Timothy Schoorel was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1965. At the age of 15, he decided to become a disciple of the controversial mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, later called Osho. If you ever want to watch a talk by Osho, reflecting what he was all about, may I suggest Philosophia Ultima #2.
In 1991, he met Alexander Smit, a Dutch sage who was taught by the famous Advaita Vedanta guru Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, watch Awaken to the Eternal (distilled version).
In December 1995, Timothy realized his absolute nature, finding the freedom he had intuited since childhood.
Who am I, if not the vastness in which the world appears?
I am the unfathomable depths of existence, the ocean from which the waves of life are born.
If you know yourself as this vastness, then you have met me, for this is who I am.
If you are still convinced that you are a human being, of course, you will be convinced I am a human being too.
This is only true in the sense that a wave is true. But if you understand the ocean, then how can you insist that you are a wave?
Such is my situation.
Because the mind will immediately go from one extreme to the other though, let me stress that I do not deny the life of the waves.
Their play, their dynamics, their relationships and all, are meaningful. The ocean though is what allows waves complete expression, the ocean is where all waves finally come to rest. The ocean is always there for the wave to crash into.
The ocean is timeless, the wave temporal.
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