What is Satsang? Why are there Satsangs?

Satsang is a Sanskrit word with its roots in satya and sangha.  Satya means truth.  Sangha means association or assembly or community.  Satsangs are assemblies of/for truth…and to be pointed to the truth.  The truth is what-is.  Satsangs are where you to to associate with the truth…specifically the truth of your being (who/what you really are).  It is where you seek help to see through illusions and ignorance. Continue reading What is Satsang? Why are there Satsangs?

You know yourself as Self. How do you know the rest of the humans aren’t androids?

This question infers duality.  “Yourself as Self” and “rest of the humans” is the otherness or separation inferred.  It may be more accurate to say there was/is the recognition of Self as Self.  There is no “me”…and so there is no “my” and therefore there is no “myself/yourself”.  There is no knowing myself as Self.  Only knowing Self as Self. Continue reading You know yourself as Self. How do you know the rest of the humans aren’t androids?

How do I live what I’ve realized?

Put simply…you don’t.  We live from our being and our understanding.  If you have realized that hitting others does not well serve you or others (avoiding the label of “wrong”), then there is no question of how do I live what I’ve realized…or how do I put ‘not hitting people’ into practice?  You just don’t hit people, because now you understand differently.

The ego tries to live or practice what is not clearly understood…because there is the thought/belief that there is something to be gained by trying to live or practice it.  It is not a matter of trying to live what was realized. Continue reading How do I live what I’ve realized?

How do you apply your teachings to your day to day life?

Awakening for me brought a nondual realization and a seeing through the “me”.  In this area, there is not much to apply.  Many illusions of the mind also dropped away…attachment, fear, and suffering (for the most part).  Occasionally, if there is a noticing of a rising frustration, stress, resistance, or the beginning of some form of discontent…I do what I have repeatedly said in this blog.  I simply allow it, sit with it, look at it, and deepen my understanding of it. Continue reading How do you apply your teachings to your day to day life?

What is the soul in Nondualism? Is there a soul?

I can only speak of my own understanding; and I want to avoid quoting scriptures of various kinds.  The soul exists, just as the body/mind exists.  However, the soul is also temporary…just as the body/mind is temporary.  Furthermore, the soul is not really who/what you are…but another level of egoic-being. Continue reading What is the soul in Nondualism? Is there a soul?

Can drugs be used as a tool to reach enlightenment?

I would have to say no.  Can drugs give you cool experiences…even spiritually profound ones?  Perhaps.  But this would be the same as any glimpse gained through meditation. Continue reading Can drugs be used as a tool to reach enlightenment?

Is a state of permanent peace even possible?

Peace is not some state to be achieved.  Peace is sort of like silence.  As long as you are making noise, there is no silence.  But if you stop making noise, there is silence.  But who created the silence?  Actually, silence wasn’t created.  You can only cease doing things that make noise and then silence is already there.

Peace is there when you cease fighting and creating conflict.  This is the case internally (within yourself) as well as externally (in the world).  If everyone in the whole world just ceased fighting and creating conflict, war would cease.  If you ceased fighting and creating conflict, you would be at peace. Continue reading Is a state of permanent peace even possible?

What does ‘we are all one’ really mean?

Yes, I have heard the phrase too.  My understanding is that you and I are literally not two.  Not two is the direct meaning of nonduality.

I am not denying that there are two patterns in the one manifesting as two body/minds.  However, it is only within the mind that we separate into two and this illusion is maintained through ignorance.  Because there are discernible patterns within nonduality does not mean that there is separation.  Like a magnet, there is a north pole and a south pole…this can be discerned…however there is never a north pole without a south pole.  You can’t really divide or separate them.  The one implies the other…they go together. Continue reading What does ‘we are all one’ really mean?

If the illusion is seen as an illusion, then why does it not end immediately?

If you see a mirage and recognize it is not water, why does the mirage not disappear?  If you see a magician’s trick and have come to know how it is done, why does it still look like he is pulling a rabbit from the hat?

It is a fallacy and misunderstanding to think that just because the illusion is seen as an illusion (i.e. recognized as an illusion), that it will for some reason end right then and there.  No longer perceived.  The illusion is called as such because of our incorrect understand and ignorance.  A mirage is just hot air refracting light, but the misunderstanding and ignorance would be to think it is water.  A magic trick is done through misdirection, sleight of hand, and props, but the misunderstanding and ignorance would to be think it really was magic and he materialized a rabbit. Continue reading If the illusion is seen as an illusion, then why does it not end immediately?

Isn’t saying the nature of the ego is illusory & there are no separate people a denial of human life?

I have never denied human life or the existence of the world.  I only deny that separation and otherness exists (outside of thought and the mind).  The nature of the ego is illusory; the ego is a creation of thought and memory that is believed.  It is an ongoing story we tell ourselves.  This does not deny human life.  Human life is not confirmed or denied by the ego.  Egoically we would like to think so.  From an egoic point of view, there is no human life without a “me”. Continue reading Isn’t saying the nature of the ego is illusory & there are no separate people a denial of human life?