These notions are entirely subjective for the very simple reason that, what to me is beautiful may seem ugly to another, or what I think is delicious may not appear so to another person.
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Then again, even these notions are not constant because we are as though riding a fence in the mind all the time. Our whims are so fanciful that what appears to be appealing or beautiful today, may not seem so desirable the very next day and the mind does not want it anymore.
In satsanga, we are not only in the physical company of the wise, but also learn from their words and their actions. We see how they conduct themselves, how they relate to people and situations, and how they are able to remain free from reactions. We see that they are able to maintain their composure in various situations and realize that it is really the way of their life.
This is how we also slowly develop composure of the mind and a freedom from the reactions of likes and dislikes. This is satsangatve nissangatvam. Nissangatve nirmohatvam — As the mind becomes clear, it slowly becomes free from moha or delusion. A deluded mind superimposes an unjustified value upon the things of the world. This is called purification of the mind. To the extent that the mind is pure, it enjoys peace, serenity, and composure, and to the extent that the mind is composed, it enjoys balance or equipoise. Just as water becomes transparent and pure when you remove the dirt from it, so also, as the impure thoughts are removed from the mind, it becomes pure and serene, and we enjoy tranquility of the mind.
Raga-dvesa or attachments and aversions are the impurities of the mind. A mind under the influence of ragadvesas is a reactive mind.
When something confirms my attachment I get elated and when something contradicts it I get depressed. Elation is the product of raga and depression is the product of dvesa. While I cannot see my raga-dvesas directly, when I find myself reacting I can see the product of these ragadvesas. These reactions could be anger, greed, resentment, repression, sadness etc. A reactive mind is an impure mind. As my mind becomes free from these reactions, I know that my mind is pure.
Nirmohatve niscalatattvam — When the mind becomes tranquil, it becomes objective. It is then able to understand the purport of the scriptures. Until then, whatever we hear is processed by a mind which is distorted by raga-dvesas. When those distortions are not there, the mind is able to truly appreciate the unfoldment of the vision of the scriptures. When the attachment to raga-dvesas goes, the moha or delusion goes; when the delusion goes, the mind is able to understand clearly what the scriptures reveal.
That is how the knowledge takes place and one slowly gains abidance in that knowledge. Niscalatattve jivanmuktih.
When this abidance in the knowledge happens, there is freedom even while one is alive. This is the growth that the scriptures present before us, the goal presented by Vedanta. The goal is jivanmuktiH, becoming free even when we are in this body. It is not the mukti or liberation after death, but the liberation or the freedom even while I am here. Vedanta says very clearly that liberation or freedom has to come even when I am alive.
Adi Shankaracharya’s Bhaja Govindam
Then alone can I be liberated after this body falls. It is satsanga, the company of the wise or the company of the good, which ultimately leads to jivanmuktiH. A tree does not require any water or manure; it is free and itself a source of shade, flowers, and fruits. All listings for this product Buy it now Buy it now.
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