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.
While encountering various experiences, the mind assigns different amounts of reality to them. The mind calls, some experiences as more real and some as less real. It has no way of telling if something is less real, unless it encounters an experience, which it thinks is more real than the current one. Reality is relative to where we stand, depending on our ignorance or knowledge. We keep arranging experiences on a scale of varying reality, till finally, we find that all of it is relative. There is no absolute place to stand. There is no absolute reality.
The question today is, what are the seen and unseen effects of actions on the causal body. What is an action? What are consequences? How to act when there is no actor, when no one owns the actions, and when the consequences are not in our control?
The entropy reduction metaphysical processes drive the patterns into more structure, more organization, more complexity. This is what is seen as evolution. Evolution is a fundamental process. It applies to everything, and is the process that drives minds to become better, complex and more intelligent. Gives them innumerable abilities. With evolved minds, comes evolved perception, and evolved iconization of patterns. This means an evolved mind experiences a bigger reality. It is possible to speed up the evolution of our own mind. That is the ultimate goal for any human.
At the base of the diamond of reality, is the facet of entropy reduction, an inherent tendency of metaphysical patterns to transform themselves into meaningful structures. The structures are made up of pure change, or information, and do not last. They are a flow that sustains itself, via a variety of processes, as a dynamic equilibrium, which we perceive, as reality. The dance of creation is eternal and virtual, it is only apparantly there, it arises out of nothingness, and its nature is emptiness.
Since all that can be experienced is defined as reality, and all experience is nothing but a change, the reality is ever changing, by necessity, it cannot be anything else but a continous flow. In other words, reality is impermanance. How does a mind manage to make any sense of it? How does it create an illusion of permanency? If everything is ever changing, where should we stand? What can we hold on to, which is changeless and permanent?
What does the life teach a handicapped person? Why do such situations arise? What does it mean when we say there is no doer? How to act or do anything when there is no doer? This is a recording of a discussion on these questions, and related topics.
All that is real, are the illusions, organized into symbols or icons in the mind. This necessarily means that, all of the reality is subjective or mental. In this episode, we will see the third facet of the reality which is that, it is all mind. We will see how the illusion of an objective reality is created and how an apparant separation, with what the mind cannot control, gives rise to an illusion of a separate self or an individual.
Mind produces an illusory reality, but it is not totally useless. The mind arranges it as symbols or icons. It assigns them a meaning and a purpose. The only reason for that is, survival. It ensures persistence of the structures of the mind. Icons are made up of fundamental experiences of Tanmatras. It is possible to manipulate the reality if we study its iconic nature.
We are going to continue the discussion on the first facet of reality, which is, illusion. We see the mechanics of perception, and we see that all experience is derived out of change. Change is nothing, but energy and information. We see that all experience must be necessarily a distortion of, what exists.
We are going to see the first facet of the diamond, reality is illusory, or it is dream like. The key here is the meaning of the word , illusion. It seems that this word is a cause of a lot of confusion. What is an illusion?
A brief introduction to the series of talks on the nature of reality. Even though it is highly nebulous and subjective concept, we can extract some essential characteristics of what exists. We find that existence has many facets. It is complex, but has simplicity at its core, it is chaotic, but in an orderly way. For the purpose of this discussion, I will use the following model/metaphor of a diamond with many facets. The facets or characteristics of reality are - 1. Illusory 2.Iconic 3. Mental 4. Impermanence 5. Entropy reduction 6. Relative 7. Multilevel 8. Multidimensional 9. Cyclic 10. Infinitely potent 11. Based on ignorance 12. Identical to the Self 13. Unknowable.
The way to happiness and freedom is doing that which you absolutely love to do. This is the path of the heart, which apparantly takes us there. We find that we do not really achieve anything in the end, what we get are lessons.
When seen from a higher perspective, food is that which is keeping us chained to an earthly existence. Many spiritual practices result in a detachment from food, naturally. Practices result in many side effects such as changes in diatary preferences, food sensitivities, aversion to certain foods, intolerance, suffering due to attachment to food etc. What is the correct food? What effects should a practice cause? What changes are needed regarding food and eating habits? Why this seemingly worldly matter is so important? All these questions are answered here.
A slightly unconventional and introductory view on what death is and what it is not. It seems that the death is largely misunderstood as an event of decay and destruction. Here we find that death is a tiny but important part of the continuous flow of experiences we call life. The opposite of death is birth, life has no opposites.
We define liberation as a condition of the mind where it has unlimited choices. Then we explore how that can be achieved. We quickly find that it means a choice to not act, and the only thing to do is non-action. The path to non-action is through action. That may sound puzzling but this is the essence of the path of action. Finally, some practices are discussed.