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The World Is Only Your Mind
Lee: Dear James, thank you for your email. It is encouraging to hear from you. Some initial reflection on what you have written:
I accept it will be helpful to engage through work and see that as a spiritual practice, and that dropping out is not a valid path. I see what you are saying about the root of this as seeing the world as real. I also thought it was more for me about a misapplication/misunderstanding of how to engage a desire for liberation that did stem from experiencing the changing world.
The email has also helped me to see how else can I get to see the world for what it really is without being in it and getting awareness of its moving, shifting and changing.
James: Yes, the “world” is only in the mind. There is no actual world out there, apart from material objects which enter the mind as thoughts. So “the world” is just your jiva’s interpretation of the thoughts that appear in your mind. So the problem and the solution has to do with how you relate to your thoughts. Do I think they are real? Do I obey them? Who is responsible for them? Vedanta makes you aware of a “place” in you that allows you to see them as they are: objects devoid of personal meaning.
Lee: I meditated for 15 years on and off, but I scrapped the techniques I was using a couple of months before I came to Vedanta. I had become a bit stuck and attached to the bliss and some experiences that were happening. I am, however, looking into new meditation teachings now; they are more technical and clearly address the above issues. I am furthering the meditation training and studying that alongside the Vedanta material.
James: I have written a book entitiled Inquiry into the Self that deals with meditation and self-knowledge. It is at the website in the publications section.
Lee: I will look into karma yoga. I am sure it will help.
James: You can’t really get anywhere spiritually without karma yoga. Read The Essence of Enlightenment to understand the logic behind it and how to practice it.
~ Love, James