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You Are Free of All Qualities
Stan: Non-duality has been a revelation such that we are awareness/consciousness and nothing exists outside this awareness like some beardy God handing out fire and brimstone. In addition, nothing exists without our awareness.
Daniel: Let’s rephrase it slightly. Non-duality has been a revelation such that I am awareness/consciousness and nothing exists outside me, awareness, like some beardy God handing out fire and brimstone. In addition, nothing exists without me, awareness.
Stan: I can accept God/Isvara as maya acting on awareness, like the artist painting on the canvas. And life is karma, you reap what you sow, cause and effect.
Daniel: Your Isvara/maya view is fine, Stan. Yes, from the jiva’s (Stan’s) point of view life is karma, you reap what you sow, cause and effect. But you are not Stan, you are awareness, free from Stan and karma. Cause and effect are in mithya, you are free from mithya.
Stan: Such that in the final analysis we have full self-determination over our lives, where no one there will save us from ourselves, only ourselves.
Daniel: This is a good attitude, Stan, as it leads to the application of karma yoga. Karma yoga is the mothership to liberation, it’s the core foundation that will qualify a mind fit for self-inquiry. Without karma yoga in place, liberation will not be attained.
Once the mind is qualified for inquiry to be clearly reflected, it will then become clear to you that you are actually free from self-determination. You, awareness, are free of all qualities.