Do the awakened care about others?

While the awakened have seen through the idea of others (as separate individuals), I will say there is a caring.  It is a misunderstanding to think that the awakened don’t recognize others at all. It is a misunderstanding to think that the awakened don’t care about others. Continue reading Do the awakened care about others?

Is indifference the same as enlightenment?

Indifference and dispassion have been taught as a practice for enlightenment since ancient times.  However, indifference itself is not the same as enlightenment.  Teaching indifference and dispassion to achieve enlightenment probably came about because the enlightened are non-attached.  The enlightened seemed indifferent or dispassionate (in comparison to other people) and so someone thought it would be a good idea to imitate this to get enlightenment.  Kind of trying to get the tail to wag the dog. Continue reading Is indifference the same as enlightenment?

Where are the ethics in nondualism?

Many nondual teachers don’t put much attention on ethics.  Unless asked…I often don’t talk about ethics either.  Usually, it is assumed you are already fairly ethical.  I don’t know of many people with an interest in nonduality who are not ethical, because nonduality is not the first stop of the spiritual journey for most people.  Often, people have been spiritual seekers for years before they encounter nondualism.  In my experience, spiritual seekers tend to have higher ethical standards than the rest of the population. Continue reading Where are the ethics in nondualism?

Where is compassion in nondualism?

Advaita / nondualism often gets heady and dry, but compassion is very much included.  Love brings togetherness in unification.  The Self is love.  Nisargadatta Maharaj said, “love says ‘I am everything.’ Wisdom says ‘I am nothing.’ Between the two, my life flows.”

With love, there is compassion.  Nondualism does not mean a homogeneity of experience….only that you realize it is not the experience of separate things.  So although it is Self-love and Self-compassion, it may be expressed through acts done for an “other” person.  There can be a recognition of that is a dog, that is a tree, that is my friend, etc.; and yet still not be fooled into thinking those are separate others.  There is only the Self. Continue reading Where is compassion in nondualism?