Altered states of consciousness and the eight Jhanas

I started meditating at the end of 2016 without instructions, no knowledge about what meditation was, no preparation, no nothing! I simply sat down (in an uncomfortable cross-legged position), closed my eyes and let my curiosity guide me. I did this because I was awestruck with my thought process and my identification with it. I … Continue reading Altered states of consciousness and the eight Jhanas

The units of reality | Scientifically Spiritiual 3

[Image from MagicJournal.ru] So far in this series of posts we have looked at what the meditator does, which is to investigate life at the level of the most basic awareness of sense-door phenomena in order to understand himself, his mind and his mind-body interaction better, so that he can live a life that will … Continue reading The units of reality | Scientifically Spiritiual 3

Subtle and gross reality | Scientifically Spiritual 2

[Image taken from TuMadre] In my previous post, Science and spirituality 1, I tried to make clear what the scientific meditator does: He observes reality objectively at a very basic level of observable reality, namely where consciousness comes into contact with phenomena at either of the six sense-doors of feeling, seeing, tasting, smelling, hearing and thinking. … Continue reading Subtle and gross reality | Scientifically Spiritual 2

Inner and outer realities | Scientifically Spiritual 1

[Featured image by Bob21 at Pixdaus] With a series of not too long posts, titled Scientifically Spiritual, I'd like to clarify a bit about what it's like to be a "scientific meditator" - after all, what's scientific for a meditator? Doesn't he just sit and stare into a wall, or what?! As it turns out, this meditator's … Continue reading Inner and outer realities | Scientifically Spiritual 1

Paradoxes 101: What is a paradox?

[Image Source] When practicing Vipassana meditation you essentially practice to see things as they really are. This requires your way of looking to change quite a bit from the ordinary. And when looking in this altered way, paradoxes emerge. Following is a list of paradoxes that I intend to delve into in upcoming posts: - … Continue reading Paradoxes 101: What is a paradox?

The Ego Explained

The word "ego" is in my experience a very misunderstood word. People generally have a very different, and very surface level, understanding of this word when they use it in everyday language. Take for instance the phrase: "That guy has a big ego", which is commonly said of someone who puts a lot of emphasize … Continue reading The Ego Explained

Vipassana Meditation

We are all gathered here in this world to get through this thing called life. As there are no specific instructions on how to do this, we must go by feel a lot of the time, and when we do, we realize that all we really want is to suffer less and be more happy. … Continue reading Vipassana Meditation