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Isvara Not Cooked up by Humans
Ayumi: Dear sensei, thank you very much for your reply!
I’m going to Taiwan tomorrow for three days, getting lots of massages and taking beautiful photos! Then I’ll fly to Bali and Java for a meditation and yoga retreat for one or two months and relax on the beach.
Thanks for your suggestion to come to Tiruvannamalai though.
Ayumi feels very tired to go there for now, because there are many crazy and dirty old (and young) men who chase girls. She needs to feel more relaxed and get energy fully. But thanks for your caring, she is jogging for one hour every morning for the past five days!
She likes your style of teaching. She loves the teachings of Vedanta but says “no, thank you” to traditional rules and regulations anymore. They almost killed me. You are very casual, very open, free and funny!
James: Yes, there are no rules for jnanis, Ayumi. You are a jnani. Live free!
Ayumi: Yes, she had learned moksa is not attained by karma from Upadesha Saram in the course. Karma is caused by ignorance: “I am not enough, I need to do something to feel compete,” but she was still struggling to attain moksa by karma; it’s an old habit.
Very helpfully you cleared all her doubt about other kinds of teaching, ideas or old thinking habits. She may ask you again about more strange ideas even though knowing it’s different from Vedanta, so please forgive her. (For example, what do you think about the Law of Attraction or positive affirmations?)
James. It works if you actually understand what you are saying. Krishna, speaking as Isvara, says that in whatever way you worship him he gives you what you want to make your faith strong. But a person trying to attract things does not know that he or she is just trying to attract his or her self!
It is very strange trying to get what you are, to have what you have.
Attractions are always only the self attracting itself. But if you think you are a jiva you don’t know that.
Ayumi: Do you think thought has power to realize, or create, things?
James: Sure, everything is created by thought. I think these words and then I put them to paper and they create thoughts in your mind. But there is no magic to it. It is very logical and scientific.
Ayumi: One more question: Is Isvara a part of creation, of me – consciousness?
Ayumi: What is the role of Isvara?
James: Isvara creates everything, sustains everything and destroys everything. It delivers the fruits of the jiva’s actions. Isvara is everything that is, all the objects and the laws that control the behavior of everything.
Ayumi: If Isvara is your creation, why do you worship Isvara? Isn’t it an illusion to worship like that?
James: Isvara is not jiva’s creation. Isvara creates the jivas and controls them all. Ayumi is completely controlled by Isvara. When her will causes her to violate Isvara’s dharmas, Isvara teaches her the mistake. Going to the ashram was Isvara, working too hard for moksa was Isvara, getting sick was Isvara, writing to James is Isvara. James’ letters are Isvara.
Your idea is that Isvara is cooked up by jiva for the purpose of worship. Isvara is your body and mind, your desire for moksa. Isvara is absolutely everything – the sun, the moon, the stars and the whole creation. Isvara makes your breath go in and out. You live and die by Isvara’s grace. From jiva’s point of view Isvara is very real, not just a belief. Only from awareness’s point of view is Isvara not real.
Ayumi: At least for now she understood she should stop seeking moksa, accepting it is already there, accepting everything is all right, just enjoying this game and the world which I made.
James: She was seeking in the wrong way. The seeking will not stop. It is Isvara seeking to remove its apparent ignorance. The seeking will take another form. You know everything. Now just live and all the teachings will make sense. Your seeking is almost over. The best way to seek is not to seek. Just pay attention to life. Isvara teaches through life.
Ayumi: I’ll let her do whatever she likes and enjoy a lot! I’ll spend every day with appreciation.
James: That’s the right attitude, Ayumi! That’s karma yoga.
~ Much love, James