This Blog is about the recognition of our true nature. The intent that is held by no one, is to wake up from the dream of the “me” – an illusion created and maintained by the egoic mind. The language applied is rooted in the tradition of Neo Advaita, which itself has grown out of Advaita Vedanta, a school in Hinduism. People who believe in Advaita believe that their soul is not different from Brahman. The most famous Hindu philosopher who taught about Advaita Vedanta was Adi Shankara who lived in India more than a thousand years ago.
Neo Advaita, also referred to as Nondualism, is emphasizing the direct recognition of the non-existence of the “me” (I, ego). Unlike traditional spiritual disciplines, there is no need of formal preparatory practice postulated.
There is a large web of contemporary teachers emerging along a number of lineages. A popular origin is derived from the 20th century sage Ramana Maharshi, as interpreted and popularized by H.W.L. Poonja and several of his Western Students.
Neo Advaita makes little use of the traditional language or cultural frames of Advaita Vedanta, and some have criticized it for its lack of preparatory training, and regard enlightenment-experiences induced by Neo Advaita as superficial.
Why would anyone want to wake up? – For starters, there isn’t anyone to wake up: The “me” most of us take for granted as being a separate self, doesn’t really exist. If that betrays your logic, the idea of waking up from a dream might not be readily available to you.
On the other hand, liberation as some call it, implies to embody and recognize your true nature: An expression of all there is, was and will ever be, or, as referenced earlier, This. The me, the concept of a separate egoic self, falls away, and with it, the associated stories, concerns, worries and misconceptions. Living in the naked truth of the real self, life is expressed as is, unencumbered by dreamed up stories of a personal identity that is separate.
There is no personal self that needs to do anything to wake up. Rather, as the “me” is seen for the dream that it is, a shift in being is happening: As the veils of the misconceived separate self fall away, so is the story of the personal existence, the me.
The human mind projects the me into an illusionary existence, which lasts as long as that me is referenced and given attention. Once the awakened mind ceases to feed the me, and stops sustaining it, it is starved into oblivion. This may take place at once as an enlightening moment out of the blue, or, happen over a period of time to various levels and degrees of permanence and clarity.
It is important to notice that it is not something to be achieved and sought after. Rather, it is a result of layers of mental illusion and delusion falling away and allowing true nature to reveal itself.