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Enlightenment the Beginning, Not the End
Jack: Dear James, after my realization at Doro in 2012 my vanity got the better of me, I am afraid. I thought that I had understood everything… finished, job done.
But I had not understood that understanding everything is not enough. Even though the knowledge in itself helps a lot to calm the mind, I now understand that one has to actualize the knowledge. What use is enlightenment if the relative self, the one that lives in this world, is not a credit to the me, the self, and a blessing to the world? I was seeking freedom because I didn’t like Jack and I mistakenly thought that Jack would just disappear but Jack was still Jack. So more work has to be done, and that I do gladly.
I now spend my days doing sadhana, listening to your MP3s and reading the scriptures in your kind translation, and it works wonders!
Epiphanies flood my mind and there is no fish-out-of-water hangover as there used to be. But not everything is bliss.
Sometimes your words or the words of the Gita hit a nerve and I think, “Oh my God, oh my God, it is true, it is true: I am that,” and then tears flood my eyes and my muscles go into violent spasms. This often happens several times in a day.
Who said Vedanta is only intellectual? That person must be mad. Mortal combat is more like it! But I charge on. No turning back.
Please, wish me luck. Hope to join you soon.
James: Good for you, Jack. The yogic idea that moksa is an end to one’s life in the apparent reality is nonsense. Of course, it is a seductive idea for the ego. But moksa is just the beginning of sadhana, insofar as you can do your life from an inspired non-attached position. All the best.
~ Much love, James