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  1. Follow your intuition. Help him if it feels right to you. If it feels like he is taking advantage of your kindness too much, tell him that. He helped you so that you became independent. Now it is your turn to help him so that he can help himself.
  2. @lostingenosmaze At the 44:50 mark he clearly states that his friend was NOT a fan of Leo Gura. It's disingenuous to attribute his suicide to Spirituality can be extremely dangerous so we have to be careful in our approach to it. What is the effect that you want to have on your students if ultimately you don't care about their well-being? What you are currently doing is talking on a public forum (youtube) to impressionable young people. You have an effect on people and it's best that you are aware of the effect. To make an extreme analogy, I can also go to a kindergarten and yell at the kids that Santa is not real. Is it true? Yes. Is it effective? Yes. But at the end of my ordeal, I leave with lots of crying children. Don't you want to understand compassion? Or compassion is no longer part of your reality? Go to a third-world country where a mother is starving because she gave all the food to her children. Look at her face. Really LOOK at her. Maybe then you will understand.
  3. You can try a 10-day Vipassana Meditation retreat. Just as a warning, you can't live in a society from a very high state because everyone will perceive you as crazy.
  4. The following 3 poems are from the book by Hafez. Enjoy Awake awhile. It does not have to be Forever, Right now. One step upon the Sky's soft skirt Would be enough. Haflz, Awake awhile. Just one True moment of Love Will last for days. Rest all your elaborate plans and tactics For Knowing Him, For they are all just frozen spring buds Far, So far from Summer's Divine Gold. Awake, my dear. Be kind to your sleeping heart. Take it out into the vast fields of Light And let it breathe. Say, "Love, Give me back my wings. Lift me, Lift me nearer." Say to the sun and moon, Say to our dear Friend, "I will take You up now, Beloved, On that wonderful Dance You promised!" ----- Fire has a love for itself It wants to keep burning. It is like a woman Who is at last making love To the person she most desires. Find a Master who is like the Sun. Go to His house In the middle of the night. Smash a window. Act like a great burglar Jump in. Now, Gather all your courage Throw yourself into His bed! He will probably kill you. Fantastic That's the whole idea! ----- What is the difference Between your experience of Existence And that of a saint? The saint knows That the spiritual path Is a sublime chess game with God And that the Beloved Has just made such a Fantastic Move That the saint is now continually- Tripping over Joy And bursting out in Laughter And saying, "I Surrender!" Whereas, my dear, I am afraid you still think You have a thousand serious moves.
  5. How about removing language and directly transferring ideas from one mind to another? All language contains ambiguity. Removing the language removes the ambiguity.
  6. This is a good approach. You guys attach too much importance to what Leo says. If his words don't resonate with you, think for yourself, or find some other teacher.
  7. Jesus showed the path of what happens when you distance yourself too much from the crowd. The crowd will crucify you because you have become too different. The price for becoming One is that you are crucified by Many. It is a beautiful story in every way.
  8. Don't be needy.
  9. Any bugs there or only butterflies?
  10. They change your perception.
  11. Who says he is motivated? Why do people that don't exist keep asking questions? Who should answer?
  12. What is the point of eating if you are going to shit it all out?
  13. Consciousness argues with itself about who has more consciousness. So silly.