Thank you for this….

For those who wish to climb the mountain of spiritual awareness, the path is selfless work. For those who have attained the summit of union with the Lord, the path is stillness and peace.
   – BHAGAVAD GITA

Receiving inspiring thoughts from a range of the world’s great wisdom traditions is a delight.  I received this teaching from the Eknath Easwaran centre – SOURCE

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Scott Kiloby: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment -'The One and the many'

Our session in our One Garden group yesterday was a pointing to Nonduality. When I got home I found the piece below in my email inbox. As with most of his 365 pieces in his book ‘Reflections on the One Life; daily pointers to enlightenment’ it is simple, clear and profound – and therefore valuable.

“The One and the Many
Oneness includes the many. Non-duality is not only a realization of the formless realm or non-conceptual awareness, but also a recognition that form is none other than formlessness. Form includes people, jobs, relationships, ideas, feelings and all other things. So what is the difference between living life as a separate self and living life from non-dual realization?

The only real difference is that instead of believing that you are a person separate from the rest of life, there is a recognition that what you are in the deepest sense is (RP? delete ‘is’?) an unnamable presence. That presence is also the essence of everything you see. In that way, what you are is not separate from the rest of life. This seeing reveals a natural compassion, love, peace, and joy.

Your very essence is spacious awareness. This spacious awareness is prior to the story of being a separate person. But don’t let the realization stay there. See that the nothingness of awareness is appearing as absolutely everything.

As soon as the mind starts to associate non-duality only with nothingness, it is holding onto an idea about non-duality. That is not non-duality. Although the word “non-duality” is an idea, it is pointing to reality itself. In reality, form and formlessness are not two. The One is appearing as the many. Don’t try to grasp that intellectually. Look to where the words are pointing in your direct experience.”

~ From: Reflections of the One Life, by Scott Kiloby http://www.kiloby.com/

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I gratefully receive Scott’s reflections from Peter’s Pearls – Web Site: http://www.peterspearls.com.au

I bought my copy from Amazon – if you are in the USA its HERE – https://www.amazon.com/Reflections-One-Life-Pointers-Enlightenment-ebook/dp/B00472O78S/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1467259446&sr=8-4&keywords=kiloby#nav-subnav

What is your key question? – The True Meeting of Science and Spirituality

What is your key question? I like this one;

“What is the truth of my experience at this moment?” – A.H. Almaas

I also like this short dialogue;

-And as you’re pushing (?) what emotion do you think is being generated?
-Fear and anger.
-Anger
-The fear will come first because there is something in you which says if I’m authentic I won’t be loved anymore and if I’m not loved I won’t survive. This is the source of all pathology whether physical or mental.

The True Meeting of Science and Spirituality

A Taste of Science and Nonduality Gathering http://www.scienceandnonduality.com

“This is the place where big questions ‘Who am I?’, ‘What is life?’ can be explored utilizing all lenses.”

“No question is off limits, every question is worth asking.”

“Is there a basis for what we perceive in the manifest world as spiritual? The answer without a doubt is “Yes”, but what that is, is what has been explored here.”

“What is the truth about Reality?”

“What is the Truth of my experience at this moment?”

“The ultimate science is not the science of physics, but science of consciousness.”

“The only absolute knowledge there is, is the knowing of our own being.”

“When all the talking is over, when all the questions have been asked, when there is clarity of understating about thought and metal processes and you live this truth in the world…”

“There is so much love and open-hearted wisdom coming from the mouths and minds of all these people. I guarantee you, at least one person will touch you in a way that will change your life forever. Like a pebble in a pond, it ripples out. This is what SAND will do for you.”

The mission of Science and Nonduality (SAND) is to forge a new paradigm in spirituality, one that is not dictated by religious dogma, but rather is based on timeless wisdom traditions of the world, informed by cutting-edge science, and grounded in direct experience.

See – Science and Nonduality – http://scienceandnonduality.com/

What is Nonduality, Nondualism, or Advaita? Over 100 definitions, descriptions, and discussions

What a piece of work – a deep bow to Jerry Katz! Happy browsing everyone;

http://nonduality.com/whatis.htm

JOAN TOLLIFSON: on ‘radical simplicity’ – religion as simple attention, awareness, healing and presence

Joan Tollifson Simplicity of what is

In the three quotations below we have a view of religion, or at least of its essential spirituality, that is radically simple. It seems to me that together they express the healing heart of the universally mystical that is essential to our discovery of our true Self via healing at-one-ment.

They also constitute pointers to the essential mystical core of all of the great Traditions, now so often buried or banished beneath Churchianity. (Make up your own term for each of the other great Traditions. ‘Churchianity’ refers to the usurpation of the essential Christ story and teachings in which like the mystics we are asked to Awaken more, Detach from egotistic self more and Serve others better. Just that.)

For Joan, and others, meditation, brilliantly, is; “moment-to-moment presence that excludes nothing and sticks to nothing”. ‘Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking up from the Story of My Life’.

“Maybe that is the purest and most radical kind of religion – simple attention. Present-moment awareness. Instead of a belief system, awareness sees through all beliefs.”
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“….we maintain awareness, whether we know it or not, healing is taking place… a door that has been shut begins to open…. As the door opens, we see that the present is absolute and that, in a sense, the whole universe begins right now, in each second. And the healing of life is in that second of simple awareness…. Healing is always just being here, with a simple mind. ‌—‌Charlotte Joko Beck” ― Joan Tollifson, Nothing to Grasp
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“In simple presence with what is right here now, be it joyful or painful, an amazing freedom reveals itself. It cannot be described or explained in words. It is the freedom to be totally, effortlessly the way things are at this moment. ‌—‌Toni Packer” ― Joan Tollifson, Nothing to Grasp

BUT 24/7 NONDUAL EXPERIENCE IS NOT THE (ONLY?) GOAL IN THIS WORLD – BELIEFS and THE DUAL ARE ALSO VITAL
We are citizens of two realms as taught us by Rebbe Abraham Heschel.

This is by design not by mistake. It wasn’t God having an ‘off-day’! In these teachings we ordinary mortals share the life of the mystic.

SEE: http://www.satyana.org/pdf/SongoftheEartheBook.pdf 1

JOAN TOLLIFSON, religion, simple attention, awareness, nonduality, consciousness, advaita, healing, presence, attention, Charlotte Joko Beck, Toni Packer,

The two main truths of Advaita

The essence and function of religion and spirituality is to understand ourselves, to understand what it is that constitutes us, our aim in life and the possibilities inherent in our life.

In understanding this goal, Advaita is, in my personal opinion, the most helpful among the streams of religion available to us. This is because it is the most logical and the most scientific. The views of Advaita can be supported both logically and also are not contradicted by science.

The two main truths of Advaita are:
1. that Brahman as such is the only reality.
2. that the world, our world, is not real and has only relative reality.

These two truths give us the framework for creating an outlook on life which can both conform to science and logic and at the same time provide us spiritual comfort and gain.

P.J.Mazumdar
http://www.advaitayoga.org/discussion/discussion.html

Alternatives to ‘resting in awareness’ – Rupert Spira and Eckhart Tolle

Alternatives to ‘resting in awareness’ – Rupert Spira and Eckhart Tolle

Rupert Spira in answer to a questioner says;

“To ‘take one’s stand as Awareness’ would perhaps be better phrased as ‘understand or see clearly that you are Awareness and be that knowingly.’”

SOURCE http://non-duality.rupertspira.com/read/taking_our_stand_as_awareness

Rupert’s teaching here is of course close to Eckhart Tolle’s focus on ‘living in the now’