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Triguna Vibhava Yoga
Ethan: Sundari, thank you ever so much for your reply. This is what is so great about Vedanta, it’s so impersonal there’s no pointing fingers or blame, just a clear method to clarity.
I will read the attachments, and if any questions come up I will ask them. There’s one thing that I am not familiar with that you mentioned in the email itself and that was triguna vibhava yoga; is there an article that you could point me towards that explains that in more detail?
Thanks again for your detailed reply, it’s very much appreciated.
Sundari: Hello, Ethan. Yes, I agree, the best thing for those of us who want to be free from bondage to objects is the impersonal nature of Vedanta, which is what its critics, those invested in duality, think is the worst thing about it! I am so glad that I can be of service and am happy to field any further questions you may have. I suggest though that you subject the mind to self-inquiry into the articles I sent you and contemplate the meaning before you write back again.
Triguna vibhava yoga is the yoga of applying the teaching on the gunas to the life of the jiva, both from the perspective of the jiva and from awareness. The gunas are what make up Isvara’s psychological and physical order, meaning the apparent reality, or world of objects, including of course the jiva, or subtle body, and thus “your” conditioning. This is why I sent you the two articles on the identity between awareness/Isvara-jiva-jagat (the physical world) and the one on maya, which is the same topic.
This is where all the “work” in Vedanta comes in and it is where all the teaching happens in Vedanta. It is where most get stuck. It is one thing to know that your true nature is awareness; many people know this and are still not free. As you have discovered, unless this renders the binding vasanas non-binding and negates the doer, actualisation does not take place and you are not free.
Moksa is for the jiva, as stated above, the self associated with a subtle body under the apparent spell of ignorance, who lives in the apparent reality, goes by the name of Ethan and has a name and a life story. Liberation is not about denying that Ethan exists, but to understand the true nature of his existence as only apparently real. This is why teachings like the Neo-Advaita and many others fall short – they have no teaching on the apparent reality and they simply dismiss it; they do not understand Isvara and therefore cannot explain the creation: Isvara-jiva-jagat. Their knowledge is indirect; they talk ABOUT awareness and point to it, but unless you understand what duality or ignorance is, you will not be free of it. You need direct knowledge, which is what Vedanta teaches.
Moksa is the ability to discriminate the real from the apparently real and to never confuse the two again. To do this, understanding Isvara-jiva-jagat is absolutely essential. Ignorance/duality is not a problem if you know what it is, and duality does not disappear once you know it is not real. You are no longer seduced by it, because you know that as your true nature is awareness, you are whole and complete, unlimited (which means unmodified by anything), unchanging and ever-present. What could be cooler than that?!
~ Much love to you and many blessings, Sundari