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The implication of the title - Buddha at the Gas Pump - is that ordinary people are experiencing higher states of consciousness once thought to be rare and difficult to attain.

People everywhere are undergoing a shift or awakening to their true nature. For some, this shift has been abrupt and dramatic. For others, it has been so gradual that they may not have realized it has occurred.



Such shifts, or awakenings, are not new: Christ spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven within, Buddhists speak of Nirvana, Zen masters of Satori, Hindus of Moksha, but these traditions generally regard these states as rare and difficult to attain.



Many people are therefore skeptical of claims of higher states of consciousness. They find it hard to believe that apparently ordinary friends and neighbors might be experiencing something extraordinary. Maybe they expect Enlightenment to look as remarkable on the outside as it is reputed to be on the inside.



This show will attempt to dispel skepticism and misconceptions by week after week, allowing otherwise ordinary people to relate their experience of spiritual awakening. The terminology is tricky, because there are no universally agreed upon definitions to describe this experience. So please forgive us if we use some unfamiliar terms. We will try to clarify our definitions as we go along.



Perhaps, after a while, those listening will become convinced that genuine and permanent spiritual awakenings are not just a pipe dream, but are real and are becoming relatively commonplace.



These podcasts are the audio track of a weekly interview show which may be seen as videos on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/buddhaatthegaspump). Also see the main site: https://batgap.com.



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Buddha at the Gas Pump Rick Archer

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 375 Ratings

The implication of the title - Buddha at the Gas Pump - is that ordinary people are experiencing higher states of consciousness once thought to be rare and difficult to attain.

People everywhere are undergoing a shift or awakening to their true nature. For some, this shift has been abrupt and dramatic. For others, it has been so gradual that they may not have realized it has occurred.



Such shifts, or awakenings, are not new: Christ spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven within, Buddhists speak of Nirvana, Zen masters of Satori, Hindus of Moksha, but these traditions generally regard these states as rare and difficult to attain.



Many people are therefore skeptical of claims of higher states of consciousness. They find it hard to believe that apparently ordinary friends and neighbors might be experiencing something extraordinary. Maybe they expect Enlightenment to look as remarkable on the outside as it is reputed to be on the inside.



This show will attempt to dispel skepticism and misconceptions by week after week, allowing otherwise ordinary people to relate their experience of spiritual awakening. The terminology is tricky, because there are no universally agreed upon definitions to describe this experience. So please forgive us if we use some unfamiliar terms. We will try to clarify our definitions as we go along.



Perhaps, after a while, those listening will become convinced that genuine and permanent spiritual awakenings are not just a pipe dream, but are real and are becoming relatively commonplace.



These podcasts are the audio track of a weekly interview show which may be seen as videos on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/buddhaatthegaspump). Also see the main site: https://batgap.com.



For search purposes, I will add the following to this description - batgap, Buddha at the Gaspump, Buddah at the Gas Pump.

    598. Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

    598. Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

    Sufi mystic and visionary Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri is an enlightened spiritual master. His life and works serve as a reminder that spirituality is a science and an art vitally relevant to our times. Shaykh Fadhlalla grew up in an environment where religious scholars, as well as Sufi and mystics, were part of his formative experience. His love and understanding of the universality of the Qur'anic message have imbued him with respect for other religions and spiritual paths.



    Websites:



    sfhfoundation.com

    shaykhfadhlallahaeri.com

    zahrapublications.pub



    Books mentioned during the interview:



    Son of Karbala: The Spiritual Journey of an Iraqi Muslim

    Sufi Encounters: Sharing the Wisdom of Enlightened Sufis

    Spectrum of Reality: Sufi Insights

    The Garden of Meaning



    Some points discussed in this interview:



    Shaykh Fadhlalla’s childhood:



    His curiosity and interest in science.

    Seeing the underlying sameness in different cultures and religions.

    Not being satisfied with earthly comforts.





    Integrating individuality with universality, inner with outer, physicality with spirituality.

    Luck and good fortune vs. divine orchestration.

    Life as preparation for infinite life.

    Nature provides the most amazing flow of guidance, but we are not attuned to it anymore, and our material fears and anxieties consume everything.

    Calibration between the physical reality and the ‘quantum field’ makes a “huge difference in the quality of life and the ease of flow”.

    Different kinds of ‘mind’: Low, Normal, Super, and Supra.

    Shaykh Fadhlalla’s shift from occasional to abiding awakening.

    Awakenings can be dramatic (abrupt) or subtle (gradual). In any case, refinement is ongoing. Life’s challenges may still touch you, but won’t overwhelm you.

    We are moving very rapidly to greater universality, acceptance, tolerance, and respect.

    The benefits of contemplating the vastness of the universe.

    Shaykh Fadhlalla’s two highly spiritual fathers – his biological one and his guru, Swami Chinmayananda.

    The 3-day limit for grieving in the Muslim tradition.

    All religions come from the same light.

    “The arc of the rising consciousness is clear.”

    Love of nature as a spiritual path.

    “You are essentially a cosmic being on a short journey on this earth.”

    Suffering can be an incentive to see God.

    Karma and reincarnation in Islam and Sufism.

    Spiritual and other forms of leadership is shifting from male to female. Female saints in Islamic history.

    Liberation within limitations.

    Some quotes:



    “The ultimate treasure, without measure, is your own soul”

    “Every home needs its own inner ashram.”

    “Within every human being, there is sacred light. If I don’t interfere too much, if I put my shadow away then the light will lead me.”

    “The master within, my own soul, the divine presence.”







    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.



    Interview recorded May 1, 2021



    Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    597. Richard Tarnas

    597. Richard Tarnas

    Richard Tarnas is a professor of psychology and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He teaches courses in the history of ideas, archetypal studies, depth psychology, and religious evolution. He frequently lectures on archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and was formerly the director of programs and education at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern widely used in universities. His second book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network and is the basis for the upcoming documentary series The Changing of the Gods. He is a past president of the International Transpersonal Association and served on the Board of Governors for the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.



    Website: cosmosandpsyche.com



    Interview recorded April 25, 2021.



    Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    596. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell

    596. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell

    Academic neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander III, whose career includes decades as a physician and associate professor at Harvard Medical School and revered teaching hospitals, was once staunchly committed to the materialist world view -- the belief that the physical world is all that exists. His scientific belief system was altered by a 2008 transcendental near-death experience (NDE) in which a bacterial infection severely damaged his brain as he fell into a week-long coma during which he experienced an odyssey into another realm. Despite a bleak medical prognosis, Dr. Alexander awoke to make an inexplicable return to full health. He has since become a pioneering scientist and modern thought leader in the emerging science that acknowledges the primacy of consciousness in the universe, he is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife, and Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Heart of Consciousness.



    Website: ebenalexander.com



    More detailed bio.



    Karen Newell is an author and specialist in personal development with a diverse body of work that rests upon the foundation of heart-centered consciousness. As an innovator in the emerging field of brainwave entrainment audio meditation, Karen empowers others in their journeys of self-discovery by demonstrating how to connect to inner guidance, achieve inspiration, improve wellness and develop intuition. She is co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, and co-author with Eben Alexander III, M.D. of Living in a Mindful Universe.



    More detailed bio.



    Website shared by Eben and Karen: innersanctumcenter.com



    Twice-monthly webinars mentioned during the interview.



    Some points discussed during this conversation:



    Eben’s NDE and improbable recovery, including experience of a subterranean realm, the collapse of 4-dimensional reality, his guardian angel, and a “gateway valley” in which souls reside between lives.

    The importance of music and sound. Binaural beats.

    Experiencing a life review (how we impacted others) during NDEs has been reported for over 2,000 years.

    Dealing with things now so they do not need to be handled during your life review.

    The brain does not create consciousness. Our mental states create our physical reality.

    Is the world about to undergo a “phase transition” to a “golden age”?

    The alignment of science and spirituality - the afterlife and reincarnation studied seriously. Important because mainstream society trusts science. The work of Ian Stevenson and Jim Tucker.

    The brain as a filter.

    The harmful ramifications of science not understanding consciousness as primary.

    Materialists are entrenched because it’s hard to admit that one’s life’s work has been based upon a misunderstanding. They are going extinct.

    Memory storage: in the brain or in the ‘cloud’?

    Kindness, compassion, love, forgiveness - feminine qualities the world needs now.

    The importance of discernment on the spiritual path.

    How would a person choose their parents and other life events? Our perspective between lives is much broader and not ego-bound.

    How do we know our life’s purpose and how to live it?

    During sleep, we interact with subtle realms.

    The veil shrouding humanity’s consciousness is thinning.

    Do we reunite with pets on the other side?

    Illness can be a learning experience for the soul.



    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.



    Interview recorded April 17, 2021.



    Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

    • 2 hr 16 min
    594. Lisa Rose

    594. Lisa Rose

    All I ever did was emphatically declare, “I want to know God, NOW!”  It wasn’t long before I was fast-tracked into a reality I didn’t know existed, an inner world full of extraordinary gifts and ultimately liberation of the mind.  I’d stumbled upon a pamphlet that outlines a formula to regenerate one’s human race consciousness to Divine Consciousness, like a reboot, by calling forth into one’s mind higher, more universally aligned modes of Being.  That pamphlet became my bible, my book of living, and thru contemplative practice expanded the I AM presence within, attracting that which is stable, immutable Principle into my self-consciousness.  The art of surrender as put forth by Ramana Maharshi played a huge role along the way, although at the time I had little clue who he was.



    The regeneration occurred in February 2016, followed by three full years of Bliss, a state of Consciousness I am convinced is that of a newborn.  I wallowed in that cocoon, integrating the expansion that I sometimes felt might never end!!! until the desire emerged to step back out into the world.  A two-year investigation of kundalini life energy, universal consciousness, and fractal/plasma physics has continued my evolving perception and experiences.  The real fun has truly begun, my book of living has become my Book of Life!



    Lisa's Facebook page



    Books mentioned during the interview:



    From Existence to Life - account of Lisa's experience mentioned in the interview.

    Mind’s Silent Partner, Dr. James Porter Mills (free PDF)

    James Porter Mills Collection Three Books: From Existence to Life: The Science of Self Consciousness; Mind’s Silent Partner; A New Order of Meditation (The Esoteric Collection) (physical books)

    The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi

    Holy Spirit's Interpretation of the New Testament: A Course in Understanding and Acceptance - Regina Dawn Akers

    The Teachings of Inner Ramana - Regina Dawn Akers

    Healing; the Handbook: Life-changing guide for practitioners or for self-healing - Ken Graydon

    The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine, Second Edition

    Book Review:  The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine, Len Wisneski & Lucy Anderson



    Main points discussed:



    Initial awakening occurred after three years of intense contemplation and desire to know God.

    Holographic and telepathic encounter with Ramana Maharshi.

    Three-year blissful contemplation on the "Omniscient, infinite and eternal nature". The bliss eclipsed human emotions such as fear and animosity.

    The bliss subsided as the awakening became more integrated.

    Most people don’t relate God and ‘consciousness’.

    Shift from fear to divine love. Heart-brain coherence ended 20-year problem with heart palpitations.

    Recognizing that consciousness is primal and not a product of the brain accelerates our evolution.

    The importance of balancing experience and understanding.

    Your higher self knows everything about you and knows what is best for you.

    No such thing as coincidence.

    ‘There is no bridge between here and here, we are all that is, we are sovereign beings.’



    Six main points:



    Update your science. Understand the non-solid nature of physical matter.

    Set your Intention. “I want to know God.” “I want to know my Creator.” “I want to Awaken.” “I want to Embody only Truth.”

    Claim your True Identity. Recognize and assert your Divine Origin, your Universal Nature!

    Give in, give over, completely give way to your Creator!

    Focus your attention on your intention!

    Do not sway. Be a rock, do not roll. Unwavering.





    The power of attention.

    Self-healing comes from the omnipresent nature of our consciousness.

    Discussion of the pineal gland.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    593. Ameeta Kaul

    593. Ameeta Kaul

    Ameeta was born and raised in Mumbai India and recalls two predominant family themes which influenced her formative years: intellectual curiosity and devotion to God. She was educated and conditioned to aspire to conventional success, which pursuit dominated the first three decades of her life.



    She consciously experienced the first stirrings of her deepest yearning following the cancer diagnosis and subsequent death of her father in 1999. Questions opened up in her like "What is life?", "What is death?", and "What is going on?".



    From then on, Life orchestrated a series of events and experiences which placed her and nurtured her, on an overt spiritual journey. The major influences along the way were Ken Wilber, Byron Katie, and Adyashanti. It was with Adya that she finally found what she was looking for, in terms of his spiritual guidance which has always resonated in her being, in terms of his living example which continues to inspire her, and most especially in terms of what those two brought alive and online within her.



    What she now sees clearly is that it was the Heart Sutra teaching of Emptiness is Form and Form is Emptiness, which is the meta-story of her life and existence.



    In 2017 she received her Soul name of Moving Mountain in Taos. And this opened a new facet on her journey, where she experienced deep communion with Nature and a tangible connection with Goddess.



    Ameeta’s path has been gradual and studded with many life-altering realizations, which illuminated her self-knowledge, and which continue to translate into how she lives and relates in the world. She likes to say she is eternally a work-in-progress.



    Over the years she has been sharing her experience with small groups and coaching spiritual seekers one on one. Now she is called to share her message more broadly through Moving Mountain Academy.



    Main points discussed:



    Ameeta’s background and spiritual path, including her irresistible shift from businesswoman to spiritual seeker.

    Ken Wilber’s influence in reconciling the battle between her spiritual and intellectual lives.

    Adyashanti’s influence.

    Healthy and unhealthy teacher/student devotional relationships.

    Primordial fear and its falling away.

    Having a teacher ‘carry the present being awareness’ until one is ready to hold it for oneself.

    Teachers are ‘custodians of what the student has not yet recognized’.

    Ameeta’s relationship with Taos mountain and how it helped her recognize the spiritual progress she had made.

    Embodying what had been realized.

    The underlying direction of Ameeta’s journey: form is emptiness, emptiness is form.

    Different paths enrich one other and contribute to the whole.

    We "stand on the shoulders" of past spiritual pioneers.

    The value of ancient traditions and innovative modern ones.

    Spirituality vis-à-vis formal religious systems.

    Direct vs. progressive paths.

    Fear of life and embodiment.

    Individuals are more powerful than they realize, and choices more consequential.

    The significance of spirituality in dealing with the world’s problems.

    Listening to opposing viewpoints is a way to test one's realization.

    Love and empathy for humanity.

    The importance of closeness to nature. The universe is talking to us.

    A fundamental shift in consciousness is happening now in the world, without which, attempting to solve problems on the level of symptoms would fail.

    Presenting spirituality in ordinary language.

    Depression, anxiety, addiction, etc. are cries for help. People know there’s something deeper and are dissatisfied with surface values.

    Ameeta’s program to help people experience that there is something much vaster than the thinking mind.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    592. Richard Rohr

    592. Richard Rohr

    Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation and academic dean of the CAC’s Living School. An internationally recognized author and spiritual leader, Fr. Richard teaches primarily on incarnational mysticism, non-dual consciousness, and contemplation, with a particular emphasis on how these affect the social justice issues of our time.



    Podcast: Another Name for Every Thing



    A few of Fr. Rohr's 30+ books:



    The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe

    Every Thing Is Sacred: 40 Practices and Reflections on the Universal Christ

    The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder

    Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

    Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self

    Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer



    Main points discussed in this conversation:



    The universal Christ and the personal Jesus.

    Our environmental destruction reveals our failure to realize God’s omnipresence.

    Tribal vs. universal religion.

    Christians are known for protecting life before birth, but not after.

    Process Theology: Consciousness is evolving in its capacity to be received and embodied.

    We only have metaphors to describe God – e.g. God is light. There was never one notion of God in the old testament or new testament.

    Jesus is often depicted as a punisher rather than the compassionate man that he was.

    Order, Disorder, and Reorder – all three are necessary for the universe to exist.

    Embracing polarities and paradox.

    God as the Great Allower – free will.

    Aligning with God’s will.

    The Universal Christ – the synthesis of Richard’s 50+ ministry.

    Transactional vs. transformational religion.

    The meaning of Jesus dying for our sins.

    Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity but to change the mind of humanity about God.

    The importance of restorative vs. retributive justice.

    The Apostles’ creed.

    Infinite love can never give up on anything it created.

    Fundamentally, we’re all connected, so we all share each other’s sins and virtues to some degree.

    The fall had to happen for us to freely choose the good.

    Nonduality is more explicit in eastern religions but is also in Christianity.

    Universities teach us knowledge but not wisdom. Great love and great suffering are the universal paths of transformation. If you avoid them, you will never be wise.

    We need to love something more than ourselves. We start with a stone, a plant, an animal, and work our way up to God.

    Suffering accompanies love, but without love, there are things you will never know.

    The meaning of the crucifixion, in terms of solidarity.



    Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.



    Interview recorded March 27, 2021



    Video below. Audio coming soon.

    • 54 min

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Its a non dual spiritually oriented podcast OK?

Been listening for years, and this podcast is really the pinnacle of spiritual seeker type interview programs. Approaching 600 now host Rick Archer has a Transcendental Meditation background and personally knew Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (The Beatles guru). Earlier interviews (started 2009) were with people he knew from the TM movement.

The show is specifically non dual spirituality oriented (Eastern mysticism derived) Some of his interviews claim advanced spirit knowledge and experiences. Many have books out and Ph.Ds. Rick doesn't censor his guests or argue their views. He may challenge them to expand on what they're explaining, but what they believe is open to the audience to accept or reject.

Rick also will take interviews down if credible reports of immoral/unethical behavior becomes an issue or if behavior is such that a past interview appears to have been deceptive.
If one is interested in getting an eclectic education on whats out there. This is the place.

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