Satsangs (Dialogues) Between Two Devotees of Truth

Educated conversations meant to correct erroneous assumptions about Reality, God, Self and Dharma (morality)… 
Validity of Mahayana ‘Bodhisattva’ Concept

Validity of Mahayana ‘Bodhisattva’ Concept

Purpose of this article is to analyze Mahayana Buddhism’s concept of bodhisattva. (Article is not referring to Zen Buddhism’s implied interpretation, which is different from Mahayana’s more literal interpretation…

Understanding the Distinction Between Self and Not-Self

Understanding the Distinction Between Self and Not-Self

INQUIRER: There was a change of perception some time ago due to decent assimilation of self-knowledge. Now need confirmation for reassurance. When one knows oneself to be Awareness (Brahman)…

Doership Disturbs the Mind

Doership Disturbs the Mind

Synopsis: Ramesh’s self-enquiry to realize the Self is unsuccessful. Two solutions are given. Starting from right standpoint, and right method. INQUIRER: Something is disturbing my mind: It feels like…

Individual Cannot Transcend the Individual

Individual Cannot Transcend the Individual

Synopsis: The inquirer is frustrated because he’s trying to experience oneself as an unlimited entity through a limited body-mind. He (a mind’s desire) wants to get rid of the…

Self “Sees” Everything As Itself

Self “Sees” Everything As Itself

INQUIRER: I see emotions and thoughts arising within me (Self; ātmā). I see the apparent world (including the body) appearing in me, and everything is just pure-being. There isn’t…

Connection Between Doer, Enjoyer and Self (Atma)

Connection Between Doer, Enjoyer and Self (Atma)

INQUIRER: I understand that doership is the “aham karta”  (I am a doer / doership) thoughts. Thoughts like: “I am doing the writing of this message. I am doing…

Understanding the Orders of Reality

Understanding the Orders of Reality

INQUIRER: Need help reconciling various experiences that seem to be happening within my scope. Experience A: There is a world of objects and people. I am a body-mind endowed…

Is Attainment of Self-Knowledge Immediate or Gradual?

Is Attainment of Self-Knowledge Immediate or Gradual?

INQUIRER: I desire to know when self-knowledge is “attained” (liberation, enlightenment, self-realization) — is it gradual OR an immediate event. And is it completely permanent? RESPONSE: Attainment of self-knowledge…

Role of Meditation in Vedanta

Role of Meditation in Vedanta

INQUIRER: I am interested to find out about your thoughts, regarding the validity and effectiveness of different meditation practices. I have personally been practicing transcendental meditation (TM) and the…

If Self is Free, Why Purify the Jiva (Not-Self)?

If Self is Free, Why Purify the Jiva (Not-Self)?

INQUIRER: It seems like the only difference after enlightenment (moksha) is that thoughts of being limited no longer appear in the intellect (buddhi). Or if they do appear they’re…

Self-Realization Is a Shift in Identity

Self-Realization Is a Shift in Identity

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…

Ishvara’s Perspective & Videhamukti

Ishvara’s Perspective & Videhamukti

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…

Self (Atman) is Beyond the Witness

Self (Atman) is Beyond the Witness

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…

Bliss (Ananda) is Not An Emotional State

Bliss (Ananda) is Not An Emotional State

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

Thoughts and Questions on Free Will

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

Taking a Stand As Awareness

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

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. RESPONSE: Firstly to define each word……

Stay Anchored in Truth

Stay Anchored in Truth

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…

How Do I Practice Self-Knowledge on My Own?

How Do I Practice Self-Knowledge on My Own?

INQUIRER: I understand the [Vedanta] teaching, but I am not ‘finished’. I don’t seem to get it in any way that makes a difference. I am still seeking, still…

Practice Karma Yoga to Purify the Mind

Practice Karma Yoga to Purify the Mind

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…

Event of ‘Enlightenment’ Versus Self-Actualization

Event of ‘Enlightenment’ Versus Self-Actualization

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?

Who Is the Detached Observer?

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

Dealing with Vedanta Doubts

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…