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Dance the Life of Dharma
Tom: Hey, Daniel, I see that everybody is just a bundle of thoughts, and so am I. This way, suffering doesn’t get personal. Everybody is simply moved by the same awareness.
Daniel: Yup, the jiva is just a bundle of gross (material) and subtle (thought) vibrations moved by you, the one and only awareness.
Correct, Tom is just another little sub-branch of Isvara, the non-personal field.
From a subtler and more accurate investigation though, the “everybody” is actually just a notion/thought arising in you, awareness. There is no “everybody,” but simply just you, awareness, only with an idea of separate identities walking around (i.e. maya, the world of duality).
Tom: Finally, no more specialness!
Daniel: You are totally special because there is only you. But you are totally ordinary because there is only you. It’s a paradoxical win-win! ☺
Tom: Even the great Shankara or Buddha were just human beings. You can’t get more than you already are. Looking up to people is not a normal thing. Thoughts are simply being witnessed, and this goes for everybody! I don’t feel like a stranger anymore.
Daniel: Yes, those homies are examples of beings whose subtle bodies (mind) were pure (sattvic) and in harmony with non-dual thinking (self-knowledge). It’s perfectly fine to “look up” to such beings, as it’s encouraging and demonstrates the importance of qualifying the mind for liberation (moksa). There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a purified body which allows the self (you) to brightly shine through. These bodies are instruments for awareness to dance (demonstrate) the life of dharma (righteous action).
Correct, thoughts are witnessed by you, awareness. Thoughts are simply objects arising to/in/as you. “Tom” gets included in the definition of objects.
Tom: Yours truly.
Daniel: Yours truly, you. ☺