WELCOME to the seventh installment of Awakening Clarity’s Guest Teaching Series. One week at a time we’re building what is effectively becoming the Who’s Who of contemporary Nonduality. We hope to become the standard reference source for sampling teachers and teachings. It’s a great way to see how well you resonate, or to simply get a fresh perspective on Nondual teachings in general.
FRANCIS LUCILLE is one of Nonduality’s clearest vessels. A native Frenchman, Francis graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. He was trained as a scientist; as a physicist and mathematician, and spent his working career practicing in both that field, and as a diplomat. After doing inquiry on his own for a couple of years he met his teacher, Advaita master Jean Klein. Jean Klein’s own mentor was Pandit Veeraraghavachar Rao, also known as Panditji, who was a professor at the Sanskrit College in Bengalore in the 1950s. Jean also knew Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon, the modern founder of the Direct Path. Francis has also been very influential in carrying the message of freedom. He was a significant influence for Greg Goode, and the teacher of Rupert Spira and Chris Hebard (of Stillness Speaks), and many, many others.
Now retired from his former career, Francis regularly works with dedicated truth seekers from his home in Temecula, California and through retreats. He holds satsangs that are both enlightening and entertaining in Temecula on most Saturdays and Sundays and those can be attended via Internet video. As always we have helpful links at the bottom to help you further pursue these teachings.
I want to thank Rupert Spira for helping me engage this week’s Guest Teacher. Francis has generously provided us with printed transcripts of guided meditations he gave in Canada some years ago. They are simply tremendous: beautiful and moving, they opened me up as if he was in the room speaking just to me. I hope they are just that wonderful for you. I’m betting they will be.
And now . . .
Now, that which appears, the answer, the localization, the sensation, seems to be localized, but ask yourself the question, “Where is the Presence, to which the localized sensation appears, located?” If the sensation is localized does that make the Presence localized? Ponder this based upon your experience. In other words, “How do I know this Presence I call ‘I’ is localized?”
Find the answer for yourself. Don’t let me tell you what the answer is. What I tell you has no value. What you find by yourself, what you discover firsthand has value. If you decide this Presence is localized, that’s your decision based upon your experience. It is your experience alone which makes the decision. My advice is: check it out, again and again, until you reach a rock-solid conviction one way or the other as to whether, based upon your experience, this Presence which you are, is localized or not.
Now you may say, “I don’t know.” Fair enough. Or you may say, “I don’t know, but other people know.” That’s not fair enough, because how would they know better than you where your Presence is located? Only you know your Presence. They know their Presence, assuming their Presence is different from yours, but they don’t know yours. So they have truly no say as to where your Presence is located. I have no say in this matter. That’s why I don’t want to tell you anything. That’s why I suggest you find out for yourself. It’s called freedom.
OUR SILENCE IN MEDITATION is not the silence of the mind. It is the silence of the heart.
A silent heart is a heart that is turned inwards towards its source and keeps facing that direction, like a sunflower tracking the sun. Our hearts are tracking the sun of all hearts inside.
How we do it is a mystery. It is our love for truth that keeps the heart turned towards the right direction, towards the Kaaba.
The true prayer is when the heart is oriented in the right direction. It doesn’t matter where the truthlover is at any moment as a bodymind, provided the heart is constantly in prayer. And the prayer isn’t necessarily something religious; it is not at all religious, in fact. There is no obligation. It expresses itself freely depending upon the circumstances. It varies from one truthlover to another. Some pray to God with their intelligence, thinking about the truth. Others pray to God with their feelings, loving the Absolute. Others pray to God with their sense perceptions, loving beauty. All of those are guests inside God’s tent, guests at the celebration.
If the sunflower of the heart has tracked the sun once, it will spontaneously go back to the direction of the sun at any moment, provided we leave it alone. It will go back if we liberate it from concerns, from thoughts, from fear, from desire, from doingness.
Francis’ website: http://www.francislucille.com/
Francis on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/francislucille
To read an interview with Francis on Advaita.org.uk: goo.gl/C9rtz
To read a chapter of Eternity Now (via the awakened eye): http://goo.gl/ynQ1r
To find out about weekly video satsangs and other events: http://goo.gl/KDWcA
To visit Francis’ online shop: http://goo.gl/zzacy
To view or buy Francis’ books on Amazon: http://goo.gl/DlbqI
To view or buy Francis’ books and DVDs on Non-Duality Press: http://goo.gl/CqRTu
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