Fare well my father

A tribute to Das Chokshi (October, 1929 - June, 2015) My father had a good and honorable life. If you knew my father you already know he and my mother to be very compassionate and capable. You probably know that he took on great responsibilities and handled the challenges of life with dexterity. He was a gifted student when young but he fell ill and was ill for many years and could not complete his education. But, through hard work, he was nevertheless successful; actually twice in their lives Read more [...]

The Imposter Syndrome

I only recently became aware that psychologists have a label for this phenomena, where people feel a vague sense of shame about themselves. Psychologists couch it for specific circumstances. For example, it's the small insecurity that many feel about their competency in a job, or adequacy in a relationship, as in "I'm not good enough and people will find out.."--kind of thing. But I see it more broadly. The small feeling of doubt or shame that you feel comes from the feeling that you are Read more [...]


There's really only one: observe. Observe the self, observe the mind, observe thought, observe emotion, observe the sense-of-I-am. With honesty. Leonarda da Vinci said "There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see." It seems the suggestion of self-observation and self-honesty is met with these three reactions. Some people are already seeing. Some don't quite understand yet, but are open and sincere. This is how I reacted on the Read more [...]

People On The Other Shore

Purity of Intention -- Awakening is a discovery of the truth about you, and because it's a discovery you cannot bring your assumptions and dogma and beliefs along with you. You can't trust your thinking. You must first sharpen your instruments of knowing. You must observe, as a witness. But awakening does require you to face up to yourself. Which is the thing nobody wants to do. Yet, some people are able to. Why is that? What's the difference in these people? Why are some people able to overcome Read more [...]

Awakening Sutra

Awakening: Awakening is the discovery of who you are. The main instruments of awakening are self-honesty and self-observation. Self-Honesty:  You cannot bring your assumptions to a discovery. You cannot bring your assumptions, prejudices, fixed mental positions, opinions, intellectual conclusions, conditioned mental patterns, fear, or attachment to or identification with thought, emotion, sensation, belief, and ego. Putting these aside is self-honesty. Self-Observation: There Read more [...]

Is physical reality real?

In my last article, I said I was looking into Deliberate Creation. I did not last long. I listened to the book "Ask and it is Given" by Abraham a few times, with the intention of experimenting, but I have lost interest in it. I like the wisdom of choosing my best-feeling thought of the thoughts which are available to me right now. That makes sense. I'm going back to delving into the idea of physical reality. More like the absence of it. Is physical reality physical? It's real of course; that is, Read more [...]

Deliberate Creation: choose the best-feeling thought

My journey of spiritual awakening of ten years has gone something like this: After a reading of Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now, I was compelled to find truth. I started by looking into thought, emotion, consciousness, awareness, attention, intention, experience, acceptance, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion, surrender--all the drama characters of the mind; and then recognized fear as the central culprit; and looked into the self-inquiry "who am I"; and am now exploring the nature of reality. My most Read more [...]

The rational approach to awakening

My approach to awakening has been through insight. I think there are other approaches which I'm not very familiar with (devotion, surrender, extreme suffering, selfless service, spontaneous, and so on). Insight comes from observation and investigation. I get a pointer from someone, I take it as a hypothesis and I look for the truth of it in my own life and experience. It's been important to develop self-honesty and humility. It has not served me to just mentally agree with a pointer. It's Read more [...]

Sam Harris – An atheist finds spirituality

Sam Harris is one of the icons of the atheist trend. I haven't read any of his books, but I generally favor rationality over blind faith. That part is good; but it has also seemed to me that the atheist trend, from what I know about it, seems like a religion in itself. It is a belief against something. In any case, I was surprised to find out that Sam Harris is into and has been for into traditional spirituality for many years. "Given this change in my perception of the world, I understand Read more [...]

Self-observation and Self-honesty

I imagine that of the seven billion people alive today, each is gripped by fear in his or her own individual way, and those who begin to awaken from the effects of fear, do so in uniquely individual paths. Each path I'm sure is unique, but it does seem to me that there are some realizations which are common. Probably. I'm not certain but it seems to me that these recognitions must happen to all: Self-observation Self-honesty A non-intellectual, non-thinking method of knowing Read more [...]