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Jake: Hi, Daniel.
The attached link is highly controversial, so I have not gone on Facebook with it; in addition, I am not courting opinion, but it is something I feel we have deal with personal as we “journey” on the Vedanta bus.
[Link on some political issue.]
I am looking at discrimination and dispassion. This is only happening in mithya, in Jake’s world. It has no bearing at all on my true self. So really, it does not matter one iota what happens. The question, I suppose, is how do we let our stage character deal with it? I may be answering my own questions here, but it helps. Accordingly, I would say we step back and let our stage character have whatever opinions it wants so long as we in NO way, shape or form get ATTACHED to the action or result, maintain total dispassion and leave it to karma.
This would seem logical, but mindful of the subtlety of being drawn into identification in mithya rather than awareness.
Daniel: I’m glad you did not post it on the group, as it’s not related to moksa, nor does it belong on the Vedanta bus.
Your identification to the apparent reality (mithya) is hardwired, Jake. You continue to get caught up, emotionally charged and carried away by trivial thoughts. It’s trivial because there’s no escape from the good, the bad and the ugly in mithya. Mithya has always presented “the dark side” and will happily continue to do so. There’s no spiritual escape from this apparent fact.
To get agitated at what arises out of your control is vain and fruitless. It’s vain because it implies that “things should be different to what they are.” And it’s fruitless because things will never be different to that they are.
This type of thinking does not qualify the mind for liberation and only serves to feed unhelpful vasanas and further disturbs your primary tool, the intellect. An agitated intellect will not be able to contemplate the teachings.
This is not to say that stage character Jake should not keep updated on current politics/affairs, etc. or that he should feel restricted in his response, but only that it needs to be done from the appropriate podium, from the platform of discrimination and dispassion.
Indeed – you answered your own question.
Acting in/with steady discrimination (viveka) and dispassion (viragya) – whilst applying karma yoga of course – is the only ticket out of suffering.
You’ve already mentioned this. But it needs to shift from a mere intellectual quote to direct application to the steady, moment-to-moment application as each thought of limitation/fear/agitation/vanity/etc. arises.
You have the toolkit, Jake, apply it. Be patient and take it easy.
Jake: Many thanks, Daniel.
This is where I believe I am at the moment, just beyond the crossroads of intellectual acceptance and direct application.
I am finding the Basics of Vedanta course helpful because it is filling in gaps.
Having grasped a better understanding of dispassion is helpful, reminding myself to remain calm.
I am usually going along quite nicely, then something like this comes along and I get a jolt that gives me a backward step. But, as you say, it’s not easy. But this is something I really desire because it is what it is.
Once again, many thanks for grabbing hold when I stumble.
Daniel: It’s not easy, nor is it not not easy. Understand the value – your reasoning – behind the teachings, and every moment becomes a great joy. The application of the “not so easy” turns into a humorous comfort.
Jake: Many thanks again, Daniel.
I am feeling much better now. I appreciate karma yoga even more now, but also now KNOW how dispassion, non-attachment and freedom from non-binding desire fit together.
It’s how I seem to be: going along quite nicely, then have some aberration.
~ Kind regards and much love
Daniel: You’re most welcome, friend.
~ Much love, Daniel