winterknight

I am enlightened. Sincere seekers: ask me anything

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I am an expert on the nondual path of spirituality in the Hindu advaita tradition, heavily influenced by Ramana Maharshi (but with my own twists). I'm making myself available here for sincere seekers who want help or clarification on their own path. I'm not really interested in:

a) proving my bona fides (you'll have to get that from my answers)

b) giving an autobiographical description of my path, my realizations, etc.

I probably won't respond to requests for these.

Other than that, anything's game if you're bothered by it. This is a playful experiment... let's see how it goes.


Website/book/one-on-one spiritual guidance: Sifting to the Truth: A New Map to the Self

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Why is there something rather than nothing?


"Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself." -- Rumi

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Lol.... didn't last even 5min :D destroyed by 1question :D

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How many self-referential thoughts do you approximately have in a day?

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After I had genuine glimpses and insights how do I not let those become barriers ? 

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3 minutes ago, winterknight said:

Oh, very good question. Is there something? Who says that there is something?

that doesnt answer anything, no avoiding the question!

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Is there any suffering?

Is there any pleasure?

Do you still practice?

What practice did you do?

What's the relationship between consciousness and the brain?

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Just now, Outer said:

How many self-referential thoughts do you approximately have in a day?

This is a tricky question for me to answer -- I don't really think of things in that way. I know some people consider an absence of self-referential thoughts to be the hallmark of a quiet mind, but the truth is that I think the distinction is artificial.

Anything that is recognized as a "thought" has an element of self-reference to it. Whether one says the word "I" or not, if there is a thought, there is an implied I. The sense of disturbance that accompanies it, that sense of "identification," is really what might mark it as self-referential.

The problem is that that sense of identification is itself an illusion... so we are asking about the details of a mirage here.


Website/book/one-on-one spiritual guidance: Sifting to the Truth: A New Map to the Self

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Get lost.

 


Interested in the unconscious mind as a living reality and positive psychology.

Good Of Interest: Aristotle, Carl Jung, Peter Ralston, Thomas Aquinas, Jainism?, Buddhism, Leibniz, Issac Newton (Panentheism)

Evil: Plato (Ideal forms), John Stuart Mill (Utilitarianism), William James (Pragmatism), Leibniz (Trinitarianism) 

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5 minutes ago, Aimblack said:

After I had genuine glimpses and insights how do I not let those become barriers ? 

They cannot become barriers, because there is ultimately no barrier to what you are. No barrier can stand in the way. Your path is guaranteed. Just keep going. You are assured of victory.


Website/book/one-on-one spiritual guidance: Sifting to the Truth: A New Map to the Self

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2 minutes ago, winterknight said:

This is a tricky question for me to answer -- I don't really think of things in that way. I know some people consider an absence of self-referential thoughts to be the hallmark of a quiet mind, but the truth is that I think the distinction is artificial.

Anything that is recognized as a "thought" has an element of self-reference to it. Whether one says the word "I" or not, if there is a thought, there is an implied I. The sense of disturbance that accompanies it, that sense of "identification," is really what might mark it as self-referential.

The problem is that that sense of identification is itself an illusion... so we are asking about the details of a mirage here.

Good insight, there are even memories that clearly are self-referential or active the self without no direct "I"-thought being in it, for instance visual memories that are autobiographical.

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Let me try :D

31 minutes ago, Leo Gura said:

Why is there something rather than nothing?

Is and isn't is the same thing. Formless is a form. Something and nothing is the same thing.

Why does it exist? Idk,

Few answers

probably existence doesn't need a reason to exist. 

There's no explanation why it exist and it's not logical but existence is not bound by logic, everything is possible even illogical things are possible.

Maybe that no-thingness has some kind of GODS intelligence that is so infinity that it's just infinity that says it all :D

@Leo Gura Is this the right answer? :D

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7 minutes ago, moon777light said:

that doesnt answer anything, no avoiding the question!

The problem is that the very idea of "something" is itself grounded in the misconception of the ego. Pursue that ego and the question will disappear.


Website/book/one-on-one spiritual guidance: Sifting to the Truth: A New Map to the Self

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10 minutes ago, Outer said:

Is there any suffering?

Is there any pleasure?

Do you still practice?

What practice did you do?

What's the relationship between consciousness and the brain?

No, no, no, self-inquiry and learning to become honest about what I really wanted, I don't know

Well, that's one set of answers, probably the most accurate. I could give another set of answers to the first three questions:

yes, yes, yes

also 

there only appears to be, there only appears to be, there only appears to be

or:

the question is incoherent, the question is incoherent, the question is incoherent

Heh.


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