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Seeker: Damn, I realized something. Yeah, you can have self-knowledge all you want, but you had better do your duty in this apparent reality. I totally forgot doing my karma yoga and focused only on self-knowledge. Bad choice.
Even though the Gita says all beings follow their natures automatically, it hurts when you don’t know/forget this. I’m back in the safe zone with self-knowledge/karma yoga in check. Isvara’s throwing some shit at my jiva. Argghh… I’m okay, I’m fine. Back to following dharma again.
Daniel: Yup, if self-dharma yoga and karma yoga ain’t in place, then the jiva is going to be restless (agitated) – self-realised or not.
Correct, it’s about integration, understanding your freedom from the jiva whilst aligning the jiva’s actions in accordance with dharma.
Mind you, a by-product of self-knowledge is that the jiva’s actions will usually and naturally align in such a way to be in harmony with the needs of the total. If one has self-knowledge yet agitation still arises, then it’s an indicator to revisit the qualifications. Realised or not, continue to apply karma yoga and dharma yoga.
As Dogen said, “Next to good manners [dharma], enlightenment is the most important thing in the world.” Nothing beats good manners, ever!
Seeker: Thanks a lot, that cleared it up.