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There Is No True State
Daniel: Dear Guru Ram, I think I now understand what you meant in your audio when you mentioned it’s one thing to recognize your true state but another thing to apply karma yoga and living according to the “field’s rules.”
Ram: Well, actually, Daniel, you don’t “have” a true state, although I think I know what you mean. If there is a state that you are experiencing, it is not separate from the one that sees it. That one that sees the state is you, awareness. And yes, seeing the self and identifying with it are two different things.
Daniel: It’s easy to have that strong epiphany that many of us have, one that results in a slight “mind-shift,” but to have full confidence in the fact that BLISS is actually really you – as well as applying karma yoga – it becomes a lot more complex.
Ram: Yes, ignorance is deeply rooted. It takes a while until the knowledge is firm.
Daniel: Perhaps I lack the knowledge? Or am not yet 100% certain? I will remain coming in and out of these states? Or assume it’s back to the books? Self-inquiry, self-knowledge, self-inquiry, self-knowledge… self… and it continues…
Ram: You know but it seems there is still some doubt. Ignorance is resistant. But you are not coming out of or into any state. States are experiences in you, in awareness, and they are constantly changing but you, witness of the states, never changes.
Daniel: It’s amazing, each time my fatigue comes, then so does my mind tend to fatigue – but in a way that just allows present consciousness to take over – and then my inquiry and knowledge is grasped a lot faster/easier. This happens when I don’t respect my energy levels and am doing, doing, doing in the ego.
Ram: It is rajas, a great glutton and an inveterate sinner, to quote the Bhagavad Gita. It makes the mind agitated, and you cannot see things clearly in this state of mind. The mind jumps like a monkey and it sucks a lot of energy, like real monkeys suck the juice out of mangos.
The “present consciousness” you mentioned is a state of mind called sattva. When it is operating the mind is still and inquiry becomes easy. When the mind is like this you can see/experience the reflection of awareness in it.
When the knowledge of who you are is firm you are not bothered anymore about your state of mind. Why? Because you, consciousness, are ever-present and you see all states of mind. When the knowledge isn’t firm, you tend to identify with the energy levels and the states of mind. Therefore it is important to have a predominantly still mind and inquire until you know with no doubt that you are not a person but the self.
~ Love, Ram