Search found 1821 matches

by runstrails
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?
Replies: 30
Views: 686

Re: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?

waverider wrote: "The stars, the planets, the sun, the moon, the trees, the animals. They all exist and so there has to be an awareness which allows them to exist". I don't understand what you mean by this. I'll do my best to explain. The awareness that non-duality talks about is not the mental cog...
by runstrails
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?
Replies: 30
Views: 686

Re: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?

waverider wrote: But consciousness could just be a function of our body Then how do you explain the existence of all that is outside the scope of your mind/body? The stars, the planets, the sun, the moon, the trees, the animals. They all exist and so there has to be an awareness which allows them t...
by runstrails
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?
Replies: 30
Views: 686

Re: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?

Waverider: Can anyone prove that consciousness is not the function/feature of the brain? Sure! I'll try. Lets assume that consciousness is a function of the brain. Although science struggles to explain consciousness (e.g., you can google the 'Hard Problem of Consciousness'). But what is the brain? ...
by runstrails
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?
Replies: 30
Views: 686

Re: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?

Waverider wrote: In order to prove that awareness exists you must begin your investigation with the assumption that it doesn't. Good question waverider! Now let me ask you a counter question: 'Do you exist'? Presumably you would answer 'Yes' :D. No one can deny existence, can they? What you need to...
by runstrails
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?
Replies: 30
Views: 686

Re: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?

Waverider wrote: America existed long before but it was ever known Yes. I agree. Here the 'known' means 'awareness' It was known only after it was discovered Yes. I agree. Here the 'known' means known to humans after they discovered it. Are you suggesting that for something to exist it must be firs...
by runstrails
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?
Replies: 30
Views: 686

Re: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?

I think we are speaking of different things here. There cannot be existence without awareness/consciousness/knowing. But I don't know how to better express it. Apologies.
by runstrails
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?
Replies: 30
Views: 686

Re: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?

Exactly! If something exists, there has to be an awareness, consciousness or knowing of its exixstence. Not by Columbus or any other being--but by the virtue of the simple fact that it exists. This is a subtle concept--but its the foundation for understanding your true nature.
by runstrails
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?
Replies: 30
Views: 686

Re: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?

Another very good question, Waverider! Let's put the brain aside for now. In fact, lets imagine a world with no sentient beings at all. Let's just assume there are mountains on a planet. Now I have a question for you: Given that the mountains exist, how are they known? Not known to you or me or any ...
by runstrails
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?
Replies: 30
Views: 686

Re: Who am i? Why can't i be a ever changing entity?

Excellent fundamental question Waverider! First, a basic assumption needs to be made that ultimate reality is infinite, limitless and unchanging. That ultimate reality is ‘Infinite’ I think is intuitive to most of us. But let’s look more closely at ‘limitless’ and ‘unchanging’ (which is your questio...
by runstrails
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The peace of awareness is the same as the peace induced by drugs
Replies: 4
Views: 259

Re: The peace of awareness is the same as the peace induced by drugs

Good insight! Yup, its the same experience of happiness/peace/contentment. Its the same experience of happiness/peace you have when a desire of yours is fulfilled too (and the mind becomes calm). All these experiences are temporary though (and graded in nature). This experienced fullness or contentm...
by runstrails
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: Awakening, Ego and Soul
Replies: 11
Views: 960

Re: Awakening, Ego and Soul

Hi Turiya, I don't know much about Vedanta Well, one interesting thing to know is that Turiya is a Sanskrit word which means the '4th' [state] in vedanta (implying that Turiya is the real self or Brahman which remains constant during the other three states of waking, dreaming and deep sleeping :D. I...
by runstrails
Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: Awakening, Ego and Soul
Replies: 11
Views: 960

Re: Awakening, Ego and Soul

Hi Andy and Turiya, Nice discussion! In Vedanta there is reference to a 'subtle body' (Shutla Sharira in Sanskrit) which survives the death of the gross body and reincarnates. In eastern traditions (Vedanta, Buddhism) reincarnation is taken for granted since those philosophies are based on the notio...
by runstrails
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Corona Virus - How doth the enlightened/conscious ones see things...
Replies: 14
Views: 2395

Re: The Corona Virus - How doth the enlightened/conscious ones see things...

And a lovely blogpost from Swami Tyagananda (of the Vedanta society in Boston): https://vedantasociety.net/blog/a-spiritual-response Swami Tyagananda The coronavirus is making headlines. Every day. In every part of the world. Everything else has receded into the background. No longer is the virus co...
by runstrails
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Corona Virus - How doth the enlightened/conscious ones see things...
Replies: 14
Views: 2395

Re: The Corona Virus - How doth the enlightened/conscious ones see things...

And here is a nice video from Swami Sarvapriyananda who is at the Vedanta Society in NYC on fighting anxiety and depression:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzFtOOVQPmA