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GliderGuider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-19-10 10:26 AM
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Is anyone else here following an Advaita path?
After a lifetime as a complete materialist/rationalist, I've spent a couple of years of trying to figure out my spiritual direction. In the process I've investigated a lot of things that didn't completely agree with me. I seem to be allergic to both devotional spirituality (not surprising given my atheist past) and a lot of the beliefs that make up the New Age movement (though Seth's cosmology resonates with me quite strongly).

I've recently been introduced to Advaita and the non-dualist path of pure consciousness, and it feels like coming home. It doesn't appear to ask anything I can't give, and many of the ideas I've played with in the past, especially Zen teachings, are coming into focus.

I ran into a nice quote from the nondualist sage Nisargadatta Maharaj today:

Sometimes I feel I am everything, I call that Love. Sometimes I feel I am nothing, I call that Wisdom. Between Love and Wisdom my life continuously flows.
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Naturyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-06-10 01:35 PM
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1. Yeah, I'm into this stuff.
Have been for quite a while. Taoism, Zen, and Advaita in particular.
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Viva_Daddy Donating Member (142 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-11 01:56 PM
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2. I, too found a home with Advaita after being religious
I prefer "knowing" to "believing". After all, if I know a thing to be true, I don't have to believe it. There are yahoo groups dedicated to Advaita and more and more sites and blogs are coming out everyday. Just don't be a follower. Read, enjoy, meditate or whatever. There is nowhere to go with this "path" for it is all now/here and no one to go anywhere.
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Viva_Daddy Donating Member (142 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-11 02:33 PM
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3. I think the reason Advaita has so few "followers" is that...
there are no "scriptures" one can point to and so no "proof-texts" or "dogma" to dispute about it. This does not, however, prevent people from disputing various ideas about what Advaita or "non-dual" means. Humans love to dispute and discuss and language allows for all that. Language, however, cannot "explain" or even correctly discuss non-duality, for language is inherently dualistic. That is the great dilemma Advaita advocates face when trying to discuss it.
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 05:16 AM
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4. So true. We can 'know', embody, feel and experience, and there are various forms of expression
Edited on Wed Oct-12-11 06:02 AM by Dover
which can approximate and/or channel this experience like art, poetry, music, symbols and parables. But the intellect can only penetrate the surface and language objectifies, separating subject and object rather than experiencing their oneness. I haven't studied Advaita but my own experiences have led me to seek out examples that might help to further illuminate and navigate this non-dualism path. In fact I was thrilled to discover teachings on non-dualism because I recognized my own experiences in it. So, in that sense, my intellect was pleased to have a name for it and relatable stories that acted as signs letting me know I was on this well trodden path. Just knowing others have passed this way has helped tremendously because it's very difficult, at least at first, to know how to 'speak' non-dualism in the dualistic world. I have great difficulty now expressing myself with a dualistic language. That's where I am on this path right now and I feel like it has led to many misunderstandings with others or I simply retreat into silence.

I'm glad to learn about Advaita. Thanks to GG for this post/thread.
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