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  1. 8. Then there were forums talking about it, 9. Then there was @Leo Gura
  2. 1. God got tired of answering prayers and wanted to give a solution so that no one wants to pray to him anymore. 2. Growing population brought more work to him but he was alone. 3. Sometimes prayers were even conflicting; So one day he said, "let there be spiritual enlightenment and paths to spiritual enlightenment." 4.Then God said, "Let all the holy scriptures that preach about me get filled with nonsense so that people stop believing in them". 5. Then God rested permanently.
  3. My comments on this interview:
  4. She is saying Yoga itself is bad and a work of Satan. This is not really a criticism of Isha or Sadhguru, but her misunderstanding of what Yoga is. She has got conditioned too much by Christian theology and religion. The same thing happened in this forum as well. There was a person here who was claiming he was very close to spiritual enlightenment. But from his posts, I could do see he was assuming a lot of things about his progress and was trying to convince himself that he was progressing faster. Then suddenly one day he posted that all these non-duality stuff is a work of Satan and only now he realized it. I haven't seen his posts after that. But anyway, as you said, if you look at the comments of the video and the way people respond to it, you will see that everyone uses a default template, like saying things like 'you are getting paid by someone', 'you are an idiot' and a lot of ad hominem attacks etc.. This is what I am talking about as cultish behaviour. If such responses are given for a video where a lady seems to have misunderstood what yoga is, (since she is seeing these things through a Christian glass), it will only create a bad impression about yoga in general.
  5. Yes.. J.K was totally antiguru and antitradition. There is a discourse of J.K which I believe is titled 'Truth is the pathless land'. It is a very beautiful one.
  6. I am wondering if we are using different terminology.. Probably, the word 'witness' conjures up the image of some entity, like a person... But the witness is a standard term though and it doesn't imply the 'thinker' or the 'ego'...
  7. It is not a 'thinker' watching the thoughts.. But this happens in the beginning and it ends up like one part of the mind with its interpretations etc watching another part of the mind. That is why I suggest shamatha or kriyayoga before trying witnessing meditation. I am aware that J.K used to say 'observer is the observed'.. But he also talked about 'choiceless awareness' which is nothing but witnessing meditation. Many people do not realize how powerful it is.. It can strip your self-concept off completely and destroy all the boundaries between you and the world. Then, in the experience of reality, you always see that observer is the observed. The witnessing meditation is nothing but being a passive witness.. You don't analyze, interpret or judge the thoughts but this could happen a lot in the beginning. As time passes, one will get the knack of it. I did this for about 12 years.... This is also what Eckhart Tolle means by 'listening to the voice in the head'.
  8. That is probably because you already cultivated the focus and stillness by some other means.. It could be anything.. I fell in a crazy crush on a girl when I was 15 and I used to visualize myself merging with her. I did this quite often whenever I found story here: . This is not the same as the one I have on my blog because this post has some additional content that elaborates my early childhood. You will see how neurotic and crazy I was..
  9. Yes.. @robdl Realizing that the observer and the observed is the same should happen automatically and shouldn't be taken as a mere belief. I am not suggesting anything new when I am talking about this 'witnessing' meditation. Almost every enlightened person has talked about it but the terminology may be different...
  10. The ability to do 'nothing' develops as your focus and mental stillness improves.. In order to improve these, you can try Buddhist Shamatha meditation, kriya yoga etc... Vipassana is supposed to be a do-nothing meditation. But most of the people stop with watching the breath. In the Buddhist canon, it is always recommended to take it to the next level, where you just watch and be a passive observer of your thoughts, emotions etc. That is why Buddha placed Vipassana and Shamatha as the last two in the eightfold path. Because both are complimentary. Read this post for more details: