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Rian: I am settling back down again (I think) after my aberration.
Daniel: I suggest you quit seeking other material and stick to a clean and trusted source, ShiningWorld. You’re hopping all over the show from one teacher/teaching to the next. This is not helping you.
Rian: Contemplating things, I see that we are not the doer, everything is internal like some complex virtual reality, and I am able to understand everything as Isvara. Then of course, because things are not real, nothing really happens.
Daniel: It’s true that you, awareness, are not a doer. But until that coffin is brought out – Rian is and will always be a doer. It’s also true that nothing happens to/for you, awareness, but again, things are definitely happening to/for Rian. It’s important not to confuse your view as limitless awareness with Rian’s limited view.
The statement “nothing really happens” only applies if you’re firmly identified as awareness. Are you? Because if you’re just saying this whilst being identified as an action figure named Rian – then it ain’t going to bear fruit – on the contrary, it may even cause Rian to become lazy and act like a jerk. Be careful not fall into the Neo-Advaita trap.
Rian: Accordingly, irrespective of what we do as the jiva it makes no difference, including charitable acts and good works.
Daniel: Again, be very alert not to confuse awareness’s view with the jiva’s reality. Though no form of action makes any difference to you, awareness, this is not the case for the jiva. The jiva most definitely benefits from appropriate/dharmic action, peace of mind being the number one fruit.
Rian: Then of course karma works on cause and effect, where everything is done for the good of the whole, so logically undesirable karma is the system righting itself.
Daniel: Correct. This is a self-equaliberating machine.
Rian: Therefore there is no punishment or sin. If we do transgress dharma with our actions, karma restores the equilibrium, which may be unpleasant. But ultimately it’s not really happening in any case.
Daniel: Again, this is only true for you, awareness. The action figure named Rian is at the mercy of karma.
Rian: I think I am now getting to the rub of one of my struggles, and that is whatever we do other than trying to purify the mind through karma is of absolutely no consequence. In a nutshell, there is absolutely nothing to do. It is this nothing-to-do bit that takes a bit of getting used to. This would appear to tie with the fact that I feel I am biased towards rajas.
Daniel: Again, you’re confusing the two points of reality: Rian’s view and awareness’s view.
Rian: I’m feeling better.
Daniel: The more you understand, the better you feel. I suggest rereading James’ book – and then rereading it again.
Rian: I was identifying myself as as awareness rather than the jiva.
I am starting to see that we are just light bouncing around on a cinema screen. But after saying that all the work is in karma with respect to mithya, aka the doer, and as you say, take it easy but don’t be lazy.
Other than continual discrimination, there is only karma and that’s it really. It is this all-there-is bit I get hung about because that’s it.
Daniel: Identifying yourself as awareness is the foundation. Now we need to activate this knowledge so this identification offers more than just intellectual fruit.
What does it mean to rest in awareness as awareness? It means that “I am free from Rian and all the movements in life.” It means that “I am whole and complete, unborn, changeless and deathless.” It means that “nothing concerns me, for I am never stained by experience.”
The activating of this knowledge is where the fun work begins. It’s the process of nididhyasana, moment-to-moment application of self-knowledge as the jiva continues to do its daily duties.
You’re seeking is over, Rian. It’s just because the answer was totally obvious, ordinary and simple all along that the mind still feels that there’s more to get. The honey has been found (“I am awareness”), now it just needs to be stirred (activated).
“Take it easy but don’t be lazy” is a good one.