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Feel Free When You Feel Bad
Mike: Hi James. I have a question, if you don’t mind, about the ocean and the wave. The wave being the jiva and the ocean being Isvara, self-knowledge is “I am water/awareness.” I am completely beyond both the wave and the ocean. In other words, I am unaffected because the ocean is me, but I am free of the ocean. Is this correct?
James: Yes, awareness – you – know the total (Isvara) and the individual (jiva) but they don’t know you. You are “beyond,” meaning other than them. They are you but you are not them.
Mike: If it is, then I can’t see that there is much more to learn/unlearn. I feel completely free. Self-inquiry goes on automatically. It can’t not go on. Living in any other way would be a complete lie, and I have always been an honest person. Anyway, I look forward (so to speak) to your reply.
James: Well, feeling free is definitely good, but you, awareness, are beyond the feeling of freedom. If you feel free when you feel bad then there is nothing more to do. The fact that inquiry is going on automatically is certainly a great blessing. If there is more to do, the inquiry will reveal it to you in the fullness of time.
Freedom, moksa, has two aspects: freedom from the doer, the one that feels free, and freedom for the doer, the one that feels free. Freedom from the doer means that you are awareness. This is why I said let’s see if you feel free when the doer doesn’t feel free. Awareness is free of all feelings. Freedom for the doer is the feeling of freedom. It may mean that the doer has properly assimilated the knowledge “I am awareness.” Let’s see how it goes before I mail your enlightenment certificate. ☺
~ Much love, James