Osho - Vedanta
Paul Lowe - In Each Moment
Vijai Shankar- The illusions of life
Satyam Nadeen - From Onions to Pearls
Satyam Nadeen - From Seekers to Finders
Suzanne Segal - Collision with the Infinite
Tathagata - Being
Vartman - Unreasonable happiness
of the heart - excerpt
Paul Ferrini - Miracle of Love
Byron Katie - A brief anthology
Anne Courtney - Resting in the cave of the heart
Nirmala - Nothing personal
Gina Lake - Radical Happiness
Norman Williams - Beyond duality
Madhukar Thompson - The odyssey of enligtenment
Discourses on Asthavakra
Man has many scriptures but none are
comparable to the Gita of Asthavakra.
is saying don't do anything. The whole is the only doer.
Whatever exists is good. If 'I' exists, that too is good. Don't complain even a little about it. In this attitude of no complaint, in this total acceptance, you will suddenly find the 'I' is gone ... because the 'I' is created from doing. When you do something the 'I' is created.
Now you are asking- something new: "How
can I destroy this 'I'? The one who destroys will become the
'I'. You will not be able to escape. "
Enlightenment. That mystical magical word that signifies the
ultimate ecstasy all spiritual seekers strive to attain. But
how does one attain enlightenment? Can such a spiritual path
These Vedanta discourses were given during a nine day meditation camp in central India in the early seventies, where hundreds of seekers gathered to hear 0sho's words as well as experiment with his new meditation techniques. Each morning during the camp Osho comments on the Upanishad's Seven steps to samadhi, in the evening discourse the seekers ask all those questions all of us ask at one time or another. You can feel the energy and excitement of the moment, you can identify with the yearning to know more, to understand, to feel the truth of the words He speaks.
Osho's discourses, His words and wisdom, float over and through you and leave you savoring them for days to come. He weaves everyday concerns such as marriage, religion, boredom, and work into his talks and you can always find something to identify with, some message that is particularly relevant to your life. It seems as if He is speaking to each of us individually - His truth reaches each person differently - yet He speaks one message, one truth, relevant to all.
All spiritual seekers yearn to understand how to attain enlightenment, however much effort that may entail. Yet Osho tells us that effort is only required at the beginning of the search. The first three steps of the path involve the conscious will, the ego, the 'I' that we know ourselves as. Dropping the ego, not being a 'doer', becoming nonattached, a witness, all require effort - they will not happen on their own.
As you absorb the meaning of His words, you realize just how much of an effort He is speaking about. Drop your ego? Do things without identifying yourself as the doer? Become nonattached to your everyday activities, emotions and possessions? Is all this possible, even with your total effort? Osho assures us that it is indeed possible, though it will require a lot of work. Many seekers never progress beyond these first three steps, though they spend many lifetimes at it.
However, once the seeker has mastered these first three steps, the rest will happen spontaneously, you have only to allow it to happen. The last four steps flow from the first three as naturally as night follows day, with no effort whatsoever. Osho cautions us though, that if you are not receptive they will not happen. Any "doing" on your behalf will be a hindrance; you have only to let go and be receptive and the rest will follow. As Osho says, "One thing you have to do.- don't create hindrances after the third [step] ... you have just to flow and not do anything."
The final step, samadhi, will simply occur of its own accord, spontaneously, in any ordinary situation at any time. Osho relates the stories of previous enlightened masters and the circumstances under which they reached enlightenment. Their situations were so ordinary as to be almost laughable, yet they highlight the message that it is not your outer reality that helps you reach enlightenment but rather your inner readiness to do so, regardless of where you are or what you are doing.
These discourses are like delving into a mystery novel, in this case the mystery of samadhi, the central mystery of the Upanishad. Samadhi means the death of the ego, but not of your conscious being. It means liberation from the endless cycle of birth and death and rebirth by attaining the seventh and final step of the path: being fully alert, fully conscious, fully aware. This is samadhi.
Vedanta: Seven Steps to Samadhi is a timeless feast, a royal banquet for seekers to consume. Once you taste this series of Osho discourses, you want to devour it all at one sitting, though you know you will relish each morsel as you dine. Savor it, roll it around on the tongue of your consciousness, digest it into your very being - and then go back for second helpings. 'Vedanta' is gourmet dining at its best, by the finest Master chef there is: Osho. Bon Appetit!
Ma Deva Bhumika
Quote from 'In Each Moment'.You are continuously being invited to become more conscious and to live on this planet without the fear that normally rules you. One area that offers infinite opportunities for expansion of consciousness is in our intimate relationships.
Generally we attribute our discomfort in relationships to the other person. We believe we feel uncomfortable because our partner did or did not do something. That is not so; if you do not feel comfortable it is because you are not being responsible. You have probably been trying to make somebody else responsible for making your life work. That is not possible, yet it is what most people are doing. We are motivated to come together because we feel incomplete; we feel empty because we are not being ourselves, so we look for someone else to fill the gap. Then we cling to each other. But we have no control over the other person; they could leave at any time, and then we will be back with ourselves as we really are.
It will never work to look to someone else for your own happiness. No one else's life is going to make your life work. Like everyone, you are totally alone and you always will be. In that aloneness it is possible to dance joyfully with someone else, but most likely, you do not even know who you are, let alone someone else. You do not know how to connect with your own essence, so how can you dance freely with another's?
Globalisation, secularisation and individualization render man lonely, isolated and dependent. Man's view of the world continuously changes; his opinions swayed by the issues of the day. 'Certainty' seems to disappear. Man is not in contact with either his Creator or with himself.
The book 'The illusions of life' is a relief. It takes us to a reality detached of space and time, the foundation of the world of phenomena. He adheres to Advaita, the wisdom of non-duality, as taught by the rishis of the Vedic times. Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Nisargadatta are exponents of this age-old wisdom. The world exists as opposite pairs; without day there is no night, no heat no cold, no good no evil, etc. The foundation of this duality is unity. The whole cosmos is a reflection of the absolute. A reflection like a dream has no reality.
"Who am I" is the most essential question in human existence. Dr. Shankar through his uncompromising way of Self-Enquiry explains that life exists as illusions only. Understanding it leads to the realisation: Tat Tvam Asi (Thou art That). The author unravels many deeply rooted illusions that we normally take to be as truths: the illusion of birth and death, of the ego, of fear, violence, duality, karma, time, etc. In a systematic way he keeps on questioning and the answers eventually reveal that the world phenomena are only an illusion with irrefutable logic. The reader may revolt at certain moments. Dr. Shankar rattles the conditioned concepts of your mind. Even love and enlightenment are "unmasked" as illusory. The ego is confronted. It forces you to look deeper. What could be real? Before you know it you are deeply contemplating what is real and what isn't. With that you've taken up the gauntlet which dr. Shankar has thrown to you. One of the illusions which is the hardest to understand and accept is: that the person, is not the doer. In western society for most people this is at odds with everything to what we think our "civilisation" is based on! The ego is either in the past or the future, while God is HERE and NOW and therefore inaccessible for the ego.
Then, is life hopeless for the ordinary man? No it isn't. Dr. Shankar shows that Self-Enquiry leads to the realisation of that which is real, a life free of concepts, and a life in freedom!
The true story of awakening in an American prison.
Satyam Nadeen dreamt of creating a beautiful zen paradise in Mexico but was caught for distributing ectasy and had to spent many years in a heavy duty prison.
While is prison he realized that a lifetime of spiritual seeking had brought him nothing so he gave up trying.
In surrender he found what he had been looking for and came home.
In 1996 he was released from prison and started writing about his expeciences as well as giving workshops.
A remarkable book. Good reading!
Publisher: New Freedom Press ISBN 0965385000. 200 pages $12.95
Publisher: Blue Dove press ISBN 1884997279. 190 pages $ 14.00
This book contains conversations from Vartman with visitors during satsangs and retreats which Vartman has been giving all over the world. It has been divided in 24 chapters with subjects like identification, gratitude, acceptance and so on. It gives a clear impression the way Vartman responds to his visitors and his view of life:
'Anyone that says that life is suffering has not known life.
'Anyone that says you cannot be happy all the time does not know life.
Satsang it the discovery that you are life itself.
That is the doorway to a living self recognition.
You are what you have been searching for.
At the core of you is the happiness of simply being, even when you are crying. If you donot believe me, ask me to prove it'
Edited by Nadia Thorngren. No isbn number, 174 pages.
Part three out of four books of the serie ' Reflections of the Christ Mind'.
With these books Ferrini makes Christ a living reality again and makes his teachings of a path of love available and up to date for this time.
A heart opening moving book!
Highly recommended as well as the other books from the same serie.
Exerpt: transforming negativity
ISBN 1-879159-23-6 $ 12,95 Paperback 200 pages.
A brief anthology of Katie's words
You are welcome to copy, and quote
this booklet. That is the friendly welcome of a small book filled
with quotes from Byron Katie. Pearls of wisdom
to bring you back home.
' Live in the Now? Even the thought "Now" is a concept. Before the thought completes itself, it's gone, with no proof that it ever existed. Even thought doesn't exist. That's why everyone already has the quiet mind that they are seeking.'
ISBN 1-890246-14-X. Booklet, 42 pages. By 'The work of Byron Katie Foundation.'
Anne Courtney - Resting
in the cave of the heart.
Dream Books Publ. ISBN 0-9749875-0-6 Paperback, 125 pages $ 16.-.
Gina Lake - Radical
iUniverse Books. ISBN: 978-0-6151-5394-0. 182 pages $14.95
The good news is that many people are
waking up nowadays, dawn is on the horizon and several people
woke up early.
Every time someone is waking up is a unique experience, and every book about it contributes by approaching it from a different angle as not two people are the same.
It is a joy to read what people who made the whole journey have to tell!
Endless Satsang Press. Second Edition (expanded) ISBN: 978-0-6151-8767-9 274 pages $16.95
Teachers from Nisargadatta Maharaj to
the Dalai Lama, Sai Baba and Byron Katie.
Publisher: Norman Williams.
The story of Madhukars quest for enlightenment.
He does not rest when his teacher Poonjaji declares that he has come home but still visits many teachers after that before he finally started giving stasng himself.
A beautiful and inspiring story to read!
Publisher: Manjul Publishing
House, 340 pages.
is a book about non-duality and non-doing, about you and me and
the truth that we are not two.
In reading it, people have reported that they effortlessly connected with the special energy of the Silent Retreat and with the tender and clear Beingness that can be experienced when Tathagata and those who love truth meet.
is a book to be read again and again, for it will again and again
give of its subtle delicacy.
see also innerview with Tathagata
A quote from Tathagata's
Life is given to us and life does not belong to us but we belong to life.
Another 104 pages of clarity that help you to see through the illusion that the mind, that thinking, reates that we are separate from existence.
'All is given yet nothing is for us
When we take anything for ourselves
220 publishing. ISBN 9781905479030. 104 pages, paperback 10 euro
Space is the title of the third book from Tathagata
iI is not a book about having space,
but about being the space that includes all, the space of awereness
that you are.
ISBN 9781905479047 Paperback 104 pages, 220 publishing