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Both Dharma and Adharma Are Isvara
Kumar: Hello, Ramji.
I hope you and your wife are doing well.
I’ve been watching your videos and reading the satsangs at the website consistently, and I’ve come to the understanding that by identifying as awareness, one can rest in that knowledge by letting Isvara run the show. This has brought about a great deal of mental peace, and I find it amazing how easily accessible the bliss of the Self is if one is just willing to let go. I have a question that I would greatly appreciate your input on, if you have the time.
I have picked up a couple of “bad” habits over the years; for one, I am addicted to tobacco and somewhat addicted to smoking weed as well. How would I deal with these vasanas? If I rest into Isvara’s will I find that I continue to do these things, but without the stress and anxiety associated with them; but I’m not sure of the right course of action with regards to this. I find that when I rest into the knowledge, there are no questions, doubts, need for self-improvement or any worries at all, but at the same time, is it wise to let Isvara continue to make the jiva engage in behaviours like this? Should I actively try to stop doing these things or can I just rest in awareness and enjoy the show, which includes these “bad” habits, with the understanding that if the jiva is to engage in these behaviours it is Isvara’s will and that if the jiva is to stop engaging in these behaviours that too is Isvara’s will?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for everything, Guruji.
~ Much love, Kumar
Ramji: Hi, Kumar.
I’m so glad you have surrendered to Isvara. However, the problem is that Isvara is everything that is, which includes adharma. And the solution is that you have free will because you are awareness, which means that you can say no to Isvara, which admittedly involves a bit of pain in the beginning, but is well worth it. Dope, unless it is used very judiciously, is adharmic insofar as it contravenes body-mind dharma. Both tobacco and weed are tamasic. Although they give temporary respite from rajas, they both injure the body, particularly tobacco. Weed is not as detrimental to the body, but it makes the mind pretty dull. I have a friend who has been smoking it for forty-five years, and his mind is exceptionally dull and there are some health issues related to it. He is so dull that he can’t see that long-term dope use has caused them and that if he quit they would eventually go away. Yes, smoking is Isvara and stopping smoking is Isvara, but I say, “Fuck Isvara.” Remember, Isvara is not a big daddy boss in the sky making things happen for poor little jiva. Isvara just facilitates jiva’s karma. So you are actually in the driver’s seat as far as your life is concerned. I used to smoke both tobacco and dope, and when I quit, Isvara rewarded me with pure bliss. So it is up to you.
~ Om and prem, Ram