Wednesday, 17 July 2013

bondage continues

HARI  OM  

Practical  steps  to  spirituality-  section 6  part  15  

Bondage  continues

                      Ignorance  or  ajnana  is  the  cause  of  bondage  . Ajnana  has  a  two fold  effect  :  1. the  notion  of  the  Self  in  the  not- Self   and  2. the  notion  of  reality  in   the  world. . The  first  is  due  to   the  ignorance  of  the  Self  's  Sat- Cit  - Ananda  nature   and  hence  one  carries  the  notion  that  one  is  the  assemblage  of  the  three  bodies  . So  we  say  '  I  am  an  old  man  ' (   identification with  the  gross  body  )  ,  I  am  hungry  (   with the  subtle  body  )  . I  slept  well  last  night  (  with  the  causal  body  )  and  secondly  we  carry  the  notion  of  reality  in   the  world   . Because  of  the  ignorance  of  the  substratum  behind  the  world   of  names  and  forms   as  Sat  -Cit  - Ananda  , this  notion  of  reality is with  respect  to   world of    the  names  and  means .. I t is  only  when  we  give reality  to  the  world  of  objects  that  we  develop  likes  and  dislikes  . We  come  to  like  certain  things  and  dislike  certain  other  things.  and  there  starts  our  suffering. 

                       Knowledge  alone  can  put  an  end  to  ignorance  just  as  light  alone  can  destroy  darkness. . The  two  notions  we  have  talked  about   are  merely  the  effects  of  ignorance   and  so  ignorance  can  be  destroyed  only  by  knowledge  of  the  Self  as  Sat- Cit-  Ananda. Principle. . Even  after  an intellectual   understanding   through  the   study  of   Vedanta  ,  one  still  experiences  bondage  . So  the  student  asks  the  question  :'  katham  asya  bandhasya  pratista  ?' How  does  bondage  continue  to  exist ?  . It  is  the  power  of  vasanas  ,  inherant   tendencies  ,  that  prevent  the  intellectual  understanding  of  the  Self  as  Sat,  Cit  Ananda  , from  transforming  itself  into  experiential  wisdom   or  Realisation. . Until  the  vasanas  are  weakened   and  destroyed  , bondage  will  continue  to  exist  . So  by  living  in  a  subjective  state  of  steady   identification  with  the  Sel f ,  the  vasanas  have  to  be  consciously  removed   from  the  mind. 

to  be  continued.....

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