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Excerpt: “Every meeting that we have is a Satsang. Sangha means a gathering; a community. And Sat refers to the ground of being, our essence, our deepest truth of who we are. And so we gather to touch into our Sat, our most deep level of being, to taste what Self-realization is about, and then to transmit it, to share it with others, and to learn to live from that place of centeredness, and strength, and authenticity, and love, and clarity, and wisdom, and the capacity for sharing, for reciprocity and mutuality in relationships so that we can be a blessing to the world. . . . if we can live in the Real, we will live in a state of oneness with all beings, and with the ability to be harmonious, to cooperate, and to offer the highest wisdom that we can download from that source that will be able to inspire us with greater creativity than the false self can manifest in an egoic life. . . .And so this is the human destiny: that we return to this highest level of our potential. And the path to do that is really very simple, but not easy. It’s not easy because it takes courage. It means looking within, and seeing what is not authentic within,     and processing it out; purifying the soul; eliminating those obstacles that separate your conscious mind from the Divine Self within you.” Recorded on the Thursday, February 25, 2010.

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Student Question: Could you please explain—or highlight—the difference between the Sat Yoga approach and the traditional Buddhist approach?

“Well what we study here are all the spiritual traditions, and what you will find is that they are structurally identical,” elucidates Shunyamurti, the founder of the Sat Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. “Buddhism and Christianity, believe it or not, are identical at the esoteric level, the Gnostic level of Christianity in which God and the soul are one. So ultimately it is the realization that there is a state of nonduality; we are not separate beings. That is only apparent, but it is not real.” And, as Shunyamurti concludes, “it’s the same path; the path is not different.” Recorded on the evening of Thursday, February 25, 2010.

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“You know the happiest moments in peoples lives are actually when they’re sound asleep; because there’s no thoughts. And when you’re in deep sleep, there’s perfect rest, and your soul is actually touching the innermost light. And you recharge,” explains Shunyamurti, the spiritual director of the Sat Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. “And what we’re doing in a state of meditation is simply being in deep sleep while we’re fully awake. That’s all we’re doing. . . . So if we’ll give our self the opportunity to simply be present, many extraordinary mysteries will unfold; mysteries about yourself; insights will come spontaneously; and there will be personality changes that will happen effortlessly as anxiety falls away naturally in the silence. . . . So, be a scientist. Allow yourself to explore without trying to achieve anything in particular, but just to discover who you are.” Recorded on the evening of Thursday, February 18, 2010.

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Student Question: I understand that in a path of spiritual development, such as Sat Yoga, we must be able to overcome anger, but I wonder, how one can truly achieve this when there is so much human stupidity. Today we were at the beach joining an expedition of Canadian environmentalists who are studying the effects of all the garbage that we are dumping daily into the oceans. We are constantly working with the press, but I sometimes feel so lost because I want to continue helping but I realize that even if this message reaches the people, their ignorance remains and they continue acting in the worst possible way. Corruption is also very much involved in all this, as well as a general indifference and human stupidity, which are causing the loss of not only life on earth but also in our oceans—and I ask myself: how does one avoid feeling anger?

“Have a sense of humor. You have to laugh at it, at human stupidity,” provides Shunyamurti, the founder of the Sat Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. “Humans are becoming more and more stupid by the day. . . . It’s destiny. It’s the end of the world. . . . Nobody’s getting smarter . . . and more corrupt. And less caring. That’s the way of entropy of the human soul. But, those who recognize that will grow.” And by bringing awareness into the issue, and raising our consciousness, we will be able to participate in the birth of a new world. Recorded on the evening of Thursday, February 18, 2010.

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Student Question: So you can get to chakra seven in life but can you also get to it in death?

“No,” reveals Shunyamurti, the founder of the Sat Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, “because the last thought you have as you die and leave the body will determine which bardo state you go into. So if that wasn’t already liberated, then you won’t be able to hold onto the Mother Light when you leave the body.” Recorded on the evening of Thursday, February 18, 2010.

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