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

You are Free of the Three Gunas ~ James Swartz

What does the word ‘Self’ mean in Advaita Vedanta? ~ James Swartz


Published on Oct 25, 2016

What does the term Self mean in Advaita Vedanta?

Follow the Teacher’s Suggestions – Advaita Vedanta by James Swartz

“Why do we need a Teacher and a Scripture for Enlightenment? Nonduality Vedanta James Swartz” 

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Critique of Experiential Enlightenment by Advaita Vedanta

A Beautfiul Mind and the Three Orders of Realities – Nonduality Vedanta James Swartz


Published on Aug 13, 2016

How does the movie A Beautiful Mind relate to the three orders of reality?

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.

Critique of Buddhism by Advaita Vedanta


Published on Aug 5, 2016

Buddhism cannot be compared to Advaita Vedanta, why?

1) Because Buddhism is a philosophy, a belief system, an -ism. Vedanta is not founded by one person, nor is it a philosophy, belief-system nor an -ism.
Vedanta is simply a means of knowledge. Vedanta is just knowledge about your nature.

2) The NOTHINGNESS idea is illogical. It does not hold up to logical analysis. How does something can come out of nothingness?

3) No-self? How do you know that there is no-self? Does no-self know that there is no-self?
If everything is emptiness, if there is no-self, then how do you know it? How do I know what I don’t know and what I know?

4) Many teachings of Buddhism and Vedanta are actually very similar because Buddhism originated out of Vedanta. It is considered a heterodox teaching. Because it is a heterodox teaching, it misses out on many important teachings of Advaita Vedanta.

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Critique of Direct Path by Advaita Vedanta


Published on Aug 5, 2016

Direct Path:
1) Lacks Qualification. Direct Path does not talk about qualifications
2) Lacks Values. Direct Path does not talk about values such as how to behave morally, how to act, how to live, etc.

3) Preparation for Liberation: The goal of one’s life is to have peace of mind. Karma Yoga is a spiritual practice by which the results of one’s actions are given up. As a result, peace of mind is attained.

4) Clear distinction between experience and knowledge: Some direct path teachers explain that you need direct experience of awareness (as if we don’t experience ‘awareness’ all alone!).

5) Direct Path teachers do not discuss what makes up a good teacher. Is he or she qualified to teach? Does the Direct Path teach an impersonal teaching?

‘The Absolute Beyond Consciousness’ by Nisargadatta Maharaj explained” 

Why Advaita Vedanta is not a Path


Published on Jul 31, 2016

Why is Advaita Vedanta not a Path

Values and Habits after Enlightenment – Nonduality Vedanta by James Swartz


Does an enlightened person still work on their values and habits?
Well, I worked on my sugar habit (vasana) for about 13 years after my moksha.
Vasanas don’t just disappear overnight. It takes a long time. Slowly by slowly I reduced the intake of sugar.
Once you assimilated the knowledge that I am the self then it doesn’t matter if you have a sugar vasana or tobacco vasana.
Dispassion is a direct consequence of self-knowledge. At the same time you can still work on it because your jiva might suffer from a sugar or tobacco vasana.
The spiritual work of cleaning up the Jiva’s vasanas

What are the Three Steps to Enlightenment? ~ Nondual Vedanta James Swartz


Published on Jul 26, 2016

What are the three steps to Enlightenment?

1) Listening without interpreting the teaching
2) Reasoning: Analyzing desires and fears
3) Refinement: Wor

Enlightenment Myth : Is an Enlightened Person a Saint? Nonduality Vedanta by James Swartz


What is the difference between an enlightened person and a saint?
Are they the same?
Are they different?

Nonduality and Rebirth, A Contradiction? James Swartz Nonduality Vedanta

Is there a Knower? Buddhism (Nirvana) and Advaita Vedanta


Published on Jul 24, 2016

No-Knower-Statements and Replies:

Question 1) There is no process of enlightenment for one is already it. There is nothing to gain or lose and everything dissolves

Reply: That true but not true. Its true from the point of view of awareness, but not true for the point of view of an individual.

2) No. There is no-knowing.

Reply: How do you know there is no-knowing?

3) When the mind is empty.

Reply: Is your mind empty now?

4) Experience. When one is full one must be empty, then one is full.

Reply: Experience doesn’t know anything. You, awareness, knows experience.

5) One’s awareness can be in the flow or not. Nothing is everything.

Reply: That may be true, depending on your idea of awareness, but who knows that nothing is everything?

6) Silence

Reply: Silence doesn’t know anything. It is known by you awareness.

7) There is no you. What I am saying is beyond the mind.

Reply: How do you know what is beyond the mind if there is no knower?

8) See how fast you contracted? I have been playing with you all along.

Reply: OK. So who are you, then?

9) Nothingness.

Advanced Argument for Enlightened People – Pancadasi – Vedanta by James Swartz


Published on Jun 11, 2016

A very advanced argument for enlightened individuals.

The video is part of the Pancadasi videos from 2015.

Enlightenment Myths: Kill the Mind – Nondual Vedanta – James Swartz


Published on May 21, 2016

You (Jiva) “create” a reaction, an interpretation to the objects presented to you.

The Jiva is not experiencing what is actually there, the Jiva always only experiences its own projections, likes and dislikes (vasanas).

That is the reason why the Jiva has such a problem. Because our vasanas distort reality. We perceive reality based on our beliefs and opinions.

The logical question is, how to get rid of those projections?
Should we just remove the world?
This is the experiential Yogic idea of getting rid of your thoughts because the world is in your mind.
Thus, if you get rid of your mind you get rid of the world!
As a consequence you are in Samadhi (blissful meditative state) all the time and happy. There are no problems if there is no world present!

The appearance of the world can temporarily be removed by Yoga
but the complete removal of mental projections is not possible without Self-Knowledge.

Once Self-Knowledge is firm, you realize that the reality of the world is just a belief.

The important question is: Who realizes once the world disappeared? Who realizes the removal of the world in Nirvikalpa Samadhi?
Who needs Self-Knowledge once you come out of Samadhi? Who are you once you come out of the meditative state? A jiva (individual)?

By removing the world, you don’t remove yourself (awareness)!
I am present without my mind (ego), I am even present without the world!

So, Yoga is good! As long as you have a teaching!

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