Attachment Causes Depressing Attitude & Māyā / Īśvara Difference (29)


Lesson 29 establishes that Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita CH1 is refusing to do his duty (svadharma) because of his Attachment to his teachers. Thus when we are attached to something we like (vasana), we are unable to think straight or progress spiritually as fast as we otherwise can. Second half continues with “I am not the doer” by first understanding jagat (scheme of things consisting of myriad orders constantly manifest/unmanifest by All Knowledge, All Power; Īśvara).


Terms used:

  • Śruti: heard; highest knowledge directly revealed to ṛṣis.
  • Smṛti: Written who, in light of awareness of Śruti knowledge, writes a text to appeal to the current age, in order to lift people from ignorance and adharma. Bhagavad Gītā is a smṛti.

  1. What is intuition?

    Where does intuition occur? In Mind (in this context, it includes the entire Subtle Body).

    Mind has 2 functions (1) Inference and (2) Perception.

    And from what does 1-2 come from? Vāsanā/Saṃskāra. Hence it's based on PAST way of thinking.

    Meaning a person's mind intuiting, has to FIRST refer to the PAST… in order to infer the FUTURE.

    Hence intuition is 1/2 factors coming together. Which creates a conclusion, which we call Intuition.

    That's why intuition may or may NOT be right.

    In summary: Intuition (or “inner guidance”) is unreliable.

    A wise person does not rely on intuition no more then you don't rely on a foreigner to give you driving directions in your own town. They may or may NOT be right.

    So how does this relate to Vedānta? When Mind is purified of vāsanās, it is CLEAR. Thus we can say, “Mind has clear connection to Īśvara thus is always responding spontaneously according to the NEEDS of the total.”

    Yes, the Mind already IS product of Īśvara. But because of it's own likes/dislikes (vāsanās), it subtly and silently keeps overriding the most appropriate action asked by the environment.

    For example:

    Impure mind: Person sees kid bullied. Person doesn't do anything to help, because mind's belief is “The victim probably deserves it!”. This of course is because of person's own unresolved scars from childhood of having also bullied innocent kids. This person is SUBJECTIVE.

    Pure mind: Person sees kid bullied. Situation is seen OBJECTIVELY. Neither bad nor good. Only that it's inappropriate (because samanya dharma is inbuilt into all humans), because: NOONE likes to be hurt! Such a person acts and attempts to help the bullies see it's not wise to hurt another innocent victim. Person may fail or succeed persuading, but at least he-she tried.


    (1) Intuition: depends on person's Mind, Intellect, Ego, Vāsanā/Saṃskāra's.

    (2) Complete Surrender to God: Clear mind which is always responding spontaneously according to the needs of the environment. No ego, mind, Intellect is needed to strategize HOW or WHEN.

Recorded 20 Nov, 2018

One Comment

  1. Hi Andre,

    Really grateful for providing this knowledge in such detail.

    I know this must be a common question or maybe I should’ve understood by now but I still dont seem to get it completely:

    If Ahimsa (non-violence) is param-dharma (most basic of Dharma), why did Krishna ask Arjuna to kill people in the war?

    Possible answers I can think of:
    1) Death is only for bodies (Mithya) and people involved in the war, are just reaping their bodies’ Karma-phala.
    2) For the betterment of the total i.e., if Duryodhana won the war, it’d push entire civilization into crisis.

    I am going through the course daily and can understand if the topic is too subtle to be answered at this stage of the study.

    Thanks again.

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