Notes On Advaita Vedanta
Advaita means "not two." Nonduality
Advaita means that there is no longer subject and object. There is no longer separation. This happens because, you as the separate person is no more. The selfish you with desires and fears and opinions and knowledge goes. Thoughts still arise, emotions still arise, but they no longer define you. They simply arise and disappear on their own.
When one realizes the self, they see that there is nothing but consciousness. There is nothing that is not made out of consciousness.
Einstein proved this as a scientist. That all is made up of one energy. This energy is an aware energy.
Thus it is called consciousness. It is awake-ness. It is awareness. Awareness is not something you do, but simply it is. Take away everything and what will be left is awareness.
To experience that everything is of one energy is the most pleasurable, satisfying experience.
There is no end to the exploration of this, for consciousness is eternal, it is everywhere. To know experientially that you exist and everything exists as consciousness is termed self-realization. It is the realization of your true essence.
There was a shift that happened. There was an intense experience of emotion. In surrendering to feeling the essence of that emotion I was forced by the Shakti to sit down on my couch.
After a couple of hours locked in a sitting position, where thousands of thoughts/dreams/visions arose and instantly burned away in the fire of consciousness, I could open my eyes. I stood up and looked at the clock and realized at the depth of my being that I had always been and always will be consciousness. That there was nothing but consciousness. I cried and laughed for hours every day after that for a few weeks. The sense of freedom was overwhelming.
There was and is a constant rush of energy moving through me and as me, a strong vibration that becomes stronger and stronger. When I am alone, sitting in silence, this bliss increases. The physical, mental forms can disappear completely and there is just energy, just awareness. It is incredibly nurturing, loving, peaceful, beautiful. It washes away everything, it seems to even heal my physical form.
I could go on forever about the qualities of resting in this essence, but could not describe it accurately. It is the essence of happiness, contentment. It is divine. It is everything you truly ever wanted. You seek it in everything you want, yet when you get the object you want, it does not deliver this bliss that this essence delivers and so you find another object to desire. But what you truly desire is contentment, and this is your very nature. You simply have to look past the mind and all of it's noise.
To experience your essence, which is not yours or mine but essence itself, you must strip away everything that you think yourself to be. To find who you you are, you have to surrender all of the layers of how you dress yourself up. It takes humility, surrender. It takes your entire focus on the present moment.
So in this moment, notice your experience. Close your eyes. Notice how you feel as a body, notice your breathing, notice your thoughts coming an going but remain present.
Thoughts constantly invite you to live in them. If a thought comes about meeting someone tomorrow and you jump into that thought, suddenly you are in your imaginary projection of tomorrow. You are meeting that person, you are going to lunch, you are having the conversation. They are even speaking back to you! But it is all unreal. It is all imagination.
Yet this is how people exist. They see themselves as the result of their past and their desires and fears of the future. But the only realness about them is in this moment. In this moment only are you tangible, the rest is simply imagining you are somewhere else.
So right now, notice your experience of you. Beyond your thoughts notice the feeling of you being alive in this moment. It is an impersonal you. It cannot be separated from this moment. It is pure awareness, simply being, the feeling of "I am." Only when you add thoughts do you become an individual, a person with desires and problems.
So your essence is your experience in this moment beyond thoughts, emotions, physical experience. It is awareness, a vibrating energy. In this awareness, there is nothing separate from awareness. There is no other at this state of simply being. There is no beginning and no end to you. Thus, not two, Advaita, the experience of being consciousness itself, the essence of what you are.
Or simply surrender completely in this moment. Give everything to God and simply experience what is here. Be aware of the thoughts arising, be aware of the sensations. Completely allow yourself to experience what is here without commentary, without definition, without engaging the mind and it's commentary.
If you are seriously committed to Self-Realization, I highly recommend the following:
One, most importantly, spend time every day sitting in silence, watching your experience in the moment and allowing it to be the way that it is. I offer an audio/CD meditation course called Infinite Sky, specifically designed to be listened to while sitting in silence. It has a sound technology that washes you with enlightened energy. It will greatly enhance your experience of peace, bliss, clarity and ability to stay present.
This is not some mind toy that slows down your brain waves, Infinite Sky carries the energetic of truth/enlightenment consciousness, it is like nothing else you have tried before on audio CD. For those truly interested in advaita/enlightenment, I highly recommend listening to Infinite Sky during your sitting but it's up to you. Click here if you would like more information.
Two, if possible, spend time sitting with one who is awake/enlightened. They also carry this energetic that helps you experience greater focus, bliss, and clarity in the moment. No need to swear over your life to someone or join an ashram. Just spend time sitting with a teacher, meditating and surrendering to the moment.
Three, live a balanced life with diet, exercise and most importantly, awareness. Awareness is most important. Once you start to taste the peace in this moment, your body will automatically reject certain foods for other healthier vibrant foods. When you make peace your focus, you will automatically want to take better care of your body, create less distractions and sufferings.
Yet, all of this happens by itself. The ego wants to do things in order to get something. All one can do is rest here in this moment, letting all thoughts, emotions and sensations be as they are and notice what is here. Then all of this happens very beautifully and easily.
Advaita means non-dualism. Advaita means that everything is of god, truth, consciousness. That there is nothing that is not consciousness. This is not a belief system to acquire. Reading and understanding through the mind will only give you more mind. You must drop the mind, drop all beliefs and notice what is here. You must seek out this moment yourself and find the truth yourself.
If you settle for the belief of advaita, or the knowledge of advaita, then you missed out. The teachings of advaita can only point to what is here. You must be willing to surrender yourself into this moment and realize beyond the intellect what is here.
If you find yourself pulled toward what is written about here and you have any sincere questions, I am most happy respond. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as Infinite Sky, I also offer other CDs that carry the energetic of peace and oneness for you to experience and enjoy. There are also plenty more writings on enlightenment, music samples and much more on the Meditation Music Website.