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October 12, 2020

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There is a lot of mystical mumbo-jumbo, but that is not true of all mystics. In the 20th century Judaism’s Abraham Isaac Kook, Islam’s Sir Muhammad Iqbal, Hinduism’s Sri Aurobindo Ghose, Christianity’s Thomas Merton, and Buddhism’s 14th Dalai Lama were both esteemed within and respected outside their religion.

You do not have to be religious or believe in God to be a mystic. I was introduced to mysticism in 1959 by Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Nobel astrophysicist, who was an atheist. He once wrote "God is man's greatest invention."

“This seemed like an apt metaphor. When we face the world head on, making a big deal of ourselves, considering that how we view things is the way everybody should, our sense of self is magnified.

But when we make a subtle change, turning sideways to the world, feeling how small we are compared to the vast cosmos, accepting that everyone has their own view of how things should be, our sense of self is diminished.“

Agreed. The ego is very powerful and very ignorant. It keeps us separated which is its primary function.

Beautiful meditation room and garden!! 😍

This post reminds me of filter bubbles as discussed in this Ted Talk. https://youtu.be/jtVIDBs60S8

Brian - interesting take on Adyashanti. I don’t know much about his teachings other than a quick look at the website and some of his Youtube clips – which I thought made good sense – perhaps more than just ‘a bit’ to me. Especially liked the clip on ‘allowing things to be as they are’, (a subject I believe you see as relevant). He woffles a bit at the start but then gets quite to the point towards the end, worth a look, imo.
In regards to your comment on pgs 2,3,7 in his book, (that I have not read), I believe it depends on how folk view what this ‘you’ or mind is. I think anyone with clear insight into the nature of mind/thought/self could very likely have this ‘intimacy’ with everything (as Adyashanti states). Thoughts/images/ideas would ultimately also be seen as not the real ‘you’, as he considers this to be Awareness. My take on the multiple past incarnations would just be access to memories left by previous ‘thinkers’, though as I said I’ve hardly looked at his writings. From the little I have seen, I don’t think he sees himself as a Zen Buddhist and I’m not sure what he says on the nature of this thing that reincarnates.
Re his ‘spiritual’ name, I agree its fluffy. However, some posters on this blog have at least partial reference to the same in their names – an interesting proponent of Oneness comes to mind! And also – who is this fella that some people address as Brian-Ji? The Ji certainly sticks a bit of Indian religiosity to the name, eh what?

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