VEGAN Advaita Potluck with Meditation and Discussion

  • September 20, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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We hope you can join us for a festive Vegan Potluck and uplifting discussion as we talk about the audible life stream as a means for achieving the state of non-duality.

Since we can only accommodate 12 people in our home, sign up will be limited. 

Please bring a low-fat, plant-based (no eggs, dairy, and meat products) entrée, appetizer, or dessert. Many recipes can be found at:


If you need more detailed driving directions or have any other questions, please e-mail me via this meetup group.

Some preparatory materials to help facilitate our discussion are  posted here..

“The subtle body of the Creator is the mystic sound Pranava, which is sound and light. The universe resolves into sound and light and then into transcendence–Param”

Ramana Maharshi (Section 215 of Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi).

If you research the sound current under the following names, you will find a wealth of information…

English terms: Sound Current, Audible Life Stream

Sanskrit terms: Sruti, Sraosha, Kalma, Naam, Om, Anahata Nada (unstruck sound), Nad (Inner Music), Mahaprana (supreme energy flow), Divya Shabda (Divine Sound), Anahad yoga (union with unlimited sound), Udgit (the song of the Heavenly Regions - from the Chhandogya and Mundak Upanishads), Akashvani (Sanskrit - voice from the heaven or sound/message from the sky), Pranava (cosmic sound), Naam, Bang-i-Ilahi, Jyoti or Jyothi (auspicious flame), Prakasa (luminous or shining forth),

Christian terms: Holy Spirit, Word, Spirit

Persian (Sufi) terms:  Hu, Saut-e Sarmad (abstract sound), Nida-i-Asmani, (call of the Firmament), Nida-i-Sultani (call of the Emperor), Tajalli (appearance of God)

Zoroastrian term: Sraosha (embodiment of the divine word)

Tibetan term: Bardo Thodol (liberation through hearing during the intermediate stage, luminous spiritual substance underlying the mind, clear light of reality)

Chinese term: Tao (primordial essence)

Greek term: Logos (The Stoic philosophers identified the term with the divine animating principle pervading the Universe)

“Seek the Sound that never ceases. Seek the Sun that never sets.”

Rumi (13th century Persian mystic poet)

“The purport of prescribing meditation on the Pranava (cosmic sound - life giver - controller of life force) is this. The Pranava is Omkara (mystical sound - the OM)…the advaita-mantra (non-duality chant) which is the essence of all mantras…. In order to get at this true significance, one should meditate on the Pranava (cosmic sound). …The fruition of this process is samadhi (union with the divine) which yields release [moksha], which is the state of unsurpassable bliss.”

Ramana Maharshi (The Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi, sixth edition 1996, p. 25,26)

“What will you gain’, some sages ask, ‘by merely hearing this sound?’ You hear the roar of the ocean from a distance. By following the roar you can reach the ocean. As long as there is the roar, there must also be the ocean. By following the trail of Om you attain Brahman (Supreme Being), of which the Word is the symbol. That Brahman has been described by the Vedas as the ultimate goal.”

Ramakrishna - teacher of Vivekananda (The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, translated by Swami Nikhilananda, 1973 p. 404)

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  • Beate R.

    Peter and Sharon, thank you for your wonderful hospitality, inspiring presentation and great food. I enjoyed the discussion and it's always enriching to spend time with like minded people.

    September 21

  • Jane H.

    Thanks to Peter and Sharon for a lovely dinner and a great presentation by Peter.

    1 · September 20

  • Jane H.

    Thanks to Peter and Sharon for a lovely dinner and a great presentation by Peter.

    September 20

  • Tom D.

    Unfortunately the week before would have worked but I will be helping my parents this weekend and also attending the DC vegetarian festival :(

    August 10

    • Jane H.

      We'll miss you ! Eat well!!

      1 · August 10

    • Tom D.

      Thanks Jane will miss you all too. It is impossible to schedule an event that works for everyone.

      August 10

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