I gently lower my eyelidsShutting off whatever scenes that there beI dial down my thinkingShutting off whatever curiosities that there beThe time has comeTo trace back my stepsTo that state of ignoranceAnd pay attentionSo that I am no more bewitchedInto falsehood.
All of us are headed towards enlightenment (or indeed, as some say we are already always enlightened, but we are now ignorant of that fact). Meanwhile, we have to work through our neuroses.
Please see these videos of Swamiji roughly in the order in which I have listed them to get a very good grasp of what Vedanta, or more specifically Advaita Vedanta, is, which is the core philosophy of Hinduism: 1. What is Vedanta? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AawWsJNi0gM 2. Synopsis of Vedanta - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLWFLcu02ng 3. Defining God - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16VWfc-H4y0 … Continue reading Swami Sarvapriyananda on Advaita Vedanta (Hinduism)
"The feeling of 'I ' and 'mine' is ignorance. People say that Rani Rasmani built the Kāli temple; but nobody says it was the work of God. They say that such and such a person established the Brahmo Samaj; but nobody says it was founded through the will of God. This feeling, 'I am the … Continue reading The Ultimate Liberal Called Ramakrishna Paramahansa
Youtube Playlist Link to the 4 Parts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXuTt7c3Jkg&list=PLKCye8OzfFxxswt47OeFpTOF9pha7J9ln
Following is the Epilogue in Erwin Schrodinger's book "What Is Life?" (Note: Schrodinger was an Austrian physicist who developed a number of fundamental results in the field of Quantum Mechanics, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933) Epilogue: On Determinism and Free Will As a reward for the serious trouble I … Continue reading Schrodinger On Determinism and Free Will
Ignorance - ajnana - is of two kinds: (1) Forgetfulness of the Self. (2) Obstruction to the knowledge of the Self. Aids are meant for eradicating thoughts; these thoughts are the re-manifestations of predispositions remaining in seed-form; they give rise to diversity from which all troubles arise. These aids are: hearing the truth from the … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on Ignorance
21-24. D.: What is this ignorance? M.: Listen. In the body appears a phantom, the ‘false-I’, to claim the body for itself and it is called jiva. This jiva always outward bent, taking the world to be real and himself to be the doer and experiencer of pleasures and pains, desirous of this and that, … Continue reading Ignorance (Maya, Avidya)