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Moksa Is Solidified Consciousness
Seeker: Dear Ramji Sri Sri Masterji Extraordinaire-ji, many years ago, James, I would read some books about Ramana Maharshi, and in one of them he said something like “solidified consciousness.” I now completely understand that statement, as it is who and what I am. Very poetic, isn’t it?
James: Yes, but it needs explaining. Your explanation below is correct. Ramana was a proper jnani, but he was not a teacher, because he did not explain things carefully by creating a context in which his statements could be understood. Plus, there is the translation problem. A clear statement would be, “Moksa (liberation) is a hard and fast conviction that the self alone is real, that the world is apparently real and that I am that self, not the individual that I appear to be.”
Seeker: In your/Vedanta’s terminology you just say that it is a sense of rock-solid authenticity and wholeness. It is like taking the world to be solid is completely reversed and now you KNOW that it is you/I that is solid, and of course the Earth/world appears as a dream. I’m knowing/guessing that is what it means?
James: Yes, indeed. There is a wonderful verse in the Bhagavad Gita which says, “What is day for a jnani is night for a samsari.” The reversal of the status of the self and the world has a technical term, viparaya. On account of it people are completely deluded.
Seeker: I would love to hear from you again, James. Oh, and by the way, the only bother I seem to have left is a fairly strong “desire for sex” vasana, which is slowly but surely getting easier to manage. Not to put too fine a point on it, the hard-on appears and I can (most of the time) say inwardly, “Down, boy! I am your master (as it were).” Actually, just being aware of my impersonal, actionless nature causes it to dissipate! Beautiful. As always, thank you for your oh-so-precious-time and please don’t rush to reply. Have a wonderful day, James, and give my love to The Beauty that Makes Beauty Possible… your adoring wife Sundari… you lucky swine. Ha, ha.
James: Yes, I am a lucky swine indeed. When you know who you are, you are like a babe magnet! You get the pick of the litter. ☺ Unless the craving is born out of incompleteness, you can chalk it up to Isvara trying to keep the species from disappearing and patiently endure it or, alternatively, dissolve it with the thought of your ever-complete nature. The Divine Sundari and I enjoyed your email very much.
~ Love, James