The Meaning of Truth, Consciousness and Bliss – Satchitananda

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Conscious first-person experience is the absolute truth.

The objective world you see outside and the internal world that you see inside happens in your conscious first-person experience. Without a consciousness that knows the existence of an object in the objective world or in the internal conscious field, there is no one else to confirm the existence of such object.

This first-person conscious experience is like a pure screen of awareness where the movie of your life is being played. The scenes in the movie keep changing; there is no permanence found in the contents of the screen. The screen is experiencing itself and is also consciously aware of its contents.

The contents of the screen include the following:

  • The information you gather from the five senses.
  • The information after it is processed in your internal monologue of thoughts, concepts, and words.
  • The likes and dislikes that arise from the association…

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Vivekachudamani as translated by Sri Ramana Maharshi

Tom Das

The following text was Ramana Maharshi’s earliest written work, in which he translates the entire text of Vivekachudamani as written by Sri Shankara for the benefit of those who were not able to read Sanskrit.

Ramana has also written a beautiful introduction to the text, which you can find here, which summarises the teachings in brief and states that this text contains all the pertinent points that a seeker requires to attain liberation and also represents the essence of Shankara’s commentaries of the triple canon of the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Brahma Sutras.

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Schrodinger On Determinism and Free Will

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

Rupert Spira on Nonduality

The Fundamental Presumption of our Culture There is one fundamental presumption upon which our world culture is founded. This basic presumption states that experience is divided into two essential elements - a subject and an object - joined together by an act of knowing, feeling or perceiving. This gives rise to the familiar formulations of … Continue reading Rupert Spira on Nonduality

Creation of the Universe

(from Swami Paramarthananda's Commentary on Drik-Drsya Viveka) What is creation? Creation can be defined as the production of an effect or a product from a cause. When an effect is produced out of a cause what happens exactly? What is the mechanism? The words cause, effect, etc., are normally used very loosely. Take the example … Continue reading Creation of the Universe

What is non-duality anyway?

Tom Das

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This website is sub-titled ‘Spirituality and Non-Duality’. But what exactly is non-duality (advaita in Sanskrit)? Even in spiritual circles only a few people will ever come across the notion of non-duality and fewer still seem to be interested. From my point of view that’s a real shame as as far as I can see, non-duality is where spirituality gets real and freedom can become reality.

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