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Self-Realization Is a Shift in Identity

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INQUIRER: I have an intellectual interest in Advaita Vedanta, with a view to finding some level of contentment with life. I know you’ll say only self-realisation will provide complete…
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Ishvara’s Perspective & Videhamukti

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INQUIRER: It's said that that ‘enlightenment’ is for the jiva (which results in freedom FROM the jiva) — and not Awareness (brahman) which is already enlightened. Now when it…
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Self (Atman) is Beyond the Witness

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INQUIRER: Is there a stage beyond the witness? RESPONSE: If the “witness” is the apparent person (jiva), then yes — the self is “beyond” (i.e., the substrate of) the…
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Bliss (Ananda) is Not An Emotional State

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INQUIRER: While discriminating consciousness from objects, I felt a sense of limitlessness. I've seen the Satya/Mithya chart and a sense of bliss/ananda came over me I think the highest…

Thoughts and Questions on Free Will

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INQUIRER: Reading Dennis Waite’s case against free will in “HOW TO MEET YOURSELF” (pg 170-174), I was struck at how similar it was to the one made roughly 80…

Taking a Stand As Awareness

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INQUIRER: What does “taking a stand as Awareness” mean? Heard James Swartz mentioned in. RESPONSE: Taking a stand as awareness means to assume your true identity — after having…
Sat-chit-ananda Meaning

Sat Chit Ananda Meaning

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INQUIRER: In my continued study of the Bhagavad Gita I am looking closely at sat-cit-ananda and would love some insights to this knowledge. Sat – existence, cit – consciousness…
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Stay Anchored in Truth

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INQUIRER: Can we possibly go back to the issue of fear, the irrational, the unwholesome fear, the one that is labeled as hindrance to spiritual growth. I was thinking…
Karma Yoga Purifies Mind

Practice Karma Yoga to Purify the Mind

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INQUIRER: Thus far can we say that vasanas are likened to what is in psychology known as the sub-conscious or sometimes un-conscious, but without taking aboard previous incarnations, being…

Difference between Advaita & Vishishtadvaita?

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There are two main schools of non-dual Vedanta: advaita and vishishtadvaita (viśiṣṭādvaita  विशिष्टाद्वैत). Advaita says that the fundamental nature of reality is nothing other than limitless conscious existence. Vishishtadvaita,…
Self-enquiry questions

Event of ‘Enlightenment' Versus Self-Actualization

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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?

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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…
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Dealing with Vedanta Doubts

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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:…