11:11

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I always thought this was weird:

How often have you noticed the numbers 11:11, 12:12, 10:10, 22:22, 12:34, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44 or 5:55 popping up all over the place? These number sequences are not necessarily only time prompts. They can also be number sequences, like 333, 1111 etc. To your mind, is this a coincidence, or are they too frequent to be random? Perhaps you are puzzled or amused by this phenomenon? Possibly even a little bit nervous? The question everyone is asking is “What does 11:11 mean?” and “Is there a reason for this?” And there certainly is.

Click the link for the full treatment….

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Today’s Ramana Moment

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Here’s a new site dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.

From the front page:

The degree of happiness that we experience at any moment is directly proportionate to the degree of clarity with which we are then conscious of our true and essential being. Therefore happiness is not only our essential being, but is also our consciousness of our being. In fact, since we are the consciousness that experiences our own being as ‘I am’, we are both being and consciousness. In other words, our essential being is consciousness, or more precisely it is self-consciousness – consciousness that knows itself clearly as ‘I am’. Therefore, since our unobstructed consciousness of our own being is experienced by us as happiness, in our essential nature we are non-dual being, consciousness and happiness.

They offer a free ebook and the promise of more, so if you’re Jonesing for some saintly discussion, this is a great place in which to spend time.

Radical Reverend Bates

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Just a quick note of welcome to my new friend, Rev. Hank Bates of Desert Cities Religious Science in Palm Springs, CA.

His brand of Radical Religious Science appeals to my tendency toward taking a practice to its logical extreme — which is to say, I’ve no interest in watered-down spirituality, and Rev. Bates is all about walking the talk when it comes to the business of living in communion with the One Mind.

So, I’ve added his website to my blogroll, and am appreciative of his willingness to engage my earnest questions in a series of email conversations. For those interested in the prospect of 24/7 communion with All That Is, please check him out at the above link….

The Wisdom of Gandhi

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I just found an incredible site that is filled to bursting with Gandhi quotes. Here are some samples:

  • If you have faith in the cause and the means and in God, the sun will be cool for you.
  • A fear-stricken person can never know God, and one who knows God will never fear a mortal man.
  • The force of nonviolence is infinitely more wonderful and subtle than the material forces of nature, like electricity.
  • Forgiveness is the quality of the brave, not of the cowardly.
  • A life of sacrifice is the pinnacle of art, and is full of true joy.
  • The human society is a ceaseless growth, an unfoldment in terms of spirituality.
  • If it is man’s privilege to be independent, it is equally his duty to be inter–dependent.
  • An India awakened and free has a message of peace and goodwill to a groaning world.

Lots more of Gandhiji is available online:

In college I T.A.’d two classes on Gandhian nonviolence, and found it to be one of the most powerful experiences of my entire life. Popular conception says that nonviolence (usually derided as “pacifism”) is a gutless, cowardly way to avoid confrontation. Nothing could be further from the truth, and an honest, in-depth study of the Mahatma would leave no doubt in your mind that engaged nonviolence is not only a truly effective strategy against oppression, but one of the most intense spiritual exercises available to humanity.

Unfortunately, without a Gandhi to stand up as a living example to the masses, we cannot expect this most demanding of philosophies to arise automatically.

Thus, we must live the philosophy in our own lives, one person at a time, leaving mass movements to arise according to the Divine Plan.

Scientists Discover God

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Well, maybe not all scientists, but I just found an Archive of Scientists’ Transcendent Experiences.

While you’ll perhaps want to peruse several (or all?) of the testimonies, here’s a sample from Allan Smith’s “My Experience of Cosmic Consciousness”:

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The Cosmic Consciousness experience began with some mild tingling in the perineal area, the region between the genitals and anus. The feeling was unusual, but was neither particularly pleasant nor unpleasant. After the initial few minutes, I either ceased to notice the tingling or did not remember it. I then noticed that the level of light in the room as well as that of the sky outside seemed to be increasing slowly. The light seemed to be coming from everywhere, not only from the waning sun. In fact, the sun itself did not give off a strong glare. The light gave the air a bright thickened quality that slightly obscured perception rather than sharpened it. It soon became extremely bright, but the light was not in the least unpleasant.

Along with the light came an alteration in mood. I began to feel very good, then still better, then elated. While this was happening, the passage of time seemed to become slower and slower. The brightness, mood-elevation, and time-slowing all progressed together. It is difficult to estimate the time period over which these changes occurred, since the sense of time was itself affected. However, there was a feeling of continuous change, rather than a discrete jump or jumps to a new state. Eventually, the sense of time passing stopped entirely. It is difficult to describe this feeling, but perhaps it would be better to say that there was no time, or no sense of time. Only the present moment existed. My elation proceeded to an ecstatic state, the intensity of which I had never even imagined could be possible. The white light around me merged with the reddish light of the sunset to become one all enveloping, intense undifferentiated light field. Perception of other things faded. Again, the changes seemed to be continuous.

At this point, I merged with the light and everything, including myself, became one unified whole. There was no separation between myself and the rest of the universe. In fact, to say that there was a universe, a self, or any ‘thing’ would be misleading — it would be an equally correct description to say that there was ‘nothing’ as to say that there was ‘everything’. To say that subject merged with object might be almost adequate as a description of the entrance into Cosmic Consciousness, but during Cosmic Consciousness there was neither ‘subject’ nor ‘object’. All words or discursive thinking had stopped and there was no sense of an ‘observer’ to comment or to categorize what was ‘happening’. In fact, there were no discrete events to ‘happen’ — just a timeless, unitary state of being.

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Perhaps the most significant element of Cosmic Consciousness was the absolute knowingness that it involves. This knowingness is a deep understanding that occurs without words. I was certain that the universe was one whole and that it was benign and loving at its ground.

In terms of Buddhist teachings around meditative absorption, we’d say that Smith was blessed with a spontaneous tour through all four of the rupa (material) jhanas, at which point he seems to have hung out in the fourth for a while.

Yogis who maintain a serious daily meditation practice (i.e., at least three sessions a day, minimum of one hour each), who find time to do 10-day (or longer) retreats every year, become accustomed to “cosmic consciousness” as described here, finding that they are suffused and saturated in various levels of that state throughout each moment of the 24 hour cycle.

That scientists, who are accustomed to intense mental focusing, are reporting such experiences is, in my opinion, hopeful for life on planet Earth.

Good for Allan Smith, and may he revisit this state more and more frequently as his path deepens.