I'm going to offer a characterization here -- these long posts, of which there are more than just a few, are seemingly infinitely textured. Even though they have at base a very simple, repetitive theme, I can just read and read and not only never get bored but as I read I find myself slipping into the same state of being that comes with meditation. An added bonus is that the ideas expressed will often seep in around the edges during meditation at just the right times to not only silence the mind, but when the conceptual pointers are followed along their non-conceptual vectors funny and beautiful non-things don't-happen everywhere all the time during a sit.Ananda wrote: It is simple now, but subtle. When the mind is not, then I am. When the doer is not, then I am. When all notions and ideas about myself, about the world, of being a person within the world, when all these have stopped with the cessation of the mind, then I am. When my mind is not, then my experience of the world is non-different from my awareness, from my sense of existence. This is very important here, to recognise this now. When the mind is silent completely, then I cannot distinguish between what I experience and my awareness within which the experience arises- in fact there is no difference between the two, because all differences are ideas only- and ideas cease when the mind is silent.
Ananda, If I weren't a dude I'd throw you a big wet sloppy kiss.
I used to like to spar mind-to-mind with him on certain conceptual issues, and will not promise to refrain from doing so when such concepts will arise in his future posts ... but when he talks of quieting the mind you will hear a pin drop in mine.
A shake of the head and a bug of the eyes and that same head is nodded toward his obvious deep knowledge of ancient Vedic scripture. It takes much more than just knowledge to synthesize such genius and we are indeed fortunate that Source has found such a vehicle.