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The Remedy? Self-Knowledge
Anne: Dear Daniel, I have questions about problems during my self-inquiry.
During the last time I really “feel” how attached I am towards objects. In my case “objects” stands for other jivas. During my whole life I am searching for love and validation through other people. I was “fighting” for their love because I am unable to give myself the love I am. Only the love I receive from others give my jiva a self-value in life. No wonder I suffer so much.
This attachment is a BIG obstacle in my inquiry. The teachings make perfect sense to me while reading them or watching James’ and Swami Chinmayananda’s YouTube videos, but when ignorance is operating and rajas and tamas agitate the mind, the knowledge flies out the window, so to speak.
I have worked with the three-states teaching and the guna teaching, but my vasanas are sooo strong they sabotage my progress.
My simple question: What can I do to stand up against maya?
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes and lots of love.
Daniel: What a cool email. It’s cool because it demonstrates your already sharp-tuned tools of observation. Though it may not feel like it – you’re well on track, Anne!
You are attached to objects because your attention’s placed on an inaccurate identity. There is your limited identity as the apparent action figure ( jiva), and there’s your true, limitless identity as free awareness (satya). Taking your limited identity (jiva) as your primary platform is the core issue, this misidentification is the crux of all suffering. We call it ignorance.
When ignorance conditions the mind, you mistake yourself to be the limited identity, a limited object, when in actual fact you are the limitless subject that’s always free of objects. An object is anything other than you, awareness. The jiva called “Anne” is also just an object appearing to/in you, awareness. In other words, you are free from the person reading this right now.
Attachment to the limited person of course results in suffering because the jiva is nothing but a bundle of vibrating limitations. Being limited just means the need to depend on objects for one’s existence or happiness. This is a cruel feeling because objects – including the jiva – are always changing, always limited. The word “dependent” and “attachment” can be seen as synonymous terms.
The remedy? Continue to apply the teachings of Vedanta until your true identity as non-dual, always-independent, always-full, free awareness is realised and steadily reflected.
You, awareness, are never attached, because you are everything that is. When this understanding is digested on more than just an intellectual level, the jiva in return relaxes, and anxiety (i.e. attachment) is dissolved. A sense of steady confidence and self-satisfaction is the fruit.
I’m hitting you with some real subtle stuff here because it seems as if you have already been exposing the mind to the teachings for some time now. Don’t concern yourself if this may sound a little far-fetched. With continued vigilant application, the teachings will eventually puzzle this together in crystal-clear vision.
You asked what can you do to stand up against maya. The answer is: you (jiva) can’t stand up against maya.The limited jiva will never be free from maya, because it’s because of maya that the jiva exists – and vice versa.
You can only take a stand in awareness as awareness and be free of maya altogether. This is because you, awareness, are already free of maya.
Here’s another subtle statement to contemplate: though freedom’s for the jiva, it’s actually more accurate to say that freedom is freedom from the jiva. Think about this: for versus from.
It’s superb that you’ve observed your jiva’s vasanas and the guna tendencies that don’t serve it. This demonstrates great maturity and is the core ground for qualifying the mind to adjust itself in order to contemplate on the teachings.
This love issue and need for validation is a common case and stems from insecurity. Insecurity is just a by-product of ignorance. Again, ignorance is simply the u niversally innocent act of ignoring one’s already fully-loved essence as whole and complete awareness. No blame here, maya fools us all.
You seek love because you don’t know that you ARE love. Your nature is nothing other than love. This understanding will reflect as you continue to apply the teachings to a qualified mind. To qualify your mind is your only job. Here’s a link that you may appreciate:
You’ve been graced with the most perfect toolkit (Vedanta) and you need not doubt this, Anne. Continue to attend to the qualifications (which includes guna management) and allow the knowledge to do the work.
If you’ve not yet read James’ book The Essence of Enlightenment, then I highly suggest you get yourself a copy and dive right into it. It’s brilliant and covers everything in a logical flow.
You’re welcome to write to me anytime.
~ Much love, Daniel
Anne: Dear Daniel, thank you sooo much for your wonderful email.
At the moment it is difficult for me to assimilate the knowledge because my gross body has the flu and my subtle body is under a strong tamasic/rajastic whirlwind.
Sorry for keeping this reply so short, but I just wanted to thank you and inform you why it could take a little longer hearing from me.
~ Love, Anne
Daniel: You're most welcome, Anne. Get well soon and rest the jiva easy.
~ Much love, Daniel