037. Joel Rumbolo

I was born on June 14,1946 in Elizabeth, NJ and now live in North West Jersey. As a child I was aware of a vast stillness each night when I would close my eyes and lay down for sleep. The world seemed to dissolve in a blissful silence each night until waking in the morning. This experience was forgotten until found again while learning Transcendental Meditation. That profound first encounter with meditation set my feet on a path which culminated years later in the realization that our true nature is vast empty stillness that at the same time is full with life.

In a very practical sense, this shift in perception has greatly changed reactions to daily life. Every aspect of life is underscored by a spontaneous peaceful acceptance that is beyond intellectual understanding. The world is experienced as arising and dissolving in unconditional knowing. There is no sense of a separate individual struggling or accomplishing anything. Life goes on without anxiety, worry and obsessively mulling over a past that is gone and future that hasn’t happened. Seeing life this way allows a freedom to totally embrace experiences as they unfold. Even as the mind continues to judge situations as good or bad there is a deeper knowing that it’s all ok.

Interview recorded 9/15/2010

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

103 thoughts on “037. Joel Rumbolo

  1. Your talk reminds me of the late Itzhak Bentov (1923-1979), inventor, metaphysician, kundalini researcher and celebrated author of “Stalking the Wild Pendulum” (1977) and “A Cosmic Book” (1982). Besides being a born mystic (he was initiated during dreams, had visions, etc.), no doubt he was a TMer and a TM-sidha [as stated by Andrija Puharich (“Uri”), Lee Sannella (“On Genius”) and Rory Goff (http://rorygoff.com/rory-goff-a-spiritual-autobiography/1977-1978-initiation-ii-baptism-the-sixth-state-celestial-consciousness/), and his amazing visions and experiences are described in his books. According to Sannella and his daughter, Sharona Bentov Muir, Bentov was pretty close to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and had built an apparel (“transcendometer”) to measure TM experience. He died untimely in the DC-10 Chicago crash of 1979.

  2. Sorry, about the transcendometer the right word is not “apparel” but “device” or “instrument”.

  3. Thanks Rick and Joel. I really liked the simplicity of this interview and take much from what was said in it.

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