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  1. "While you are alive, conquer death and you shall have no regrets at all. This world is false but only a few understand this. People do not enshrine love for Truth; they chase worldly affairs instead. The terrible time of death and annihilation hovers over the heads of the world. By the Hukam of the Lord's command, the Messenger of Death smashes his club over their heads. The Lord Himself gives His Love, and enshrines it in their minds. Not a moment or an instant's delay is permitted when one's measure of life is full. By Guru's Grace, one comes to know the True One, and is absorbed into Him."
  2. @Leo Gura I have noticed that a lot of my hedonistic compulsion stems from bundles of sensation/ thought stories+ pleasant body sensations. I am making progress on not getting lost in thought stories, but breaking the addiction to seeking pleasure and avoiding pain is proving most difficult. Is the best solution to this just more patience with the work, or are there more concrete things I can do to address this particular sticking point? Edit: I'm also not quite grasping that all duality is suffering. I can see that it is transient, but while pleasant experiences last, I wouldn't call them suffering-- the only way I'm really seeing that is due to the fact that they end.
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    Reading Sri Guru Granth Sahib and Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha. I'm taking a hiatus from the forum until having read both works and completing my additional 100 neti neti sessions. I have noticed that a lot of my hedonistic compulsion stems from bundles of sensation/ thought stories+ pleasant body sensations. I am making progress on not getting lost in thought stories, but breaking the addiction to seeking pleasure and avoiding pain is proving most difficult.
  4. @sgn Can't wait for him to be the first marathon monk to film videos during training.
  5. @Russell He's said it before. I wish I had the source-- I forgot.
  6. Is he actually good at what he does? Time spent in the field doesn't mean squat alone; it requires dedication, deliberate practice, and a strong vision. Check out the following books: https://www.amazon.com/Big-Leap-Conquer-Hidden-Level/dp/0061735361 https://www.amazon.com/Good-They-Cant-Ignore-You-ebook/dp/B0076DDBJ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493003995&sr=1-1&keywords=so+good+they+can't+ignore+you https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Work-Focused-Success-Distracted-ebook/dp/B00X47ZVXM/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=3SBVZCB379QSEQDXHSQW
  7. @electroBeam I think there's an important distinction in what we mean by egoic; it's not used in the same way all the time. That happens a lot in spiritual language-- it's imprecise and very important to pay attention to context. The Sadhguru video I linked to you explains enlightened living wonderfully, as does the Jesus video. I can't speak from experience, but I don't think you forget what it's like to be a person or lose that perspective in any way, but you're aware of so much more as well. Like I said, I'm sure it's driven by benevolent motives. The body becomes a tool for serving higher purpose rather than operating in a "this is me and I need to get more for myself and win because I'm here to experience pleasure" sort of way.
  8. I don't think you would have the same motives at all; the inner transformation difference would be radical, and you probably wouldn't be motivated by competition and coming out on top of others. In my limited education, highly enlightened people seem to focus on being of service, taking care of the body as a tool to best serve benevolent motives, selfish gain no longer being a thing. Very enlightened people are not afraid to die. These two videos express the benevolent selflessness pretty well,imo.
  9. It's a short video on the dangers of compulsive living as pertaining to the environment and how consciousness is the ultimate solution.
  10. He's 6'2.
  11. I did this for a while, but I've been studying other teachers more recently. It's a really nice way to keep you grounded.
  12. God

    Meditated for undefined period today. Started reading Mastering The Core Teachings of the Buddha Studied Bentinho Massaro's teachings
  13. "Those that we call monsters are not so to God, who sees in the immensity of His work the infinite forms that He has comprehended therein."- Montaigne
  14. @Shin I'm confused about this: is there really a complete enlightenment, or can you always go deeper?