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Excerpt: “And it is this capacity for sudden Illumination and Liberation that creates a difference in the nature of the Eastern and Western paths. It is this Illumination that is the awakening to the Real and the decision to abide as the Real, and not fall back into the illusion that ensues simply and spontaneously from the silencing of the ego for long enough to disentangle one’s consciousness from any desire to remain in ignorance.” Recorded on the morning of Saturday, March 25, 2017.

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Excerpt: ”You will find equivalent archetypal figures who have gone through almost the exact same kind of life as Jesus - whether it’s Horus in the Isis and Osiris story, or it’s Adonis or Bacchus, or any of the spiritual heroes prior to Christianity. And it’s also because the Jewish and Christian traditions arose out of an earlier goddess tradition: it was Asherah, and before her it was Astaroth, and before other goddesses back to Ishtar. And Ishtar is the most filled out and elaborated mythology about the rise and the fall of the goddess, the Divine Feminine, who is the carrier of the Sacred Heart that became the Heart of Jesus." Recorded on the evening of Saturday, March 25, 2017

Read Shunyamurti's essay, The Transfiguration of Ishtar, here: http://bit.ly/2oaBeRG

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Excerpt: “Avidya means ‘ignorance’, but it should actually be translated as ignorancing because it is an act; it’s not simply a state, and I would define it as the ignoring of the fact that you are ignoring. And what are you ignoring, is the fact that you are aware of your body and know that you are not your body, and yet you pretend to be your body. You are aware of the mind, of the thoughts, the chatter, the affects, and you know you are not the mind, but you pretend to be the mind and remain enmeshed in its melodramas. You are ignoring the fact that you are simply the witness to all of that. And by ignoring that fact, you are able to identify with the illusion that you are a bodily being when in fact, if you stop ignoring, the truth will dawn upon you that you are formless presence.” Recorded during our Silent Retreat, on the morning of Sunday, February 19, 2017.

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Excerpt: “By letting go of all identifications, the consciousness is able to receive and absorb into itself the Real Love that is the essence of our Being and bring that into the ego from that space of consciousness that is not ego, but that is also not other, that is in the reality of non-dual Being. And so the Emptiness has access to the Fullness that is the true nature of our Being – which you could call God-Consciousness – and as that comes in, the power to transform the ego-consciousness and to dissolve it and to completely eliminate the traces of suffering and of negative belief is given to you, but it’s not given to you from a position within language, it’s given to you from that Intelligence that is trans-linguistic and that doesn’t need to make any affirmations in language. It is simply the realization of what you really are.” Recorded during our Silent Retreat, on the morning of Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

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