Summary: Talks on spiritual and philosophical topics, mostly related to the path of knowledge and Advaita Vedanta or Non-dualism. Subjects such as the consciousness, mind, reality, metaphysics and various ways to study these are discussed.
Our past conditioning determines our actions, and the consequences result in learning. Life is a means to learn our lessons which these actions and consequences produce. Learning helps to evolve, to progress and to become better. Minds are governed by the law of action, and this law completely determines how the minds evolve. Doing an action may not bring about the desirable consequences, but it always brings a lesson. So the right action is that which brings the right lessons that can help us grow and evolve. The more we evolve, more free we become. More freedom brings more happiness and peace. Happiness and freedom are thus, our goals.
The questions discussed in this meeting are - Is the experience of death closest to the real experience of me? Where to go to find the experiencer? Why the mind is never satisfied with answers, why does it keep coming up with more new questions for every answer?
Law of action or Karma is perhaps the most important law of the mind. Although it looks plain, simple and obvious, it has roots that go very deep. This law determines how a mind works and how it acts. It is also the backbone of the reality. Study of this law answers many fundamental questions related to human existence, such as - why am I the way I am? What am I doing here in this world, what is the purpose or point of it? Why should I act and how should I act? What are the consequences of my actions and how to act so that I get desired consequences?
Law of impermanence is a direct result of the flowing nature of the reality. Nothing here stays, everything comes and goes. Clinging to all that which is not going to stay is a cause of suffering. Knowing that the life is not about accumulating, getting, bonding or doing, it is only a continuous flow of experiences, frees us from the suffering. Reality is all that can be experienced, and by its very nature, it is momentary, ephemeral and ever changing. In contrast, the Self is changeless, eternal and the only thing that lasts, it is what I am. So detaching with what comes and goes and identifying with what remains is the key that frees us from suffering.
Study of the nature of reality gives us some clues about the ways in which it operates. These regular and consistent ways become the laws of the mind. These laws are unbreakable, eternal and truly universal. Knowledge of these laws can help to bring the mind out of its misery and although the mind cannot escape these laws, they can be leveraged to make one's daily life as a mind and a body, easier and smoother.
The questions discussed in this meeting are - Why do I lose my state of bliss and consciousness when I am involved in day to day worldly activities? How to handle the mind when it is resisting? How does one's age affect the practices and ability to remain aware?
Since all experiences are mediated via the mind, which distorts what is into a subjective impression of it, all we can experience is necessarily a distortion. That means, we cannot know what is, we only know that which is not. It also means, all we can have is ignorance, not knowledge. Any knowledge is refined ignorance, nothing more. Reality stands on the foundation of ignorance and is unknowable.
Reality is experience, and there is a conscious background of it - the Self, the experiencer, or the consciousness. There is no separation between the experience and the experiencer. Although, there is an illusion of separation created by the mind, which divides the wholeness of the reality into multiple kinds of experiences. It also creates the division of the experience and the experiencer. When we see through this illusion, we find that the Self, and the reality are one, and identical. This is the greatest realization a human can have.
Reality is infinitely potent. All possibilities exists, and they exists at the same time, timelessly. All that can be imagined and all that cannot be imagined already exists. There is no use of it, there is no purpose or meaning behind it and there is no cause of it. There is immense freedom in knowing this. We are all expressions of infinite potency of reality and our own nature is the same. We prefer infinite freedom, we are evolving towards that goal where there is infinite potency, infinite freedom. We are becoming one with existence.
The questions discussed in today's meeting are. What is the difference between benevolent indifference and unconditional love? How does an enlightened person behave? Why do excessive conditioning, beliefs and expectations become an obstacle?
Reality is impermanence, everything is changing. Astonishing observation is that all of the change is circular. It repeats itself eventually. It means that nothing new will happen, all that is happening has already happened, not once or twice, but almost infinite times. There are cycles of change, and there are cycles within cycle. Everything repeats, everything has happened countless number of times. What are the implications of this?
We continue our discussion on the multidimensionality. The mind is a multidimensional thing, and since it is the creator of reality, the reality also appears in multidimensional ways. In simple words, for every dimension of the mind, there is a corresponding reality, a different world for each of the different states of the mind. These worlds are enchanting and endless. Study of this world and other worlds is an interesting and never-ending adventure.
A dimension is a way to describe something. It can be seen as a conceptual quality or a group of qualities. When we say, something has more than one dimension, we mean that there are more than one ways to describe it. Reality is one such thing, it has multiple dimensions. In this talk, we will see what they are and why most of them remain hidden from the view of ordinary people. Multidimensional facet of reality is the most interesting facet of all.
The questions that were discussed in this meeting are- How can a person who is terminally ill rise above the suffering? What can we do to help such a person? What can be done to get rid of the attachment to a decaying body? And finally some pithy advice for hardcore seekers.
Reality is not merely a plain and simple illusion, it comes with built in hierarchies. The metaphysical structures are arranged in self-similar hierarchies, where the lower structures resemble the higher ones but are simpler and lower resolution copies of them. This is a fractal reality. Minds, themselves are such structures. It is stranger than we think, because our own minds are a part of a grand hierarchy of minds.