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Sublimation Is Giving Love to Objects
Frank: Hi, James.
I think I know understand the rules now. That’s a relief. Yes, I certainly see why having a guru is essential, good luck without one! There is life beyond porn. I understand about the money issue too.
I feel “myself” moving closer to myself. ☺ It appears to be happening in stages. And some really weird, strong muscular contraction dances happening around my ears, face, neck and forehead in waves that always balance between left and right side; I know it sounds crazy but I think maybe a channel is opening up in my crown chakra.
James: Good thing it’s not the muscle between you legs.
Frank: Yes, I am starting to feel the sattva now ongoingly, just by directing attention to my head. I read your satsang yesterday where consciousness is located, back part of the head, and I can confirm that’s how it feels to me for sure.
James: Vedanta sadhana is called tapas, heat-producing. When you restrict attention flowing to objects, i.e. stupid world-thoughts, particularly sex, it moves within and destroys vasanas. The halo you see around saints is a symbol of the energy created by sublimation. Vedanta transformes raw desire (rajas) into radiance (tejas).
Frank: I am applying a good discrimination whenever I am feeling the stuckness of an emotional or mental identification error. I don’t have to “solve” it, I just invite it to my awareness and then sit back as awareness and simply look back at the disturbance; if it’s even still there at that point, it resolves in seconds. Does that sound right to you?
James: Yes, this is the effect of the practice of knowledge, i.e. discrimination.
Frank: I was amazed last night reading The Yoga of Love to find out that when discussing “love relationships” and how they are so problematic for jivas, that by “sublimation” you actually meant LOVING the person or object back! That took me by total surprise, what an amazing thing. Here is the quote from page 23:
“The desire to love an object and be loved by an object is the primary cause of suffering because it generates an incessant stream of binding emotions, both positive and negative. [Yes, I cop to that.] Nonetheless, it is not a desire that can be immediately renounced, as it is hardwired from birth [mommy issues!]. So it needs to be sublimated, not by demanding and expecting love, but by giving it… It is the simple recognition that by our very presence as consciousness you are offering yourself to the world in the form of your thoughts, words and deeds.”
James: Swamji called it “detachment/attachment yoga.” The love has to go somewhere. You just put it in the right place. Your crotch is not the right place. Clean the lust out of it and direct bhakti to whomever is in front of you.
Frank: Wow, what a profound and wonderful teaching. On behalf of jivas everywhere who are caught up in the mire of dualistic love struggles:
THANK YOU for this amazing teaching.