#2636 - Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - Editor: Jerry Katz
- #2636 - Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nondual HighlightsIn this issue is announced a retreat with Cee. I've known for about 7 years and have met her several times. Geez, all she talks about is Truth. Cee is one of these people who takes great care with whatever she does and makes everyone around her feel God's looking after them, that reality is all there is, and that it's useless to struggle. You may view one of Cee's videos here: http://www.pne.cc/media/videos.htm?submit=Already+Donatedphoto: HanaThe Way of Knowledge Meditation RetreatFeb. 16, 17, 18, 19, 2007Hana, Mauiwith CeeThis year a special retreat focusing on Self Knowledge taught be Cee, will be held in the verdant and serene setting of Hana, Maui, in the Hawaiian Islands. Each day will be comprised of meditation, focused study of the Way of Knowledge, and specific instruction on Self-Inquiry as revealed by Sri Ramana Maharshi. You will receive a book on the Way of Knowledge by Cee and be able to ask questions to gain clarity and focus in your spiritual practice. We will also work with sleep and dream states. You are warmly invited to attend this silent meditation retreat. The focus is on discovering the truth within yourself.Cee encourages everyone around the world who is earnest about spiritual understanding and the truth of existence to make the effort to come to Hawaii for this retreat. The ancient wisdom of Advaita Vedanta is called the final highest truth because you not only discover and know the truth in the deepest way -- but YOU ARE THAT reality. Beginners will have the practice clearly explained and will learn how to quiet the mind while long time practitioners will find immense value from focused attention toward complete awakening.
The retreat begins Friday February 16th at 7:00 p.m. and ends on Monday, February 19th at 1:00 p.m.
The retreat will be held at Ala Kukui Retreat Center in Hana. It is an expanse of 12 acres with an ocean view. Our group will be renting the whole facility where simple healthy (organic when possible) vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served. www.alakukui.com/index.html. Up to ten people can stay at the Center, others will need to find lodging in the vicinity. www.hanamaui.com/lodging.html. We will be happy to provide recommendations.
Cost of the Retreat:
For those staying in shared (same sex) rooms at Ala Kukui, $400. This includes all meals and three nights lodging.
For those spending the night elsewhere, $250. This includes all meals for the retreat.
~ ~ ~ Please join us to celebrate the immense joy and deep peace of the Self ~ ~ ~
Some Teachings of Ramana Maharishi
(What follows below are answers given by Ramana at various times to devotee's questions, strung together and brought into flowing English for ease of comprehension.)
There is no greater mystery than this, that being the reality yourself, you seek to gain reality.
You think there is something binding your reality and that something must be destroyed before the reality is freed. This is ridiculous.
A day will dawn when you will laugh at all your efforts. What is there to realize? The real is always as it is.
You have realized the unreal, in other words, you regard the unreal as that which is real. Give up this attitude and you will attain wisdom.
There is nothing new nor anything you do not already have which needs to be gained. The feeling that you have not yet realized is the sole obstruction to realization.
In fact, you are already free. If it were not so, the realization would be new. If it has not existed so far, it must take place hereafter. What comes will also go, what can be gained can also be lost.
If realization is not eternal it is not worth having. Therefore what you seek is not that which must happen afresh. It is only that which is eternal, but not now known due to obstruction.
Remove the obstruction. That which is eternal is not known to be so because of ignorance. Ignorance is the obstruction. Get over the ignorance and all will be well.
The ignorance is identical with the 'I-thought'. Find its source and it will vanish. Then the Self alone will shine as it always has, in the stillness of being.