“The complete Art of Being teaches both the Philosophy of Being and the Philosophy of Becoming.“ *
The integral teaching of the true nature of man requires a meeting of the pure teachings of non-duality, advaita (sanskrit: not-two), a teaching of the Absolute, with the relative teachings of dvaita (sanskrit: duality, meaning plurality) as demonstrated in Western psychology.
“Western and Eastern wisdom marry, heaven and hell meet, void and love embrace one another and reveal the gift of all-encompassing realization.“ *
In OM the synthesis of these different lines of teaching is reflected. Darshan represents the pure transparency of impersonal consciousness beyond personal limitation, immersed into the Great Stillness. Darshan passes on the Philosophy of Being. It is connected with the “great self-inquiry“, as OM calls it, and it starts and ends with the question : “Who am I? Who is this “I“ thinking this thought? The Philosophy of Becoming is investigated through Inner Work. This “small self-inquiry“ can also be described as the process of eradicating the conditioning of the “I-impression“. By the practice of the "small self-inquiry", the Inner Work, the inner worlds which by their imprint veil the natural state of man, his access to the Great Stillness, are made conscious.
A School of Being in which both lines of teaching are available, offers the highest conceivable realisation. In Darshan the advaitan essence of all teachings ist enunciated. It speaks from an absolute point of view pointing solely to Self, to God. It is not interested in the temporary existence of an "I". The Inner Work assumes the existence of an "I" and therefore accepts the unrealtistic position of the seeker. In this exploration of the non-self the concepts of the "I" are mentally and emotionally examined and removed layer by layer to ultimately reveal the soul.
The Inner Work teaches true humanity, it is the foundation of the spiritual path. Paradoxically only by a readiness to become truly human can man give up his conditionded identifiation with being human and realise his absoute nature which is hidden beyond his personification.
"Before approaching the question "Who am I?", the question "Who am I not?" has to be explored. You cannot start wanting to see Truth because you would block yourself by this attempt. One has to start with "neti, neti", I'm not this, I'm not that.", Ken Wilber writes for instance.
“To encounter Truth means that one must first encounter Falsehood.“ *
OM’s experience has shown that most western people need some preparation before they are ready to meet Truth directly. Inner work represents the process of gradually liberating man. Darshan solely points to the timeless awakening of man into the absolute at this moment.
“Some years ago, to the question, ‘What is the meaning of human existence?’ I gave the answer ‘To awaken to the absolute nature of the Self’ today I would give a different answer, ‘The meaning of human existence is both to awaken into the absolute nature of the Self and to the relative nature of the Self’. That alone represents true awakening.“ *“The Divine Play and human life are ONE“ *
The following pages give more information about Darshan with OM, the tradition of Advaita Vedanta and OM’s teaching as well as about his activities as teacher, healer, author and lecturer.
* Quotations from OM