No Longer Required [Poetical Writings]

by Mandi Solk






I might go blind : for I no longer need my eyes to see.

I find both beauty or squalor, but none touches Me.

I may turn deaf : for I no longer need my ears to hear

all of the talking, no more interests Me.

And of this body?

It no longer matters, be it housed in robes or cast out in tatters

Gone the ‘looked for pleasures’ or grievous pains,

After passing through the valley of Death,

Just the Self remains.




10 Sayings on the Essence of Non Duality by RUPERT SPIRA


Truth is silent but, when met with questions about its true nature, is compelled to speak. The sayings in The Ashes of Love were taken from conversations with friends over a three-year period. I am deeply grateful to these friends who, through the intensity of their interest and their great love of truth, have called these words out of Being into existence. ~Rupert Spira


  • From the viewpoint of the earth, the sun comes and goes, whereas it is, in fact, always present. Likewise, from the viewpoint of the body and mind, our essential nature of pure Awareness comes and goes, but, in its own experience of itself, it is ever-present.


  • All experience is illuminated, or made knowable, by the light of pure Knowing. This Knowing pervades all thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions, irrespective of their particular characteristics. We are this transparent, unchanging Knowing.


  • Our self – luminous, open, empty Awareness – cannot be enlightened. It is already the light that illuminates all experience. Nor can a separate self be enlightened, for when the separate self faces the light of Awareness, it vanishes, just as a shadow does when exposed to the sun.


  • To invest one’s identity and security in something that appears, moves, changes and disappears is the cause of unhappiness.


  • The separate self is not an entity; it is an activity: the activity of thinking and feeling that our essential nature of pure Awareness shares the limits and the destiny of the body and mind.




  • Just as a screen is intimately one with all images and, at the same time, free of them, so our true nature of luminous, empty Knowing is one with all experiences and yet, at the same time, inherently free of them.


  • We are the open, empty, allowing presence of Awareness, in which the objects of the body, mind and world appear and disappear, with which they are known and, ultimately, out of which they are made. Just notice that and be that, knowingly.


  • When everything that can be let go of is let go of, what remains is what we desire above all else.


  • In ignorance, I am something; in understanding, I am nothing; in love, I am everything.


  • Our self – luminous, empty Awareness – knows no resistance and is, therefore, Peace itself; it seeks nothing and is, thus, happiness itself; it is intimately one with all appearances and is, as such, pure love.


*Download a .pdf sample to read the Foreword, Introduction by Rupert and the first ten pages of aphorisms (which the above was culled from).



About the author

rupert_2014From an early age Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality. At the age of seventeen he learnt to meditate, and began studying and practicing the teachings of classical Advaita Vedanta under the guidance of Dr. Francis Roles and Shantananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of the north of India, which he continued for the next for twenty years.

During this time he immersed himself in the teachings of P.D.Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, in 1997. Francis introduced Rupert to the teachings of Atmanada Krishnamenon, Jean Klein, and the Tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism, and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.

Rupert lives in UK and holds regular meetings and retreats in Europe and USA

Visit Rupert’s Website

Under the Rug – Kim Schrag Paintings [Artistic Endeavors]

In this latest installment of the Artistic Endeavors section, we are pleased to feature artist Kim Schrag. Long time readers of NDA will have seen her vibrant works adorning many of our posts. Kim’s work is certainly a feast for the eyes.  N-Joy the “Under the Rug” gallery below (click on any image to view the gallery).

A note from Kim:

“This is my new series of oil paintings on plaster. You may remember a series I did a few years ago with this technique. I love the surface quality. They have been mounted with a 3″ white mat and a cherry frame (by Fernando of course).

“The series is a commentary on the experience of being human. I am trying to be more aware of what is usually not seen or talked about and create images that reflect my observations. There will be a show this spring of the 14 paintings at Corners Gallery in Ithaca.”

There is also a book now available with the images.


  • Awareness
  • Roots
  • A Leap of Faith or Hitting Bottom
  • Accumulation of Memory
  • Freedom and Anxiety
  • In Gods House
  • Just One More
  • Riding the Wave of Time
  • The Barn
  • The Birth of the Universe
  • The Emergence of Form
  • The Story I Was Told
  • The Swimmers
  • Under the Rug


If I had the time, I’d be like the Buddha [Guest Blog]

By Peter Fenner


Art: Julian Bound

One of the common things I hear from people when I’m running a workshop is that, “This space is great, but my life is so busy. I just don’t have the time to rest and be present to “what is.” I’ve got the meals to prepare, emails to do, phone calls with family and friends, making a living! All I really want is to spend my life in this space, but I have all these other commitments that I can’t walk away from. What can I do? How can I respond to the demands of life and still cultivate the connection to nondual awareness?”

I respond to this plea in different ways.

First, I will point out that the “doing nothing” that’s happening in a workshop or on a teleconference call can’t be compared with inactivity. I may say, “It’s true that in [Timeless Wisdom] workshops we aren’t playing sport, surfing the internet, engrossed in a movie, negotiating airport security, or visiting our parents, but the “this” we are doing—that’s happening here—is ultimately unrelated to being still, or inaction. At the very least we can see how, right now, it’s possible to abide in awareness—and talk, listen, make notes, stand up, sit down, and move around.

It’s true that, as beginners, it’s easier for us to enter awareness when the environment is simple, stable and undemanding. But, it’s also important not to make a connection and think that “this”—being here—is doing nothing. We aren’t doing nothing in the way we typically use that phrase. We aren’t sitting around aimlessly, watching things go by. We are resting in a pristine state of being: a state where we could rest, fully aware, without a flicker of boredom or distress, for eternity. This is completely different from “hanging around, letting time pass by, doing nothing, until something comes along.”

In fact, I question the belief that we really want to spend more time resting in awareness?

I think that, if we really wanted to spend more time “here”, somehow we’d figure out how to do it. The Buddha worked it out—how to be permanently free—as have hundreds of thousands of other sages. What’s clear is that there is a fundamental change in priorities. For the Buddha, the priority wasn’t having a roof over his head, or knowing where his next meal was coming from. Something completely different was going on. So different that he didn’t need a roof over his head, money in his pocket, or fallible human company. It’s easy to say, “Ah, but he could renounce all those things because he was enlightened.” But this is a cop-out. For the Buddha, the only thing was abiding in liberating awareness, needing nothing, rejecting nothing, and letting his life unfold with no concern or preoccupation about tomorrow, or the next minute. His power and influence as the founder of a new religion came precisely from his capacity to encounter everything that came his way:

  • scorching heat
  • drenching rain
  • an empty stomach
  • ridicule
  • unrestrained adoration
  • assassination attempts
  • numerous smear campaigns

…without any of these producing the slightest mental or emotional disturbance. Such was the power of his unconditioned love and nondual wisdom.


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If the same priority was alive in us, we wouldn’t be who we are. It’s very simple; we’d be a completely different person, someone so different from who we are, we couldn’t even recognize ourselves. We would see a clone of our body, but the speech, functioning, gait, comportment, lifestyle, network of friends and colleagues and career (if we could still call it that) would be completely different: like someone from a different planet. For a start, we wouldn’t be saying, “I don’t have enough time to rest in awareness. My life is too busy. I have too many other commitments.”

There is nothing to be gained in thinking, “I don’t have enough time for this work.” We rest in awareness for us long as we can. If we could do more of “this” we would. I have no doubt about this.

I invite you to be honest and realistic about how you are with this. Complaining about our time being limited and committed, and wishing it were otherwise–that there wasn’t so much to do, there weren’t so many responsibilities–merely fosters conflict. No one ever entered (or re-entered) this state by thinking, “I wish I could do more of this.” Unless, of course, in thinking like this we see that there is no “this” to want more of! No one has ever entered buddhamind wishing that their life was different. In this work we embrace what is, aware of our deepest longings and our present choices, acknowledging where we are with love and understanding.

The Bhagavad-Gita speaks about the practice of desireless action (nishkama-karma). When time is available, we sense that there’s nothing we need to do, and so we do exactly that. We find a quiet place and abide in unconditioned awareness. In the rush of getting things done we may forget the possibility of being “here,” but not entirely. Unconditioned awareness is always here, silently in the background, needing and expecting nothing but somehow drawing us into it. Knowing that the ever-present possibility can shine through at any moment, we grow in our capacity to find the time for abiding. We remember how sweet, peaceful, spacious and free this space is, and we receive it as the sourceless gift of the universe. We find a few minutes each day, and each week, to rest in nondual awareness, and we plan ahead for a retreat so we can dwell more deeply and uninterruptedly in timeless presence.


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Dr_Peter_FennerPeter Fenner, Ph.D. is a spiritual leader in the adaption and transmission of Asian nondual wisdom and Founder of Timeless Wisdom, a California nonprofit. He is a pioneer in the development of nondual therapy. He created the Radiant Mind Course® and the Natural Awakening: Advanced Nondual Training.

Peter runs courses, trainings, retreats and satsang telecalls and offers individual coaching sessions. His students and clients include Buddhist psychotherapists, psychologists, coaches, Zen masters, Sufi masters, Vipassana and Mindfulness teachers, Yoga teachers, psychiatrists, medical doctors, hospice workers, students of Tibetan Buddhism, followers of Advaita, artists and spiritual seekers worldwide.

Peter also offers retreats on four continents. He has presented his work at leading universities and institutions including Columbia, Stanford, CIIS and Naropa.



*Buddha Pic/Art: Julian Bound

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