Notes on Spiritual Discourses of Shri Atmananda, taken by NITYA TRIPTA Shri Atmananda (Krishna Menon, 1883-1959) stands with Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj as one of the most influential sages of the twentieth century. And like Talks with Ramana Maharshi and I AM THAT, this is one of the century’s greatest books of spiritual dialogues. […]
Q: What is it? “Nondual inquiry” is way of coming to understand how experience is actually nondual even now. It doesn’t give you better experiences, it gives clarity that experience *is* your very Self. Nondual inquiry demonstrates how experience is sweetly unbroken, because your Self is unbroken sweetness. Nondual inquiry is an investigation into the […]
A strong belief in true enlightenment experiences might be helpful in the beginning as one searches for direction, pointers and confirmation. Certain experiences are very encouraging and inspiring….But ultimately, assuming that enlightenment is an experience leads to putting enlightenment ever at arm’s reach. There are two problems involved, the problem of the criterion and the problem of arm’s reach.
Background The Truth? Similarities Between the two Teachings Differences Between the two Teachings Background When I began to study the emptiness teachings in earnest, I had already been familiar with the advaitic awareness-style teachings for many years. By “awareness-style teachings” I mean the teachings for which global, non-phenomenal awareness or Brahman is a foundational […]
Most nondual paths use logic and inference more than they let on, and it’s perfectly OK. Logic is a form of jnana yoga. Here’s an example of how nondual inquiry combines direct experience and logic towards realization: If a separate self is findable, then it will show up when I look everywhere through my experience. […]
Years ago, there was lots and lots of vigilance in my life. Before and during spiritual seeking, I wasn’t badly suffering or in pain or unhappy with circumstances in life or stuck in dysfunctional patterns. Instead, I felt a deep sense of loneliness, alienation, lack of fulfillment, and a strong yearning from the heart and […]
Not everyone resonates with the idea of “witnessing awareness,” but it’s a very important part of the direct path. It’s not that the witness “exists.” It can just be thought of a way of going about your direct-path inquiries. The teachings of Sri Atmananda have been called the “direct path.” Many have been inspired by […]