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