Category Archives: Nonduality Street

Nonduality Street Interview with (Advaita) Vedanta Student and Educator Dhanya

Interview with Vedanta student and educator Dhanya on Nonduality Street:

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The following is from Dhanya’s blog at

You are the Material of the Dream

Some might ask, if who I really am is ever-present, my natural state, and the truth my very being, why have I not recognized this before? Is it because I was looking for it?

No, that’s not the reason. If one is looking for the Self as an object, one will never find it.

The cognition of objects is all that we initially are familiar with. It is the way, as individual entities, we navigate through this vast 3D appearance which is known as duality.

An analogy: For a dream character to recognize that he or she is the very material, the stuff of the dream isn’t all that easy.

We take the all pervasive dream material, upon which is our very existence depends, and assume that it is unique to this one individual body mind alone, and that other body minds are different.

We superimpose our individuality onto the material of the dream, and the material of the dream onto our individuality, taking them to be one entity alone. This process is called mutual superimposition.

Thus I take That, which is the most real thing about me—my very being—to be different from your being, different from the being of everyone else, and different from the being of all objects.

This process is the hallmark of self-ignorance. Everyone is born with self-ignorance, and thus everyone makes the mistake of mutual superimposition, until the person gains self-knowledge.

Another analogy that is used is the red hot iron ball. If one has never seen an iron ball that wasn’t red hot, one would think that red hot and iron ball are one and the same thing.

As human beings, with the types of minds we have, we have the possibility of making the distinction between the unchanging baseline reality upon which our existence depends, and the changing objects (i.e. the body/mind) that we previously thought our existence depended upon.

We also have the ability to recognize that all changing objects have this same baseline reality for their baseline reality.

But it isn’t all that easy. and it takes time and teaching, which is done through some very clear pointing out.

Also, one has to initially accept that I am that One unchanging reality, the being of the entire world of experience, prior to having recognized the truth of the statement, in order to be willing to undertake the investigation.

So again that’s a big step.

Here is another analogy which is used. Say there is a giant clay tableau, and there is nothing else, it has no edges or sides. It’s total. And in that giant clay tableau there are trees and rivers and rocks and animals and human beings. And then say some of the clay objects can move around, and some of them have minds.

For the clay figure to recognize that ‘I am the clay, and so too is everything else,’ isn’t all that easy, and yet it is the truth of the whole thing.

Nonduality Street Interview with Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster, speaker, teacher, author, whose website is

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What do you mean by ‘nonduality’?

Think of the word ‘nonduality’ as a ‘finger pointing to the moon’ (as they say in Zen) directing your attention to the wholeness of all life, to the Oneness which exists here and now. It points to an intimacy, a love beyond words, a completeness right at the heart of present experience. It points to where you already are. It points back Home.

It is beyond comprehension, yet it is as obvious as breathing, as familiar as the feeling of your heart beating in your chest, as ordinary as the sights and sounds and smells appearing in this room.

Nonduality Street Interview with Sonya Amrita Bibilos

Sonya Amrita Bibilos was Adyashanti’s former longtime program director. We talk about her experience with Adyashanti and compare it to corporate experience. Mainly we talk about the nature and experience of healing and even random acts of healing. As with most of these interviews, we wander into all kinds of areas of discussion. We also talk about Sonya’s upcoming free audio book, I AM NOT A MONK: Living, Working, and Making Money While Waking Up.

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Sonya is an intuitive healer who offers sessions for awakening/evolving individuals, partners and teams that illuminate wisdom to liberate and transform all areas of life. Sonya’s unique and powerful perspective combines her intuitive gifts and life experience and enables her clients to resolve core issues and access clarity of purpose and vision—often in a single session.

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Nonduality Street Interview with Unmani

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Nonduality Street Interview with Robert Rabbin

I interviewed Robert Rabbin on Nonduality Street. Robert is a speaker, author, teacher. He has taught public speaking and is currently teaching 5 principles of authentic living, which is what this interview is mostly about. You may listen here:

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Here is a recent blog post by Robert from

Walking Out the Door

June 21st, 2011

by Robert Rabbin

Has someone ever come up to you, thinking they know you, and started chatting away about people and events you have no knowledge of. You wonder who they’re speaking to. Suddenly, they wake up and realize that they don’t know you, that you only looked like someone they know or knew.

This is happening to me now. People are writing and speaking to me as if they know me. They don’t. I wonder who they think I am. I wonder who they’re speaking to. I wonder why they aren’t more present with themselves, and me.

It is quite common, isn’t it, to assume that we know people, because their name and face and voice are familiar. But we have to be careful, because something may have happened in their hypocenter, the place where earthquakes start. Without our noticing, their entire identity, history, and being may have shifted so suddenly and totally as to make them a new person. Not the old person with new ideas, experiences, and beliefs, but a new person, one we’ve never met. This can happen to anyone, to all of us. It’s often why we undertake personal and spiritual growth work — to become something utterly new.

If we are to serve and support each other in our growth, change and transformation, then we must approach each other with care, especially those closest to us, those we think we know. If we are not careful, our knowing will create a prison for them and us.

Can we approach each other with this level of care, being willing to both know and not know, suspending easy and habitual projections, in order that we may all truly have the opportunity to grow, change, and transform?

Whatever the answer to this question may be, we each ought to be true to who we are, who we’ve become, who we’re becoming. You know as well as I do what it feels like to pretend to be someone you’re not, to accept and cooperate with the projections of others. It makes you feel sick, doesn’t it? Self-betrayal leaves a bitter taste in one’s mouth.

I love Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem, “Sometimes a Man”:

Sometimes a man stands up during supper

and walks outdoors, and keeps on walking,

because of a church that stands somewhere in the East.

And his children say blessings on him as if he were dead.

And another man, who remains inside his own house,

dies there, inside the dishes and in the glasses,

so that his children have to go far out into the world

toward that same church, which he forgot.

A few months ago, I stood up during supper and walked out the door. The children of my past do not know me.

On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit, the French high-wire artist, walked across a wire he had strung between the two World Trade Center towers. He was on that wire, a quarter mile above ground, for 45 minutes. It was such a catastrophic enterprise, so beyond imagining, a feat of such daring that he walked from one life to another. When he was finished, he left his past. No one could follow him. He had become someone else on that wire.

I wonder what might happen if we were to truly let go of the self we were, and let go of the images we hold of others? I wonder what might happen if we stood up at supper, or breakfast, and walked out the door. I wonder what might happen in 45 minutes, a quarter mile above ground, with nothing but self-surrender to steady us and keep us safe, if never the same.


Photo: Robert Rabbin