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Isvara Sees Everything as Isvara
Justin: Hi, Daniel.
I try too hard sometimes. I am reading Swami Vivekananda’s dialogue on karma yoga and in particular about the role of the householder.
It’s quite easy really, isn’t it? Live life with integrity, do not seek the fruits of labour, know everything belongs to Isvara, and just accept whatever karma gives. Simple, really.
Daniel: Hi, Justin. Yes, it seems as if you overanalyze at times. Sometimes investigation alone just ain’t enough to carry us over the rapids of hardwired ignorance. Faith and bhakti are key ingredients.
All that you say is true. It’s quite simple, but it ain’t that simple to apply.
Justin: Does this work for an analogy? I like to see things in nuts-and-bolts terms, getting away from religious nomenclature.
Could we view Isvara as the engineered machine, where dharma is the philosophy of how this machine operates, and karma the modus operandi?
Daniel: I see why Isvara made you jiva an engineer, Justin. ☺
Firstly, Vedanta has zero to do with religion – but I get what you’re getting away from.
Just as a bonus: the word “religion” comes from the Latin word ligare, “to bind.” So when clearly understood, religion is nothing more than a pointer to how everything fits together.
Yes, Isvara is nothing more than a self-equilibrated machine. There’s actually no such thing as dharma and adharma for Isvara (aka “the machine”), because Isvara sees everything only as Isvara.
There are a few definitions of the word “dharma,” but to keep it simple, dharma is “following natural order.” If we were to apply this to humans, then it’s the foundation that guides the jiva to act naturally and in harmony with this “machine.”
Yes, karma (cycle of action) can be seen as the modus operandi.