By Desikachari “Desika” Nadadur PhD.
Dr. Nadadur is originally from India, and lives in the Greater Seattle Area in the State of Washington, U.S.A., with his wife and two children.
- Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) in Electronics and Communications Engineering, NBKRIST, Sri Venkateswara University, A.P., India
- Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, U.S.A.
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Electrical Engineering with Dissertation in Image Processing and Computer Vision from University of Washington, Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
This is a profound work by Dr. Nadadur, giving much fuel for Seekers’ everywhere at any stage.
The following review by mysticexperiences.net is made up of point by point comments on each of Dr. Nadadur’s signs that you are a mystic:
You are a mystic, if
1. You ask the questions, “Who am I? Where do I come from? What is reality? What is my purpose? What is this universe?” and so on in trying to understand yourself and the world you perceive.
Not me. My experiences every year for about 20 years were unbidden, spontaneous. Thereafter I never asked questions, just got answers …
2. You think that there is more to life than meets the physical eye.
There is more than life itself.
3. You notice and feel a guiding hand in your life.
4. You experience and recognize serendipitous events in your life.
5. You are able to increasingly manifest your desires with minimal effort.
The Reality that directed my experiences directs my life with or without ‘me’.
6. Your desires are increasingly becoming aligned with higher good of all (rather) than being ego-centric.
No to becoming aligned with anything but Reality. That is not a choice. Neither is ego-centricity. Free will is available to all creatures of the material world within the bounds of their design and attributes. However, free will is not a spiritual option.
7. You highly value your intuition and inner guidance.
No, they are two fruits of Reality for which I am gratefully humble. As such, they are beyond value.
8. You start to realize that your inner world of thoughts and emotions gives rise to your physical reality, and that sets you on a path to self-exploration and eventual self-realization.
No. Reality set me on Its path. Mere self does not exist there.
9. You start to see divine in yourself, in everything and everyone.
Everything lives in and has its being in Reality. It is a developing experience.
10.You value your consciousness and inner peace as the greatest wealth you have and you work diligently to expand it.
No. It’s a gift that develops and expands of its own volition. Ordinarily, I don’t think humans would be entrusted with this consciousness.
11.You value personal experience over belief systems.
12.You start to realize that your body and mind are the temple of the divine, and you care for them as you would care for a newborn child.
No. Reality cares for me. I try to listen but Reality does not need my help. (LOL).
13. Abundance of all kinds effortlessly flows into your life and sometimes you don’t even realize it.
True, though Wants got in the way for far too long in my case.
14.You get mystical dreams and dream visitations by sages, saints and angels.
No. Phenomena is a distraction.
15. You feel a strong connection to everything around you.
Everything is me and I am That. It fits quietly and naturally into my passing life without demands or threats; giving never demanding.
16. You are more present in the now than worrying about the future or feeling guilty about the past. You may plan for a future goal, but not attached to the results, but work diligently on the now-task.
Detachment is a gift of Reality.
17. You are comfortable with—maybe even excited about—the uncertainty of not knowing what the next moment will bring.
No. Never think about that.
18. You start to notice that the sense of control you felt you wielded over your life and situations is slowly eroding, and is being replaced by a sense that a higher power is actually in control and that you are in for an exciting ride.
19. You are drawn to mystics and spiritually oriented people and their stories, books, and so on.
20. You have psychic abilities or are interested in cultivating them.
Maybe, but why? Sounds like a human thing, a spiritual distraction … Human verities are culturally malleable – a distraction.
21. You have out of body and astral projection experiences either involuntarily or voluntarily.
One unexpected experience at the beginning; an aural message I didn’t understand at the time that said, ALL IS WELL. I also planned and induced an alarmingly successful Kundalini experience on myself. I won’t be doing that again …
Other than that just some phenomena in meditation that is easily dealt with as I was taught.
22. You prefer internal rituals to external showings.
No, no rituals.
23. Your heart jumps for joy and you shed tears of joy, when you see a beautiful scenery, a child and anyone or anything that touches your heart.
Any sudden, serendipitious awareness of the presence of Reality can overwhelm me physically and emotionally.
24. You see anyone sad or in trouble, you show deep compassion and try to alleviate their suffering.
Yes, with frustration. All human pain seems self induced one way or another. Humans are at a very primitive stage.
25. You are independent and defy convention, but you are not arrogant.
Independent and unconventional yes. But impatient with the nonconscious. I try to avoid them.
26. You see all as your equals, and not different from you.
Potentially spiritually equal yes, but not equal as humans. Clearly, we are not born as equals though everyone should be given equality of opportunity as individuals. Only individuals matter to Reality, in my observations.
27. You are mistreated by someone, you don’t blame or complain, but you introspect and see what thoughts, feelings and energy that you are projecting that made the other person behave in that manner.
No. Avoiding negative people and situations is spiritually important.
28. Conscious living is your life’s purpose and you love to help anybody who wants to live consciously.
Yes. But people who want to live consciously are already on their way. “That which they seek seeks them” as the mystic tradition attests … but interfere cautiously, even if asked. Beware the untamed egos of the unconscious. They’ll maul you … Be humble, leg it (LOL).
29. Self-Surrender and Self-Awareness are your goals, too.
They are fruits of the experience of Reality. They arrive axiomatically, unnoticed.
30. You practice being aware of and surrendering to the Higher (deeper) Self/Divine Self (or whatever name you choose to give it) within you, every moment.
No need to try. It happens of itself. All is well.
31. You truly believe in the kingdom of heaven being within and know the divine as the formless omnipresence and omniscience.
Mystics don’t have to believe. They know. They don’t need enticing with anthropological myths like “the kingdom of heaven” either. Also, Reality is greater than “omnipresence” or “omniscience”. Reality is not a human warlord.
32. You live life as if every moment is a miracle and know that you may not always understand it and you are okay with it.
It never occurs to me to think about it.
33. You know that all paths that originated from the same source will all lead back to it, so you don’t need to fight for or defend your path. You truly believe in “live and let live”.
This sounds anthropomorphic. Reality is not just about humans, if at all …
34. You know/feel that you are the microcosmic representation of the macrocosm—as within, so without.
35. You look at yourself in the mirror, and see a deep mystery staring back at you inviting you to explore. Until now you saw yourself as only a physical organism. Now, you see every cell of your body as a mysterious creation of divine love.
No. If I think about it at all I wonder if humans are an accidental product of some ineffable process.
36. You experience moments of peace, bliss, and self-love that expand to include everything and everyone around you (and, BTW, they all benefit from it).
Peace and bliss yes. But not self love! I love Reality. It never fails, is constant, a non stop blessing.
37. You are naturally attracted to mystical practices such as contemplation and meditation.
This attraction comes without bidding. It seems to be a natural state for mystics.
38. You start to feel a tension within you between long held beliefs and your newly expanding consciousness and realize the falsity of those beliefs and start to let them go.
Yes, that did happen, but long ago.
39. You experience and express more and more self-confidence and courage that results from your inner anchoring in peace and harmony and start to shed the fear-based living.
Perhaps. But this sounds human, doesn’t sound spiritually important.
40. You realize that teachers, experiences and opportunities come to you, as if by magic, for you to learn and grow.
Reality doesn’t need help with my learning and growthl These things were useful along the way but get less and less so.
41. You start to see mystery in everything you study. Spiritual literature that didn’t make sense to you before, suddenly starts to make sense. You start to see the spirit at work in all areas your life and fields of your study and work.
True. But you learn to just focus on and trust Reality, to let go.
If you have one or more of these qualities, you are (or becoming) a mystic.
Mystics are created by the personal, individual mystical experience of Reality (MER) if my experiences are anything to go by.