Archive for June, 2012

All of your childishness disperses like the clouds – sunlight is everywhere.
June 27, 2012

Advaita Post Volume 13, Nr. 13 


It’s the same everywhere.


Go back to where you came from,

to That which precedes all forms and qualities.

You are That!


Text satsang

From complexity to simplicity

From an Advaita talk with Douwe Tiemersma, Schiermonnikoog, June 1, 2012

See how the last ten minutes have gone for you here in the chapel: at first there was attention for all the things surrounding you, while you sat here, ready to start, chatting with others. Then you began to really sit and you could relax. Now you realize: yes, I’ve often sat here, actually, nothing has changed. Time disappears and a deep silence arises in which all those things which initially you found so important disappear. Only your own being-consciousness-bliss remains. And that is infinite. If you just relax you notice how close and natural it really is. In duality you are focused on the things surrounding you or on all kinds of mental objects. Then, the duality disappears. What remains is this non-dual sphere where there are no separations. You might say: do we need to go to Schiermonnikoog for that? You see how close it is. You are that. Be aware of this change in your orientation. You see that you have these different options. You see it very clearly: I can stay with myself while life can just go on. A non-dual sphere remains. In this non-dual sphere time and no-time, form and no-form, co-exist. The most important thing is to remain clear about your own situation, especially regarding your orientation. From your deeper – or higher – consciousness you can experience the differences in your orientation very clearly, even on an increasingly subtle level. If you don’t do that,then  before you know it you’re back to thinking in the old way, looking in the old way, acting in the old way, in duality.

From this greater clarity you primarily notice the tendency to resume these old habits. When you notice this tendency early enough it’s very easy to let go. So stay alert on this more original level. There is an infinity of space, there is silence, you are yourself, without interpretation. You remain aware of the whole. That means: you remain aware of yourself, physically too. Of course you notice what kinds of physical feelings are there, but you experience them within the great space. So you see what’s happening, what your situation is. You remain aware of yourself, you remain aware of your own consciousness, you relax in it. Let this quality of your own consciousness increase. It is consciousness with a high intensity, without tension, but still with a high intensity, incredibly alert, clear. When that clarity disappears then you’re back, just like that, to another level of limited consciousness, in duality. It’s an increasing wakefulness on that higher level. From there you see that life doesn’t need to change. Something happens, but only in a vertical sense. You become increasingly aware of your own self-being and then that appears to be so comprehensively great that everything else is absorbed within it and becomes transparent. So this is that other orientation. You’re no longer concentrated somewhere in a limited self-being. That contractedness has come open. Experience this transition from duality to nonduality. From the complexity of things that are separate to the simplicity of unity. It’s so easy if you just don’t think about it. In the silence you open up. Be clearly aware within it so that it can stabilize. Just confirm: this is it, this is it, this is it. When your own sphere of being is infinite, there are no real distances. So too, there is no time.

I struggle with it when I’m open and have space for another, yet I still feel resistance. For example, I frequently think I’d like to have someone over for dinner, but then again, no.

You have already said it: I think, I struggle. If you just leave out thinking and return to the core of yourself. There is absolutely no time there, there is no distance, there is just openness. Focus on that. As long as you are still busy thinking you remain in duality and see the complexity and the wrestling. As soon as you notice it, a bell should start ringing: stop, I’m going in the wrong direction. First return. Of course it’s very foolish to think that you can find solutions by continuing to struggle and think. You know that that doesn’t work. You’re at the wrong level. So you must stop thinking and wrestling. If you also know: when I return to myself, resting there in relaxation, there’s an inner clarity which confirms that the problem is no longer there. Then there can also be an inner clarity for letting it continue, so that you don’t return to that problematic spot.


In this space of consciousness you learn everything that you need to learn. All those old habits that have the tendency to reassert themselves: you see and release them. All your habitual pettiness, it certainly does come back, but you see it and let it go. All that childishness, you see it all and let it go. It dissolves and dissipates like the clouds. And sunlight is everywhere.


It’s not about saying: you should do this and not do that, you should pursue this and avoid that. The main thing is to become acquainted with the dynamic of self-being in its limitations and limitlessness. That’s all. You confirm that now and then there’s a regression to narrowness. And you realize: actually, I know better. It’s not bad that there’s a regression, it’s just foolish. You just don’t know what’s going on any more. Because, of course, everyone wants to be happy. But the way people go about it is often just plain silly. That is ignorance, not knowing. But you know that you with your consciousness can return to the original openness that is always already there. It remains increasingly stable there in a purer and more complete way. That’s what it’s about and we agree to it for the rest of the week. OK?


It’s exactly through the falling away of the patterns with which you live that your purer self-being becomes visible.
June 14, 2012

Advaita Post, Volume 13, nr 12


I flow out over the earth and am vapor in space


Only ‘the One’ illuminates the mind, the intellect and the senses and their objects. If you think that you are ‘someone’, it is simply an illusion. When one cherishes the idea that one is a ‘body’, then it seems as though the body does everything: it eats, it drinks, etc. This is Ignorance.
– Siddharameshwar – as recorded by Nisargadatta Maharaj


There’s nothing to say about That

and still the teaching goes on,

the creation goes on.


The words and the creation are clear about That,

when you don’t allow yourself to be seduced

by maya’s veils.


Text Satsang

From an Advaita talk with Douwe Tiemersma, Schiermonnikoog retreat, June 22, 2011

As long as in a certain sense there is a path, you will need to follow it

The retreat week is already well under way. You may find that there is a movement in which the purification, the expansion, the opening up, progressively develops. When you get up early in the morning for meditation you can easily feel a resistance. But when you just continue, you notice that the effects come. That’s the principle of yoga: when you do it, you get the corresponding effects. If you don’t, you don’t get the effects. In general this applies to every spiritual path. As long as in a certain sense there is a path, you will need to follow it. Most people have a pretty good idea of ​​how it should actually be, but they don’t set themselves forward in that direction, they don’t practice. Then, the problems continue. If the practice isn’t serious, it doesn’t get to the heart of the matter. When you have some sense about which direction it should go, the tools you need to you bring you further seem to simply appear. What works best may be different for different people. Be so wise, for example, as to take an occasional break from your daily train of thoughts and activities. When you start the day with a fifteen minute standing rowing exercise, like we did this morning, then already your situation can truly change. You become wonderfully open and empty. A good energy arises, because with each exhalation the energy sinks. When you do this on a regular basis, you really go one step further: there is stability and clarity in your own energetic sphere, there are no disturbing thought patterns any longer. When you see this clearly, it doesn’t take any additional effort to keep going in that direction. That’s the most important point. When you do it consistently the development can go very quickly.

The exercises for breaking fixed mental and physical patterns are especially useful. Most physical patterns are deeply entrenched: the orientation of your body in space, above and below, left and right, the size of your body, the shape of your body. The yoga asanas are helpful for breaking through those patterns, especially when you hold them a little bit longer. For example, something is going to happen when you stay in an inverted posture for a few minutes, for example, the half candle posture. You’re used to having your feet below. When they are above for a longer period of time that schema is going to shift. You come free of those fixed patterns and you can experience that this release occurs on a deeper physical-emotional level. What’s up and down, left and right, front and back, is no longer so clear. Thinking halts. What’s left over? You experience yourself. It’s a self-feeling but also a being-feeling, a feeling-sense beingness. The whole world can shift, so that you no longer know what’s up and down, but this being-feeling remains. All kinds of patterns can fall away, but this being-feeling, your self-being, always remains, ever more purified.

Your own being becomes increasingly free of veils, the kosha’s. You can find this doctrine of the kosha’s already in the ancient Upanishads. The outermost veil is that of materiality; within it are the more vital energy veils, the veil of sense energies, emotions, the mental veil, the insight veil. In the insight veil there’s already a lot of space but there’s still a veil which obscures the purified self-being because it’s not totally free, because there are still conditions. By returning to the purified self-being the veils become increasingly irrelevant. Of course, the purer self-being has always already existed, it is always totally present, even though you have experienced it in its obscuration, but it’s about becoming aware, it’s about the realization of it. That’s the realization of the self, of that which you truly are.

It’s like peeling an onion. The more layers you peel off, the more just emptiness remains. In all phases, the self-being is always the most important, even in that limited egoic form. Of course the ego is self-being too. So the ego isn’t all that bad. It is self-being, obscured by the mental and feeling sense ego veils. As the veils fall away the purer self-being remains. Therefore it is so important to return to your self-feeling and the more you return to your source the purer your self-being is. This movement can continue with exercises like, “letting yourself sink into the ocean” or “you become increasingly longer, wider, deeper” or “you enter increasingly into the air”. Then all kinds of obfuscations fall away, replete with all the heaviness they retain. When you get close to the true self-being all problems and traumas fall away. When it is pure, there are no veils any longer. Then, in the model of the kosha’s, you are in the center. There, you are yourself in the purer sense and are completely open. Of course, it’s just a model, but it’s a useful model because you can experience something of it. When you, with an internal awareness, completely sink back in relaxation, you notice that more and more of those layers fall away until every conditioning has disappeared and the Inexpressible fully manifests.


Update on Douwe’s SAND 2012 pre-conference talk.
June 1, 2012

Zonheuvel Conference Center

Zonheuvel Conference Center

Douwe enjoyed giving his 2012 SAND pre-conference talk on Tuesday, the 29th in Doorn.  He felt people were quite interested and said it all went very well. The event was videotaped by Pia de Blok who has now, with the help of Rolf Wegman, uploadeded sections of the talk to YouTube.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8

Additionally, there was an interview with Maurizio Benazzo which also went very well. It will be included on the SAND IV DVD collection for 2012 and is expected to be released in January of 2013.

Stay tuned to this blog, the groundless openness on Facebook, the Advaita Center and/or SAND itself for more information. With so many doorways, how can you miss?