Presence

Question: Can you learn to be presence, or show someone how, or do you just have to wait for presence to arise?

Answer: ‘Presence’ is. It neither arises nor diminishes.

There is nothing one can do to ‘be’ presence, because one already is presence, but rather there are things which can be done in order to bring about the recognition of the presence one already is.

One of the things to do might be listening to a really good teacher who knows how to point out the student very clearly exactly what ‘presence’ is.

Presence is completely here. It is You. More You than any changing thing you might have taken yourself to be.

So completely and silently present, we miss it amidst the changing experiences which tend to captivate us.

Learn to distinguish between the changing and the changeless. Whatever is changing, be it the body, mind, or sense organs experiences, that is not you.

What is ever changelessly present, underlying, as it were, all changing things, that is presence. That is You!

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About Dhanya

Dhanya developed an interest in Hinduism and Eastern philosophy in the early 1970s. In 1973, she traveled to India in search of a guru to guide her on the spiritual path. While there she encountered disciples of Neem Karoli Baba and his teachings of bhakti and karma yoga which influenced her life from then on. She studied Vipasana meditation for some time with S.N. Goenkaji beginning in 1974. In 1991 she met HWL Poonja, whose words sparked a desire in her to understand the teachings of nonduality. Subsequently she met other advaita teachers, including Jean Klein and Sri Ranjit Maharaj, who were great sources of inspiration to her. In 2002 she met her current teacher, Dr. Carol Whitfield, a traditional teacher of Advaita/Vedanta and a disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Having found a teaching and a teacher with whom she has a deep resonance and who clearly and effectively elucidate the means for self-knowledge, Dhanya now lives in Northern California, where she studies Vedanta and writes on the topic of nonduality.

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