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Slay the Demon Tamas!
Vignesh: Hi Jamesji, I am very happy to see you back into action after your surgery. Best wishes.
For last few months, maybe years, I am becoming very tamasic. I have a family with two kids, and am in my late thirties. I do understand my family, employee and social dharmas but still become tamasic to follow them. I don’t mind spending hours reading ShiningWorld satsangs or other Vedanta literature. But since I am rubbing against dharma, it is hitting back as expected. Following dharma is becoming challenging due to this tamasic nature. Any practical suggestions? Hope to see you in India next January.
James: Ah yes, that dreadful tamas! The first thing to do is to try to figure out why doing your dharmas is not appealing. There is some underlying judgment that spirituality is better than samsara. It is, but using spirituality to avoid your samsaric obligations is tamasic. You want moksa but your dharmas stand in the way. You can’t, however, get moksa until you have handled your dharmas. This was Arjuna’s predicament too. And the solution? Karma yoga. If you do your dharmas with this attitude they will disappear as burdens and the mind will become sattvic, in which case the teaching “I am limitless, non--dual, ordinary awareness and not the Vignesh guy” will make perfect sense.
Secondly, you get out of tamas by cultivating rajas. Be eager to do your dharmas. Get them out of the way efficiently. Simplify your life. Cut out the tamasic habits – foods, TV, useless conversation with family members – and carve out time for scripture, prayer, temple worship, etc.
Your ego probably doesn’t want to hear this but it is the only way. Man up, Vignesh! Fight this tamasic demon with the sword of karma yoga and non-duality.
~ Om and prem, James