Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Truth of Being

Are you aware of a seemingly elusive feeling deep inside you that feels very good? It is like an inner smile, with warmth, light, and radiance. When we open up and relax into that inner feeling, we feel as though everything is right with the world, and that we already bountifully have anything we could reasonably want or need. It is a feeling of a deep contentment, a profound fulfillment, and an exalted sense of well-being. Some say that being firmly established in that most excellent inner feeling is the ultimate purpose of life. An ancient Eastern proverb says: Contentment is the highest goal.

There is only one time that great feeling can be experienced: that is now, this very moment. That great inner feeling is the most profound Truth. It is the secret of the ages, and it is also the Truth of the present moment. We only experience it when we look within. This is the ultimate reason that people meditate or do other spiritual practices—to experience that bliss within our own Self. There are innumerable meditation techniques and methods of practice, but the primary goal in life is to experience that wondrous feeling of our own inner Self.

Ordinarily we are caught up in thoughts and emotions, which take place in time, and which are usually related to the past or the future. Many of our habitual patterns of thought and feeling are of a negative or limiting nature, because we were conditioned or programmed that way from the time we were very young.

Such habitual ways of thinking and feeling lead to stress, tension, and conflict. Instead of life being a joy, a natural high, we go to the doldrums. We spend our days angry, depressed, irritated, insecure, and life seems hard. All this happens because we ignore the awareness and power inherent in the existing moment.

Only in the present moment do we have access to happiness, joy, love, contentment, peace, and the other positive, uplifting feelings.

We need to be reminded again and again to come back to the present, come back to the Truth. Otherwise we get lost in egotistical melodramas and forget all about the existing moment, which is the only life we have. We need a way to actually tune in to the Truth of the present moment, and that is the exact purpose of these writings.

This moment is the stage on which we deal with the challenges of daily life, or, as we will examine, the karma of this lifetime. When we live in the moment, in that space between any two thoughts, is when we face life best. We can learn how to do this, and how to focus the mind in the present moment in a way that immediately modifies our experience of daily situations and relationships. Understanding how we create our own reality is an amazing process.

Right now, in this moment, we can consciously connect with our own inner Self. It has been known by many names in various cultures and in different eras, yet whatever we call it, it remains as it is, and remains the one aspect of this entire cosmos that is eternally unchanging. We experience this within ourselves as our own Consciousness, our inner Awareness of Being.

Ignorant of the eternal Truth, everything we know is fleeting, and as long as things are fleeting there is the potential for anxiety and fear. We know this all too well. And today's world offers new challenges that we would never have dreamed of even ten years ago.

For now, simply be with these ideas, as though you are reading an interesting science fiction story, and especially be open to any insights or new ways of seeing or understanding things that might arise. You might have spontaneous insights and revelations regarding what you as an individual need to know in order to proactively participate in your own spiritual evolution.

Living In Today's World

How do we deal with the realities of today's world, including economic hardship and insecurity for many? Hard times have existed in this world ever since it began, yet there have always been those few who knew the Truth of Being and lived in mastery of life to varying degrees. Many great teachers throughout time have taught this same great truth, although it has been interpreted in different ways, and there have been different points of emphasis, leading to the various paths that ultimately bring us back to the same Truth.

This outer challenging world, including the physical realities of economic hardship, deteriorating health, loss, lack, or limitation of any nature, does exists in its own realm. However it is not the only realm in existence, and it is certainly not the highest, nicest, or most pleasant realm. If we have a choice--which we do, whether we consciously realize it or not--why not choose to live in the exalted truth of the present moment, instead of languishing in the pain of external woe? We do have a choice, but we must exercise it.

We want to get to know that aspect of our own inner Self that is changeless. All things in this world change, physically, emotionally, and mentally. To have a still mind, a still emotional state, or even a still body would be a great attainment. There is great power in stillness, for it is the substratum of life as we know it. All movement, motion, and activity take place like a painting on the canvas of inner stillness.

That inner stillness exists right now; we only need to awaken our awareness of our own Truth.

The highest, most refined feelings and experiences will not be found in the melodramas of outer life and passing time. If we lose touch with our inner feeling, we get lost in our mental stories about what is going on and who is doing what. We get lost in habitual negative emotions that go along with those mental stories, and we lose touch with the Truth of the present moment. Through careless thinking we tend to create a reality that we don't even want. The mind creates our personal reality in each and every moment, not just now and then.

We Create Our Own Reality

The one underlying theme throughout this work is: Remain conscious of that great inner feeling right now. Awaken it within yourself. Create a positive habit out of it. Don’t wait for some external source to inspire joy. Joy naturally springs from within us whenever we get momentarily free from mental burdens and concerns.

Through the power of meditation, or through visiting the space between thoughts, we experience a great inner light. Through the conduit of this exquisite light, we experience love within our own heart.

This heart, the heart of love, is the portal through which we experience the highest aspect of the present moment.

We can go through life conscious of this extraordinary inner feeling everywhere we go and during everything we do, regardless of what is happening around us or to us. We can simply make this inner radiance our lifestyle. Through doing so, that extraordinary feeling is spontaneously radiated to others around us.

The sparkling inner feeling is palpable—others can easily sense it. It is contagious--others will feel good by simply being around us, without having any idea why. If we maintain this great feeling within ourselves, others will pick up on it and begin to experience the same feeling within themselves. Spend some time with a cheerful person, and see how much better you feel afterwards. Then spend some time with a depressed or angry person, and see how much worse you feel. There is a definite, distinguishable difference.

Through understanding this simple principle, we see how we can most contribute to others and the world around us by simply maintaining a good feeling in ourselves. We will discuss this fully so that you can master the process.

Experiencing true joy or love is a transcendence of time. The experience itself happens only in the present moment.

It is one thing to know about these principles and to agree with them, but actual mastery in practical daily life is a whole other matter. It takes practice, repetition, and consistency to actually apply these principles of truth in our own life. Otherwise we have learned some interesting information without any significant transformation. There are many who seek knowledge of the Truth, yet only a few are willing to do what is necessary for actual achievement and mastery.

When we are conscious of Consciousness, we experience that great feeling in the heart. Consciousness is not cold, intellectual, or remote. It is warm, heartfelt, the most exquisite openness and intimacy.

If you ever get the idea that I am repeating myself, I am. I have experienced a lifetime of repeating these principles over and over. It takes much repetition of a single exalted idea to make the slightest impression in the average human consciousness.

We are so conditioned and programmed to see and experience the world in rigidly limited ways. It is very challenging to open up to new ways of seeing and experiencing things, and the only possibility of success is through continuous repetition of the principles of Truth, as well as the persistent practice of our new understanding in moment-to-moment life. After exploring the principles of Truth in many different ways, and through applying them in practical ways in our own life, they gradually become part of us, and become our own understanding and wisdom.

Living the Principles of Truth

Understand from the beginning that these writings are regarding the communication of natural principles that can be practiced in one’s own daily life for a greater life, regardless of how one’s life might be manifesting in any given moment. The same principles can be applied equally for success in business or career, for harmony in relationships, for intensity and focus in sports or the arts or any field of creative expertise, in matters of health and longevity, for increased prosperity and the enjoyment of life, and in the long run, spiritual growth and absolute freedom.



We can live in our own secret heaven here and now, while in this physical body. Unfortunately, most of us unconsciously use the same creative power to live in some degree of hell here and now, in this body, because we describe many aspects of our life in negative, hellish ways instead of positive, heavenly ways. We live in financial insecurity, for example, because we focus on fear and anxiety instead of developing a consciousness of prosperity through feeling the reality of having all that we need. Such an attitude attracts prosperity to us, while negative attitudes of lack and loss repel it.

It is possible, through intention and practice, to think only of what we actually want to manifest in our life, or what feels pleasant, and to refuse to think of what we don’t want to manifest, or what feels unpleasant. This seems so simple that the conscious mind is almost unable to recognize the profound life-transforming significance of it.  The only way to learn the Truth is to try it, as an experiment, to see what happens.  What have we got to lose?

Because of previous conditioning, we are unable to see the greatness of our own Being. Through persistent practice we can learn to break free from prior, limiting conditioning, so that we can live in the awareness of our own Truth, the Awareness of Being, which is living as a true human being. When we live in the awareness of our own inner Truth—and the love, light, and bliss that accompanies that experience—then we have fulfilled the purpose of our being here.

Among the Eastern scriptures is a great text called the Yoga Vasishtha. It contains the teachings of the sage Vasishtha to the young Lord Rama, which basically explains how all of life came to be and how the universe works. In it, the sage says:

O Rama, if you overcome the sorrow of repetitive history, you will live here on earth like a god. When delusion is gone and the truth is realized by means of inquiry into self-nature, when the mind is at peace and the heart leaps to the supreme truth, when all the disturbing thought-waves in the mind-stuff have subsided and there is unbroken flow of peace, and the heart is filled with the bliss of the Absolute, then this very world becomes an abode of bliss.

Such a person has nothing to acquire or to shun. He is untainted by the defects of life and untouched by sorrow. He does not come into being or go out, although he appears to come and go in the eyes of the beholder. He is not affected by the past tendencies that have lost their momentum; his mind has given up its restlessness, and he rests in the bliss that is his essential nature. Such bliss is possible only by self-knowledge, not by any other means. Therefore, one should apply oneself constantly to self-knowledge. This alone is one’s duty.


Some lesson headings:

Living in the Truth of the Present Moment
What You Think Is What You Get
The Evolution of Wisdom
How Feeling Creates Reality
Attention, Conscious Intent, and Will
Our Amazing Capacity to Change
The Incredible Power of Feelings
The Importance of Priorities
Inner Growth Through Relationships
The Greatest Game Ever Invented
The Inner State
The Art of Flowing
Love Is Where the Heart Is
God in Human Form
The Mastery of Life
Attaining the Highest Now
Living in Your Own Secret Heaven
Entering the Stillness
Establishing Joy in Your Heart

The previous is the original entry of the blog, published in July, 2008.

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74 comments:

D. R. Butler said...

I will continue to respond to comments and questions in the comments following this entry as well as the May 3 entry.

I experienced a strong inner feeling to post the original entry of the blog, which only a relative few read at the time, 4 years ago. It was the initial introduction of a whole new way of communicating and relating both on a one-to-one basis as well as a collective level, meaning that most of what is written here is now read by quite a few people, even though one-to-one communication is possible when necessary. It is amazing how much can be learned from the answers to other people's questions.

I appreciate those of you who remain attuned to the interactions in the comments here, and who consider yourself as a part of a community, commonly united by the sincere openness for the experience of Truth. Knowledge is good but experience is better.

For those who participate in the course via email, keeping up with interactions in the comments of the blog is an aspect of the course, for it is through interaction that many higher perspectives of Truth are revealed. Even Socrates agreed with this, as he primarily taught through interactions with those interested in learning what he knew.

Even if you don't participate in the lessons of the course, I appreciate your presence and the fact that you must gain something important through visiting here. No one should feel that the blog community is in any way limited to active participants of the course. We include all and exclude none. All views will find a common meeting place here. It is not limited to any particular 'spiritual' perspective. The language and terminology are obvious and valid for all equally, regardless of what language(s) you speak.

If you are new here, welcome. I trust you read the blog entry with an open mind and open heart. When we read this way, we experience that something happens beyond words and ideas. One way to recognize an authentic sourse of Truth is if ideas are recognized as what you already knew in your heart but had never yet put into words.

There is no dogma here, nothing you must believe in or accept on faith. In fact, I would strongly advise you to never take this approach toward Truth. Believe only in your own experience, or what you can prove as true in your own life, or your particular set of karmic circumstances.

Never believe in words alone. Words have the power to greatly limit us, yet they also have the power to free us when used and understood correctly.

There is nothing beyond your own inner experience that can be assumed to be true. For this reason, the Truth lies within you and 'as' you. Sooner or later you will realize that your own consciousness of the present moment is the only universal Self you will ever experience.

I had the intention to warm up here before writing the next lesson, and this was a good one. I hope it was good for you too.

Marga said...

Hi Ram,

Thank-you for re-posting this. Although I've read it before, I'm gaining something new from it now, and as I leave it up in a tab on my browser and return to it over the next couple weeks, I'm sure I'll keep seeing new things.

This is what popped out at me, reading it this time: "Experiencing true joy or love is a transcendence of time. The experience itself happens only in the present moment."

I contemplate what Time is. As I get older, I seem to experience Time differently, naturally - in a way that's less uptight, less rigid, more present.

So maybe this is just a function of getting older, but alongside this physical experience of Time is a subtle experience of Time in which Time is revealing herself to be utterly plastic. Like it's all just a flimsily constructed framework for me to experience myself within. Because without Time, and the appearance of Change, there would be nothing to compare anything else to, so little palette to paint thoughts of myself with.

Since beginning the Course 10 months ago, I actually experience what you're pointing at when you say "Experiencing true joy or love is a transcendence of time." Because when all notions of a past or a future are stripped away from my experience of this moment, those are the qualities that are present - joy, love, and lightness, and everything being so very ok.. No matter what is actually going on.

Recently I've had some personal challenges that have given me excellent opportunities to see the truth of this principle in situations that would have emotionally hijacked me, even a year ago. I'm sure there are more challenges "ahead." And if I don't move into that imaginary future, I get to just stay in this exquisite joy and love. No matter what seems to be happening in this moment.

That is no small thing!

Thank-you so much for this Course.

Avivit said...

Hello D.R. and all satsang friends online.
A few days ago, reading my newest lesson, VOL 2 Lesson 30, I slipped into the Present Moment, being absolutely in the NOW, absolute stillness & contentment and noticing all that happens, all events on different speads and levels like an LP we once used to listen to music. I was the center of it, the pin, completely still and peaceful, and the world was turning and doing its thing. I knew I was all of it. There was nothing personal in it.

On a day to day basis I am aware of the Self, that ever present stillness, yet it is as if "I am looking at IT", the awareness is noticing the stillness and emptiness.... a certain level in duality?
This time, for a while, I was IT...being aware of existence as if from the inside out.

So my question is: are there different levels of experiencing the Self? and can you explain a little on this experience becoming aware of the Self versus being it?

On a daily basis, When I am aware of the Self it feels like self effort, bringing myself back from any thought or emotions again & again to the present moment and noticing the never changing reality. But this state felt like GRACE pulled me in......or is it all GRACE?


One more question I still have regards what Michelle wrote of in the comments to your previous article, the three states you explained by giving the example of the mountain, which is One that includes all three.
In meditation I often "dissapear" and return to being conscious of existens when I get back so to speak from that medidative state.
I can say nothing about it, just before and after. Is that the turiya state? and is teh Turiya something beyond those 3 you explained? although I recall Michelle mentioning this kind of experience too but not necessary in sitting meditation if I understood correctly. Can you please explain?

In this opportunity I want to say thanks for through the lessons I learn each and every month new vocabulary. Words like vernacular, spat and penchant. Just like you say in my current lesson "we cannot experience what we remain unconscious of", I am grateful to expand awareness and experience by expanding my vocabulary too! an awakening with diverse means.

My heart is filled with gratitude and Love....thank you.

rico said...

After reading this blog entry I was surprised to find out that it was the inaugural post. It felt new and fresh even though I had read it before and have been hearing about the principles mentioned for many years. I guess it's just more proof that the best approach is to see everything as new in the present moment.

Debbra said...

This is great. I came to the Blog today to check on any new comments and I see that there is this 'new' entry! So happy to see this re-posted. Not sure if I ever read the original blog entry after beginning the Course a year ago, and even if I did, it's a great practice to hit the re-set button and start over with new eyes. What a pleasant and unexpected surprise. Thank you Ram!

D. R. Butler said...

Avivit, there is no difference between being aware of the Self and experiencing the Self. Awareness is the only true experience.

The Turiya state is being aware of all levels of consciousness simultaneously. For example, Turiya sees the waking state, dream state, and deep sleep state as the same, all at once, and remains the same among all 3 states. It is an illusion that we leave one state to go to another. They all exist here and now. You think you are awake as you read this, yet the dream state and deep sleep state exists simultaneously, right now.

Taylor said...

What a sweet surprise to come across this second post for May today. I read the first half - all the while feeling "that most excellent inner feeling." Then, I went and sat in stillness for about 15 minutes, lingering in the feeling.
And, just now, I finished reading the post. I was surprised to see that it was the original posting on the blog from 2008. It seems so new and so timely. Thank you, D.R.,for a lifetime of repeating the principles. It's a masterpiece that I am so grateful for!
thanks & love,
Taylor

Avivit said...

"Awareness is the only true experience" and "It is an illusion that we leave one state to go to another" makes it all very clear to me and simple to hold as guides when I am unclear. Thank you.

Melissa Abbott said...

LOL - It seems so completely different to me that I thought it was NEW!! In fact, it was so deep, I was really contemplating it strongly! WOW! Life is a box of chocolates! Thank - you :)

Colette said...

I was truly amazed at how "new" this blog was for me even though I've read it a couple of times before. It showed me in a new way how much the course is changing me, and how much more myself I am becoming. The road is not always smooth, but it is sublime. Love and Blessings, Karuna – Colette

Karen Jo Shapiro said...

Reading this blog re-post is like reading your Greatest Hits. After two years with the course, they do resonate in a different way than I suppose they did in the beginning (I don't really remember my reaction to the original post-- but it's quite quite wonderful in the present moment). In a way they contain Everything we learn in the course, and the course takes us through the process of learning to apply all these great truths.

A big thank you. Love, Karen Jo

Kay said...

On June 24, I will celebrate the thirty-sixth anniversary of my discovery of these Teachings. What a different life it would have been without the knowledge that my own thoughts in this moment are creating my experience of my life as it is right now. Practicing letting go of the negative, limiting thoughts and cultivating the habit of replacing those thoughts in the moment with something lighter and more pleasant, has been the Secret of the Ages for me in this lifetime. Thank you from the depths of my Being for being here as the perfect Guide on the path.

Kaunteya said...

Happy 36th Anniversary Kay!
It is my 30th next month.
Not for this character, but for this inner being.
I am grateful - and committed!
Grace has rescued me!

Avivit said...

I must say I am truthfully celebrating with you your anniversary Kay! I feel so happy reading your post.

Ellen said...

In lesson 8 Of the course I am currently reading, you talk about releasing the emotional charge associated with memories -- as these emotional charges are themselves the true samskaras. I'm sure you've said this a million times in other places, but I can't find it as of yet, or at least my mind doesn't think I have.... and I'm wondering what is the way to release these memories , forget them altogether, and/or release the emotional charge associated with these memories?
I have a situation where someone I have had a past situation with, really sort of an "ex" who "did " some "bad things" to me lives across the street from me, for one example, and continually seeing him makes it really easy for me to slip into my old emotional reactions about the past.... ... I find this situation, however, in many places, mainly because of seeing those very people or locations....
I can imagine how much more amazing my life could be with this energy truly released.
thank you so much for all your writings, you continue to help me stay on this path and be uplifted each and every day. Love and blessings.

Jane said...

Hi Ram and all/One --- I have a question: My current lesson (vol 2, # 12) refers to the 'ego-oriented' priorities that were established in our childhood and adolescence and now need to be replaced by our current priorities. In the blog entry above, you refer to our conditioning and programming and how it limits what we perceive and experience. I've always assumed that the conditioning in this lifetime is reflective of the ego-bound limitations that we bring into this lifetime (i.e. samskaras) but in reading the lesson and blog, I'm now wondering if the conditioning in this lifetime is less related to the samskaras than I thought it was. Is that the case or not?

As with many of my questions, I'm not sure that I need to know the answer but somehow I feel like understanding the answer might produce more clarity and hence improve my ability to practice "living in the truth of the present moment."

Kay, I love that you remember the exact date and thank you for sharing your celebration. I find that celebratory feelings are contagious and fill me with gratitude. It is also a significant date for me for a number of reasons...

Much love and gratitude -- I am continuously transformed by the lessons, blog and sharing on FB.

James said...

Two things stand out for me contentment and thoughts creating reality. Identifying with the old me keeps me stuck. Happy anniversary Kay. Play it again D.R.. I never get tired of hearing it. I am content, cheerful and grateful. That is my choice.

D. R. Butler said...

I was wondering, after over 50 years on the 'spiritual path,' beginning with yoga and meditation at 15, if I was to write the most important thing I could think of, what would I say? I think it would be something like, Relax, stop carrying so much tension, like yourself as you are, be in harmony with the present moment, and enjoy your own existence.

I also like the way Bob Dylan summed it up:
'Nothing is better, nothing is best,
Take care of your health and get plenty of rest.'

Sarah said...

Congratulations Kay on such an auspicious anniversary! Thank you Ram for re-posting this blog entry as I first read it several months ago, yet didn't even realize it until you mentioned you had re-posted it!

So again, I am able to experience the value of repetition that the lessons and this blog provide.... Being that we are plagued with habitual ways of thinking and feeling, the exquisite repetition in the Course,(often very subtle) has allowed me to develop the ability to step out of the habitual thought stream more easily, into a space of peace and comfort, into that space of the inner smile, into my heart space.

My personal level of inner contentment has expanded into such a delicious experience compared to what it was 10 months ago, when I began the current course material. The cosmic fabric of my life on this planet is twinkling with joy...when I remember return to the Present Moment.

Thanks for the reminders! Thanks for the repetition!
Thanks for all the sharing on this blog!

Asia0912 said...

I've been meditating a little every day. Meditation is mentioned in my just-past Lesson, Vol. 2 Number 4.

I got a meditation timer app for my phone, one that rings a bell at the beginning and end. There are several available. Mine is Zazen Lite. The free version is very basic but enough for me right now.

I do five minutes, the shortest time the app will do :-) and a length of time that's a stretch for me at this point. But it really seems to help. A couple of times I even did another 5 minutes after the first 5 was up.

I don't do anything complicated. Hang out in the space between thoughts, if thoughts come pull attention away from them and back to the space, focus on my breathing.

Thank you Ram for re-posting the first blog entry and for quoting Bob Dylan :-). Love to you all.

Divya said...

"Through intention and practice we can manifest what we want." I have been working with this and notice that it is true. I was upset about having left my teaching profession and am now subbing and searching for something else. I noticed that I was beating myself up inside about this and had been doing this subconciously for awhile. SUDDENLY,
I realized that if I told myself "Its the best thing that ever happened to me," that I felt better.I started applying the phrase to everything I ever felt bad about choosing. It worked for each of them too!! After reading this blog,I am feeling that I need to add to my little saying--Its the best thing that every happeded to me and my life is prosperous in every way. Thanks for the post Ram!

James said...

I felt I needed to speak to a coworker
about air freshner that I felt was a problem to my well being. I did not feel comfortable doing this. I did intend to speak to them. When I got to work I checked in with my new lesson. Low and behold on first page it mentioned, "Complaining about something is the surest way to make a situation worse" -D.R. Butler. Relationships. The air was radiantly clear. What a relief.

Anusuya said...

Thanks guys. What a delightful and diverse set of comments. Look forward to reading Ram's response to some of them. Got my new lesson today, and it was so perfectly what I needed to hear. Invited my husband to share it with me from the subtle realms, and read it aloud for both of us...the way we did when he was in the body. I will maintain my focus; "I live in heaven."

Debbra said...

Anusuya, I very much wanted to hit the 'like' button for your comment. I can feel such stillness and focus coming through your words. It's inspiring.

Divya, thank you for sharing your shift in awareness. It really spoke to me.. and can feel the value of saying "this is the best thing that ever happened to me." (because truly it is, as everything happens for the best) There is a surge of excitement in that expansive perspective. I plan to use this strategy whenever I want to 'object' to something in my life.

Every time I come here to these comments, without exception, I am uplifted and re-established in the present moment Truth, so thanks to everyone!

D. R. Butler said...

Ellen, thanks for your patience regarding having your question answered. It is a good question and a deep question. You were on Lesson 8 when you wrote it, and although you've received a lot during those 4 months, there is a whole section of the course (see lesson topics in the blog entry) on 'The Incredible Power of Feelings,' where we participate in an in-depth exploration of feelings in all their various forms and exactly what they do and how they affect us and others, how another's feelings affect us, and so on.

Many people, including yogis, meditators, Buddhists, or uncategorized seekers of Truth, and teachers of such things to others, have a certain experience of feelings. Yet few truly understand the enormous power of feelings.

It's easier for us to understand the power of the mind than the power of feelings, because in the Western world the mind has been given priority over feelings. In truth, it is the mind with the support of simultaneous feeling that demonstrates power on any level of being.

Ultimately, of course, there is only one Power, and we are like the sparks from the electrical current, yet containing all the properties and qualities of the entire current.

You have the power, from within, to do anything you 'feel' you can do. If the evil 'ex' lives across the street, make a game of it, and see it as God's way of helping you to attain true freedom. It is such an obvious test set out for you from your higher Power, no matter what we call it. Just smile lightheartedly at the great joke the Shakti is playing on you by putting the evil ex where you have to see him all the time. If you can see the humor in it and laugh at the situation, you will experience so much freedom from something that has kept you bound your entire life.

You said, 'you talk about releasing the emotional charge associated with memories -- as these emotional charges are themselves the true samskaras.'

I would love to be able to tell you briefly in a way that would change you forever, but there's only so much that will actually last from what I write now. This is why the subject is explored later in the course, and you will soon come to understand it with absolute clarity. However this complete understanding arises through the process of the course, not as a verbal answer to a question.

As always, simply focus your attention on your current lesson, and you will always be perfectly 'on schedule.' If you are attuned to your current lesson, you can't possibly be 'behind' in any way. It contains everything you need for right now.

D. R. Butler said...

Jane, I loved when you said, 'I'm not sure that I need to know the answer.' This is very true. The question is very mental and understanding the answer on a mental or theoretical way will not benefit you at all.

Progress on the spiritual path, so to speak, is not determined by learning new facts, so that we can pass a written test on it. It has more to do with changing our vision and our perspective of things, and our approach to things and our attitude. These are what lead to greater liberation and freedom, not understanding facts with the mind.

To address your question, the purpose of life is basically to be free from the samskaras, which are bound in the ego/mind structure that creates our reality for us as we see and experience it. Samskaras are the 'seeds' of karma. To be totally free from karma, we must be free from the 'seeds' of that karma that we carry about with us.

A person first reading this might think this sounds very strange. It might seem strange to use Sanskrit words as a working part of our vocabulary, and it might make the whole process seem foreign or exotic, when actually it is universal, and applies equally to all people in all places and times, and in all cultures and societies.

Hopefully such a person will be eager to learn more.

D. R. Butler said...

Thanks to all of you for contributing your comments. We obviously have an intelligent community here; the shares are inspiring and the Q&A exchanges are stimulating.

Feel free to continue to post comments here. I will not post a new entry for a bit longer, and when I do it might mostly consist of the best of our exchanges, so that they can be read by even more who will appreciate and benefit from them.

You questions will always be answered, even if sometimes it takes a little while. Everything happens at the perfect time. How could it be otherwise?

kirsty said...

The posting and the comments here seem especially fine,or it may well be me and what I need.

Kay, thank you for the reminder of the years traveling this path. For me it is 25 and I still feel such a novice. A happy novice.

I have boxes of letters. My letters. My parents letters. I am reading through them prior to tossing or keeping the few that the next generation may enjoy. I feel rather peculiar as I explore a past that I very seldom think about. I can honestly say that I do not reminisce ( the future is a different subject since I am aware of always planning meals and things to accomplish)and I wonder if this reading of letters is damaging.

Any views on this?

D. R. Butler said...

Kirsty, I can't think of anything damaging about reading old letters. Perhaps it will give you some perspective on your own past history. There are certainly much more damaging things to do than this.

Ellen said...

I am on Lesson 8 and not sure how to ask, so I will describe my experience that I really want to change: I have a consistent "issue" with feeling like I never have enough time. And quite honestly I’m ashamed to say that I honestly don't feel I ever experience Being in the present moment. Day after day I struggle feeling like it's not good enough and I am not seeing the true inner Self when I meditate, and constantly feel like I'm failing to do the things I'm supposed to be doing in this lifetime. This also includes creative projects. I related a lot to Ram’s post on Facebook about the only thing one can do perfectly is sit around and do nothing. This feeling of "overwhelm" and perfectionism paralyzes me. Love, Ellen

D. R. Butler said...

Ellen, everything you say, and all the ways you describe yourself, is the way just about everyone in our society has been programmed to think and feel. It is strange to feel that we don't have enough time when only the present moment is real. It has been said that you don't have to see the top of the staircase, all you have to do is take the next step.

Once again, you are still on the early lessons, and there is much to come that will give you greater understanding of what you have already learned. You've done a good job of sharing how your mind works; now you only need to see that it's only the mind, and that none of its thoughts are real. You are much more than you think you are, and you do not have to do anything to become it or to prove it. It just is.

Relax, stop worrying, think well of yourself and others, and stop feeling like you have to accomplish everything. No one on this earth has ever accomplished everything, and I doubt that you will be the first. Do what is right to do in each present moment, which will be intuitively obvious as soon as you practice not thinking about it.

Once again, continue to focus on your current lesson, and everything will fall into place quite naturally before you even realize what is happening.

Anne said...

Such a beautiful and rich offering ... I was thinking as I was reading it, Whoever gets to read these words, and feel them too, is blessed in this lifetime, whether they know it or not. So how fortunate am I. The Grace pulsates through, and the 'Q&A' parts too.

Two aspects that really stood out for me at the moment is that part about stillness [or Stillness as I think of it] ... "All movement, motion, and activity take place like a painting on the canvas of inner stillness." I can envisage this, and that really helps me to get deeper to feeling the Truth of it, that I hadn't thought of before in this way. It takes me towards the reality of that Stillness ... it's really Real, here and now : ) Deeper than the outer drama, the painted scenes of life..
Also, "to think only of what we actually want to manifest in our life, or what feels pleasant, and to refuse to think of what we don’t want to manifest, or what feels unpleasant... " When I read your words here Ram, and am delightfully reminded ... it feels so much more doable, kinda simple really!
And sensible ... like, why would we even wish to do anything else, when we understand we create our reality with our thoughts? Thunk! lol. Thank god for the Present Moment, where I can start over new and remember anew again and again : )
Thank you for being such a leader and a Light through your blog, Facebook presence, and Course of Training Ram ... A guiding light in the darkness of this world, inner and outer. Gratitude and Love, Bindu (Anne).

Jacob Birdsong said...

Hi D.R.,

As I progress through the lessons, I find myself focusing on the subtle world. If you have a moment, I’d like to share a thought with you that has surfaced over the past few weeks regarding my affinity for communicating with people.

In the lessons, we’ve talked about Oneness. There is one ultimate source of energy behind every living thing. The shapes and forms dissolve, the different languages dissolve, our words and actions dissolve, and ultimately we experience this eternal presence. I’ve experienced this Oneness through meditation and the Course. I feel like I’ve also experienced it through communication with others.

If we take writing, for example, the writer creates an environment which promotes the experience of Oneness. I write something. I create something. For the purposes of this example, it exists in a tangible form as something that can be visited, separate from me. A reader comes along and expends energy into understanding what I have written. If it’s an effective piece, the reader can step into that sphere that has been created and receive the idea as it was intended to be received. This writing serves as a sphere inside of which the reader and I can experience Oneness.

I understand that whether or not someone truly understands something is up to them. I can be as transparent as I’d like and my idea may be missed as a result of the limitations (in one form or another) of the receiver.

This being said, is the relationship I’m drawing between "two people" being able to experience Oneness through understanding one another an accurate one?

Warmly,
Jake

sparkle said...

"the canvas of inner stillness." This whole meditation is a beautiful one. So glad you brought it back from 2008, D.R. It is definitely one to come back to and back to. Thank you.

D. R. Butler said...

Sparkle, this entry will remain here for a while. It is the perfect introduction to the course. What else can we say? If you think of anything, let us know.

Jacob, I will get to your question soon.

Sukala C. Boyd said...

It was valuable to read the sage's words to Lord Rama, especially that the only duty is to know your Self. Sometimes this quest feels direct and strong and often it feels wobbly, as in, did I imagine it? Love coming here on my lunch pause at the office. Now, time for a walk to the local waterfall to contemplate what I've read here.
With love,
Sukala

D. R. Butler said...

Sukala, I am happy that you appreciate the teachings of the sage Vasishtha to his student, Rama, who is considered to be an incarnation of the Lord. (We are all incarnations of the Lord, only some of us need to polish the mirror.) The Yoga Vasishtha is one of my favorite texts, and we often quote from it in the course
lessons regarding specific topics. The principles are amazingly applicable even today.

Jim said...

I went to search for the Rama quote using my web browser's search tool. The first few occurances of Rama were in the word melodrama. I found that amusing. I guess you could say that the supreme truth of our Rama nature is hidden in the melody of the world's song.

Anonymous said...

Ram,


I do relate to the blog's description of an inner greatness that I have experienced from time to time.

However, I have also had a deep desire to "not exist" and in the early days of my sadhanna it could
sometimes feel like I wanted to commit suicide, but I understood that wasn't really what I wanted.

What I really wanted was to not exist at all, not even on the other side of this reality. Is this what is known as a longing for liberation? If so, I wonder how many seekers are confused by such feelings?

If it is not associated with longing for liberation, then it must just be an egotistical tantrum? :)

So, my question is: What does a longing for liberation actually feel like?

D. R. Butler said...

Jacob Birdsong, you ask an interesting question. It seems that through the writing and reading of the lessons of the course we experience a oneness, so I am sure that it is possible.

No matter what you say, however, the listener will hear it according to his or her own understanding. We experience this when we go back and read a lesson that we received earlier, and we see and understand all sorts of new things that made no impression during the original two weeks of focusing on it. This is because our understanding evolves as we experience the process of the course--'the evolution of wisdom.'

It seems that you have good understanding regarding what you write, yet experiencing 'oneness' with another depends upon our capacity and affinity for that experience. Some people are afraid of 'losing themselves,' and hold back just a little in case they want to withdraw or run away if it gets uncomfortable. Others are happy to blend and merge whenever the opportunity arises, and always consider it to be a positive experience.

In my own case, I don't consider the reader separate from myself. I am basically writing to myself, and the same Self in others enables them to 'understand' the communication, creating a sense of oneness.

D. R. Butler said...

Anonymous, the longing for liberation occurs as a desire to merge into Oneness, and the capacity to give up the idea of a separate individual. Most seekers, until they reach a certain point, wish to keep their separate individuality and to be liberated at the same time. It is like wishing to experience freedom while being attached to the seeming 'security' of the cage.

I'm not sure that the desire to not exist is the same as the desire for liberation, for even when liberated we still exist. Existence is an aspect of our eternal nature and never comes to an end, except as the personal consciousness of this particular incarnation. Perhaps in reality it is the desire for the ego and/or the mind to not exist, and, as usual, the tandem of ego and mind think that they are who we are.

Angélica said...

Dear Ram,
I just finished my two weeks with lesson 31 and it has been such a great experience the exercise of seeing my life the way I want it to be in a year from now. I started writing it in detail, but talking with my sister about it I took the idea to translate the writing to images and the effect is amazing!! I can´t stop looking and enjoying them every day, with the feeling that I´m already there.
Even though some times I feel bad because of the things that are “happening in my life now”, I keep reminding myself in these moments that in the long run things will be better than ever, thanks to what I´m living now, and I keep making the effort to be focused in the present moment Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Ram!!!

Ghayas said...

Ram,
In lesson 31 you suggested that we create how we wanted our life to be a year later. I did it and now I'm experiencing 99.99% the scenario I "saw into reality" one year ago. Yet in my current lesson (24 lessons after the 31) you don't suggest that I do the same for next year. Would it be so because you don't want us to focus on creating realities but rather on being happy with whatever comes unsought ? Or I can go ahead and create one year after another the reality I wish to be experiencing on the following one ?
Love, Ghayas

D. R. Butler said...

Ghayas, I am happy that the first year was successful. Now you are free to do as you are inclined to do.

Catherine said...

Good morning, Ram,
I know you've addressed this issue in the lessons, of which I am currently on #43 with the wonderful long poem about the ego which is quite brilliant and apropos of what I am about to write about. Things were going along pretty well lately. Then I fell into a pattern of feeling "less than" mainly due to comparing myself to some acquaintances who even in their mid 50's seem to be making dynamic, life-altering changes. Going through my 2nd Saturn return currently, I know it is a time of evaluation of life in general and making changes where needed. So on the one hand, I know it can be useful to motivate me to "Just Do It" as the slogan says. I can see some fear or maybe laziness in making changes. I can see how the comparing myself to others actually does exactly what the ego wants, it freezes me into non-action, into feeling I don't have what it takes to make the changes that I might need to make. People have told me Baba said comparing oneself to others is useless. So, my question is, when I see myself being affected by these feelings of "less than", and yes I know I am currently in the section on "The Incredible Power of Feelings" which is quite ironic, what is the best way to approach changing this tendency, once and for all? Thank you, Catherine

Sukala C. Boyd said...

Thanks, Ram, for this place to interact and your FB also. Just by being here and there and participating in the Course you offer, my life is changing and I feel like a different person from even one year ago. Lighter. And that's one of the themes in your course. Another benefit is having more awareness. Gotta run now and enjoy the trees and sunlight during my lunch pause.

Love,
Sukala

D. R. Butler said...

Remember that we see what we think, we experience what we think, and where our personal perceptions and experiences are concerned, they have their first cause in thought, in our own consciousness. This primary principle must be understood before the first thing can be accomplished. Yet the only way we can possibly understand it, in our present state, is through constant repetition and persistent reminders. Otherwise the force of habitual patterns is too strong.

For this reason we participate in the course via email, we read the blog, and we do whatever else we do to remain conscious, present, alert, and aware. Otherwise we live in a world of thought-dreams, which is only one step removed from being asleep. Unfortunately, most people have no idea that they go through life in a dream-state. Hardly anyone is willing to be responsible for what they think, yet they are willing to blame anyone and anything for their own experience.

D. R. Butler said...

Catherine, only the ego compares itself to others, or feels 'less than' or 'more than.'

Simply recognize your own inner purity and perfection. Then the tendency to compare yourself to others dissolves into meaninglessness. If you are already pure and perfect, what is there to compare?

Radha said...

Ram, one question
on death. I am wondering if we need to start practicing how to navigate the Bardo?

Or, just be as aware of Awareness as we go along, and let it all flow after we go? Here we go!!

When I read the blog entries, I feel in good company that so many of us are sharing this great course together.

Radha

D. R. Butler said...

Radha, simply be aware of Awareness and let it flow. The only way we can prepare for anything following this earth-plane existence is by living in the Truth of the Present Moment right now. If we can do this now, it will be simple to do it then. If we easily get lost in the world now, there are innumerable worlds we could get lost in then. This is why we practice the principles of the course.

Divya said...

Dear Ram,

I just went back to read your blog and realized that I have dedicated my prayers this month to Peace of Mind for my family and friends and mySelf. It is what the whole thread is about. Somehow, repeating things over and over is working on a subtle level! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ram,

This is my first comment on your blog........I'm currently up to lesson 20 in the course..under the section how feeling creates reality

My comment / question is in relation to the emotional process the course is taking me through, more specifically over the last week or 2.

I feel there is so much 'coming up' ... in the sense of dense emotions are surfacing & I feel quite challenged in how best to deal with the process.... In fact, come to think of it, this is the process I have been going through in some form or another for the last 6 months, after what I can only call a bit of a burn out....

Anyway, the point I'm making is that I'm finding the process challenging, confusing & at times overwhelming..... My question therefore is; When I am conscious enough to remind myself to come back to the moment, is it best to go into the feelings that are coming up without trying to 'think' about them........ and feel them as deeply as possible or am I best distracting myself... (or rather, shifting my attention) to something of a more positive nature??

Your insiights would be deeply appreociated.

Vanessa

Kaunteya said...

Dear Ram :
You write, ( Lesson 8 ) "Painful experiences are best forgotten. We can do this once we discharge the emotional energy held in the memories ... "
How do we discharge the emotional energy???
Are there specific techniques???
I'm getting sick of the mind going over the same crap!
Thanks!
Kaunteya

Lynne Bhanu Shulman said...

The teachings are the same every time yet sometimes hits me in the heart like a brand new insight! Even after over 20 years practicing and studying i feel it is this past year that i am actually able to put into practice the principles of the course consistently.I do find it hard sometimes to know the difference between acceptance and applying self effort in order to change a situation. I used to want to meddle constantly and fix and tweak everything. i know i am not in charge of anything but my own thoughts and actions. I pray, and contemplate and ask for inner guidance when i feel i need to make a change. In 12 step programs the Serenity Prayer asks for the ability to accept the things i cannot change , change the things i can and the Wisdom to Know the Difference .. I continue to get that wisdom from within with the practice of the principles of this course.

Jim said...

Lynne, glad you brought up the serenity prayer. I learned the prayer a long time ago and it had become rote. But these days I have newfound awe for 'Wisdom to know the difference.'

Working with the course brings me to the difficult conclusion that I have been misdirecting my energies trying to revamp my personality and circumstances, using willfulness on them like a drunk jeweler trying to fix a watch with a hammer.

D. R. Butler said...

Excellent point, Jim.
Most of us spend most of our time trying to 'fix' ourselves or others, or to manipulate circumstances in a way that is most comfortable to us.

It is humorous that it takes so long to realize that the karmic plan divine Intelligence (or the cosmic computer) has already set out for us perfectly, in order for us to experience the most 'spiriual growth' in this lifetime, is much greater than anything we could come up with in mind or ego.

Just flow with whatever is, be in harmony with whatever is, have gratitude for whatever it is.

D. R. Butler said...

Vanessa, it is very possible that in the 'spiritual process' we participate in, a lot of emotions from the past will come up and be seen by the conscious mind for the first time. This shouldn't be interpreted as something going wrong. It is the purification process, where we are cleansed of and freed from emotional and mental patterns that have ruled us all our lives.

One thing it would be great for you to realize is that you are not your emotions. They're just baggage that came with the incarnation. Take your attention off them, and direct it toward Bliss, Love, Light.

It is very important to learn to not identify with emotions, thinking they have something to do with your or someone else. This is only another egotistical melodrama.

D. R. Butler said...

Kaunteya, haven't you already asked this very question? I'm almost certain I've already answered it. Don't get too infatuated with questions.

The question you are asking is one that is fully answered only by going through the process of participation in the course. I know this probably sounds like an ad, yet I don't know how else to say it.

It is not something I can answer in a few sentences that will actually enable any true understanding or transformation, because it's one of those things that are only learned over time, through participation in inner development. This exchange is part of that development, but not the whole of it.

It seems odd that some things are only understood over time, being that only the present moment is real, yet this is the way Divine Consciousness, with infinite irony and humor, has set things up.

Work on patience. Everything happens in its own time, and there is no way we can change it.

The most we can do is enjoy the present moment. Descriptions and temporary realities are alluring, yet they offer nothing in the long run. Ultimately it comes down to enjoying the present moment as it is. Trying to make the present moment other than what it is will prove to be endlessly frustrating.

Kaunteya said...

Dear Ram
Thank you for the beautiful answer. I appreciate your guidance and I will focus on the present more and be patient.
My question was specifically about my current lesson so it was a new question (although it did follow a familiar theme !) .
As always, I love the Course and I am very thankful that I reconnected to you and the Course.
My 'boss' found me reading my lesson last night and asked to see it. I felt that something transpired on some subtle level. He is an unusual being and his holding it and glancing at it for a few seconds shifted something positive in me.
It is summer weather up here in Muskoka: may all enjoy the present day filled with blessings!

Brahma said...

Dear Ram,

I have heard it predicted that the world, and in fact the universe is going to end as we know it, very soon. And that all beings everywhere in the universe will be "upgraded" in consciousness to the point where we are all aware that we are one, and have become the entire universe.

This sounds rather interesting, and am wondering if you believe this will happen.

Brahma

D. R. Butler said...

Brahma, ever since I was a child, I've seen cartoons with a man on a soapbox proclaiming that the world was about to end.

The only thing that can 'end' is the cessation of individual consciousness. Each time an individual leaves this plane of existence, the world ends for that individual.

Not everyone on our planet is capable of being immediately upgraded to being 'aware that we are one, and have become the entire universe.' Some will have to continue in planetary systems in which they can consciously grow, as this world has been and continues to be.

We can't be upgraded by an external force. We must be upgraded from within. We already are one and have already become the entire universe, so all that is required is the realization or recognition of the Truth, which can only happen in the Present Moment.

The last number I heard was that around 300,000 people die, worldwide, over the course of one day. For each of these 300,000 or so people who left their bodies on that day, it was 'the end of the world.'

We only have to be concerned with our own end. If we discipline mind and purify ego through our own inner work, then we leave this world gracefully and peacefully. If we can meditate, we simply go to that same space when the final exhalation approaches, and the transition will be effortless and natural.

We only have to consider our own end. It is the only one that is relevant. All our development is to attain a state that we can die gracefully and peacefully. All individual life leads only to death. For this reason, we remain focused in the present moment, which is the only life we have.

We never have to consider the end of the world, the end of humanity, or anything of the such. It exists only conceptually, and is nothing we will never personally experience.

You see, there is a contradiction in terms between 'we are all One', and 'mass destruction.' If there is only One Consciousness, who is the 'mass' that was destroyed? Wasn't that only the dream of the one Dreamer?

The planet Earth is a living being and has its own evolution in Consciousness, vibrating on a more and more subtle level as we hurl through space and time. As the Earth evolves, 'the world as we know it' constantly changes, and humanity has to change along with it.

Imagine the world as it was 50 years ago. I would have been utterly amazed then if I could have magically seen what the world would be 50 years later. In the same way, we cannot possibly grasp the magnitude of how the world will be different 50 years in the future. It will be like another planet.

It is an interesting topic and something that we explore more deeply in the lessons of the course.

D. R. Butler said...

I will post a new blog entry on or around the 1st of July, which is a special month as we celebrate both the birth of the course and the blog.

Until then, feel free to ask your questions in these comments. You will have my full attention.

The level of exchanges in the comments of the blog is one of the 'best kept secrets' of what is available online of a 'spiritual growth' nature. Feel free to let others know about it. It will be good for everyone concerned if more people know about the blog and the power inherent in the comments, which ultimately become parts of future blog entries or even lessons of the course.

A sincere thank you to those who visit here regularly, as well as to those who bravely offer their comments and questions. The blog 'community' is very special in many ways, and it will continue to grow stronger over time, when we might need it the most.

D. R. Butler said...

Brahma, going back to your question, your name reminds me of a quote from my early teacher, which is also quoted in a lesson of the course. Notice that the following is all one sentence:

"This is the “waking and the sleeping of The Great Being,” of the “Day and the Night of Brahma,” the prototype of our waking days and sleeping nights as human beings in the finite earth-plane, in the planetary chain and the Rounds, as well as in The Infinite Omnipresence; or, in other words, of the mortal life, of our disappearance from the scene or the cessation of mortal existence in the body, and of our return again, in reincarnation to take up the unfinished work of our individual karma in another Cycle and Round of experiences—-or eventual earth-plane life in a new day and form."

Colette DeVore said...

Today I was really struck by a simple line in the course "Obviously my mind knows the answers to very little". The reason it struck me so strongly with this is where I seem to operate best from too, and yet my mind wants to argue with it. LOL I am sure there are others out there like me, and for me, I know I'm happiest when I just trust myself and flow with the information. Love and Blessings to All, Karuna

Harriette said...

The post from Anonymous about the individual and liberation triggered something that has been on the back burner for a long time. Do we really understand the individual. We think "it's me, it's me. I Am, I Am." Perhaps "I'm not" is more accurate. Can the individual be impersonal? An expansion without all the petty distractions. A true caring that expands along with harmony. Witness in full . . . . well, witnessing. If the individual is but Consciousness (along with everything), seems like we are hauling around a lot of stuff thinking, "I am me." Know all this is mind conjecture but what fun. Any comment, Ram? And thank you for all. Harriette

D. R. Butler said...

Harriette, there is essentially no difference between the mind and the individual. When the mind thinks, the individual comes into being. Between thoughts exists the Universal. Consciousness does not think unless it first contracts itself into the mind. Pure Consciousness is pure Awareness. This is our true and eternal nature.

Mukunda said...

Hi Ram, and All,
My regular experience when I have a question or need clarification is that a short time later 'an answer' appears in the lessons or in the blog. I am a little stumped by this quote however and would appreciate some insight.

In Lesson #36 "'Trying' to do or not do something is one more useless concept. We use it as a justification for continuing to allow the samskara to have its way. Other than as an excuse not to do and be as we have chosen to do and be, 'I tried' has no meaning."

My old friend Jaganath used to say "Trying is Lying"....but I took that as something altogether different...Like trying to make a job or a relationship workwhen 'inside' you know it's not right.

When I wake up in the morning don't I 'try' to remember the Self....as a way to see the world with a different perspective. When I play a sport....don't I try to make a good shot....or try to hang in there when the going gets tough...I hope this gets through, las t time I put together a lengthy and profound question and somehow it got lost :)....Thanks....Mukunda

Taylor said...

Thank you for your question, Harriette. I really like the answer, D.R.!

When I hear the Truth in many different ways, my understanding increases.

thanks & love,

Taylor

Anonymous said...

My question is about the karma of meat eating.
Having been a vegetarian for years, I've now stopped eating grains, legumes, sugar and dairy. I'm eating meat, and feel more grounded and energetic.

Is what we eat relevant to Living in the Truth of the Present Moment?

Anonymous said...

I think the "mind blowing realizations of God" that i have had are part of my challenge--I am extremely grateful for them but mere waking state pales in comparison. My tastes make me long to live in those states forever. I feel i really need to know if that is possible.

I feel exiled.

I seem to have lost the taste for what the world has to offer nor am i living in an ecstatic state. Where is bhukti mukti?

Thank you

rico said...

Anonymous, if all you had were "mind blowing realizations" then that would be your normal waking state and after a while it would be just as uninteresting to the mind as what you now perceive as normal. The mind blowing seems more interesting because it's different. When you stop paying attention to what the mind thinks then even merely normal becomes mind blowing!

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,
I don't know about the karma of eating meat, but I sure do love barbecue.

You cannot eat anything without taking life. Life is needed to sustain life. Whether you eat plants or chickens and cows, that's how it works.

Santiago said...

Dear Ram: You have cited the Yoga Vashista quite regularly, but it has been at this time when it struck me how modern it sounds, if we choose to perceive that. I have visited museums this month, including a science one, with sense-enhancing machines, as well as one with a lot of portraits. So, it kind of hit home for me your comparison of Self-issues with the time-machine mirror you and your son visited. Everything, and the Course,is a harmonious whole.