The Identity of Self and the Supreme

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Let us consider the question: ‘What am I?’ In the collection of Shankara’s writings called The Thousand Teachings, we find the answer to this question presented in direct and uncompromising…

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Conceptions of Consciousness

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What is the conception of consciousness in the West? Awareness—awareness of something, awareness which lies inherent in the mind but which needs the co-operation of the mind and the sense-organs…

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Right Detachment in Practice

How to develop true detachment or inner independence, what is called in Sanskrit Vairagya? (There is more on what this means in the non dual theory section.) Like all qualities,…

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Dedicated Action

An important part of the practical teachings of non-duality is about the best way of action. Usually, we do our actions with a strong wish that they should lead to…

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Practising Right Discrimination

How can we practise and cultivate Viveka, the ability to discriminate between reality and illusion? We know that under the influence of feelings like fear and anger we have a…

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Self-Examination

Like many practices, self-examination is most effective when done regularly. We may choose to do this just before we retire at night. Then, we can briefly review our day, note…

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Developing Helpful Qualities

The qualities that most help us in the search for knowledge of Reality include: – a growing discernment between what is transient and what is enduring – a growing sense…

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