Teachings

‘I’ – The Subtlest of the Subtlest

Bhagavad-Gītā says that we have five sense organs of knowledge (seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, tasting); these are very subtle. Example: Organ of seeing is a lot more subtle then the physical instrument of seeing; eye. More subtle than the sense organ is the Mind. Subtler than the mind is the Intelligence. Subtler than these is…

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7 Stages of Enlightenment (Panchadasi by Swami Vidyaranya)

(Following excerpts are from book Inquiry to Existence by James Swartz, chapter 7. Whole text is actually from Panchadasi by Swami Vidyaranya. James provided some commentaries for legibility. We will go through these stages in detail in class.) Seven stages can be distinguished with respect to the realization of the Self: ignorance, veiling, projection, indirect…

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Test Your Understanding of Reality Using This Test (Real vs. Unreal)

Look at some object in the room. Now please. Is it “over there”, or is it in you (Consciousness)? Even “in” is a cautionary word because it implies separation. If it’s “over there”, that means space and time is real. In which case you’re fooled by Maya. In reality there is no “over there”. Everything…

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10 Basic Qualifications for Liberation

This is not a popular topic because most of us are wanting shortcuts. Unfortunately like all valuable things in life, freedom is earned by diligent work. To make the changes necessary for self-inquiry, constant vigilance and a devotional attitude are required. Freedom is a gargantuan task that can only be undertaken by the purified and highly motivated mind.…

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