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  • PERSONAL INTRODUCTIONS
    This is the place to tell us something about yoursef, about your history and how you found Shiningworld and James (Ramji) Swartz.
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  • General Discussion
    This is where to post topics that do not fall into any of the below chapters. please post there whenever possible. If you cannot decide where to post, post here and your topic may be moved to the appropriate chapter as deemed relevant.
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  • VEDANTA TEACHERS AND Non Dual Teachings.
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  • STUDY GROUP

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  • Chapter I: What Do I Want?
    Motivations , The Unexamined Logic of Your Own Experience,
    I Want Security, Pleasure and Virtue, Does Happiness Exist?
    Is It in Objects?, Definition of an Object, I Am Not an Object,
    Am I Separate from Objects?, Definition of Real,
    The Objects Are Me, But I Am Not an Object,
    Definition of Non-Duality, Life Is a Zero-Sum Game,
    The Fourth Pursuit.
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  • CHAPTER II: KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
    How Do I Get Free?, Definition of Duality – Subject and Object,
    What Is Freedom?, Paths Don’t Work, I Want Self-Knowledge
    Enlightenment Myths, No Mind, Blank Mind, Empty Mind, Stopped
    Mind, No Ego, Ego Death, Nirvana, The Now, Experience of Oneness,Transcendental State, Fourth State, Enlightenment as Eternal Bliss,Enlightenment Is Not a Special Status.
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  • CHAPTER III: THE MEANS OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE
    The Self Is Not an Object, Everyone Knows Objects but No One Knows the Subject, Vedanta Is Not a Philosophy, It Is Not a Religion or a Spiritual Path, It Is Not Channeled Information, It Is Revealed Knowledge, It Is Knowledge of Everything, What Is Knowledge? How Does Vedanta Work? You Can’t Study Vedanta, Listening, Reflecting, Assimilation.
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    Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:38 am
  • CHAPTER IV: QUALIFICATIONS
    A Mature Human Being, 1. Discrimination, 2. Dispassion, 3. Control of the Mind, 4. Control of Senses, 5. Doing What Is Appropriate to Your Nature (Svadharma), The World Does Not Need Fixing, My Relative Nature, 6. Single-Pointedness, 7. Forbearance, 8. Devotion, 9. Faith , 10. Burning Desire for Freedom, A Qualified Teacher, Walk the Talk, The Grace of God.
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    Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:47 am
  • Chapter V: Awareness, the Self.
    I Am Not My Story, I Am Ordinary Awareness, The Most Obvious Thing, A Second Awareness, I Do Not Die , I Am a Partless Whole, I Am Not a Doer, I Am Not Unique in Any Way, No Need to Be Pure and Holy, I Don’t Change, I Can’t Become More Aware, I Reveal Myself to Myself, The Real and the Apparently Real.
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    Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:01 pm
  • Chapter VI: Beautiful, Intelligent Ignorance.
    The Macrocosmic Mind and the Three Gunas, The Three Bodies, The Gross Body, Superimposition, The Subtle Body – “Me”, Doubt, Resolve the Doubt and Act, The Seeds, Dharma, Your Nature – Svadharma, Universal Values – Samanya Dharma, Situational Ethics – Visesa Dharma, Ordinary Dharma – Everyday Dharma, Body Dharma, Appropriate Response, Law of Karma – A Spinning Whirligig of Energy.
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  • Chapter VII: The Ordinary Person
    The Individual and the Total , Definition of Jiva, Knowledge to Prepare the Subtle Body, Stage 1 – Ignorance, The Doer-Enjoyer , Stage 2 – Desire and Fear, Stage 3 – Anxiety and Control, Stage 4 – Anger, Denial , Projection , Comparison – Matsarya , Stage 5 – Delusion.
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    by Anja View the latest post
    Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:56 pm
  • Chapter VIII: Karma Yoga.
    Karma Yoga – No Bad Outcomes, Karma Yoga, the Stress-Buster, Results Not up to You, Ignore the Dharma Field at Your Peril, The Secret of Action, Dharma Is Appropriate Response, Intelligent Ignorance, Work Is Worship, Consecration, A Gift from God, Peace of Mind , States of Mind, The Five Offerings.
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    Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:09 pm
  • Chapter IX: Dharma Yoga.
    Dharma yoga-aligning with Universal dharmas- Isvara first.
    Samanya dharma-The universal values.
    Visesha dharma-Interpreted values.
    Guilt-Going against dharma.
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  • Chapter X: The Ropes
    Direct and Indirect Cause, No Quarrel with Experience, The Flow, Stuckness and No Movement, Doership, The Assimilation of Experience, Rajas and the Assimilation of Experience, Tamas and the Assimilation of Experience, Upside to the Gunas, Sattva and the Assimilation of Experience, How the Ropes Bind, The Psychological Mechanism, Karma Is Unassimilated Experience, The Pain Body, How to Cultivate Sattva, Sattva plus Vedanta, Meditation , Respect Isvara
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  • Chapter XI: The Vision of Non-Duality: Knowledge Yoga.
    Relative Knowledge, Absolute Knowledge, Seeking Stops When the Knowledge Is Firm, Self-inquiry , The Real and the Apparently Real,Limitless Does Not Mean Big, It Is Ordinary Awareness, They Exist but They Are Not Real, Non-Duality Does Not Mean Sameness, The Key to Liberation: Understanding Awareness, Jiva and Isvara, Freedom from or Freedom for Jiva?, Limitless Bliss , The Five Sheaths, The Three StatesThe Waker, The Dreamer, The Sleeper, The Opposite Thought, The Three Gunas.
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  • Chapter XII: Value of Values
    Words as a Means of Knowledge, Values a Secondary Means for Self-knowledge, Universal Values – Samanya Dharma, Situational Ethics – Visesa Dharma, The Knower-Doer Split, A “Better Person”?, 1. Inquiry into Pride, Vanity, Conceit, Self-Glorification, 2. Pretension, Affectation, 3. Non-Injury, 4. Accommodation, Commodiousness, 5. Straightforwardness, Truthfulness, 6. Service to the Teacher, Steadiness, Constancy, Perseverance, Mastery of Mind, Dispassion Toward Sense Objects, Absence of Excessive Attachment to Loved Ones, Unswerving Non-Dual Devotion to God, Love of Solitude, Constant Practice of Self-knowledge, Restraint.
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    by Anja View the latest post
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  • Chapter XIII: Love.
    How Is Consciousness Love?, Relationship Love Is Based on Duality, Who Is the Devotee? Conversion of Emotion into Devotion, Devotion with Qualities, Prayer Is Not Worship, Devotion Is Knowledge and Action, Devotion Is Free Will, Worship of Symbols, Worship of the Formless Self.
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  • Chapter XIV: The Enlightened Person
    Enlightenment Sickness, A Fallen Yogi, The Blades of a Fan, Self-Realization/Self-Actualization, The Self-Actualized Person.
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