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Ignorance Is No Match for Self-Knowledge
Simon: Hello, Sundari, I am in need of assistance, if you wouldn't mind, or pass this on to someone who can assist. My back story is that I was IT for three minutes in 2004 but since have been NOT IT and it’s frustrating me immensely. Progress has been made but there is a great deal of resistance to realization somewhere. Just last week I dreamt that it was about to happen but for the fear of my identity being destroyed that rose at that moment. Rupert Spira holds satsangs in the UK where I live; should I go even when it costs me a considerable amount of money? I’m sort of broke right now. For the record, I have read all of James’ book How to Achieve Enlightenment as well as Isaiah Sanders’ website, and have been plugging away for years at this to no avail. What am I missing?
~ Regards, Simon
Sundari: Hello, Simon. You’ve got the wrong idea about moksa – IT is not an experience or something that “happens” to you. There is nothing to gain for the seeker of moksa. Ignorance of your true nature is something you lose and self-knowledge is not a gain because you already are IT, whether you know it or not.
What you are looking for is the one that knows you are IT and the one that thinks he has lost IT. You are missing the one who knows that Simon thinks he’s an ignoramus. ☺
Save your money. Rupert is a nice man and a good teacher, but no one can give you what you are looking for, because you ARE what you are looking for – and you have all the tools you are ever going to need at your disposal already. Rupert is not going to tell you something you don’t already know or have access to through ShiningWorld, which is one of the purest channels for Vedanta you are ever going to find. Make sure you read all the e-satsangs on the website: we have just posted over 500 pages of new ones and some of our exchanges are on my posting. Watch James’ videos on YouTube, there are many hours of free videos available there.
You are looking for the wrong thing. The one that is looking needs to dropped – the doer. But the doer cannot drop the doer, because the one who does the dropping needs to be dropped. Only self-knowledge can negate the doer and render the vasanas non-binding.
Take a stand in awareness as awareness: “I am whole and complete, non-dual, actionless, ever-present, ordinary, unlimited and unchanging awareness,” and when the thought that you are not IT pops up (which it will), reaffirm the opposite thought again and again. Make this a mantra, your spiritual practice. Ignorance is very tenacious and hardwired, but it is no match for self-knowledge.
~ Much love to you, Sundari