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Defining “Real” and Moksa
We define “real” as “that which does not change.” And the only “thing” that does not change is you, ordinary awareness. Anything other than you – the subject/awareness – is negated as an object or state. An object or a state is something that is time-bound/limited, and therefore does not fit our definition of reality. We refer to objects/states as “apparently real” (mithya). This definition includes the jiva – the entity reading this.
A discriminating mind devoted to freedom (moksa) is one which does not bend to or depend on the apparent reality – the temporary field of changing objects – for its happiness. This is based on investigative logic. If freedom (moksa) is freedom from limitation (i.e. the attainment of a sense of limitlessness), then it’s obvious that I cannot depend on something that is limited. A limited object cannot offer me a limitless result. A discriminating mind firmly negates anything that it knows/witnesses as an object arising within the subject, free awareness. This negation extends to the actual person who’s doing the negating. In other words, the person and its story is also negated as just another object known to awareness.
Enlightenment is when the mind is firm in self-knowledge and understands the subject – free awareness – to be none other than itself. An enlightened mind is one which owns its true identity as free awarenss.
Suffering ends when the affirmation “I am timeless, self-lit awareness” is steady. A mind liberated from the notion of separation is moksa.