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A Dog Chasing His Tail
Sean: Hi, James. Mini-Me is experiencing confusion over the fact that in terms of the self, nothing ever happened in the past. How does one contrast this with the build-up of the vasanas, which are said to build up over time and become one’s conditioning? This build-up of vasanas apparently over time, while there is no time in respect to the self, has this dog chasing his tail in maya. Thanks.
Sundari: You have answered you own question with the word “apparently.” There is a build-up if you think of yourself as a jiva. There is no build-up if you are the self. When you know you are the self and there is no time-bound Mini-Me really. ☺ From that perspective, nothing ever happened. There are no vasanas, no time, no conditioning and no dog with or without a tail. As Sean, a jiva seeking moksa who wants to enjoy his life in the apparent reality, time seems to exist. But there is no real Sean; he is only a notion in you, awareness, which has always been present and always will be. Maya is eternal because the self is eternal, so Isvara’s creation seems to exist, as does the jiva in time, both of which are just objects in you, awareness. Maya is governed eternally by the gunas, which govern the creation of the vasanas, which take the form of subtle bodies that we give a name and a history to. On and on, ad infinitum!
~ Om and prem, Sundari