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 (Vedānta)
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.
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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