The pros and cons of spiritual experience with reference to the poet Kabir at Lamakaan in Hyderabad, India.
In the wood where lions
and birds don’t fly,
in empty meditation.
Why empty meditation? Why did Kabir reject rights and ceremonies.
Spiritual experience in the light of Kabir
The talk by author Todd Vickers involved some of Kabir’s most skeptical poems and his rejection of rites and ceremonies.
Gorakh was yoga’s connoisseur.
They didn’t cremate
Still his meat rotted and mixed
with dust. For nothing
he polished his body.
We discussed the mistake of creating an identity around race, caste, nation and spiritual ideology and the similarity between these things. We touched on mistaking thoughts as facts when thoughts only interpret and reflect facts. How identification of ourselves creates both human misery and imposes capricious limits on us. And how meditation dissolves these habits of mind and frees us from these limits. We have video of the talk that will soon be on The Vivriti You Tube Channel.
The Vivriti Foundation sponsored this talk and it was hosted by Lamakaan on the day of its anniversary.
A special thanks to Subba for making it happen.