On September 29th, 2014, I was lucky enough to be part of a small group having a personal conversation with Magdi Badawy.
The discussion that day focused on a few key aspects about the non-duality of awareness. The satsang was profound, illiminating, very funny, and even logical all at the same time. It had a huge impact on me in the moment, and the effects have not been lost.
Below is the video of that conversation. As usual I will quote the parts of the dialogue that strike me the most, and I will also offer my personal contemplations of the quoted snippet.
6:46 “Go to this I…You can’t pin it down.”
I think I try to ‘pin down’ the I…I try to pin down the I and make it an object that “Me” can experience. But this I is not an object that “Me” can experience. The I can notice the “Me”, but the “Me” can’t notice the I.
The “Me” is not an experiencer, the “Me” is an experience.
30:18 “Whenever you are reverting or adopting the ‘I am’ this body-mind…your mind has adopted a very complex program of a zillion things. And they’re all separate and I’m a separate thing among the zillions things, and I’ve got to maneuver my way through this maze.”
31:06 “As soon as you adopt the position of ‘I am a body-mind’, you’ve immediately downloaded a very complex program that we refer to as ‘separation.’ And this program has been downloaded into your body as well as the ‘me’ sensation.”