One of the analogies that my guru often used to describe awareness and the mind is viewing awareness as a traveler and the mind as the world. When you go to San Francisco to visit you have experiences that San Francisco offers. You experience San Francisco but you are not San Francisco. You are in a place called San Francisco having San Francisco experiences. Then you leave San Francisco and go to New Delhi. When you are in New Delhi you no longer experience San Francisco anymore because you are no longer there. Now you are in New Delhi having New Delhi experiences. Are you New Delhi? No, you are in a place called New Delhi but you are certainly not New Delhi.
The same way a traveler can travel to different cities around the world and have a variety of experiences, your awareness can travel within the mind and have a myriad of experiences as well. But wherever in the mind your awareness goes you have to realize it is not that area of the mind. You are pure awareness at any given point in time.
Everybody and their dog has an opinion on meditation (including me). Most of these folks don’t meditate or have never been formally trained or even more so seriously committed to one meditation path. The latter truly is a telltale sign of how seriously one takes his or her meditation practice. Wh...Read More
I’m starting the year by writing a 3-part series on meditation with the goal of bringing some clarity around it and dispelling a few myths. First things, first. Let’s get clear on terminology. This is important because we want to train our subconscious to understand the specific meaning of a word...Read More
If I can accept myself for where I am in my evolution, then I can accept others for where they are in their evolution. As a Hindu and from personal experiences, I believe and subscribe to the concept of reincarnation. Simply said, reincarnation describes a belief that we are a soul living in a ph...Read More
Well, it has been a really long time since I’ve sent one of these emails out. Apologies for my hiatus. October and November were filled with events I spoke at in the US, across Europe and in India. My travels culminated with a retreat that I held in South India where I led a group…Read More