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Putting Jiva to Bed
Rory: I think I can finally put the jiva to bed for the time being, hopefully for good. After reading Ted’s satsangs and our discussions, things are so much clearer.
You can see how the ethical living comes in from the Upanishads. So one continues chopping wood and fetching water, but only this time ethically.
It’s all quite simple really, isn’t everything directed to a still mind?
Many thanks for now.
Daniel: Yes – the jiva gets to be snugly tucked into bed once it’s firmly realised that it (jiva) is just an object arising in/to you, free awareness. In other words, knowing your freedom from the jiva offers the most peacefully snug experience ever.
Though one’s deathless nature as actionless awareness is realised, nothing changes on the apparent level – only the negation of its reality. Life continues same as before – minus the sense of incompleteness and limitation.
Your jiva-duty continues as before: wood is chopped and water is carried – but now you know very well that you’re not actually the chopper or carrier of anything.
The apparent reality continues to arise, but is discriminated as an object known to you. You are the actionless awareness that remains free of all chopping and carrying.
With regards to ethical living, I’d say ethical living just means natural living, the ability to respond to your environment appropriately (dharmically). Appropriate response is an effortless offshoot of self-knowledge, when the vision of non-duality is established.
~ Om for now, Daniel