Sruti is a spiritual teacher and feminist advocate. She writes about her experience with an uncommon and painful illness called Interstitial Cystitis. This ongoing and chronic condition challenged her to stay present with daily pain and to look further inward for answers.
In an extreme moment of pain, in which consciousness began to fade, Sruti experienced the erasure of all that clouds over the earliest source of vision. She asks the question: with whose vision are we seeing when the lights are going out? Has this early vision ever known anything at all?
After these extreme episodes of pain Sruti spent time on retreat with teachers such as Gangaji and Sri Mooji. She found no difference in these nondual pointings and the discoveries made directly in painful circumstances.
Sruti finds that we can allow what is painful to become a tool to disrupt the ordinary layers of our experience. Underneath these layers we find the unconditional peace that is our constant being in each moment.
Can we investigate the source of ordinary vision – can we find the place of true seeing that is earlier that who we think we are?
Interview recorded 5/28/2016
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