The Journey of Inner Transformation with Ravi Ravindra
The subject of this session is the journey of inner transformation that any seeker is bound to make. One common lesson of all serious spiritual teachings is that as long as I remain the way I am, I cannot come to the Truth or to God or to the Real. A radical transformation of my whole being is required in order to be more and more free of my ego-self in order to be able to submit to the particle of Divinity that has taken on my body-mind.
Once one realises that self-awareness is the mechanism of this self-transformation, the interest shifts from what I see to the fact that I see and towards more and more interest in the quality of my seeing. An ardent searcher sooner or later realizes that whatever I regard as the destination of my search–labelled Enlightenment, Nirvana, Kingdom of Heaven and the like—is at least partially driven by the fears and desires of my ego-self. Then one is interested less in the destination and more and more in the journey itself. Everything along the journey—including one step forward, one step side-ways, and one step back—becomes interesting as one moves closer to the Mysterious Unknown and Unknowable which seems more interested in finding me than I am in finding IT. The Mystery remains; rather than denying it or being afraid of it, the seeker celebrates It.
Ravi Ravindra, PhD, is an international speaker and the author of books on religion, science, and spirituality. A Canadian of Indian birth, he is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, where he served for many years as a professor in Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Physics. His spiritual search has immersed him in the teachings of Yoga, Gurdjieff, Krishnamurti, and Christianity, as well as interreligious dialogue and the relationship between science and spirituality. He is the author of numerous books, notably his translation of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras with commentary, his writings on Krishnamurti and the Gurdjieff Work, and his comparisons of Indian and Christian mysticism.