Monthly Archives: June 2010

Remembrance: Kantilal

Kantilal Chokshi, my uncle, passed away on Wednesday June 23rd, just a few days after his 71st birthday. He loved me as a son when I was growing up. He had many challenges in his life, including health and financial problems, but he handled them with dignity and courage, and I will remember him as someone who was always very loving, jovial and generous. A few years ago he had told me he was at peace, despite his health issues. He was happy that his children had grown up to be very capable and Read more [...]

Three Stages

To free the mind from all conditioning, you must see the totality of it without thought. This is not a conundrum; experiment with it and you will see. Do you ever see anything without thought? Have you ever listened, looked, without bringing in this whole process of reaction? You will say that it is impossible to see without thought; you will say no mind can be unconditioned. When you say that, you have already blocked yourself by thought, for the fact is you do not know. –Krishnamurti The Sufis Read more [...]

What’s in your toolbox?

As awakening deepens, I notice I have a number of favorite tools. They really are all the same—they all come down to noticing. But it can help to come at this from various angles. The tool I rely on the most is releasing. Because more often than not what is between me and Truth is some sort of resistance. Releasing certainly helps with letting go of the hard emotions, but if you try releasing, you will notice that it soon expands to letting go of beliefs and embodied patterns as well. Read more [...]

Depression and Allowing

(In a letter to a friend who asked about letting go and depression; personal references have been removed) Dear -, Depression is the opposite of love. Depression is rage turned inward. Depression is all our hard emotions we had in the past for which we were not fully present, turned inward. I understand how you feel. I understand the utter numbness. It’s hard to be comfortable in your own skin. Whatever you are doing, you want to be doing something else. If you are with people, you Read more [...]