PRACTICE (Abhyasa)

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CHAPTER  II PRACTICE (Abhyasa) Abhyasa:1. What is the method of practice? As the Self of a person who tries to attain Self-realization is not different from him and as there is nothing other than or superior to him to be attained by him, Self-realization being only the realization of one’s own nature, the seeker of liberation realizes, without doubts or misconceptions, his real nature by distinguishing the eternal from the transient, and never swerves from his natural state. This is known as the practice of knowledge. This is the enquiry…

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Christianity is Harder Than We Pretend it is

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We make a lot of pitches with Christianity.”It’s a free gift.””The peace and satisfaction your heart desires.”These are the expectations we set. And expectations help preface either disappointment or fulfillment.Unfortunately, for many Christians, the reality of faith is a shocking letdown compared to the false premises that were guaranteed them by pastors, churches and other believers.As people obsess over church attendance, burnout rates and demographic changes within Christianity, we become infatuated with solving today’s problems—determined to find the perfect fix.Thus, we analyze church traditions, styles, techniques and theologies and wonder…

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God-Honoring Pleasure in a Shades-of-Grey World

I want you to know why I felt confused after you spanked, punished, beat, and assaulted me. Well, during the whole alarming process, I felt demeaned, debased, and abused. And much to my mortification, you’re right; I was aroused . . . What really worried me was how I felt afterward. And that’s more difficult to articulate. I was happy that you were happy. I felt relieved that it wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be. And when I was lying in your arms, I felt . .…

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