417. Paul Muller-Ortega

Paul Muller-OrtegaPaul Muller-Ortega, Ph.D., the founder of Blue Throat Yoga, is an internationally recognized meditation teacher, and one of the world’s most highly respected academic scholars in the field of Indian Religion and Hindu Tantra.

Paul is passionate and devoted to teaching students how to access their truest Self, and to offer the knowledge base to understand and support that experience. He has led hundreds of meditation retreats, offered a vast array of study courses, translated and provided commentary on many of the most inspired sacred texts of the Śaiva-Śākta tradition, and has personally trained over 40 Ācāryas as Authorized Teachers of Neelakantha Meditation.

Paul is uniquely qualified to offer these potent teachings, drawing upon the synergy of his long career as an academic scholar, his particular capacity to translate complex ideas and concepts into easily accessible and comprehensible understanding, and a personal history of deep meditation and extensive practice in the Śaiva-Śākta Tantra tradition.

Paul Muller-Ortega is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Triadic Heart of Siva: Kaula Tantricism of Abhinavagupta in the Non-Dual Shaivism of Kashmir (Suny Series, Shaiva Traditions of Kashmir), in which he examines the “Heart” as the mystical core of Consciousness. He is also one of the co-authors of “Meditation Revolution”, as well as numerous scholarly articles on aspects of Tantric Studies.

Website: bluethroatyoga.com

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Transcript of this interview

Interview recorded September 16, 2017

2nd BatGap interview with Paul.

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

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:04:45 – Symbolic forms of goddesses
  • 00:08:59 – The Origins and Influences of Nilakanta Meditation
  • 00:13:22 – The Meaning of Mantra
  • 00:17:25 – The Chalice of the Mantra
  • 00:21:53 – Vibratory Frequencies and Higher Consciousness
  • 00:26:18 – The Power of Mantra in Meditation
  • 00:36:03 – The Shaiva Tradition and the Malas
  • 00:40:35 – The Appearance and Relative Reality in the Shaiva Shakta Tradition
  • 00:44:53 – The Purpose of Creation and the Value of Evolution
  • 00:49:59 – Different Mantras for Household and Renunciate
  • 00:54:05 – Encounters with Ramana Maharshi
  • 00:58:12 – The Wave of Freedom and Transformation
  • 01:02:18 – The Awakening Process and Transformation Levels
  • 01:06:33 – Liberation without Practice
  • 01:10:38 – The Fourth State of Consciousness and Beyond
  • 01:15:24 – Celestial Perception and Stages of Enlightenment
  • 01:19:35 – The Role of Substandard Teachers in Spiritual Circles
  • 01:23:31 – The Curious Cherishing and Denouncing of Knowledge
  • 01:27:38 – Understanding the concept of “madhya”
  • 01:31:39 – The Krama Tradition and Sequential Manifestation
  • 01:36:24 – The Yoga Vasishta’s Philosophical Outlook
  • 01:41:58 – The Rush to Act from Knowingness
  • 01:44:50 – Understanding the Planetary Phenomenon
  • 01:49:15 – The Transformation of Spirituality
  • 01:53:37 – The Ocean of Milk and the Poison
  • 01:57:45 – Making the Maximum Use of Time
  • 02:01:34 – The Mandukya Upanishad and Aum as a mantra
  • 02:05:30 – The Subtle Level of Understanding
  • 02:08:56 – Being an Instrument in the Transition to Higher Consciousness