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Body in the Self
Jack: Hi, James. I have not been in contact for quite some time, well before your surgery. I knew Isvara wasn't going to let you go and I did send an email to Sundari to share my confidence in my confidence.
And thank you for asking, yes, I am well and the one thing that I love, James above all, is speaking with people about Vedanta. Whenever I get a text or have a spontaneous meeting and the subject is about Vedanta, I couldn’t be happier.
Now to the point. Call me a wanker if you wish and right my thinking as need be. In the last newsletter, on page 11, you have written: “These are the words that most accurately identify the being sitting in the body in front of you but that is not what that being says.”
My understanding of that statement is the reverse: the body sits within or on the being, if being is synonymous with That, for there is no location so it can't be located within the body.
James, I must say that I am ever grateful for Isvara for setting up my meeting with you. Thank you for your wonderful teaching style, and one day when I grow up I would like to be a fine teacher like your good self.
As always, I hope this finds you and Sundari in fine health and may that meat tube last for many a good year.
~ Love for the both of you
James: Hi, Jack. It is lovely to hear from you. I am glad you are doing well. Things here are proceeding apace. ShiningWorld is shining brightly – seems to have “gone viral,” as they say. No time to chat, actually – very busy.
Yes, you are right; the body is in the being if you look at it from the self, but you need to consider the context in this case. I was speaking to a putative jiva who believes that the self is in the body. The point is that one’s experience alone, minus the words about one’s self, is enough for anyone to recognize consciousness. People believe it is far away in some spiritual state when they experience it every day whenever they contact another conscious being, not to mention when they experience themselves, which is always. However, they hear from others that the self is a so-and-so from somewhere that does such-and-such and hence they miss it completely.
~ Love, James