Jason Silva on The Infinite

Jason Silva is a wild and passionate philosopher, futurist, speaker, and TV host. He has a lot of interesting things to say. In the below video he freestyles his way through talking about humanity as gods and worms, Tolstoy, the Infinite, consciousness, transfiguration, existential panic, meditation, self-inquiry, breathing, being born again, the Light, out-of-body experience, our inner divinity, grace, ecstasy, the self, the Self, piercing the veil, and Tillich. Continue reading “Jason Silva on The Infinite”

Shankara’s “First Vision” Account

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Shankara, early 8th century CE

The following is from Adi Shankara, the 8th century philosopher and theologian from India:

Now I will relate to you the nature of the Supreme Self, knowing which a person is freed from boundaries and attains Kaivalya, Unity…

It pervades the entire universe but nothing pervades it. It is effulgent by nature, and its splendor illumines everything… Continue reading “Shankara’s “First Vision” Account”

Eugène Ionesco’s “First Vision” Account

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Eugene Ionesco

The Romanian-French playwright Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994) described the following experience he once had:

On a May morning, just before noon, a day that seemed full of sap, in a leafy park where the light streamed down, white, blue green: that day it all began with a senseless, inexplicable joy that I have never again felt so concretely, so carnally, so obviously a joie de vivre sustained by an indescribable astonishment at being alive. Continue reading “Eugène Ionesco’s “First Vision” Account”

The Soaring Flight of our Mind’s Divine Communion

Walt Whitman, the American poet, essayist, journalist, and mystic, wrote the following:

Only in the perfect uncontamination and solitariness of individuality may the spirituality of religion positively come forth at all. Only here, and on such terms, the meditation, the devout ecstasy, the soaring flight. Only here, communion with the mysteries, the eternal problems, whence, whither? Continue reading “The Soaring Flight of our Mind’s Divine Communion”