Rupert Spira and Advaita Exposed

The truth is, the shift into presence was really just a beginning. It was the beginning of seeing everything within my conditioning that had been hidden and unconscious all my life. Yet, when I looked around for teachings that helped me understand this post-awakening process, I found very little help. In fact, most teachers seemed to shy away from even speaking about anything related to post-awakening issues. And some seemed to even lead people to believe that there is no such thing as a post-awakening process or embodiment. Obviously, then nondual teachings became almost useless to me. I turned away from them completely. Presence had become my experience. But that’s all those teachings could help me with. Most of the teachings were completely silent on trauma, addiction, etc. Scott Kiloby

Watch video version of this article HERE.

I came onto Rupert Spira’s teachings much later on my spiritual path as I was drawing from the same pool he was with Sri Nisargadatta and Ramana Maharshi who were the granddaddy’s of Advaita Vedanta.

Spira started his journey at the age of 15 with the poetry of Rumi and soon after met his first spiritual teacher Dr. Francis Roles. He learned mantra meditation and became immersed in the teachings of Advaita for the next 25 years.

Although also inspired by readings of Ouspensky, Gurdjieff’s and Krishnamurti, his main focus was a consistent study of the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. His path eventually led to his current work where he teaches and conducts guided meditations. His website is Rupert Spira The Essence of Non‑Duality.

Later in this article I will comment on a debate between neuroscientist Sam Harris and Rupert Spira.

But to set the stage, lets watch the video below as Rupert responds to a grieving daughter whose father recently passed away. I want you to notice the utter dismissal of death and how he washes over it with his mental fantasy all based on books he read from Advaita teachers. Rather than helping the person naturally grieve, he teaches her how to be in a happy state of denial.

Then watch the next video below that for another example of this dissociated state where Neale Donald Walsch blatantly states that death doesn’t exists. Basically, its a “love and light” form of gaslighting. You see with your own eyes the cycles of nature, and then the deluded teacher tells you that what you are seeing doesn’t exist – this is also called mind control and brainwashing.

As you watch these people talk, notice the glowing eyes of “knowingness” . . . what you are witnessing here is a trance state induced by fantasy teachings. Who wouldn’t be happy if death didn’t exist? . . . The problem here is that it provably does exist and knowledge of this creates death anxiety.

Their fuzzy vibe comes from their believing brain reaching a level of conviction reinforced by their “feelings” . . . this is exactly the kind of intoxication you will find in any cult throughout history. Deliriously happy people can be dangerous. Better to learn from a sane person than a delusional loving person denying reality. Love bombing is a classic device used by cults to recruit followers. Its not that these fuzzy people are bad, its that they lead seekers into a false sense of security and they profit from it — it sounds more like the exploitation of human suffering. I do not believe Rupert Spira is insincere but insincere people can give sincerely bad advice — in this case, delusional advice.



Now watch this video where everyday nurses share the last words and wishes of their patients. These are people across the board of human experience who die naturally without the crutch of Advaita and the constant mental grinding of reality denial.



My father died terrified because he was fed the lie of Christianity and never dealt with his emotional history. He traded real inner work for a fantasy story based on an invisible messiah and spirit realm Although it brought him that “happy feeling” while he was alive, his belief that Jesus was going to save him from death only compounded his demise. My mother would not let me around him because I wanted to help him move through the stages of grief. She was too busy keeping him in delusion by playing Glory Halleluiah Music proclaiming he was healed from his cancer by the blood of Jesus. Had he accepted reality, he may have passed peacefully.

Before we move forward, lets look at the benefits of Advaita (non-dualism), before I further expose its inherent dangers. First we’ll lay a foundation and then I will pull out the proverbial Zen stick — Whack!!

Advaita can be helpful for undoing a sense of separation from life. Authors such as Wei Wu Wei and Ramesh Balsekar (my recommendations) offer useful ideas to jar loose stuck concepts in our minds, but their teachings are a slippery slope due to the denial of self-evident reality.

I’d like to clarify my experience. I have had the genuine “cosmic consciousness experience.” I was intoxicated with the Holy Spirit in my twenty’s as a Christian which led to missionary work and preaching the Gospel. I became One with the cosmic spirit through New Age teachings for decades, and later became a student of Advaita with a master teacher who kicked my Zen ass for many years. The non-dual awakening happened at a specific time and date when NOBODY realized NOTHING. That’s actually an accurate description for when the awakening happens.

My path reached the shores of sanity in 2012 when I had a human awakening which changed everything. Since then, I have been wonderfully human without the crutch of spiritual dualism. My entire story can be read HERE or listened to HERE.

“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” — Zen Kōan

I want to clarify that you can change your consciousness through various practices and release incredible energy in your body. There are subjective keys within, kundalini energy, and life altering insights that happen along the way. You can grow a peaceful garden within and develop powerful focus. But there is a price to pay for such things.

The road of spirituality is fraught with many dangers, pitfalls and traps. The field is littered with teachers that peddle the dreamstate while calling it awakening. Most of the teachings are truth mixed with fiction, fantasy blending in with psychology to make them look legit. I had the non-dual awakening but it wasn’t enlightenment, it was simply a return to my natural state — the bubble of self delusion popped and I was free. I awakening from the dreamstate and that required a brutal investigation of every falsehood I held dear.

What was this bubble of self delusion? It was the belief in an independent volitional self that operated outside the determination of the universe. In other words, the realization occurred that the “self I was BEING” all my life was an identification, a persona rooted in trauma. It was possessed with the belief that it was to blame for everything and that it was its job to become enlightened. Basically, the realization occurred that free will is an illusion. This brought great peace and allowed me to move on with my life and end the seeking for Self. This topic deserves an article all on its own.

But I was able to “eat the grapes and spit out the seeds” and drop the part of the teachings that dismiss reality and repackage God into an ethereal Consciousness which implies a spirit realm and an afterlife. This is dualism masked in non-dualism. The idea of an ocean of consciousness, from which all forms arise, is nothing more than a religious projection. It takes the energy of the universe way out of proportion and turns it into a psychological trap.

I caught onto the unintended scam of nondual teachings. It’s an innocent scam. No ill intent. But it’s a scam nonetheless. The scam is that all these teachers, including myself, were and had been dealing with post-awakening issues, but very few were talking about it (with the exception of Adya and a few others). Why was this being hidden from the public? Maybe because the real truth of life doesn’t sell. Maybe people would rather believe the fairy tale that a nondual realization always ends suffering completely and finally.

Scott Kiloby

The Nonsense of Advaita Vedanta

Advaita Vedanta is the oldest school of Vedanta dating back to the first millennium with the most prominent exponent considered by tradition to be the eighth century scholar Adi Shankara. He created Advaita through reflecting on the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Brahma Sutras which are the basic Hindu texts.

What this tells us is that this philosophy was invented back when humans believed the earth was flat. This was before the 17th Century were it was believed that small people lived in sperm. As you will see, it is outdated magical thinking. We’ve come a long way since then with physics, neuroscience, and psychology. Lets watch a simple explanation before we move forward:



Lets read a more traditional explanation of Advaita from hinduwebsite.com and I’ll comment in between paragraphs.

Advaita Vedanta refers to the non-dualistic school of Hindu philosophy, which is derived mostly from the Upanishads. Dvaita means duality, and Advaita means nonduality. In simple terms, Advaita means absence of the duality between subject and object. In our wakeful consciousness we experience duality, but in deep sleep only nonduality.

Actually, we experience Oneness all the time when watching a sunset, playing a sport, or communing with a lover. We also experience subject/object in our dreams. In fact, it is the “duality” in our dreams that tend to scare us . . . for example, “us and the monster” or “the tidal wave and my ass running up the mountain”.

Advaita school believes that Brahman is the one and only reality and everything else is a mere appearance, projection, formation or illusion. One of the most common examples used to describe the state is momentarily seeing a snake in a rope when it is lying in the darkness. The snake is an illusion, and the rope is the reality. In the same manner the world appears in the mind as a formation over the Self.”

Advaita is based on a profound ignorance of the word “hallucination”. The ROPE was the true reality and the SNAKE was the hallucination. So Advaita takes the hallucination (snake) and connects it to the natural world (materialism) and the rope gets glued to the illusion of an invisible Cosmic Self called “Consciousness”. The fact is, the hallucination was a hallucination and the rope was a rope . . . very simple!

The school also believes that Atman, the individual self, has no separate existence of its own. It is but a projection or reflection of Brahman only in each being. A jiva is deluded soul by egoism, desires, and other impurities and thereby experiences duality and separation. Because of it each being is bound to the cycle of births and deaths and the laws of karma as long and remains so until liberation is achieved.

Notice how confusing this is. The “individual Self” has no separate existence of its own because its a projection of Brahman, or “Consciousness.” The individual, who is not really an individual, is a reflection of Cosmic Energy that is deluded by its own desires that do not exist which is causing it to be reborn untold lifetimes until it balances its Karma and remembers who it is not . . . did I get that right? I can promise you that if you say this to a believer in Advaita they will lovingly dismiss you with “you just don’t understand the depth of the mystery”. Let me make this very clear — TRUTH IS SIMPLE — these teachings are confusing because they are NONESENSE being presented as legit information on the nature of mind and the universe.

Brahman is real, but the world in which we live is a mere illusion, like a mirage. It appears in our consciousness because of the activity of the mind and the senses. Since we totally depend upon them, we do not perceive Brahman, the ultimate reality, who is hidden in all. When they are fully withdrawn and made silent through detachment, purity and renunciation, one can see the Supreme Self hidden in all and attain liberation.

Notice how the biological “brain and senses” are treated like devices we depend on that block us from experiencing the universe in its splendor. It is suggested that we must detach from from them through some religious form of purity and renunciation (a practice of dissociation) in order to attain liberation. The fact of the matter is, only by fully engaging our senses and diving deep into the human experience do we gain the magic, wonder and knowledge of life. The so-called “Supreme Self” is nothing more than a concept people like Rupert Spira “attach to” and repeat to his followers.


The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.”

― Laozi, Tao Te Ching


I used the above Taoist quote to demonstrate that not all schools of eastern thought are antagonistic to the natural world. Advaita sees life as an illusion, an unnecessary irritant in one’s pursuit of Oneness with the Cosmic Consciousness. The individual in this system does not exist.

Taoism sees life as a joy which occurs when one is communing with the Universe which is called Tao. It is rooted in the individual harmonizing with the Tao, affirming the existence of nature, or what the Non-dualist dismiss as — THE EVIL MATERIAL WORLD.

Ironically, this venerated “Pure Awareness” is just another dualistic conceptualization. Life is everything happening, INCLUDING awareness. If we look at our own experience we don’t find consciousness apart from what is perceived. In the name of “non-duality,” many just imagine another form of separation – “Pure Awareness” from the rest of existence.

Morgan Caraway

The Zen Whooping Commences

Rupert Spira is teaching spiritual delusion to thousands of people leading them into a dissociated state. He is literally brainwashing them with the promise of freedom while trapping them in a psychological inversion — reality is an illusion and one’s imagination is reality — and he’s doing it all with a deceiving smile.

Brainwashing is the concept that the human mind can be altered, controlled, or induced with belief, by certain psychological techniques. Brainwashing reduces its subjects’ ability to think critically or independently. Dualistic spiritual ideologies invert reality by suggesting that one’s imagination is real and the natural world is an illusion. This ideology confuses the victim and brings them into a state of cognitive dissonance. The thinking process is vilified which lures the person into a false sense of security based solely on feeling held together by the programming of the teachings.


Zen Whack #1: None of Rupert’s Teachings are his own.

None of what Rupert Spira teaches is his own. Everything is copied from the system of Advaita and he repeats them to his followers. He does not teach from the direct experience of his own “real-world” human path (rooted in his childhood) because he denies the material world which would include his actual biography.

Rupert Spira is an expert in Advaita, but he is a copy-cat of other peoples teachings and experience. I’m not saying that he is cunning or deliberate in this, but that he is intoxicated by his self-induced brainwashing living under the fantasy that he is part of a cosmic soup of Consciousness. All of this is delusion.

Advaita is nothing but a DETOUR from the real work!

If you want to learn Advaita, go to Spira, if you want to truly awaken from the dreamstate, then discover YOUR human journey by affirming everything that you have lived since birth. Cut through your personal delusions by being brutally honest with yourself. That is the place where you will “awaken” to “what is” and unleash the secrets inherent within you. Check out my video entitled How to have a Spiritual Awakening | Become Who You Are.



Zen Whack #2: Advaita Teachings Dumb you Down.

New age and religious teachings are much easier to expose as obvious IQ destroyers because of their silly ascended masters, aliens, gods and goddesses. But Advaita has a glossiness to it that masks ignorance because it assumes an advanced form of enlightenment.

With this belief system, there are no anthropomorphic gods or channeled teachings. Instead, you have a sophisticated trap that keeps you mentally masturbating with self aggrandizement forever. This is because it is designed as a psychological loop to shut down your thinking.

A cursory reading of just about anything in Advaita will demonstrate the utter nonsense of the teaching because its all based in magical thinking. When a person is “confused” about the teachings its because they are correct in their response — the teachings are nonsense.

For instance, if everything is an illusion and I am nothing, then who is there to realize this is a psychological trap? Answer? No-one. There is nobody who gets enlightened, nobody who looks, nobody who becomes aware . . . and thus, NO-ONE to escape the trap of being NO-ONE. Then you have the infamous “thinking mind” that guarantees the psychological imprisonment.

Spira doesn’t have a problem demonizing the thinking process but he sure spends a lot of time “thinking” about Non-dualism. All concepts about Non-dualism bring about the opposite concept of Dualism. Its a never ending loop that guarantees, through its confusion, a returning audience and lasting income. Check out Rupert’s webinars HERE.

Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with earning a handsome income with your endeavors, my point is that he is selling snake oil that destroys a persons natural understanding of the world. It causes them to dissociate from real feelings and facts. Profiting from brainwashing people should be called out and that’s what is happening here. People need to know what they are getting into before they open their wallets so they can THINK and make an educated decision. Hopefully this article and the accompanying video will be of service.


Zen Whack #3: The prison walls of Advaita are the “Thinking Mind”.

Mind control would never be effective if it weren’t for the vilification of the mind and its thinking process. Advaita’s arch enemy is the creator of duality, that evil little monster who thinks in terms of “this and that” and “self and other.” Any “image” that is fostered through NORMAL investigation of the REAL WORLD is dismissed as duality because, well, duality is bad.

The whole point of the Advaita mind control program is to get the person into a perpetual feeling-state of “Knowingness” so they can delude themselves into a false reality. Once this is accomplished, they become voice boxes, or puppets, of a psychological virus (meme) that causes dissociation. This is the same religious virus that has morphed into different doctrines throughout history. Humans repackaging dualism, masked in oneness, to reduce death anxiety and gain delusional grandiosity.


Zen Whack #4: Advaita’s Non-dualism is Dualism repackaged.

Another trick in this insidious trap is masking dualism in non-dualism. Advaita teaches that mental concepts about the world create the illusion of separateness, and that a non-dual awareness of everything brings Oneness. The problem is they believe in an afterlife and a repackaged spirit realm called “Consciousness”. The very idea of an afterlife and a material world defines Substance dualism.

Substance dualism is a philosophical position compatible with most theologies which claim that immortal souls occupy an independent realm of existence distinct from that of the physical world.

Same goes with the idea of the “thinking mind” and “awareness”. But with the former, you have the illusion of the world (appearance), and the underlying reality of spirit. So there’s the material realm with all of its “materialistic scientists” and there’s the “realm of consciousness” with all of its passive aggressive, self aggrandizing, virtue-signaling gurus.

I can see that often, when we recognize the uncertainty inherent in life we reach out for something “eternal.” In seeing death and pain, we seek a way to transcend these and there are plenty of philosophies and religions that claim to offer such transcendence, the cost of admission is belief in the system. Non-duality is no different.

Morgan Caraway

The other problem is the very concept of their teachings elicit philosophical division. Their truth is THE TRUTH and other philosophies are products of the “thinking mind” . . . you see, it has to be this way in order for them to keep the Advaita story going. Listen to Spira interact with neuroscientist Sam Harris when his teachings are challenged by Harris, and notice how he dismisses reality and Sam simultaneously.



Zen Whack #5: The Evidence of the Material World Outweighs Spiritual Fantasies.

The utter arrogance of Spira’s position on this topic as demonstrated in the video above is astonishing. On the scale of the evolutionary continuum, that being 4.6 billion years on this planet, humans just arrived a few seconds ago, but Rupert maintains his grandiosity that his subjective fantasies (copied from Nisargadatta) outweighs objective facts.

Isn’t it convenient to use an unprovable philosophy to dismiss reality. This is the same trick used by Religion and New Age teachings. If the physical world is an illusion, an appearance, then there’s really no argument to be had that requires one ounce of intellectual integrity. Why would a Non-dualist study the facts of evolution when he can sit on a log and meditate on Ramana Maharshi’s subjective fantasies? This is another reason why I say these teachings dumb you down. And of course, he has no education in the sciences.


Zen Whack #6: There’s no Evidence that Consciousness Exists Outside the Brain

Another thing spiritual believers tend to do is lie about their experiences. Why? Because they are living a lie, lying to themselves, and thus deluded. So they don’t even know when they are lying. As you watched in the clip above when Harris brought up Anesthesia and Rupert completely lied about being conscious through his operation. Harris graciously stopped pushing because I think it was clear that Spira was going to make up some irrational explanation.

His implication was cleverly twisted in that I believe he was going to say he was conscious before the anesthesia, during, and after, and that the operation was just an illusion. There was no real time lapse in time, no interruption of consciousness. That’s a speculation on my part but I’ve heard it all from wishful believers. Lets take a look at 3 topics which easily destroy the idea that consciousness functions independent of the brain.

Brain Damaged Patients

Watch Sam Harris make an excellent argument about why consciousness is more likely a product of the brain rather than existing independent of it.

Sleeping when not Dreaming

On average, most people dream for around two hours per night. REM sleep in adults typically comprise 20% of sleep. That would mean 8 hours of sleep would yield roughly an hour and a half of dreaming.

With this in mind, where is consciousness when we are not dreaming? I find it very interesting that humans go completely dark for hours every night with no consciousness. How can consciousness exist apart of the brain when it shuts off when the brain shuts it off?

Anesthesia

Under anesthesia, the brain literally shuts down and reboots after the operation. Much like a computer that runs the software we can see and manipulate. There’s no evidence that consciousness or “mind software” exists when the brain is shut down, so its quite a leap to suggest otherwise.


Alcohol Black Outs

Another interesting bit of evidence against Substance Dualism is alcohol black outs. Drink enough ethanol in one sitting and your brain is guaranteed to shut down cognitive processes. Memory is a fascinating thing because it defines who we are. Without memory, humans would be walking around like zombies. So if memory can be shut down by a PHYSICAL CHEMICAL, then where’s the magic power of “Consciousness” to rise above such material substances?

The classic argument from the dualists is that this so-called “Sea of God Consciousness” cannot operate through a brain that has been shut off. The human brain is like a television set that tunes into the airwaves of Consciousness. The problem with this hypothesis is there’s ZERO evidence of Consciousness operating without the brain.


Out of Body and Near Death Experiences

OBE’s and NDE’s are another topic with extremely poor evidence. They can easily be explained (Occam’s razor) as a function of the brain because dream and death hallucinations never occur when the brain is dead. So it goes to figure that unless there’s a growing body of evidence out of the 65 million people who die per year, than its just another reach for wishful believers.

Reincarnation

Reincarnation is typically the last stand for believers, and it comes with humorous evidence typically from a family who’s child has exhibited recall from a past life. What is happening here is false-memory syndrome, confirmation bias, the influence of a hypnotist, or the beliefs the parents project on the child. You will notice that out of over 7 billion people on earth that these stories hardly scratch the surface of human experience. If reincarnation was real, I think the evidence would be overwhelming.

I think a better topic to look into is generational epigenetics and ancestral memory both of which lend convincing evidence of genetic memory passed on through lineage. However, the claims of reincarnation, that being a soul that travels through human bodies, is pure fiction. Check out the links below for more information:

The Boy Who Thought He Was Reincarnated

Evidence for Reincarnation Debunked


Zen Whack #7: Rupert Spira No has Education or Degrees in the Topics he Challenges

As is common with just about every Woo teacher out there that posture themselves as experts on consciousness and the universe, Spira has no education in the matters he speaks on. This isn’t meant to be a personal attack, but it matters when someone has an education in the matters they claim to be experts in. His credentials do not include:

Evolutionary Biologist
Neuroscientist
Psychologist
Archeologist
Astrophysicist
Physicist

But his credentials do include Pottery — here’s from his bio:

Already disenchanted with the scientific path on which he had embarked, he found that pottery provided a new avenue of exploration and experience, and one that was completely consistent with the questions evoked by his encounter with the non-dual understanding. As a result, in 1977 Rupert left school and enrolled in the Ceramics Department of West Surrey College of Art and Design, under Henry Hammond.

So lets get this right, Spira studied a religious belief system, rejected an education in science, and mastered the craft of pottery . . . and this qualifies him to confront the scientific community on subjects regarding consciousness and the universe? A little loving respect is in order.

This is what I call Blind Arrogance and Divine Narcissism

Rather than humble himself to the scientific community, he dismisses what does not align with his philosophy as “materialism” and scientists as “materialists”. He postures himself as a knowing humble guru to his followers, but he’s really quite arrogant in his position when it comes to the hard facts of the world that everybody on the planet effortlessly understands. You don’t need Advaita to understand life, just experience.


Zen Whack #8: Common Sense made Spooky and Special.

If you’ve ever practiced in a nondual tradition, you’ve probably heard the phrase “The Universe is ONE” a few thousand times. This is part of the repetition that keeps the mind control in tact. But the most hilarious part of special statements like this is it is common sense. Most everyone knows that the universe is energy, there’s nothing spooky or enlightened about that statement. Anyone with a cursory understanding of evolution can understand the “Oneness” of the human primate and its environment without believing that “everything is an illusion.” In fact, evolution proves the Oneness of the universe. Advaita proves nothing but the human capacity for storytelling, gullibility, trance, delusional certainty, hallucination, pattern seeking and confirmation bias.

As far as I can tell, our own life experience is the closest we will ever get to any sort of “truth.”

Morgan Caraway

The funniest part of this is that an understanding of the Oneness of the universe is easily comprehended through basic science and requires no outdated teachings from the infancy of humankind; nor does it require proclamations, guided meditations, spiritual discourses, or sacred gatherings. All those may be entertaining, but they are designed to change your consciousness which makes them potentially dangerous. Educated people are less likely to swallow the Woo when practicing such things as in the case of Sam Harris. Remember that the Oneness of the universe is PHYSICALLY self-evident.

Zen Whack #9: Grandiose Statements and Absolutist Concepts Expressed with Total Authority.

As non-dualists posture themselves as having “no-self” they contradict their humble state of “nothingness” with extremely grandiose statements such as:

“I was never born and I will never die”
“I am infinite, timeless awareness”
“I am the Truth beyond all appearances”
“I am the unchanging reality”

These are rote proclamations repeated endlessly in hope that they will stick. Attachment to these cryptic concepts are a clever form of megalomania hiding behind “nothingness” brought on by a bad case of Toxic Self-Criticism born from rejection and shame. The natural world invokes a candid response from its wonder and horror. Statements like this become mantras for people desperately wanting out of our human predicament. It is true, we are awareness, we are energy, but we will die and we were born and we have no idea what “infinite” means in relationship to our human existence. All these statements are easy to proclaim but they are all based in faith because they imply things that we do not know, such as the afterlife.


Zen Whack #10: Toxic Selves are Attracted to Grandiose Selves.

In many cases, it is unresolved psychological complexes that draw people into these teachings to repair themselves. A shame-based self, rooted in childhood humiliation, can gain a sense of respect and empowerment through an overblown superiority complex, thus hiding the post traumatic stress.

The teachings “disappear” (dismiss) the world as an illusion, which includes one’s real-life problems and childhood memories. This belief engine of denial is very effective and becomes the fuel for dissociating from the cause of suffering. The believer experiences relief as long as they can keep reminding themselves that they are “nothing” and the world is an illusion by re-reading Advaita doctrine, talking about their nothingness, teaching the subject, and keeping company with “somebodies” that want to become “enlightened nobodies”.

In all of the absolutist concepts, I find a denial of one’s unknowing and of one’s mortality, I also find a denial of the mercurial, ever-transforming nature of the observable universe.

Morgan Caraway

Anytime you run into a spiritual person who is constantly vocalizing or posturing their divine narcissism, you can bet they hold a deep psychological complex of a broken self. People who don’t suffer from a bad-feeling of themselves on some unconscious level have no motivation to awe people with their majestic connection to divinity. There’s no reason to declare their “Oneness” because they don’t feel separated.

Grandiose declarations of ONENESS become the mantra of delusion and serve to pass on the infectious dualism meme to people who buy into the mystique it spawns. But keep in mind that these statements contradict themselves by insinuating their opposite — small and unimpressive.


Zen Whack #11: Non dualists contradict their own teachings.

Non-dualists love to talk about their “nothingness” while passively lecturing others about the dangers of duality concepts. For instance, the “nothingness” concept invites the “somethingness” concept or the “no-self” brings to mind the “self”. So the very conversation contradicts the basis of their teachings. If they really are “nobody” then they should take a vow of silence and find a cave to live in. By default, they are in dualism when they proclaim their so-called state of Oneness (brain washing is a more accurate term). Their very words create SEPERATION by the inferred antonym. They literally produce duality with their ‘thinking mind’ with every grandiose statement.

“I was never born and I will never die”
— I was born and I will die
“I am infinite, timeless awareness”
— I am not infinite, timeless awareness
I am the Truth beyond all appearances”
— I am not the Truth beyond all appearances
“I am the unchanging reality”
— I am not the unchanging reality

When you really dive into Non-dual teachings, there is no “I AM’ . . . the is No-One to be beyond all appearances, to be the unchanging reality . . . ultimately this insight just brings one back to common sense. But if you “identify” with the concepts of this teaching, the “new you” which is nothing more than another concept, will affirm itself as a spectacular Nothingness. This new you must be seen as interesting because of its mystique . . . its all a trap.


Zen Whack #12: Advaita is Mind Control and Brainwashing

One of the keys to mind control is changing the persons reality by inverting their understanding OF reality through nonsensical statements that contradict reality.

The reason for this is found in our evolutionary roots. And just like every other life form on this earth, we are connected to all life BY DEFAULT. There are no glorious mantras that need to be repeated, no meetings to attend, and no books to read. Our very breath defines who we are and the environment in which we are born proves our existence each time we touch a flower, cut our finger, or watch a sunset.

Keep this in mind, the natural state of a human being comes with a sense of belonging — Oneness — its built in biologically.

Zzenn

But due to generational child abuse, cultural conflict, social rejection, and religious memes (to name a few), humans can turn against themselves and feel disconnected. This state of confusion leads to seeking ideologies of ‘oneness’ that help to dissociate from the natural world. They create a cocktail of feelings that delude the person into a false reality. Once the programming has set in, they tend to glow with a fuzzy “knowingness” usually accompanied with a weirdly loving smile.


Zen Whack #13: They have created a new Identity called “No-Self” or “Nothingness”.

This may be the most humorous aspect about this doctrine. Non dualists love to talk about their divine awakened “nothingness”. They posture themselves as humble enlightened “nobodies” who have surpassed the “concept” of enlightenment.

What’s happening here is they have identified with a new religious concept that they claim transcends all concepts, but they fail to see they have traded one self image for another, and that’s why they have to keep talking about it. Religious self concepts, especially sneaky ones that present themselves as nothingness, are psychic vampires of light. They draw attention to themselves to feed their divine narcissism which keeps it in tact. Any criticism of their non-dualism doctrine threatens the very psychological construct it is held together by.

In Closing

Now I cannot prove that the universe is not Consciousness with a capital C anymore than I cannot prove there is no God. But the evidence does lead to our experience of consciousness being a product of our brain and the anthropomorphic Gods of religion being human projections. The only way this teaching could have any basis in science is if the Simulation Hypothesis is true.

But even if this was the case, an avatar exists in a virtual environment which is NOT an illusion to the Avatar, in fact, it is built as a real world for the Avatar. It is not an illusion in that context especially if there’s an evolutionary process to it. And if the only benefit to awakening from the simulation is a fuzzy feeling of enlightenment, then I don’t see the value of dismissing it as an illusion unless there was an escape hatch which Guru’s have been trying to do for eons — to break the laws of physics.

Of course anything is possible in video games, but I have yet to see one person levitate, bilocate, remote view, or move objects with their minds — its all a bamboozle easily provable when confronting these claims with a dirty little word called EVIDENCE. Wishful thinking, magical thinking, subjective validation, and confirmation bias are the cocktails of spiritual delusion no better demonstrated than in Advaita.

I’d like to leave you with an invitation by Michael W. Taft from his article “The Universe is NOT One”:

For those of you who feel like enlightened nondual masters, try this experiment: Just for a few days, let go of all your theories about the supposed scientific validity of nondualism. Let go of being convinced that the world is composed of consciousness. Recognize that even if these are both true, they only exist in your mind as concepts. Don’t just drop them provisionally, drop them utterly and entirely. Allow yourself to be truly concept-free during this time, fully immersed in not-knowing. My guess is that you will discover a level of freedom that you have never experienced before.

Thanks for reading . . .

— Zzenn

The following is from a teacher of Advaita . . .

The truth is, the shift into presence was really just a beginning. It was the beginning of seeing everything within my conditioning that had been hidden and unconscious all my life. Yet, when I looked around for teachings that helped me understand this post-awakening process, I found very little help. In fact, most teachers seemed to shy away from even speaking about anything related to post-awakening issues. And some seemed to even lead people to believe that there is no such thing as a post-awakening process or embodiment. Obviously, then nondual teachings became almost useless to me. I turned away from them completely. Presence had become my experience. But that’s all those teachings could help me with. Most of the teachings were completely silent on trauma, addiction, etc. Scott Kiloby

Watch video version of this article HERE.

I came onto Rupert Spira’s teachings much later on my spiritual path as I was drawing from the same pool he was with Sri Nisargadatta and Ramana Maharshi who were the granddaddy’s of Advaita Vedanta.

Spira started his journey at the age of 15 with the poetry of Rumi and soon after met his first spiritual teacher Dr. Francis Roles. He learned mantra meditation and became immersed in the teachings of Advaita for the next 25 years.

Although also inspired by readings of Ouspensky, Gurdjieff’s and Krishnamurti, his main focus was a consistent study of the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. His path eventually led to his current work where he teaches and conducts guided meditations. His website is Rupert Spira The Essence of Non‑Duality.

Later in this article I will comment on a debate between neuroscientist Sam Harris and Rupert Spira.

But to set the stage, lets watch the video below as Rupert responds to a grieving daughter whose father recently passed away. I want you to notice the utter dismissal of death and how he washes over it with his mental fantasy all based on books he read from Advaita teachers. Rather than helping the person naturally grieve, he teaches her how to be in a happy state of denial.

Then watch the next video below that for another example of this dissociated state where Neale Donald Walsch blatantly states that death doesn’t exists. Basically, its a “love and light” form of gaslighting. You see with your own eyes the cycles of nature, and then the deluded teacher tells you that what you are seeing doesn’t exist – this is also called mind control and brainwashing.

As you watch these people talk, notice the glowing eyes of “knowingness” . . . what you are witnessing here is a trance state induced by fantasy teachings. Who wouldn’t be happy if death didn’t exist? . . . The problem here is that it provably does exist and knowledge of this creates death anxiety.

Their fuzzy vibe comes from their believing brain reaching a level of conviction reinforced by their “feelings” . . . this is exactly the kind of intoxication you will find in any cult throughout history. Deliriously happy people can be dangerous. Better to learn from a sane person than a delusional loving person denying reality. Love bombing is a classic device used by cults to recruit followers. Its not that these fuzzy people are bad, its that they lead seekers into a false sense of security and they profit from it — it sounds more like the exploitation of human suffering. I do not believe Rupert Spira is insincere but insincere people can give sincerely bad advice — in this case, delusional advice.



Now watch this video where everyday nurses share the last words and wishes of their patients. These are people across the board of human experience who die naturally without the crutch of Advaita and the constant mental grinding of reality denial.



My father died terrified because he was fed the lie of Christianity and never dealt with his emotional history. He traded real inner work for a fantasy story based on an invisible messiah and spirit realm Although it brought him that “happy feeling” while he was alive, his belief that Jesus was going to save him from death only compounded his demise. My mother would not let me around him because I wanted to help him move through the stages of grief. She was too busy keeping him in delusion by playing Glory Halleluiah Music proclaiming he was healed from his cancer by the blood of Jesus. Had he accepted reality, he may have passed peacefully.

Before we move forward, lets look at the benefits of Advaita (non-dualism), before I further expose its inherent dangers. First we’ll lay a foundation and then I will pull out the proverbial Zen stick — Whack!!

Advaita can be helpful for undoing a sense of separation from life. Authors such as Wei Wu Wei and Ramesh Balsekar (my recommendations) offer useful ideas to jar loose stuck concepts in our minds, but their teachings are a slippery slope due to the denial of self-evident reality.

I’d like to clarify my experience. I have had the genuine “cosmic consciousness experience.” I was intoxicated with the Holy Spirit in my twenty’s as a Christian which led to missionary work and preaching the Gospel. I became One with the cosmic spirit through New Age teachings for decades, and later became a student of Advaita with a master teacher who kicked my Zen ass for many years. The non-dual awakening happened at a specific time and date when NOBODY realized NOTHING. That’s actually an accurate description for when the awakening happens.

My path reached the shores of sanity in 2012 when I had a human awakening which changed everything. Since then, I have been wonderfully human without the crutch of spiritual dualism. My entire story can be read HERE or listened to HERE.

“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” — Zen Kōan

I want to clarify that you can change your consciousness through various practices and release incredible energy in your body. There are subjective keys within, kundalini energy, and life altering insights that happen along the way. You can grow a peaceful garden within and develop powerful focus. But there is a price to pay for such things.

The road of spirituality is fraught with many dangers, pitfalls and traps. The field is littered with teachers that peddle the dreamstate while calling it awakening. Most of the teachings are truth mixed with fiction, fantasy blending in with psychology to make them look legit. I had the non-dual awakening but it wasn’t enlightenment, it was simply a return to my natural state — the bubble of self delusion popped and I was free. I awakening from the dreamstate and that required a brutal investigation of every falsehood I held dear.

What was this bubble of self delusion? It was the belief in an independent volitional self that operated outside the determination of the universe. In other words, the realization occurred that the “self I was BEING” all my life was an identification, a persona rooted in trauma. It was possessed with the belief that it was to blame for everything and that it was its job to become enlightened. Basically, the realization occurred that free will is an illusion. This brought great peace and allowed me to move on with my life and end the seeking for Self. This topic deserves an article all on its own.

But I was able to “eat the grapes and spit out the seeds” and drop the part of the teachings that dismiss reality and repackage God into an ethereal Consciousness which implies a spirit realm and an afterlife. This is dualism masked in non-dualism. The idea of an ocean of consciousness, from which all forms arise, is nothing more than a religious projection. It takes the energy of the universe way out of proportion and turns it into a psychological trap.

I caught onto the unintended scam of nondual teachings. It’s an innocent scam. No ill intent. But it’s a scam nonetheless. The scam is that all these teachers, including myself, were and had been dealing with post-awakening issues, but very few were talking about it (with the exception of Adya and a few others). Why was this being hidden from the public? Maybe because the real truth of life doesn’t sell. Maybe people would rather believe the fairy tale that a nondual realization always ends suffering completely and finally.

Scott Kiloby

The Nonsense of Advaita Vedanta

Advaita Vedanta is the oldest school of Vedanta dating back to the first millennium with the most prominent exponent considered by tradition to be the eighth century scholar Adi Shankara. He created Advaita through reflecting on the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Brahma Sutras which are the basic Hindu texts.

What this tells us is that this philosophy was invented back when humans believed the earth was flat. This was before the 17th Century were it was believed that small people lived in sperm. As you will see, it is outdated magical thinking. We’ve come a long way since then with physics, neuroscience, and psychology. Lets watch a simple explanation before we move forward:



Lets read a more traditional explanation of Advaita from hinduwebsite.com and I’ll comment in between paragraphs.

Advaita Vedanta refers to the non-dualistic school of Hindu philosophy, which is derived mostly from the Upanishads. Dvaita means duality, and Advaita means nonduality. In simple terms, Advaita means absence of the duality between subject and object. In our wakeful consciousness we experience duality, but in deep sleep only nonduality.

Actually, we experience Oneness all the time when watching a sunset, playing a sport, or communing with a lover. We also experience subject/object in our dreams. In fact, it is the “duality” in our dreams that tend to scare us . . . for example, “us and the monster” or “the tidal wave and my ass running up the mountain”.

Advaita school believes that Brahman is the one and only reality and everything else is a mere appearance, projection, formation or illusion. One of the most common examples used to describe the state is momentarily seeing a snake in a rope when it is lying in the darkness. The snake is an illusion, and the rope is the reality. In the same manner the world appears in the mind as a formation over the Self.”

Advaita is based on a profound ignorance of the word “hallucination”. The ROPE was the true reality and the SNAKE was the hallucination. So Advaita takes the hallucination (snake) and connects it to the natural world (materialism) and the rope gets glued to the illusion of an invisible Cosmic Self called “Consciousness”. The fact is, the hallucination was a hallucination and the rope was a rope . . . very simple!

The school also believes that Atman, the individual self, has no separate existence of its own. It is but a projection or reflection of Brahman only in each being. A jiva is deluded soul by egoism, desires, and other impurities and thereby experiences duality and separation. Because of it each being is bound to the cycle of births and deaths and the laws of karma as long and remains so until liberation is achieved.

Notice how confusing this is. The “individual Self” has no separate existence of its own because its a projection of Brahman, or “Consciousness.” The individual, who is not really an individual, is a reflection of Cosmic Energy that is deluded by its own desires that do not exist which is causing it to be reborn untold lifetimes until it balances its Karma and remembers who it is not . . . did I get that right? I can promise you that if you say this to a believer in Advaita they will lovingly dismiss you with “you just don’t understand the depth of the mystery”. Let me make this very clear — TRUTH IS SIMPLE — these teachings are confusing because they are NONESENSE being presented as legit information on the nature of mind and the universe.

Brahman is real, but the world in which we live is a mere illusion, like a mirage. It appears in our consciousness because of the activity of the mind and the senses. Since we totally depend upon them, we do not perceive Brahman, the ultimate reality, who is hidden in all. When they are fully withdrawn and made silent through detachment, purity and renunciation, one can see the Supreme Self hidden in all and attain liberation.

Notice how the biological “brain and senses” are treated like devices we depend on that block us from experiencing the universe in its splendor. It is suggested that we must detach from from them through some religious form of purity and renunciation (a practice of dissociation) in order to attain liberation. The fact of the matter is, only by fully engaging our senses and diving deep into the human experience do we gain the magic, wonder and knowledge of life. The so-called “Supreme Self” is nothing more than a concept people like Rupert Spira “attach to” and repeat to his followers.


The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.”

― Laozi, Tao Te Ching


I used the above Taoist quote to demonstrate that not all schools of eastern thought are antagonistic to the natural world. Advaita sees life as an illusion, an unnecessary irritant in one’s pursuit of Oneness with the Cosmic Consciousness. The individual in this system does not exist.

Taoism sees life as a joy which occurs when one is communing with the Universe which is called Tao. It is rooted in the individual harmonizing with the Tao, affirming the existence of nature, or what the Non-dualist dismiss as — THE EVIL MATERIAL WORLD.

Ironically, this venerated “Pure Awareness” is just another dualistic conceptualization. Life is everything happening, INCLUDING awareness. If we look at our own experience we don’t find consciousness apart from what is perceived. In the name of “non-duality,” many just imagine another form of separation – “Pure Awareness” from the rest of existence.

Morgan Caraway

The Zen Whooping Commences

Rupert Spira is teaching spiritual delusion to thousands of people leading them into a dissociated state. He is literally brainwashing them with the promise of freedom while trapping them in a psychological inversion — reality is an illusion and one’s imagination is reality — and he’s doing it all with a deceiving smile.

Brainwashing is the concept that the human mind can be altered, controlled, or induced with belief, by certain psychological techniques. Brainwashing reduces its subjects’ ability to think critically or independently. Dualistic spiritual ideologies invert reality by suggesting that one’s imagination is real and the natural world is an illusion. This ideology confuses the victim and brings them into a state of cognitive dissonance. The thinking process is vilified which lures the person into a false sense of security based solely on feeling held together by the programming of the teachings.


Zen Whack #1: None of Rupert’s Teachings are his own.

None of what Rupert Spira teaches is his own. Everything is copied from the system of Advaita and he repeats them to his followers. He does not teach from the direct experience of his own “real-world” human path (rooted in his childhood) because he denies the material world which would include his actual biography.

Rupert Spira is an expert in Advaita, but he is a copy-cat of other peoples teachings and experience. I’m not saying that he is cunning or deliberate in this, but that he is intoxicated by his self-induced brainwashing living under the fantasy that he is part of a cosmic soup of Consciousness. All of this is delusion.

Advaita is nothing but a DETOUR from the real work!

If you want to learn Advaita, go to Spira, if you want to truly awaken from the dreamstate, then discover YOUR human journey by affirming everything that you have lived since birth. Cut through your personal delusions by being brutally honest with yourself. That is the place where you will “awaken” to “what is” and unleash the secrets inherent within you. Check out my video entitled How to have a Spiritual Awakening | Become Who You Are.



Zen Whack #2: Advaita Teachings Dumb you Down.

New age and religious teachings are much easier to expose as obvious IQ destroyers because of their silly ascended masters, aliens, gods and goddesses. But Advaita has a glossiness to it that masks ignorance because it assumes an advanced form of enlightenment.

With this belief system, there are no anthropomorphic gods or channeled teachings. Instead, you have a sophisticated trap that keeps you mentally masturbating with self aggrandizement forever. This is because it is designed as a psychological loop to shut down your thinking.

A cursory reading of just about anything in Advaita will demonstrate the utter nonsense of the teaching because its all based in magical thinking. When a person is “confused” about the teachings its because they are correct in their response — the teachings are nonsense.

For instance, if everything is an illusion and I am nothing, then who is there to realize this is a psychological trap? Answer? No-one. There is nobody who gets enlightened, nobody who looks, nobody who becomes aware . . . and thus, NO-ONE to escape the trap of being NO-ONE. Then you have the infamous “thinking mind” that guarantees the psychological imprisonment.

Spira doesn’t have a problem demonizing the thinking process but he sure spends a lot of time “thinking” about Non-dualism. All concepts about Non-dualism bring about the opposite concept of Dualism. Its a never ending loop that guarantees, through its confusion, a returning audience and lasting income. Check out Rupert’s webinars HERE.

Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with earning a handsome income with your endeavors, my point is that he is selling snake oil that destroys a persons natural understanding of the world. It causes them to dissociate from real feelings and facts. Profiting from brainwashing people should be called out and that’s what is happening here. People need to know what they are getting into before they open their wallets so they can THINK and make an educated decision. Hopefully this article and the accompanying video will be of service.


Zen Whack #3: The prison walls of Advaita are the “Thinking Mind”.

Mind control would never be effective if it weren’t for the vilification of the mind and its thinking process. Advaita’s arch enemy is the creator of duality, that evil little monster who thinks in terms of “this and that” and “self and other.” Any “image” that is fostered through NORMAL investigation of the REAL WORLD is dismissed as duality because, well, duality is bad.

The whole point of the Advaita mind control program is to get the person into a perpetual feeling-state of “Knowingness” so they can delude themselves into a false reality. Once this is accomplished, they become voice boxes, or puppets, of a psychological virus (meme) that causes dissociation. This is the same religious virus that has morphed into different doctrines throughout history. Humans repackaging dualism, masked in oneness, to reduce death anxiety and gain delusional grandiosity.


Zen Whack #4: Advaita’s Non-dualism is Dualism repackaged.

Another trick in this insidious trap is masking dualism in non-dualism. Advaita teaches that mental concepts about the world create the illusion of separateness, and that a non-dual awareness of everything brings Oneness. The problem is they believe in an afterlife and a repackaged spirit realm called “Consciousness”. The very idea of an afterlife and a material world defines Substance dualism.

Substance dualism is a philosophical position compatible with most theologies which claim that immortal souls occupy an independent realm of existence distinct from that of the physical world.

Same goes with the idea of the “thinking mind” and “awareness”. But with the former, you have the illusion of the world (appearance), and the underlying reality of spirit. So there’s the material realm with all of its “materialistic scientists” and there’s the “realm of consciousness” with all of its passive aggressive, self aggrandizing, virtue-signaling gurus.

I can see that often, when we recognize the uncertainty inherent in life we reach out for something “eternal.” In seeing death and pain, we seek a way to transcend these and there are plenty of philosophies and religions that claim to offer such transcendence, the cost of admission is belief in the system. Non-duality is no different.

Morgan Caraway

The other problem is the very concept of their teachings elicit philosophical division. Their truth is THE TRUTH and other philosophies are products of the “thinking mind” . . . you see, it has to be this way in order for them to keep the Advaita story going. Listen to Spira interact with neuroscientist Sam Harris when his teachings are challenged by Harris, and notice how he dismisses reality and Sam simultaneously.



Zen Whack #5: The Evidence of the Material World Outweighs Spiritual Fantasies.

The utter arrogance of Spira’s position on this topic as demonstrated in the video above is astonishing. On the scale of the evolutionary continuum, that being 4.6 billion years on this planet, humans just arrived a few seconds ago, but Rupert maintains his grandiosity that his subjective fantasies (copied from Nisargadatta) outweighs objective facts.

Isn’t it convenient to use an unprovable philosophy to dismiss reality. This is the same trick used by Religion and New Age teachings. If the physical world is an illusion, an appearance, then there’s really no argument to be had that requires one ounce of intellectual integrity. Why would a Non-dualist study the facts of evolution when he can sit on a log and meditate on Ramana Maharshi’s subjective fantasies? This is another reason why I say these teachings dumb you down. And of course, he has no education in the sciences.


Zen Whack #6: There’s no Evidence that Consciousness Exists Outside the Brain

Another thing spiritual believers tend to do is lie about their experiences. Why? Because they are living a lie, lying to themselves, and thus deluded. So they don’t even know when they are lying. As you watched in the clip above when Harris brought up Anesthesia and Rupert completely lied about being conscious through his operation. Harris graciously stopped pushing because I think it was clear that Spira was going to make up some irrational explanation.

His implication was cleverly twisted in that I believe he was going to say he was conscious before the anesthesia, during, and after, and that the operation was just an illusion. There was no real time lapse in time, no interruption of consciousness. That’s a speculation on my part but I’ve heard it all from wishful believers. Lets take a look at 3 topics which easily destroy the idea that consciousness functions independent of the brain.

Brain Damaged Patients

Watch Sam Harris make an excellent argument about why consciousness is more likely a product of the brain rather than existing independent of it.

Sleeping when not Dreaming

On average, most people dream for around two hours per night. REM sleep in adults typically comprise 20% of sleep. That would mean 8 hours of sleep would yield roughly an hour and a half of dreaming.

With this in mind, where is consciousness when we are not dreaming? I find it very interesting that humans go completely dark for hours every night with no consciousness. How can consciousness exist apart of the brain when it shuts off when the brain shuts it off?

Anesthesia

Under anesthesia, the brain literally shuts down and reboots after the operation. Much like a computer that runs the software we can see and manipulate. There’s no evidence that consciousness or “mind software” exists when the brain is shut down, so its quite a leap to suggest otherwise.


Alcohol Black Outs

Another interesting bit of evidence against Substance Dualism is alcohol black outs. Drink enough ethanol in one sitting and your brain is guaranteed to shut down cognitive processes. Memory is a fascinating thing because it defines who we are. Without memory, humans would be walking around like zombies. So if memory can be shut down by a PHYSICAL CHEMICAL, then where’s the magic power of “Consciousness” to rise above such material substances?

The classic argument from the dualists is that this so-called “Sea of God Consciousness” cannot operate through a brain that has been shut off. The human brain is like a television set that tunes into the airwaves of Consciousness. The problem with this hypothesis is there’s ZERO evidence of Consciousness operating without the brain.


Out of Body and Near Death Experiences

OBE’s and NDE’s are another topic with extremely poor evidence. They can easily be explained (Occam’s razor) as a function of the brain because dream and death hallucinations never occur when the brain is dead. So it goes to figure that unless there’s a growing body of evidence out of the 65 million people who die per year, than its just another reach for wishful believers.

Reincarnation

Reincarnation is typically the last stand for believers, and it comes with humorous evidence typically from a family who’s child has exhibited recall from a past life. What is happening here is false-memory syndrome, confirmation bias, the influence of a hypnotist, or the beliefs the parents project on the child. You will notice that out of over 7 billion people on earth that these stories hardly scratch the surface of human experience. If reincarnation was real, I think the evidence would be overwhelming.

I think a better topic to look into is generational epigenetics and ancestral memory both of which lend convincing evidence of genetic memory passed on through lineage. However, the claims of reincarnation, that being a soul that travels through human bodies, is pure fiction. Check out the links below for more information:

The Boy Who Thought He Was Reincarnated

Evidence for Reincarnation Debunked


Zen Whack #7: Rupert Spira No has Education or Degrees in the Topics he Challenges

As is common with just about every Woo teacher out there that posture themselves as experts on consciousness and the universe, Spira has no education in the matters he speaks on. This isn’t meant to be a personal attack, but it matters when someone has an education in the matters they claim to be experts in. His credentials do not include:

Evolutionary Biologist
Neuroscientist
Psychologist
Archeologist
Astrophysicist
Physicist

But his credentials do include Pottery — here’s from his bio:

Already disenchanted with the scientific path on which he had embarked, he found that pottery provided a new avenue of exploration and experience, and one that was completely consistent with the questions evoked by his encounter with the non-dual understanding. As a result, in 1977 Rupert left school and enrolled in the Ceramics Department of West Surrey College of Art and Design, under Henry Hammond.

So lets get this right, Spira studied a religious belief system, rejected an education in science, and mastered the craft of pottery . . . and this qualifies him to confront the scientific community on subjects regarding consciousness and the universe? A little loving respect is in order.

This is what I call Blind Arrogance and Divine Narcissism

Rather than humble himself to the scientific community, he arrogantly dismisses experts in the various fields such as Sam Harris. He postures himself as a knowing humble guru to his followers, but he’s really quite arrogant when it comes to the hard facts of the world that everybody on the planet effortlessly understands. You don’t need Advaita to understand life, just experience.


Zen Whack #8: Common Sense made Spooky and Special.

If you’ve ever practiced in a nondual tradition, you’ve probably heard the phrase “The Universe is ONE” a few thousand times. This is part of the repetition that keeps the mind control in tact. But the most hilarious part of special statements like this is it is common sense. Most everyone knows that the universe is energy, there’s nothing spooky or enlightened about that statement. Anyone with a cursory understanding of evolution can understand the “Oneness” of the human primate and its environment without believing that “everything is an illusion.” In fact, evolution proves the Oneness of the universe. Advaita proves nothing but the human capacity for storytelling, gullibility, trance, delusional certainty, hallucination, pattern seeking and confirmation bias.

As far as I can tell, our own life experience is the closest we will ever get to any sort of “truth.”

Morgan Caraway

The funniest part of this is that an understanding of the Oneness of the universe is easily comprehended through basic science and requires no outdated teachings from the infancy of humankind; nor does it require proclamations, guided meditations, spiritual discourses, or sacred gatherings. All those may be entertaining, but they are designed to change your consciousness which makes them potentially dangerous. Educated people are less likely to swallow the Woo when practicing such things as in the case of Sam Harris. Remember that the Oneness of the universe is PHYSICALLY self-evident.

Zen Whack #9: Grandiose Statements and Absolutist Concepts Expressed with Total Authority.

As non-dualists posture themselves as having “no-self” they contradict their humble state of “nothingness” with extremely grandiose statements such as:

“I was never born and I will never die”
“I am infinite, timeless awareness”
“I am the Truth beyond all appearances”
“I am the unchanging reality”

These are rote proclamations repeated endlessly in hope that they will stick. Attachment to these cryptic concepts are a clever form of megalomania hiding behind “nothingness” brought on by a bad case of Toxic Self-Criticism born from rejection and shame. The natural world invokes a candid response from its wonder and horror. Statements like this become mantras for people desperately wanting out of our human predicament. It is true, we are awareness, we are energy, but we will die and we were born and we have no idea what “infinite” means in relationship to our human existence. All these statements are easy to proclaim but they are all based in faith because they imply things that we do not know, such as the afterlife.


Zen Whack #10: Toxic Selves are Attracted to Grandiose Selves.

In many cases, it is unresolved psychological complexes that draw people into these teachings to repair themselves. A shame-based self, rooted in childhood humiliation, can gain a sense of respect and empowerment through an overblown superiority complex, thus hiding the post traumatic stress.

The teachings “disappear” (dismiss) the world as an illusion, which includes one’s real-life problems and childhood memories. This belief engine of denial is very effective and becomes the fuel for dissociating from the cause of suffering. The believer experiences relief as long as they can keep reminding themselves that they are “nothing” and the world is an illusion by re-reading Advaita doctrine, talking about their nothingness, teaching the subject, and keeping company with “somebodies” that want to become “enlightened nobodies”.

In all of the absolutist concepts, I find a denial of one’s unknowing and of one’s mortality, I also find a denial of the mercurial, ever-transforming nature of the observable universe.

Morgan Caraway

Anytime you run into a spiritual person who is constantly vocalizing or posturing their divine narcissism, you can bet they hold a deep psychological complex of a broken self. People who don’t suffer from a bad-feeling of themselves on some unconscious level have no motivation to awe people with their majestic connection to divinity. There’s no reason to declare their “Oneness” because they don’t feel separated.

Grandiose declarations of ONENESS become the mantra of delusion and serve to pass on the infectious dualism meme to people who buy into the mystique it spawns. But keep in mind that these statements contradict themselves by insinuating their opposite — small and unimpressive.


Zen Whack #11: Non dualists contradict their own teachings.

Non-dualists love to talk about their “nothingness” while passively lecturing others about the dangers of duality concepts. For instance, the “nothingness” concept invites the “somethingness” concept or the “no-self” brings to mind the “self”. So the very conversation contradicts the basis of their teachings. If they really are “nobody” then they should take a vow of silence and find a cave to live in. By default, they are in dualism when they proclaim their so-called state of Oneness (brain washing is a more accurate term). Their very words create SEPERATION by the inferred antonym. They literally produce duality with their ‘thinking mind’ with every grandiose statement.

“I was never born and I will never die”
— I was born and I will die
“I am infinite, timeless awareness”
— I am not infinite, timeless awareness
I am the Truth beyond all appearances”
— I am not the Truth beyond all appearances
“I am the unchanging reality”
— I am not the unchanging reality

When you really dive into Non-dual teachings, there is no “I AM’ . . . the is No-One to be beyond all appearances, to be the unchanging reality . . . ultimately this insight just brings one back to common sense. But if you “identify” with the concepts of this teaching, the “new you” which is nothing more than another concept, will affirm itself as a spectacular Nothingness. This new you must be seen as interesting because of its mystique . . . its all a trap.


Zen Whack #12: Advaita is Mind Control and Brainwashing

One of the keys to mind control is changing the persons reality by inverting their understanding OF reality through nonsensical statements that contradict reality.

The reason for this is found in our evolutionary roots. And just like every other life form on this earth, we are connected to all life BY DEFAULT. There are no glorious mantras that need to be repeated, no meetings to attend, and no books to read. Our very breath defines who we are and the environment in which we are born proves our existence each time we touch a flower, cut our finger, or watch a sunset.

Keep this in mind, the natural state of a human being comes with a sense of belonging — Oneness — its built in biologically.

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But due to generational child abuse, cultural conflict, social rejection, and religious memes (to name a few), humans can turn against themselves and feel disconnected. This state of confusion leads to seeking ideologies of ‘oneness’ that help to dissociate from the natural world. They create a cocktail of feelings that delude the person into a false reality. Once the programming has set in, they tend to glow with a fuzzy “knowingness” usually accompanied with a weirdly loving smile.


Zen Whack #13: They have created a new Identity called “No-Self” or “Nothingness”.

This may be the most humorous aspect about this doctrine. Non dualists love to talk about their divine awakened “nothingness”. They posture themselves as humble enlightened “nobodies” who have surpassed the “concept” of enlightenment.

What’s happening here is they have identified with a new religious concept that they claim transcends all concepts, but they fail to see they have traded one self image for another, and that’s why they have to keep talking about it. Religious self concepts, especially sneaky ones that present themselves as nothingness, are psychic vampires of light. They draw attention to themselves to feed their divine narcissism which keeps it in tact. Any criticism of their non-dualism doctrine threatens the very psychological construct it is held together by.

In Closing

Now I cannot prove that the universe is not Consciousness with a capital C anymore than I cannot prove there is no God. But the evidence does lead to our experience of consciousness being a product of our brain and the anthropomorphic Gods of religion being human projections. The only way this teaching could have any basis in science is if the Simulation Hypothesis is true.

But even if this was the case, an avatar exists in a virtual environment which is NOT an illusion to the Avatar, in fact, it is built as a real world for the Avatar. It is not an illusion in that context especially if there’s an evolutionary process to it. And if the only benefit to awakening from the simulation is a fuzzy feeling of enlightenment, then I don’t see the value of dismissing it as an illusion unless there was an escape hatch which Guru’s have been trying to do for eons — to break the laws of physics.

Of course anything is possible in video games, but I have yet to see one person levitate, bilocate, remote view, or move objects with their minds — its all a bamboozle easily provable when confronting these claims with a dirty little word called EVIDENCE. Wishful thinking, magical thinking, subjective validation, and confirmation bias are the cocktails of spiritual delusion no better demonstrated than in Advaita.

I’d like to leave you with an invitation by Michael W. Taft from his article “The Universe is NOT One”:

For those of you who feel like enlightened nondual masters, try this experiment: Just for a few days, let go of all your theories about the supposed scientific validity of nondualism. Let go of being convinced that the world is composed of consciousness. Recognize that even if these are both true, they only exist in your mind as concepts. Don’t just drop them provisionally, drop them utterly and entirely. Allow yourself to be truly concept-free during this time, fully immersed in not-knowing. My guess is that you will discover a level of freedom that you have never experienced before.

Thanks for reading . . .

— Zzenn

Published by Zzenn

Zzenn Loren is an author, musical artist, philosopher, bio-spiritual teacher/guide, subjective explorer and podcaster. His books challenge long held ideas about religion and spirituality and offer a body-based alternative.

6 thoughts on “Rupert Spira and Advaita Exposed

    1. The scam is in the dismissal of reality…. A dream is a dream … that is with the word was invented for…. The physical world, in contrast, is the real world … provably …. Advaita teaches otherwise, very simple.

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      1. Hi Someone! what advaita maintains is that the world as we experience it has no independent existence outside consciousness. The physical world depends on, and is sustained by consciousness alone, which is the ultimate reality.
        So it’s not a dismissal of reality, but seeing reality as it is beyond mind, beyond concepts. In that state where subject and object are no longer. Cheers!

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      2. This is Zzenn — I’ll repeat, that is a dismissal of reality….the world exist on its own and created consciousness through evolution in life forms … All is energy but to relate the universe to human consciousness is illusion …. All non-dualist dismiss reality as a dream…. there’s no evidence that reality is a dream or that death does not exist…I think you need to reread Aveda…cheers.

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  1. This is Zzenn — The scam is in the dismissal of reality…. A dream is a dream that is with the word was invented for…. The physical world in contrast is the real world…. Advaita teaches otherwise very simple.

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  2. Man. Spira, non-dualists, and other New Age woos make people who actually enjoy subjective experiences and reading eastern philosophy look bad.
    I love exploring neuroscience and neurotheology.
    You don’t have to be a delusional New Age woo to explore subjective experiences. The neuroscience and psychology behind OBEs, NDEs, lucid dreams, psychedelics, meditation, and even ghost/apparition visits ( still my favorite ) doesn’t lessen the experiences themselves. Hallucinations or not.
    And regarding death, no one really knows what will happen after death, but New Agers completely lose LOADS of sleep over it and avoid actually thinking about it. No one knows if it’s heaven, nirvana, or nothingness ( I count that as an afterlife also ).
    I’m afraid of the idea of suffering a long, agonizing, painful, and drawn out death, not death itself.

    Sam Harris is one of my favorite authors. I like Thomas Metzinger, Annaka Harris, Susan Blackmore, Daniel Dennett, Michael Pollan, Andrew Newberg, Bruce Hood, and many more.

    Keep up the good work.

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