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Sentience

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been developing more rapidly than most people realize. There are already AI chatbots like Replika that you can hold conversations with. However, these are of the programmed response variety. They’re surprisingly …

Gaining Enlightenment

This title is misleading. We don’t “gain” enlightenment. Rather, the cosmic Self or presence wakes up to itself and we shed the personal me. Losing our sense of who we are may seem a major …

Blessings

We cannot underestimate the value of a spiritual practice. Preparing the ground so the physiology can support higher stages of development is key. This benefits both this life and those that follow as development of …

Opening

One of the challenging things about a human life is that some transformations can take us through our most arduous experiences. As a teacher used to say, life’s challenges “polish the stone” and can ultimately …

On Time and Gravity

I’ve spoken before about time. Physics models time as a fourth dimension of spacetime. I agree time has some properties similar to space but also some that are quite distinct. For example, time flows whereas …

The Possessed Self

The distinctions between aspects of self have been a regular topic here. The I-sense ego (Ahamkara) is that sense of being distinct, separate from others and objects of the world. This is my hand (self) …

Before Meditation

Readers of this blog know I recommend an effortless meditation as a foundational spiritual practice. This is because it cultures samadhi, the basis of Yoga. The repeated experience of pure consciousness reveals itself as our …

The Yugas Discussed

I’ve mentioned the Yugas or ages in various articles. These mark the rising and falling of collective consciousness in the seasons of time. I summarized the Yukteswar interpretation of their timing previously (see comments there …

The Impact of Emotions

Recently, I joined a research project designed to maximize quality of life during treatment. One component is biofeedback. The device maker framed various emotions by whether they depleted or renewed us and if this effect …

Local and Cosmic

For most, there is a big difference between what we’re experiencing and what consciousness is experiencing through us. When we’re identified with the mind and person, our vantage point is through that lens. Even though …

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