125. Nirmala

NirmalaAfter a lifetime of spiritual seeking, Nirmala met his teacher, Neelam, a devotee of H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji). She convinced him that seeking wasn’t necessary; and after experiencing a profound spiritual awakening in India, he began offering satsang and Nondual Spiritual Mentoring with Neelam’s blessing. This tradition of spiritual wisdom has been most profoundly disseminated by Ramana Maharshi, a revered Indian saint, who was Papaji’s teacher. Nirmala’s perspective was also profoundly expanded by his friend and teacher Adyashanti.

Nirmala offers satsang in gratitude for the love and grace that flow through his teachers, Neelam and Adyashanti, and for the Truth brought to this world by Ramana Maharshi and H.W.L. Poonja. Advaita satsang is offered as a celebration of the possibility, in every moment, of recognizing the truth of who we are. Nirmala offers a unique vision and a gentle, compassionate approach, which adds to this rich tradition of inquiry into the truth of Being.

“What is appealing about Nirmala is his humility and lack of pretense, which welcomes whatever arises within the field of experience. In the midst of this welcoming is always an invitation to inquire deeply within, to the core of who and what you are. Again and again, Nirmala points the questions back to the questioner and beyond to the very source of existence itself-to the faceless awareness that holds both the question and the questioner in a timeless embrace.” – From the foreword by Adyashanti, spiritual teacher and author of Emptiness Dancing, to Nirmala’s book, Nothing Personal: Seeing Beyond The Illusion Of A Separate Self.

“Nirmala is a genuine and authentic spiritual teacher, who points with great clarity to the simplicity and wonder of nondual presence.” – Joan Tollifson, Advaita spiritual teacher and author of Awake in the Heartland

Nirmala lives in Sedona, Arizona with his wife, Gina, and their two corgis, Bodhi and Gracie. Contact Nirmala by using the contact form here. Read an interview with Nirmala here. More information about Gina and her books, including Radical Happiness: A Guide to Awakening, is available on radicalhappiness.com.

More of Nirmala’s books:

Referred to during the interview:

Interview recorded 6/2/2012

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

44 thoughts on “125. Nirmala

  1. Jill,
    Regarding the trust analysis…I had another listen to it. Nirmala is talking of his own experience. Check out 1:27:00, 1:29:30 and especially 1:40:00. CC can be pretty sticky, huh?

    See you over in Igor.


  2. The guest is great but dropped the the ball on the question (or spiritually by passed the question) asking the difference between a Nyani and a Yogi. There was a reason that the questioner invested value in the distinction, even if the distinctions are imperfect.

    The guest’s answer appealed to the inherent vagueness of language or the impossibility of perfect distinctions. But here and now, words and distinctions are entirely understandable. I don’t ask a car mechanic to fly a plane, and splitting hairs by proclaiming vaguess in language, has no fewer costs than does doggedly proclaiming language’s limits.

    Nevermind the labels; instead, ask if teachers have different capacities (Nyani, Yogi), even if the lables intersect and are messy.

    The fact that teachers have different capacities is important!

    People who seek awakening are often hungry or even desperate, and capacities of teachers are often presumed to be greater than they are, whatever their fine and good intentions. So, the question was important on its merits.

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