Essays

Essays (93)

Spiritual Essays by Shunyamurti, the director of the Sat Yoga Institute, on a wide variety of topics ranging from the goal of the spiritual path, to enlightenment and liberation, psychoanalysis and ego dynamics, and even quantum physics.


Tuesday, 05 November 2013 20:35

The Rise of the Paradoxshram

Written by Shunyamurti
We are at the cusp between an age that is dying and a new one that is being born. In the increasingly critical fermentation of a rotting economy mulching with a devastated ecology, human mastery has become a joke. The crown of creation has lost its credibility.

There are those who still desperately dive into ditches of denial, while others even more desperately attempt to keep the chaos under control. But those who are honest confess the hopelessness, the impotence, even the impossibility of it all. And yet all the while, revolutionary shifts are occurring under the malfunctioning radar screen. We are witnessing the rise of new social forms and new spiritual capacities.
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 15:36

The Virtue of Constraction

Written by Shunyamurti
An advanced student of Sat Yoga recently invented a new and subtle concept of great universal relevance, and I feel the need to share this with y’all.

It is the concept of constraction. Many of you may not realize that you are experiencing constraction, because it is often a state that appears as a compaction, rather than being open to introspection. But as the term indicates, it represents a multi-leveled consciousness that seemingly consists, at first glance, only of the elements of constriction and distraction. This produces an emotional reaction of contraction and restriction, leading to constraint and frustration.
The great and supremely liberated sage Sri Ramana Maharshi taught that “tranquility is not experienced except by inner harmony, and inner harmony will only exist for those who have a dead mind.” He adds: “Those whose minds have dived deep and died in that fullness of pure consciousness and supreme grace will not suffer and lament in the false life of duality that is an imaginary appearance within it.”

Sat Yoga brings about the death of the ego mind through five mystical ecstatic openings. These are the sensuous opening, the emotional opening, the cognitive opening, the intuitive opening, and the transcendental opening.
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 10:11

Post-Person Peel-Off

Written by Shunyamurti
Recipe for Liberation:
Post-Person Peel-Off


The recipe for liberation offered this month at Shunya’s Kitchen is Post-Person Peel-Off. (This is intended to accompany the recipe for Post-Persian Pilaf being currently offered by Radha’s Kitchen—but the two can be enjoyed separately.)

To begin, the “Person” must be heated to boiling in a hermetically sealed vessel, with proper atmanological containment. The pseudo-individual must experience several hysterical events, until it recognizes its delusional status and its self-defeating false will falls away from the inside out.
Monday, 03 June 2013 12:02

Emergence of the Entheopolitan

Written by Shunyamurti
A mass transmutation is occurring on our planet, leading to the emergence of a new kind of transhuman being: the Entheopolitan. Consider this essay an outline of both the complex dissipative environment in which this rhizomatic interconnective supercharging shamanic shape shift is happening and some of the early, unintended consequences of this unpredictable event-in-process.
Monday, 03 June 2013 11:05

Ashtanga Gyana Yoga

Written by Shunyamurti
In the first written teaching bequeathed to us by Sri Ramana Maharishi, the great sage explained the lineaments of the eight-fold path of knowledge that leads to the Supreme Liberation.

This eternal path is the core practice of Sat Yoga. To be most effective, Gyana Yoga must be integrated with the other six essential yogas that comprise the heart of the Sat Yoga approach. But those with clarity, determination, and devotion—those who have had what in Zen is called kensho, the living recognition of the presence and true nature of the Absolute, can reach jivan mukti solely on the basis of this practice of Ashtanga Gyana Yoga.
Monday, 14 January 2013 12:01

How to Build an Inter-Continent Bliss-tech Missal

Written by Shunyamurti
The most difficult part of building a sustainable yogic prema-culture community is to assure that relations between men and women remain pure, harmonious, friendly, and free of the defilement of lust, attachment, and possessiveness, or the counter-nemeses of anger, hatred, envy, and the whole panoply of venomous manifestations of power struggles.

The ancient yogis, in order to defend themselves and their ashram communities against such demonic forces, developed the most powerful weapon ever conceived. This weapon is still far in advance of any known to the human mind. The special warhead, and its guided delivery system that flies far above the stratosphere, and even beyond the noosphere, is irrestible in its transformative potential.
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