Starts: 18-08-2022 Ends: 21-08-2022
Where?: Åmal, Sweden
There seems to be much interest for Advaita so we will give two weekends on this powerful approach to Enlightenment. Each weekend will approaches Advaita from different angles and therefore the weekends are not depending on each other but we suggest you do both weekends to get fully immersed in this great matter.
Advaita – Part one.
Advaita is a Sanskrit word meaning the Non-Dual. Advaita is a method for self-realization.
The Non-Dual is often used as one of the countless words for” the Source”. Tibetan Buddhism calls Source “The Luminous Ground” or “Rigpa”. Zen calls it “Boddhi Chitta”.
All mystic traditions are aiming at realizing this true reality – the Non-Dual. But how is it to realize it? It can be expressed in so many ways, keeping in mind that no words can really express it. It is like being a neutral awareness that permeates and makes up all experiences: perceptions, feelings and thoughts – all that the six senses can perceive (the mind is the sixth sense).
When we know it, we know that it is the most natural and the most truthful. To live in separation, in duality, is not true and therefore painful. That is the reason why most people feel a longing for something real; we know in the depth of our heart that something real is missing.
Advaita comes from India and is maybe older than even Buddhism. Advaita has been made known through Adi Shankara (788-820) and in the 20 century by Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj and Poonjaji. Also, Ramesh Balsekar. Many of the present day teachers – like Isaac Shapiro and Gangaji –, who are travelling the world, are also coming from the path of Advaita.
Advaita belongs to the tradition that believes in the possibility of transcending the mind through wisdom and understanding.
In Advaita I, we work with the fundamentals:
- Atman (the I am) is Brahman (the Absolute)
- All is Brahman
- Maya (Appearance)
- Neti, Neti (Impermanence)
There are basically three ways to transcend the duality between the “I” (subject) and the experience (object):
- Seeing the fleeting and impermanent nature of both the object and the subject (impermanence – see Advaita part 1).
The observer (subject) and the observed (object) have no individual separate substance to be found. In the moment that is seen, there is a transcendence of both and one suddenly realizes that the true Self is playing both roles. That is the feeling of unity.
- Seeing through the object.
This is to get to know that whatever we fight with – for instance a feeling (the object) – in fact has no substance, no lasting reality. When that is realized deeply, we transcend the duality because without an object there can be no subject. Subject and object are relative to each other.
- Seeing through the subject.
In this part we ask ourselves whether there is a separate me seeing the object? (Self-inquiry). When we realize that there is no one, again the duality is transcended and there is a spontaneous shift of perspective that we call an awakening.
In this part, Advaita I, we will work and learn the two first ways or Dharmadoors, “Tracing back the radiance” and “Associated Inquiry”.
This is in Åmål at Hanuman, Booking: firstname.lastname@example.org
First module of four. August 18th. to 21st. With Satsang the 17th. of August.
Price 4.500 SK