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  1. words and translation - http://zouve.com/forum/lyrics/hindi-lyrics-and-translations/4331-akhiyan-udeek-diyan-lyrics-english-translation-nusrat-fateh-ali-khan
  2. For the second question, fast...sudden...complete...no going back. For the first, there is no who having fun...there is just having fun. Don't get caught up in the conventions of speech where a noun must precede a verb.
  3. Nonduality and enlightenment are just fun to talk about...so why not be here?
  4. If a child is playing being a reporter with a stick as a microphone and asks you a question into a stick and moves the stick to you for an answer...the child had a will to seek you out and ask you questions...but it is still play. Not for any purpose or reason. Why do you assume that my answer implies being far more passive...just living life and people started asking them questions?
  5. The Buddha taught not because of meaning or purpose or cosmic value. The Buddha was not made or caused to teach. It was simply play. The play involved sharing his experience and insights to see if it could increase happiness and end suffering. He was not sure it could be taught. Your question is actually quite similar to a Zen koan...why did the bearded barbarian come from West? This is in reference to Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, going to China from India. Why did Bodhidharma go to China? You are going the wrong way if you keep trying to assign egoic reasons for needing to do something. Rather, the answer is simply that...when it rains, water flows downhill.
  6. Toby, enlightenment has been mythologized quite a bit. It has also been said that the enlightened are aware of all their past lives. Assuming you are on board with ultimately nothing is separate...nonduality...advaita, there is something to ponder and question. All major states of consciousness (waking, dreaming, sleeping)...you are referring to are of one body/mind. All the past lives too refer to one individual. If there is no other or separation, then why would having more awareness of this specific body/mind really matter? Are you constantly aware of every inch of your skin...consciously...all of the time? Do you fantasize that one who is enlightened would be? There may not be conscious awareness of every inch of your skin every second, but don't believe there is a lack of awareness at any time for any piece of skin. Prick it with a needle and you instantly are aware of it. That is the Unborn mind - as Zen Master Bankei put it. It is not a matter of conscious awareness, because there is much the subconscious will notice that the conscious mind does not. Do you believe that there is no subconscious mind for one who is enlightened and it is all conscious? It is not a matter of being aware...you are that Awareness. Even now, when you wake up in the morning you say you slept very well. Part or even much of the night was deep dreamless sleep, but you say you slept very well. Why? Because you were aware. You never cease existing in the middle of the night. How do you know? Because you were aware. You might learn to be consciously aware...like a lucid dreamer...even when dreaming knowing it is a dream and keeping awareness. You might even learn how to do this in deep dreamless sleep. But do not make it a requirement of enlightenment. As it pertains to one specific body/mind...and you are really the All/Oneness, such a skill is not really needed. It is kind of like the sun...as long as there are no objects (planets, etc.) there is no light to be seen. A sun with nothing around it is just in blackness. In deep dreamless sleep, there are no objects...so it appears to be void...nothingness. And so it is experienced as nothing for me. I have no interest in gaining some skill in being consciously aware of nothingness for hours on end. I also have no interest in gaining the skill to know all of my past lives. I am not really this body/mind...or conscious awareness. I am all awareness...conscious, subconscious, superconscious, etc. What you are asking about has no relevance to enlightenment (IMO) - and is over focusing on the body/mind when you are Oneness/Everything. It is over-focusing on some kind of "me" that retains conscious awareness. Enlightenment is far more about realizing there is no other (seeing through the illusion of duality) and the cessation of suffering. You are the one shining the sun...whether you are conscious of it or not. You don't have to be conscious of it all, nor is it a requirement of enlightenment to be conscious of it all.
  7. What about deep dreamless sleep? Is it your experience to be aware in deep dreamless sleep?