Satsangs (Dialogues) Between Two Devotees of Truth

Educated conversations meant to correct erroneous assumptions about Reality, God, Self and Dharma (morality)… 
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…

The Avidya-Samskara-Kama-Karma Cycle of Rebirth

The Avidya-Samskara-Kama-Karma Cycle of Rebirth

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

Vasana and Samskara

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

Understanding Waking Consciousness

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

Atman and Brahman

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:…

James Swartz Interviews on Vedanta

James Swartz Interviews on Vedanta

Four interviews by James Swartz – a scholar of Vedic philosophy… Interview: PART 1 What does the Self mean to you? The self is me, Awareness. And how do…