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.

Monday, 14 January 2013 10:12

Even Gopis Get the Blues

Written by Shunyamurti
The life of a yogi is one of complete dedication to the attainment of the full development of the human spiritual potential. This goal requires ceaseless effort; mindfulness; Self-enquiry; refinement of thought, speech and action; sublimation of impulses and cessation of old sanskaras.

The yogic life is one of purity of mind and heart, nobility and generosity of spirit, egoless action, and disciplined patterns of relationship, in order to remain untouched by maya, the illusion of body-identification that produces all forms of suffering.
Sunday, 13 January 2013 13:41

Gambhira Lila: The Rupture of the Deep

Written by Shunyamurti
To understand the play of surface events in the world—whether social and political upheavals, natural cataclysmic events and gradual shifts such as climate change, or unpredictable and uncanny events in one’s personal life—it is necessary to understand the deep play of the Supreme Intelligence that underlies and pervades reality.

The ancient yogic teachings refer to the deep play—gambhira lila in Sanskrit—as the deep dynamic structure of the Real. This concept must be deeply understood, the sages taught, if we are to play the game of life victoriously. In ancient China, it was called the Tao. To be in alignment with the Tao, we must ourselves be the embodiments of its power. This requires us to master the principle of wu wei, or effortless and egoless action.
Sunday, 13 January 2013 13:38

Regarding The End of the World

Written by Shunyamurti
Some say this is the end of the world.
But there is no world.

Some say it is the end of the age, the Kali Yuga.
But this age will end only when the ego dies.
Thursday, 04 October 2012 22:04

The Trauma of Love

Written by Shunyamurti
Love is the essential trauma. Love arises as a rupture of reality, destabilizing all that had been known. The secret formula understood by the great tantra masters is the mixture of love, desire, self-restraint and recognition (discernment, or viveka, leading to withdrawal of projections). This is the recipe for an atmic bomb. The atman is what makes us tick. The time bomb ticks with the talk of love, the God that is love.

God has always only been a word for the explosion of brutally beatific consciousness that annihilates the ego. The trigger for this explosion is love. But the explosion is also ignited by the ineluctable awareness of synchronicity and the unsurpassable intelligence sublating the universe, seeing full-on the inauthenticity of the ego and all its projects, propelling the well-deserved self-shattering of its world through internal schisms and disowned betrayals. But God is also bliss, joy everlasting and overflowing. Is joy, too, a trauma?
Sunday, 02 September 2012 11:32

Behind the Iron Kirtan

Written by Shunyamurti
Kirtan is devotional music in the form of call-and-response. When there is a positive rapport between the solo vocalist and the responsive sangha, great heights of sublime feeling can be reached. But this audible kirtan is only a metaphor for the golden kirtan that is the call and response that occurs between God and the soul during deep samadhi.

There is also another kind of kirtan, the demonic call and response between the superego and the ego, that goes on almost constantly in the mind of an unenlightened individual. It is this sort of iron kirtan that creates an iron curtain that drops over one’s consciousness and produces a dark night of the soul.

Go behind the iron kirtan of the ego/superego duet and attain the stillness of perfect presence. Go to that pristine awareness that is prior to the capacity for suffering. The call of the Supreme, in the form of infinite light, is met and encompassed by the Emptiness of pure Being.
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 21:43

The World is a Wedding

Written by Shunyamurti
The cause of all suffering is the ego mind. The mind of the ego is a complex of language, images, and affects, known to have many levels, both conscious and unconscious, and the deepest suffering consists of unbearable thoughts that have been frozen and repressed to the lowest levels of the unconscious parts of the mental labyrinth.

But most of our everyday suffering is right at the surface, caused by the fact that we cannot stop the constant chatter of the conscious mind. Yogis call it the monkey mind. It could also be called the drone mind. It keeps droning on and on, repeating stupid mundane narratives, usually self-justifying, but also self-attacking, angry, frustrated, sad, or anxious, but always droning on endlessly, pointlessly, keeping one out of the present.

People commit suicide just to get away from their own mind. People take alcohol, drugs, watch idiot TV and lousy films, have meaningless sex, go on expensive and disappointing vacations, work like crazy, all merely to try to stop the droning of their minds. Runners exhaust themselves just to outrun their own mind; when they are successful for a few minutes, they call it runner’s high. But it never lasts. The mind always returns with its attack of drones. Humans are in a state of drone warfare.
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 16:31

Agapeic Transference, or the Lost Art of Brahma

Written by Shunyamurti
Freudo-Lacanian theory has no place for agapeic transference. There is only the erotic variety, or at best, the philiac transference, which their theory would define as a castrated eroticism, with its real intentions inhibited or repressed. There is no space in the Freudian universe for true divine or supreme benevolent desire-free Love.

The Freudo-Lacanian is an example of the archetype of the curmudgeon. Of course, in the psychoanalytic world, that is called realism. The only possible goal of analysis is to change psychotic or neurotic suffering into ordinary realistic suffering, which it turns out is nothing other than neurotic suffering.

The Jungian, on the other hand, does recognize archetypal transferences, including those of a divine nature. But the limitation is that it can only be an archetypal image that is invoked, not the higher Real toward which the archetype beckons one. For Jung, too, that ultimate non-dual Real of blissful pure consciousness remains a mirage, or at least forbidden knowledge.
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