Omkaradatta



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Tim
Function: 
Enlightened
Traditions: 
Advaita, Nonduality, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Self Enquiry
Main Countries of Activity: 
USA
Date of Birth: 
08/14/1964
Place of Birth: 
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Yes

Biography

In his own words (earlier writings): I came to Advaita around 1998 or 1999 after meeting a member of one of those spiritual mailing lists (oriented to general nondualism).

Immediately I became interested, greatly interested. I was fed up with life, sick of it. I wasn't suicidal, but I saw the repetitiveness, the impossibility to achieve anything of worth. I had been very nervous and scared all my life, hardly able to talk to people. The whole thing was a hell to me, one long hell - I wanted out, but I was afraid of dying.

I got some books - "I Am That" (Nisargadatta), Shankara's "Crest Jewel of Discrimination" and others. I kept meditating, reading, chatting on this list, talking about what I read and encountered. I was very sincere - very. I wanted to fade from existence, to be gone.

This kept up a long time - of course I didn't go anywhere. But at some point, one other person on the list who I knew well - something happened. This person changed radically and suddenly, overnight. It didn't look like "enlightenment" to me, but clearly something was afoot (if you want to know who this person is, I can direct you to something to read/look at).

I was online friends with this fellow, and talked to him often - something he said rang a bell, but I wasn't sure. He kept telling people "you can keep trying to exist, keep trying, but you will never succeed." I didn't understand, but it struck something in me very deep.

Eventually I got fed up - nothing was happening to me, although I had had some various spiritual experiences - ringing ears after chanting OM, bliss, time stopping, you name it. I figured if any of it was true, it would operate. I dropped the whole "spiritual" ball of wax hook, line and sinker and went back to ordinary life.

It did not operate - the bliss and good feelings lingered, then vanished. I was disappointed, but decided that was that. I kept on just living life.

From that point - something was happening. Not only the spiritual seeking dropped, but I started seeking less and less in other areas of life. I was sick of it - I didn't care. I didn't want it, I was OK just online and doing some minimal things. I started living like Nisargadatta, like a cow chewing its cud.

This went on for some time - it kept drying up. My horizons kept getting more and more narrow. An outsider would call me a failure, a loser, tell me I had no life, that I was a zombie and would never amount to anything. I didn't care, I was fed up with anxiety and trouble - I had a source of money (enough to live) and wanted to be alone.

This went on - it all got simpler. Everything was simplifying, drying up, I seemed in a kind of unbroken meditation at times. At some point, I started thinking of those Advaita notions again and realized they were crystal clear - I wanted to talk about them, spout. I returned to those spiritual lists and started spouting.

Shortly after, I felt - it looked to me like the classic "enlightenment experience" (happiness, joy, relief) except nothing changed. It was like feeling my ribs and realizing I was thin - I had it. It was just like a confirmation, like getting baptized making you realize you're a christian. Nothing occurred at all, no supernatural event.

That's the story - life just goes on, I'm living it. I don't care anymore, I take what comes. I'm not really here at all in the way you think I am. There's no delusion of a person, personality.

Update 23 October, 2008: Things have settled out greatly since January. The mind is silent most of the time now, when not in use. There is only serenity and happiness, fulfillment, an absence of all lack.

Sources: 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/omkaradatta/messages

Teachings

Advaita, nonduality, direct seeing, just BE-ing...

Know your own mind inside and out. Then you know everybody's, because we are not different, not separate, not apart. Seek yourself first, then you can truly relate to others. Trust in your own best wisdom, and never violate that trust. Follow your clarity, generosity, sincerity, honesty, inner peace, caring for people and for your Self, and your love of life and freedom. These cannot fail you. Sacrifice desire and fear daily, in sacrifice to that which is True in you: Your own Being, your presence to everything. Notice everything, love everything, BE everything.

Your feet are set on a path from which there is no return; do understand that you are destined for enlightenment. You did not choose this path, none of us did. The path chose you. Your destiny is the whole: all is You and Yours. When the search is given up, endless discovery results: Discovery and re-discovery and re-discovery! As seeking prevents and delays finding, when seeking drops there is only finding.

We are not separate. Let those who consider themselves apart, separate themselves and then squabble like pigeons over scraps, whether physical or psychological. Maybe someday mankind will realize this glorious abundance we all share, the sacredness of what we have and are, and the uselessness of what we do not have, what we are not.

Locations

Possibly available for personal contact in Seattle, WA. area. Please contact if interested.

Pro Opinions

You are welcome

madan_gautam's picture

you are welcome here in this new field of spirituality.
Called GURU.
Welcome again
OM

you are welcome

madan_gautam's picture

you are welcome on the next platform of spirituality.
hope you will enjoy here.
welcome again.
OM

Reason this was added...

Omkaradatta's picture

I added myself as 'guru' because I'm interested in possibly meeting with folks in the Seattle area to talk about the truth, as well as directing people to the website who may be interested.

madan_gautam's picture

>>>>>>>>I'm inserted in

>>>>>>>>I'm inserted in possibly meeting with folks in the
Seattle area to talk about the truth, as well as directing people to the website who may be interested.
To talk about the truth??????????
Being a so called guru,do you think The TRUTH is to be talked about?
ha ha ha ha ha .
OM

madan_gautam | Wed, 11/05/2008 - 15:18
Phroggy's picture

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Of course it can be talked about, it just can't be spoken directly. You mean you've never heard a guru talk about Truth?

Phroggy | Wed, 11/05/2008 - 20:52
Bercano's picture

I added myself as 'guru' because ...

Sureeee, Why NOT....LOLLL
...sounds just like another Monty Python Movie...~the Life of Guru Tim Datta
I added myself as 'guru' because I'm interested in possibly meeting with folks in the Seattle area to talk about the truth, as well as directing people to the website who may be interested.

...For Such are "Meet-up groups designed...as well as all the Truth Talking Gurus in Facebook/Faithbook....Geepers Tim....you can go wilddd with Adding Pages and create your FAN-Club....just what every GREAT Guru needs...dont think small, think HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, TITAN-GURU...SHRI SHRI SHRI-Guru Ji Tim

~"~ ...but because I'm interested in ending suffering. That is all I care about any more. Perhaps it wasn't a good idea to add the listing, but maybe you can believe me about the reason?~"~.............. Rolls on Floor Laughingggg...Guru Tim....I have the Most hilarious time reading your Reasons....Which Suffering would you wanna end???
What would you be Living Guru Tim Datta Ji...if you wouldnt have to safe Anything or AnyONE

When Self got sick of his saints
and bored with guru's
he created me ...
to LAUGH at Everythingggg

they took seriously.

B-Self, Eternal Infinite Sri Fukkamee Swami

Bercano | Thu, 04/08/2010 - 04:30
genep's picture

Guru to god

Tim ... why piss around being just a guru ... even a Titan guru...
add your name "Tim" to "new god's names" .. and you can start your own religion.

.. really

genep | Thu, 04/08/2010 - 05:00
Bercano's picture

crapper.....;( didnt think of that

....it's Obvious now :( .....I'm SOOooo Jealous...why didn't my Self think of that...ohh Well Fukkamee Swami does have a Nice ring;)

When Self got sick of his saints
and bored with guru's
he created me ...
to LAUGH at Everythingggg

they took seriously.

B-Self, Eternal Infinite Sri Fukkamee Swami

Bercano | Thu, 04/08/2010 - 05:12

It's good you added yourself

nancy pro's picture

Dear Omkaradatta,

It's good you added a guru profile for yourself. Please do not remove it. Reading your blogs, it is clearly evident that you have a lot of spiritual quality to contribute to others.

serious and sincere with tireless zeal

santthosh kumaar's picture

Omkara Dutta, erez and Phroggy are great contributors in this forum, in path of truth. They are real asset to this forum, in path of truth.

Omkaradatta's picture

Thank you

Thank you for the friendly comment and 'vote of confidence'.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Fri, 10/03/2008 - 08:06
madan_gautam's picture

>>>>>>

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madan_gautam | Thu, 11/06/2008 - 05:40

Con Opinions

Wait for it to settle

SriSriYogiBaba's picture

Judging by what I've seen of your inputs, there's a lot of integration to be done.

Omkaradatta's picture

Agreed...

"Judging by what I've seen of your inputs, there's a lot of integration to be done."

That is a very wise, astute observation on your part :-). Reading some early mailing list stuff (don't know if you did that or not) would probably clarify that as well.

What folks don't seem to 'get' is a choiceless love that shows up - you are my own Self. Thus, this interest in communicating something, although words are pointless, useless and helpless to communicate any sort of reality at all. But the 'fact of communication' isn't pointless - it is love expressed, love in action. Not to mention there's nothing to wait for - it's now or never ;-).

"and you can enjoy your mind once again"

Quite frankly, its absence is much more pleasant - something like ceasing to pick at a scab.

Also, the body's diet is fine, thanks for the concern :-). There is no 'hard stare' here at all, but would be interested where that idea came from. Is it from some photo? Perhaps it's just poor digital graphics ;-).

Omkaradatta | Mon, 07/21/2008 - 01:33
SriSriYogiBaba's picture

Poor Digital Graphics

Ah, yes, choiceless love, long may you cherish it, and an apparent absence of mind, and "the" body.
I dearly hope that your environment supports this perspective, at least long enough for you to feel safe enough to reintroduce possessive pronouns into your life.
Just looks like you don't have any shoulders, from your photo, but if "the body" is eating well, great.
I like the "it's now or never" line, I might use that.

SriSriYogiBaba | Mon, 07/21/2008 - 19:18
Omkaradatta's picture

Heheh...

"Ah, yes, choiceless love, long may you cherish it, and an apparent absence of mind, and "the" body. I dearly hope that your environment supports this perspective, at least long enough for you to feel safe enough to reintroduce possessive pronouns into your life."

I've got no problem with my possessive pronouns, nor my I's or my me's :-p. But where am I supposed to reside within my body? Am I in my arms, or my voice, or my brain, or my actions, what? Maybe I'm in my self? Or myself? Or my insurance policy, perhaps? That'd be great if either I or my body died :-p.

"Just looks like you don't have any shoulders, from your photo, but if "the body" is eating well, great.

As far as shoulders go, I'm leaning forward toward the webcam... it may not be clear from the shot, as it's rather small and the coloration isn't the best (I oughtta update it, but haven't gotten around to it).

I like the "it's now or never" line, I might use that."

Oooh, an ego boost as a message closer - very coo-wul. You are hereby promoted to Head Disciple ;-P.

Omkaradatta | Tue, 07/22/2008 - 04:30
SriSriYogiBaba's picture

White Flag

I'm going to stop teasing you about your photo, or anything else for that matter, it's not very constructive of me.
I would like to wave the white flag and ask you a real question, if I may.
How are you finding living from your new perspective ( or however you would like to call it ),
in relation to your society and environment?
How does it affect your motivations & personal, family and vocational relationships?

SriSriYogiBaba | Wed, 07/23/2008 - 18:51
Omkaradatta's picture

Not easy to answer...

"How are you finding living from your new perspective ( or however you would like to call it ), in relation to your society and environment?"

It's not an easy question to answer, as this perspective is too simple/basic to use to create some story about 'how things are now' vs. 'how they were then'. It is basically just living fully and completely in the moment, completely present, although that isn't very descriptive...

"How does it affect your motivations & personal, family and vocational relationships?"

I live a really simple life... after rent, I'm living on ~U.S. $540/month. Not working, no car, unmarried and I have few relationships (family is all back east, except for my brother, who I talk to maybe once/week at most). But this is a continuation from 'before'. It's really a matter of just being conscious and happy, and that being enough - anything else is really icing on the cake.

http://www.omkaradatta.info

Omkaradatta | Thu, 07/24/2008 - 04:00