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Nididhyasana: Separating the Jnani from the Wannabe
“Nididhyasana: What does this mean to you, fellow Doodler? If there’s one topic worth fleshing out, it’s this one.’’
This was a question posted on the Non-doodle Facebook group. And here were the responses:
Michael: Keeping my thoughts and attention on awareness at all times. Gently turning away from objects (when I catch the mind going astray) and keeping the mind on me, the seer. Also, dismissing objects as not-self. This is nididhyasana for me.
Eaden: Contemplation of the teachings. Applying the knowledge of self presented by Vedanta, moment to moment. Living the scripture. Knowing that I am not what I think, feel or experience but that which makes thought, feeling and experience possible: the radiant light of self, awareness.
Sadhana: Karma yoga, jnana yoga, triguna vibhava yoga, bhakti yoga. Practice, practice, practice.
Exploring my values and taking action that aligns with them. Considering the qualifications for moksa, applying them. Jnana, bhakti and karma.
Christian Leeby: 7.5.3. by Swami Paramarthananda, extracted from Introduction to Vedanta (Tattvabodha):
“Then comes the process of nididhyasanam, which is the process of internalisation or assimilation of this knowledge and the removal of my habitual behaviour. This also involves solving emotional problems in the light of jnanam. Ultimately, even though samsara is a problem of ignorance, the ignorance is appearing or expressing in the form of emotional turmoil alone. The basic problem may by ajnanam, but I am facing this problem in the form of raga dvesha kama krodhaha lobha moha matsarya and bhayam [like, dislike, lust, anger, greed, delusion, illusion, envy and fear]. Unless the emotional problems are solved, I have not assimilated the knowledge totally. The present behaviour I have developed very gradually, it is a habit, a conditioning that I have – this I have to decondition myself. This process is called nididhyasanam, or assimilation. Only when the habitual behaviour goes away do I get the full benefit of this knowledge. We have been a samsari, a petty, ignorant, bitter person, and that personality has influenced our responses, our goals. Everything has been governed by our idea about ourselves. How you behave depends on how you look at yourself.”
Michael: Brilliant. It is the most difficult part of our sadhana. When we expect ourselves to be “above” petty emotions and our minds react like a five-year-old would to certain people and/or situations. This is where the rubber meets the road.
Daniel: Continue to decondition with self-knowledge in order to get the full fruits of self-knowledge. Yum.
Eaden: Decommission the squatters.
Gerard: Insist that the squatters show “who” the “original deed” belongs to. It’s mine.
Christian Leeby: That’s the thing. You never kick them squatters off – you just move them farther and farther to the non-binding fringes.
Eaden: Nice, Christian Leeby; how about disempower the squatters?
Christian Leeby: Eaden, or make them part of my loving family?
Eaden: They have important teachings for us. Yes, love them.
Gerard: What I negate at one point I finally bring back to be nothing other than myself. Squatters and kind guests alike (depression and joy) are illumined by me, non-dual awareness. I “loan” them both sentiency alike.
Christian Leeby: (By Swami Paramarthananda, extracted from Introduction to Vedanta (Tattvabodha):
“We should allow the transformation to take place. And that process is called nididhyasanam, in which I keep in touch with the shastram even if the study part is over. I keep in touch with the jnanis, or wise people, satsanga or shastra sanga because the association influences my personality. Not only do I keep in touch with shastra, I lead an alert life, monitoring my responses and making sure that every response in every situation is governed by the new teaching and not by the old misunderstood personality.
“Swami Chinmayananda put it like this: ‘You may have gone through ten Upanishads. Wonderful. How many Upanishads have gone through you?’ Hence conversion of intellectual knowledge into emotional strength is called nididhyasanam.”
Gerard: That I take any understanding from listening and reflection, and apply that to every area of my life, moment to moment, day to day. Not setting “deadlines” for when I am to quit. Keeping at it. Isvara will see to the “stopping.”
Daniel: “…apply that to every area of my life, moment to moment…” That’s the golden key right there, G-man!
Eaden: G-man has the key!
Daniel: G-man is the key! ☺
Georg: Recently I started to read out loud the verses of various scriptures, e.g. Vivekachudamani. Sometimes I read it to others, but usually just to myself. I find it much more satisfying for some reason than just reading it silently.
Christian: It’s ALL about reconditioning the mind – and verbalizing is super powerful for that. In my experience, reading and/or thinking something is strong. Writing it is stronger, and verbalizing it is the strongest.
Daniel: These responses are seriously getting the Doodle excited. This is it, folks, nididhyasana is what separates the jnani from the wannabe.