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by samadhi
Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vedanta
Replies: 129
Views: 15406

Re: Vedanta

Thanks, Samadhi. I've scanned the articles and I'll continue to check them out. Whereas I see the value of self-knowledge which can be the fruit of inquiry, and which might even be neccessary to make the right kind of sense of experience, I am very wary of taking on beliefs (as opposed to recogniti...
by samadhi
Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vedanta
Replies: 129
Views: 15406

Re: Vedanta

Hey Karmarider :) I understand the confusion, it's a subtle topic and rife with seeming contradictions. I'll try my best to explain what I've drawn from it. Vedanta is about the knowledge that is the fruit of inquiry, ie Self-knowledge. If we're sincerely engaged in self inquiry, which is good, we s...
by samadhi
Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vedanta
Replies: 129
Views: 15406

Re: Vedanta

I'm also skeptical/critical of what you and Advaita Vedanta say. I don't have it in me to accept a take on Truth simply because others accept it. Even if those others are venerated gurus. Nope, you mustn't simply accept it, that simply won't work. Self inquiry is absolutely necessary, taking the te...
by samadhi
Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vedanta
Replies: 129
Views: 15406

Re: Vedanta

I see it (feel it) differently. That I am able to know that my thoughts/feelings are changing does not necessarily mean that I am not changing. It could (and, I think, often does) work like this: My brain (thought) creates an observer (also thought) that is capable of noticing certain things about ...
by samadhi
Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vedanta
Replies: 129
Views: 15406

Re: Vedanta

Great to see people discussing vedanta and James Swartz...the guy is an amazing teacher and astoundingly underrated. Eckhart and Adya et al laid the groundwork for me, but no other teaching as complete a methodology. I've found it so immensely helpful and transformative....words are inadequate :D
by samadhi
Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: got hit by the enlightenment bus :)
Replies: 63
Views: 6992

Re: got hit by the enlightenment bus :)

Great post autumsphere, I'd never encountered a Klein bottle before. Just - neat! :D Interesting thread too. How do you feel since you wrote the opening post? has the experience of enlightenment sustained? I've had several times when I felt a massive shift that sustained for a certain length of time...
by samadhi
Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Spiritual Teachers
Topic: James Swartz
Replies: 15
Views: 5222

Re: James Swartz

LOL It'll probably raise a few eyebrows to be sure! :lol:
by samadhi
Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Spiritual Teachers
Topic: James Swartz
Replies: 15
Views: 5222

Re: James Swartz

Ahh that's a good question, I didn't even realise he had a free PDF book, so I haven't read it. Just skimmed through and it looks like it covers many of the same things, although the new book is longer by the look of it and expands upon things a lot more. I won't type out the entire contents list (i...
by samadhi
Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:48 am
Forum: Spiritual Teachers
Topic: James Swartz
Replies: 15
Views: 5222

Re: James Swartz

Hi Runstrails, Glad I could provide the recommendation :) He definitely deserves a thread on here, it's a wonder he isn't better known than he is. His website has a wealth of stuff on it, you could really spend hours on it, couldn't you. His approach is clear, concise and powerful and he has a blunt...
by samadhi
Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sexual related painbody
Replies: 20
Views: 1837

Re: Sexual related painbody

Hi Blenderhead :) My feeling is that this is more a psychological issue than a spiritual one. It's good you have an understanding of the way painbody, ego and mind work. You can bring an element of awareness to it and see it operating within you without fully becoming it. 99% of people aren't yet ab...
by samadhi
Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The (neo) advaita trap
Replies: 49
Views: 3933

Re: The (neo) advaita trap

Thanks for your reply Sandy, I didn't realise until afterward that taking someone's message apart paragraph by paragraph might seem more aggressive than I'd intended. I was just using some of your comments to elaborate my thoughts on neo advaita which had initially prompted me the start the thread. ...
by samadhi
Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The (neo) advaita trap
Replies: 49
Views: 3933

Re: The (neo) advaita trap

This is not written in reply to any one post here. I just have to make this statement and I hope I can make it clear. Hey Sandy. If I may there are also some thoughts I'd like to try and express. I also feel you were responding in large part to some of the comments I made so I'd like to clarify :) ...
by samadhi
Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The (neo) advaita trap
Replies: 49
Views: 3933

Re: The (neo) advaita trap

Well described... I had the same realization and it also came from watching my thoughts over a long period. After a while it just becomes extremely obvious that our thoughts "spontaneously" arise out of the nowhere and disappear into nowhere. That's exactly what I discovered after spending time obs...
by samadhi
Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The (neo) advaita trap
Replies: 49
Views: 3933

Re: The (neo) advaita trap

Most peeps on this forum are “conscious of their thinking” but not conscious of the fact that it “isn’t them thinking”. That’s mind identification, and I wouldnt go back to that hell if you paid me. On a side note- I had been watching Ananta on youtube and I "got it" tonight, exactly what you said....
by samadhi
Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The (neo) advaita trap
Replies: 49
Views: 3933

Re: The (neo) advaita trap

Right, they’re delusional. One useful spiritual practice you can try: Look in the mirror every morning, and say, how am I going to bullshit myself today? How am I going to lie to myself and remain blind to what’s actually going on in my own mind? Dunno why anyone would want to do this LOL. I like t...