165. Anatta Campbell

Paradoxically, “Anatta”, HWL Poonja, enlightened master, said, “means, I don’t exist.” Exactly! That was Anatta’s experience late one night almost 20 years ago when the ego/personality disappeared and was seen to have less reality than smoke and dust.

Yet a magical life has transpired, regardless. Starting out as a ‘Jesus Freak’ in New York, Anatta lived in Oregon and India as a disciple of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. In the presence of HWL Poonja she washed the Master’s dishes, ate radishes from his hands and massaged his arm which had been injured. She spent a beautiful afternoon sitting under the trees in Ojai California attending a talk with the late J. Krishnamurt. All in all, Anatta eventually traveled to India on seven separate occasions.

Continuing the journey in the west to Hawaii and Sedona, she sat with many well known teachers – finally finding her heart’s home back in the town of Tiruvannamali, India, and has felt blessed sitting at the foot of her ultimate teacher, the sacred mountain, Arunachala, near the Ramana Maharshi ashram; a place where, since ancient times, many enlightened beings have been drawn

When not in India, Anatta lived a very ordinary life in Southern California near her three daughters and three grandchildren.  Surprisingly existence has sent her two more teenagers to raise and she is currently in the mountains of North Carolina doing just that, though that journey is coming to an end as the “kids” are almost grown.

About the book, The Ordinary Buddha, by Anatta Campbell. Adyashanti and Byron Katie, two well known teachers, share their personal awakening stories, as well as eleven other “ordinary” people who, in beautiful and dramatic ways, share with us their journey from real-life, not so saintly pasts to the discovery of their true nature; The discovery that we are not who we thought ourselves to be all along, but something far more grand and yet sweetly ordinary. The Knowing sweeps through us like a fresh breeze on a spring morning. Their discovery is our discovery.

Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded 3/9/2013

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction: Anatta Campbell on Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:05:28 – The Different Aspects of Awakening
  • 00:10:21 – The Continuous Process of Awakening
  • 00:13:50 – The Journey of Awakening and Maturing
  • 00:17:47 – The Fullness of Emptiness and Presence
  • 00:21:35 – The Paradox of Existence
  • 00:25:15 – The Experience of Selflessness
  • 00:29:16 – Living Life Differently After Awakening
  • 00:33:02 – The Search is Over
  • 00:35:37 – Creativity and Aligning with the Source of Life
  • 00:39:25 – Addiction and Alignment
  • 00:43:32 – The Miracle of Utilizing Laws of Nature
  • 00:47:06 – A Message from the Other Side
  • 00:50:43 – The Balance of Control and Surrender
  • 00:54:50 – The Impact of Words and Ego Growth
  • 00:58:24 – From Jesus Freak to Seeker
  • 01:01:31 – Going to India with Osho
  • 01:04:30 – Understanding and Accepting the Flaws of Spiritual Teachers
  • 01:07:46 – Controversies and Personal Experiences with Osho
  • 01:11:09 – The Transformative Power of Meditation
  • 01:14:30 – Surrendering Everything I Thought I Was
  • 01:18:00 – Different Psychic Experiences
  • 01:21:38 – Rediscovering the Chapters
  • 01:24:47 – Following a Unique Path
  • 01:28:27 – Oneness and Duality in Existence
  • 01:32:08 – The Longing for God to Know Itself
  • 01:36:09 – Experiencing the Thoughts of Animals
  • 01:39:37 – A Conversation about Consciousness and Life
  • 01:42:18 – E-Book and Hardcover Publishers
  • 01:45:25 – Meditating in the Woods
  • 01:48:48 – Gratitude and Farewell