Spirituality

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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On Beyond Concepts

By meestereric / April 27, 2020 /

All Teachings are Dodos, and Tightening up what this Site is About   I let my personal feelings cloud my discernment, and published a guest essay that I realized was of more of a religious or spiritual-y nature or attitude or tone than I really wanted in the site’s philosophical mosaic. This chalkboard here is…

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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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Why Spiritual Teachings Can Seem Contradictory (But Really Aren’t)

By meestereric / April 7, 2019 /

“We have two eyes to see two sides of things, but there must be a third eye which will see everything at the same time and yet not see anything. That is to understand Zen.” ~ D.T. Suzuki Preface This essay starts with the assumption that there is one Truth, which I see as a…

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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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On Beyond Nonduality Teachings

By meestereric / March 18, 2019 /

No one seemed to get my “WHICH WAY TO THE SELF” sign (or t-shirt) cosmic joke when I posted it my “Group With No Name” FaceBook group (as far as I know). I created that after I was inspired, opening this book that arrived in the mail to the “random” page below, right after my…

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On Beyond Cause and Effect

By meestereric / October 24, 2018 /

In practical mechanical affairs, cause and effect thinking can have utility. For example, your car suddenly loses power on the freeway. Using reason and your senses in a troubleshooting capacity, you can trace down the cause. Does the starter turn? Yes. That means there’s juice in the battery. The cause is not a dead battery.…

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On Beyond Spiritual Bypassing

By meestereric / October 24, 2018 /

Is spiritual bypassing a useful concept? Or only in certain limited contexts?I hope to communicate the fact that it’s a term we would do better to replace with something more useful and kind, less judgmental and presumptuous. “Spiritual Bypassing” is a term that the author has noticed getting misappropriated and misapplied, even abused, in the…

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Kissing a Sweet Goodbye to The Three Principles

By meestereric / October 21, 2018 /

  From a recording: “If you’re listening to this in your car and you find yourself in a beautiful feeling, roll down your window, pop the tape out of the tape player, and throw it out the window. Stay with the feeling, and it will teach you everything you need to know.” ~ Sydney Banks…

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There Is No Such Thing as Enlightenment

By meestereric / October 3, 2018 /

I once heard the spiritual teacher (of Advaita, Non-duality) tell his students (who he would rather refer to as “friends”): “Would you rather be enlightened, or happy? Would you rather be enlightened and unhappy, or unenlightened and happy?”. While I laughed and thought this very insightful, part of me also was taken aback: it sounded…

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