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April 23, 2017

Intelligence and Spiritual Imagination

Our intelligence is both intuitive and conceptual. Intuition is the ability to sense the hidden meaning of reality, which then needs to be illuminated with conceptual understanding. Intuition on its own is like a blind person who can sense that someone is standing in front of him but is unable to see who it is. On the other hand, conceptual understanding alone cannot access the deeper meaning behind things. The most common imbalance in human intelligence is between the intuitive and conceptual faculties. Concepts are the building blocks of understanding, but one needs to develop a refined understanding of how to use them. Intelligence is like music. It is composed of different notes, but it takes an artist to join them together to produce a symphony. That which connects words together to present a meaningful picture is not just grammar but imagination. It is imagination that marries intuition and conceptual understanding.

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April 16, 2017

The Principle of Circular Self-Absorption

As we contemplate internal samadhi in essential me, we come to appreciate more and more the subtle nuances of this process. We might indeed be able to do the right practice intuitively. However, to truly master self-absorption, our practice must be guided by exact and precise conceptual understanding. The purpose of this understanding is not only to aid our practice. It is also to gain a higher degree of self-knowledge, to truly comprehend the unfoldment of our true self and the deepest meaning of its realization. There cannot be true self-knowledge without intelligence, because knowing is intelligence. The ultimate flowering of our intelligence is to arrive at complete, doubtless clarity about the nature of our experience.

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April 9, 2017

Illuminating the Awakening of the Knower

Who is the one that links the outer knower to his spiritual intuition and the instinct of self-remembrance?

It is the inner knower who is the link between immanent I am and the outer knower. The inner knower is endowed with the capacity to remember and evolve into pure subjectivity; he is the vehicle of divine intelligence within us.

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April 5, 2017

Sincerity: The Essence of a True Seeker

The most important quality of a seeker is sincerity. If strength and sensitivity are lacking, one will indeed have hard time walking the inner path, but without sincerity one either cannot enter the path at all or will find oneself walking it in the wrong direction.

Because of contradictory subconscious tendencies, no one is completely sincere. The quality of sincerity speaks of an intention to align oneself with higher truth and love. For this reason, growing in sincerity should be seen as an essential aspect of our evolution, and this growth must necessarily go hand in hand with walking the path itself. The fundamental quality of sincerity is forged through the purification of our mind and heart, and living it fully is as important as the very realization of our spiritual self and our embodiment of the light of pure subjectivity. It is thanks to sincerity that we can finally shake off the shackles of the lower self and reach liberation through becoming our soul.

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April 2, 2017

Stagnation in the Netherworld of Rebellious Personality

We have spoken recently about the great significance of transiting from the collective me based on the observer, to the real me based on the knower. One of the main elements that facilitates this transition is our longing for our true self, the longing which arises into our consciousness from the inner knower. However, another complimentary element is the ability to rebel against our unconscious identification with the collective mind. There are actually a great number of people that have within them a certain drive to break away from the collective mind. However, there are very, very few who additionally possess the intelligence of self-remembrance. These people carry the seeds of rebellion against unconsciousness, and yet they are stuck in a netherworld where they are unable to recognize that any true rebellion must point directly to the realization of our real self.

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March 19, 2017

The Knower: Questions and Answers

Words are not just concepts but loving messengers of meaning. Since we changed the term ‘observer’ to ‘knower’, suddenly many things have become revealed from within. It is like the wrong word, or a term which is not fully accurate, is blocking the possibility of reaching deeper understanding. We still keep the word ‘observer’ but only when referring to the false outer knower, or the outer essence-me lost in external attention. Not only is the term ‘knower’ beautiful, it is also astonishingly accurate. Knowing is the very substance of our center of intelligence, beyond thinking, paying attention, or observing.

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March 12, 2017

Living as the Inner Knower in the Midst of the Collective Me

Those rare souls who are connected to the inner knower are destined to be alone in society. Society is ruled by the collective me, which is a phantom self with no real individuality that has accepted the state of forgetfulness as its true identity and only reality. When we speak of society here, we also refer to its so-called spiritual aspects, including religions and spiritual traditions, such as Buddhism and Advaita. Those who adhere to these traditions also live as non-individuals in the condition of forgetfulness.

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March 2, 2017

The Knower: Journey into the Center of Our Existence

Over the last several months, we have gained an increasingly higher and more refined spiritual understanding of essential me. Now, we have arrived at a critical point of entering the most mysterious domain of the true center of our existence – the knower. ‘The knower’ is a more accurate name for what we have previously called ‘the observer’. To enter the domain of the knower is to finally become conscious of that which actually makes consciousness conscious. The knower is the most hidden and yet the most obvious aspect of our consciousness. He is the unseen seer who is concealed not only from the world of appearances but also from the world of pure subjectivity, and he who looks out to and knows both of these worlds. We are truly blessed to know the knower at last. The knower is the center of intelligence of the soul who illuminates her multidimensional self with recognition. He is the first and foremost conscious manifestation of immanent I am, and as such, he can be regarded as the deepest dimension of who we are as individual beings. And yet to know the knower is the most challenging task for any seeker on the path. Paradoxically, the knower is the the most unknown. He is the blind spot in our consciousness that all spiritual traditions have failed to recognize. And if one fails to recognize the knower, what is ‘consciousness’ or the ‘realization of self’? One is recognizing what the knower recognizes through his expansion via pure attention into transcendent I am. But one is not recognizing the recognizer himself. Why did Buddha speak of no-self? The simple answer is because he did not know the knower. The truth is that no matter how profound our spiritual accomplishment may be, when we do not know the knower, we remain fundamentally asleep and unconscious.   Part One: The Two Faces of the Knower   Knower: The Two Faces of Janus The Roman demigod Janus, represented as a head with two faces, one looking in and one looking out, can be used as a metaphor for the knower. For the Romans, Janus was the god of beginnings, the guardian of passages and gates, and the protector of the state in times of war. He looked into the past and into the future, which was symbolized by his two faces. Similarly, the knower looks in two directions: his outer face looks into the external reality via external attention, while his inner face looks at the inner world of pure subjectivity via pure attention. The outer face is what we call the ‘outer knower’, and the inner face the ‘inner knower’. There are not actually two knowers, but one knower with two very distinct facets. The inner knower is the primary identity of the knower, while the outer knower can be regarded as his secondary center. The inner knower can be present even before it has an awakened center of identity as a result of pure attention being activated. However, the inner knower establishes his identity only through activating his bare attention and embodying essence-me. The outer knower can also be present before it is awakened, but only in an unconscious way as the observer. For the outer knower to awaken, he must establish his own center...

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February 21, 2017

Spiritual Suffering and its Loving Guidance

I saw grief drinking a cup of sorrow and called out, it tastes sweet, does it not? You have caught me, grief answered, and you have ruined my business, How can I sell sorrow, when you know it’s a blessing? Rumi Suffering is an inseparable part of human existence and it serves as the main motivation to enter the spiritual path. Sometimes we speak of spiritual longing as a different and more exalted emotion than suffering, but longing can also be considered a form of suffering, a deep yearning that we feel inside for something missing; what was called ‘sweet misery’ by Rumi. Some of the main traditions of enlightenment have the transcendence of suffering through attaining Moksha or Nirvana as their main spiritual goal. They see self-realization as a release from the pain of human existence. However, suffering is much more complex than just being something to be eliminated, and not all suffering is the same. Even an enlightened being continues to experience physical and psychological suffering. Suffering is an essential part of the polarities of this physical dimension. Without a minus there is no plus, and our reality is based on complementary opposites which attract and repulse each other. Purpose of Spiritual Suffering The purpose of spiritual awakening is not to eliminate all suffering, but to transcend spiritual suffering, which is the type of suffering caused by being separated from our pure nature. Spiritual suffering is the most profound suffering there is, but only those who are more spiritually evolved are able to recognize it for what it is. People who are not spiritually conscious will not be aware of this suffering. In this sense, the spiritual path is designed with something of an inbuilt alarm for those who are sensitive to their disconnection from their spiritual source, signaling to them that they are at last ready to regain their true nature. Buddha’s description in his Four Noble Truths of the causes of suffering (old age, sickness and death) did not include the spiritual one, indicating that this was intended for a more general, less evolved, audience. Many seekers have the goal of ending suffering, but usually more in the context that Buddha spoke of, rather than from any real idea or experience of what spiritual suffering is. We will not have truly entered the path until we have a higher perspective on suffering, which comes from being in touch with the deep pain of separation from our pure nature. Part of the path itself is becoming spiritually conscious enough to be aware of our incompleteness because of this separation, and this is felt in the suffering and yearning which are the signposts pointing and motivating us. Since awakening is not a single state, a question may arise as to which type of awakening allows one to reach emancipation from suffering? It is an important question that has not yet been properly addressed by past traditions. To answer it, we must transform our perception of the path from seeing it solely as a means of transcending suffering to include the evolution of suffering as an integral part of the journey. The correct definition of spiritual suffering is suffering that is felt because of being incomplete. As long as we are incomplete we will suffer. This is a...

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February 18, 2017

Mastering the Art of Self-Absorption - Retreat 1/2017

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January 1, 2017

The Great Return of Essence-Me to Immanent I am

Our most recent retreat in India was unquestionably the most important one to date. The teaching is evolving exponentially with astonishing intelligence and precision. Revelations are unfolding with ever-increasing clarity, and this greatly aides the ease with which we can comprehend the subtleties of the inner dimension.

Even though the teaching may seem to have become more complicated and challenging to grasp, once absorbed, this seeming complexity will actually add a higher level of clarity to the process of evolving into essential me. Simplicity is desirable, but not merely for its own sake. It is desirable only when it also honestly reflects reality. Simplicity which obscures proper understanding defeats its own purpose, so we work towards conceptualizing the path in a way where complexity and clarity are in balance. As Einstein said, “Things should be made as simple as possible, but not more

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