Advaita / non-duality

Igor Kufayev: On The Meaning of Life 

IMG_20200205_090223Excellence Reporter: Igor, what is the meaning of life?

Igor Kufayev: Speaking ultimately, Life, as an expression of Being, is beyond any meaning we can ascribe to it. That does not mean that Life is meaningless, but rather that it has as many meanings as there are levels of creation and degrees of experience.

At a certain level, we could say that the survival or procreation instinct is the highest meaning of Life’s expression. At another level, Life’s meaning may be found in playful interaction and the display of basic emotive ranges. At yet another level, meaning is found in the potential for creativity, self-expression, and self-actualization. At a certain point, there is a refinement of feeling and perception, along the way toward self-realization, with love as a natural condition of the heart, where the search for meaning is no longer a concept but one’s own reality, cognized and lived to its fullest potential. One could even be so bold to say that the meaning of Life is in beholding the magnificence of one’s own Self in all its glory – as Bliss.    

Now, to comprehend this fully, we need to question what we mean by ‘life’. If by life, we mean this embodied world of forms and phenomena, then it’s easy to trivialize this question or to make it virtually unanswerable. Life, in all its manifestations, as creation or existence itself, is nothing other than Being manifesting as the Universe. 

There is no way to tell Being and Life apart, as one is an expression of the other. One is the other, in all its fullness, as absolute Oneness. Being, which we may call Awareness, Self, or the Absolute, cannot be understood through intellectual contemplation. Awareness is unfathomable; therefore Life, as an expression of Awareness, is unfathomable. 

Life has no meaning other than being aware of its own magnificence, which itself is hidden by the layers of creation. Each phase of creation is neatly wrapped, concealed by the preceding stage, as a forebear whose name is absorbed into a newborn reality, only to give way to the next phase. Is there a meaning to it all? Oh yes! There is meaning in every breath, in every birth, in every death, in every grip and letting go, in every confusion and clarity, in every commitment and betrayal, in the ways the cup is being brimmed, in the ways the light is being lit and dimmed, in the ways we touch and are touched – all filled with the highest meaning we aspire to unlock, even if we never will….  


~Igor Kufayev
Artist, Advaita Tantra, teacher and founder of the Flowing Wakefulness Fellowship, for over a decade, Igor Kufayev has been serving as a conduit of transmission for awakening towards the new era of heart-centered consciousness. Speaking from direct realization of Oneness, he inspires and initiates the recognition of the fullest potential present in human birth. Igor’s involvement with sacred traditions expresses itself as non-intellectual, heart-based illumination. Though his teaching methods are rooted in Kashmir Shaiva Tantras, he maintains that tradition is not a set of esoteric doctrines, but a vibrant field of creative intelligence enlivened in the hearts of those who go through this transformative process firsthand. Having gone through the furnace of alchemical transmutation, Igor emphasizes the neurophysiological nature of Self-realization, seeing the process as progressive untangling of the dynamic force, which gives rise to Gnosis. With a team of companions, Igor is working on creating centers for spiritual regeneration as facilities for research in consciousness and creative self-expression, with bases in Europe and California. He travels extensively offering gatherings and retreats worldwide. Igor, his partner, Amrita Ma Devi, and their children reside in Mallorca.

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