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Isvara 1 and Isvara 2
Tom: Dear James, I owe you a little update!
I’m solidly on the Vedanta bus; not a day passes by without listening to or reading satsangs. I’ve seen all the videos at the ShiningWorld website, some several times, plus the ones I bought in Amsterdam. I am reading the books – I bought them all…
Anyway, things are going fine. Everything becomes easier, conflicts and identifications seem to leave with ease. I don’t know what to say. I am grateful.
Grateful to you, to all the teachers before us, to Isvara. Because I am in the midst of learning, I cannot see clearly where I am in “development.”
I have no specific questions. I need to go over the teaching again and again, I guess, until it all is natural to me. There are so many aspects, and until I understand them all, I do not see myself fit to ask anything.
The most difficult are Isvara 1 and 2, and maya, yet I am getting there…
I love this great adventure and will see you, God willing, again in Amsterdam, and perhaps in Tiruvannamalai as well!
~ Love to you and all you love
James: Hi, Tom.
Don’t worry about where you are in your development or about asking questions. They answer themselves if you keep inquiring. If life is getting easier, you are definitely on the bus. I’m happy for you! I hope to see you again in Amsterdam, and it seems you are coming to India. You won’t regret it.
Isvara 2 is the link between non-dual, limitless, formless, objectless awareness and the jiva. You find yourself to be a limited entity living in a limited creation. How do you bridge the gap? You can’t just jump directly there. Trying to get there directly is impossible, because you have to let go of your identity as a jiva, not the jiva itself. You didn’t create the jiva, so you can’t destroy it. Knowledge of Isvara 2 makes it clear to the jiva that everything it thinks it has – its body-mind-sense complex – belongs completely to Isvara 2, the Creator. So you let your attachment to the belief that you are your jiva and you see that you are Isvara 1, pure awareness, because it is the only thing that you can’t let go of. And in that understanding you see that there is no difference between the jiva and Isvara 1.
The Neo teachings don’t work, because they don’t unfold the knowledge of Isvara 2, the Creator and the Creation. So your identity remains with the jiva, which seems to be limited. It doesn’t shift to Isvara 1, owing to its identification with its equipment. Seekers try to destroy the mind or the ego just deny that it exists, but this doesn’t work. The creation and the jiva exist; they are just not real. Isvara 2 – maya – makes them look like they are real. You can’t destroy something that isn’t real, you can only dismiss it with knowledge. So you need the knowledge of Isvara 2.
~ Much love, James