Urban Guru Cafe
Entertaining – Controversial – Innovative – Informative
The Urban Guru Cafe aka “UGC” is a popular gathering place for strong coffee and podcasts of direct pointing from various Nonduality “Teachers”. The UGC is professionally produced in Australia and has gathered a strong and loyal following. Stop by for a strong brew, listen to the programs and join the conversation!
“Sailor” Bob Adamson
Non-conceptual, Self-knowing Awareness.
This is the website of “Sailor” Bob Adamson, who’s search ended one day in 1976 when he was in the presence of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, a much revered Jnani who functioned always from the “natural state”. Nisargadatta told Bob that “the greatest help that can be given to anyone is to take them beyond the need for further help.”
Bob’s site contains writings, information on audio and books, as well as weekly meeting information.
You Are Dreaming
This is the blog of Randall Friend. Randall is a direct disciple of “Sailor” Bob Adamson and Gilbert Schultz, has a book published through Non-Duality Press called “You Are No Thing”. He is a frequent guest speaker and commenter on the Urban Guru Cafe.
The blog contains writings and audio recordings, including Second Life meetings.
Mark West is another direct disciple of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Mark visited the late Advaita sage in the 1970′s. Nisargadatta’s clear and direct pointers were the medicine needed to resolve a lifetime of spiritual seeking.
Mark’s site contains many of Mark’s personal writings, audio interviews and information on his excellent book “Gleanings from Nisargadatta.”
From an early age, Darryl Bailey periodically experienced the various things in life as one great motion, or action. Eventually Darryl worked with Ruth Denison, Robert Adams, and Jiddu Krishnamurti.
While lying in bed reading, he ran across a statement by Ramesh Balsekar, declaring that no one has ever had an experience of directing existence. As he considered this statement, it became absurdly obvious that he had not, in any way, created his physical and mental abilities, nor his needs, interests, urges, and concerns, and therefore could not possibly have created any of his actions. All of this was a movement of nature. It became clear that not only was existence an unformed, indefinable happening, but he did not exist as anything apart from that event.
Throughout this apparent journey, Darryl has worked at various jobs, including ice fisherman, bus driver, suit salesman, child care worker, carpenter, and maintenance man. He currently lives, works, and teaches in Winnipeg, Canada. His site is at http://darrylbailey.net.
The Natural State
In 2003, John met “Sailor” Bob Adamson, who pointed out our nature of non-conceptual awareness and the absence of the limited self we imagine ourselves to be. With this heart-to-heart sharing, the spiritual search naturally and effortlessly ended. John enjoys sharing the pointers with those who are sincerely interested in self-knowledge and the ending of seeking, suffering and doubt. John lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as a technical writer at a company in Silicon Valley.
The story is essentially irrelevant; yesterday’s experiences are yesterday’s experiences. You cannot say the journey began anywhere, you cannot say it ended; you can’t even say that it happened.
Our first meeting with Sailor Bob Adamson was in Melbourne around Baba Muktananda in 1974 and again at Muktananda’s ashram at Ganeshpuri, India in 1976. Some people there were talking about visiting Beedi Baba (Nisargadatta): Bob did, but we travelled south to Arunchala for Shiva Ratri.
Some 30 years later in 2006 we met Bob again. He said “Full stop,” and we heard it clearly and understood.