Can suffering be relieved?

Absolutely! Yes! It happens through an intuitive recognition that we're not independent. Rather we are essentially linked to something vastly bigger.

What is the Living Teaching of Advaita?

Advaita is a Sanskrit word meaning "not two." It points to the indivisible or non-dual nature of Reality. Though traditional Advaita is linked to the Indian philosophy of Vedanta, the Living Teaching of Advaita is completely without dogma or religious connection and is open to all who seek peace in daily living.

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The Living Teaching

Welcome all of you to the Living Teaching of Advaita. I call it the Living Teaching because it is concerned with the living energy that is indisputably here. NOW. This living energy is experienced through bodies. Each of us is composed of a body and a mind that enables us to think and feel…to experience. In India this teaching is known as the path of knowledge, Jnana. Often when we talk about knowledge we associate it with intellect or brainpower. But this path of knowledge is really far, far bigger than that. The knowledge that we are talking about is not only  intellectual, but  intuitive  as well.

Ultimately, The Living Teaching of Advaita is pointing beyond all such relative knowledge to a Truth that is inescapable.

- Wayne Liquorman, at a Talk in Toronto


"Should" Means Suffering

Where is the focus of your attention right now? Are you alternating reading these words with "shoulds" about what happened in the past or what must happen in the future or a complex story about how this moment "should" be playing out? Is there a sense you are wasting your time reading this when you "should" be doing something else?

When we talk about the need to live in the moment what are we really talking about?

The fact is that we are all always living in the moment...there is no other place we could possibly be. Isn't the discussion really about involvement...secondary involvement?

Memories of the past or hopes for the future are often spoken of as being spiritually unsound. But these are not actually the cause of your suffering. In fact fond reminiscences and future fantasies can make this moment quite rich and full. We need not always be focused on the task at hand to lead rich and fulfilled lives.

The real culprit it turns out is to be found in the denial of whatever it is that is happening now. This denial takes shape in our "shoulds" and when this happens there is suffering.

The way out of this quagmire is in simply seeing what is going on. When there is a recognition that the denial of reality is at the root of the suffering...the suffering automatically begins to reduce. So the Living Teaching exhorts you to look! Look at what is happening, if you can! Take stock of yourself as you are, if you can! Inquire into your essential nature, if you can!

- Wayne Liquorman, in the newsletter

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Peace of Mind

To deal with the problem of finding security and peace of mind in a constantly changing world, the obvious fact is not clearly understood that this involves a basic contradiction. You cannot expect to find something fixed and static in a constant flow - there is a basic conflict between the desire for security and the fact of change, like the desire to run without having to move. The desire for security, for protection from the flux of life means being separated from life, and yet you do not want to be separated from life! The more security you can get, the more you will want.

- Ramesh Balsekar, quoted in the newsletter

The Ocean and The Waves

One of the ways I talk about this living energy, the quality that animates us, is with the classical metaphor of the Ocean and the wave. In this metaphor, all there is is Ocean. When the Ocean goes into movement it is a wave. Waves are the things of the world. All the objects that exist are waves. So the Ocean is the essence and the waves are the manifestation of that. They are the things that are observable, the things which can be pointed at and named. Each wave is different, so you can say a particular wave is this wide, this tall, this color, this duration, this shape. You can talk about the qualities of each different wave. And whether the wave is a galaxy or a subatomic particle, everything in the universe can be understood as a wave-shape, a movement of the Ocean. All there is, is Ocean.

- Wayne Liquorman, in a talk

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As If You Had A Choice!

I am pointing beyond words to the richness that lies there.
It is a silence profound and deep
out of which all the words come
and to which all the words return.
Do not deny the words...do not deny anything!

Life is not your enemy! 
There is no going back to the Source
because the Source cannot be left.
Listen and perhaps you will hear.
Look and perhaps you will see.
Open your heart and perhaps you will feel.
All that is Grace.

Breathe, live, die... as if you had a choice
in the matter
but know in your deepest place
that your every choice is given
and you are powerless to refuse.

- Wayne Liquorman

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Peace of Mind

You know what it is like when you feel comfortable, and the assumption is that it is 'something working' that makes you feel comfortable. And that may or may not be the case. What I want to try and open up for you, is the possibility that it is not necessarily external factors that will produce this feeling of comfort, but an internal peace that will exist regardless of whether you have a good job or a crap job, or whether your relationship is going well today, or whether it's going badly today, that there is a possibility of existing in peace and harmony regardless of the external conditions.

- Wayne Liquorman, in a talk

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Separation

Separation gets a bad rap. It is often seen as the root of suffering but when you look into it you may see that separation is actually a critical component in life as we know it. In order to love someone or something we must be separate from it. Even to say I love my self there must be an identifiable self to love! All experience depends on the separation between the point of experience and that which is experienced. So where does the suffering arise from?

In humans over the age of two a curious thing happens...the separation that is so essential for our functioning gets hijacked by a false sense of independence. This is the perversion that brings suffering. The false claim of being an INDEPENDENT entity is what gives rise to the suffering.

- Wayne Liquorman, in the newsletter

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Spontaneous Living

What natural, spontaneous living leads to is the understanding that consciousness is all there is, including the entire manifestation which is an appearance within itself, that therefore, there cannot be any individual as a separate entity with volition and choice of decision and action. Bondage begins with the mis-identification of the one seeker with what is seen, and liberation begins with the reversal of this mistake. Bondage, in other words, is merely a case of mistaken identity; the realization of this mistaken identity is liberation.

- Ramesh Balsekar, quoted in the newsletter

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False Sense of Authorship

When something happens, whether it is an intuitive experience or an intellectual experience, the False Sense of Authorship often claims it and says, "I am responsible for that, I am controlling that." It is a subtle sense and it is particularly difficult to identify because it has been with you since you were two years old and it is integrated into your identify. It is the false claim of being an independent, authoring entity, capable of operating via your own, independent power that brings about human suffering.

- Wayne Liquorman, in a talk

The Truth

The Living Teaching of Advaita is not actually a philosophy, because it does not hold any tenets. It is simply a collection of pointers and concepts, and it posits that none of them are true in an absolute sense. This teaching is not about conveying the truth. It is about prying away the limitations and misconceptions that obscure your vision of Truth.

- Wayne Liquorman

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Compassion and Love

When the understanding happens to deepen itself, compassion and love begin to come to the surface in our daily lives. Others seem to notice the difference and are surprised. When it is realized that our lives are really being lived and that "we" do not live, that it is Consciousness which functions through all the billions of human mechanisms (and all animal mechanisms) the perspective to life changes inexorably.

- Ramesh Balsekar, quoted in the newsletter

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