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Mike: It now seems that awareness, Truth, is letting go of ignorance without any effort on my part; every day I wake up and the world is receding and the self is becoming very clear now.
Daniel: Yes, this is how self-enquiry works. When the teachings are applied to a qualified mind, then the knowledge does the work. It’s not that you’re gaining anything, rather that you are losing something, i.e. chipping away at ignorance. Confidence in your true nature as limitless awareness will become more clear as you continue to assimilate the teachings.
Mike: It is like sense perception is becoming holographic (see-through) and a great feeling of wholeness is always there.
Daniel: The fruits of enquiry are clear. You are understanding that you are the source of fullness and happiness, and that the world of objects are “see-through” – empty. Freedom is freedom from dependence on objects.
Mike: I now think that I understand the fullness of which I had some small doubts earlier.
Daniel: It’s only natural that doubts will arise. These too will eventually fizzle out in the fire of self-knowledge. Use these doubts or limiting thoughts in your self-enquiry. Who is the knower of these doubts? Doubts/thoughts are just objects known to you, awareness. Objects don’t affect you. You are the knower of all objects, including the object “Mike and his doubts.”
Mike: Thank you very much for your (Vedanta’s) words of wisdom! This whole Vedanta “thing” is changing my life in a way that I’d previously never thought possible… at least not in this lifetime.
Daniel: Vedanta selects those who are at their final stages of seeking. It’s the grandaddy of all teachings and is the “closing” factor in the hide-and-seek game. You have great karma, Mike.
Mike: ShiningWorld is incredible.
Daniel: Yes, ShiningWorld is a gold mine. It offers the highest quality of self-enquiry material.
Mike: I sometimes recommend it to people who I know are interested in either meditation or even enlightenment, although they are very rare. I have taken a few meditation classes (I work in mental health) but have recommended ShiningWorld to clients and colleagues, and both have said that it was the best meditation class they’d ever attended. I know this is because it is a Vedantin technique. I use the one that Ramji recommends in How to Attain Enlightenment.
Daniel: Yes, Vedanta is for those who want moksa. This is very rare indeed. And it’s even more rare to find people who are actually ready to hear the teachings. Who wants to hear that the pursuit of objects is futile and that life is a zero-sum game? Vedanta is only for mature people.
Mike: I am loving life right now, and I know that I have the tools (self-inquiry) to last forever.
Daniel: Yup, you’re now armed with a toolkit that is always good! Self-enquiry is always available because you, awareness, are always available. You can always rely on self-knowledge because you, awareness, are self-lit and always free from what appears.
Enjoy the sattvic experience that you’re currently seeing whilst not attaching yourself to it. See this experience too as an object arising in you, awareness.
Mike: I send you much love.
Daniel: And much love to you, Mike.