30 March 2013



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29 March 2013

Has the Neo-Advaita fad peaked?

Everywhere you go on Facebook, the neo-Advaita and Zen-like postings and gurus are still going strong, emphasizing being in the Now, which is a concept, emptiness (also referred to as Void), no separate self (whatever that means), and that self and Self are merely concepts, but nowness is not.

Wherever I go and post anything about the experience of small self or Big Self, God and the divine, I am in conflict with those who extol “ordinary mind” which is absent self, ego, or I-ness.

These neos, and neo-like posters, and they are legion, can be very caustic, like John Troy or Robert Salzman, or avoid dialogue between the “Selfers,” like me, and current Tantric and devotional Advaita teachers like David Spero, or Jan Esmann, and the older generation of shakti-gurus like Muktananda.

Recently, Stephen Bodian, who Robert Salzman cites as supporting his own ordinary mind and newness teachings, posted on his FB page about empty mind and staying in the now.

I commented asking if he wanted to start a dialogue between the selfers, like myself, who after 20-30 years of abiding in the now, empty mind, the void, or have dwelled in the witness state for long periods, and then have experienced something new, explosively: the arising of a sense of self as a personal, body-mind, and also the experience of the divine, of God as Other, who appears to me, the small  self, and in a sense destroys the small self by infusing it with the divine, with bliss, love, surrender, with ecstasies and energies.
You see, the selfers feel the emptiness gets filled with somethingness, presence, energies and aliveness.  This led Muktananda to say, “I have come alive” (from nonbeing, emptiness, the unmanifest state.
Stephen’s response was, “I have no comment Ed.  Thanks for sharing your view.") Then someone else added two comments about those who are Bhaktas, and start or finish their paths with somethingness rather than emptiness, such as Nisargadatta and Shankara.  Stephen sort of sarcastically replied with a “show me” response to the other commenter, Stuart Sovatsky.
Then Stephen commented he had not expected his post to result in a philosophical debate.
I responded it is more than a philosophical debate, we are talking about two fundamentally different approaches to spirituality, that of Jnana and emptiness, the Now, and that of the Self, of fullness, bliss and ecstasy, love and surrender. We are talking of spiritual experiences, not of philosophical concepts.
With that, Stephen Bodian took the thread down.  He does not want to dialogue.
John Troy and Salzman on the other hand are far more belligerent, just frankly denying the Self exists, and that anyone who perceives a self is deluded and narcissistic BECAUSE THEY DO NOT EXPERIENCE A SELF. They have a storyline from which they do not deviate.  Self does not exist separate from objects in nowness.  In nowness there is only oneness.
Yet, in these emptiness people, you will find very little expression of love or even talk of affect at all except as objects that arise and pass away.  As Sasaki Roshi told me, “There is no love in Zen.”  You will also find little about love in the neos.  It is all about the joy of being in the present. There is no talk in them of surrender or service or of passionate love.
So, the next time you puruse a neo FB guru of the neo Advaita Nowness persuasion, see what part love, surrender, devotion, and the divine play in their worldview. Very little.  Non-dualists have a hard time dealing with love that is dualistic, and may talk about some ideal sense of love, like love without some quality they think love should not have, like neediness or erotic desire, but you can feel in them the lack of juice.  They are kind of dried up and angry because they really don’t accept their own humanity.
I think the neo fad has passed its peak.  Some of the FB neo gurus are even talking about the fad passing.  Thank God!! Now we can get back to God and bliss, rather than just peacefulness and self-acceptance.

27 March 2013

Alexander Kollmann on Self-Realization and Other Awakenings

"This is by far the best book on the very delicate and subtle subject of spirituality & Self Realization I've ever encountered!!

If I was stranded on an island and was allowed only one book "Self-Realization and Other Awakenings" would be my definite choice without any hesitation.

This book is simply a masterpiece! Every page has the power and potential to lift one higher and higher - simply by reading it! I had no idea that one could actually go so high in bliss and ecstasies - and with the right guidance (which is given and outlined in the book) could drop into this amazing peace (this peace that passeth all understanding) soooooo easily!!
What a blessing and gift to humanity! Thank you, Dr. Muzika!!

PS: If Amazon had a 10-Star rating scale, this book would be the only book or article I've ever purchased on Amazon with a full 10 Star rating from my side. (Silence of the Heart would have gotten an 8 Star rating )

26 March 2013


Donations have dropped almost to nothing.  Six months ago they were close to $1,800 a month.  Now they have been under $300 for three months in a row, most of that due to one person who donates $200 each month.

Because of visitors, I have not been able to do any medical reports in two months, therefore no income from this source.  Getting into the mental mood to do this kind of work is difficult for me.  It requires a whole change in focus and beingness in the world to do this detailed, careful critiques.

I have had to cut cat food donations to two people completely, and gave reduced rations to Marie who cares for almost 145 cats.

The income from the new book is far less than half of what I got in donations, and there has been hardly any income from it in the least two weeks.  Books only make money if they see well, and mine is not.

So, if you can see your way clear to do it, please donate using the paypal button on this blog.

23 March 2013

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21 March 2013

Jesus and Advaita

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

This can be understood as perfect Advaita teachings if we just add one word, which makes Jesus perfectly clear:

“I am IS the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (I AM).

That is, recognizing and abiding in the I Am is the way, the path to truth and to God, as well as feeling totally alive.

19 March 2013


I posted last Friday that secrets and holding things in can kill you.  I know people—my own students—who held desperate secrets about things they, or others did, that twisted their entire psyches, and the only escape was to go into silence or Robert’s beyondness.

Robert was almost 100% secret. He revealed almost nothing of his past or present.  Many of us, his students, speculated some notorious past, hiding from the authorities for crimes long before (jokingly of course).  Nicole Adams, his wife, refused to let anyone post or publish his photos and threatened to sue anyone who did so.  The editor of Yoga Journal called me one day, frantic that Nicole had threatened to sue the Journal if he published the photo of Robert that I gave him.  The photo was never published.

This secrecy led to one disaster after another in our own Sangha because no one knew where Robert stood on anything, as he would tell one person one thing, and another person something else entirely.

At other times I have been with people who unburdened themselves of long held secrets about themselves or others that was followed by an almost miraculous improvement in health and mood, going from suppressed rage or depression into an exuberance until the next buried secret began to emerge.  However, once they saw the value of complete openness, everything began to emerge in a floodtide.

On the other hand, sometimes secrecy or little lies are better than fully opening to truthfulness, not in an ideal world, but in the world we live in where we fear losing that which we have by being open.

I conclude that sometimes lies and secrecy are more advisable than openness, as many relationships that you are in cannot tolerate openness, and it would be lost, if, for example, you told your significant other you love someone else.  Not that you would leave the relationship or cheat on that other sexually, but only that someone else has taken a large chunk of your heart and made it his or hers.

However, just maybe, in that hidden relationship you can be completely open, loving and committed.  I don’t know.

I think one has to become very mature and learn when to be open and when not to be open.  There are so many stories that can be told here about married people falling in love with someone outside that marriage and what happens as a result.  In some cases the married partner killed themselves after the discovery of the partner’s love.  Sometimes the marriage was destroyed.  Sometimes the love of a lifetime was abandoned for sake of the family.

I do know that love is ruthless.  It wants what it wants when it wants it.  It wants us to shout out our love to all near and far.  It wants us to leap into our cars or planes and fly to the other.  Every moment of the day and much of the night we think about the other to the detriment of our lives here and now with our job, our spouses or children. What to do, what to do?

Yet that same mad, fanatic love changes us.  Our hearts fill with energy, and currents of ecstatic and often sexual energy course through our bodies daily.  Love becomes a visible current of light and energy coursing between genitals and brain.  We become ecstatic and worshipful.  We only want to be with our lover for only here do we finally at home, rested, loved, and whole.

And this state of intense, focused, insane, all-encompassing love, makes us realize we are love itself.  This love itself so intensely felt is a precursor to self-realization with the explosive recognition of our true nature as Christ or Krishna Consciousness, or ecstatic love and an energy beyond measure that fills us with awe and gratitude, and we only want to worship and serve that Other that has arising in us that feels divine because of its immense power and majesty.

And that power surges through us, fills our small self, the sense of presence of being alive as a human, with aliveness and an ability and desire to worship and serve, not only itself, but all other sentient beings which share this Self-nature of consciousness.  But most of all, we want to worship and serve that external lover who ignited our heart’s fire.

Somehow I feel that this love cannot and should not be stifled, for the telling of its story can set others’ hearts on fire, and everyone can feel the love, power, and peace of being both a vulnerable human and the divine itself, complete in itself, yet loving and caring for all as a shepherd for all sentient beings.

18 March 2013

Conversation With Jackson Peterson


We don't have "two minds", one enlightened and the other ignorant and impure. Rather we have only one mind. When we recognize the "empty nature" of our current state of mind, no matter how seemingly burdened and obscured it may be, we discover this mind is itself the "enlightened mind". When the empty nature of the mind is recognized, all the various "impurities" and "obscurations" instantly lose their ground as there is no longer a substance for their roots to cling to.

This is why it is said the we are all "Buddhas". Our mind when recognizing its true nature as emptiness is realized to be the Buddha Mind. The nature of our mind is essentially a knowing emptiness whose appearances are its luminosity. When the luminosity aspect becomes too intense the "emptiness" aspect is not noticed. It can render consciousness a bit bewildered. The elaborations that evolve from that overwhelming, vivid luminosity are our sense of self, self-stories, fixations and all the causes of suffering. These all evolve because the mind in its bewildered condition conceptually grasps for some ground and solidity where there is none to be found. When that same mind recognizes the empty nature of that vivid luminosity itself, it self-releases. This is like re-claiming the throne of Buddhahood that was always yours while remaining in the exact same place that you have always been.

How do we recognize the empty nature of our mind? What does the "empty nature of our mind" even mean?

If we simply examine one thought thoroughly, we will discover that it dissolves as fast as it appears. Its like a transparent hologram that appears in space and then disappears. You can't find any graspable substance no matter how much you try. In this way we conclude that our thought was empty of any actual enduring substance. But what remains when the thought vanishes? Not just a complete nihilistic absence, but rather a vivid and knowing awareness remains. This vivid, knowing, empty awareness is the true nature of thought, of every thought. All of our personal stories are made up of these empty thoughts.

Ours sense of self is made of these thoughts, empty thoughts. Outside of our empty thoughts there are no other causes of our suffering and anxiety. All of our negative emotions and passions are the same, empty of substance when examined. We can notice and recognize the empty nature of our suffering because of the empty nature of our thoughts. When we recognize the empty nature of our suffering authentically and directly, our suffering releases.

When we recognize the empty nature of our thoughts we immediately realize that our thoughts are themselves "awareness" as a vivid knowing. Thoughts have themselves revealed their nature to be empty awareness. When we recognize the empty nature of our negative emotions, we immediately realize that our negative emotions are themselves " knowing awareness". The luminous aspect now appears as radiant and vivid aware knowing. When we recognize the empty nature of our mind, we immediately realize that our mind, just as it appears, is itself the vivid awareness and knowing of a Buddha. When this is fully recognized and not just intellectually understood, a profound wisdom will arise that is the wisdom of a Buddha in full recognition of itself.

We then continue by simply resting in that realization. If we lose our clarity, we simply examine our condition again in order to recognize the inherent nature of its emptiness.
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Ed Muzika Jackson, what you say is true to a point. But you focus is on knowingness. Self is not found in the mind or thoughts. It is not a construct of thoughts. It is found in direct experience through a loving, welcoming introspection of inner phenomena, ...See More
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There is no "Self" or "I am" in my view. These are just created experiences of the mind itself. The mind can and does appear as every experience not matter how vast and grand. Understanding the true nature of our mind reveals that we are t...See More
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There is no "Self" or "I am" in my view. These are just created experiences of the mind itself. The mind can and does appear as every experience not matter how vast and grand. Understanding the true nature of our mind reveals that we are t...See More
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Ed Muzika:

I understand what you say, believe me. I was a Zen monk for 12 years and know emptiness, the void, illumined consciousness, and no-self very well. I dwelled there for many years. I have written about it extensively on my sebsites, ...See More

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Jackson Peterson

Ed, what I am referring to is not a state or experience. The Buddha was fully familiar with the Vedas and their teachings. His enlightenment revealed a further insight beyond "Self", Brahman and God. Nirvana can't be described or established in any way. What you seem to be describing is an "experience". Nirvana is not an experience nor a state. Rarely do even old-timers in Zen and Buddhism get it right.
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Jackson, I am talking about a specific form of awakening, which I call self-realization, which is different from Nirvana, or the unknowable witness, both of which I have lived in for some time.

I chose to come back into experience and not stay as the unknowable witness, and I talk always about relating as two, as a dualism with everything in the world in a loving and compassionate way.

You might even say I am more Christian now than ever before, accepting the teachings where love is everything.

I have no interest in the Absolute anymore, or the Unmanifest, the Unborn. I am intested in the self I feel as me and in me always, every moment, manifest as both shakti and as love.

Muktananda said it best when he said, "I have come alive," meaning from the Unmanifest to the manifest. I will let the Unmanifest, Nirvana, take care of itself, but as long as I am alive, I take care of the world and those I love.
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    • Jackson Peterson
       Geesh, you have some misunderstanding regarding Buddhist view. There is no "unknowable witness" in Buddhism. Where did you get that idea from? Nirvana is simply living without ignorance and delusion. There is no ego in nirvana, hence the dynamics of infinite,unconditional love embody and empower our life in every moment, choicelessly so! 
    • Ed Muzika Really you think that?

      What does Basuii's "Unborn" self or man mean to you? What of the "man of no rank?"

      Your description of "Nirvana" is purely conceptual. For example, how did unconditional love come in as a result of "living withoutignorance or delusion?
    • Ed Muzika Is not living without ignorance or delusion an experiential state? You said Nirvana was not a state, now you are clearly describing it as a state of living without ignorance or delusion.
    • Ed Muzika So, is Nirvana a state or not? Is it a knowing or not? What does it mean or feel like to live without ignorance or delusion?It is not a state or experience?
    • Jackson Peterson No Ed, nirvana is "unestablished". It is the mind of a Buddha. "Unborn" and "man of no rank", both point to the "unestablished" mind of a Buddha. The expression of compassion and love are the natural dynamics of the nirvanic mind, the mind/heart of a Buddha. Nirvanic mind is a sensitive reflexivity that matches the needs of beings choicelessly. I am sorry you never met a Buddhist teacher that could incite this authentic gnosis within your mind stream. I would be more than glad to help you complete your path... 
    • Ed Muzika No, No thanks Jackson, there are far too many concepts in your form of Buddhism. In Zen we had no concept of "unestablished." We had no concept of a "Nirvanic mind." We had no concept of a "sensitive reflexivity," that "matched the needs of (other)beings choicelessly." Nor did we have teachers that could "incite authentic gnosis" nor did we have "mind streams."

      These things did not exist for us because they are concepts as is Nirvana. We were kind of dumb you know, chopping wood and carrying water.

      We left all the conceptual stuff to those who read sutras and talked philosophy. We were too dumb for books and sutras.

15 March 2013




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12 March 2013

Lakshmi Dies.

I got Lakshmi during September, 2008.  She was living in a small tree in front of a house across the street from a school yard.  I had been feeding her since about May, 2008. She was very thin, but began gaining weight immediately.

During September 2008 I decided to bring her home.

By November she stopped eating altogether.  I took her to our vet who eventually performed extensive exploratory surgery which discovered cancer had spread to lymph nodes throughout her body. A biopsy at the time discovered deformed white cells and cancer in the lymph nodes.

I took her to an oncologist in December 2008, who diagnosed intestinal lymphoma and put her on Prednisone and Leukeran, a chemotherapy agent.  She died today after 51 months on Leukeran, which ties the record for longevity on that agent.

In the meantime, she developed stomatitis, a severe inflammation of the mouth and gums of unknown causation.  After fighting it for a year, she stopped eating altogether during January of last year.  At that point we had a feeding tube put in directly into her stomach through her stomach wall.

Then two weeks ago she was diagnosed with diabetes. She was down to 5 lbs., 11 oz, from her original weight of 8 lbs, 8 oz. She was so weak she could barely take 8 steps.  The last 3 days she could no longer jump up on my chair.  She was getting so feeble her hind feet got caught in the dress she wore to protect the stomach tube and she wet all over herself. Some days she would just poop on the floor where she lay and not move away.

Today, I could see she was ready to go.  The vet said to give her up to two weeks to see if she got any better on insulin; instead, she got worse.

So today I took Lakshmi to our vet, Dan Reimer, at Adler Pet Hospital, accompanied by Deeya, who took two photos. for Lakshmi's devotees.

Lakshmi had the most beautiful death imaginable.  She was placed on a very large folded towel for comfort.

First Dr. Reimer gave her an anesthetic to make her go to sleep in about 5 minutes, and then into a very deep sleep.  I was looking her in the eyes the entire time she went to sleep and was asleep. 

Five minutes later he and an assistant came in, shaved her left rear thigh and injected about 1 cc of whatever he used for euthanasia.

She was pronounced dead a few minutes. 

She was utterly peaceful throughout the whole process, totally surrendered and ready for death.

Both Deeya and I cried at several points during the process, but Lakshmi was entirely at peace and in no pain.  She will be cremated and join her 12 other brothers and sisters on our fireplace.

09 March 2013

Some Reactions to my Book, Self-Realization and....

BRAVO Ed!!!!! your book is the best out of all the books I 
have read....and trust me, I have read em all!

A big THANK YOU for your honest, simple plain truth that I so agree with, all the way through. 

A+ Ed Muzika....Robert would be proud.

Sincerely, Sandra


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06 March 2013

OSHO on his critics

"People are against me because I'm telling people how to love. I'm telling people how to love so deeply that love itself becomes your religion – that your woman one day disappears and you find God there, that your man one day disappears and you find God there; that one day, in deep communion, in deep orgasmic experience, in that ecstasy, for a moment you both disappear and there is only God and nothing else."