One of my most favorite studies since being committed to yoga🕉 is the study of life from a text called the Vendante.
Why? A human being is constituted of spirit and matter. Spirit is pure Consciousness. and matter consists of the gross, subtle and causal bodies..
He is the waker, dreamer, or the deep sleeper at any given point of time..
When consciousness expresses through the physical body he becomes the waker, when consciousness expresses through the subtle body, the mind, he becomes the dreamer and when consciousness expresses through the causal body he becomes the deep sleeper.
Consciousness is beyond the three bodies.. Consciousness becomes the base for the macrocosm as well as the microcosm.
A realised person exhibits power, whereas an ordinary man is a limited person with ego and ego-centric desires..
The realised person loves all and his love is not limited to himself or his family. His love encompasses the whole world. The whole world is his family. "vasudevakutumbakam"
The cause of sorrow in the world is due to ignorance of the self.
One identifies oneself with the body, mind, intellect and thinks of himself as a limited being. Hence he undergoes a lot of suffering and sorrow. This sorrow and suffering can be removed only by knowledge of the Self. Brahman,theAbsoluteGod, isall pervading. Only Brahman exists and nothing else. Out of ourignorance we think the world of objects is real.
Vedanta takes the analogy of the snake-rope illusion to tell us that the world we perceive is also not real after all! One sees, in a dark place, a snake in place of a rope and get filled with fear. Some one corrects him and points out to him that it is actually a rope and not a snake. The snake has been super imposed on the rope . The snake does not exist. As so on as the knowledge of the reality dawns, that only the rope is real, the illusory snake disappears. SimilarlywehavesuperimposedtheworldonBrahmanoutofourignoranceandwhenthisillusionisremovedbyknowledge, the truth is revealed to us. Only Brahman remains and nothing else..
The world is real only at the level of transaction, but it does not have absolute reality.
'Step into the unknown let the unknown be your friend'. 😊🌅
Vadanta talks take place in Santa Monica and Vadanta LA. I attend the talks with Joseph in Malibu at the Calimigos Ranch Tuesdays from 6-8pm. Enjoy the Tesla shuttle to the other side of the ranch. All the talks are free.