Our only knowledge of a body, mind or world is experience and our only knowledge of experience is the knowing of it. Wherever we look we find only the knowing of experience and it is this knowing that is modulated as thinking, feeling, sensing and perceiving. When the essential knowing that is the substance of all experience is overlooked, we label experience ‘self,’ ‘body,’ mind’ and ‘world.’ However, when the reality of all experience is clearly seen to be made only of seamless, intimate knowing, the insideness of the self and the outsideness of objects, others and the world collapse. This collapse or dissolution of ‘self’ and ‘other,’ of subject and object, is the experience of beauty and love.” ~ Rupert Spira
From an early age Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality. At the age of 15 he discovered the poetry of Rumi and shortly afterwards leant to meditate and began to study and practice the non-dual teaching as it was then taught by Shantananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of the North of India. For the next twenty years he studied the teachings of P.D.Ouspensky, J.Krishnamurti, Rumi, Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Robert Adams and many of the early Christian mystics, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, in 1996. Francis introduced Rupert to the teachings of Jean Klein and Atmanada Krishnamenon and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.
Rupert’s two books, The Transparency of Things and Presence (Volumes I & II) published by Non-duality Press, are a profound exploration of the non-dual nature of experience. Rupert lives in UK and holds regular meetings and retreats in Europe and USA.
For further information see http://www.rupertspira.com
In the Sufi tradition, there is a saying, “Die before death.” For Sufis, this is an exhortation to befriend death and the process of letting go as a daily spiritual practice.
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