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The Logic of Existence
Franco: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer. I think I understand what is being said, and perhaps a practical way for me to apply these teachings concerning desire is simply to check in with myself and note how I am feeling when a desire presents itself.
Sundari: Applying the knowledge to absolutely everything in your life at all times is the only way to render binding vasanas non-binding and not create new ones. It is all a matter of understanding, not so much what you do or don’t do, as long as action or inaction is taken in the spirit of karma yoga.
Franco: If I have a sense of fullness and completeness then no problem with vasanas and enjoying what’s there, etc.
Sundari: Moksa is ultimately not just about having a sense of fullness and completeness, it is the full cognitive realisation that this is your nature. There is no space between you and what you know – you are the knowledge. This is the difference between direct and indirect knowledge. When the knowledge is firm and direct, whatever vasanas are still there are like burnt ropes: they no longer have the power to bind. One can indulge desires if they are not contrary to your svadharma and dharma. Until such time, apply the knowledge religiously – and – use common sense. If you have to sin, sin intelligently, as James always says. ☺
Franco: This would be true as long as the desire does not conflict with the dharma field, i.e. causing no harm?
Sundari: Yes. For instance, if you are overweight, pre-diabetic or diabetic, it would not be dharmic for you to indulge in sweets or ice cream because they are poison for the body. In fact they are poison for everyone no matter what, but that does not mean sweets cannot be enjoyed wisely and in moderation occasionally. The same goes for all sense pleasures: there is a definite upside and downside to all of them. Taking care of the body is dharmic if peace of mind is your aim because an unhealthy body causes suffering.
Franco: If there is a feeling of incompleteness/restlessness accompanying the desire then it may be a good time to contemplate the teachings on dependence on objects, so desires could guide towards the self in this way instead of the action-desire-action cycle.
Sundari: Yes, absolutely. If you are feeling any agitation or denial around a desire – if you have to have what you want, when you want it, the way you want it, rajas and tamas are clouding the mind. If freedom from bondage to objects is your main aim in life then eternal vigilance is required and it is a good idea to contemplate the teachings at all times. Your life has to be lived as a prayer, an offering to Isvara, consecrating your every thought, word and deed before you act with an attitude of gratitude, taking the results as prasad. That is karma yoga. You can’t just apply it when or if you remember and expect the knowledge to work. Your life has to serve the truth. It does not work the other way around. One has to be alert 100% of the time to what is arising in the mind, what guna is behind the programme, or vasana. Discriminating with dispassion you, awareness, from the objects that appear in you is the bottom line for moksa. There is no fine print to this.
Franco: Thanks again for writing. I have been a seeker for many years and these teachings are really hitting the spot.
Sundari: You are very welcome, Franco, glad to help. There is nothing like Vedanta, because it is the logic of your existence. If you apply it your life will work, because it is the truth about you.
~ Namaste, Sundari