Who am I when the mind is silent?
Yoga means union: the idea of union and the experience is not the same.
"Once it is pointed out it is obvious that what is called your body and mind is simply Aware Beingness in distinct forms called seeing, touching, tasting, etc. and thinking. This clarity reveals that there is no body and nobody; there is no experiencer behind an experience like hearing, feeling, etc.; there is no thinker behind the thought - there is only experiencing." ~ James Traverse
"You are empty of a separate self and full as current experiencing" ~ James Traverse
"The entire practice of Being Yoga consists of establishing your stance as Awareness~Presence and the natural action that flowers out of it. This means relaxing out of the point of view of separation to source such that you rest as what you already are [this is generally called a shift yet the shift to source is not truly a shift; instead it is that there is no departure from the wholeness of viewing/awareness to a limited, separated, point of view]."
"Who are you? Don't go by formulas. The answer is not in words. The nearest you can say in words is: I am what makes perception possible, the life beyond the experiencer and his experience." ~ Nisargadatta
Hello and Welcome,
It's no accident that the strongest muscle in your body is the heart. The yoga of being is self-evident when you see that the priceless treasures of health, happiness, freedom, and peace of mind are yours when you live them as a gift to others.
Without a doubt the single most valuable thing that I would like to share with you after some 30 plus years of continuos yoga practice and study is the understanding of Nonduality. This is challenging because Nonduality is Truth that is not based on book-learning or the thinking-mind which means that I cannot give it to you and it cannot be taught - yet it can be transmitted in a manner that makes it available to you. This is the reason that I'm a so called yoga teacher and this website is a complementary component of the process.
In this light it is my intention to share with you an experiential way of harmonious being that is simple and most effective. All the challenges and wonders of life continue to unfold yet for me there is an ease of being such that nothing is experienced as problematic. And, since this is true for an ordinary person like me, then it is available for you as well.
Now ~ Love Always,
Enlightenment is a matter of discernment, not evolution. Thus there is no becoming enlightened; instead the veil of ignorance falls away through discrimination and there is seeing in-the-light of your true nature.
Being - Being is happening - Breathing is happening
the Agent is the Actor - Love is what it does!
"What nature makes you do instinctively you can optimise when you understand the law governing the process." ~ James Traverse
Breathing is Life ~ ~ Life is Breathing
Motion as Breathing is the energy of Life. Breathing is the expression and direct link to intelligence that is beyond human comprehension. It is self-evident that this intelligence sees and adjusts your breathing according to your health, your fitness, your age, your emotional situation etc., and it dynamically makes these adjustments in accord with the complex current environmental conditions etc. while you engage in activities like walking, running and resting. In this light, breathing awareness is the direct means of connecting with this intelligence and living it knowingly.
It is immensely significant to understand that all approaches to meditation acknowledge the power of being aware of breathing. It is equally significant to understand and acknowledge the power of turning Awareness back on itself (remain/stand as Awareness) and see that:
Being Yoga is a resonance with timeless being that flowers through the connections with your breath body, the energy body of motion (the motion-ocean), that animates and manifests as your timebound form (a wave). Being Yoga has four interrelated yoga practices that honour the yogas of Vedanta:
Being Yoga's forms are:
Nisarga Yoga - Energy Body Yoga. This is yoga in the nondual and Kashmiri yoga tradition wherein archetypal yoga poses are explored without ever imposing them on your body; rather the appropriate pose is exposed by listening to and harmonizing with the innate intelligence of your energy body as it manifests via breathing and sensations [authentic yoga is about waking up to the ordinary].
Yoga Nidra Yoga Meditation - a guided meditation process that approximates deep sleep to provide the rest and restorative benefits of deep sleep (and the delta brainwave state) and it is a means whereby the real knowledge of your true nature is available [wisdom is the experience; knowledge is acquired].
Nonduality Satsangs - Nonduality is the English rendering of Advaita Vedanta. A means without; dvaita means duality; Veda means knowledge; ante means end. Satsang or Sat-Sangha means in the company of Truth. Nonduality Satsangs are experiential gatherings that honour Truth that includes and is not limited by the mental knowledge of the 'thinking mind'.
Meditation - listening without a listener - the silence within silence as the listening itself that allows things to be as they are; meditation is the simple acknowledgment of here-now and returning after being distracted.
"This approach brings about an awakening of all virtual energies and enables them to fully enfold. These energies are then guided into a vertical course, which brings our whole structure to this verticality. This work generates a forefeeling of the truth. This path leads us to a meditative attitude. This meditative state, which is not a cerebral function, is a presence without objects, which is thereupon lived while objects are present." ~ Jean Klein
"I call 'consciousness' and 'awareness' one's true nature. It is the unseen seer, that which is appeared to. It is present as *presence* in the midst of objects, between objects, in the absence of objects and beyond objects. Deep sleep is a good example - it is the timeless, spaceless continuity of the 'I'. Deep sleep is defined as that period in which there are no objects, not even minutely subtle objects. But you don't have the experience that you are absent or that you stopped existing and started existing again upon waking. It is an objectless intuitive sense that you were present throughout. Afterwards, instead of saying you didn't exist then started up again, you say about deep sleep, 'Hmm, I slept happily.' Something is present to know this." ~ Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon
"Let divine passion triumph and rebirth you in yourself." ~ Rumi
"The name and form that you have been programmed to identify yourself with and as is not you. Name and form are instruments of Awareness. You are unthinkable; you are the unmoved mover - call it what you will - I feel that the best name for it is Love" ~ James Traverse
"Do you know that by which knowing all things are known?" ~ Chandogya Upanishad Part 6 Chapter 1 Verse 2-6 wherein Uddalaka teaches his son, Swethakethu, the knowledge which if known, all things can be known [this knowledge is 'knowing as being' in nature or 'Tat Tvam Asi - That Thou Art '~ James Traverse].
“In all our getting, we should get understanding.” ~ Solomon
"You know that you are. Don't burden yourself with names, just be. Any name or shape you give yourself obscures your real nature. " ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"Work leads to purification of the mind, not to perception of Truth. The realisation of Truth is brought about by discrimination." ~ Adi Shankaracharya
is Active as
Awareness is Aware
- it is what it does!
Love - it's experiential!
"Only the light of the Heart exists
and it is the agent in creative activity. Its activity, resting in itself, is self-consciousness and when
it moves it is the unfoldment of the universe."
by Maheshvar ‚nanda - Kashmir
Samkhya and Yoga agree on the following:
The purpose of existence is to realise moksha, release or liberation.
This means release from the obscurations caused by mind stuff and sense objects.
When we can both see through, and, see the fog created by the mind and by the senses via insight, then it is possible to experientially understand our True Self in all its pristine purity (Awareness sees through the mind - not with the mind).
When this happens the world and all our activities appear as appearances without permanency.
Although we continue to live and act, we are no longer involved in it as we were formerly.
We are detached because we now understand it via being yoga ~ living understanding.