An Upanishad for Modern Times
What is Enlightenment and How Do You Find It?
The experience of one’s true state of total emptiness is indescribable. No pleasure or fleeting happiness or excitement I have experienced before even comes close. Nothing I can say will compare, experience it for yourself.
February 8, 2020
The Problem with Distraction
This excerpt from a famous book about dzogchen describes the lost-in-thought state, which is referred to here as ‘mind’ and ‘distraction’.
January 8, 2020
The Mirror: Advice on Presence and Awareness
If one recognizes one’s own intrinsic State as pure
from the beginning and only temporarily obscured by
impurities, and if one maintains the presence of this
recognition without becoming distracted, then all the
impurities dissolve. This is the essence of the Path.
January 5, 2020
Who Am I?
The complete text of the best translation of the definitive instruction manual
for Self-enquiry. Includes notes, commentary, and original Tamil.
January 2, 2020
Unconditional Love and the Surrender to Fear
As we feel the moments
when need or fear enters the picture,
the walls that constrain the heart, that drive us to a crippling refuge in the mind, can be felt gently to begin to crumble.
December 26, 2019
After My Kundalini Woke Up
Kundalini created a permanent conviction that the universe is benevolent and put an end to fear.
December 24, 2019
Deep inside each of us lies a doorway between existence and nonexistence, between experience and nothingness. In that darkness you find all your abilities to experience the world.
This article contains the culmination of the author’s teachings.
December 18, 2019
The Holy Mountain
Lord Shiva manifests as a pillar of fire to curb the egos of Brahma and Vishnu, who were fighting with each other in a dispute over which of the two was the greater, in this famous story from the Arunachala Puranam, the 17th century Tamil classic.
September 17, 2019
The Gospel of Thomas
Some scholars believe that the Gospel of Thomas records Jesus’s
teachings more accurately than the Bible does.
September 14, 2000
Kundalini is My Guru
An anonymous scientist describes how Kundalini performs
yoga with his body and mind and puts him in an elevated spiritual state.
This is Kundalini in its classic form, as people wish it to be.
July 12, 2019
The Secret Room Where Peace Lives
Can you fully accept what is, however far it departs from the thing you expected or wished for? That question turns the knob on the door.
December 15, 2018
The Path of Silence
The power of silence sucks the mind into a spiritual black hole from which it cannot escape.
December 13, 2018
I Am Disarmed
I’m no longer afraid of anything, because love banishes fear.
August 2, 2018
Recognition, an Inversion of Consciousness
Recognition and Liberation are attained by turning the attention toward the subjective pole and away from the objective content of consciousness. The effort must be to attain a consciousness without objective content. Such a consciousness may be likened to a light in a space that contains no objects.
April 1, 2018
Scott Kiloby describes his awakening.
December 28, 2017
The Bright Yellow Circus
An extraordinarily gifted writer describes how he was changed by his guru, Muktananda.
December 22, 2017
Ramana Talks About Aurobindo
Swami Madhavtirtha recalls a conversation in which Ramana Maharshi explained the differences between his teachings and Sri Aurobindo’s.
September 28, 2001
Awakening vs. Liberation
After experiencing nirvikalpa thousands of times, the author was deeply disappointed because he was still the same person.
June 14, 2017
The Nectar of Immortality
You must be possessed by this idea of finding out what this “I-am-ness” is, just as you would not rest until you found the source of a smell emanating from some place.
October 18, 2001
The Quintessence of My Teaching
You know you are. How do you know it? And with what did you know it? This is the sum total of my teaching needed to put you on the right track, its very quintessence.
October 3, 2001
That intelligence comes into being only when we are passively aware of the whole process of our consciousness, which is to be aware of ourselves without choice, without choosing what is right and what is wrong.
June 8, 2017
The Vijnana Bhairava
This great classic text of Tantric Shaivism describes 112 ways to catch sight of Reality beyond the mind.
June 3, 2017
The Yoga of Three Enlightenments
Consciousness is the sunlight of our soul; Awareness, the moonlight; Kundalini, the cool balancing energy.
December 28, 1999
My Meeting with Ramana Maharshi
She was a Hollywood socialite. He was the most revered sage in India. Here’s what happened when they met.
February 10, 2000
How Will I Know If I’m Really Meditating?
After struggling for years to learn to meditate with traditional techniques, the author was so discouraged he gave up. Then he tried neurofeedback.
June 30, 2000
I saw that genuine Recognition is simply a realization of Nothing, but a Nothing that is absolutely substantial and identical with the SELF. This was the final turn of the Key which opened the Door.
May 31, 2017
A Method of Going Within
By watching the mind from points of view that are behind the mind, we can recognize our essential self.
May 30, 2017
Ellam Ondre (All Is One)
Ramana Maharshi said, “If you want liberation, write, read, and practice the instructions in Ellam Ondre.”
May 20, 2000
The great Advaitin classic attributed to Adi Shankara.
May 16, 2000
The Ashtavakra Gita
Its history, context, main ideas, and significance.
May 26, 2017
Papaji’s first meeting with Ramana Maharshi
H.W.L Poonja (Papaji) describes what happened when he asked Ramana Maharshi to show him God. Sri Ramana said God cannot
be seen, but as he spoke, Papaji’s heart center opened.
September 23, 2001
Talks with Annamalai Swami
Dialogs with Annamalai Swami, a Self-realized expert on Self-enquiry who was a direct disciple of Ramana Maharshi.
May 18, 2017
Hints for Self-Enquiry
Helpful hints from somebody who really knows how because he really did it.
May 15, 2017
No More Is Needed
The little pamphlet Who Am I? says everything you need to know to become Self-realized.
May 15, 2017
A Few Notes on Self-Enquiry
He who would attempt to know his Overself must learn to retire into his mind as a tortoise retires into its shell.
May 12, 2017
The Sage Who Never Speaks
A presumably true story by Paul Brunton from his famous best selling book, A Search in Secret India
May 11, 2017
Triangulation and Jacob’s Ladder
The mind cannot be studied with the mind. It must be observed from some point outside of, and yet superior to, the mind.
May 7, 2017
Gopi Krishna’s Awakening
Suddenly, with a roar like that of a waterfall, I felt a stream of liquid light entering my brain through the spinal cord.
May 6, 2017
How to do Self-Enquiry
Sri Sadhu Om’s book on Self-enquiry is usually regarded as the definitive instruction manual for that practice. He was Sri Ramana Maharshi’s direct disciple and Muruganar’s literary executor. This article contains the entire chapter on technique from his book. In our opinion, these are the most thorough and authoritative instructions in existence for Sri Ramana’s method.
May 1, 2017
Spiritual teacher Jan Frazier describes how she woke up.
April 29, 2017
Ramana photo gallery
This gallery contains more than 1500 photos of Sri Ramana Maharshi.
April 9, 2017
In this dialog, Nisargadatta Maharaj gave a brief, clear summary of the method of spiritual practice that he recommended.
October 7, 2016
Eckhart Tolle’s Awakening
In this interview with Unity Magazine, Eckhart Tolle describes his experience of awakening.
October 4, 2016
Spiritual teacher Adyashanti describes the day he awakened.
September 12, 2016
The Experience of No-Self
In this 1986 interview, former nun Bernadette Roberts describes the state
of no-self, a stage she reached twenty years after enlightenment, where consciousness and self are absent.
September 12, 2016
Higher Consciousness Healing
Higher consciousness healing is a simple, fast, easy method for overcoming pain, fatigue, and psychological problems.
September 7, 2016
Poem and commentary
The listener is a false intruder. Real listening is done with an open heart and all-encompassing attention.
September 6, 2016
My initiation and the science of shaktipat
Swami Shivom Tirth, a noted shaktipat guru, describes how he received shaktipat from another
noted shaktipat guru, Swami Vishnu Tirth, in 1960.
September 2, 2016
Paul Zweig’s brilliantly written description of transmission from Swami Muktananda.
August 31, 2016
How one woman used the question “Who am I?” to wake up.
August 28, 2016
Three Stages of Existence
Adiguru Padmé outlines the three stages of existence ‒ Experiencing, Knowing, and Being ‒ and the
two events that separate them, Enlightenment and Self-realization.
June 22, 2016
How to Stop Headaches Caused by Meditation
Headaches and pressure in the head are common problems for
meditators. This article explains the cause and describes an easy, effective method for getting rid of them.
January 7, 2016
How to Stop Thoughts
People imagine that they are always conscious when they’re awake, but in
fact they are usually lost in thought. Once you notice this you can learn to be conscious. When you are
conscious, thoughts stop.
November 28, 2015
Am I Conscious Now?
People imagine that they are always conscious when they’re awake, but if you
observe yourself carefully you’ll see that you’re conscious only when you look to see if you are.
November 22, 2015
When Kundalini Breaks the Last Block
Kundalini activity made the author happy and healthy for over a year — until the night it broke through the last block and entered his head, causing a devastating neurological illness.
May 5, 2000
The Most Effective Cure for Kundalini Psychosis
Kundalini sometimes makes people crazy because it gets trapped in the head.
A Taoist energy practice called “the microcosmic orbit” can prevent this
from happening or fix it after it occurs.
October 16, 2015
How Dada Gavand Woke Up
Dada Gavand describes with remarkable precision exactly what he did that led to his waking up.
This is one of the clearest and most informative depictions of spiritual practice that has ever been written.
June 16, 2014
Our main reference page on the Ashtavakra Gita.
June 23, 2014
Some people consider this poem to be the greatest work of Advaitin literature ever written.
December 10, 1999
Quit Your Pain
A well-written, sympathetic introduction to Byron Katie and her work.
June 14, 2014
An Interview with Suzanne Segal
Shortly before her death, in this long interview, Suzanne Segal said the
purpose of her life had been to suffer fear for ten years without a sense
of a personal self so she could tell people that such a thing is possible. “The presence of
the fear never for a minute brought back a personal reference point. It
never for a minute obstructed the view of the Vastness for Itself.”
June 13, 2014
It begins, “My heart falls over itself in silence / and wraps itself in the fondest way before first dawn…”
May 22, 2014
It begins, “Descending, You undressed me in the night. /
You took my Body and held It against Yours, coaxing me into the silence that I know You love.…”
May 22, 2014
It begins, “There is something that stands shining /
at the end of your life. /
Against all odds you will come to it…”
May 22, 2014
Self-Remembering in the Rockies
In this excerpt from his book All-Amareakin, Tom Anderson recalls a nine day road trip that began with Self-remembering and ended with samadhi.
May 17, 2014
Gurdjieff's foremost disciple explains self-remembering and recalls his first attempts to practice it.
May 17, 2014
An ant finds God in a toilet.
April 10, 2014
What Does He Mean To Me?
The author recalls how Sri Ramana Maharshi's presence
helped him understand who he really is.
February 10, 2014
It begins, "My eyes were empty graves I dug with my own hands...."
February 25, 2000
Instructions for Self Enquiry
One of Ramana Maharshi's closest devotees explains that self-enquiry must be done continuously for long periods of time in order to be effective.
January 23, 2014
The I Flashed Forth
A visitor to Sri Ramana's ashram has his first direct experience of the Self.
June 12, 2000.
An Interview with Byron Katie
Everything now feels like heaven to a woman who was depressed for years, and she calls this state "love."
October 23, 2001
An unusually vivid description of what it feels like to become enlightened.
September 20, 2000
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