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Thomas E.M. Ball
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What is duality, what is non-duality, and how is unity lived in daily life?

Started Jun 8, 2015 0 Replies

According to Vedanta, the first stage of true enlightenment (or “awakening”) is not non-duality but DUALITY: experiencing the true Self, ATMA (pure unbounded awareness, transcendental consciousness)…Continue

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I've been lovin' twice-a-day meditation everyday for 40 years with the same technique—and teaching it since 1977—Transcendental Meditation, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
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"This Self cannot be realized by studying the scriptures, nor through the use of reason, nor from the words of others." — Mundaka Upanishad


"Transcending thought is infinitely more powerful than thinking."

"The state of eternal bliss consciousness is there to be lived, naturally lived in the midst of the diverse, objective experiences of the world."

"The whole purpose of life is to gain enlightenment. Nothing else is significant compared to that completely natural, exalted state of consciousness. So always strive for that. Set your life around that goal. Don't get caught in small things, and then it will be yours."

"Just learn to meditate, go within and experience the Divine Nature. I not only tell you that you are Divine within yourself and that it is easy to be blissful in your daily life, but I give you the key—the technique whereby you may begin to enjoy the glory of life that belongs to you.

"I came out of the Himalayas with a method designed to raise both the head and the heart of man to the point where knowledge and appreciation of the quality of his higher nature can be attained. I call my method Transcendental Meditation. It enables a man or woman to dive deep into the innermost reaches of his or her being, in which dwells the essence of life and the source of all wisdom, all creativity, all peace, and all happiness."

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What is duality, what is non-duality, and how is it lived in daily life?

Posted on June 8, 2015 at 10:11pm 0 Comments

According to Vedanta, the first stage of true enlightenment (or “awakening”) is not non-duality but DUALITY: experiencing the true Self, ATMA (pure unbounded awareness, transcendental consciousness) as separate and apart from relative, changing existence. This is a lovely and cherished state of duality. The Self is experienced and spontaneously lived as unbounded, eternally silent and awake within itself, completely separate from the boundaries of relativity. This is "Self-Realization,"…

What kind of meditation did the Buddha teach?

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 11:14am 0 Comments

 A puzzled man asked the Buddha: I have heard that some monks meditate with expectations, others meditate with no expectations, and yet others are indifferent to the result. What is the best?
The Buddha answered: Whether they meditate with or without expectations, if they have the wrong ideas and the wrong methods,…

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At 12:33pm on October 16, 2013, Cullen Anderson said…

Welcome Tom!

At 8:09pm on October 21, 2013, Trey Carland said…

Hey Tom,

Welcome to the group.


At 9:22pm on October 21, 2013, Thomas E.M. Ball said…

Thanks, guys. Nice to be here. 

At 11:35am on November 12, 2014, Joan Houchin said…

Hi Tom!

At 8:18pm on February 8, 2015, Angel Mujehlenkamp said…
Thank you for the friend's request Thomas... Blessings!

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