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Oneness in Everyday Experiences

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The following is an excerpt from one of the free articles available here entitled What is Advaita or Nonduality?

What about your experience right now? Is it possible to discover this subtle oneness in ordinary experience? It is, if you set aside the expectation of a dramatic experience of oneness and explore the oneness a little bit at a time. Just as even a single drop of water is wet, you can experience oneness in even simple everyday experiences, since oneness is a fundamental quality of everything that exists.

As an experiment, just notice your fingers and the palm of your hand. Can you really say where one starts and the other ends, or are they one thing? To take this further, where does your hand stop and your forearm begin? Can you experience the oneness of your hand and your forearm?

If these are not separate, then what about all the other parts of your body? Are your feet and your ears really one even though they are so different? Now notice if there really is a separation between your thoughts and your head. Where does your head stop and something else called thought begin? What about feelings or desires? Are they really separate from you or your body?

Now, notice the simple sensations you are having: the sounds you are hearing, the sensations of touch, and the objects and events you are seeing. If you are seeing, something, where does the seeing stop and something else called the eye begin? If you are hearing sounds where does the sound start and the ear stop? Perhaps the hearing and the sound and your ear are all one thing. Yes, the ear is different from the sound, but in the act of hearing they become one thing.

Then, where does the source of the sound stop and the sound itself start? For example, if a bird is singing outside your window, where does the bird stop and the sound of its song begin? Or are they one thing? If the bird and its song are one thing, and your hearing and the song are really one thing, then is it possible that you and the bird are one thing also?

Advaita, or oneness of Being, has often been thought of as something hidden or difficult to experience, when it is quite ordinary and available in every moment. Of course a big experience of oneness, where you directly experience the oneness of everything, is a rare and dramatic event. But why wait for something so rare when this sweet and satisfying oneness is right here, right now?

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  • Guest - Jigar

    Hi,

    This is a great forum for person like me. As after having had this spirotual awakening I find myself in a strange world although I am living with same set of people's and situations.. when I read any spirotual books or any blogs like these it makes me connect immediately.
    I have a question and would like to know answer on the same. Does addiction to alcohol or any substance still be there after a person has the spirotual awakening ?

    from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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  • Hi Jigar,
    Surprisingly, it is very possible for addictions to still be happening, even after someone has had an awakening. If this happens, it is important to reach out for treatment and support in addressing the addiction. Fortunately, the spiritual awakening will often make the healing from the addiction easier and quicker, but it is still important to get help.
    I hope this helps.
    Warmly, Nirmala

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  • Guest - Jigar Thacker

    Hi Nirmala,
    Thank you for your reply. It would be helpful. I would also request you to please guide on how to move further from this spiritual awakening. I like to read books and I have read few books like "power of now", "Inner engineering" which I liked very much and have also helped me a lot in spiritual progress. But I have also been told that too much reading also is not too good as it has possibility to create an illusion of knowing truth although on intellectual level. I would request you to guide on is it okay to read more books ?as I love reading spiritual books now and if yes can you suggest some book that will help me with further development on spiritual progress.

    Thanks
    Jigar

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  • Hi Jigar,

    It is definitely OK to read more spiritual books, and I would also humbly point you to the free ebooks on this website at https://endless-satsang.com/free as well as the books for sale listed on there by myself and my wife, Gina Lake. Another resource is the free spiritual ebooks website that we created that has a lot of books by other teachers also: http://www.freespiritualebooks.com/

    However, in addition to reading more books, I would suggest that you also consider including doing spiritual practices, or increasing those practices if you are already doing practices like meditation and inquiry. My wife, Gina also offers an online course that supports people in starting and staying with a wide range of spiritual practices. It is spiritual practices that can truly change your brain and lead to being more available to the transformative effects of divine grace. You can read about the course here: http://www.radicalhappiness.com/online-courses/awakening-now and you can try a free sample mini course here: http://www.radicalhappiness.com/online-courses/free-mini-course

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  • Guest - Jigar

    Hi Nirmala,
    Thank you very much for your revert. I do the yoga and meditation practise on daily basis and would also add up more practices as I succedd in making more time available for me.
    Although your reply has given me the clarity that it is okay to read more books bit I would like to know how reading helps in the spiritual progress after having had an awakening. The reason behind asking more clarity on reading books is because when I read a book I get to feel closer to myself (soul) and this inturn tempts me to do more reading and when there is a gap i struggle to maintain that awarness. So this isn't a psychological thing ?

    Regards,
    Jigar

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