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The Spiritual

"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation"
J.Krishnamurthi


"A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey"
Sufi Proverb


"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life"
Thich Nhat Hahn


"From the first, nothing is"
Buddha


The GMR Series

Grey Matter Revolution - Review

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While writing these words, I am very well aware of the fact that "me", an ego called Vivek, is attempting to pass off natural spirituality in refuge of ornamental language, logical interpretation and phraseology. And I am not alone ? this has been happening for a very long time. If it was possible to become spiritual and be in the awareness of natural, thoughtless bliss by word and thought-based logic, the whole world would have been sitting crossed legged in an eternal peace centuries ago. It is not that people inherently do not want to become spiritual. It is just that most take spirituality as one of their choices and a "do-different" thing in our multi-cultural free societies. Some others indeed take it seriously, even as a way of life, but more often get entangled in the concept of "achieving", "reaching" or "attaining" a certain state of mind or experience. This is the very nature of "I" or ego that, according to Guruji, resides as an electro-magnetic property over brain cells. I should know, in a conscious, thoughtless awareness, that I am nothing but an illusory personality standing on accumulated information from external sources, words, concepts, preferences, choices and their resultant logic. Anyone who is, at the least, prepared to accept this fact on mental level and take a plunge in the identity-less, ego-less unknown should consider this book as a flicker of light in the eternal darkness.

When I first met Guruji through a friend Mira Bai in Mumbai in 1997, I was already on a spiritual high of my own from my doses of ideology, religion, mysticism, tantra and philosophy from various sources. I had already started seeing myself "different" from most people. I had also seen and met many so-called mystics, gurus and swamis in my young life that had claimed to be truly spiritual but proved to be rigid on their beliefs and ideology. They were stuck in their individual concepts and experiences. I took Guruji as one of them and asked him, "When I am asleep, who is awake to experience the dreams". Any other Sadhu or priest would have gladly answered my question - but not Guruji. He replied, "Before I give you any answer, first find out who wants to know it." It was a shock to me. No one had, until then, talked about the "inner" me. I had been developing a mental understanding of two "me" by then but was not really sure how that happened. I instantly knew that the Nature, or some divine force, had made me come to him. It was not proven otherwise in the time to come.

I was perhaps endowed with a sharp and absorbent mind but I did not know that one day it will become the biggest obstacle in my spiritual path. Understanding and deciphering Guruji's words was not difficult. To live them was. One day I would feel on the wings of blissful nature and the next in the depth of sinful darkness. Though, all the while I was aware that both the states were essentially illusory. However, the most difficult thing in the spiritual life is to know the fact in the mind but not being able to live in it. This paradox itself becomes a struggle and turns into one of zillion activities of the mind. This is the danger that faces most of the discerning sadhaks like me. Thinking too much and attempting to "know" too much becomes a problem. I "knew" what Guruji was teaching was right. I could clearly see that my ego or "I" was playing on me but in spite of "knowing" that fact, I could not free myself from the clutches of it. In one of those instances, guilt and desperation often overwhelmed me - while also "knowing" that these were also just the mind's components. Somewhere in the back of the mind, I was also wistfully thinking that by some divine intervention or blessing, the "knowledge" will just dawn on me, just like that, and I will become "free". If not typical, these are some of the hazards that one has to overcome in the spiritual journey. A true guru is a blessing.

If "I" know that I am an illusion, based on mere words, thoughts, dreams and desires, how can I become free from myself? Only Guruji can tell. If I attempt to give an answer, it will just remain a thought, albeit a clever thought. "I" the ego that I know and think as "me" has become very shrewd and polished over many ages. If I were to think of the situation when "I" am not present and no thoughts exist, the situation would seem endlessly hopeless and utterly ridiculous. What is the meaning of life if no one is there to know and experience anything? Remember my first words of this introduction? "I" the ego can present, dissect, dissolve, eliminate, promote or demote any thought or conviction to suit itself and protect its existence. Thoughtlessness and egolessness are the keys. This book is a precious resource, although in form of words, for those who seek truth. It does not attempt to convince you of an idea or ideology but lead you towards self-knowledge. Unlike most other books, it is free from any particular institution, religion, philosophy, ism or school of thought. It is just the opposite ? thoughtless, sensitive and egoless.

The race of the humankind to satisfy their individual egos and means of life has resulted in complexities and misgivings of life. While acknowledging that any cultural, social or ideological differences that exist in our world are largely depended on prevailing environment, culture, time and place in which we grow up, we still fight with each other over these very differences. If the same children were born and brought up in different or changed environments, their personalities, choices, beliefs and thoughts would be different. Can we blame an individual for what he or she thinks, believes in or does? It is one "I" against the other or collective "I"s against many others. An illusion is trying to fight another illusion to satisfy itself. What can be a bigger irony of life? The Nature surely did not evolve into human brain to do just that. By creation of our false egos, we have separated the natural brain from the prevalent nature all around us. I tried to relate this fact to the concepts of knowledge, learning and motivation in my thesis for the MBA course at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

This book is not written from a thinking mind. It has come about from "Pragnya", the thoughtless, sensitive knowledge that dawns in the thoughtless brain. It is again a paradox that words and arguments have to be used to present an entirely opposite subject. However, as Guruji always says, "We will have to go back the same way we have come from." This book can either remain a mere thought-provoking topic or turn into a source of true inspiration. It depends on how you look at it and how much you want to know. Then again, "Who is looking and who wants to know?" The question of "I" will continue to haunt you. There is no better answer than this book.

Vivek Sharma

Melbourne, Australia

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