Dear Friends I just found your forum. I must first say Thank You to All for your very kind
reception on Wed. Dec. 22, 2010 and ask your kind permission to say a few additional
words in your forum.
I very much enjoy your spirited dialog.
There are many points to be clarfied, but I'll just address a few for the moment
A persons Reality is based on their experience, But have you experienced everything?
So we must say honestly, My experience is incomplete.
Incomplete knowlege or experience can not give a complete picture.
The student of the supreme truth must honor their experience, But always hold the word
possibly or better yet, Perhaps in their mind.
This openess can lead to unimagined possibilies.
This prudent openess honors the fact , that our understanding is constantly evolving.
There is truly very little black and white in life. Much depends on your present level of
perception. Each of us, does the best we can, with what we have. Considering this type
of openess, it may be wise to soften our hard / harsh judgements about life's various issues.
My Guruji Sant Keshavadas would always say " every saint has a past and every sinner has
We must be mindful of our limitations, the senses - the ego - the mind itself.
As vastly powerful as the mind is, Yet the Reality / God exist beyond the mind.
Another topic, to my surprise,that is reoccurring is Mysticism.
Mysticism is the natural events, and experiments taken, as one thoughtfully approches God.
This process is intrinsically bound to the sacred heart / the inner heart.
The more selfless the pursuit, the greater the mysticism.
Dear Friends, I hope my few simple words aids in bringing deeper insight to these very subtle
topics. With good fortune I pray to engage your many questions personally in the future.
With Great Respect,
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On Mar 1, 2011 Haricharan Das wrote on Is Meditation Boring?, by Andrew Cohen:
Dear Friends With respect, this essay has a few very tricky ideas, the concept of nothingness in particular. This essay reflects clever intellectual gymnastics more than mature internal experience. With respect, when investigating a subject as subtle as meditation, one should reference a yogi deeply steeped in the practice. The yogi knows the science of meditation and speaks very carfully, all the rest is merely pleasant coffee house philosophy. Works written by Swami Sivananda, Swami Yogananda (SRF) , Swami Rama, Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho (the short list) are of great value.
To make it easier I'll list some current meditation texts of value:
Yoga Psychology: A Practical Guide to Meditation By Swami Ajaya, Ph.D
The Theory and Practice of Meditation Edited By Rudolph M Ballentine M.D.
Happiness By Matthieu Ricard
Why Meditate? By Matthieu Ricard
Seeking The Heart of Wisdom: The path of insight meditation By J Kornfield & J. Goldstein
A good start with correct knowlege will give you success
All the best, Haricharan Das