in fact, been the determining factor that sustained my search for the truth. Two years after the first glimpse, this possibility had taken a center stage position.

That is when the radical change, the “Copernican shift,” happened. This event, or, more precisely, this nonevent, stands alone, un-caused. The certainty that flows from it has an absolute strength, a strength independent from any event, object or person. It can only be compared to our immediate certainty to be conscious.

I was sitting in silence, meditating in my living room with two friends. It was too early to fix dinner, our next activity. Having nothing to do, expecting nothing, I was available. My mind was free of dynamism, my body relaxed and sensitive, although I could feel some discomfort in my back and in my neck.

After some time, one of my friends unexpectedly began to chant a traditional incantation in Sanskrit, the Gayatri Mantra. The sacred syllables entered mysteriously in resonance with my silent presence which seemed to become intensely alive. I felt a deep longing in me, but at the same time a resistance was preventing me from living the current situation to the fullest, from responding with all my being to this invitation from the now, and from merging with it. As the attraction toward the beauty heralded by the chant increased, so did the resistance, revealing itself as a growing fear that transformed into an intense terror.

At this point, I felt that my death was imminent, and that this horrendous event would surely be triggered by any further letting go on my behalf, by any further welcoming of that beauty. I had reached a crucial point in my life. As a result of my spiritual search, the world and its objects had lost their attraction. I didn’t really expect anything substantial from them. I was exclusively in love with the Absolute, and this love gave me the boldness to jump into the great void of death, to die for the sake of that beauty, now so close, that beauty which was calling me beyond the Sanskrit words.

As a result of this abandon, the intense terror which had been holding me instantaneously released its grip and changed into a flow of bodily sensations and thoughts which rapidly converged toward a single thought, the I-thought, just as the roots and the branches of a tree converge toward its single trunk. In an almost simultaneous apperception, the personal entity with which I was identifying revealed itself in its totality. I saw its superstructure, the thoughts originating from the I-concept and its infrastructure, the traces of my fears and desires at the physical level. Now the entire tree was contemplated by an impersonal eye, and both the superstructure of thoughts and the infrastructure of bodily sensations rapidly vanished, leaving the I-thought alone in the field of consciousness. For a few moments, the pure I-thought seemed to vacillate, just as the flame of an oil lamp running out of fuel, then vanished.

At that precise moment, the immortal background of Presence revealed itself in all its splendor.

Excerpt from Eternity Now, by Francis Lucille VIEW HERE

Truth Love Beauty by Francis Lucille (Author )

Product Details

Francis Lucille is a spiritual teacher in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality). A long time disciple of Jean Klein whom he met in 1975, he was a friend of Robert Linssen, Wolter Keers, Yvan Amar, William Samuel and Robert Adams. He was also influenced by J. Krishnamurti, Krishna Menon and Wei Wu Wei whom he knew personally. Many contemporary advaita teachers have attended his teaching events. He transmits the ancient teaching of nonduality, the common ground of Advaita Vedanta, Ch’an Buddhism, Zen,Taoism and Sufism. Each chapter of this book contains a conversation with Francis Lucille which took place on a particular day. The first eight chapters are conversations during a residential retreat in a rural setting near Ottawa, Canada in October 2002. The last two chapters are conversations at two public meetings in London in May 2002.


1. Satsang is an opera of sorts from which we appreciate truth, love and beauty when we are open multi-dimensionally.
2. How can ignorance have come from the divine?

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