Originally Published on Jan 15, 2016
Russel was born in 1921 in a very poor family. He was orphaned at 11 and came close to death many times. In the second world war he took part in the Dunkirk evacuation and lived through the Blitz. He was never afraid. He joined a circus after the war and worked with the animals. It was here that he suddenly became aware that, ‘I am the horses, dogs, the lion, the trees –everything is true nature.’
He hasn’t had any unwanted thoughts since he was 29 years old.
‘The only way to attain experience is to come to complete emptiness; that is to come to the end of the thought mind. But you will find that the emptiness was never empty because it is a potential for all that may come to be. We enter into an area of extremely fine aspects of consciousness that, dissolves into itself and loses duality. And then there is only ‘that.’
Everything leads back to this emptiness. No form of understanding can connect you to this. It has to be seen within itself. The peace that passes all understanding that is emptiness. It is completely fulfilling in itself. You can just BE instead of think.’
The transcript of this interview is available to view here.