Discovering what you truly are
Discovering what you truly are
100. I AM – the Alpha and Omega – Urban Guru Cafe
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The Urban Guru Cafe was created 2007-08. The origins of the concept for a podcast sprang up out of conversations between Areti Alexova and Gilbert Schultz. A dutch visitor, Eric, who was attending Bob Adamson’s meetings offered to do the technical side of constructing a podcast site. Eric also translated one of Bob’s books into Dutch.
It was a harmonious beginning and we were all excited about the project. Areti played the role of being an excellent interviewer and we approached various teachers around the world, speakers who we found to be genuine, clear and fairly direct. The project quickly became a popular podcast around the globe. Because the podcasts were not focused on any one teacher, it introduced many relatively unknown teachers to a wide audience. Areti’s role was the significant central role and many listeners came to love her style and her voice. Areti edited the interview recordings she made into a concise and easily listening format, which many expressed the appreciation of. Gilbert played the hidden role of putting the sound files together with musical breaks. The overall effect was a winner. The site reached a far bigger popularity than any of us expected.
The podcasts remain available and many continue to discover them. The podcasts continue to entertain, inform and illuminate. Hundreds of listeners continue to listen to the podcasts on a regular basis, even though they have already heard them many times already.
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What is pointed to in these podcast programs will not go stale or be dated. What is pointed to has never aged or changed one iota. Therefore these programs continue to serve as a vehicle for clear pointing.
Podcast number 100:
This program contains all the essential pointers that anyone needs. If you can follow what is pointed out it is virtually impossible not to recognize your own essential ‘natural state’. You may need to listen a few times. This particular podcast represents what the Urban Guru Cafe is about. Listen in a relaxed way and let the ‘message’ register without ‘reaction’ from the mind. Mind is only appearance. Pure being is not in the mind. As long as there is some form of grasping consciousness going on, then the idea of seeking will perpetuate itself. This naked awareness, which is beyond mind, is timelessly present – it is not altered by ‘time’. Anyone who has experienced a true insight knows that it is a wordless insight – it is not in the conditioned mind – it is pure in-seeing. Space like awareness is prior to the appearance of all the qualities and content of consciousness. That does not mean that it is separate. Not two.
What must be clearly understood is that no one can ‘do’ anything for you – no guru, teacher or any ‘me’ or ‘other than me’ can facilitate the recognition that is required. What is usually offered is a conditional perspective which keeps the seeker locked into a mind game. Once a clear and precise recognition has ‘happened’ there is little one can say about it, because it is beyond language. Knowing is never truly corrupted by thought….It is pure knowing, pure being, which has always been present because it IS presence itself. Any ‘personal history’ is only baggage and all our old ideas amount to nil until we let go absolutely. Link to Guest Speaker here.
The guide can walk with you and assist with direction and the avoidance of deviations. The spontaneous recognition is always potential. You must SEE for yourself. Belief is useless in this ‘venture’. Belief is a hinderance and old ideas amount to nothing.
Music: G on Mandola and Mary Hopkin’s “Those were the days”.
P.S. Thousands upon thousands have a copy of “I am THAT” – Nisargadatta. Few understand wha
98. Prior to Consciousness – Nisargadatta – 6th Jan 1980
” Is there a world outside (of) your knowledge? Can you go beyond what you know? You may postulate a world beyond the mind, but it will remain a concept, unproved and unprovable. Your experience is your proof …and it is valid for you only. Who else can have your experience, when the other person is only as real as he (or she) appears in your experience” – Nisargadatta.
“You have projected onto yourself a world of your own imagination, based on memories, on desires and fears, and you have imprisoned yourself in it. Break the spell and be free.” – Nisargadatta
Where were you on the 6th of January 1980? On that day a few visitors were in a small attic room in the back streets of Bombay, in an area called Khetwadi. They had come from distant places to ask their questions, addressed to one who did not speak English. Somehow word had reached them, that this ‘teacher’ was someone extraordinary. Without a trace of sentiment, Nisargadatta turned many lives around and often with just a few words. Following on from the last program, we present digitally cleaned up audio from the meetings that were held everyday, year after year. This recording features Ramesh Balsekar and S.K. Mullarpattan as the main translators. These programs may require a few careful ‘listenings’ to catch everything they offer, but it is all clear, especially if you listen a few times. Many would have loved to have been able to attend the meetings. These recordings give an opportunity that is otherwise not available. Each meeting is unique and the way that Maharaj conducts himself is never predictable. He would not allow anyone to continue asking ‘spiritual kindergarden’ questions. Obviously he was keenly aware of where the visitor was ‘coming from’ and although he never spoke English, except for a word here and there, he probably understood the language reasonably well. That is neither here nor there, as we say. The atmosphere of that small room is captured on these recordings.
Music includes: Jefferson Airplane and a piece by Pepe Habichuela
The Urban Guru Cafe is a totally free podcast…..which has already turned a few lives around.
SEASONAL GREETINGS TO EVERYONE from the Urban Guru Cafe team.
97. The Seed of everything is this Consciousness.
“What contradicts itself has no being. Or it has only momentary being, which comes to the same. For what has a beginning and an end has no middle. It is hollow. It has only name and shape given to it by the mind, but it has neither substance nor essence.” – Nisargadatta.
“Once you realize that the world is your own projection, you are free of it. You need not free yourself of a world that does not exist, except in your own imagination! However is the picture, beautiful or ugly, you are painting it and you are not bound by it. Realize that there is nobody to force it on you, that it is due to the habit of taking the imaginary to be real. See the imaginary as imaginary and be free of fear.” – Nisargadatta
The ONLY time there ever is is the Immediate Presence which we commonly call NOW.
These programs on Nisargadatta are very potent for those who are interested in this material. It may take a few listenings to get the full potency of the pointing. I myself have been struck by certain passages, by the simple and yet ‘deep’ significance of what Nisargadatta is saying. – Gilbert
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj – First a recording from 1980 with Ramesh Balsekar translating and then a recording from the 11th of January 1981 in which the voice of S.K. Mullarpattan appears as translator. This is a short selection from a series of tape recordings which I have digitally cleaned up and edited for archival purposes. There may be more to come. Some of the many tapes were used for transcribing purposes by Jean Dunn and Dr. Robert Powell who both produced excellent books on Nisargadatta. The first book ‘I am That’ was transcribe by Maurice Freeman in the early seventies. Dates for all the passages transcribed from the tapes are mentioned in the various books.
Music: Vikingo de Jerez from brand new released CD titled “Buleriando” by Rowland Schultz – available via his website – click HERE.
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Season Greetings to all the listeners and to everyone at 93.1 CFIS-FM – Prince George Community Radio Society – the ONLY Radio Station on the planet to have the nerve, the audacity and the gumption to air these programs for the general public. Sunday mornings at 8.30 – 93.1 CFIS-FM. Good on ya gals and guys. I hear there is a bit of a following developing there in BC. Be great if some other brave Radio Stations came on board too.
96. Cosmic Consciousness -There is NO Big Lie
The subject is the new e-book “Resonance in the Heart”. The myth about enlightenment is uncovered as another story. The basic premise of being a separate individual is sent to the junk yard. It is a challenging program, for some. Common consensus reality is a fiction. There is a free short version of the e-book on the seeing-knowing website. The myth about enlightenment is dismantled without mercy.
The expressions in this program may appear to be a little ‘over the top’ for some.
Music includes: Pink Floyd, Police, Kinks, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash, Kings of Convenience , Kese Kess, and Supertramp.
The Urban Guru Cafe is a FREE podcast – 96 programs free. A second interview with the speaker on this program can be heard on the Being Ordinary Podcast site.
For another interviews with the same speaker on Urban Guru Cafe see program 64.
94. Joan Tollifson – The world goes on the same.
Who wakes up? Does the mirage wake up from the mirage? Is clarity or confusion personal, does it have an owner, or is there simply weather appearing and disappearing, sometimes clear and sometimes cloudy? Is awakening a future event, or does that word point to the utter simplicity of Here and Now?
Joan talks about her views, her background and what it all means in The Simplicity of What is….. Joan’s website is HERE. Joan’s new book is now available — Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogs about Nonduality from Nonduality Press.
Music includes Alan Price (from Oh Lucky Man), Rivertribe (Australian band) and ‘Bliss’ by Muse.
The Urban Guru Cafe is a FREE podcast dedicated to clear speakers on the subject of Non Duality. We thank those who have been mindful and generous with donations.
93. Jackie O’Keeffe – Enjoy it anyway.
Non Duality presented with an Irish accent and a clear view expressed through Jackie O’Keeffe. Areti talks with Jackie soon after Jackie ran a recent Silent Retreat. Jackie speaks with a natural confidence and has a good sense of humor. Relax and just let the hearing happen. Jackie’s Website.
Music Includes: Planxty, Lunasa, Dick Gaughan, Van Morrison.
The Urban Guru Cafe is a totally free offering. 100 programs to listen to. Each one is packed with pointing, pointing to the same non thing, which is what you are. Seekers are never finders. What reveals itself is pure cognition, pure being, unlimited presence-awareness. Small donations are welcome.
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One of the top Nonduality/Spirituality podcasts.
Others include Buddha at the Gas Pump, and Voices of Esalen
The musical interludes added to the beauty of the simple pointers of the speakers.
Fantastic all around
A delightful admixture of nondual pointers and eclectic music. Was sad to see Gilbert and Areti bring this to an end, but as they themselves likely would say, You can only point at the same thing so many times.
Would be great if not for the noise
So unfortunate; a collection of excellence rendered unlistenable due to the tragically loud and cluttered noise of DJ-style interruptions of music etc.
Silence is golden and these recordings are as well, but the mix is jarring and destroys the flow of content.
If it were possible to give five stars and one star, I would.