Archive for March, 2015

Advaita as direct path
March 31, 2015

Advaita Post, Volume 16, no. 4

Text Satsang

From a talk with Douwe Tiemersma, Groningen, October 9, 2011

Advaita as direct path

Advaita is fundamentally a direct path. You go back to the origin and say: yes, this is it. You can say that through a direct insight. In energetic yoga too, there is a certain notion of this direct path. In a classical yoga scripture you’ll find the statement: yes, this is a yoga book, but it is only for people who have been misled and who cannot follow the direct path. So they must just follow the path of means, of exercises.

Even though you have seen that insight on a direct path too, there can still be a certain kind of cleansing. That also happens, doesn’t it?

The more you stay in the origin the less of a factor that other is. Purification processes will still go on, but when you stay in this original source, they are less and less important. Secondly, when you stay there, you see that these sorts of processes go quickly. The more you stay in it, the quicker these dissolving processes go.

The more I go into this openness, the more clearly I see where my shadow side is. That doesn’t make it easier, on the contrary.

Of course, the area of ​​yourself which you had no sight of in the past becomes visible from the origin, especially the more subtle area. Indeed that’s going to be a factor. However, it’s still true that the more you stay in this openness, the faster the process goes. What must dissolve, then truly dissolves.

Through relaxation, the clarity increases and so you can see even better what lies beneath, creating even more clarity …

Yes you can experience that this way. So then you will need to actually remain there: this is a new situation and this is a new wakefulness. That’s mostly how you experience your spiritual growth. Of course, it can also be that you stay put somewhere or even that you back off a little.

An attachment can always rise up again.

You’ll have that until the end. When there is universal bliss, the ‘I’ says it is happy there: I want to stay here. Many people have experienced it like that. They say: isn’t this great? That further radicalising impulse is no longer necessary for me.


When it really continues then there is a feeling of movement, an expanding of your self-being that initially was more limited. This experience that it is more spacious always brings a great feeling of joy. Conversely, you can also say: wherever joy is, expansion is. Every joy comes through expansion. All people seek joy and happiness. They all seek this expansion. And when you truly grasp this mechanism, you say: everything can be taken away from me because this lucid space is the most important. Then you fully allow yourself to slide into this lucid space and it is the direct path of enlightenment.

Can’t you still encounter all kinds of personal things?

In this movement it may be that you notice for instance, that there is emotional pain, but you can go through it, towards your center. It’s the same with mandalas. With all mandalas you have more external and more internal layers. The most important meditation is the meditation on the point in the center. So you go through and beyond all existence levels, towards the center, the bindu. Subject and object come together there. This is a movement that goes along with the expansion that we were talking about. With the expansion this aspect of returning to your center is also very important. That is also the image of the koshas. The incarnated self is surrounded by all kinds of veils. First you come across the dense, heavy veils of matter. Below that you have some lighter veils of your energies, your emotional, mental, and so on. But precisely because you enter in with your clarity those heavy veils drop away. And the deeper you go, the more they disappear, until you enter in to your core, into your own most authentic self, which was trapped in there. When you do that with your insight-self, there is the recognition of your Self. That is enlightenment. So this takes place, there, in your exact center. There it is. The more you go to that center – in this model then – the more space there will be and the less heavy it is. You let more and more go, you dive in deeper and deeper, you let more and more go, all chunks in which there’s still a limited piece of self-being. The self within is thus liberated by the action of your consciousness. That’s the idea of ​​Shiva who enters the dark area as consciousness and illuminates everything there. He coincides with that being, that Shakti, so that subject and object come together (see Chakra Yoga – experience knowledge and liberation of life energies and bodies). When you fully focus directly on this origin, you shoot through all these processes in no time and the path is immediate.


Insight only on the level of consciousness is still not realization
March 10, 2015

Advaita Post, Volume 16, no. 3

Text Satsang

An advaita talk with Douwe Tiemersma, Schiermonnikoog, June 20, 2012

Insight only on the level of consciousness is still not realization

Many people have difficulty with the transition from the observer’s point of view to a totally open sphere of infinite being. We have already established that this transition will happen by itself because there is no ‘I’ any longer that can do something. But that naturally occurring process will only take place when you have truly stabilized on the level of the observer. When you’re easily distracted, you’re right back on the mental or material point of view. So stay in the spacious sphere of that observing consciousness. Of course too, that consciousness is already infinite, but there’s still always an observer’s standpoint and an object space in which things appear.

You will have to to remain on level of the observer for a long time until you become aware of yourself anew there and the process proceeds. That only happens when it is the most important thing to you. When other things are more important, your attention is focused there and then there’s a concentrated, focused form of consciousness. Invariably when you have become distracted by something in the outside world or internally in your mind, you have the old situation again of restriction, in which you’re stuck to a restricted location. Gradually you come to know the value of remaining on the level of the observer. When you have recognized how important and valuable it is, then you can stay there continually. That is then the most important for you. The further release then goes by itself.

Many people find this very interesting, it fits into their lifestyle, but fundamentally nothing changes. If something fundamental is to change it will need to be total. What does that mean? It will need to totally come to the fore. I can point it out and then it remains to be seen whether it happens. But I can say that those who have ever really gone along with this process of total breakthrough had that attitude. Because that was the most important, the rest could fall away. Despite all the interest in advaita the number of those who have actually continued with it is very small – because it requires everything. Who is ready for that? It will just be apparent. So it has everything to do with your orientation. This sphere of orientation is more important than the content of your actions within that sphere. The way in which you are and the way in which you do things is more important than what you do. At a certain point it no longer matters what you do. But you will certainly need to be totally present in that process.

Could you go a little more deeply into the importance of insight and total involvement?

Primarily, insight will need to be there, the recognition of what’s most important to you. You have gotten to know it, but at the outset it’s not present in a stable way. When you remain lucid, it can stabilize. Through this you receive a greater view on the level of clear insight: This. It doesn’t happen on the level of mental consciousness. Mental consciousness is always mediated by all kinds of ideas, thoughts, words, patterns. You withdraw and you see these patterns from the level of insight. From there you directly establish what’s important and what’s not. You’re not reasoning from the mental level. Ask yourself: what about myself? This sphere with this external view through which I see everything, this is my most important attitude. What I see is much less important than the way in which I see it. I am consciousness on the level of insight.

Of course, there is also a feeling side. Clear consciousness by itself doesn’t have that much force. Something can certainly be confirmed, but it will have to become total. The whole feeling sphere will have to go along with it. You can say a hundred times that you are not the body, but whether that’s actually realized remains to be seen. When the body falters and the end is in sight, then do you so easily say: of course, my own being isn’t dependent on what happens to the body? Insight only on the level of consciousness is still not realization. It will have to concern all aspects of yourself. It will need to be a very concrete experience. Of course the daily life can continue more or less in the old way, reasonably adapted to society, although a crack is always possible. But however it goes, your real interest, your real attention, your heart lies there with the reality of the Great being-awareness. And of course that doesn’t correspond with what is commonplace in society. When you are grasped by this open sphere then the importance of everything else lapses. They become relative with respect to the One which then functions as the center.

This spacious sphere becomes the framework within which phenomena arise and can be accepted, in which life goes on. We all want to live together in a good way. Everyone agrees with that. What does that ‘good’ mean for co-existence? It means that there is feeling for each other and a togetherness. On a certain level there are no separations, there is a non-duality. Don’t focus on all the details in which we differ but focus yourself increasingly on this non-duality. Then you will feel in contact with it and this sphere will become steadily stronger. That doesn’t mean that everything is the same, but there is a fundamental goodness, a unity which carries everything. That will become very clear when you relinquish your standpoint as the observer.