James Swartz – Nature of non dual love – Talk 8

Beginning of the verses of Narada’s Bhakti Sutras. Traditional
versus modern style of teaching. Vers 1: Using intellect for
justification is not useful. Devotion is directed to God. Treat
the people around you as if they are God. Devotion is rational.
Vers 2: Focus all of your attention on one topic: who am I?
Samadhana. Love is willing attention. Love of what is right
here and now. You are always present. You love your self.
Selflessness. You are the goodness that makes goodness
good. Hate is a perverted form of bhakti. Duality: Men are
defined by women. You don’t love objects, you love love.
Chasing love in objects is useless. Vers 3+4: You know you
don’t die and get a security benefit. The worry goes away.
Immortal love. Perfection benefit. Gain of knowledge, loss of
ignorance. Enlightenment sickness. Love is your nature. You
are not the body. You were here before your body was born.
Solution is to accept the words of the scripture. Vers 5: Life is
not jiva centered anymore. Free of passion for objects. No
need to feel special. Vers 6: Feel wonderstruck because you
understand and fulfilled the purpose in your life. You know you
are love.

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Who am I? In the midst of 3 States of Consciousness and Turiya

Who am I? This is the most important and urgent question anyone can ask. Chandra gives answers to this question from the point of view of Advaita Vedanta in the Sankara tradition. Chandra uses the analogy of the 3 states of Consciousness, waking, dream and deeps sleep – and Turiya, the fourth one. This analogy, this analysis, plays an important role in several Upanishads, definitely in all Jnana Yoga teaching. Chandra is giving Vedanta Courses at Yoga Vidya Ashram Germany.

 

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