Ramana Maharshi

September 24, 2013

The same truth has to be expressed in different ways to suit the capacity of the hearer.

The ajata doctrine says: ‘Nothing exists except the one Reality. There is no birth or death, no projection or drawing in, no striving, no aspirant, no release, no bondage, no liberation. The one unity alone exists forever.”

People who find it difficult to grasp this truth ask: “How can we ignore this solid world we see all around us?” The dream experience is pointed out and they are told, “All that you see depends upon the seer. Apart from the seer, there is no seen.” This is called drishtisrishti-vada or the argument that one first creates everything out of his mind and then sees what his mind has created.

People who cannot grasp even this further argue: ‘The dream experience is so short, while the world always exists. The dream experience was limited to me, but the world is felt and seen not only by me but by so many and we cannot call such a world non-existent.’ The argument called srishti-drishti-vada is addressed and they are told: “God first created such-and-such a thing, out of such-and-such an element, and then something else” and so forth. That alone will satisfy this class. Their mind is otherwise not satisfied and they ask themselves: “How can all geography, all maps, all sciences, stars, planets, and the rules governing or relating to them all be totally untrue?” To such it is best to say: ‘Yes, God created all this and you see it.


Rumi

September 20, 2013

I love my friends neither with
my heart nor with my mind.
Just in case heart might stop,
Mind can forget.
I love them with my soul.
Soul never stops or forgets.

 

Rumi


Sir Ernest Rutherford

September 15, 2013

“We didn’t have the money, so we had to think.”


Hillary’s Friends

September 13, 2013

“I often joked in my speeches that I had imaginary conversations with Mrs. Roosevelt to solicit her advice on a range of subjects. It’s actually a useful mental exercise to help analyse problems, provided you choose the right person to visualise.”

– Hillary Clinton

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“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted time.”

– John Lennon


Ramana Maharshi

September 13, 2013

Brahmacharya is ‘living in Brahman’. It has no connection with celibacy as commonly understood. A real brahmachari, that is one who lives in Brahman, finds bliss in the Brahman which is the same as the Self. Why then should you look for other sources of happiness? In fact the emergence from the Self has been the cause of all the misery.


The Most Valuable Question

September 11, 2013

I just commented on Perry Marshall’s website. He teaches about 80/20 and also talks about Christianity, evolution, mathematics, miracles, etc.

 

Hi Perry,

Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem got me thinking about spirituality and the search for truth with regard to the 80/20 principle.

If we were to take every fact that is known and unknown and put it into 8020curve.com there would be one essential fact that is infinitely more important and more valuable than the rest.

What is that fact?

For it to be truly superior, it has to be beyond doubt, irreducible, bottom line truth.

However, all facts are speculative to some degree. Even the sun rising tomorrow is speculative. So what is the least speculative fact?

The least speculative fact is that you exist. Even if you doubt you exist, you have to exist to doubt it. Everything else is built upon this primary experience. It is the foundation for everything you experience. You have to know it before anything else can be known.

Since it is the least reducible fact, then it is closest to truth. On the spectrum of speculative facts it is Infinity:1. It is the most profitable fact that deserves the greatest portion of our attention. All other facts are a waste of time because they just aren’t as valuable.

Hence the best use of our time is gaining the masterful knowledge of this one fact: I am. IMHO meditating on this most basic experience of existence is the doorway to the Kingdom of Heaven within.

It destroys egotism and establishes the mind in peace, certainty and eternity. It gives the ability to truly be quiet and listen to the whisperings of the soul and the world.

It takes us beyond 80/20 to 1 and 0.

If you disagree that the most profitable fact is your existence, then please let me know what you think the most valuable fact is.

 

 


Nailing My Colours to the Mast

September 9, 2013

When I think about life, what is forefront in my mind is the ultimate unknowability of things. All we know of most things are sensory impressions mixed with a hodgepodge of opinions that we draw out of a faulty memory. We cannot know anything in its entirety because that would require knowing everything about the universe. We can only know a small slither of information at any point in time, which denies us the ability to declare “facts”. At best we can claim “apparent facts”. We can say that something appears to be true, but can never be truly definitive about it.

For example, as I sit here at this computer I have to be honest and admit that I do not know what exists up the road. I have a memory of how it used to be. My memory, like everyone else’s, is often faulty. Memory is not a reliable source of truth. I cannot say what is up the road, I can only guess.

If I go up the road and have a look, who knows what I will find. It will always be a new experience, in the same way that you cannot step in the same river twice. Testimony from others is also unreliable. They are just talking from memory too.

Today I watched some scientists talk about evolution. They have “facts” on their side. The only constant about their facts is that they are constantly being revised. Did you know that scientists are revising the age of the earth so often that it is getting 40,000 years older every year?

My philosophical point of view is Brahman: Brahman is real. The world is unreal. Brahman is the world.

The world is consciousness, not a product of consciousness, but is consciousness. The world appears to be matter, but that is just an appearance.

Imagine you fall asleep and dream that you climb a mountain. Is the mountain real? Does it exist? Where is it now? The sweat and effort you put into the mountain and the physics you applied to climb it, were they real? No. They just appeared to be real at the time.

Now imagine you are back on that mountain and you wake in the dream and realise that it is just a dream. The dream carries on pretty much the same as before, but if you try to tell anyone in your dream that it is a dream then they will provide you will all kinds of “facts” and physical evidence to prove that it is real. In fact, they would probably consider you to be quite stupid. They may hit you on the head and say mockingly, “Is that real?”

The dream people proudly present their material theory of billiard ball physics, which may appear to be real in the dream, but their whole position is defeated by the knowledge that the whole shebang is just a dream.

How can you know for sure that life is only consciousness – a dream? By discriminating between the subject and object. Then the subject comes to be known independently from the object. As an analogy, imagine sitting in a cinema and you are so engrossed in the movie, that you actually believe you are in the movie. By discriminating between the seer and the seen, then you will realise that you are actually sitting in the cinema and the life you thought you were living in the movie was just a light show.

Actually, you cannot even be certain that life is a dream. The philosophers of the Vedanta says that the manifest world is neither real nor unreal – it is a mystery. But they also say that it is definitely unreal and the real never happened.

“Neha nanasti kinchana” – Manifest diversity is unmanifest – there is nothing else.

Confused? It’s one of those things that you have to know to know, but when you get it, it is dead obvious.

So when I hear talk about climate change, I think about “facts” and the incredible (or should I say uncredible) amount of certainty that scientists and their believers have. Their billiard ball physics creates a prison for them and denies the infinite which is all around them, as them. This doesn’t make me a climate change denier. Nor does it make me an anti-science creationist. It just means that I have a different point of view that encompasses both and more.