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You Are Free from the Clock Island
Daniel: Below is a post from the Non Doodle (nondoodle) Facebook group and the dialog it offered.
“Rest in awareness as awareness and be free from the sense of limitation (time) that apparently ticks this clock island and the sub-objects that tag along with it.” ~ Daniel
Daniel: You, awareness, are free from the person reading this. Both the person and the world that it lives in is an object known to you, timeless/free awareness. Resting in/as your true identity dissolves all existential urgency – which is just an object known to you.
Eddy: “Existential urgency” – great expression.
Tom: We are awareness, ever free and limitless. We can know awareness, BUT only ever through reflection.
Daniel: Let’s tweak that a little, Tom.
“I am awareness, ever free and limitless. I know I am awareness because I am self-aware. This fact is totally obvious. But the jiva, the person whom I light up, cannot know me directly, because I am not objectifiable. I know the jiva directly, but the jiva can only know me through a clear mind that reflects self-knowledge.”
More accurately summed: it’s not the jiva who knows me but rather me (awareness) who knows the jiva.
Eddy: Very clear!… but now my jiva has a doubt: Are we aware when we are sleeping? (Except for a few experiences of lucid dreams, I don’t know that I’m sleeping when I’m sleeping.)
Daniel: The jiva’s not aware when it’s sleeping, but you, awareness, sure are. You are never not aware. You are aware of all three states: the waking jiva, the sleeping jiva and the dreaming jiva. These three states are objects known to you and come and go within your timeless presence. When the jiva goes to sleep and awakes there was something prior to both states. This something is you, awareness. You are the factor that remains prior/during/after all states, and therefore can report on the qualities of the states enjoyed or not enjoyed by the jiva.
Here’s another subtle point: the jiva is actually not aware at all. The jiva is as inert as the laptop it sits in front of. Though the jiva is awareness (meaning awareness is its substance) it only appears to be aware because you shine on its equipment, and it apparently dances to its current karma.
Eddy: Got it. Thanks, Non Doodle! Here’s an interesting fact: you know, I’m searching for a good translation of the word “awareness” in my native language (Spanish), since I’m speaking a lot about Vedanta with some people. According to some texts and Wikipedia, the translation seems to be “conciencia,” which also means “conscience,” but this can create confusion since there is also the opposite, “unconscious” (like the example of when we are sleeping), while awareness doesn’t have an opposite, since it is whole and complete.
Daniel: Words will always be limited and are of course subject to duality because they are only relevant to mithya (the world of duality). Keep inquiry real simple. No need to be overly concerned with words. Words can never describe you, awareness, that which is formless, without qualities and wordless.
Meditate on the statement “I am free awareness” and allow its implication to settle in your mind. You have already confirmed that you, awareness, are whole and complete. There is nothing more to do but to simply claim this identity as who you are. Taking a stand in awareness as awareness is now your job (sadhana). This may take some time to firm up because your old identity as a limited jiva is hardwired. The search is GAME OVER – all that’s left is to confidently own your true identity. We refer to this stage as nididhyasana; grounding the knowledge through constant application of the teachings.