Concept Of Bondage & Liberation

If you are a seeker & a beginner, you would be first told that “You are not the body or the mind or the Intellect but you are pure Awareness/Consciousness. Also, that everything here is just a play of Consciousness and Only ‘IT’ prevails.” Even Krishna gave the highest truth to Arjuna before he started with his discourse(Chapter 2, Shlok 11-21). He had to get into the details because of Arjuna’s incapability in comprehending what was told. Many of us are like Arjuna and that is why Gita is still relevant today.

Though every teacher introduces you to yourself yet it gets messed up because it doesn’t go unfiltered. And each student is different and therefore each has a different way of introducing the idea into life. I was unaware of the number of filters that I build unconsciously and it restrained every information coming my way.

In spite of listening to numerous discourses, the whole idea didn’t sink in or rather didn’t flow like the way I wanted. It doesn’t happen overnight, it might for some but it takes time. I kept thinking where am I stuck but now I realize that the idea of duality enticed me equally then.

And that is something that does not agree with Advaitam. There is no place for duality, but nevertheless let the inward search continue. Slowly but steadily, it will take you through its lovely paradoxes into a beautiful culmination. It might look like it is contradicting itself but when understood it is pure science. It tells you everything is in me but I am not in them. I am everything but I am independent. Though ‘You are That’, you still have to earn that experience.

Within the awareness is where the whole life is staged and every bit of that drama is nothing but ‘That’. Since our attention is drawn to the characters, we fail to see the actor, one who is playing all the characters. Though we theoretically understand that we are ‘One’, for that idea to flow easily, it takes endless attention unto our ‘self’.

The drama is him, life force is him, characters and ideas are him, actors are him, the whole act is him, the audience is him, the stage is him and you are him.

So, where is the problem, you may ask? There is no problem if we received the knowledge and stayed like that. Since the idea of individuality and Oneness cannot coexist, we have to let go of one. But strangely our own small selfish creation stops us from experiencing the ultimate.

The wave is made to understand that it is nothing, but water in the form of a wave. And the foam, bubbles and the rest are all but water too. The only thing which is stopping the wave from being the water is the wave’s obsession with its form. That needs to stop then there is neither samsara nor mukti.

Brahmarpanam brahma havir brahmagnau brahmana hutam
Brahmaiva tena gantavyam brahma-karma-samadhina//
Ch 4, Shlk 24

The same one is the one who is playing it, watching it, directing it, producing it and staging it.

Yo mam pasyati sarvatra sarvam ca mayi pasyati
Tasyaham na pranasyami sa ca me na pranasyati// Ch 6, Shlk 30

Sarva-bhuta-sthitam yo mam bhajaty ekatvam asthitah
Sarvatha vartamano ‘pi sa yogi mayi vartate// Chp 6, Shlk 31

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The Mind is Eager But The Senses Are Engaged

Should we detest life?

No, Of course not! But when the mind embraces life with all its imperfections then life is possible. Every mind is in search of that infinite bliss even when the senses are fully absorbed in mundane affairs. The Mind is willing but the sense faculties are engaged elsewhere.

And, the search will continue until it understands that the source of any happiness, however, transient in nature is emanating from its own being.

Our outward search for happiness is as absurd as a firefly searching its own light outside.

Our older generations understood this truth very well. I would like to share a traditional Malayalam prayer song that we were taught and asked to recite with BHAAVAM(remembering the meaning) every day. If you are interested, I have also included the meaning line-by-line.

Note: Shiva mentioned in the above prayer is to be understood as the ‘Perfect Being’.
Shiva, the One who has attained Perfection, always blissful in his own Self eternally, Flawless, Formless, One without a Second, Complete.

As a human being, I took birth in this world,
But I am now in the middle of the ocean of Samsara which is like hell,
Please help me swim to the banks, away from the hell,
Oh Shiva Oh Shambhu, the Perfect Being.

Whenever I think about dealing with the fear at the time of death,
My mind forgets all that I know,
And So please come and play in my mind( remind me my True state, Sat-Chit-Ananadam),
Oh Shiva Oh Shambhu, the Perfect Being.

Shiva Shiva, I am ignorant and know nothing,
About the nature of Maha Maya(illusion, Holy Mother, Prakruti),
And so please help me overcome Maha Maya,
Oh Shiva Oh Shambhu, the Perfect Being.

I am entrapped in a very big forest(Samsara)
And I am wandering without knowing the way and when I cry for help,
Oh Lord please show me the right path then
Oh Shiva Oh Shambhu, the Perfect Being.

Lord, with your grace, I found an easy path out of the dense forest,
But on that way, in between, at several places, I see Six stairs( 5 Jnana-Indriya(sense of perception)+ Antarendriya(Mind))
And when I climb all the six stairs then,
I see you, the Perfect Being.

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