Who Are You?

Read especially Chapter 3 "Who Are You?" in this preview of the book "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer   https://books.google.co.in/books/about/The_Untethered_Soul.html?id=sqPzr7Pn4cQC&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y

Innocence

It is time to go back in time To when innocence reigned, Where the past was a blur And the future too distant, And time stood still As with a wondering eye You surveyed the heavens Or beheld a flower without the urge to pluck. Time to go back in time To when Names were … Continue reading Innocence

Universe and Us

That which spins and rushes the planets Moves me too. That which sets the rivers rolling Over mounts, plains and vales Moves the blood Coursing in my veins. Mysterious though the universe is Tantalizing and vexing the astronomer, More mysterious still are we Eluding the grasp of even the philosopher.

The Season of the Pursuit of Truth

Who knew that the time No less than three palmists predicted That come 2020/2021 I would cut down my activities And devote more time to spiritual sadhana Would come a trifle sooner than they predicted But hail to the smell of joy and freedom From the many cares and skirmishes That social media, Or for … Continue reading The Season of the Pursuit of Truth

Shankara: How to Meditate for Self-Realisation| Vivekachuhdamani | Nididhyasana | Samadhi

Tom Das

Here is a collection of verses I have taken from Shankara’s Masterpiece Vivekachudamani focusing on the last step in the path to liberation, namely meditation or Nididhyasana, which as we shall see culminates in Samadhi.

In Vivekachudamani, the entire path to Moksha (Liberation), in which suffering is totally removed, is set out for us. Not only is the entire path explained in detail, but repetition of almost every point is made again and again to ensure that the meaning is clearly imparted and cannot be misunderstood. This text has been approved and recommended by all the great Advaita sages over the centuries, including Bhagavn Sri Ramana Maharshi who translated the entire work into Tamil for those around him who could not read the original Sanskrit.

The path starts with the seeker of liberation burdened with suffering approaching a self-realised teacher. The teacher then gives the verbal/conceptual teaching (sravana) and then contemplating…

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