“Shankara was criticized for his views on maya (illusion) without being understood. He said that
(1) Brahman (creative principle which lies realized in the whole world) is real,
(2) the universe is unreal, and
(3) The universe is Brahman.
He did not stop at the second, because the third explains the other two. It signifies that the universe is real if perceived as the Self, and unreal if perceived apart from the Self. Hence maya and reality are one and the same.”
Source: David Godman, “Be As You Are, The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi” p. 180
Recognize the Self when in the world. Everything shines equally. Nothing can be less than anything else. As long as anything is treated with disdain or any lack of respect, then one is perceiving ‘apart from the Self.’ Continue reading →
Here we get how emphatic Nisargadatta could be in the conversation with seekers from around the world who came to hear him in his small loft in Mumbai, India. “Kill the words!” He wants us to realize that real knowledge is the sense of that which is before our verbal world. The verbal world has its limited function which he often acknowledges, but here he speaks to the need to see it for what it is: of the mind. Before and beyond consciousness is our primordial knowing and words can very often, if not always, distract us from getting our own direct perception of that First Reality, the Absolute.
This past Thursday I enjoyed a massage (an early Christmas present from my wife) by a very gifted therapist. She is adept at moving energy in my body in a very deep way. During the session I had a transcendental and transformative experience. Immediately after the session I put down as much as I could in words. Here it is:
The Universe in Person
Stars joined in the fiery union of cosmic intercourse
Their tremendous energies intermingling and embracing each other.
Out of the immensity of this explosion of joy many new celestial bodies were born, one of them Terra.
So much churning and flexing – spouting eruptions as it grew and took shape
Vast and deep oceans, massive mighty peaks, pulsating life in jungles and streams: the stage was set.
“We see you ask yourselves where has this week gone, where has this month gone, where has this year gone? You all do it, without the realization that Time within you has sped up. Others who do not vibrate as quickly as you do; do not have the same perception of Time as you have. Every one of your sub-atomic particles rotating within the etheric substance that flows through you as electromagnetism, creates Time for you. The faster those subatomic particles spin, the faster Time goes for each of you. Continue reading →