|What Am I? Galen Sharp
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In this issue are featured Dr. Narendra Tuli and James Braha. They each express nonduality in different ways. Dr. Tuli teaches the Advaita Vedanta philosophy of Adi Shankaracharya. James Braha is from the Sailor Bob Adamson tradition.
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Dr. Narendra Tuli (
Vedantaquest is dedicated to the Advaita Vedanta philosophy of Adi Shankaracharya
'Salutations at the feet
of my most adorable Guru, who is omniscient and has, by imparting
Knowledge to me, saved me from the mammoth ocean of births and deaths inundated with ignorance'
Photo: H.H. Swami Vidyananda Giri Ji Maharaj
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I feel that any aspirant,
in the current scenario, has an edge inasmuch as one has the
to find an answer through the study of both - the Scientific and the Spiritual aspects. One should
seek the answer with an open mind. The Scientific and the Spiritual aspects are complementary to
each other in revealing the ultimate Truth.
The marriage of an
intelligent Scientific mind with Spirituality should reveal the
Truth in all its
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I conduct the following courses for the aspirants of Vedanta:
1. Introductory Vedanta
Course: This is a short introductory course to Vedanta. It is
introducing the aspirant to Vedanta terminology and explain the basic concepts of Vedanta
philosophy. The course is of 7 days duration with 2 Hrs. session daily. Medium of instruction is
2. Advanced Vedanta
Courses: These courses cover the three Prasthanas viz. the
Bhagavad Geeta, the
Brahmasutra and the Ten Upanishads along with the commentary of Adi Shankaracharya on these three.
Each of the three Prasthanas is dealt with separately. The course on Bhagavad Geeta is of 15 days
duration with 2 Hrs. session daily. The Brahmasutra and the Upanishads are taken up in 30 days
courses each with 2 Hrs. session daily. The medium of instruction is English.
3. Short Sessions and Guest Lectures on Vedanta, in English, are also taken up on special requests.
4. Online Vedanta Sessions for the aspirants.
For more information on these courses please e-mail to
What Is Non Duality?
Non-dual understanding provides the visceral answer to the age-old question Who am I?
It is the perception of
our true nature, and confirms what sages have been saying for
eons: Who we
truly are is neither mind nor body, both of which are transient and therefore illusory. Who we are,
essentially, is consciousness or awareness.
What Can Understanding Of Non Duality Do For Me?
Seeing this clearly does
not make us essentially different from anyone else. But it
alters our experience. The result is a more graceful life, greater acceptance of what is, and a
quantum reduction of psychological suffering.
More than anything, it is
the end of the perpetual search for wholeness and completeness
the background of most peoples lives. It is the end of the sense of becoming this or becoming
that, as well as the seemingly never ending craving to fill the void that began the moment we
believed our separateness.
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EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER FIVE
Never the Same Again
From the age of twenty,
when I learned about meditation and enlightenment, there was one
current of thought running through my brain. It began when I awoke and was there until I slept. And
the intensity never lessened. It was, of course, the desire that my sense of separateness and
incompleteness would one day be replaced by the peace or so-called bliss of enlightenment. By my
late forties, my thinking remained unchanged except that expectations of success had seriously
diminished. Shortly after Bob arrived, however, my worn-out concepts of, and desires for,
liberation were replaced by the conclusion, I will never be the same again. Indeed, that thought
became somewhat of a mantra for the five weeks of Bobs visit. And I heard similar reactions from
others who spent more than two or three days hearing Bobs non-duality teachings.
Amazingly, this was
unrelated to experience. It had only to do with understanding.
visit, there was no transmission of bliss, no trance-like state of meditation, and no tapping on
the forehead. There was simply a reaction to following Bobs instruction to investigate the belief
in the me we have all lived with since childhood. It was a reaction to seeing clearly that the
past and future are nothing more than mental images. If past and future are illusory, then so is
our entire existence. If past and future never happened, what exactly did? It was a reaction to
looking within and, instead of experiencing an independent entity, finding emptiness or no thing.
And it was a realization that since no thing has been with me ever since birthwhile absolutely
everything else about me has changedthen emptiness or no thing must be who I am. That being the
case, who I really am is, and has always been, whole and complete. That being the case, who I
really am is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.
For ten years during my
thirties, I had taken the Werner Erhard EST seminars. Werner is
Advaitan, but hes a brilliant teacher. Many times I had heard him state emphatically, This is it.
This is how life turned out. Stop expecting it to be different. He also said, Life has no
meaning. Get used to it. Life has no meaningand it has no meaning that it has no meaning! For
years, I wondered what it would be like to be able to really comprehend such statements. Somehow,
Sailor Bob had a similar message, said in different words. But he said them in a way I could grasp.
And it was all simple and painless. It was as if we were little children entranced by the beautiful
blue ocean, and Bob handed us empty buckets and said, Go fetch me some blue water from the sea,
and watch what happens. It was exciting beyond description.
The effects of this
understanding have ranged from changes so simple and normal they
worth mentioning to a radical shift in life. While The Bobs, as we sometimes called them, were
here and visitors were streaming through our house, I was so busyand so excitedthere was no way
to fully appreciate the changes that were occurring. A few weeks after they left, however, I
noticed a blatant before and after effect. Life before Sailor Bob and life after. The most
revealing experience, initially, occurred every time I awoke from sleep. Before Bob, my first
thoughts upon awakening were directly connected to feeling separate, limited, and incomplete. And
they were always accompanied by some corresponding desire that when fulfilled would supposedly set
the problem right. There was often a sense of impending doom and a probing of what could possibly
go wrong. This was naturally followed by a strategy of how to control any problem or potential
predicament. Even in the best of times, there was always something missing and always something
needed. The kicker was that no matter which desire might get fulfilled, the feeling of separateness
and incompleteness never abated. Not even close. I could never get enough of what would not bring
peace. Still, desires persisted. If, as they say, the definition of insanity is doing the same
action and expecting different results, I should have been placed in an insane asylum decades ago.
teaching, waking from sleep is radically different. Instead of
feeling something is
lacking and needs fixing, there is a sense of wholeness and completion. There is nothing missing,
no sense of becoming, and no worries about the future. There is finally a sense of belonging.
Instead of a bunch of niggling, needy thoughts and desires demanding attention, there is simply
life as ispresence awareness, moment by moment. The experience is so normal and undramatic it is
barely worth mentioning. But it is so contrary to my previous life it is still surprisingand it is
a relief beyond description.
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