We’ve (me and Ali) recently been hearing the podcasts of Oprah and Eckhart’s webcast discussion of “A New Earth”. These webcasts are a chapter by chapter discussion of Eckhart’s latest book A New Earth. I must say that I finding it fascinating. I’m currently in the middle of Chapter 2 of the podcast series. Eckhart is always a pleasure to listen to and Oprah…well she provides good comic-relief now and then. I do hope to join the webcast in one of the forthcoming sessions. Meanwhile, pickup the book or do hear these podcasts, when you get the chance.
Where we first got to know this stuff
We were introduced to the subject by Kahlil Jaffer’s series of lectures entitled “End of Negative Suffering”. What he basically says in the series of lectures is that yes that we are human and having this material form we are bound to go through hunger, sickness ie physical suffering. But we need not endure anger, jealousy, resentment, depression ie emotional/negative suffering. Infact we are not designed to do so.
Who is Spiritually Enlightened?
Spiritually enlightened is he, who realises his true self and in doing so dissolves “the story of I” (aka the Ego) playing in his head, which is where all negative sufferings take birth. And then you just smile along with life, not confusing your true self, with the objects in your life (my car, my home) or with the roles you play (that of being a father, an employee, an Indian). And once that happens you can’t help it but a smile bursts forth on your face. You realise who you are not. Thereby waking up to who you are. Your really true self. The pure consciousness.
Was that a little heavy? Listen to the lectures by Khalil Jaffer (scroll half way down the page after clicking this link) or the podcasts by Oprah & Eckhart. They’re not that deep. Be patient give it a complete hearing before making judgments. And may you awaken to a whole new world.
Keep smiling :-)