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In this dharma talk from 11/5/20, Lawrence Edwards, PhD discusses the hidden aspects of the mind known as our shadow and how our innate power of Consciousness, called Kundalini Shakti in the yogic tradition, severs the root cause of the shadow and our false self – the limited “I” awareness. The root cause is known as avidya, the primal ignorance of our true state of union with the Divine. Getting free of avidya is the final stage of spiritual development and coming home to the Self, the Divine within all. Kundalini is the power of grace that brings our consciousness back to this state of radical freedom. This is Part II of these teachings on the shadow. Part I was given on 10/1/20 and that video is also on the Anam Cara Meditation YouTube channel. Awakening Kundalini: The Path To Radical Freedom by Lawrence Edwards will take you deeper into the profound gifts that Kundalini, your innate grace-bestowing power of the Divine, has for you!
Sofia's Gifts


The Ancient Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya
Swami Ashokananda, trans. pp. 1-7

Chapter 1

 
1. Through the grace of God alone, the desire for nonduality arises in wise men to save them from great fear.
2. How shall I salute the formless Being, indivisible, auspicious, and immutable, who fills all this with His Self and also fills the self with His Self?
3. The universe composed of the five elements is like water in a mirage. Oh, to whom shall I make obeisance - I who am one and taintless?
4. All is verily the absolute Self.  Distinction and non-distinction do not exist. How can I say, "It exists; it does not exist?" I am filled with wonder!
5. The essence and the whole of Vedanta is this Knowledge, this supreme Knowledge: that I am by nature the formless, all-pervasive Self.
6. There is no doubt that I am that God who is the Self of all, pure, indivisible, like the sky, naturally stainless.
7. I indeed am immutable and infinite and of the form of pure Intelligence.  I do not know how or in relation to whom joy and sorrow exist.
8. I have no mental activity, good or bad; I have no bodily function, good or bad; I have no verbal action, good or bad. I am the nectar of Knowledge, beyond the senses, pure.
9. The mind indeed is of the form of space. The mind indeed is omnifaced. The mind is the past. The mind is all. But in reality, there is no mind.
10. I, the One only, am all this beyond space and continuous. How can I see the Self as visible or hidden?
11. Thus, you are One. Why then do you not understand that you are the unchangeable One, equally perceived in all? O mighty One, how can you, who are ever-shining, unrestricted, think of day and night?
12. Know the Self always to be everywhere, one and unintercepted. I am the meditator and the highest object of meditation. Why do you divide the indivisible?

 

 

Dear Friends,

Our mission at Anam Cara is to make meditation training freely available to everyone and to support people in their ongoing meditation practices. We do this through free weekly programs now on Zoom, our website, YouTube, and this e-newsletter.
 
Please subscribe to our YouTube channel for free and "like" the videos you enjoy!  Simply doing this helps to make our offerings more available to others.

The Thursday night meditation group Zoom link with added security is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/665891390?pwd=RDBZSFBTd0dpNTZwQzFoKzVEUUtYdz09. Please keep your audio and video off during the program, at the end we open it up to everyone.  This ensures the best quality recording for posting on YouTube. Meeting 665 891 390.  password: OmKaliMa. The program begins at 7:15pm NY time.

Given the state of turmoil in the world, it is especially important that we have an inner state of calm centeredness that empowers us to bring wisdom, compassion and transformation into the world. This is Dharma in action, living a dedicated life of practice and seva in the world.  The practices protect and envelop us in Dharma Shakti, the power of Dharma.  Adhering to dharma, the ego mind becomes a selfless servant of All, the One that has become the many. Meditation culminates in knowing directly that you are the One and the many, nothing left out.  Tat twam asi!  Thou Art That!

In this dark age, when dharma is on her last leg, we are her legs, we have to stand for dharma, walk dharma into the world, be dharma warriors actively walking love, compassion, wisdom and service into the world. In the past it was fine to wrap oneself in practices, merge into unity Consciousness and let go of the rest of the world.  Not now!  Out of the caves, out of monasteries, off our cushions, we have to take dharma, the truth, the love, the wisdom, the compassion, and the practices, fearlessly into all environments. We may cry a river of tears for all the pain and suffering in the world, even as we stand as a pillar of fire, the fire of love and compassion, illuminating the way forward, the way of dharma in action. 

Be the light that illumines all around you! You are the living Presence of the Divine!  Be true to your true nature!

When I was offering meditation programs in prisons for years I saw the power of grace, Shakti Kundalini, inherent in the mantras and practices, transform even the lives of murderers.  We need to bring the power of our practices, wisdom, love and service into the halls of power, into government and corporate headquarters and into under-served communities. Our afflicted, unconscious, and undisciplined minds give rise to endless suffering.  We can view the mind, our own and others, with understanding and compassion as we endeavor to create global change.

May our practices empower us to be agents of wakefulness, love and compassion as we work to transform our economic and political systems.

Meditation is key to our inner and outer transformation. Through meditation we directly experience our innate fullness, free of want or need.  In meditation we directly experience our unity with all - the illusion of "other" is dispelled. 

There is only One, the Divine, known by many different names, but always One. One all-embracing Divine, One all-embracing Love.  Tat Twam Asi!  Thou Art That!

As a non-profit educational organization we are grateful for the support of participants and donors whose generosity makes all this possible. Because of your generous gifts we are in our 20th year of serving meditators and seekers around the world. I deeply appreciate the many ways people help us to fulfill our mission, including sharing this newsletter with others and telling people about our programs.  It's a privilege for me to serve the Anam Cara community.  Please contact me, le@anamcara-ny.org, if you have anything you would like to share with me. 

With love and respect for all,

Lawrence Edwards, PhD - Founder & Director
Anam Cara Meditation Foundation

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