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Keep Discrimination Simple
Hein: Hi, Daniel. I was watching James’ “Jnana” section of the Vedanta videos last night, and he was saying that, as awareness, nothing is in us, and that the maya/reflection is just that, a reflection. So awareness is totally pure, in that there is absolutely nothing in it, but one could say that experience is ON awareness and never IN it. Have I got this right, Daniel? I feel that this is a VERY subtle point in the whole proceedings (self-inquiry). Thank you for your forthcoming reply, as always.
Daniel: Nothing is in us, because everything is us. Awareness is totally pure because there is nothing other than you, awareness. You are pure because you are not made up of parts.
I wouldn’t say that experience is either ON or IN awareness, but rather that experience is just an apparent reflection OF awareness AS awareness.
Yes, this is a subtle point, but there is no need to make it more complicated than need be. Words are very limiting, Hein.
What’s important is to maintain firm discrimination at all times, understanding your ever-free nature as awareness whilst the projection/reflection apparently appears.
Whether you prefer ON, IN, OF or AS, the point is that you remain unshaken in self-knowledge regardless of whatever apparent reflection (mithya) appears.
Keep discrimination simple. Objects are you, yet you are free from objects.
Hein: Thank you, Daniel, that has cleared it up. Have a lovely day.
Daniel: Easy day, friend. ☺