Thursday, January 07, 2021

From Philosophers And Sages And Seers Of Truth: Miscellaneous Quotations And Pointers Which Are Relevant To Advaitins / Non-Dualists

Table of Contents

Today's Considerations
Recent Posts and Archives
Tools for Realization
Author's eBooks
Author's Paperback Books
Free eBooks



1. [See the offer in gold text following this post for details on how you can watch a retreat on video which includes a detailed discussion of all seven of the steps on the path as used by Maharaj]

2. Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns. See the green text after today's post for the full meaning and implications of that.

3. A new video ("Number Ten: Awakening Together Satsang, March 2018") has now been added in the far right column of this page, offering the opportunity to view a recent 2018 satsang session with Floyd being interviewed by Regina and Jacqueline of "The Awakening Together Group." (See the details in the blue text after this post.)

4. Some prefer paperback books even if they have to wait a day or so to receive it and have to pay more for a printed book and its shipment. Now, 10 paperback books by Henderson are in print and available in two anthologies through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and over 40,000+ booksellers around the globe including in the Americas, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Russia, China, Spain, Brazil and South Korea. See the end of this post in red text for details.

5. Would you like to have us send to someone as a gift from you a copy of any ebook in our inventory? See the offer in purple text at the end of this post.

6. Or, you may purchase a Floyd Henderson Shopify Gift Card here for someone and offer recommendations for the books in Floyd's store which might be of assistance to them.

7. You may click here to visit Floyd's bookstore
which offers both digital books and paperback books which deal with

non-duality, non-duality-based fictional adventures, recovery, financial sanity, financial planning, and more. 

The quotations and pointers by Maharaj being drawn from the book QUOTATIONS AND POINTERS dealing with NON-DUALITY, ADVAITA, NISARGA YOGA and more are being arranged by category and subject matter. The quotes offered today will continue with quotations and pointers . . . 

From Philosophers And Sages And Seers Of Truth: Miscellaneous Quotations And Pointers Which Are Relevant To Advaitins / Non-Dualists

If you have watched the Lennon / Ono video of Imagine which has been shared on occasion on this site, you saw a visual metaphor of the shifts which can come if the non-dual understanding manifests. 

In the beginning, the two are walking through a fog on the way back to their Tittenhurst Park home: 


The video and the lyrics can be regarded as being, metaphorically, "representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract" such as: 

moving out of the fog that one has been in; 

entering the darkness but then slowly taking the steps which allow the light to come in; 

shifting from a condition in which one is not able to see clearly because of the darkness to being able to see all as it truly is because of the light; 

leaving "The World of the Miasma" behind and "going home." 

Maharaj was asked, "How does a gnani feel as an old man?" 

He replied: "As he gets older he grows more and more happy and peaceful. After all, he is going home." 

In the video, going home was not enough. The couple had ventured out into "the world," a world in which the masses are driven by the thousands of beliefs which are stored in their fiction-filled minds. 

Away from home, the couple is surrounded in fog, in the same kind of near-universal miasma which blocks almost all humans from being able to see truth clearly, rendering them incapable of differentiating between true and false. 

Out in the fog, one is walking about on a planet where the masses are suffering from the Ultimate Sickness and are trapped in its symptoms (which Maharaj identified as "ignorance, stupidity, and insanity").

Out in the fog, the masses are subsumed in a miasma which drives persons to accept the bogus information passed on via programming, conditioning, etc. and to, therefore, accept unquestioningly the beliefs . . . 

that there's a heaven 

that there's a hell 

that imaginary lines drawn by humans have really created different countries 

that all kinds of flags in supposedly different countries are to be revered

that there are an infinite number of things / people that need to be killed 

that that are an infinite number of things that people should be willing to die for 

that religion actually creates peace and fosters love  

that possessions are to be accumulated and are worth fighting over and dying for 

that greed is normal 

that those who are in poverty and are therefore hungry should just go get a job 


that people who talk about "The Oneness" are failing to see the so-called reality of "the vast multiplicities" and "the obvious differences" and the scarcity of "those who are really better" as opposed to the high incidence of "those who are worse." 

The relative problem with living in a miasma is that an "an oppressive and unpleasant atmosphere will emanate from it" and will then contaminate all that is around it. 

Miasmas will always eventually generate a fetor. Miasmas will always produce a stench. Miasmas will always reek and will always cause everything nearby to reek as well.

Live a life that is marked by being trapped inside the miasma and that life will stink and will reek, and as those with a life that stinks and reeks move about, they spread their stink and their stench and will think and talk and behave in a way that is disgusting, that is most unpleasant, and which passes on their stench to all around them. 

A man who said that he "was raised in the heartland of the U.S." had been so trapped in the "American" brand of xenophobia that he volunteered to go to Vietnam in the 60's to "help in the fight with the communist enemies of America there who wanted to spread their beliefs around the globe and who would eventually take us over the U.S. if we did not defend ourselves."

He said, "I bought into another bit of nonsense that has long been popular with our leaders: 'Better to fight them there, now, than to have to fight them here, later'."

The man - who now considers himself to be "progressive" - admitted, "My Iowa upbringing made me love our flag and our country and our military above all else." He said, "I really did buy into the programming that convinced me that we were the greatest country on earth and that we had not only the right but also the obligation to go around the globe and give what we had to others so they would be just like us." 

That led him to abandon his medical practice in the states and to join those who had invaded a land that was 8500 miles away and to use his medical skills "to treat our soldiers and get them back into the fight as soon as possible." He shared the details of his experience which he now sees as a metaphor for his "journey to realization." 

He explained that during two tours of duty, he saw few cases of dry gangrene - which can develop over the course of months - but many cases of  wet gangrene which can develop quickly, sometimes in a few hours. There were cases of young men who were injured but were not transported out of a jungle quickly because U.S. forces were under heavy fire. In those cases, helicopters could not land and pick up the wounded and they could not be carried out on foot, either.

In some of those cases, the delay was so long that wet gangrene had set in, followed by gas gangrene. That necessitated the amputation of limbs. Such was the case with one nineteen-year-old whose right arm had been severely damaged. It was days before the young man finally reached the field hospital where the doctor was working, so the infection in the wounded arm and the loss of a supply of oxygen-rich blood led to a progression from wet gangrene to gas gangrene. 

Had the initial trauma destroyed an artery, the fellow would have bled out almost immediately. That did not happen, but the negative effects continued to progress slowly. 

When the doctor cut away the bandages to inspect the wound, he became nauseous from the foul-smelling odor being emitted from the wound. He said that first there was a sweet-sour smell that invaded his nostrils, and then a scent that was not unlike the rotten odor he smelled as a child when his family returned home from a vacation, only to find that the power to the refrigerator / freezer had gone out and that the meat in the freezer had first thawed and then decayed, after which the rotten fluids had seeped out pass the door's gasket and pooled on the kitchen floor. 

The odor that day in the field hospital triggered a gag reflex as it took him back to the stench in the kitchen as a child. Still, to this day, he said that when something triggers a reminder of that day when the wounded lad was brought into the hospital, the doctor can literally smell once more the offensive odor which came from the dead flesh in that soldier's right arm. 

The doctor said he knew immediately that he was going to have remove the entire arm up to the shoulder if the fellow was to have any chance of survival, so he performed the amputation.

Later, the patient developed a fever so the doc said that he had to go back in and clean the wound as well as find a still-bleeding vessel and address that issue. Eventually, after several more procedures, the patient stabilized. 

Now, after having been exposed to non-dual pointers for years, the doctor said he sees not only how futile "American's Vietnam Experience" was but also sees how vile it was and how contemptible the arrogance was which drove U.S. political and business leaders to send this nation's youth off to a place on the other side of the globe to kill others that neither could nor would have ever harmed anyone on the U.S. mainland. 

Then, he shared how his own "non-dual journey" had paralleled the amputating of that arm nearly fifty years ago: 

Growing up under the influence of that "heartland programming and conditioning" led him to develop a life-threatening injury which was going to kill him, but the injury had nothing to do with anything physical. His was an injury of the mind. 

"Like the flesh that had died on that soldier's arm," the doctor said, "I saw that what they had put into me - into my mind - was rotting me away from the inside and was going to have fatal consequences if it was not removed. I had lost my ability to feel. I was rendered dull and numb. I was living in total darkness while thinking I was in the light and believing that I was smarter, wiser, stronger, and better than most other people. 

"I had thought I was better than others merely by having been born in one particular country. And I had thought I was better than most people in the country because I was born in a particular region where the people were more patriotic, where we were more loyal to the country and its values, and where the people there were all morally superior to the liberals living on the coasts in their ivory tower, fantasy world. I had thought I was the one in touch with reality and that others were all a bunch of naive, idealistic, romantic fantasists, and that was my first impression of you, too." 

"Eventually," he continued, "I went ahead and read some of your writings anyway and I began to see that I had been an actor on the stage of the 'Theater of the Lie' that you write about. I came to see I was living a lie and had been doing that since early childhood. I came to see that my life was like that useless arm on the kid who had been brought in and laid out on my operating table decades ago: My life was useless. It was stinking. It was foul." 

He then said, "I finally saw that my entire life was like that arm. There was some things that had become attached to me. I wanted them. I valued them. But they were killing me. They were, as you've pointed out, my beliefs. I did not want to give them up any more than that kid wanted to give up his right arm. But he finally understood that he either had to sacrifice his arm or his life. He understood that he could not go on living in the condition he was in. He finally said, 'Cut it off,' and that's what I had to say about everything that they had attached to me and everything that I had attached to me." 

How to be free of the stench? In the Lennon / Ono video, the invitation is to imagine - or consider - the possibility that everything you have ever been told or heard or read and now believe to be the absolute ("gospel") truth is . . . a lie - a damning and damnable lie."

Among the non-dual invitations are these:

See the insanity of not being able to differentiate the true from the false. 

See the insanity of walking about in a fog, in the darkness, in the miasma. 

See the insanity of being blind but believing that you can see. 

See the insanity of being in the dark while believing that you are in the light. 

Of those trapped in what he called their "kindergarten-level spirituality," Maharaj said: 

"They are functioning under the delusion that they are standing in the full light of the noonday sun when, in fact, they are actually only standing in the dull light of dawn." 

Lennon and Ono, via Imagine's non-dual lyrics, invite you to walk out of the fog, to go home, to see that even at home you can still be trapped in darkness, and to open the blinds and allow the light to come in and remove the darkness. 



To be continued. 


Watch an updated seven-hour streaming video of a retreat with Floyd Henderson which can be viewed by anyone with internet access. (In this video, all seven of the steps on "the path" as taught by Maharaj are explained and discussed.

If interested, click the button below to pay the fee via PayPal. You will then receive an email which includes the link for you to view the private, unlisted video via an arrangement we have made with YouTube, Inc. You do not have to have a YouTube account to watch this privately streamed video.

 (If you do not receive the link promptly, your computer or email provider may have high filter settings. Check your spam and trash folders because some providers automatically transfer emails containing links to those folders.)

To access the seven-hour streaming video of a retreat and begin watching right away, click this "Buy Now" button:
Buy Now

Please enter into the silence of contemplation.

[NOTE: The four most recent posts are below. You may access all of the postsin this series and in the previous series and several thousand other posts as well by clicking on the links in the "Recent Posts and Archives" section.]

In addition to the five non-duality books made available without charge by Andy Gugar, Jr. (see “FREEBIES” above), you can now access nearly 3,300 posts for any topics of interest to you.


If you prefer PAPERBACK copies

of some of Henderson’s non-duality books,

10 of his books are available in PRINT FORM
(collected in two anthologies).  

Links for ordering are below with
BARNES and NOBLE presently providing better service
when it come to fulfilling orders for
paperback and hardcover books
as opposed to delivering digital books.

[NOTE: Wherever you live, you can search for the books below by title with booksellers in your country. With 40,000+ retailers distributing my paperback books, you may order from U.S. stores or you may find someone nearer to you.]



The Advanced Seekers' Series (344 pages) is an anthology of four books that share Advaita-based, non-duality pointers that can guide seekers to abide as their original nature. Included in the anthology are

"From the I to the Absolute (A Seven-Step Journey to Reality");

"Consciousness / Awareness: The Nature of Reality Beyond SELF-Realization (Peace Every Day When Abiding As the Absolute)";

"From the Absolute to the Nothingness";


"The Final Understanding."

Order a PAPERBACK copy of The Advanced Seekers' Series&
from BARNES AND NOBLE by clicking here
or (sometimes less efficiently nowadays in terms of paperback delivery)

from AMAZON by clicking here.


This anthology (438 pages) contains the six books that make up what has been called The Blissful Abidance Series for those seeking to live blissfully and happily for the remainder of the manifestation, including:

“What BLISS is and what BLISS is not”

“There’s No Such Thing As Peace of Mind (There’s Only Peace If You’re ‘Out of Your Mind’)”

“Liberation (Attaining Freedom from Personality via Realization)”

“Freedom from Shifting Between States of Happiness and Unhappiness”

“Why You Must Be Empty If You Would Be Full”


“When REALITY Is Overlaid on the RELATIVE.”

Order a PAPERBACK copy of The Blissful Abidance Series 

from BARNES AND NOBLE by clicking here
or (sometimes less efficiently nowadays in terms of paperback delivery)
from Amazon by clicking here.


(1) You may purchase

 a Floyd Henderson Shopify Gift Card here
 for someone and offer recommendations for the books in Floyd's store which might be of assistance to them. 


(2) To make an arrangement for us to send in your name as a gift from you any of our books to someone you choose:

(a) Visit

(b) Purchase the ebook you’d like to send.

(c) Contact us using the email below, tell us which ebook you just purchased, and provide the name and email address of the person you want to send the ebook to. (They will never be contacted again or solicited for any reason.)

Send your information to:

Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns.


If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence.

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of god in the past was of a weak god, an absentee god, A Santa Claus-type god, a mean, punishing, vindictive god, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring god whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to."

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a god that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly").

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring god,' any supposed god that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'god' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part.

"That is, a non-narcissistic their god / their goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'god' and focus on the 'god as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you." 

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on:

"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within"

--Yeshu'a (Jesus)


"Heaven and earth shall fade away."

--Yeshu'a (Jesus)


"Heaven and hell are not geographic places

but are states of mind, nothing more than

concepts dreamed up by men."

--Pope John Paul II 

"There is no hell."

--Pope Francis, the current pope

in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari,

a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record

teachings which become a part of the Papal Magisterium.

[That said, would that the popes who have shown the courage to reject a core concept of their dogma - namely, "hell" - would find the additional courage required to question the very existence of their institution in light of the centuries-long cover-up of their history of raping children and in light of the mental and emotional and psychological scarring of billions of their members past and present.

And that need for courage also applies as questions need to be asked about why so many other sky cults are still being supported and allowed to continue to exist as well. When certain types of programming and conditioning have been shown to blind the masses, they should end. Will they? Not likely. Why?

Because what the masses think and say and do is most influenced by the international crime families which hold sway over the masses as criminals conduct their planet-wide operations. What are the major international crime families and which are the most influential and have the largest memberships?

The Mafia / La Cosa Nostra; the Catholic Church (with it 1.2 billion followers) whose Vatican Bank worked for decades with the Mafia while laundering mob earnings (for a 15% all-profit charge by the Bank); Protestant and Evangelical Churches (with over 1.2 billion followers) like the one I was raised in where the youth director molested and sexually assaulted young girls; big business which has long created environments in which people have been abused; powerful political bodies like the U.S. Congress, etc., etc., etc.)

With all of those crime families, neither the followers nor the leadership ever voluntarily step down or shut down their criminal activities. Be they gangs, organized crime families, religions, big business, politicians, etc., they all want control and they all want power and they all want money, and nothing internal will interfere with the driving forces at play.

The masses must demand that all those in charge must step down and their groups and institutions must shut down, and there's the real problem because the continuation of their crimes are enabled not as much by the people running such crime organizations as they are enabled by the masses of people who - wanting some perceived "payoff" - remain involved with them and give them money and support them and aid and abet the continued existence of those criminal enterprises and thus facilitate the ability of church criminals and political criminals and other types of criminals to continue to commit their crimes.] 


the direct link to the VIDEO VERSION 

of the "Awakening Together" satsang session with Regina and Jacqueline referenced earlier, 
18 MARCH 2018


You can click on the picture link which has now been added for video "Number Ten" in the upper right-hand column on this page.

If preferred, here's the direct link to the AUDIO VERSION. 

You may click
to visit Floyd's bookstore 
which offers both digital and paperback books.

Recent Posts and Archives

Tools Used by Other Seekers of Realization

WATCHING an Advaita Vedanta Retreat: Watch a Downloadable computer file version of the Four-Day Advaita Retreat (Downloadable on PC only, not Apple.)

ENROLLING in the Online Advaita Classes For information, visit Information on the Advaita Classes on the Internet To enroll visit Enroll in the Advaita Internet Course

ATTENDING an Advaitin retreat with Floyd and being guided through all seven steps. For details of the retreats offered, please visit the retreat information site.

ARRANGING a one-hour session via Skype or telephone with Floyd. (Skype is a free service.) Click the button to pay and you will be contacted to arrange a date and time for the call.

Five Free eBooks

Compliments of Andy Gugar, Jr.,
the following eBooks are available without charge for you or for friends:


The content of this eBook deals with one of the most common but erroneous beliefs that the non-Realized masses cling to and which they will fight about (and even kill over), namely, that there is a planet-wide duel going on between “the forces of good and evil” in the universe.

Either (1) the ancient view is spot on: that the "ills of the planet" are rooted in evil people, in people not being religious enough or spiritual enough, and are caused solely by bad morality; or, (2) the "ills of the planet" are rooted in ignorance, stupidity and insanity and "being good" or "being moral" does not put an end to ignorance, does not eliminate stupidity, and does not treat insanity in any way.


Comments regarding the free eBook entitled “THE VISION”:

“My thanks to you and Andy.” – Andrew “Mac” McMaster

“Thanks so much for the book! And, by the way, it is brilliant and the most effective pointing that you have done. It has served to help clear the remaining blockages.” – Stan Cross

“Greatly appreciate having “THE VISION” added to my Henderson resource library that is situated on the right side of my bed for easy access! Eternally grateful for what was received and what was given.” – Robert Rigby

“‘THE VISION’ is such a well-written, condensed version of the Nisarga Yoga approach to understanding and enjoying Reality that I feel it can serve as a must-read ‘meditation guide’ for all earnest seekers.” – Andy Gugar, Jr.

"Sapolsky, Maharaj, and the Non-Dual Teachings"

Dr. Robert Maurice Sapolsky is an American neuroendocrinologist; a professor of biology, neuroscience, and neurosurgery at Stanford University; a researcher; an author; and a Research Associate at the National Museums of Kenya.

There is much that a non-dualist or Advaitin or Nisargan can relate to by comparing and contrasting what Sapolsky reveals about the way certain troops of baboons live in Africa with the way that humans abide all around the globe.

This 152-page eBook catalogues the common, non-dual message shared by Sapolsky and Maharaj and reveals the ways that Sapolsky’s scientific research supports the non-dual pointers offered by Maharaj.


In “PART ONE” it will be seen that most persons on the planet are not seeking, and most will never seek, but for those who are seeking, most will face several obstacles:

In “PART TWO” of this book, it will be seen why many criticized Maharaj for “changing his message in his later talks.” It will be seen that the changes were not about changing the message per se as much as about changing his methodology as he experimented with one version of the Ultimate Medicine after another in order to try to find an effective means for addressing the Ultimate Sickness.

He tried a religious version of the Medicine, a Spiritual version of the Medicine, and finally settled on a version which addressed to Sickness at its core . . . at the mental and emotional level.


“Dangerous” is a term that can only apply during the relative existence, but of those who do commit suicide, for example, how many shoot themselves in the foot over and over until they “bleed out”? None. They shoot themselves in the head. Why? In order to try to stop the noise - to try to stop the chatter of a thousand monkeys – to stop the noisy mind which is the area that stores the ideas, notions, concepts, mind-stuff, etc. which drives them into the depths of insanity.

And what are those ideas, notions, concepts, etc. called, collectively? "Their beliefs." The irony? They are not their beliefs at all. They are the beliefs of “others” that were set in place via programming, conditioning, etc. and which persons then think are their own.

And what are those beliefs rooted in, and what reinforces those beliefs and convinces persons that they are sacred and worth fighting over and even sometimes worth dying for? Blind faith.

This 337-page eBook discusses those issues in detail.

To read any or all of the free eBooks, please double-click the "FREEBIES" link at the top of this page