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Vedanta Offers Shade
Brad: What’s up?! I hope you’re doing well… really awkward, I actually left Vedanta and went practicing some Buddhist nonsense, all that while the knowledge was already firm – Isvara, that sneaky bastard. I told you I wouldn’t email you again, I thought I, like, experienced nirvana (which I might have) but that’s pretty useless, a bit of enlightenment sickness! Now knowledge is again firm. I’m never going to leave this.
The Mandukya Upanishad is so great! I finally understand it. Swami Sarvapriyananda (good swami) said it’s the toughest of all the Upanishads. I believe I’ve heard the great Ramji say it’s the king of the Upanishads. Several great mahatmas say that even if you only understand this, it suffices for moksa. Dang, it does!
I thought I only knew about the self in the waking state, which is true, but I AM the self in all three. I somehow tried to project my tiny jiva into the dream state, and was trying to see if I was present there (how stupid). The knowledge is steady because I bought an Om bracelet. The thought of the self never leaves my mind. So I thought, it’s not Brad that never leaves you, it’s Om.
I mean I “gained” moksa, but now I understand it better. Freedom from dependence on objects means: even if this whole universe collapses (which it does in deep sleep and death), that wouldn’t even stain/bother me a tiny bit.
I mean, look at this teaching: it doesn’t try to force anything onto you. It simply states its truth and lets you see what to do with it. I’d say it’s almost a guarantee you’ll get free by this. Also, of course it’s not “Vedanta’s truth” but the truth, known to everyone, verifiable by everyone.
Isn’t it weird that only knowledge sets us free? It does, but it’s so weird/awesome. I purchased James’ Naradi Bhakti Sutras videos. And Paramarthananda says a human birth is rare, desire for liberation even more so, communication with a teacher even more, and freedom is super-duper rare. ☺
I mean, think about it. There are millions, nay, zillions, of teachings out there. I can’t believe that this is the only one that makes sense. A wise person becomes “wonderstruck” (Narada Bhakti Sutras).
How are you doing? I’d like to hear some about you. ☺
~ Peace, Om
Daniel: “Under the tree the shade is pleasant; out in the open the heat is scorching. A person who has been going about in the sun feels cool when he reaches the shade. Someone who keeps on going from the shade into the sun and then back into the shade is a fool. A wise man stays permanently in the shade. Similarly, the mind of the one who knows the truth does not leave Brahman.’’ ~ Ramana Maharshi
Vedanta offers shade, it is the unshakable rock of truth.
Welcome back hOMe, Brad.
Good on you for spotting the enlightenment bug. Best terminate that critter before it spreads; it’s a tough, ugly, sly virus.
I can’t say or add anything new that we’ve not already covered in our previous conversations.
Your statement, “I am the self in all three states,’’ concludes everything.
Another rocking statement of yours is, “Even if this whole universe collapses (which it does in deep sleep and death), that wouldn’t even stain/bother me a tiny bit.’’
Keep applying the teachings whilst continuing to follow your jiva duty. Allow self-knowledge and karma yoga to gracefully carry Brad in/through his apparent journey. Have fun. Laugh plenty. Be happy, kind and appreciative.
~ Much love from Cape Town, South Africa
PS: At the moment I’m having fun playing the business game. Other than that, I do as little as possible. All good on my side, thank you. ☺