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Allowing the Paradox
Vedantin: Easy Thursday, friend… More musings from my back (getting better though!!!!). As always, I welcome your artful feedback.
On “Allowing the Paradox”
The jiva might ask, “In a non-dual reality, how can there be awareness AND objects?” (Of course the self-realized person knows themselves to be awareness and has no need to question.)
The answer to that jiva question is “paradox” (a seemingly self-contradictory statement that when investigated may prove to be true)… Like the ocean/wave analogy, there is “me” (non-dual awareness) AND the apparently real, high-definition but illusory “objects” that appear in me.
A gateway to knowing is to “allow” the paradox. This allowance (or surrender, if you will) ultimately gives the jiva a way to loosen its grip on needing to understand or wrap its mind around the paradox which otherwise can be frustrating for it. Just allow the paradox to be.
Karma yoga says, “I have no control over the results of my actions, so I sit back, relax, let go, let Isvara, and don’t worry about anything.” To that I would add, “I have no control over what happens, so I sit back, relax, let go, let Isvara, and don’t worry about anything.”
Daniel: Easy Thursday, friend.
I’m glad to hear your jiva’s on the mend; the damn equipment sure can be a pain in the ass at times!
Your analysis on resolving the apparent paradox is spot on.
This “allowance” brings us to the qualification of shradda, faith in the teachings, not blind faith, but rather a provisional faith pending the results of one’s own investigation.
Yup – as always, acting in/with the karma yoga attitude never gets old.
“I sit back, relax, let go, let Isvara, and don’t worry about anything.” You’re a bad-ass jnani, my friend.
Bob Marley was almost there. ☺
Vedantin: True dat, mon!! Ha!, so funny!
You are a treasure, my friend.
Daniel: Hari Om, brotherji!