Nectar of Non-Dual Truth No. 9

Table of Contents for #9  
6 The Nectar of Advaitic Instruction
Compelling and intriguing questions from our Readers

10 The Treasure and the Pearl
by Father Abbot Joseph Homick
Teaching by parables and stories has been an especially beneficial tool utilized by many of the prophets, messengers, and Avatars of various world religions for the spiritual awakening of the masses. In this finely crafted article, Father Homick lucidly explains the meaning of two parables that Jesus Christ taught concerned with seeking and finding the experience of “the Kingdom” – the experience of enlightenment and communion with God.

13 The Radiant River of Mahamudra
by Lama Surya Das
The Great Seal, the Supreme View, the Great Gesture, the Primary Perspective – the axiomatic wisdom principle of Mahamudra is blessed with these and other auspicious appellations. In the universal trans-denominational tradition of Nonduality, of radical nondifference, of innate homogeneity, its teachings transmit the quintessential nature of pure mind – Buddha Mind.

16 Tilopa’s Song to Naropa
Translated by Lex Hixon in 1986, the copy he gifted to us is inscribed with these words: “To my beloved spiri- tual brother and sister, in the boundlessness of Brahman and with the spontaneous friendship that never ends.”

18 Retreat on the American River
Reflections on Solitude, Silence, Sangha and Spirituality
An account of personal reflections on SRV’s summer retreat, held yearly near the American River in California.

22 Religious Fanaticism is Not Religion
by O. P. Sharma
As we approach and pass the one-year mark of the events of the September 11th tragedy, an article decrying the ills of religious fanaticism is particularly timely. Of special note here is the reminder of the ancient Vedic ideals of nonviolence and universality, especially found in the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.

25 Guruyoga in Contemporary Times
by Babaji Bob Kindler
As beings strive to come to terms with the many problems of the mind and the various vicissitudes of life in the temporal world, there is one eternal principle that will stand them in good stead during their sojourn in the embodied condition – the principle of Sri Guru.