Tag: wisdom

what is advaita or nonduality?

What Is Advaita or Nonduality? 

Advaita means nondual or ‘not two.’ This oneness is a fundamental quality of everything. Everything is a part of and made of one nondual conciousness. Often the question arises, “If it is all one thing, why don’t I experience it that way?” This is confusing oneness for the…

poverty among plenty

Poverty Among Plenty 

You say, “I thought I was suffering, but I was not. If I had been suffering, I would have matured.” So, what was it? Do you know what real suffering is? All other suffering is also attached to it: It’s parting! Your most basic belief…

make believe

Make Believe 

We live in a make-believe reality. We make up our beliefs and then live as if they are true, and in that sense they are true for us. But we make them up; we make believe. And in any moment, we can make believe something…

how do we know?

How Do We Know? 

Self-realization is knowing who you really are. How do we know something? Is it enough to be told? Or is there something more that must happen for us to truly know something? And do we even need to be told who we already are? It…



Protecting the mind’s purity and clarity is privacy. Your existence is sacred. You are sacred, blessed and great as you are. “Humanity got stuck at its sexual center and lost its return ticket home, namely privacy (“mahremiyet” in Turkish).” The roots of the Turkish word…

beyond no self

Beyond No Self 

The spiritual journey is a movement away from over-identification with the body and mind to the rediscovery of our true identity as infinite Being, and this can be two different movements. The first is dis-identification with the body and mind. Since identification is simply a…

the moral codes of hatha yoga

The Moral Codes of Hatha Yoga 

Hatha Yoga or Kundalini Yoga is primarily a discipline meant to arouse the Kundalini. Prayatna-adyatamaanastu yogi Samshuddha-kilbisaha Anekajanma-samsiddhastato Yaatiparaamgatim BhagavadGita 6.45 “Thus, by constantly trying and controlling his mind, the yogi completely purged of all evil impulses in him and made perfect through many births finally attains the Supreme goal”To most, yoga is…

the bird that forgot how to fly

The Bird that Forgot How to Fly 

I have a green parakeet as a home pet. Her name is Fistik (meaning Peanut). Fıstık is a bit heavier than your typical parakeet. Actually, she’s not just a little heavy—she’s rather fat, with her wings now being disproportionately small for her body. Because of…



Gratitude is usually suggested as a well meaning prescription. We are told to be grateful for what we have, or to show some gratitude. And yet it is difficult to feel something you are told to feel, even if it would feel better than what…

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