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Excerpt: “And so the key to the Sat Yogi’s success is the cultivation of the wisdom of the heart, that recognizes the value of this transcendent peace and love and silence and stillness and Eternal Presence, over the flux of jouissance and suffering and angst and paranoia and attachment and greed that have produced all of the unhappiness that cannot be rectified by continuing to maintain that same pattern. And eventually the wisdom of the heart overcomes the ego’s desire to get more, because more turns out to be less. And in that recognition that the value of love is much greater than the value of things, and that the value of that Ultimate Source of love is greater even than the value of the love between those who are still within the I-thought, that ultimate love and ultimate intelligence and ultimate power is accepted in exchange for the letting go of all the rest.” Recorded on the morning of Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

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Excerpt: “To be or not to be – that is the struggle, not just the question. And the struggle is between appearance and being. And the struggle is difficult because the ego mind is a very primitive instrument that thinks in terms of images, and that which does not appear as an image does not seem to be. And until the discernment between what is an image and what is real has been established by the mind, there can be no consistency of Self-realization because the Self is not an image, the Self does not appear, and therefore to the ego mind, the Self does not exist.” Recorded on the morning of Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

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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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