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Beyond the Gunas
Seeker: Hi, James. All day long I’ve been feeling boundless energy, joy and bliss. I’ve been like a dynamo, getting so much done! I can feel the energy throughout my body, but particularly in my feet.
This morning I was reading your October 2011 satsang The Glass Ceiling in Action. I realised that in the statement “I am this,” which I have often thought in meditation, “this” refers to the experience of sattva, which typically arises in me in the morning on reading the satsangs at ShiningWorld. But as the day wears on sattva gives rise to rajas, for example, in the form of desire (for a partner, etc.). Sometimes sattva returns in the evening when the rajas is exhausted by action or fantasy. But this morning I realised that I am the knower of sattva and rajas, I am the one in which this duality is arising and by which it is known, and I am free of it. Sattva and rajas may arise, and continue to arise, but I know that I am free of them, free of this and that, free of all dualities, which are known to me. They belong to Isvara, not to me. I can see the alternate arising of sattva and rajas, and also of tamas, which is often operating when I wake up in the morning; and in seeing them, I know them to be objects arising in me, the seer. This is like seeing the whole of creation from the top of Mount Olympus.
James: You are '“rigunatita,” beyond the gunas, meaning they are known objects. This understanding is liberation. Often a lot of shakti comes with it. Your “feet” are symbols of your understanding. Maybe this is Isvara’s way of calling attention to your self-knowledge. ☺
~ Much love, James