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Topic: Multiple realities and India

From: chris p
Location: sedona AZ
Date: 09/12/2011

Dear Mr Bear,
Just finished City at the End of Time. Some of the words and names remind me of my twenty trips to India and the things various gurus had to say about the nature of reality. Do you have any knowledge of the writings of Shankara or the teaching of Ramana Maharshi? Also, I've been to Lynnwood and passed it many times on my way to and from Vancouver (I was born in Vanc. WA, lived mostly in Vanc BC.
Thanks,
Chris

Re: Multiple realities and India

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/25/2011

Thanks, Chris! I'm not familiar with these folks--but am passing familiar with Indian philosophy/religion. Any recommendations for titles?

Re: Multiple realities and India

From: chris p
Location: sedona
Date: 09/27/2011

Thank you for the reply.
About 1200 years ago Shankara lived in India, he was brilliant. His point of view summed up the best of the Hindu scriptures, the upanishads. In modern times there have been those of the buddha's calibre, but they are not as well known. A modern book I would recommend is : Be As You Are
The teachings of Ramana Maharshi by David Godman. Ramana had a number of enlightened students, although he would say that ultimately there are no students and no teachers, that the dream state and waking state are both something like a mirage on the screen of consciousness. It is very difficult in a few words to describe what Ramana Maharshi said. However, my experience of being around some of his students was mindblowing and intoxicating.
I am That by Nisargadatta is a classic, but shorter books edited by Jean Dunn about Nisargadatta Maharaj I prefur.

Re: Multiple realities and India

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/28/2011

Thanks, chris.

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