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Sit Back and Dharmically Enjoy the Ride
Deb: I’m just going back over things. We are Isvara, which is the substance of creation. I just want to be clear on name and form.
Daniel: Correct, your jiva is an offshoot of Isvara in a “micro form.”
Deb: Is it right to assume that Maya is an aspect of awareness, is responsible for creating the substance and superimposing name and form?
Daniel: Correct, Isvara is just awareness operating ignorance/Maya. It’s a power within you, awareness, which allows you to apparently play self-tag in name and form.
Deb: What controls our action? From what I understand, it is the gunas and vasanas.
Daniel: Correct. This in conjunction with our understanding, which is either knowledge-driven or ignorance-driven.
Deb: How do we control the vasanas and gunas so that we have apparent control over our actions? Again, from what I understand it’s allowing the teachings of Vedanta to work on us so that our true nature shines through to influence the gunas and weaken vasanas.
Daniel: Continue to apply self-knowledge and triguna vibhava yoga (guna management), and the appropriate control (i.e. dharmic action) will naturally drive the jiva.
Correct. Self-knowledge chips away and weakens unhelpful vasanas.
Deb: There appears to be a catch-22 situation, what first influences us to take on board Vedanta to allow this to happen. I feel that I am in a little bit of a circular argument at the moment.
Daniel: There is no catch. By the grace of Isvara, your jiva has been graced with Vedanta.
Deb may feel as if she’s in a circular argument, but not you, awareness.
Deb: Once again, many thanks. It seems a bit like Harry Potter’s wand, where the wand finds the wizard, Vedanta finds the jiva. We really don’t have any control, do we? We are just passengers on the bus.
Daniel: That’s it, Deb. Sit back and dharmically enjoy the ride.
~ Much love, Daniel