#3216 - Thursday, July 3, 2008 - Editor: Jerry Katz
Here are two articles on popular nonduality.
One article introduces a new website, Guru's Feet: "As
having a "guru" within or without is important for one's spiritual development,
a special emphasis is drawn in Guru's Feet to sharing and finding valuable
information and opinions regarding gurus, spiritual teachers, masters, etc."
The other is by Deepak Chopra about Nisargadatta
Maharaj's book, I Am That: "Just as reading one scene
of Hamlet is enough to convince you that Shakespeare is a great writer, reading
five pages of Nisargadatta convinces you (if you can be convinced at all) that
this untutored man is in touch with deepest wisdom."
A new and popularized website for nondual teachings is Guru's Feet:
A Meeting Place for Spiritual People,
The website has blogs, forums, networking opportunities, a list of gurus (I
think you could even add yourself or someone else), and even an online temple.
You have to register to access much of the site, however there are no charges.
They do accept donations and carry Google ads.
The following is from GurusFeet.com:
We have come to find out that ultimately there is very little difference
between the many spiritual traditions, gurus and sects paths may slightly
differ in appearance but the destination, cause and essence are the same, come
on, by definition, there can be only one god, call it whatever name you like.
Consequently, we have decided to develop Guru's Feet to provide the first
worldwide united spiritual portal truly open to diverse spiritual people and
different spiritual communities, a fun place to meet, share and consequently
grow in each one's spiritual development path. This is our modest contribution
to helping humanity.
Guru's Feet provides social networking facilities, gadgets and
applications, as well as community and content services, all customized and
developed with the special needs and sensitivities of spiritual people in mind
(and beyond the mind :).
As having a "guru" within or without is important for one's spiritual
development, a special emphasis is drawn in Guru's Feet to sharing and finding
valuable information and opinions regarding gurus, spiritual teachers, masters,
Recently, Guru's Feet Universal Online Temple was debuted to allow people
from different sects to unite their energies, pray and meditate together.
We really hope that you find Guru's Feet spiritually beneficial and
important as well as enjoyable!
If you have any suggestions or comments, we urge you to promptly contact us
and share them with us.
Many people who appreciate what we are doing ask how they can help. We
never charge for using Guru's Feet but we are grateful for any gifts people wish
to freely give. Given our very limited financial resources, they would
facilitate the maintenance and further development of this important project. If
you wish to make a financial contribution, please kindly visit the donation
Deepak Chopra recently wrote about Nisargadatta
Maharaj for the Newsweek/Washington Post website. You can visit the
page and make a comment. Only one comment has been made so far. It seems like
I'm no longer surprised to see articles like this in the mainstream press.
A Book That Peers into Eternity
There's a single book that I reread every year: "I Am That" by Nisargadatta
Maharaj (1897-1981). The title is a quotation. In India the goal of
enlightenment is to see reality as a whole. When all illusion has fallen away,
one looks around and can say, with complete confidence, "I am That, you are
That, and all this is That."
What does the word "That" mean? It means the essence of existence. What does
the essence of existence mean? There is no adequate definition, and therefore a
huge mystification has built up around "That." Nisargadatta Maharaj, whose name
is almost totally unknown in the West, comes as close as possible to putting
pure essence into words. In my experience, every reader who has discovered his
book considers it magical, and those of us who treasure it feel that it opens a
window into eternity, in part because of what Nisargatta says, but much more
because of its astonishing ability to change the reader.
article on Nisargadatta (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nisargadatta_Maharaj)
informs us that the 1973 publication of "I Am That" made him world famous.
That's a stretch, but the book did rise to the top of required reading in modern
Indian spirituality. The text is made up entirely of transcripts of informal
talks given above the tiny shop that Nisargadatta ran in Mumbai. He himself
couldn't write, being an uneducated farm boy who moved to the big city. He
reached enlightenment in a remarkable way. As he walked behind his plow in his
native village, he reminded himself that he was the essence of Being, not a
person with human limitations. Or to be precise, his guru told him "You are
It is believed in India that the liberated state, or Moksha,
takes hundreds of lifetimes to attain. One supposes, then, that this illiterate
farm boy must have prepared a long time for the breakthrough into enlightenment.
So far as we know he never practiced spiritual disciplines. As he put it, his
guru told him "You are That," and Nisargadatta believed him.
give away what Nisargadatta talks about in this book -- he is never trivial,
however. One is immediately transported into his extraordinary presence. Just as
reading one scene of Hamlet is enough to convince you that Shakespeare is a
great writer, reading five pages of Nisargadatta convinces you (if you can be
convinced at all) that this untutored man is in touch with deepest wisdom -- he
breathes an air more rarefied than ours. He possesses a quality we struggle to
express in English-- absolute knowingness. As simply as Nisargadatta speaks --
simple enough to be understood by a ten-year-old -- the effect upon the reader
is powerful enough to cause deep sympathy and trust, and in some readers there
is actual transformation. Every time I reread "I Am That," I close the book
convinced that the world would change entirely if everyone in it took
Nisaargadatta's wisdom to heart.