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Episode 13: Navigating The Spiritual Marketplace

Navigating The Spiritual Marketplace The Bearded Mystic Podcast

In this episode, The Bearded Mystic Podcast discusses the importance of navigating the spiritual marketplace and going towards the highest state or attainment – oneness with Brahman (Ultimate Reality).I hope you enjoyed listening to this 13th episode. If you would like to learn more with my Thoughts on The Bhagavad Gita and if you are interested in listening to more episodes like this on further chapters and verses, or on Non-Duality, or you want to learn more about the wisdom of the Mystics please follow/subscribe to this Podcast.Please rate and write a review for this Podcast, it will be greatly appreciated.New episodes will be available every Sunday.If you would like to attend a free weekly meditation with me, join my Whatsapp group:https://chat.whatsapp.com/DcdnuDMeRnW53E0seVp28bSubscribe to the free monthly The Bearded Mystic Newsletter: http://thebeardedmysticpodcast.substack.comYou can find links to Live Streams, Podcast, Videos etc: https://linktr.ee/thebeardedmysticpodcastYou can follow me and contact me on social media:TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdk3HPJh/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBeardedMysticPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bearded_mysticFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Bearded-Mystic-PodcastSupport the show

Transcript of Episode 13: Navigating The Spiritual Marketplace

Hello, and welcome to the 13th episode of The Bearded Mystic Podcast and I’m your host Rahul N Singh. Thank you for joining today and for taking out the time to either listen or watch this podcast. 

 Today we’re going to be talking about navigating the spiritual marketplace, should we stick to one path or can we remain loyal there or is spirituality about evolution? So once you’ve met the targets you set yourself in one place that you then look to enhance your experience somewhere else. Do we drop spiritual practices or philosophies once they’ve met their purpose? This is something we are going to discuss today and it’s an interesting one because everyone has their own opinion about this. This is just really my opinion and I’m going to share that with you and this is a conversation. So you got to let me know. Let me know in the comments on YouTube. Let me know on Instagram, let me know on Twitter, o what you think about this topic about navigating the spiritual marketplace. I love to know what you think.

Today as we begin this, let’s just first accept the fact that the spiritual marketplace is growing each and every moment. Now, when I say spirituality, it’s such a broad church, really, because you have people that believe in the rich philosophy of say Advaita Vedanta or theology, people discuss that to a large extent. There’s also spirituality without God. Then there’s spirituality that looks a healing. So you’ve got things like Reiki and hypnotherapy, and then you have all types of therapy. Then you’ve got things like crystals, numerology, astrology, or all these can be grouped up as spirituality. 

Now, is it easy to navigate around this? If it’s such a broad market, what happens? We end up becoming quite lost or we become overwhelmed or we get distracted and we go in the diversion. How do we stabilize ourselves to ensure that we’re evolving spiritually? This is the key question. 

We first need to define what spirituality really is and what it is really about?

Spirituality is really the study of the spirit or who we are. This is the real practice of spirituality. If we are doing other things, they are probably to help us in our body or in our life, in our story. It’s all related to the ego. The Hindu texts and also in the Sikh text, it’s also mentioned, people get spiritual powers. Some people can listen to a conversation despite being a thousand miles away, you have things like that. They call them Siddhis in sanskrit. They also say that if you have these powers, so you may have healing powers, for example, even that is just another form of subtle ego.

You’ve not really transcended yourself or transcended this existence. It’s very easy to get warped back into the egoic thinking. Now, just imagine if you can heal somebody, guess what? That means. There’s a separation, there’s the healer and the one that needs to be healed. If you look at it from the viewpoint of the spirit, there’s only one. If you look at the point of consciousness, there is only one. The real purpose of spirituality is a study of consciousness, is understanding what consciousness is and getting ourselves attuned to that understanding. We may call it this as the self. We may call it this as the soul or the Atman, or consciousness, as awareness. It has many names, but fundamentally that’s the purpose of spirituality. 

Now for me, the truest spiritual practice is self-inquiry into who am I? This is the fundamental question in spirituality. If we have not asked this question, we cannot say that we really are on the spiritual journey and neither can we say we are now spiritually enlightened or awakened, if we have not fully understood who we are. If I still think that I am this body and mind, and this is who I am, then I’ve not got there. I’m not studying the formless aspect of me. I’m not studying the imageless aspect of me. I’m not studying that, which has no form, which has no image, which has no shape. I’m not studying that. That’s the fundamental question. Who am I? This begins the spiritual journey. Whatever happens when we are studying this aspect of spirituality, it’s always going to bring us back to who we really are. It will reveal to us what is our eternal nature. Anything else that you know, puts on the garb of spirituality, but distracts you from knowing who you are. It’s just a distraction and the ego loves distraction.

I’ve done an episode before where I talk about investing in your story. That’s what exactly it is. If we start going into, “oh, I need to open up my third eye.” Guess what? You’re still attaching yourself to a form. You’re still attaching yourself to a subjective reality. If the Ultimate Reality is beyond the Third Eye, then go towards the Ultimate Reality, go towards Brahman, allow Brahman to reveal Itself to you. In fact, it’s always revealing itself. It’s always here. We’re just not alert to it and no, the third eye doesn’t awaken and then you see Brahman. The third eye just means the unveiling of the truth. That’s what it really means. If you’re on this podcast and you’re expecting me to embrace some of the things that are said in the spiritual marketplace, I’m not going to entertain those. They may have a certain purpose for someone depending on where they are in their spiritual journey but right now I’m talking about the highest purpose and in the highest purpose, everything else is a distraction. Brahman is the only thing we should concentrate on. That’s the highest purpose. But anyway, anything that sticks us to duality needs to be discarded. And I even say, this may be something hard to understand, but even if there is a subtle difference between you and god or what you term as god, if there is that subtle separation in your practice or in your understanding of spirituality, the full understanding has not happened. The complete understanding is there is complete oneness. There’s complete non-duality. If I have to still pray to this god. Who is it? That’s really praying. If I say I am the soul, why would the soul need to pray? If the soul is the same as God? Why? Obviously it means I don’t really see myself as the soul. I don’t see myself as the atman. So I have to embrace this. I have to embrace the fact that I’m still living in duality. Only when I’ve woken myself up saying I’m in duality, am I going to go towards non-duality. But if I’m stuck in duality, and I don’t know I’m in that dual aspect of living, I’m not going to go towards that non-dual experience. I need to wake myself up, even if there’s a subtle difference. 

Forget about the difference between us and God. People have a subtle difference between them and their spiritual teacher. I know we’re meant to worship our spiritual teachers and we should, it’s a good practice, but how about worshiping them in oneness? That there’s a complete merging between the two? Or do it in the awareness that you know, that this is a little play in existence. That to the world, we may look different and you’re mocking that perception of difference. That’s the true journey towards that non-duality.

Another truth that ends up happening is once we enter that state of non-duality, then you realize one fundamental truth. There is no ‘you’. There is no ‘I’, there is no ‘me’. There is no separate self. And I mean this in terms of not on the transactional level. On the transactional level, everything is.

If someone tries to shortchange me at the restaurant, I am going to speak up. I’ve got money to save. That still has to happen. You don’t stop living in that way. I’m talking about the true understanding. When this true understanding is there is no ‘you’ there’s no ‘me’, there’s no ‘I’, then can there be a teacher? Can there be a God? Can they be any practice? In the true non-dual realization, there’s no need for god, there’s no need for the guru, there’s no need for spiritual practice. There’s no need for any of those things. They don’t exist as separate objects. Now there’s only oneness. This is a very subtle point, a very difficult point to even embrace. I have struggled to accept this. Only in recent times, have I understood what it truly means, but I’ve struggled with it and I’m with you in that struggle. I understand why it’s so hard to get rid of duality. It’s really difficult. Our mind will always get back to dual thinking. We don’t even have to put any attention to that. The mind would automatically go into duality because duality is so comforting. Non-dual awakening is not so comforting in the sense of, if you think in duality. Therefore it’s a real difficult truth to comprehend and even to accept, but it can be done. We’re all strong enough to do it. We all have that inner consciousness that is speaking out to us. That’s telling us to wake up, there’s no separate you. We’ve just got to wake up to it, we got to listen to that sound within, and that’s what meditation is about is listening to that inner sound of silence.

Our understanding has to be that we are formless consciousness, timeless consciousness. That’s the highest teaching. That’s the highest pointing. Fundamentally every spiritual teacher that’s genuine will take us to that point. Every genuine teacher, every one of them. Past, present and in the future, they will always bring us back to this awareness. You will never see a teacher try to get you attached to their physical form. There’s no need to. The disciples may, don’t listen to them. They’re still on the journey. They still want to trap you because they’re still trapped. Go towards what the scripture are saying. Now the funny thing is there are scriptures that even will deny what I’ve said. It will counteract what I’ve said but I’m just going by what I’ve experienced and I’m just sharing that. Nothing goes beyond that experience and new age practices like healing your chakras, opening your pineal gland, opening you’re third eye, they’re just distractions. If you really want spiritual enlightenment go towards that person that will tell you the truth of your existence. The person that will tell you who you truly are and will guide you to that point. They’re the real teacher. They’re the real ones. I just would like to emphasize that any practice that creates a duality, even one like God and you or guru and disciple, then that is not a spiritual path of the highest attainment. It’s merely a new tradition or a new culture that creating, or it’s an existing tradition and an existing culture.

I’ve probably just made the spiritual marketplace shrink, exceedingly in this episode. Like I said, it’s up to us, what we want to practice and there’s much to learn from everything. Like I said, in the very beginning, my first podcast, there’s still a lot to learn and still it’s best to be open to everything than closed-minded to everything. I’m talking about something from the highest level of spiritual understanding, but that doesn’t mean that anything lower is not worthy. All I’m saying is, it’s just not going to get you to the highest. It would take you to the next step, but you have to understand that once you’ve climbed that one step, to go to the next step, you have to let go of what you’ve just believed in and a lot of times we just accumulate what we believe in. We don’t actually grow in that way. Spirituality is always simple and should always remain so. My fundamental belief is just keep spirituality as simple as possible. When we start adding things on, it gets more complex, it gets more difficult and it ends up distracting us from the real purpose, the real goal and the real target that we have. If I really want spiritual enlightenment, but I go the long way round, I’m not going to develop. It’s best to remain focused on that one. Pat, if you want spiritual enlightenment, if you’re listening to this podcast and all you want is to understand who you are, then only go for that. Don’t concentrate on anything else, if you really sincerely want to get there. Otherwise that huge marketplace is there and it will always be there. It will always exist. It’s always in the battle with the true purpose of spirituality, always in battle. 

So it’s up to you, there’s multiple courses, and there’s multiple practices, and they all say that if you complete this course, then you will achieve joy, you will feel ecstasy, you will feel this and that, but have you ever noticed that once you experienced that course, they tell you, oh yeah, that was the beginner level. Now there’s the advanced level. There are many gurus that do this. Many of them. I really appreciate the ones that stick to one practice and say that can take you to the Highest Truth. That can take you to the highest attainment. I appreciate those more, even if they have aspects of duality in there. But the ones that say this is beginner level. Now there’s an advanced level. If you don’t do this, you won’t get to the highest level. Oh, you also now need to become celibate or you now need to become a monk. Any of those things, they are just distracting you. They are fooling you in my opinion. And if you disagree with me, let me know.

Let’s discuss this because the whole point of spirituality is a discussion and this is leading to my next point is that spirituality is functioned in two ways. One, they can either be a discourse. So you normally just listen to the spiritual teacher talk for like hours. One hour, two hours, three hours. Also through Socratic dialogue. So you will have like question and answer sessions and then there’s some who are willing to debate. See the beauty of the past was this with Adi Shankara or the first Shankaracharya he went through debate. The way he coined Advaita Vedanta was and how he made it popular was through debate. Today, you can’t debate spirituality. People get really upset. It’s like they say, well, this is my practice. I don’t want to be disturbed and I find that we’re missing out. Some people do debate, no matter what people think of him, but Deepak Chopra, I really, really think he’s a great person for at least being open to debate. At least he’s honest enough to do that and courageous enough to do that. 

 I do feel it’s really important to have debate and if someone isn’t willing to debate, I really feel that they’re not convinced of their truth. If you’re convinced of your truth, you will debate. If you lose, it doesn’t matter.

Now think about it. If you, if you really believe in non-duality. Even if you lose, there’s no one that’s lost and even if you win, there’s no one that’s won. That’s why the ego cannot sustain itself in non-duality. But the ego will love itself in the spiritual marketplace. 

 I would say the real purpose of meditation is the debate between what is true existence and ego. Ego fighting consciousness. That is meditation. That’s the debate that goes on when we’re meditating. For consciousness, it doesn’t matter who wins. It knows the ego doesn’t really exist.

One thing I do want to establish is that blind faith can never have a place on the spiritual path. If we have blind faith in any way, any shape or form, if we are just told to believe in something and not to question it that path needs the most questions. It must go through intense questioning. It must be inquired into completely.

No true path towards the truth will ever say to have blind faith. If you want to experience Brahman, I would say go and experience it. Don’t believe in Brahman. Don’t believe in the Ultimate Reality. Know it, realize it, have direct perception of it, don’t believe in it. It doesn’t care about what you believe in. It will always be whether you believe in it or not. What is that? What is it that is beyond belief and non-belief? What is it? So blind faith can never have a place in true spirituality. But I will say that having faith with an open mind can lead to realization. This is something we should all try and go for, because I’ll go back to one of the first questions I asked. And now I’ll answer that now that it is better to drop a belief that has run its course or to drop a philosophy that’s run its course than to keep hold of it and say, you rather stick to one thing.

For example, let me put it this way, you’re a boat going along the ocean. If you just stick to one place and it’s not making you grow, you’re just a boat stuck in the middle of the ocean. But if you want to reach the land, you have to be on a boat that moves. So you have to ensure that your spiritual practice that you’re doing today, the philosophy that you believe in today is making you move towards the destination. Once you reach the destination, then that’s different. Even if in your spiritual practice you’ve been shown or spiritual path, you’ve been shown the Ultimate Reality. If the practices aren’t helping you get to that direct perception all the time, something is not right with the practices and it takes courage to look at it in such a direct way. It does take courage. Spirituality is about direct perception and until that we will be navigating the spiritual marketplace, but aimlessly and with no real purpose. I hope I’m making myself very clear that if you have a practice or a path or you go to a spiritual organization or you follow a religion but it’s making you move towards the land. Brilliant. But if you’re just stuck in the middle of the ocean in your boat, with no one around you, but just blind faith, then you have to ask whether that’s worth it. We only have a few moments of life. Do we want to maximize it with the Ultimate Reality? Or do we want to minimize it with the transactional reality. It’s truly up to us. 

Just to recap, there’s a broad market, which has one positive that there’s more choice for each person, what they want to follow, they can follow and they can find a unique path for themselves.

That’s there for them. Spirituality is all about discovering. Who am I? What is my existence? What is my purpose here? Do I have a purpose? Spirituality is more powerful when it is simple. I only have one philosophy and that is there’s only the Ultimate Reality. That’s it. Nothing more. Nothing more to add. Kept it real simple and my journey is just about going towards that. There’s days when I get distracted, but ultimately I keep going towards ‘who am I? What am I? What is the Ultimate Reality? Am I living in the Ultimate Reality or am I distracting myself with the ego? That’s the question. I wish you all the best in your journey. Just be honest with yourself and you can navigate this spiritual marketplace for good fun too. 

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Episode 12: Making Friends with Death

Making Friends With Death The Bearded Mystic Podcast

In this episode, The Bearded Mystic Podcast discusses the concept of death and how to be detached with our loved ones. Even though death is an inescapable law, it is through inquiry of who am I? that enables true growth. The meditation suggested in this episode should be done at your own risk and I do strongly recommend to seek a Guru or Meditation Teacher's guidance and blessing before you try it. I hope you enjoyed listening to this 12th episode. If you would like to learn more with my Thoughts on The Bhagavad Gita and if you are interested in listening to more episodes like this on further chapters and verses, or on Non-Duality, or you want to learn more about the wisdom of the Mystics please follow/subscribe to this Podcast.Please rate and write a review for this Podcast, it will be greatly appreciated.New episodes will be available every Sunday.If you would like to attend a free weekly meditation with me, join my Whatsapp group:https://chat.whatsapp.com/DcdnuDMeRnW53E0seVp28bSubscribe to the free monthly The Bearded Mystic Newsletter: http://thebeardedmysticpodcast.substack.comYou can find links to Live Streams, Podcast, Videos etc: https://linktr.ee/thebeardedmysticpodcastYou can follow me and contact me on social media:TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdk3HPJh/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBeardedMysticPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bearded_mysticFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Bearded-Mystic-PodcastSupport the show

Transcript of Episode 12: Making Friends with Death

Hello and welcome to The Bearded Mystic Podcast and I’m your host, Rahul N Singh. Thank you for joining today and for taking out the time to either listen or watch this podcast.

Today we’re going to be talking about how to make friends with death and how we can face the fear of death. Now, it’s one of my favorite topics to talk about. I genuinely think that we ought to discuss death a bit more. We ought to inquire into it a bit more and we need to just be genuine in having a casual conversation about it. I feel that a lot of times when we view death, we view it as something really morbid. We see it as something sad and painful. And although, yes, it’s sad and painful when someone close to us dies, or even the thought of our own selves dying. We know it’s a fact of life, then we ought to be casual about it. The more we discuss it, maybe we are able to transcend that fear. That’s what I really wanted to discuss today in this podcast is understand what the nature of death is, understand what it means and what impact it can have on us and our loved ones? At the end of the day, it’s natural for us to think that the people we are close to, are one day going to leave this earth and one day we’re also going to leave this earth. So how do we embrace that? How do we cope with that? How do we allow ourselves to be detached in those moments? What does it mean to really be detached? 

We first need to understand what really dies. If you look at some of the scriptures, if you look at the Upanishads, there’s even a conversation between Nachiketa and Yamaraj, the Lord of death. You can see there that death isn’t a scary figure. In fact, if a child can embrace death in such a way, I think that’s a lesson for all of us who are like me in our thirties to embrace the fact that death can happen at any time. When someone young like Nachiketa who is 10, is able to knock on the door of death, wait for death and ask for three wishes from death. I think it’s really inspiring. 

What is it that really dies? This is something I really have inquired into. I’ve really tried to discover what it means to die. I will tell you how that began, but we first need to understand the nature of the body. The one thing that I’ve realized is the body will have to go.

No matter what we do, no matter how rich you are, no matter how poor you are, no matter what color skin you are, no matter if you think you’re superior or you think you’re inferior, whatever it may be, whoever you may be, death will always be knocking on the door. In fact, death is so common or shall I say it’s so present, that one cannot avoid it.

Therefore we know this body will go, this body will decay, go to a cemetery, you will see thousands of gravestones. Once those people roamed the earth and thought that the earth was always going to be there for them possibly, they probably thought they would be eternal. In fact, the way we amass wealth is as if we’re going to be living for enternity. It’s interesting. We live for future generations, but I can’t tell you about my previous generations and what they left me. 

The fact is all we have is right now, but what we do leave behind is a legacy. And we can talk about that maybe later at some point, but the fact is whatever is related to this body doesn’t last, our relationships don’t last. The people we love, we care about, they will one day leave this earth too. 

We know this body is temporary, is transient. It is subject to decay. In fact, it’s decaying in every moment. There’s a famous couplet by Kabir Ji and I’ll paraphrase it, it says to the mother that “why are you celebrating the birth of your child or the birthday of your child? Your child is dying every day. This is the reality.” it’s very interesting that Kabir ji, one of the famous mystics in India reminded people of that. That why do we celebrate birthdays? When really you’re celebrating that your child is going to die. It’s interesting because death isn’t something that we should be escaping. In fact, when we celebrate a birthday, we celebrating someone getting closer to death, but maybe that’s why we should celebrate it because we’re honoring that life. That’s the difference. When you celebrate a birthday in that regard, it has a whole different quality.

In fact, then we feel like celebrating because we’ve done another year on this earth and hopefully we’ve become a little bit wiser, a little bit richer in our experiences, and we feel that life is beautiful. We know that this body is not going to last. This body definitely goes through a process called death.

What about our mind? Our thoughts? Even there, our body and our mind, our thoughts, they die on a regular basis. One thought arises and suddenly it disappears. One emotion arises, then it disappears. The nature of thought and emotion isn’t everlasting. Even now, in spirituality, a lot of people are talking about intention. When you have your intention behind your affirmation. Even that is temporary. What you want to affirm to today is not what you’re going to affirm to in five years, you may not even see five years. The intention doesn’t last. Intent is not permanent.

 If our mind and its content is not everlasting, is not permanent, then what is? This is the whole journey of spirituality and the answers that I’ve got when I’ve read the scriptures, there is only one thing that really lasts, and that is our consciousness, our awareness.

Now think about it, depending on how old you are, with each year of your life, or each decade of your life, there must have been something that watched all those events happening, all those memories that you can recall. There’s something watching it that has remained the same. It’s not growing older, it’s not even younger.

What is that? What is that presence that isn’t determined by the nature of time? This is consciousness. This is awareness. That is who we really are. Remember that this awareness was also there before this body existed, because you don’t know when this awareness began. If you don’t know when this awareness began, then how will this awareness end? How will this consciousness end? Awareness has no beginning. We’ve understood that awareness doesn’t die. Consciousness doesn’t die. Presence doesn’t die. In this world that we’re living in now, this embodiment that I have now, this will definitely die. So how do I deal with that? I will tell you about when my interaction with death began and I will tell you my journey about it.

The first time I experienced someone close to me dying was my uncle and I was around 12 years old at the time. This was an uncle I was very close to. He was my aunt’s husband on my dad’s side. He was a person I really looked up to and I really look up to even today, There was something always about him, which was always calm.

He was always in remembrance of who he really was. He constantly remembered the formless all the time, even in his sleep, I would often hear him remembering the Formless. So he was a very inspirational figure for me when I was growing up. He loved reading. He inspired us to study. Not only study in terms of education, but even in spirituality.

 When he died, that was the first time I ever had to deal with death emotionally and seeing my uncle, his body just lifeless was very shocking for me. I wondered how someone so full of life could now just not be there. How was that possible? I started thinking about death and then wanted to know what was everlasting?

 If this body was something I couldn’t rely upon then what could I rely upon? That’s when I got deeper into my spirituality, you could say that was my first trigger point in my spiritual journey. Now what happens is, you have that moment of, I would say, a rude awakening of life is transitory.

Then you just get back into the function of life again, you get back into the hustle and bustle of life. You forget that death is there because it’s not always a constant reminder in your life. So you get back into the daily occurrences of life and death is forgotten. Life gets busy again, and we forget that our life is slipping away.

 When that happens, we lose sight of the fact of death. What happens there is we just get absorbed in material life and the reality that we need to be experiencing, ends up disappearing from our mind, from our awareness. In fact, we stay away from awareness and we just get into the absorption of material life.

Then one day I came across a quote by OSHO. OSHO said that “the real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death.” And I was like what does he mean by being alive?

Like I’m living, I’m breathing right now. What does OSHO mean by this? It got me thinking, well, actually I’m just on autopilot in life. I’m not really experiencing things deeply. I’m just going about my day. As if I were to live another day, when really I know that tomorrow may never arrive. Tomorrow may never be in my experience, in this body as Rahul.

And that’s when I wanted to know what it meant to feel alive.

Then I started this journey of really inquiring what it meant. What is it that remains,

 That was literally my second trigger or my second push into spirituality and that’s when I wanted to start meditating. That’s when I began meditating, when I started thinking about what death was. And who dies. What dies? Is this body everlasting? Is this body going to remain with me? Is this body alive right now? Am I utilizing this body for its right purpose? Am I utilizing my mind for the right purpose? These were the questions that I was asking myself.

 That’s when I started meditating and that triggered my journey in meditation because meditation showed me something that was everlasting. Meditation showed me something that would not die and continues to do so.

 I then came across another quote by OSHO and he says something on the lines of “death is going to come sooner or later, before death comes, learn how to die in meditation.” This got me on another roller coaster.

How do I die in meditation? That was another third push. Okay. What does it mean to feel alive? And now OSHO is talking about death. These are two seemingly opposite things, but OSHO is pointing towards something eternal, something beyond death, something beyond aliveness.

What was that? And what is that? When I say ‘was’ that means it’s in the past, but it actually is present with us right now. Right now in this moment it’s here. 

There’s another Sufi saying that for a seeker is to die before death. Again, like what dies before death? What is it? What dies is our attachment to the body. What dies is our attachment to memory. Now accepting that for oneself may be a little easier, but what about the acceptance of others dying? Now? If we can accept our own death, then we have to also accept the death of others because if I die, others will die. That’s an inescapable law. If I’m to allow that attachment to die, there’s a lot that I need to really consider. There’s a lot of things that I need to embrace and that’s what my journey has been leading me to. That’s why I started studying Advaita Vedanta because this provided me with an answer that I could deal with, I could live with. 

 Am I scared of my loved ones dying? I’ve had a brother of mine die, I have had now a few members of my family die. I’ve seen people who I went to school with die.

 something very scary and emotional to deal with. I’m not going to turn around to you and say, it’s easy. It’s not but each time someone I know dies, the more I accept that this is going to be a regular occurrence in my life.

 I’m not going to lie. I’m going to say there’s a little bit of fear in me. Like fear of losing my loved ones. I fear that one day my parents are going to die. I do fear that. I do fear if any of my siblings are going to die. If my cousins are going to die, my uncles, my aunties, my friends, my best friends, people I just know.

The fact that one day they will not be here. One day I will not be able to pick up my phone and speak to them. I will not be able to visit them. They will not be able to visit me.

So how do I overcome this fear? And this is where Advaita Vedanta really helped me and it actually provided me that necessary push to embrace it. Now, like I said, there’s still fear in me. I’m still working on it and hopefully when we get to maybe, you know, episodes in a couple of years, I can turn around to you and say, I’ve overcome that fear, but right now I’m telling you how I feel.

 There’s been times and I’ve made significant improvement, I would say in meditation. So during meditation a couple of years ago, I would go so deep that there’d be a point where I would be faced with this dilemma that if I go any further, if I take this leap, I’m going to die.

I’m going to lose myself. This is it. Whenever I used to experience this, I used to stop meditating. I used to just get up and be like, I’m not doing this. I can’t do this. Recently, I’ve come to embrace this and actually I don’t die. It’s the fear of the mind, in fact the mind doesn’t want you to go through the experience of meditation.

The reason for this is the mind is put to the side and what comes to the forefront is awareness, consciousness, formlessness. When the formless aspect of you comes in front of you, the mind realized that, oh, you’re losing your attraction to forms. Well, if you’re losing your attractions to forms, let me create fear.

The fear of death, our primal fear. What’s the one thing that we do is survive. We want to survive. This is the whole objective of existence is we want to survive. That’s what the mind triggers. In meditation recently, I would say this has only come around in the past couple of months actually, where whenever this has happened, I’ve been able to take that leap.

 All that happens is my awareness just gets deeper. The awareness just starts deepening and deepening. I just enter into that state of formlessness and I’m able to just stay there. There’s no need for my mind to think of any thoughts. My mind I don’t think it exists there. I dunno, I’ve not really dwelled upon where my mind is but all I know my mind is aware of this.

 Now, the more I’ve experienced that the more I’ve become detached. This is really tough because my family members are listening to this. And I have to clarify when I say this and I have to go deeper into this as well. That yes, I’ve now become slightly more detached towards my family members.

Now, regardless of this detachment, that doesn’t mean that love disappears. I will say the love deepens. I love my family members even moreso. I love my friends even moreso, because I know now that one, yes. If I am formless, they are formless but right now we’re in this beautiful, transactional reality, where we are in this form and whenever I’m with them, whenever I’m on the phone to them, I want to be completely with them. I want to be one with them as much as possible.

This detachment of one embracing my own death. And then the death of my loved ones has allowed me to just be more present. Now, the question is that , when my parents do die, and they eventually will. I have to remind myself of this, that one day, my parents are going to go, my siblings are going to go. I’m going to go. My wife is going to go. When that happens, I am going to feel pain. I am going to go through the stages of grief because I’m in this human form. But there will always be this reminder within me that says no one ever dies. If you look at our own existence, I cannot tell you when I began. I can’t tell you when I will end, and this is the same for everyone.

I can’t tell you when you began. I can’t tell you when you end. For me, you’re everlasting. You’re a truth that will always be. You’re real essence – consciousness, pure awareness, which you really are is always going to be here. And the more I remember that, the more I will get stronger. Now, if someone I love or I care about or someone I come across and I hear that they’re not doing well, they’re in hospital, or they’re just not doing well. Of course, I will pray for their wellbeing, for what’s best for them, what will relieve their suffering or that they suffer less. That’s something I can do. That doesn’t mean when you become detached, you lose all sense of action. No, that’s not the real purpose of detachment. That’s not the real purpose of renunciation. Renunciation or detachment means you always go back to the eternal truth. That’s what it really means. 

 When we do investigate death with an open mind and open heart, we realize that nobody is born or dies, but we just modified forms of consciousness. That’s all. From consciousness we have come and to consciousness, we will go.

That’s very simple and I will always be alive. You will always be alive. The people that have died, whether it’s my brother, my master, in terms of physical form, my uncles, aunts. They’re all alive right now. I can feel their aliveness because I know their essence, their essence is Brahman and Brahman is always here. Brahman is always alive.

 We have to embrace the death of others and we know it’s a fact and we will go through pain and sadness and grief, but at the same time, we need to stabilize ourselves in the truth that we are all formless. We are all consciousness or pure awareness, we will always be present. There is only now. There was no past. There is no future. There is only now. In this now, everything is alive. Everything.

You could say, there’s no birth or death. I would say there is only aliveness, birth and death are just in between. Birth and death just co-exists with aliveness, they are events in aliveness.

There is a meditation and this meditation was something, I don’t know if Ramana Maharshi came across it or it’s something that happened naturally to him. I can’t recall, but it’s basically a meditation where you feel like you’ve died. So you just lie down and you just feel that your whole body is now really still, your breath has slowed down. There’s no thoughts because who can be thinking if you died? And just experience that. This is pretty dangerous and I will say if you have a Guru, probably is best do with them present, it can trigger an intense awakening. So I will give that disclaimer. You have to pretend basically that you’re dead. It’s a very strong and direct meditation. I’ve done this a few times. I personally have benefited from it, but it’s not the meditation I do today. I will say that this meditation, that Ramana did, this meditation of pretending you’re dead, it does bring about a certain aspect of silence, which you probably never experienced before in the mind.

So it’s definitely a worthwhile experience, but if you feel that you may be scared of this, I would say only do it if your master would guide you to do it. If not, don’t do it. 

 Just to recap, we need to die before death. Yeah. We need to feel what it means to be alive and feeling alive is about being present.

 We do have to face the fact that our loved ones are going to die, our friends and our family, but we need to create detachment. And in this detachment, we can learn how to be more present and deepen our loving relationship with our loved ones, because that’s what true detachment does.

 Remember that awareness or presence is beyond birth and beyond death, it’s always here. Life is always everlasting. Forms appear, forms disappear. What remains is the formless. Manifestations appear, manifestations disappear. What remains is consciousness and consciousness is what we all are.

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Episode 11: Karma – A Short Introduction

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In this episode, The Bearded Mystic Podcast discusses the concept of karma and simplifies it so you can understand what it means without any of the complexity. I hope you enjoyed listening to this 11th episode. If you would like to learn more with my Thoughts on The Bhagavad Gita and if you are interested in listening to more episodes like this on further chapters and verses, or on Non-Duality, or you want to learn more about the wisdom of the Mystics please follow/subscribe to this Podcast.Please rate and write a review for this Podcast, it will be greatly appreciated.New episodes will be available every Sunday.If you would like to attend a free weekly meditation with me, join my Whatsapp group:https://chat.whatsapp.com/DcdnuDMeRnW53E0seVp28bSubscribe to the free monthly The Bearded Mystic Newsletter: http://thebeardedmysticpodcast.substack.comYou can find links to Live Streams, Podcast, Videos etc: https://linktr.ee/thebeardedmysticpodcastYou can follow me and contact me on social media:TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdk3HPJh/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBeardedMysticPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bearded_mysticFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Bearded-Mystic-PodcastSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast)

Episode 10: Can There Be a World Without God?

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In this episode, The Bearded Mystic Podcast discusses what a world looks like if we didn't have the concept of god and what does religion need to do in the evidence behind scientific discovery. I hope you enjoyed listening to this 10th episode. If you would like to learn more with my Thoughts on The Bhagavad Gita and if you are interested in listening to more episodes like this on further chapters and verses, or on Non-Duality, or you want to learn more about the wisdom of the Mystics please follow/subscribe to this Podcast.Please rate and write a review for this Podcast, it will be greatly appreciated.New episodes will be available every Sunday.If you would like to attend a free weekly meditation with me, join my Whatsapp group:https://chat.whatsapp.com/DcdnuDMeRnW53E0seVp28bSubscribe to the free monthly The Bearded Mystic Newsletter: http://thebeardedmysticpodcast.substack.comYou can find links to Live Streams, Podcast, Videos etc: https://linktr.ee/thebeardedmysticpodcastYou can follow me and contact me on social media:TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdk3HPJh/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBeardedMysticPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bearded_mysticFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Bearded-Mystic-PodcastSupport the show

Episode 9: The Investment In My Story

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In this episode, The Bearded Mystic Podcast discusses how we sometimes play the role of the victim and the hero. The ego likes to trap us into incessant thinking. This episode goes into how we can transcend this narrative and enter a non-dual state. The whole point of gaining spiritual insight is to get our whole being in a nondual state.  I hope you enjoyed listening to this 9th episode. If you would like to learn more with my Thoughts on The Bhagavad Gita and if you are interested in listening to more episodes like this on further chapters and verses, or on Non-Duality, or you want to learn more about the wisdom of the Mystics please follow/subscribe to this Podcast.Please rate and write a review for this Podcast, it will be greatly appreciated.New episodes will be available every Sunday.If you would like to attend a free weekly meditation with me, join my Whatsapp group:https://chat.whatsapp.com/DcdnuDMeRnW53E0seVp28bSubscribe to the free monthly The Bearded Mystic Newsletter: http://thebeardedmysticpodcast.substack.comYou can find links to Live Streams, Podcast, Videos etc: https://linktr.ee/thebeardedmysticpodcastYou can follow me and contact me on social media:TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdk3HPJh/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBeardedMysticPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bearded_mysticFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Bearded-Mystic-PodcastSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast)

Episode 8: Relationships and Spirituality – Can You Commit To Both?

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In this episode, The Bearded Mystic Podcast discusses how one can be committed to a spiritual life as well as living a fully-involved family life. This episode gives hints on what one can do to maintain balance and still excel in spirituality.  I hope you enjoyed listening to this 8th episode. If you would like to learn more with my Thoughts on The Bhagavad Gita and if you are interested in listening to more episodes like this on further chapters and verses, or on Non-Duality, or you want to learn more about the wisdom of the Mystics please follow/subscribe to this Podcast.Please rate and write a review for this Podcast, it will be greatly appreciated.New episodes will be available every Sunday.If you would like to attend a free weekly meditation with me, join my Whatsapp group:https://chat.whatsapp.com/DcdnuDMeRnW53E0seVp28bSubscribe to the free monthly The Bearded Mystic Newsletter: http://thebeardedmysticpodcast.substack.comYou can find links to Live Streams, Podcast, Videos etc: https://linktr.ee/thebeardedmysticpodcastYou can follow me and contact me on social media:TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdk3HPJh/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBeardedMysticPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bearded_mysticFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Bearded-Mystic-PodcastSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast)

Episode 7: Sat Chit Ananda (Truth, Consciousness, Bliss)

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In this episode, The Bearded Mystic Podcast discusses the concept of Sat Chit Ananda, which can be translated as Truth, Consciousness and Bliss. This episode explores what exactly is the truth, what denotes itself as consciousness and what is bliss? If you thought you knew what bliss was, this episode may change your mind. As discussed in the podcast, here is the YouTube link to Jeff Lieberman's Tedx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0–_R6xThs I hope you enjoyed listening to this 7th episode. If you would like to learn more with my Thoughts on The Bhagavad Gita and if you are interested in listening to more episodes like this on further chapters and verses, or on Non-Duality, or you want to learn more about the wisdom of the Mystics please follow/subscribe to this Podcast.Please rate and write a review for this Podcast, it will be greatly appreciated.New episodes will be available every Sunday.If you would like to attend a free weekly meditation with me, join my Whatsapp group:https://chat.whatsapp.com/DcdnuDMeRnW53E0seVp28bSubscribe to the free monthly The Bearded Mystic Newsletter: http://thebeardedmysticpodcast.substack.comYou can find links to Live Streams, Podcast, Videos etc: https://linktr.ee/thebeardedmysticpodcastYou can follow me and contact me on social media:TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdk3HPJh/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBeardedMysticPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bearded_mysticFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Bearded-Mystic-PodcastSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast)

Episode 6: Aham Brahmasmi

In this episode, The Bearded Mystic Podcast discusses the sacred saying of The Upanishads, a mahavakhya 'Aham Brahmasmi'. This simply translates as 'I am Brahman'. This episode dwells upon whether the ego can say this great saying and what are the consequences if we declare this prematurely.  I hope you enjoyed listening to this 6th episode. If you would like to learn more with my Thoughts on The Bhagavad Gita and if you are interested in listening to more episodes like this on further chapters and verses, or on Non-Duality, or you want to learn more about the wisdom of the Mystics please follow/subscribe to this Podcast.Please rate and write a review for this Podcast, it will be greatly appreciated.New episodes will be available every Sunday.If you would like to attend a free weekly meditation with me, join my Whatsapp group:https://chat.whatsapp.com/DcdnuDMeRnW53E0seVp28bSubscribe to the free monthly The Bearded Mystic Newsletter: http://thebeardedmysticpodcast.substack.comYou can find links to Live Streams, Podcast, Videos etc: https://linktr.ee/thebeardedmysticpodcastYou can follow me and contact me on social media:TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdk3HPJh/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBeardedMysticPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bearded_mysticFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Bearded-Mystic-PodcastSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast)

Episode 5: How Forgiving Others Doesn’t Turn You Into a Doormat

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In this episode, The Bearded Mystic Podcast discusses how forgiveness doesn't make you a doormat but enhances your spiritual journey. Sometimes we hold onto grudges and this only creates hatred within us. Meditation or any spiritual practice helps us to increase our capacity to love, which in turn increases our capacity to forgive.  I hope you enjoyed listening to this 5th episode. If you would like to learn more with my Thoughts on The Bhagavad Gita and if you are interested in listening to more episodes like this on further chapters and verses, or on Non-Duality, or you want to learn more about the wisdom of the Mystics please follow/subscribe to this Podcast.Please rate and write a review for this Podcast, it will be greatly appreciated.New episodes will be available every Sunday.If you would like to attend a free weekly meditation with me, join my Whatsapp group:https://chat.whatsapp.com/DcdnuDMeRnW53E0seVp28bSubscribe to the free monthly The Bearded Mystic Newsletter: http://thebeardedmysticpodcast.substack.comYou can find links to Live Streams, Podcast, Videos etc: https://linktr.ee/thebeardedmysticpodcastYou can follow me and contact me on social media:TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdk3HPJh/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBeardedMysticPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bearded_mysticFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Bearded-Mystic-PodcastSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast)

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