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Jivanmukta Knows His Sense of Inadequacy
Jiva-hood -> Sense of limitedness -> Inadequacy -> Enlightenment Sickness
Arlindo: Hello, brother, your analyses are correct. All suffering experienced by jivas is the effect of the ignorance of jivas’ true identity as awareness. It is that simple! At the core of all human suffering we find this sense of limitation which is not natural to the self we really are. But the apparent jiva, being a product of ignorance, is indeed limited, small, incomplete, etc.
Unconsciously we jivas (the self in its secondary apparent nature) go about searching for things/experiences that may restore that natural sense of limitlessness which is inherent in jiva’s true self, which is awareness, or jiva’s primary/fundamental nature. This is the amazing play of maya. It projects this apparent reality where the world, the jiva and awareness are “experienced” simultaneously. No wonder the subtlety in discriminating, or seeing through, the overlapping of these three layers (orders of reality) of the one single reality we call awareness, the invariable factor in which the other two variable factors, the subjective jiva and the objective world of objects, arise.
As a result, the poor jiva, as if sandwiched and not having a clear view of the nature of reality, finds himself lost, confused and off course, limited by time and space. This core sense of limitation gives rise to all kinds of psychological dysfunctions. All emotional-mental dysfunctions are rooted in the causal body as an extremely subtle thought, which in the conscious mind translates as “there is something wrong with me.” This unconscious thought of being confined within limits in its repercussions produces the more or less conscious thought of inadequacy. You are absolutely right when you say that every jiva suffers in different degrees this sense of inadequacy; this is an integral aspect of jiva-hood.
As far the jivamukta and how and why it may still experience inadequacy and enlightenment sickness goes, there is so much we can say, and I will be happy to explore those thoughts with you another day. But I may say now that what distinguishes the jivamukta from the jiva is the fact that the jivamukta knows his sense of inadequacy – as you said, he or she does not need to hide or suppress it – and because he or she holds a firm conviction that he or she is none of his or her vasanas, none of “his” or “her” thoughts, no matter how subtle or intimate they may be, do not affect him or her.
It’s also relevant to mention that, provided the jivamukta is well-educated in the scriptures and follows dharma, as he/she goes about living his/her ordinary life, those vasanas for experience as a cover-up for one’s sense of inadequacy diminishes with time, together with one’s very sense of inadequacy, which is but a by-product of jiva’s sense of being confined within limits (identification with the body-mind complex). The degree of this remission will determine the degree of jivamukta’s sense of limitlessness and purity of mind and heart, and limitless self = freedom.
It was lovely talking to you, Stan.