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Event of ‘Enlightenment' Versus Self-Actualization

November 25, 2021

INQUIRER: Confusion #1: I read (elsewhere) “Don’t mistake understanding for realization”. Confusion #2: Read about people who can provide a date and time to their awakening/realization. Comment? RESPONSE: Possibility…

Who Is the Detached Observer?

November 18, 2021

INQUIRER: Question 1: Who/what is the entity that is capable of inquiring into and perceiving the apparently real instruments of “my” subtle body during waking consciousness; the detached observer…

Dealing with Vedanta Doubts

November 17, 2021

INQUIRER: I was recommended John Wheeler's book “You Were Never Born.” Suddenly there was this subtle switch and it became clear that I was already what I was looking…

The Avidya-Samskara-Kama-Karma Cycle of Rebirth

November 16, 2021

Tell me if I’m correct: Samskaras (impressions/tendencies/habits) are products of karma (actions). And karma is product of Samskara, because it's obvious our actions (karmas) are driven by tendencies (samskaras)….

Vasana and Samskara

November 14, 2021

Is there any fundamental difference between vasana and samskara? RESPONSE: Vasana and samskara are essentially the same thing. Vasana are the impressions that are left on one’s psyche from…

Understanding Waking Consciousness

November 13, 2021

INQUIRER: I’m trying to clear up my understanding of waking consciousness. What exactly is the makeup of the unrealized waking state re: reflected Awareness? Is it the mirror in…

Atman and Brahman

November 12, 2021

What distinguishes Atman (Self) from Brahman (Awareness)? In the Vedanta equation: Awareness + Maya = Ishwara. And on the other side: Atman + Ignorance = Jiva (individual soul). RESPONSE:…

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What is an Ideal Seeker of Truth – Part 42

October 21, 2021

In previous discussion, we saw the role of prayers and rituals doesn't contradict knowledge of oneself as the Whole. They both cultivate the mind but also serve as form…

Role of Prayers and Rituals – Part 41

September 3, 2021

In previous discussion, we debated a malformed conclusion that Absolute reality, being the substance of all-that-is, is somehow an experience to be obtained in the future. However our pupil's…

Mystical Experience or Knowledge – Part 40

July 16, 2021

In previous debate, it was suggested that everyone has already glimpsed wholeness. A feeling of home-coming. A sense of completeness. “I don't want anything to be different right now”….

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Fallacy of Nothingness, Emptiness Teaching – Part 39

May 21, 2021

Previous discussion reconciled God's Will and individual's free will. The next question was inevitable considering it's wide-spread status. It's to do with notion that existence is a void, empty-ness,…

If God is Everything, Explain Immorality & Violence – Part 38

March 23, 2021

In the previous discussion, we demonstrated there's no essential difference between this world you live in and experience every moment — and the Cause of this universe. How was…

Is the Universe a Part of God? Am I a Part? – Part 37

January 22, 2021

The previous discussion demonstrated logically that Ishvara (God) can't have any attributes of it's own. Not even divine attributes like love, compassion, benevolence… as is often assumed. Why not?……

How Can Lord Be Without Attributes or Qualities? – Part 36

December 20, 2020

In prior discussion, we elaborated there's no question of Lord being in a different place called heaven. This assumption contradicts omnipresence, which means there's no place where His presence…

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All-Loving God in Heaven – Part 35

November 11, 2020

In previous discussion 34, it was shown as long as we think we are finite individuals — the vastness of the universe will dwarf us. The smallness a person…

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Limitless Consciousness and God – Part 34

October 16, 2020

It was pointed out in conversation 33, that knowledge of One without a Second, is not meant to create indifference towards your daily world engagements. It's not supposed to…

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If World is Mithya, Why Help Others? – Part 33

September 23, 2020

We explained in conversation 32 that Advaita Vedanta teachings are not tautology (useless repetitions). What is Advaita Vedanta? It's a means of knowledge, through words, which reveals the absolute…

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Difference Between Brahmā (Creator) and Brahman

September 5, 2020

A short article in response to a common question: What is the connection with Brahman and Brahmā (also called Brahmaji)? Brahmā is not to be confused with Brahman. Brahmā,…

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Is Advaita Vedanta an Intellectual Exercise? – Part 32

September 4, 2020

It was explained in last conversation 31 that word “self”, when used in Vedanta, is unlike word “hot” or “cold”. Concept of “hot” is only true in relation to…

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If Self Is Not an Object, How Can It Be Known Then? – Part 31

August 8, 2020

In last session 30, the student doubted Vedanta's means of knowledge to remove ignorance. Student claimed only experience can provide knowledge of self (Awareness). Basis of doubt was, “You…

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Is Supreme Truth an Experience or Knowledge? – Part 30

July 18, 2020

In part 29 we addressed two concerns. Role of the guru. And if absolute Truth, as revealed in Upanishads, is just another point of view. Let's revise them before…

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Purpose and Role of a Vedanta Teacher – Part 29

July 3, 2020

In part 28, we attempted to correct a deeply ingrained false notion. A silent killer. It's the cause of belittling thought as, “I am a victim. Powerless. Not in…

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Is the Individual Helpless? Where Is Our Freewill? – Part 28

June 25, 2020

In previous part 27, it attempted to show that the world which you experience everyday — consists of an endless combination of forms and color, sounds, tastes, smells and…

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One Consciousness, Many Minds – Part 27

June 17, 2020

In previous part 26, a common assumption was corrected, “If one mind is liberated from the false notion of separateness, then all minds should also be liberated“. It was…

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Individual Mind, Individual Ignorance – Part 26

June 3, 2020

In previous part 25, we highlighted an important word “mithya”. Without fully understanding it, we can never reconcile Oneness and world of multiplicity. World is mithyā, a dependent reality….

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Can Maya Affect Consciousness? – Part 25

May 19, 2020

In previous part 24, student thought maya and consciousness are two different entities. Teacher explained there is no question of two-ness. Just like the skill of singing is never…

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Connection Between Consciousness & Maya – Part 24

May 6, 2020

In previous part 23, we've seen that maya is dependent on the Limitless One (brahman) for it's existence. Māyā is the totality of all names-forms which enjoy their reality…

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What is Ontological Status of Maya – Part 23

April 27, 2020

In previous part 22, we heard how maya's veiling and projecting power works. They work in tandem. Veiling power (āvaraṇa-śakti) causes partial knowledge. For example, if we see the…

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Maya's Veiling and Projecting Power – Part 22

April 22, 2020

In previous part 21, we asked “What causes projection of ignorance?” The cause of ignorance is partial knowledge and the effect is partial ignorance or projection. Suppose I say…

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What Causes Projection or Ignorance? – Part 21

April 11, 2020

In previous part 20, we demonstrated how superimposition produces a genuine response in the world. Despite the value-neutral status of rope – the victim jumps in fear, mistaking it…

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Reality of Maya's Superimposition – Part 20

April 6, 2020

In previous part 19, we've established that a superimposition is when name-form is projected onto an unchanging base. For example… Ring has a name called “r-i-n-g”. It also has…

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How Maya Superimposes ‘On' Existence – Part 19

March 29, 2020

In previous part 18, we've seen that even after knowledge of oneness takes place, the world doesn't change it's dualistic nature. Only the person's relationship with the world changes….

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Does World Disappear Upon Advaita Vision? – Part 18

March 25, 2020

In previous part 17, we saw that even though Limitless One is the cause of the universe, it is not involved in the creation, sustenance nor destruction of the…

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Is Creation an Action Done by the Creator? – Part 17

March 11, 2020

In previous part 16, we saw that the all-pervading One (Isvara) is both creator and creation. Just like a spider which spins the web, drawing silk from within itself…

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Creator and His Creation – Part 16

February 23, 2020

In previous part 15, we saw how different objects in the universe resolve into the One cause. Just how all furniture resolves into One wood. Meaning wood is the…

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All is One? But I See Many. Cause and Effect – Part 15

February 15, 2020

In previous part 14, student attempted to reconcile statement “Ishvara is knowledge” and ignorance. How can the two co-exist! This was clarified by saying that “knowledge” refers to that…

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What is Origin or Cause of Ignorance (Avidya)? – Part 14

January 29, 2020

Previous part 13, discerned difference between Consciousness (Brahman), and world of matter (jagat) which either has status of sentience (creatures) or insentience (rock). Follow conversation attempts to resolve where…

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Difference Between Consciousness & Sentiency – Part 13

January 24, 2020

In previous part 12, we resolved contradiction how can relative-words reveal absolute-reality, when words themselves are limited. Now nature of question turns to resolving differences despite all being One……

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How Can Mithya Texts Reveal Satyam Reality? – Part 12

January 7, 2020

From previous part 11, the student continued raising doubts about Vedas authority. For example, how are Veda texts superior to other sacred texts? Why should I believe Vedanta has…

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How is Vedanta Superior to Other Philosophical Texts? – Part 11

December 29, 2019

In previous part 10, student began debating the teacher with some important questions whether we can ever capture the truth, considering it's beyond our mind/senses. Now student debates how…

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If Truth is Beyond Mind – How to Discover It? – Part 10

December 18, 2019

Previous part 9 answered an important doubt, “What makes our Vedic scriptures so relevant and why should I trust them? Why not find out the truth for myself? Why…

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Sacred Texts are Valid Means of Knowledge – Part 9

October 31, 2019

Previous part 8 answered “just how valid are ancient sacred texts in modern society” and how they can free us permanently. However some minds are intoxicated by intellectual superiority….

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What is Limitlessness (ananda)? How am I THAT?

October 23, 2019

Neema Majmudar, a brilliant Vedanta exponent, elucidates how one's nature is Limitless right now. For context how how this applies to you, below gives further elucidation how one can…

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How Valid are Vedas Scriptures In Modern World? – Part 8

October 4, 2019

Last part 7 introduced to purpose of the Vedic scriptures answering who is the “I” which everyone begins their conversations with. Now doubt arises in student's who begins to question…

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What is Need for Sacred Holy Texts or the Scriptures? – Part 7

September 12, 2019

In previous part 6 conversation, teacher explained one of most integral teachings leading to vision of Oneness; how individual (microcosmic; vyaṣṭi) and TOTAL (macrocosmic; samaṣṭi) are are of the…

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

August 15, 2019

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,…

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The Knower, a Self-Conscious Being – Part 5

July 19, 2019

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…

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

July 19, 2019

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:…

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Rope-Snake Analogy Using Logic: How Falsehood Becomes Truth

June 12, 2019

You've arrived on an anticipated retreat in a luscious tropical forest. Thrilled to be here, mosquito spray handy, what else to do then explore it's surroundings. Exhausted from day's…

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Reconciling Orders of Reality and Oneness – Part 4

June 7, 2019

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…