Examples of Living & Using Vedānta Self-Inquiry in Daily Life (18)
Examples of Living & Using Vedanta Self-Inquiry in Daily Life (18)

Summary:

Session 18 focuses on how to actively use Vedānta Self-enquiry knowledge in everyday life. Then we learn pursuit of Self-Knowledge is not about “gaining something NEW”, but discovering what is ALREADY PRESENT (praptasya prapti).

We conclude with an engaging Self-enquiry of identifying Satya (Invariable) and Mithyā (Variable) in our experience, and how to know the difference between the two.

TOPICS COVERED:

  1. Examples how to discriminate Self / Not-Self using 5 kośas.

    Please follow along the class discussion and pause after each statement to contemplate/reflect how the inquired experience operates in your 5 kośas.

    Another method is to use model of 3 bodies, asking “To which body does this experience belong to?” (Gross, Subtle, Causal)

    Self-inquiry is consistently questioning your experience, no matter how insignificant. Specifically questioning the:

    (1) ExperiencER – Subject

    (2) ExperiencED – Object

    (3) ExperiencING (experience between Subject/Object interacting together).

    …because those 3 components make up your experience.

    Ātman/Self is the Awareness of 1/2/3.

    For example…

    (1) You're always AWARE of the one that's experiencing the world.

    (2) You're always AWARE of the Object being experienced. (Object means: Anything other then the Subject).

    (3) You're always AWARE of the experience that's present (which happens when Subject contacts Object).

    Self-inquiry is like becoming an obsessed police detective into 1/2/3 above.

    What does a police detective do? Invests countless hours researching every minute detail, until case is SOLVED.

    Detective's attitude is both Curiosity and Persistence.

  2. aprāptasya prāpti (worldly goals) VS. prāptasya prāpti (I am Awareness)

    aprāptasya prāptiḥ: (attaining that which isn't yet attained. EG: I'm yet to attain/gain skill how to play tennis).

    Getting to something that's not yet created. Or getting to something that's completely NEW (never been done before).

    For example if you want a sharp memory, we put effort or ACTION into getting to a state of sharp memory.

    All relative-world goals belong to this category.

    prāptasya prāptiḥ: (attaining that which is already attained. EG: Looking for pen everywhere. Yet all throughout it was on my ear. I already had it.)

    Getting to something that's ALREADY existent. Hence any Action won't PRODUCE it.

    Meaning, you have to change Action's purpose from producing It, to DISCOVERING THAT IT'S ALREADY-PRESENT.

    This is category of Vedānta.

    You're not “becoming Ātman/Self”.

    You're just discovering you ALREADY are Ātman/Self.

    How? By removing ignorance that's obscuring that already-present Truth.

  3. Significance of: I know that (I know that Object).

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4 Sept

2 Comments

  1. Ben Simpson on November 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    It feels like the daily life “work” is when to analyse your reactions to things and grow/let go through knowledge that its not the “I” (neti neti and satya/mithyā etc) AND when to act! And having the WILL to act. The Gita seems to stress both the importance of action AND the importants of introspecton. If your intension is sattvic is that it? You must within reason act? And so wouldnt it be correct to confront the person and simply ask them why they dislike you (fire your arrow so to speak?)

    • mm Andre V on November 20, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      Intention should follow ahimsa. Non-injury. EG: Ghandi faced strong British resistance. He could’ve easily been arrested/silenced. But his attitude of non-injury, patience and kindness (yet firmness) beat a colossal force. If wish to ask another about you, do so, but with intention of receiving constructive feedback and making possible corrections in your behavior.

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