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Awareness of being is happiness

Rupert Spira • Feb 11, 2024 • A man asks Rupert to comment on the Sanskrit term Satchitananda — often translated as ‘awareness of Being is bliss’. Rupert explains that Sat-Cit-Ananda is considered to be the pinnacle of the non-dual understanding. Sat means being, Chit means consciousness and Ananda is usually misleadingly translated as bliss. But, bliss is a mistranslation of the term Ananda. It just means peace. So all the Vedantic scriptures are saying is this: the awareness of your being, as it essentially is before it is mixed with the content of experience, is the experience of peace for which you long. It’s so simple. But, if we were to reformulate the Vedantic understanding or take all the scriptures from all the traditions from the last three thousand years and distil them into one sentence now, I think it would read like this: Happiness is the nature of being and we share our being with everyone and everything. Peace on the inside, love on the outside. That’s it. If you understand that you don’t need any other spiritual instruction. *This video is taken from one of Rupert’s in-person retreats at Mercy Center, 24 to 31 October 2021. To view and book for upcoming retreats (many of which can be attended online via livestream) go to: ▸ UK https://rupertspira.com/event/locatio… ▸ EU https://rupertspira.com/event/locatio… ▸ US https://rupertspira.com/event/locatio… Timestamps: 0:00 Satchitananda 0:31 Awareness Of Being Is Happiness 1:01 The Pinnacle Of The Non-Dual Understanding 1:58 A Mistranslation Of The Term Ananda 3:00 Everyday Peace And Happiness 4:13 Peace On The Inside, Love On The Outside 5:25 The Only Spiritual Understanding You Need

You Are Infinite Being Clothed in Human Experience

Rupert Spira • Dec 15, 2023 • What is a human being and why is that different from pure being? When can something be considered to be conscious? And can this be verified experientially? Rupert explains that if you go to your experience of yourself now without referring to the past — if this was the first experience you had ever had — you would not know that you were a human being. We have the experience of ‘I am’ or of being. That is our primary experience. But we don’t have the experience of being a human being. When we say I am, we are not referring to a person’s experience of itself. We are referring to beings’ awareness of itself. The phrase ‘I am’ refers to the awareness of being, not the awareness of being a person.

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Rupert Spira on simply being

“There are no prerequisites. Nothing needs to be practised in order to recognise our self as simply being. In this approach, recognising our self as simply being is the first thing we do, not the last thing we do.“

–Rupert Spira

Rupert Spira (born March 13, 1960) is an English spiritual teacher, philosopher and author of the Direct Path based in Oxford, UK. Wikipedia

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Rupert Spira: The one can have no boundaries

Having nothing in itself other than itself, the one cannot have a boundary because a boundary would distinguish what it is from what it is not. If there was something that it is not, then that something would be other than the one, in which case the one would not be one.

–Rupert Spira

Rupert Spira (born March 13, 1960) is an English spiritual teacher, philosopher and author of the Direct Path based in Oxford, UK. Wikipedia

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Rupert Spira: “Our being is God’s being.”

Be only being, know only being and love only being. This does not imply any rejection of people or things but rather the felt understanding that all people and things are an appearance of the one infinite reality, God’s being, our being.

–Rupert Spira

Rupert Spira (born March 13, 1960) is an English spiritual teacher, philosopher and author of the Direct Path based in Oxford, UK. Wikipedia

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