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  • Absent – Wolter Keers

    This article is taken from ‘Jnana yoga — advaita vedanta’ by Wolter Keers, and is published with permission from uitgeverij de Driehoek {as noted in the PDF itself}.


  • Actually with Wolter Keers

    … a conversation with Wolter Keers in Gent, April 25, 1973.


  • Atma Bodha – Francis Lucille Translation

    This is Francis Lucille’s translation of the classic Vedantic text written by Adi Shankara in the Eighth Century. Francis translates the 67 verses without any additional commentary.


  • Atma Bodha (Self Knowledge) – James Swartz Translation

    A classic Vedantic text written by Adi Shankara in the Eighth Century, it consists of sixty-seven elegant verses on the topic of Self knowledge. This is the text to study when you want to know what comes after spiritual practice. It begins with the verse “I am composing this treatise on Self-Knowledge for those who are purified and peaceful, calm of mind, free of craving, and desirous of liberation.” and states that enlightenment is not an experience but the hard and fast understanding “I am limitless ordinary Awareness” that arises when ignorance about the nature of the Self is removed. It then proceeds to logically unfold the fundamental teachings of Vedanta.


  • Becoming Real: Essays on the Teachings of a Master

    “Eleven rare essays on the teachings of German spiritual teacher and transpersonal psychologist, Karlfried Graf Durckheim. These writings are from primary students of Durckheim, all key leaders in their fields.” ~ from the book description at Amazon.


  • Bhagavad Gita

    The Bhagavad Gita is a scripture on the topic of Self realization. Self realization is the hard and fast understanding that there is only one Self and that it is free of the crippling sense of limitation imposed upon it by a mind conditioned to believe in smallness, incompleteness, separateness, and inadequacy. An individual in whom this nondual vision is established is untouched by existential suffering as he or she looks out through an ever-changing body at an ever-changing world.


  • Bliss

    Shri Atmananda Krishna Menon visited Europe (Switzerland) twice in the early nineteen fifties. During his second visit, by request, he allowed a tape recording to be made – of a short summary of his approach or views. This is a retranslation into English from the Dutch translation. The material between parentheses is from the original translator(unknown).


  • Dr. Jean Klein by Andrew Rawlinson

    This free excerpt offers a brief biography of Dr. Jean Klein from The Book of Enlightened Masters: Western Teachers in Eastern Traditions, by Andrew Rawlinson. It also provides a glimpse into Dr. Klein’s teachings through his direct comments or answers.


  • Face to Face with Sri Ramana Maharshi

    Enchanting and Uplifting Reminiscences of 202 persons. Compiled and Edited by Professor Laxmi Narain, published by Sri Ramana Kendram, Hyderabad, India, 2009.

    First edition was published in 2005 with 160 individuals and the Second edition, published in 2009, was augmented with additional 42 persons bringing the total to 202.

    This PDF was sourced from The Internet Archive.


  • Francis Lucille: Love in the Other

    Francis Lucille on What is Love?


  • Guru Vachaka Kovai

    Guru Vachaka Kovai (translated as The Series of Guru’s Sayings or less precisely as The Garland of Guru’s Sayings), is a comprehensive collection of the sayings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, as recorded (in Tamil) by Sri Muruganar. The original Tamil was translated by Sadhu Om and Michael James and the well known biographer, David Godman, wrote the introduction.


  • Happiness and The Art of Being

    Happiness and The Art of Being, by Michael James, is a brilliant overview of the true philosophy and spiritual practice which Sri Ramana Maharshi taught, bringing forth the Ultimate Truth that Happiness lies deep within us, not in the gross and subtle objects that we ceaselessly pursue in the hopes of completing ourselves.

    Ramana’s great gift was his simple and direct method for discovering and confirming this Truth for ourselves through rational and logical analysis of our own direct experience with reality.This approach, called Atma Vichara in Sanskrit is, thus, science and not a philosophy.

    Michael James’s work is unique in that its clarity and authenticity are impeccable. Like this author, James came to believe that many of the people who translated Sri Ramana Maharshi’s teachings into English did not have a clear understanding of their practice which he taught. In fact, Michael classified some of the more popular texts as “confusing and misleading”, particularly in their discussions of Atma Vichara, the method of self inquiry, which he felt had been mercilessly reduced to the over simplified mantra, “Who am I?”

    To his great credit, Michael James translated from Tamil and published many works by Ramana ( including what many consider his most important work, “Nan Yar?”, meaning, ‘Who am I?’ available at this website here under The Ramana Maharshi Books Section) and English translations of books of some of his students, including the remarkable Sri Sadhu Om, who studied with Ramana for more than five years and later with Sri Muruganar .

    Happiness and The Art of Being will help you begin one of the clearest journey into the remarkable teachings of Ramana Maharshi. You can either download a free e-book by clicking here  OR you can buy your own copy at Amazon. Please visit www.happinessofbeing.com for all of the other books written by Michael James, Sri Sadhu Om, Muruganar, and the elusive Michael Langford.


  • I Am Unborn – Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

    I Am Unborn – Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj  is compiled by Vijayendra Deshpande and edited by Pradeep Apte. It is the product of the notes, taken by Damodar Lund (a disciple of Maharaj), during the satsangs at Maharaj’s residence.


  • Indifference Not Acting – Wolter Keers

    Wolter Keers on indifference and not taking action.


  • Kathopanishad

    NACHEKETAS IN THE HOUSE OF DEATH

    At the end of his life, desiring Heaven, Natcheketas’ father, a pious man, sacrificed a few of his least valuable possessions.

    “When desire ceases to dwell in the Heart, what is mortal is known to be Immortal. Such is the teaching.”


  • Love In The Other

    Francis Lucille’s brief article on Love – offered freely with his permission.


  • Mandukya Upanishad

    Of the one hundred and eight Upanishads, ten are considered to be “major” Upanishads. Of the ten major Upanishads the Mandukya is king. Its twelve mantras lay bare the fundamental structure of the human mind by revealing the nature of the three states of consciousness: waking, dream, and deep sleep. At the same time they prove beyond a doubt that we are not who we think we are – the waking state personality – and indicate who we really are – the invariable Awareness in all three states.

    Such is the subtlety of its thought that even careful study of the text or teaching at the feet of a scriptural master would probably not produce the firm and lasting knowledge of oneself as the limitless “I”. So many centuries ago a great sage, Gaudapada, added a commentary (karika) and a meditation to the verses to help the seeker realize the Self. In this meditation the three states are symbolized by three sounds, and the the Self, the limitless “I”, is referred to as Silence. The commentaries present a simple and powerful technique that permits a meditator to lock on to the “I” and begin the inquiry that leads to Self knowledge.


  • Mystical Poems by Susan Kahn

    A free sampling Susan Kahn’s mystical poetry: Song of Emptiness,  The Mist of Being, and Undying Self.


  • Nan Yar? ( Who Am I?)

    Nan Yar? (Who am I?) is a publication by one of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s devotee, Sri Sivaprakasam Pillai. It is a compilation of the many Q&A sessions between Sri Ramana and Sri Pillai.


  • Narada Bhakti Sutra

    This Puranic text of indeterminate origin is highly revered in India. The actual title, “Narada Bhakti Sutra,” loosely translates as “Narada’s Train of Thought on Divine Love.” Narada was a celestial musician who flitted between the worlds of the gods and men, waking people up to Love. Although the title makes sense in India, Narada is hardly a household name in the West, hence it has been renamed to “The Gospel of Love.”

    Although written in the language of experience, The Gospel contends that love of God, knowledge of God, service of God, and experience of God (leading to “merger” with God) are one, placing it firmly in the tradition of nonduality. First it defines Bhakti, devotion, as “intense exclusive love of This,” meaning the formless Self or “God.” Then it describes the benefits of devotion and informs us how to cultivate it and recognize its symptoms. Finally it enumerates the stages of devotional love, from the lowest to the highest.


  • Nondualism in Western Philosophy

    Greg Goode offers “… a series of pointers to how the Western approach can assist with one’s self-inquiry. It is less a historical survey, and more a collection of Western views that might serve as tools for inquiry, along with suggestions on how these tools might be used….”


  • Notes on Spiritual Discourses

    These voluminous “Notes” are a collection of spiritual discourses by Shri Atmananda Krishna Menon, a living representative of the tradition of Advaita Vedanta and one of the great sages of the modern world. The discourses were recorded during the period of 1950 to 1959 by Nitya Tripta, a trusted disciple. The “Notes” consist of 1451 questions and answers along with Atmananda’s “spiritual statements.” They are short and masterful talks on realizing the Truth through a recognition that our nature is always pure Consciousness. This free PDF version is available courtesy of Non-Duality Press.


  • Noumena

    Noumena: Consciousness without an Object: “This article assimilates and incorporates the teachings of true teachers I have had the honor to study with, personal experiences of this body-mind, and books I have read. This discourse is nothing more than an exercise for this body-mind to sit and absorb the wisdom imparted to it.” ~ Chris Hebard


  • Panchadasi

    Sri Vidyaranya Swami flourished in the Fourteenth Century A.D. He was the guru as well as the Prime Minister of Harihara I and Bukka, the founders of the Vijayanagara Kingdom. He is reputed to be the greatest among post-Sankara Advaitins. He was the head of the Sringeri Sarada Pitha, established by Sri Adi Sankara Bhagavatpada from 1377 to 1386 A.D.

    Panchadasi is one of the works attributed to him. This work is so named because it consists of fifteen chapters. It is a comprehensive manual of Advaita Vedanta. The fundamental teachings of Advaita are presented in this work in a clear and lucid manner. It is therefore the best text for the novice who desires to get acquainted with this philosophy. At the same time the work is very profound and is of interest to advanced students of Advaita as well.


  • Parmenides’ On Reality

    Francis Lucille’s translation of Parmenides’ single poem On Reality  (or On Nature).


  • Some Teachings from Sri Atmananda (Krishna Menon)

    This document was created as a result of a discussion on the Advaitin E-group during Nov 2003 to Jan 2004. The discussion was led by Ananda Wood; and the extraction is largely the work of Dennis Waite. We are able to offer this document for free download courtesy of Dennis Waite.


  • Tattva Bodha (Knowledge of Truth)

    Tattva Bodha means “knowledge of Truth”. It was written in Sanskrit in the Eighth Century by Adi Shankaracharya. After explaining the qualifications necessary to realize the Self, it deals with the relationship between the individual, the world, and the Self. It explains the technical terms that form the basis of Vedanta. Without understanding the meaning of these words the means of knowledge will not operate.

    Vedanta is the path that begins where other paths end. So, although Tattva Bodha is an introductory text, it requires a mature, discriminating mind. It is particularly useful for someone whose sampling of many paths has produced confusion about enlightenment, the nature of the Self, and the method of Self realization.


  • The Awakening West: Interview with Robert Rabbin

    In their book, The Awakening West: Conversations with Today’s New Western Spiritual Leaders, the authors Lynn Marie Lumiere and John-Lumiere Wins suggest  that “… Western Spirituality has come into its own, drawing on the rich philosophies of Zen, Hinduism, Advaita Vedanta, Kashmiri Shaivism, Judaism, and Christianity …” and they explore awakening or enlightenment with many spiritual teachers including : Adyashanti, Gangaji, Francis LucilleEckhart Tolle, and Robert Rabbin (it’s a much longer list).

    This article (PDF) is the transcript of the interview with Robert – sourced from  the free downloads page on Robert’s website.

    Here’s an excerpt from the interview’s opening summary: “Robert has had a lifelong interest in the nature of the human mind and consciousness. He studied with Swami Muktananda in India, and subsequently his spiritual inquiry has been profoundly influenced by Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj.”

     


  • The Book of Listening – Excerpt

    The Book of Listening is a “compilation of Volumes 1 – 10 of Jean Klein´s journal Listening, published by the Jean Klein Foundation on a limited basis between 1989-1995.” Each volume covers a theme, e.g., “Love and Marriage, The Guru and Disciple, and includes a previously unpublished private discussion or a transcription of a public talk with Jean Klein.”

    This free excerpt includes the Introduction, the full Table Of Contents, and the first 3 chapters of Volume 1. The book is available for purchase on Amazon.


  • The Complete I AM Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

    The complete ‘I am’ quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, is compiled by Pradeep Apte from the following 10 books. These books cover almost all the recorded dialogues of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

    1. I Am That edited by Maurice Frydman
    2. Seeds of Consciousness edited by Jean Dunn
    3. Prior to Consciousness edited by Jean Dunn
    4. Consciousness and the Absolute edited by Jean Dunn
    5. The Experience of Nothingness edited by Robert Powell
    6. The Nectar of Immortality edited by Robert Powell
    7. The Ultimate Medicine edited by Robert Powell
    8. Beyond Freedom edited by Maria Jory
    9. I am Unborn edited by Pradeep Apte
    10. Gleanings from Nisargadatta edited by Mark West

    We are able to offer this PDF for free download courtesy of Pradeep Apte.


  • The Complete Red Book by Carl Jung

    “The most influential unpublished work in the history of psychology. When Carl Jung embarked on an extended self-exploration he called his “confrontation with the unconscious,” the heart of it was The Red Book, a large, illuminated volume he created between 1914 and 1930. Here he developed his principle theories—of the archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the process of individuation—that transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned with treatment of the sick into a means for higher development of the personality.”

    A full color copy of Carl Jung’s The Red Book, including the complete English translation by Shamdasani is available for free download as a PDF.


  • The discipline of disappearance

    An article compiled by Pradeep Apte about Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj’s cardinal question in self-inquiry : What were you before you were born?


  • The heart of the world – Wolter Keers

    Wolter shares the story about his odyssey to India including how he heard of Ramana Maharshi.


  • The Nisargadatta Gita

    The Nisargadatta Gita consists of 231 condensed quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj along with a short commentary on each quote. These 231 quotes have been taken from a collection of 572 quotes from “The Complete I AM Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.”


  • The Rabbit In The Hat – Wolter Keers

    Wolter Keers’ Q&A re enlightenment. … From: Yoga and Vedanta, June 1976.


  • The Transparency of Things – Excerpt

    This is an excerpt (3 chapters from a total of 44) from Rupert Spira’s book, The Transparency of Things and is offered for free downloads through Rupert’s courtesy.


  • Utterly One

    Rupert Spira’s simple and profound commentary about our “oneness” – about the “Knowing Presence” we are. This article is offered for free download courtesy of Rupert Spira.


  • What is Advaita?

    This thirty page pamphlet explains why enlightenment is not a permanent experience of a particular state of consciousness, why it is not a thought-free mind, and why karma does not have to be exhausted for liberation. It debunks many of the major misunderstandings about Vedanta and spiritual life in general – first and foremost the idea that Vedanta is a philosophy or a school of thought. It carefully explains what Vedanta actually is and highlights several of its most important teachings: cause and effect, the Three State analysis, and the five sheaths. It discusses the Self as bliss confusion, the Self as Knowledge confusion, the Self as Energy confusion, and the Multi-Path confusion. And finally it resolves the issue of the “stages of enlightenment”.


  • What is Enlightenment? by James Swartz

    This is a free excerpt (Chapter 2) from James Swartz’ book How to Attain Enlightenment? This book is a “… complete guide to enlightenment {and} presents the wisdom of the ancient science of self-inquiry, a time-tested means for achieving spiritual freedom…” You can buy it from Amazon.


  • Yoga means connection – Jean Klein

    Here is a rare article about Jean Klein reprinted with permission from Amigos. In this article, Johan van der Kooij shares comments about yoga and his teacher Jean Klein followed by Jean’s response to this question: “Yoga means connection, but connection between what and what?”


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