Many years ago, I read an essay from Ludwig Wittgenstein in which he said: “When somebody presents a topic there are only two possibilities: you can either follow what someone is talking about, but you don’t know where he or she is heading at, or… you know where someone is heading at, but you don’t have any clue how he or she will [ Read More... ]
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How to get where? We can discuss Enlightenment or Self-Realization forever, and “how to get there,” but we’ll first need to know where it is exactly we want to be or go, and what it is we really want. Most likely the best thing we could do is to forget all about it, because as long as we don’t know what it is we’re [ Read More... ]
“How to live your life?” is often considered a philosophical question (an ethical one) and in many ways that’s true, but it’s also a very practical (inner) enterprise. It’s not only how to live your life the best way in a given society and culture—with other people, but maybe more important is the question how to live your [ Read More... ]
The so-called “road taken” is a highly imaginary one. It’s a pot of gold at the rainbow’s end. An exhausting journey with many hardships, some ups and too many downs, and in the end—worthless. Time wasted. I’ve learned absolutely nothing from “the road.” Yet I’ve learned a lot about myself, foremost—that [ Read More... ]
Transmission needs a thing, something, to give. If there’s no-thing to give, there’s no-thing to receive, and with that—“giver” and “taker” subsequently lose their meaning. For ages, silent Satsang has been one of the means trying to transmit so-called Enlightenment, or Self-Realization. The Koans behold a radically other approac [ Read More... ]
There are two very distinct views and thus subsequently distinct “methods and techniques” of how to “reach” Self-Realization. The first way of looking at it says it’s a long road “getting there,” strenuous and with much effort. The second view says it’s not about the road and efforts, but about “sudden, clear insi [ Read More... ]
Our opinions are based on our knowledge and experience, which tend to change when our knowledge and experience change. Nothing new really, nothing strange—it’s how it works. And I suppose we shouldn’t get too nervous about it. However, with written material, like an article, a book, a letter, or an email, it becomes very obvious. Confr [ Read More... ]
Phenomenology is a philosophical lineage, of which in the former century, the philosophers Husserl, Heidegger, and Sartre were the major spokesmen. They were certainly not the sole representatives, but I deliberately chose to mention these well-known philosophers to offer a clear reference. Now, the phenomenological trail is often followed by a [ Read More... ]
Going back to the root of the word “Vipassana” may help to better understand what is meant by Vipassana Meditation. Vipassana is considered to be a word in the Pali language (Middle Indo-Aryan Indian language) which, depending on certain interpretations, is translated as “insight,” “seeing clear,” “see into,” “see [ Read More... ]
Ramesh Balsekar, an Advaita Vedanta teacher and former disciple of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, repeatedly claimed that: “Living means, from moment to moment, never knowing whether the next moment is going to bring peace, pleasure, or pain.” According to Ramesh, it’s all up to God, that is—up to God’s “will.” There’s no “autonom [ Read More... ]