“You never identify yourself with the shadow cast by your body, or with its reflection, or with the body you see in a dream or in your imagination. Therefore you should not identify yourself with this living body, either.”
~ Adi Shankaracarya
In the Light of the Self: Adi Shankara and the Yoga of Non-dualism
Far from being some dry and dusty ‘Indian philosophy’, Advaita is a system of practical psychology, based on meditation and insight, that draws the practitioner into the deepest consideration of their own status and what it means to be a human being. As such, it is of immediate relevance to us today, torn as we are by questions of identity and purpose, and the struggle to resolve the age-old problems of ignorance, suffering and inequality. Read more...
The Illusion of Reality "All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. We are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is a dream, and we're the imagination of ourselves."
~ Bill Hicks
“Experiencing God Directly: Spirituality without Religion” by Russell Targ & Jane Katra Why do we search for God? It may be that our need to lead meaningful rather than absurd lives is even more powerful than our desire to reduce our suffering or to pursue happiness. When physician Herbert Benson claims
“We are hardwired for God,” he is saying that from the beginning of human life we have reached out for a connection to something greater than ourselves.
“On the Feast of Stephen” by Michael Cocks: On Boxing Day we also celebrate St Stephen’s Day. Later Stephen talks to us personally and movingly about his martyrdom But first we hear the story as it is told to us in the New Testament. Read more