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Equation Which Connects Individual ‘I' & Universal Consciousness (Brahman) – Part 6

In previous part 5 conversation, the teacher gave way for student to ask one of most important questions which bridges the apparent gap between self and God. Student asked, “I cannot see a connection between I, the knower, and Universal Consciousness (Īśvara/God). What is the relation?” The ever-available knower, never not knowing, is what we…

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The Knower, a Self-Conscious Being – Part 5

Students were introduced orders of reality in Part 4 – which has now sparked doubts. So one of students asks… “Do you mean to say we have no independent being? That neither my mind nor body has any real feeling? Am I just an illusion, imagining a real existence?” You are neither an illusion, nor…

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Four Classes of People (Entangled & Liberated) – by Sri Ramakrishna

Purpose of this evergreen article by Sri Ramakrishna is to help us discover how to get out of our own created samsara. People may be divided into four classes: (1) Bound by the entanglements of the world, (2) seekers after liberation, (3) the liberated, and (4) the ever-free. Sri Ramakrishna (guru of Swami Vivekananda) will…

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Rope-Snake Analogy Using Logic: How Falsehood Becomes Truth

Suppose you enter your bedroom. It's not totally dark. But dimly lit. Coiled peacefully, a snake is cognized with your eyes. Immediately your body reacts in fear. Organs contract. Heat is felt. Scream is uninhibited and loudly articulated. Snake's strike is sharply visualized. All this happens in milliseconds without your deliberation. Recollecting your “primitive composure”,…

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Reconciling Orders of Reality and Oneness – Part 4

In last sentence of Part 3, teacher briefly introduced two new terms ” subjective” and “empirical” orders of reality. This begins to explain how we can have “orders of reality” when all is actually One… Student asks “When you talk of orders of reality? Where is the question of One?” Yes, the term orders may…

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What is Subjective Perception? – Part 3

In last sentence of Part 2, the teacher concluded with an important concept in Vedanta “orders of reality“. But didn't explain… Now the inquiring Vedantic student asks, “What do you mean by order of reality? Can reality have orders and differences?” We have a personal subjective reality. When we perceive something… we superimpose values, emotions,…

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Brahman is Beyond all Means of Knowledge

Brahman (Non-Negatable Truth, Consciousness) is beyond all means of knowledge. No scientific instrument can detect it. Because every instrument IS made out of Īśvara (cause of Universe). And Truth of Īśvara is Brahman. A metaphor to explain above statement: TRUTH of the entire dream world (Īśvara) is the Dreamer (Brahman) in bed. Meaning, without the…

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What is Real and Not-Real? – Part 2

Part 1 needs to be understood for this part to make sense. Student posed a question “What is real and what is not real? How do you decide their status?” In the world, entropy is the rule. Change is the constant. People, emotions, objects, and living things… with or without our knowing… every moment they change. How…

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Limitless Existence Consciousness (satcitananda) – Part 1

By seeming coincidence, three sincere truth seekers found themselves before the presence of a well known wise person (jñāni) of the land. Soon enough there was an argument amidst the seekers. A confronting case of conflicting opinions arose. Each decided to make their cause before the jñāni (knower of Truth). The first said, “The One above…

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Karma Yoga Prayer (The Essence of Karma Yoga Spirit In Action)

Still unsure what is Karma Yoga and how is it applied? This prayer will help… “  With gratitude for all I have been given, I offer my every action to the field of creation. My actions are gifts from me to Īśvara, the creator. Once my actions are offered to the field, I surrender control,…