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Living Nonduality (Enlightenment Teachings of Self-Realization)

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Back of the Book There is probably no person alive who has not pondered that which some intellects have termed “ultimate reality” – the source of animation and activation that expresses the phenomenon that we call life. Because this noumenon is immaterial, to the senses, it is sometimes described as “spirit”. An interest in the spiritual need not have any inherent relationship with what is defined as religion. It can be free of: required beliefs; worship ...
Back of the Book

There is probably no person alive who has not pondered that which some intellects have termed “ultimate reality” – the source of animation and activation that expresses the phenomenon that we call life. Because this noumenon is immaterial, to the senses, it is sometimes described as “spirit”.

An interest in the spiritual need not have any inherent relationship with what is defined as religion. It can be free of: required beliefs; worship of forms (or even the absence of form); dictates of regulated behaviour; or ideas of right versus wrong. It can be free of all doctrine or dogma, allowing you to discern and verify for yourself what is true.

This book is not an inquiry into the supposed existence (or non-existence) of a god or gods, but an investigation into the relationship (if any) between the self, that you are conscious of, and the ultimate reality in which you are conscious of it. And this is a discovery which can be immediate and direct, without reliance on any religious propositions.

 

Preface

These monographs are a selection concerning nondual realization. Some were written as a reply to letters from correspondents; others were written as a response to a specific inquiry, resulting from an in-person or telephone discussion, over the years since 1988.

They appear in no particular order. However, there is a (loose) arrangement in terms of complexity, with some on an earlier subject perhaps making a later subject clearer.

The teachings of nonduality have begun to come of age in the West, recognized (at last) as the central essence of Zen, Dzochen, Tao, Vedanta, Sufism, and of Christians such as Meister Eckhart. In particular, the recorded teachings of sages (such as Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj) have paved the way for a contemporary generation of illuminating speakers and writers.

Due to the informal style of these monographs, quotations are sometimes abridged, or words emphasized; and English words may be substituted for Sanskrit, etc.

Since these monographs were written for persons of varied interest in the subject, and since each was written independently of the others, there is (regrettably) some unavoidable repetition. Nevertheless, each one has something unique to say, which is why it was selected for inclusion here.

As Ramesh Balsekar has said,

“Even for those who have already understood something very clearly, a particular statement made in a particular context often brings out a subtle aspect which had earlier escaped their attention. It is therefore important not to take a repetition lightly, as a mere repetition."

Self- Realization is not Religion

There is probably no person alive who has not pondered that which some intellects have termed "ultimate reality" - the source of animation and activation that expresses the phenomenon that we call life. Because this noumenon is immaterial, to the senses, it is sometimes described as "spirit".

An interest in the spiritual need not have any inherent relationship with what is defined as religion. It can be free of: required beliefs; worship of forms (or even the absence of form); dictates of regulated behaviour; or ideas of right versus wrong. It can be free of all doctrine or dogma, allowing you to discern and verify for yourself what is true.

In the latter category, is an area of interest in ultimate reality (or the "spiritual") which is referred to as self-realization. This is a direct, unmediated confirmation of the nature of truth concerning the root questions of worldly existence: what can be said about this life?

There is a motivation for exploring this area, this personal investigation into our intrinsic essence. Each person, universally, possesses a sense of immediate and unique presence. This specialized sense of personification results in an experiential image or form which is characterized as our ego.

This ego plays a pivotal and crucial role in our relationships with other life forms. Resolving the questions about the nature of ultimate reality can have a profound effect on the isolation or alienation that we countenance from within the perspective of our encapsulating, or self- limiting, ego. It is this ego which is the progenitor of the bulk of the conflict which we daily experience, for the duration of a lifetime.

The consequence of the internal inquiry, into what you are that is in transcendence of the individual ego, is the revelatory awareness that is known as self-realization. This can be independent of any and all of the behaviour and attitudes that are associated with religion. This is not an inquiry into the supposed existence (or non-existence) of a god or gods, but an investigation into the relationship (if any) between the self, that you are conscious of, and the ultimate reality in which you are conscious of it. And this is a discovery which can be immediate and direct, without reliance on any religious propositions.

 

Contents

 

  Acknowledgements ("to admit, confess") 1
  Preface 2
  Self-Realization is not Religion 3
  The Absolute Enigma 7
  Know Thy Self: An Owner's Manual 14
  Framing the Question 15
  Plain Talk 17
  The Subject/Object Illusion 20
  Where I am Not 21
  Realization, Plain and Simple 22
  Message from Galilee 24
  The Silencing Question 26
  The Bottom Line 28
  Fabled Enlightenment 29
  Neti, Neti 30
  Mind (from the Greek "menos"; spirit, force) 34
  Your Departure Time 35
  Substantive Enlightenment 37
  Starting a Revolution 40
  Who Is God? 42
  Science as Spirituality 42
  The Beat Goes On 46
  Who Says 'That Thou Art'? 47
  Tiger By The Tail 49
  You're Not Responsible 51
  The Needle's Eye 54
  The Truth Shall Set You Free 56
  Keeping It Simple 57
  Five-Word Key 58
  The Neutrino Parable 60
  In a Rut 61
  Mother Teresa's Devil 62
  Three-Word Solution 65
  False Leads 67
  Doing Our Homework 68
  Within Oneness as Oneness Within 72
  I.D. ea 74
  Unquestionable Purpose 75
  Who Is the Dier? 76
  The Black Period 77
  Walking Through It 79
  "No Thing from the Start" - Hui Neng 80
  Who Has Ears to Hear 82
  What's Happening? 83
  Nine Contemplative Stanzas 84
  The Soul of Humanity 85
  In a Word 87
  Erasing the Lines 87
  Most Vital Principle 91
  Awareness: No Real Difference 93
  Hear Now 95
  Suffering: A Practical Response 97
  Have Love, Will Travel 98
  No Thought for the 99
  Relative Beads, Absolute Thread 101
  Manifestation Is 'Appearance" 103
  Freedom Now 105
  No Creation, No Destruction 105
  Feeling the Way 109
  Square One 111
  Thy Will or Mine? 112
  Eightfold Checklist 113
  Mandate 114
  All One Can Hope For 115
  Suchness 116
  Meditative Mind 115
  Sexuality 120
  Describing the Indescribable 121
  Vedanta in a Nutshell 122
  Real Romance 125
  No Choice 127
  "And the Word was God 129
  Meditation? 131
  It's Vital 133
  What Jesus Knew 136
  The Theory of Unity 137
  Shall I Read Further? 138
  Connecting the Dots 140
  Not to Worry 143
  A Self-Created Myth 144
  Spiritual Joy 145
  (Dis) Solving the Problem 145
  The Energy of Intelligence 146
  Karma: In the Dream World 148
  Where Are you? 150
  Present Right Now 150
  Upstaging the Actor 152
  The Empty Page 154
  What Is Needed? 155
  Homily for Sunday School 156
  Call the First Witness 156
  Radical ("the root") 159
  Absolute Awareness (Short Course) 160
  Get Over Your "self" 163
  Dying Daily 164
  Whence God's Will? 167
  Love or Fear? 168
  At Oneness 169
  Divine Energy is the Divine 172
  Thy Will Be Done 174
  Supreme Be-ing 175
  On First Base 176
  Buddha's Advice 177
  Forgive? Or "Forget"? 178
  How They Died 180
  Expose Shadows to the Light 182
  Out of Busi-ness 183
  Your Choice of Words 184
  Un-Conditional Awareness 185
  Do Unto Others 186
  Stillness is Acceptance 186
  "Who" Understands it All? 187
  The Crossing Over 188
  Be As You Are 189
  Who's Responsible? 190
  "Nothing to stand on" (Buddhist pointer) 193
  Many Questions, One Answer 194
  Two Clarifications 194
  True Self 195
  Idolatry 196
  See the World? 197
  Who's Answering Your Questions? 199
  The Devil Claims Responsibility 200
  Embraceable you 202
  Who's Hurting? 202
  The One Question 204
  The Message from the Universe 206
  A Major Shift 207
  The Need for Affirmation 208
  Who's Stressed? 209
  Fire Consumes Forms 210
  Ad Infinitum 211
  Life Sentence 213
  The No-Thought Experience 214
  "Jesus said 215
  The Undoing of the Doer 217
  The Shadow World 218
  Busted 219
  The Eternal Freedom 219
  "Self-Generating" 222
  "You": Not Actor or Acted Upon 224
  The "see" in Consciousness 224
  Changes of Life 226
  Look Within 226
  Self-Emptying Awareness 228
  The Final Question 230
  Without Destination 232
  Mind is in the I-Thought 233
  Dying is Collapse 235
  Advice from the Holy Spirit 236
  Fear as Feeling 238
  Ac-tor : role-player 240
  The Sword's Point 241
  More of the Same 243
  Concern for Others 244
  Self-acceptance 245
  You Contain Nothing 246
  Purging the Mind 247
  Desire 248
  Only One Question 249
  Will or Destiny? 250
  No Entry; No Exit 252
  How the Story Ends 252
  No Problem 254
  Half Right 255
  Means to an End 258
  The Rusty Key 258
  Dualism: "Subject" / "Object" Relationships 260
  Can Pain Be Conquered? 260
  Beyond Reason 261
  Postscript 262
  Beginner's Mind 263
  A Letter to the Self 264
  Your Enlightened Moment 265
  this 266
  Deincarnation 268
  Awareness of Being 269
  Right Action 270
  "Just As lAm" - hymn 271
  Forsake Deliverance 274
  Buddha-mind, Buddha-nature 275
  Looking for What You Want 277
  Dzochen: (the) "Great Perfection" 278
  Nondual in Christianity 280
  No Exit 280
  Whose "Will to Live" or 282
  Neti, Neti: Not "I', not "God" 285
  The Essential Principle 286
  Mind is Buddha 287
  Where There's Smoke 289
  Letting in the Light 289
  Your True Identity 290
  Floor-painting Experience 291
  This is Freedom 292
  The Sole Revolution 294
  Clarifying the Natural State 295
  The End of "Reconciliation" 297
  Death: Where To From Here? 298
  To One Who Understands 299
  The Teacher is the Taught 300
  What Price Freedom? 302
  True (troo), adj.: As It Is 302
  Surrender of the Ego 303
  The Mystery Revealed 304
  Time Depends On "you" 305
  Where to Look 306
  The Critical Question 308
  One Mile at a Time 309
  Unbroken Awareness 310
  You Before You Were Born 312
  One Friend to Another 313
  Pain and Liberation 316
  No Experience Necessary 317
  No Disconnection 318
  Quenching the Candle 319
  No Thought 320
  "How Much?" 322
  Just Another Hymn 324
  Killing Buddha 325
  "How Are You?" 326
  Energy Is Energy 327
  Devastation: "make empty" 328
  Dialogue 329
  Ungrasping 331
  The Consummate Fireball 334
  "Accepting" Bliss 335
  Consciousness Is 337
  Love Letter 338
  Beyond Thought 339
  Halleluyah 340
  From Origination, to Decay 341
  The Greatest Story 343
  Political Activism 343
  "Untitled" 345
  Still Life 347
  Soul Talk 347
  The Irony of God 348
  Transformation Is Not Interpretation 350
  What would Buddha do? 351
  Yea, Listen to the Mockingbird! 352
  Coda 355
  Alphabetical Title Index 356
Sample Pages
















Back of the Book

There is probably no person alive who has not pondered that which some intellects have termed “ultimate reality” – the source of animation and activation that expresses the phenomenon that we call life. Because this noumenon is immaterial, to the senses, it is sometimes described as “spirit”.

An interest in the spiritual need not have any inherent relationship with what is defined as religion. It can be free of: required beliefs; worship of forms (or even the absence of form); dictates of regulated behaviour; or ideas of right versus wrong. It can be free of all doctrine or dogma, allowing you to discern and verify for yourself what is true.

This book is not an inquiry into the supposed existence (or non-existence) of a god or gods, but an investigation into the relationship (if any) between the self, that you are conscious of, and the ultimate reality in which you are conscious of it. And this is a discovery which can be immediate and direct, without reliance on any religious propositions.

Preface

These monographs are a selection concerning nondual realization. Some were written as a reply to letters from correspondents; others were written as a response to a specific inquiry, resulting from an in-person or telephone discussion, over the years since 1988.

They appear in no particular order. However, there is a (loose) arrangement in terms of complexity, with some on an earlier subject perhaps making a later subject clearer.

The teachings of nonduality have begun to come of age in the West, recognized (at last) as the central essence of Zen, Dzochen, Tao, Vedanta, Sufism, and of Christians such as Meister Eckhart. In particular, the recorded teachings of sages (such as Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj) have paved the way for a contemporary generation of illuminating speakers and writers.

Due to the informal style of these monographs, quotations are sometimes abridged, or words emphasized; and English words may be substituted for Sanskrit, etc.

Since these monographs were written for persons of varied interest in the subject, and since each was written independently of the others, there is (regrettably) some unavoidable repetition. Nevertheless, each one has something unique to say, which is why it was selected for inclusion here.

As Ramesh Balsekar has said,

“Even for those who have already understood something very clearly, a particular statement made in a particular context often brings out a subtle aspect which had earlier escaped their attention. It is therefore important not to take a repetition lightly, as a mere repetition."

Self- Realization is not Religion

There is probably no person alive who has not pondered that which some intellects have termed "ultimate reality" - the source of animation and activation that expresses the phenomenon that we call life. Because this noumenon is immaterial, to the senses, it is sometimes described as "spirit".

An interest in the spiritual need not have any inherent relationship with what is defined as religion. It can be free of: required beliefs; worship of forms (or even the absence of form); dictates of regulated behaviour; or ideas of right versus wrong. It can be free of all doctrine or dogma, allowing you to discern and verify for yourself what is true.

In the latter category, is an area of interest in ultimate reality (or the "spiritual") which is referred to as self-realization. This is a direct, unmediated confirmation of the nature of truth concerning the root questions of worldly existence: what can be said about this life?

There is a motivation for exploring this area, this personal investigation into our intrinsic essence. Each person, universally, possesses a sense of immediate and unique presence. This specialized sense of personification results in an experiential image or form which is characterized as our ego.

This ego plays a pivotal and crucial role in our relationships with other life forms. Resolving the questions about the nature of ultimate reality can have a profound effect on the isolation or alienation that we countenance from within the perspective of our encapsulating, or self- limiting, ego. It is this ego which is the progenitor of the bulk of the conflict which we daily experience, for the duration of a lifetime.

The consequence of the internal inquiry, into what you are that is in transcendence of the individual ego, is the revelatory awareness that is known as self-realization. This can be independent of any and all of the behaviour and attitudes that are associated with religion. This is not an inquiry into the supposed existence (or non-existence) of a god or gods, but an investigation into the relationship (if any) between the self, that you are conscious of, and the ultimate reality in which you are conscious of it. And this is a discovery which can be immediate and direct, without reliance on any religious propositions.

Contents

Acknowledgements ("to admit, confess")1
Preface2
Self-Realization is not Religion3
The Absolute Enigma7
Know Thy Self: An Owner's Manual14
Framing the Question15
Plain Talk17
The Subject/Object Illusion20
Where I am Not21
Realization, Plain and Simple22
Message from Galilee24
The Silencing Question26
The Bottom Line28
Fabled Enlightenment29
Neti, Neti30
Mind (from the Greek "menos"; spirit, force)34
Your Departure Time35
Substantive Enlightenment37
Starting a Revolution40
Who Is God?42
Science as Spirituality42
The Beat Goes On46
Who Says 'That Thou Art'?47
Tiger By The Tail49
You're Not Responsible51
The Needle's Eye54
The Truth Shall Set You Free56
Keeping It Simple57
Five-Word Key58
The Neutrino Parable60
In a Rut61
Mother Teresa's Devil62
Three-Word Solution65
False Leads67
Doing Our Homework68
Within Oneness as Oneness Within72
I.D. ea74
Unquestionable Purpose75
Who Is the Dier?76
The Black Period77
Walking Through It79
"No Thing from the Start" - Hui Neng80
Who Has Ears to Hear82
What's Happening?83
Nine Contemplative Stanzas84
The Soul of Humanity85
In a Word87
Erasing the Lines87
Most Vital Principle91
Awareness: No Real Difference93
Hear Now95
Suffering: A Practical Response97
Have Love, Will Travel98
No Thought for the99
Relative Beads, Absolute Thread101
Manifestation Is 'Appearance"103
Freedom Now105
No Creation, No Destruction105
Feeling the Way109
Square One111
Thy Will or Mine?112
Eightfold Checklist113
Mandate114
All One Can Hope For115
Suchness116
Meditative Mind115
Sexuality120
Describing the Indescribable121
Vedanta in a Nutshell122
Real Romance125
No Choice127
"And the Word was God129
Meditation?131
It's Vital133
What Jesus Knew136
The Theory of Unity137
Shall I Read Further?138
Connecting the Dots140
Not to Worry143
A Self-Created Myth144
Spiritual Joy145
(Dis) Solving the Problem145
The Energy of Intelligence146
Karma: In the Dream World148
Where Are you?150
Present Right Now150
Upstaging the Actor152
The Empty Page154
What Is Needed?155
Homily for Sunday School156
Call the First Witness156
Radical ("the root")159
Absolute Awareness (Short Course)160
Get Over Your "self"163
Dying Daily164
Whence God's Will?167
Love or Fear?168
At Oneness169
Divine Energy is the Divine172
Thy Will Be Done174
Supreme Be-ing175
On First Base176
Buddha's Advice177
Forgive? Or "Forget"?178
How They Died180
Expose Shadows to the Light182
Out of Busi-ness183
Your Choice of Words184
Un-Conditional Awareness185
Do Unto Others186
Stillness is Acceptance186
"Who" Understands it All?187
The Crossing Over188
Be As You Are189
Who's Responsible?190
"Nothing to stand on" (Buddhist pointer)193
Many Questions, One Answer194
Two Clarifications194
True Self195
Idolatry196
See the World?197
Who's Answering Your Questions?199
The Devil Claims Responsibility200
Embraceable you202
Who's Hurting?202
The One Question204
The Message from the Universe206
A Major Shift207
The Need for Affirmation208
Who's Stressed?209
Fire Consumes Forms210
Ad Infinitum211
Life Sentence213
The No-Thought Experience214
"Jesus said215
The Undoing of the Doer217
The Shadow World218
Busted219
The Eternal Freedom219
"Self-Generating"222
"You": Not Actor or Acted Upon224
The "see" in Consciousness224
Changes of Life226
Look Within226
Self-Emptying Awareness228
The Final Question230
Without Destination232
Mind is in the I-Thought233
Dying is Collapse235
Advice from the Holy Spirit236
Fear as Feeling238
Ac-tor : role-player240
The Sword's Point241
More of the Same243
Concern for Others244
Self-acceptance245
You Contain Nothing246
Purging the Mind247
Desire248
Only One Question249
Will or Destiny?250
No Entry; No Exit252
How the Story Ends252
No Problem254
Half Right255
Means to an End258
The Rusty Key258
Dualism: "Subject" / "Object" Relationships260
Can Pain Be Conquered?260
Beyond Reason261
Postscript262
Beginner's Mind263
A Letter to the Self264
Your Enlightened Moment265
this266
Deincarnation268
Awareness of Being269
Right Action270
"Just As lAm" - hymn271
Forsake Deliverance274
Buddha-mind, Buddha-nature275
Looking for What You Want277
Dzochen: (the) "Great Perfection"278
Nondual in Christianity280
No Exit280
Whose "Will to Live" or282
Neti, Neti: Not "I', not "God"285
The Essential Principle286
Mind is Buddha287
Where There's Smoke289
Letting in the Light289
Your True Identity290
Floor-painting Experience291
This is Freedom292
The Sole Revolution294
Clarifying the Natural State295
The End of "Reconciliation"297
Death: Where To From Here?298
To One Who Understands299
The Teacher is the Taught300
What Price Freedom?302
True (troo), adj.: As It Is302
Surrender of the Ego303
The Mystery Revealed304
Time Depends On "you"305
Where to Look306
The Critical Question308
One Mile at a Time309
Unbroken Awareness310
You Before You Were Born312
One Friend to Another313
Pain and Liberation316
No Experience Necessary317
No Disconnection318
Quenching the Candle319
No Thought320
"How Much?"322
Just Another Hymn324
Killing Buddha325
"How Are You?"326
Energy Is Energy327
Devastation: "make empty"328
Dialogue329
Ungrasping331
The Consummate Fireball334
"Accepting" Bliss335
Consciousness Is337
Love Letter338
Beyond Thought339
Halleluyah340
From Origination, to Decay341
The Greatest Story343
Political Activism343
"Untitled"345
Still Life347
Soul Talk347
The Irony of God348
Transformation Is Not Interpretation350
What would Buddha do?351
Yea, Listen to the Mockingbird!352
Coda355
Alphabetical Title Index356
Sample Pages

















Item Code: NAN357 Author: Robert Wolfe Cover: Paperback Edition: 2017 Publisher: Zen Publications ISBN: 9789385902802 Language: English Size: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch Pages: 370 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 525 gms
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