Self-realization

Women and Self Realization

By Eric Platt / June 4, 2024 /

  Of course spirituality and especially non-duality have no gender: they are universal. There is no “women’s nonduality” or “men’s nonduality” or “female nonduality” and “male nonduality”. That would be absurd. And, since spirituality has at it’s core the revelations or insights of nonduality, then any gendered spirituality would be specious: superficially plausible, but ultimately…

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The Real Value Of Meditation

By Eric Platt / December 21, 2023 /

Meditation can be good for the body and mind, temporarily. It’s beautiful thing, like a tranquilizing drug, to help with clarity of mind and relaxation of the body. It can, for example, temporarily allow anxiety – a bodily reaction or “energetic” experience, in a loop with thinking – to dissolve away. This is useful and…

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What is “Higher Reasoning“?

By Eric Platt / May 11, 2023 /

A friend sent a question:   What meaning do you give to “Higher Reasoning”? I believe it started with Atmananda Krishna Menon. Simply put, “Higher Reasoning” is reasoning applied towards the Source, towards Consciousness, rather than the objects thereof. Higher Reasoning is an essential part of the total integration of awakening. Higher reason or transcendental…

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Non-Duality Is Not Spiritual

By meestereric / August 3, 2022 /

Although what we call spirituality may have something to do with nonduality, it is obvious that nonduality has nothing to do with spirituality. It’s not even an experience, and cannot be an experience, nor item of experience. Nothing can be known about it. And yet, people go to spiritual teachers, as if something can be…

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Will The Real Sage Please Stand Up?

By meestereric / April 29, 2020 /

Who Becomes Enlightened? Who Is The Real Sage? Topic: This article, this little foray, is about coming to grips with one of the the central paradoxes in a field of paradoxes*, of the spiritual game here on Earth, for the spiritual seeker who wants enlightenment, who thinks the messenger is in some way the message,…

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On Beyond UG Krishnamurti

By meestereric / November 4, 2019 /

“Pathological” – Francis Lucille, quoting his teacher Jean Klein, regarding U. G. Krishnamurti “The teaching mainly concerns the dying of the “I”, the “me”; then you are free from the psychological memory. Can this shift happen without crisis, or is crisis an element of it? In principle, there are no crises. But practically speaking there…

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How To Stop Thinking

By meestereric / April 19, 2019 /

It is sometimes thought, or heard from spiritual teachers, that one needs to stop thinking. Why would one want to stop thinking? The question comes up when it begins to dawn on one the importance of thought and thinking in one’s life and in one’s outlook and happiness. One begins to see how much negative…

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True Meditation: A Quiet Mind Versus A Silent Mind

By meestereric / April 2, 2019 /

“To ask the mind to kill itself is like making the thief the policeman. He will go with you and pretend to catch the thief, but nothing will be gained. So you must turn inward and see where the mind rises from, and then it will cease to exist.”   ~ Ramana Maharshi, ‘Who Am…

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How Can I Have an Experience of Non-Duality?

By meestereric / March 28, 2019 /

Q: I understand there’s no world “out there” that it’s all “inside” but how can I have an experience of this? My conditioning from this Western culture is so strong that my experience of the world, the way I assume it is, is that it is outside, over there, surrounding me. A: It would require…

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Who Becomes Enlightened?

By meestereric / March 26, 2019 /

I’ll sometimes hear or read comments like, “he’s an enlightened master”, or there is a story around some sage’s enlightenment, or a teacher or life coach states they become enlightened at some age, or there is an obvious assumption among student hanging around a teacher that they are enlightened. Or, more importantly someone is gunning…

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