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Tom: Back to discrimination. Oftentimes I feel my surrender to Isvara is incomplete.
Daniel: Surrender is hard work because of the hardwired identification to/as the jiva and the its vasanas; it’s a moment-to-moment practice. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Tom: Maybe it’s because I think enlightenment is only freedom from the jiva, which makes me feel agitated.
Daniel: No need to feel agitated. See enlightenment as freedom for the jiva and from the jiva.
Tom: I see the only way to render my vasanas non-binding is through surrender to the dharma field. I feel relieved.
Daniel: Correct, surrender to the dharma field/Isvara = peace of mind.
Tom: I’ve got a frigging duty to fulfill here, but oftentimes I forget it.
Daniel: You are fulfilling your duty. Your duty is cultivating peace of mind and responding appropriately to whatever situation your find yourself in. Be gentle with yourself, Tom.
Tom: Moksa is discriminating the self from the not-self at all times. Why am I often unable to do this?
Daniel: You are able to do this and you have done this. You’re doing it right now. You know very well that you are the self and that Tom is just an object that is appearing to/in you, awareness.
What’s causing your agitation is you’re expectation for this self-knowledge to be firm all at once. It takes time to recondition the mind, Tom.
Tom: Got some advice? It’s appreciated.
Daniel: Take it easy. Be gentle with yourself. There’s no rush. You are on the right track. Continue to apply the teachings as you’re doing whilst performing all jiva action in a karma yoga spirit. Karma yoga is the mothership to a peaceful mind. I suggest reading the Bhagavad Gita.
~ Much love, Daniel