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Viveka and Bhagavan
Matt: Does discrimination simply mean offering all my thoughts to Bhagavan, including the thought that I’m offering it, and always keeping aware of the self?
Daniel: To us Vedantins, discrimination (viveka) is simply understanding the difference between you, the subject (satya), and the objects (mithya) that arise within your limitless light. It’s the task of directing the mind to rest in awareness as awareness whilst understanding your freedom from the objects that arise in/as/to you.
But having said this, offering everything to Bhagavan is ultimately the same practice because you are everything that is and everything that is is you. It’s beautiful.
Matt: If so, then my life has become completely effortless. Jiva is loved by Isvara, which is loved by the self.
Daniel: Yes, it’s become effortless because you have relaxed and allowed the knowledge to hold and carry you across the rapids of samsara.
Yes, the jiva is totally loved by you, the self.
Matt: I used to always keep James’ chart in my mind, so that thought didn’t get offered to Bhagavan.
Daniel: Everything gets offered to Bhagavan, whether we know it or not. The chart is simply a visual summary that shows your freedom (as awareness) from the apparent reality/maya.
If it helps with your discrimination, then continue to use the chart; identity as awareness, as the Om. Rest in the Om as the Om and understand your freedom from whatever arises in your limitless scope.
Matt: Now I see that I can just sit back and relax. I’m not going anywhere.
Daniel: Yup, there’s nowhere to go because you’re already everywhere! Everything is you and you are everything that is.