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by Craig
Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:23 am
Forum: Recommended Books
Topic: Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Replies: 1
Views: 373

Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Read Our Town , by Thornton Wilder. It's a play that was written in 1937, and despite the differences between the play's setting in America at the start of the 20th century and the modern-day world, its main theme still holds true for today. By the way, although there is a plot in this play, the wor...
by Craig
Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: You are not Pure Awareness
Replies: 24
Views: 573

Re: You are not Pure Awareness

Ok. That was a “teaser title.” But my point in this post concerns a big problem with language. I’m reading John Wheeler’s “The Light Behind Consciousness.” Wheeler is a direct-path guy. He repeats himself forever saying essentially “You are non-conceptual pure awareness.” He’s not the first to asse...
by Craig
Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Utter Simplicity of This
Replies: 12
Views: 383

The Utter Simplicity of This

"The Utter Simplicity of This" From the free extract of John Wheeler's The Light Behind Consciousness found at non-dualitypress.com: The Utter Simplicity of This Questions and doubts are thoughts arising and setting before you. They come and go, but you remain as what you are. You clearly exist and ...
by Craig
Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Example of a real man
Replies: 6
Views: 170

Re: Example of a real man

In all honesty, these are just ideas about what "enlightened men" look like (whatever those are) and how they should behave. It has very little to do with clearly seeing that there is no separate self in existence. Nevermind those "enlightened men". What about you, monmonn? Return to your own experi...
by Craig
Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best meditation method??
Replies: 21
Views: 475

Re: Best meditation method??

The best meditation... ... is no meditation whatsoever. Otherwise, you might be expecting something to happen, something to change, some shift to occur, some awakening to happen. In doing so, you overlook your own, direct experience, which can be noticed and seen at any time. It is in this direct ex...
by Craig
Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:10 am
Forum: Recommended Books
Topic: John Wheeler
Replies: 4
Views: 609

Re: John Wheeler

The Light Behind Consciousness is without a doubt the clearest expression of non-duality I have ever come across. Prior to reading it, I still had an intellectual and confused understanding of non-duality. While reading the book, it became rapidly apparent that non-duality involves seeing from our ...
by Craig
Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:02 am
Forum: Relationships
Topic: I did not come to bring peace, but a sword - please help
Replies: 19
Views: 3426

Re: I did not come to bring peace, but a sword - please help

I have talked to my wife about all this and she says, “If you want to go, go” but I can’t hurt her that way. I’ve been divorced once and I won’t hurt someone I’ve promised to be with and love dearly again especially for something as small as incompatibility. Can I be the space for this? Should I be...
by Craig
Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Awakening / Spiritual Enlightenment / Truth-Realization
Topic: So how do you realize the truth.
Replies: 26
Views: 3098

Re: So how do you realize the truth.

How do you realize the truth. There is a two-fold process. One is recognizing what you are, awareness prior to consciousness, and seeing clearly through your own direct experience that this, and not your body, mind or anything else, is what is you. Second, the sense of personal self needs to be tho...
by Craig
Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:09 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Ashtavakra Gita
Replies: 11
Views: 1247

Re: Ashtavakra Gita

It needs to be posted:

The full text of the Ashtavakra Gita: http://bhagavan-ramana.org/ashtavakragita2.html
by Craig
Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: You, the One Who Acts & Chooses
Replies: 2
Views: 110

You, the One Who Acts & Chooses

There’s something interesting that I’ve observed lately, something potentially disconcerting, but also liberating as well. If you’ve ever stopped to look, you’ll notice that a lot of the physical activities that you do during the day just seem to happen. You don’t consciously think about them- your ...
by Craig
Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:12 pm
Forum: Spiritual Teachers
Topic: John Wheeler
Replies: 3
Views: 962

Re: John Wheeler

I have found that John Wheeler speaks in plain terms and cuts to the heart of spirituality. He's not interested in giving you practices, meditations, self-inquiry, any of that. He's only interested in pointing out what you are, right here and right now, and helping to resolve any questions that mig...
by Craig
Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which "Who am I?"
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Re: Which "Who am I?"

But how can we be certain that this is the correct understanding of the vichara? After all, we’ve seen that there are other versions taught by various spiritual teachers. Can we be sure that this one is correct? In fact, we can eliminate the other versions. The interpretation that one should merely ...
by Craig
Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which "Who am I?"
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Which "Who am I?"

I've started to look at self enquiry again, and I've noticed something interesting: there seems to be a bunch of different interpretations of Ramana's vichara "Who am I?" I wanted to discuss a few of these variations, and then suggest which one I think Ramana actually intended. In some books on non-...
by Craig
Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:25 am
Forum: Awakening / Spiritual Enlightenment / Truth-Realization
Topic: The Secret of Enlightenment
Replies: 11
Views: 2008

Re: The Secret of Enlightenment

If he had no idea that he should be in some other place, then he had already lost attachment and resistance. Re-consider what was written here. It seems as though you're reading it as "The thought didn't even occur to Buddha that he should be any place other than the one he was already in." It can ...
by Craig
Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:29 am
Forum: Awakening / Spiritual Enlightenment / Truth-Realization
Topic: The Secret of Enlightenment
Replies: 11
Views: 2008

Re: The Secret of Enlightenment

But doesn't the Buddha say the true path is the 'middle way'? That when these positive and negative conditions occur, to bring ourselves back, to lose attachment to these conditions? That, to me, is the sticky part and the part that keeps me hoping/searching/frustrated. What is it that you expect w...