At the Feet of the Guru

During the 1950’s Kenneth Grant wrote several articles for The Call Divine and The Mountain Path, exploring the non-dual philosophy of Advaida Vedanta and the teachings of such great sages as Sri Ramana Maharshi, Anandamayi Ma, Sri Thakhur Haranath and others.

Below are a few articles from The Call Divine, from Sri Ramanasramam

Resignation

Nothing Manifests Itself in Any Form

The Cult of the Hill

The Great Solvent

The Message Enshrined in Silence

Quicksand

Arunachala Siva, The Void Nature of the Self.

The Adamantine Way

Bhagavan Sri Ramana as I knew Him-SYMPOSIUM

The Bodiless Presence

These articles and others from The Call Divine and The Mountain Path have been collected together in the excellent Starfire publication, At The Feet of the Guru, Needless to say, this is a beautiful publication, as all the titles from Starfire are – highly recommended.

Additionally, in the Call Divine appears an article by Steffi Grant describing a miraculous healing dream with Ramana Maharshi, entitled A Dream

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Say Ahhhhhhhh

“As the letter ‘a’ is the first of all letters but is itself uncreate and formless, free from all modulations, so also is the One Pure Consciousness likewise the formless source wherefrom Samsara appears to arise. Of all the letters, Sri Krishna, in the Gita, claims identity with the letter ‘a’ since this letter signifies the void and contentless vast of Consciousness, which is bereft of all concept and all ideas of subjectivity and objectivity.” – Kenneth Grant, The Adamantine Way (appearing in the Call Divine, 1 May 1954).

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This article and several others from Kenneth Grant are online at the Sri Ramanasaram site. 

making the unconscious conscious

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Had the pleasure of attending a talk and meditation by Professor Robert Thurman last week. With decades of experience  as both a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and as a professor, he has a great knack for presenting these often complex ideas in a simple manner that cut right to the essence of a profound teaching.

Professor Thurman is His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s personal representative in the US, and the founder of Tibet House, an organization dedicated to preserving the rich cultural legacy of Tibetans. He also has a wicked sense of humour, and this comes out often during his talks! Many of his lectures are available on the Bob Thurman Podcast, which I highly recommend. Even if Buddhism is not your thing, you might find a lot of value in these talks.

The talk I attended was geared towards the very materialistic, scientific minded engineers of Silicon Valley. He thought it was great that “mindfullness meditation” is becoming all the rage among the corporate world, even if it is a very stripped down version of the practices. It still has the benefit of getting people to be a little more introspective. In a culture of materialism and western science, where the tendency is to live for “this life only” and to negate any deeper look into the meaning of existence beyond making money, this is a welcome foothold into daily life. In such a context, Professor Thurman defined enlightenment as “making the unconscious, conscious.”  With nods to Freud and Jung, this was the perfect explanation for westerners.

A very simple meditation practice was given that can be used to enhance the vipassanna styled meditations that have been popularized in the Valley by all the meditation apps (10% Happier, Headspace, Calm) currently making the rounds. Inhale white light, with a sense of healing filling up your cells. Hold the breath briefly, just a few seconds, while seeing it as a rich ruby red light that is vibrant with health and healing. Exhale the breath, seeing it as a deep cobalt blue light that gives out healing to the world and the environment. Tantrik sadhakas may see in this simple practice the deep roots of vajra breathing with the vibrational syllables of OM AH HUNG.

 

 

Dr. Jacques Vallee

I recently finished reading Dr. Jacques Vallee’s Forbidden Science, three volumes of diaries covering about 40 years of research into the UFO problem. What an incredible journey of exploration he has documented! Anyone that has done more than a cursory glance at the phenomena will know that the deceptively simple subject may start out innocently enough, but quickly goes far beyond mechanical space craft with alien pilots that are visiting the earth, and dives headlong into the depths of consciousness itself.

Of all the researchers in the field, Vallee is perhaps one of the only ones doing such thorough cutting edge investigations into this murky and mysterious world that spans the topics of psi research, multi-dimensional entities, the expansion (and meaning) of consciousness, and more. What is the nature of these “lights in the sky”? Investigating  not only contemporary sightings, but also diving deep into folklore (Passport to Magonia is highly recommend as well), Vallee presents a fascinating look into his research. You can see over time the development of his theory of the control mechanism that seems to be at the core of this phenomena (see Messengers of Deception for this thesis worked out in detail).

The diaries also give tantalizing insights into the role that the various world government agencies have played in investigating and obfuscating any research. SRI (Stanford Research Institute) was doing incredible reasearch in the 70’s, which I found particularly of interest having grown up in the area during that time (I attended Menlo-Atherton high school, just a few blocks away from SRI. Several of my classmates had jobs at SRI after school).

Also of interest are his interactions with various “occult” luminaries. Dinner parties with Anton LaVey, meetings with Grady Louis McMurtry, and discussions with Manly Palmer Hall among others. Ultimately deciding that the occultists were ignorant of anything relating to the phenomena, its an amazing read and shows his inquisitive and exploratory nature. If only he had interviewed Kenneth Grant, who knows where the research may have led!

Follow this link for a recent interview with Dr. Vallee discussion many of these subjects: http://skeptiko.com/jacques-vallee-diaries-reveal-what-scientists-deny-359/