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About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.

Is reality knowable? (From Quora)


“The affirmation that reality is not knowable is itself an assertion of knowledge about reality.” Does this sound like an example of the law of non-contradiction? So this proves that reality is knowable?  Tom McFarlane, degrees in philosophy, mathematics, and physics. … Continue reading

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Empirical science vs metaphysics or spirituality


  Positivism vs. Spirituality What are some really ‘deep’ thoughts? http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-really-deep-thoughts . The truth is the whole (Hegel) .Consciousness is the whole of reality (advaita). . Causation, space, and time are unreal (advaita). . The microcosm is a reflection of … Continue reading

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Siddharameshwar (teacher of Nisargadatta)


Sri Siddharameshwar Maharaj (1888 – 1936)   Sri Siddharameshwar was the guru of Nisargadatta Maharaj and Ranjit Maharaj – see the chart of the Navnath Sampradaya (also known as the Inchageri tradition). Philip Renard’s guru was Alexander Smit, one of Nisargadatta’s disciples. … Continue reading

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Vision and conceptualization


“Anon.”: ‘The ideas or concepts of Advaita or any other school of thought/belief, etc., introduce duality into the mind…“It’s only the conceptualization of thought that prevents direct experience of what is.”’ M. That is, in my opinion, like putting the … Continue reading

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‘Satisfaction’


From ‘Nondual Clarity’ – Feb. 12, 2017 David Aldridge. As Liberation matures you notice how much of life is devoted to the search for stimulation and excitation. Once all that is dropped, there is a release into true Satisfaction. SA. … Continue reading

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Questions in Quora


(Q&As in Quora) What are some essential self awareness exercises? M. None, unless attention… Greg Goode (a Non-dualist teacher) recommends ‘Standing as Awareness’. That is the title of a booklet by him. In Advaita Vedanta Gaudapada and Shankara did not recommend … Continue reading

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Conceptual vs. experiential


“Self or consciousness does not make the passage to the other shore or cross over. Rather, the crossing is the body and senses acclimating to life without any experience of self or consciousness and all that it implies.” Bernadette Roberts … Continue reading

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