Juan Cruz Giusto

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  1. I don't agree. Employers don't pay you every day because there's a cost for the bank transaction - so it makes sense that they do it once or twice a month. Everything that the employer earns need to be distributed to the employees - sooner or later. The argument of the employee dying is not relevant since it's not the case, it's the exception. Maybe you should read some Adam Smith books to understand how capitalism works. Also, Marx's book might be a good read if you want a nice contrasting idea.
  2. It will take years and years to be 100% present all the time. Just be gentle with yourself and do it when you remember it. Maybe each time you think about grabbing your phone, meditate for 30 seconds. Your day doesn't need to be perfect for you to see results. Remember, almost anyone works on the stuff we learn here, so keep doing what you are doing, try to be a bit better every single day and watch your life grow in a couple of years!
  3. I finished college not so long ago and I don't happen to agree. I meditate, visualize, self-inquire and read personal development books and I never had any criticism whatsoever. Obviously, people look at you weirdly when you tell them that you go a week to meditate, but it's understandable and common. Perhaps you vent too much what you do and your self-image is really tied with the "meditation" or "personal development" guy. I would recommend stop judging people and let them be themselves, that will help you be yourself too. if you are in a campus, it might be difficult to find like-minded people but there are always some cool guys to chill with. They don't have to share everything that you do, but you can have a good time and enjoy yourself. College is fun so enjoy it while you still can! And remember, learning how to enjoy everything is a spiritual practice by itself. And don't judge yourself if you drink some beers every now and then, even enlightened people do
  4. @Nahm nope, we are usually not aware of the true nature of the one we live right now
  5. @Nahm Reality beyond perception, mind, and distinction. What is ultimately, absolutely and objectively true about Reality and You.
  6. What works for me is telling them about Mysticism: "the belief that consciousness of the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation or meditation". Just tell them that you don't know who or what you are and you are trying to figure it out.
  7. Consciousness is only known by being Conscious and there is no room for knowledge here. As Ludwig Wittgenstein says: "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." BUT (and it's a big BUTT), Knowledge is good to point you in the right direction or even make you realize that you don't know who you are, what you are or what existence is. Also, knowledge is very useful in day to day life and if you want to succeed in any field, you'll need KNAWLEDGE. As Peter Ralston says: "Creating distinctions brings power - destroying them brings freedom." or something like that
  8. Internal and external is a distinction and there are none in the Absolute. In the relative world, having a sense of internal vs external is healthy and a necessary condition for a mind to develop. When children are born they cannot distinguish between themselves and their mothers, it's not the case with us and it's not the case with enlightened people.
  9. I recommend treating it as totally different subjects. On the one side we have the Absolute or Enlightenment, and on the other hand, we have the relative or mind. Although being enlightened can affect your mind in some way or another, it is not always the case. Enlightened people still have a mind and need to survive - they are just conscious of Ultimate Reality, nothing more and nothing else.
  10. I don't really see a conflict between modern life and enlightenment. I agree that for enlightenment, periods of intense focus like Retreats are helpful but one need not separate common life with enlightenment - because there's nowhere to go but here. And even the most enlightened guy needs to keep being part of society and, hopefully, contribute and make it better. Sadhguru can tell you better: BASICALLY, DON'T CREATE CONFLICT WHERE THERE ISN'T ONE
  11. I'm kind of tired of these types of threads - we are here to learn, not to preach or show off our enlightenments as they were Ferrari's. This thread is Spiritual Materialism at its best.
  12. Hello brother! I'm in San Francisco until the 9th, let me know if you want to meet up and just chat - I'll be happy to meet you. Cheers!
  13. Hello guys! The other day I sat down and wrote this short essay. Let me know what you think : "The understanding of Happiness in Western culture can be described as the feeling that occurs when life goes our way. At a first glance, it seems there is nothing wrong with this definition. When we win, we are happy, we when lose we are not. But let’s look at it a bit more careful. If happiness is a feeling that OCCURS when life goes our way, it means that our well-being is dependent on circumstances. In other words, we are at mercy of them and we don’t have a saying about it – which renders us helpless. Based on our understanding of happiness, whether is cultural or personal, we are bound to keep striving for more, to keep accomplishing, to keep life going our way, believing that once we get everything we want, we will finally make it. If this sounds like mouse on the wheel metaphor, it’s because it is. Yet, Western culture doesn’t leave us with much of a choice either. Two and a half millennia ago the Buddha told us that the only way to find true happiness, is to renunciate all desire. Yet when the time comes, few of us are willing to take such an extreme path. Maybe the solution is not to keep running the mouse wheel or to shave our heads and become full time monks. Perhaps the solution finds itself when we reformulate what happiness is to us. If happiness is defined as an inner experience of well-being, independent from circumstances, and that can be worked upon – there would be a shift in the way we behave and even the way we feel. This would mean it doesn’t matter whether we achieve something or not, our happiness would not be affected. And instead of saying that happiness is dependent of circumstances, we can say that it is something we generate.Since it is something that can be worked upon, practices like meditation and mindfulness would be more prevalent. And all of this just by changing how we understand a single word. When our happiness does not depend on us achieving our goals. When we are happy whether our dreams get accomplished or not. When we learn to enjoy the process even though we are not sure we will make it. When we are free from as well as free to pursue or goals and dreams, it’s when we have found true happiness. And I’m along for the ride."
  14. @okulele The best way to resolve this is to check different Enlightened Masters. Look at Buddha or Jesus, supposedly very enlightened but huge revolutionaries. Look at Sadhguru, Peter Ralston or Ken Wilber. Actually, an article Wilber wrote says the following: "But 'egoless' does not mean 'less than personal'; it means 'more than personal.' Not personal minus, but personal plus - all the normal personal qualities, plus some transpersonal ones. Think of the great yogis, saints and sages - from Moses to Christ to Padmasambhava. They were not feeble-mannered milquetoasts, but fierce movers and shakers - from bullwhips in the Temple to subduing entire countries. They rattled the world on its own terms, not in some pie-in-the-sky piety; many of them instigated massive social revolutions that have continued for thousands of years. And they did so, not because they avoided the physical, emotional and mental dimensions of humanness, and the ego that is their vehicle, but because they engaged them with a drive and intensity that shook the world to its very foundations. No doubt, they were also plugged into the soul (deeper psychic) and spirit (formless Self) - the ultimate source of their power - but they expressed that power and gave it concrete results, precisely because they dramatically engaged the lower dimensions through which that power could speak in terms that could be heard by all." You can read the whole article here: https://www.lionsroar.com/egoless-means-more/