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Stir That Honey
Tom: Hey, Daniel, why do we only feel peace of mind if the knowledge is fully assimilated? I mean, I realized I am the self, but peace of mind didn’t come until I let Vedanta guide me.
It’s one thing to realize the self but quite another to fully assimilate with the help of scripture.
It is like you realize, but do not have a “base.” Do you get what I mean?
Daniel: I get what you mean, homie.
Realisation is the easy part.
It’s actualisation (full assimilation) that requires the hard work, the continuous application of self-knowledge in every situation (nididhyasana).
It’s about activating this knowledge so the fruits (peace of mind) can be enjoyed.
It’s like making a cup of tea and adding a spoonful of honey. You taste it and say, “Hey, but it’s not sweet.” You then you stir it, and all of a sudden the nature of the honey is enjoyed.
Honey = knowledge. The stirring = the application/reflection of the knowledge.
Continue stirring and take it easy. ☺
Tom: Hey thanks for the response! Is it also true that after realization there is
enlightenment sickness and that to cure it, actualization is necessary?
Daniel: Enlightenment sickness is a common bug. Yup, actualization is the vaccine!
Tom: The way i see it, realization is personal but actualization is universal.
Daniel: I like this statement very much.
Daniel: Actualization is the direct, total rock-solid, doubt-free, confidence that 'I am awareness'. The knowledge is 'active' 24/7 and renders vasanas non-binding as well as dissolves any sense of limitation or doer-ship.
Tom: By the way, im thinking to get an Om tattoo so i have the actualized ' stamp ' on my skin, haha
Daniel: I'm covered in tattoos and i can tell you it ain't worth it!