Conscious Living

I have nothing to sell you. Nothing here that is “new”. I invite you to set aside your spiritual concepts and second-hand knowledge, that you may abide wholeheartedly in the fullness of your own true Self.  – Shambo ~ Mark

FAQ on Nondual Teachings and Terms

Nondual teachings offer a profound perspective on the nature of reality and the Self, emphasizing unity, love, and transcending the limitations of dualistic thinking. They have been embraced by seekers of truth across various cultures and spiritual traditions.

I have compiled below answers to a handful of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) I often get about my writings and talks in which I by nature interchangeably use language that is common to the traditions of Nonduality, Vedanta, Christianity and Zen Buddhism. 

While most are familiar with the Christian and Zen language terms, I realize many are lesser acquainted with those of Nonduality and have created the FAQ below to hopefully assist in the introduction to these terms.  

Nondualism is a philosophical and spiritual concept that asserts the fundamental unity and inseparability of all things. It suggests that there is no inherent duality or separation between the Self and the universe, or between the individual and the divine.

Nonduality is not a religion in itself but can be found within various religious and philosophical traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, and mystic aspects of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

The aim of nonduality is to realize the inherent oneness of all existence and to experience a profound sense of unity, peace, and liberation from suffering. Nondual teachings offer a profound perspective on the nature of reality and the self, emphasizing unity, love, and transcending the limitations of dualistic thinking. They have been embraced by seekers of truth across various cultures and spiritual traditions.

The Nondual Self refers to the realization that the individual Self (Atman or Jiva) is not separate from the ultimate reality (God, Brahman or the Absolute). It is the recognition of oneness and the dissolution of the illusion of individuality.

Self-realization is the process of recognizing one’s true nature as the nondual Self, which is identical to the ultimate reality. It involves transcending the ego and realizing the inherent oneness of all existence.
Maya is the illusory power or creative force in many nondual philosophies, including Advaita Vedanta. It is responsible for the appearance of duality and multiplicity in the world and veils the true nature of reality.
Jnana Yoga is a path of spiritual realization that focuses on knowledge and wisdom as the means to attain nondual understanding. It involves self-inquiry, contemplation, and the study of sacred texts.

Prominent figures in nondual teachings include Adi Shankaracharya (Advaita Vedanta), Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, and contemporary teachers like Adyashanti, Gangaji, Eckhart Tolle and Mooji.

Yes, nonduality is often seen as a unifying perspective that transcends religious and cultural boundaries. It can complement and enhance one’s existing beliefs and practices.

Common obstacles include attachment to the ego, the illusion of separateness, and the distractions of everyday life. Practices such as frequent immersion in nature, meditation, self-inquiry, and mindfulness can help overcome these barriers.

Turiya is the fourth state of consciousness in which the individual rests in Satchidanandam (“ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new bliss”). The individual has attained nirvikalpa samadhi or final liberation from ego consciousness and is united with infinite spirit. 

It is well accepted that there are waking, dreaming, sleeping, turiya, and turiyatita consciousness. The latter, turiyatita is actually beyond consciousness itself.

Shambo

Shambo

Shambo ~ Mark D. Hulett is an American born spiritual teacher and nature enthusiast from Southwest Georgia who freely shares his own experience of spiritual awakening, conscious living, Self-discovery and recovery from addiction.

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