Thursday, January 22, 2009

On liberation á la Balsekar

"Liberation is the total, final understanding in the heart that there is no doer, no experiencer."
(Who Cares? by Ramesh S. Balsekar, page 47)
"I repeat: Freedom from the sense of personal doership means loss of freedom for the ego. And that is the confusion, because there is still this identification of the ego with this body-mind organism called Ashika. The ego still remains and feels terribly restricted." (page 53)
"That is the final conclusion you come to! nothing really matters." (page 57)

"There is only doing - happening - no individual doer!" (page 63)

To witness what is happening is the only thing we can do. This is the liberation.
This is Mr Ramesh S. Balsekar. Picture is found on his book on Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj "Pointers".


Monxo said...

Dear Ursula: Monxo here. I did not know where to write this, cause I don't have your email, so I am conveying my message is the same. Listen, I know you love yoga, and I am a new practitioner -6 months Ashtangi!- but I love yoga too. A lot. It has already turned my life around in the most beautiful of ways, and so on and so on. Soooo....

I am recommending you to grab Mircea Eliade's Yoga: Immortality and Freedom. Perhaps you know that book. It was originally published in French in 1954 as Le Yoga. Immortalité et Liberté. I work in academia and I need this book, I was searching for something like is wonderful. It gives such a detached, enlightening, precise, logical, in-depth explanation about the philosophical and technical schools of yoga.

Francis Ford Coppola's last movie, Youth without Youth was based on an Eliade novel. He is already dead, but was a very prestigious historian of religion (I knew his work, but was not aware of his yoga writings!) and this book is just amazing amazing.

He also has a book called Patanjali and Yoga. Ha ha ha. It is so funny because it is joyful. This SUPER brain putting his superb intellectual gifts to the understanding of yoga. He lived in India, had a Guru, studied Sanskrit, and actually his Ph.D. dissertation (from the 30's) was about the techniques of yoga.

Check them out, if you haven't already. Being a book worm I also welcome any recommendations...see ya. Monxo

Ursula said...

Dear Monxo,
Thank you very much for your book recommendations. I am astonished, but I do not know these books. Of course I will read them.

I have a book recommendation for you, too. It is about the impediments on the yoga path or better on every path. I think it could be good to be prepared to it. It's not only yoga related, but it doesn't matter. The book is by George Leonard "Mastery: The keys to success and long-term fulfillment."

Btw, when you want to write me privatly, post a comment with your email address. I won't publish your post and I will write back.

Have great practices


Monxo said...

Thanks for the recommendation, it seems like a good one. So, I'll buy it tomorrow and devour it during the weekend...I'll check to see if the have it on They have SO many books downloaded in there. Book piracy, I love it. sorry. Yes yes yes. Thanks Ursula. (I am sending this message because I don't know if you got my previous one, it was longer...)

Ursula said...

Dear Monxo,
Of course I recommend you something good, something I think you can use.

I like reading your comments, you seem to be full of energy, very young. I like that.

There are always doubts, distraction. The recommended book prepares you. You won't be astonished when you face different impediments. It will make it easier to go through the "valleys" on the path to become a yoga master.

Enjoy the trip. U.