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Should we be selfish or selfless in life and why?

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Dear Sushant,

Thank you for your question.

What do you mean when you speak of "self"? This is the key question. The point is to realize the true Self, the Atman, and be liberated. For this to happen you must detach your identity from the false "self," the body-mind pattern you normally think of as yourself. In doing this you will realize your true nature as infinite Consciousness, and then you are free of all bondage.

Ordinary selflessness, by which people usually mean thinking of others welfare before our own, can be a spiritual practice that helps one gain detachment from the false self on the way to discovering one's true Self.

Best wishes,

Brother William  

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William Schindler, a.k.a. Brother William

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I can answer questions about Vedanta philosophy, Patanjali Yoga philosophy and practice, Tantra, Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Vivekachudamani (Shankara`s Crest-jewel of Spritual Discrimination), Advaita (non-dualism), the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda tradition, Goddess worship, meditation practice, Hindu monasticism (sannyasa), and Sanskrit.

Experience

I've been studying and practicing Vedanta and Tantra since 1969.

Organizations
I'm the founder and spiritual director of Ashram West, a gay spiritual community based on traditional Hindu Tantra. I have been a member of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since 1969.

Publications
I have three books in print: GAY TANTRA, ESSAYS ON GAY TANTRA, BLOOD OF THE GODDESS.

Education/Credentials
I hold a B.A. in Sanskrit (UC Berkeley 1975) and an M.A. in clinical psychology (Antioch University 1986).

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