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The Enigma of the Natural State

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India boasts of a strong, 3,000-year-old enlightenment tradition. The Yogavashista speaks of seven steps to enlightenment, the seventh and final stage being moksha –  the extinction of the individual, which sounds similar to the concept of nirvana, the final ‘extinction of the self’. Moksha also means release from the cycles of births and deaths, or complete and ultimate liberation from all ignorance and duality through realization of the Supreme or Universal Self and its identity with Brahman . There are, of course, various other descriptions of what constitutes moksha , depending upon the spiritual tradition one belongs to. Are they all speaking of the same state of being, in different words? Is there an ‘essence’ to moksha or liberation? How can realization of the Supreme Self be the same as ‘the extinction of self’ or nirvana? Are there different kinds of enlightenment? Are there levels to it? Does such a thing exist at all? In 1939, when UG asked more or less the same question

Drawings by UG

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Description by Louis Brawley The drawings were made by UG starting in January 2005 in Baveno, Italy, then again in Switzerland also in January. Finally in March of 2005, some drawings were done in Palm Springs, California. Some other drawings may have been lost along the way but this is highly unlikely as the work is closely monitored and highly collectible! This work represents a new phase of activity in the unpredictable life of a great unknowable sage. In January of 2005 UG returned to Europe after two and a half months of intense talking in the living room of Suguna and Chandrasekhar in Bangalore, India. I was lucky enough to fly back with him and continue on to Baveno, Italy where he stays along the Lago Maggiori at the Residence Dei Fiori in the Azalea Suite. I would sit next to him on the couch and try to write or sketch in a notebook when he wasn’t hitting, kicking or splashing me with hot water. One day I asked him to make a drawing and to my surprise he asked for a piece of p

Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment

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No Oasis Situated Yonder (2004) By J ed McKenna “The end of illusion is the end of you.” People call me an enlightened man. I detest that term. They can't find any other word to describe the way I am functioning. At the same time, I point out that there is no such thing as enlightenment at all. I say that because all my life I've searched and wanted to be an enlightened man, and I discovered that there is no such thing as enlightenment at all, and so the question whether a particular person is enlightened or not doesn't arise. I don't give a hoot for the sixth-century-BC Buddha, let alone all the other claimants we have in our midst. They are a bunch of exploiters, thriving on the gullibility of the people. There is no power outside of man. Man has created God out of fear. So the problem is fear and not God. I discovered for myself and by myself that there is no self to realize – that's the realization I am talking about. It comes as a shattering blow. It hits you