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?
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 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?
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?
This is really a nasty question. If I say “yes”, then you will think there is nothing to realize and remain stuck in suffering. If I say “no”, that is not correct and limitations on the Self could be inferred.
You see…it is not as simple as saying “the Self has always been free.” While true, the question is do you feel free? Also, are you free from suffering? If you do not feel free and are not free of suffering, then you are not awake and are not free. However, it is a figment of your imagination. An illusion of the mind. You are hypnotized…and hence asleep…within a prison of your own thoughts. As long as the illusion is attached to and believed…it is a delusion of being trapped and that delusion has effects. Continue reading The Self has always been free. The Self is always awake. Right?
Much of our delusion has been learned from others…some of it activity taught and trained. That is why it is sometimes referred to as conditioning. In the whole socialization process, we teach various illusions that then become our delusions. Some illusions have some practical value (inches, lines of longitude, an hour, etc.) Some of these delusions keep us in line and give the powers that be the means of controlling the masses. It maintains social order. Continue reading Is delusion a thing trained into human minds? Could it be different?
Nisargadatta Maharaj said, “love says ‘I am everything.’ Wisdom says ‘I am nothing.’ Between the two, my life flows.” Likewise, for me, love says, “100% responsibility for everything” and wisdom says “0% responsibility for anything.” Between the two, my life flows. Continue reading Where is the responsibility in nondualism?
No reason really. We are here to simply experience…to play is another way to put it. There is suffering because challenges and antagonists are needed to make a good play (to make it more entertaining and fun).
There is no meaning or purpose to life beyond living it. Any reasons or purposes given are mental fictions and imaginations we attribute to life. When there is no thinking, you see no purpose or meaning…it just is as it is. Continue reading Why are we here in the first place? How come there is suffering?
In speaking about nonduality, you can only point at it using words. Words are inherently dualistic. Chair only has meaning because there are things that are not chairs. But when I say “nonduality”, I mean that which does not have an other.
Now, you can logically and linguistically say there is duality and nonduality – as if they are opposed and that it is dualistic. Quite right. But that use of the term “nonduality” would not really be nonduality. That would be pointing at something with an other or opposing view. If you focus too much on the words and take them literally, then you will not understand what is being pointed to. Continue reading Can you really speak about nondualism? Isn’t that duality?
Really, it does not matter if you call something choice or fate/scripted/preordained. Either you can say you chose it all or you can say you chose none of it. I find the “no choice” side tends to promote distancing and escapism. Distancing and escapism is contrary to nonduality. You are this and you can’t get away from it. So I tend to speak from the choice side. This tends to promote more intimacy and engagement with what-is.
Really either stance is fine, but the problem is when we say we chose something and other things just happen to us…that is duality. We want to pick and choose…some things are my choice and some things are not my choice. Continue reading Would you say there is no doer and no choice?