Unmani invites you to answer your deepest longing for the truth, and to courageously live that in your life. Meeting Unmani is meeting yourself in the most real and alive way. Unmani invites you to wake up to who you really are beyond what you think, and to live courageously as this, in your everyday life.
What is Advaita?
Advaita means ‘not two’. It is our true nature as Life itself. Undivided, whole and free. We are always that no matter what happens in our personal lives. We are always that even if we don’t consciously know it yet. When we wake up consciously to our true nature as ‘advaita’, we can then discover that the play of our personal lives is just a play happening in who we really are. In our personal lives, the play of duality goes on. It is a play of being fully human with a body, feelings and thoughts. It is a play of being as this unique human just as you are. To explore yourself in whatever way you are drawn to and play this play without holding back. All the while knowing that it is all happening in your true nature as ‘advaita’. Advaita is not just an intellectual understanding of non-duality, or a spiritual glimpse of oneness, but an actual lived paradox of Life itself playing as this unique individual.
Which flavor does the Advaita teaching take on through your form, and the way you teach?
The way I teach is very personal and intimate. This is what I love and what touches me most. I meet myself in everyone I meet. I hold meetings and retreats because I love to explore myself as Life itself with whoever I am with. We all have a deep longing to meet and be met as who we truly are. This is my passion.
Although I don’t tend to use the word Advaita in my teaching because the word implies a more traditional background, the essence of Advaita or ‘not two’, is at the core of my teaching. It is the most fundamental recognition that is the beginning of waking up to the truth and living as that truth. I love to focus on the paradox of the recognition of our true nature, and also the living of that in our personal issues. We all have ups and downs in our lives. Advaita is not meant to be an escape from whatever we don’t want to feel or experience. In fact recognising your true nature brings the freedom and safety to really feel and experience it all because you know it is all happening in you. You have nothing to lose when you have lost it all already. Waking up to your true nature is a death of believing that it really means something about ‘me’. If it doesn’t mean anything about ‘you’ then why not feel and explore it fully? You can then discover how life is lived when you have nothing left to lose. Nothing to protect or defend. Then you can open yourself as this human, just the way you are, with whatever apparent faults or failures you might think you have. It is all included and loved unconditionally, in, and as, your true nature, Life itself.
Ever since she was a child, Unmani never identified with being a separate individual, and always felt deeply at one with life. But as her environment and people around her did not reflect this Oneness, she felt lost and alone, and as if she had been dropped on an alien planet.
Truth was always her only passion, and everything else was irrelevant in comparison. As a teenager, Unmani bowed down in desperate prayer for the Truth, and was willing to sacrifice everything for that. She spent years traveling around the world living in all kinds of communities and cultures. In India she spent a long time at the Osho Commune in Pune, where she took ‘Sannyas’ (an energetic ritual, and the receiving of a new name) as a commitment to her undying love of Truth. Eventually her deep prayer was answered when she met the German Zen master, Dolano. Unmani finally woke up out of self-doubt and confusion, and acknowledged that same Oneness that she had always known since she was a child. This ‘awakening’ was just the beginning of the endless awakening to, and living as, that Oneness, in her very human adult life.
In 2003, Unmani wrote her first book ‚I am Life itself‘. This has now been translated and published in several languages. Soon after that, Unmani began holding Satsang meetings and intensive retreats for groups all over the world. In 2008, Unmani wrote ‘Die to Love’ as an exploration of love and relating. In 2013 she met the love of her life, the wonderful musician, and courageous lover of life, Robert Hanuman. They had a son called Sky. Becoming a mother, deepened Unmani’s lived experience of the Truth in a very ordinary and grounded way. Then in January 2018, while they were in India, Robert Hanuman died from a sudden heart attack. Two days earlier, Robert had released his first album ‘Let it all fall apart’ inspired by Unmani’s words. Since Robert’s death, Unmani shares about grief and love, and how this heartbreak is also an endless heart-opening. She also continues to play Robert’s music which always touches people deeply.
Unmani has been holding Satsang or Meeting in Truth for 13 years, and in this time so many people have been deeply touched by her work: She meets each person in their per-sonal experience, while at the same time holding them in the Absolute Truth of who they really are. This combination, and paradox, of the personal and impersonal, brings so much depth, openness and healing to people’s lives. They wake up to who they really are, and discover how this is lived and integrated into their daily lives. Unmani is the author of ‘I am Life itself’ and ‘Die to Love’ and has just finished her third book.
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