Satsangs (Dialogues) Between Two Devotees of Truth

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

Three Gunas and Three Bodies (with Visual Map)

Three Gunas and Three Bodies (with Visual Map)

INQUIRER: How do the 3 gunas connect with the 3 bodies (causal, subtle, and physical)? I think this answer is that the three gunas are present in each of…

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…

The Cycle of Rebirth Caused by Universal Ignorance

The Cycle of Rebirth Caused by Universal Ignorance

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