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Garth: Reading James’ book, I feel I am somewhere in the transition from intellectual acknowledgement to actual knowing. I guess that will only come about by continued probing. I can now understand being the knowing.
Daniel: I’m happy to hear that you’re reading James’ book and that your inquiry is slowly puzzling together. Yes, keep probing, sire!
Garth: I am more comfortable with the concept of God, or Isvara, as I prefer, such that even though Isvara is in us, we are free from Isvara.
Daniel: Yes, even though Isvara is you (awareness), you simultaneously remain free from Isvara.
Garth: This may be a “me-ism,” but I feel the meanings around spirituality and mysticism get corrupted somewhat, implying superstition, magic, myths and legends, etc.
Daniel: Yes, you’re right, there is plenty of bullshit getting thrown around in the spiritual circus. But you need not worry about it, as you’ve hopped onto the Vedanta bus and are now exposed to a clean teaching tradition (Vedanta) and a team of clean teachers (ShiningWorld), who are here to offer you support as a sincere inquirer.
Garth: I think the mist is beginning to clear now and I can see that “the knowing” is the only game in town and everything else is “not real,” in addition to removing any fanciful meaning of God, which is very far from removed from the meaning of any God associated with duality.
Daniel: Yup, awareness = the knowing essence of everything. And you are this awareness. Correct again, reality is defined as that which does not change. And the only thing that does not change is you, awareness. The rest can be negated as mithya, the apparent reality. In other words, that which comes and goes is not any more real than a dream. A dream may apparently appear to exist whilst it’s projected, but as we know, it ain’t real.
“What is real never ceases to be. And what ceases to be is not real.” ~ Bhagavad Gita
Garth: My belief is now coming around to a firm belief in myself and not something founded in superstition or anything else for that matter.
Daniel: That’s it. The more you inquire and expose your mind to the teachings, the more firm self-knowledge will become. Good for you.
Garth: I noted this before, the aim is now to learn how to live and live well, and not live a wasted life.