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.
In this session on the abilities of the mind we will discuss Planning, Decision making and Problem Solving. These are higher level abilities of the mind that utilize basic abilities. We see how a seeker uses them with full knowledge of what they are, avoiding the pitfalls of suffering and frustration that incomplete understanding and overuse of them cause.
We add a bit more to the definition of spirituality, now we see it as a study of our own essence. We see that it was ever present, we do not become spiritual overnight. Only that now there is a recognition, an awareness of it. We also discuss some more implications of a spiritual lifestyle.
This is a new series of podcasts aimed at total beginners in the field of Spirituality. In this episode the meaning of the word Spirituality is revealed in a concrete and unorthodox manner. We also explore the reasons someone may want to adopt a spiritual lifestyle and the implications of doing so.
In this part we see that curiosity is an essential and necessary ability for a seeker. It is something much deeper and meaningful than merely questioning. Curiosity is identified as the main reason that puts anyone on a path. We see thinking as a complex of mental activities that are almost impossible to stop, and we discover that thinking is not a problem for a seeker, overthinking and unconscious thinking is. Afflicted thinking is nothing but suffering, an uncomfortable and negative state of the mind.
In this part Intuition, Imagination and Creativity are discussed from both the spiritual and practical points of view. We arrive at some deep and mind blowing conclusions when we study these seemingly ordinary abilities of the mind.
In this part the abilities of learning, logic, reasoning and critical thinking and their corresponding afflictions are discussed. We see that for a seeker, these abilities need to take up an entirely new dimension.
In this meeting on the topic of abilities of the mind we discuss the attention and intelligence. Attention turns out to be the most important ability that a seeker must master. Intelligence is a collective term for abilities when they are functioning at their best. We see a few tricks to augment the intelligence and discuss the importance of it for a seeker.
In part 5 of the series on abilities and afflictions of the mind, intentions and actions are discussed. We see that liberation is nothing but detachment from the self feeding circle of intention and action.
We continue our series of meetings on the abilities and afflictions of mind, and in this episode discuss Programs and Choice in depth and, what it means to be free.
Relations are the glue that holds us and everything together. They are memories and bonds that form in our minds as we progress through experiences. We tend to forget that there is a greater and invisible relation among everything that makes any other kind of relation unneccessary, that is a connection. When we realize this, it frees us from the web of relations.
This is the concluding part on the topic of suffering where the spiritual kind of suffering is discussed. It is a state of unhappiness, dissatisfaction, aimlessness, meaninglessness and sense of bondage in spite of the absence of the rest of the four kinds of suffering. The cure is very natural, there are no tricks, and this suffering is actually a blessing in disguise.
In this part of the series on layers of suffering the forth kind of suffering, namely the intellectual suffering is discussed. It is a negative state of the mind caused by non-optimal functioning of the higher mind or intelligence.
Continuing on the topic of suffering, egoic and emotional suffering is discussed in detail in this part of the talk. Egoic suffering arises in the form of dysfunctional ego. Emotional suffering is the major cause of suffering in general, which is the presence of negative emotions. This part presents a detailed knowledge and suggests some ways to cure it quickly.
Suffering is an unnatural and unpleasant state of the mind. It has many causes and has many kinds, and hence needs different strategies in order to cure it. In this podcast the nature of suffering is discussed. It is classified into five kinds or layers and the first kind, namely - the physical suffering is discussed in detail.
This part in the series of talks on the abilities and afflictions of mind is about understanding and identity. Process of disidentification, its implications and some tricks to achieve it quickly are also discussed.