Essays

Essays (93)

Spiritual Essays by Shunyamurti, the director of the Sat Yoga Institute, on a wide variety of topics ranging from the goal of the spiritual path, to enlightenment and liberation, psychoanalysis and ego dynamics, and even quantum physics.


Friday, 29 April 2011 16:39

The Seven Stakes of the Alien

Written by Shunyamurti
The value of studying ufology and extraterrestrials is often questioned. Why is it relevant to the spiritual path? This question is even more pointed when asked in the context of Advaita, which asserts that phenomenal “reality” as a whole is unreal. So why devote time to investigating aspects of unreality rather than simply focusing completely on the Supreme Real?
Sunday, 03 April 2011 14:59

Here Comes the Nothing!

Written by Shunyamurti
Today, we live in an unprecedented sort of world—a reality completely inverted from any known in the historic past. Our world has been gutted of sense and consistency. Propriety, responsibility, even meaning itself have become jokes to exchange in the cynical dialogues that have replaced profound conversation. What should remain private is made obscenely public, while what should be publicly known is obscenely kept secret. We live in a new kind of social space. But less well understood is that we also live in a new kind of psychological space—and even a new kind of spiritual space.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 12:00

The Anal Nihilism of the Mystic

Written by Shunyamurti
“In the beginning, God took a dump. Thus, the universe emerged into existence.” This myth of excremental being is common, though implicit, in many schools of mysticism. That includes the unconscious anal mysticism of the atheist. The goal of the mystic is to extract herself from the waste of the One, wash the soul free of its fecal fantasies, and return to the pre-defecational state of the unmoved (cosmic bowel) mover.

In the wanna-be-sublime seeker's scatological devaluation of phenomenal reality, not even nothingness is free of the stain of dung from the ding-an-sich. The stench of this excretorium of existential angst is sensed even in meditation, in fact, more intensely in that state than in any other. Non-being remains forever defiled as the rectum of the real.
Monday, 28 March 2011 09:23

The Sat Yoga Philosophy of Sex, Part Two

Written by Shunyamurti
The Sat Yoga Philosophy of Sex, Part Two:
Heterosexuality is the Real Perversion

Spirituality is the love of God. A spiritual life is a life dedicated to God and to the service of God. When someone who is self-identified as a heterosexual authentically enters a true spiritual path, they do so out of a desire to dedicate their love to the Supreme Being. Sexual desire is sublimated—not repressed—and it is this raising of the kundalini energy, the energy of desire, or libido, as Freud called it, that brings about the siddhis, the higher powers of a yogi, as well as the attainment of bliss. They come to realize that there is no innate sexual or gender identity or orientation. The Self is bodiless. The Self has no gender and no identifications. The Self is beyond desire and beyond fear.
Sunday, 27 March 2011 12:12

What is the Practical Benefit of Sat Yoga?

Written by Shunyamurti
What is Sat Yoga and how do I know if I am interested in it?

1. The first problem is in describing Sat Yoga. There are some things that can be described; some that cannot be; some that can be described, but only to someone who has had the same kind of experiences; and some things that can be described only after they have been seen by someone else with the right experience. Sat Yoga is in all four categories, and helps people deal with issues that are in all four categories.
Sunday, 20 March 2011 18:23

The Sat Yoga Philosophy of Sex

Written by Shunyamurti
So many questions are received regarding the Sat Yoga attitude toward sexuality that a general clarification may be worthwhile. But because this subject is highly charged; it is extremely subtle, extensive, and multidimensional; and the engine of sexual desire resides in the unconscious, rather than the conscious mind; thus, the issues must ultimately be approached on an individual basis. But here is at least an introduction to the subject.
Thursday, 24 February 2011 14:56

Schrödinger’s Cat(aclysm)

Written by Shunyamurti
In 1935, the physicist Erwin Schrödinger proposed a thought experiment in which a live cat was placed in a sealed box together with a mechanism that could be triggered by a quantum event—the decay of a subatomic particle that had a certain probability of happening—that would kill the cat when it occurred. According to quantum theory, subatomic particles can be in a condition of superposition—in other words, the particle can be in two states at once, until observed. Thus, the killing mechanism in the box could be both triggered and not triggered. So, Schrödinger wondered: Could the cat be both alive and dead at the same time?

For some thinkers, including Einstein, this was obviously impossible, a reductio ad absurdum. But for others, it was clear that quantum physics points to just this possibility. To explain such theoretical high strangeness, many theories have since emerged, including the possibility of parallel universes.

But Schrödinger’s cat has today emerged from its box, and is dead-and-alive and well and smiling uncannily at us, like another cat from Cheshire, from every point of our macro-reality. We are clearly now passing through an extraordinary moment of the revelation of quantum superposition in our phenomenal plane.
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