June 23, 2012
I have practiced meditation since I was 16. I did Vipassana very seriously for years but I was led to Advaita and Ramesh Balsekar. After receiving grace from Ramesh, I experienced a non-dual awakening in 1992. The notable characteristic from that breakthrough was non-doership, but I was not satisfied with that. With Ramesh's blessing, I went back to the teachings of his guru, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. That is when I learned that he taught a meditation of resting in the pure "I AM" feeling. Studying Nisargadatta led me to the Advaita teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi. There my search ended in the discovery of the Heart on the right and realizing that there is only the Self.
I began meditation when I was 16 years old in Los Angeles after a powerful lucid dream in which I was in India doing yoga. I entered an ocean of white light in the dream and experienced an ego death in the peaceful blissful ocean of light. My life was changed in that instant. After practicing many forms of meditation, I ended up doing Self-enquiry according to Ramana Maharshi. That led to the realization of the Heart and living in the natural spontaneous state of "There is only the Self."
Yes, I have read nearly everything by them. They are great fully Self-realized masters.
Prior to receiving grace from Sri Ramesh Balsekar, I had received shaktipat from Kundalini gurus. I even received shaktipat from Swami Muktananda when he was in Los Angeles. However, I found that the Advaita transmission from Ramesh was much powerful, at least for me. The Kundalini shaktipat led to energy experiences but the Advaita transmission of grace (or shaktipat) led to ego death.
Yes, but I have to admit that at first I did not understand it. Even after reading many books with the words of Sri Ramana Maharshi, i still did not quite get it. What made the difference for me was a wonderful book by Sri Swami Om Swamigal called "The Path of Sri Ramana." Swami Om was a discipline of Sri Ramana Maharshi while Ramana was alive. Swami Om explains that Self-enquiry is about resting in the pure I-feeling. It is not about repeating a question. There are other ways to approach it based on what you need, such as what the two-step Self-enquiry method that I teach, but ultimately you arrive at resting in pure being and dwell in the pure thought-free I-feeling without boundaries or limits.
My focus is giving RASA (grace) to quickly activate enlightenment in you. RASA is Ramaji Advaita Shaktipat Attunement. I have worked with people around the world giving RASA via Skype. Now I am also giving RASA in public Satsang via this group.
This was a very juicy and dynamic meeting. There is a coherence now that enables us to quickly go deep into whatever is being brought up and attended to. The smallness of the group at this time is a big advantage because each person gets to completely explore their personal questions, interests and challenges with Ramaji right there on the spot. Ramaji is very interactive and direct. He encourages outspoken honesty and at times is quite funny. The meeting was like an intuitively coordinated Group Enquiry. We support each other even when the focus is on someone else in the group because we all understand that, ultimately, its about us too. The 15 to 20 minute meditation at the end was profound in its stillness and felt like the natural conclusion of a great afternoon of joyful authentic spiritual investigation.