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Suffering Ain’t Personal
Inquirer: Daniel, I’d be interested to know, how do you personally deal with your jiva’s medical condition/suffering?
Daniel: I don’t. That’s the point, meaning I don’t take it personally, because there’s nothing personal about it.
Understanding the nature of The Field (Isvara) slices off a great deal of unnecessary baggage.
Isvara-knowledge dissolves all those stupid “poor me” feelings, such as victimhood, etc., and arms the mind with a stand-up attitude of gratitude, regardless.
In addition to depersonalizing the micro/macro movie, Isvara-knowledge supports one’s prarabdha karma (current movie) in a spirit of sadhana (spiritual practice) and receives the plot as a prasad (gift).
Granted, this ain’t the easiest attitude to hold all the time – especially when tamas is dense – but through continuous training this attitude eventually settles as just one’s normal state, effortlessly and naturally. No big deal. This ordinary state = real confidence.
Then there’s of course the grandaddy antidote – self-knowledge! – which dissolves any suffering, instantly.
Because I’d qualified my mind, I’m able to have this knowledge (“I am awareness”) firmly reflect in the intellect as the jiva attends to its duties.
And it’s this steady reflection that fruits a sense of total ease because freedom from Daniel and his prarabdha is appreciated.
I (awareness) simply just watch Daniel do his thing in accordance with Isvara’s non-personal demands.