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The three legs of awakening - Advaita Vedanta

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In the advanced text of Advaita Vedanta, titled “jivanamukti Viveka”, the author, Vidyāranya Swami lays down three requisites for liberation, enlightenment, awakening. The three are — 

 

  • Self knowledge, jñāna 
  • dropping of vāsanās, or habitual patterns of the mind that appear in the form of compulsive behaviors and cravings 
  • Cessation of the mind, in the sense the mind stops clinging to things

 

According to the book, all three must happen simultaneously, and not sequentially. 

 

However, depending on whether one is a seeker or a knower (jñāni), the emphasis is on different components of the triumvirate.

 

While for the seeker, the primary emphasis is on gaining the knowledge (via studying the texts, transmission from a realized master, contemplation and meditation), along with cessation of the mind, for one who has realized the Self already, the emphasis is on dropping the habitual patterns of behavior that arise from activated karma. 

 

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a key aspect perhaps alluded to by "transmission" is Grace,  all three really have an aspect of Grace manifesting.

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Self is already realized, grace is already working, and has no karma to work out. The paradoxical imperceivable reality of identification with that, 'One without a second', can only be spoken of dualistically. As that which is essentially no-Self, there is neither One, nor an-other. 

 

The entirety of what can be objectively known, from un-manifest to manifest or from grossest to subtlest, arises as an appearance in the realized.

The appearance is a reflection of That which projects no image, and yet spontaneously pervades and sustains all while remaining untouched.

All is not apart from It, but It is not the all.

 

All this is merely catalyst for understanding, in comparison to a seeker imagining a strange and dangerous world out there, somewhere.

Just pointers, teaching tools within the one resplendent consciousness. An inversed conception to rattle the student out of his comfort zone, that he may throw himself at the feet of the Guru, his consciousness.

 

The jñāni is apparently in the all, yet he abides beyond. He has no mind to call his own, universal mind is his consciousness. Consciousness, like a small grain of light in the expanse of his infinite being is how he knows that he is, and thus a true jñāni worships it.

A jñāni is said to be a knower of consciousness in its totality. He knows who he is without words, for he has known all that he is not by and through his consciousness.

He is wholly unattached and uninvolved, without an identity as commonly conceived, and therefore without a mind that clings or grasps... and yet, he knows and abides in the hearts of all.

 

The knower's "attainment" of Self-knowledge, is to say he abides as that primal knowledge itself. This untouched awareness, pure jñāna, is like an ever-burning fire. An all-consuming flame in which all karmas are burnt up as instantaneously as they arise...

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Grace is constantly available. Only seeker needs to prepare himself to receive it. That’s where effort plays a role.

 

Sri Ramakrishna used to say that Grace is like the wind that is constantly blowing on the river, the seeker is like the boat which needs its sails raised to catch the wind.

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1 hour ago, dwai said:

Grace is constantly available. Only seeker needs to prepare himself to receive it. That’s where effort plays a role.

 

Sri Ramakrishna used to say that Grace is like the wind that is constantly blowing on the river, the seeker is like the boat which needs its sails raised to catch the wind.

 

unconditional grace needs no conditions and is not dependent on or only reactive to merited effort....for it spans and penetrates, without harm,  the entire multi-verse and being-ness in less than an eye blink. (eye of the true Guru)

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26 minutes ago, 3bob said:

 

unconditional grace needs no conditions and is not dependent on or only reactive to merited effort....for it spans and penetrates, without harm,  the entire multi-verse and being-ness in less than an eye blink. (eye of the true Guru)

Yes and no :) 

 

the sun is shining all the time. But the earth needs to rotate for the night to turn to day. That’s what I mean by “seeker needing to be ready”...

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It is interesting to look at the concept of "raising ones sail"

 

One might be a doing - another may simply be unfurling openness - in a sense getting out of the way.

 

One may have a raised sail and is fighting upwind - simply giving "3 sheets to the wind" may be a non-effort raising of the sail - going with the wind.

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1 minute ago, Spotless said:

It is interesting to look at the concept of "raising ones sail"

 

One might be a doing - another may simply be unfurling openness - in a sense getting out of the way.

 

One may have a raised sail and is fighting upwind - simply giving "3 sheets to the wind" may be a non-effort raising of the sail - going with the wind.

Very insightful. Imho, the “doing” part is just turning in the right direction and unfurling the sail. The “not doing” is maintaining course and sailing with the winds. 

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In the case of grace - turning in the "right" direction may be willfulness - in the metaphor it can be many things but it appears the main appeal is to an openness to grace - and an openness to grace is an openness to abandoning willfulness and the identified self - dropping the white knuckles and giving the tiller way to the winds and the currents and the flow.

 

It takes tremendous effort to relax the grasp - to abandon habituations - to not feed the flames - to Be in silence without filler and fight and the trance that greys the awareness.

 

This is no rebuke - this is simply subtle stuff - lots of way to see "raising a sail" - lots of ways to drop ones sails in the rigidity of beliefs or in the abuse of the gross physical body - the sails may be ones eyelids - opening them where they were closed.

 

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On 6/11/2019 at 12:07 AM, dwai said:

While for the seeker, the primary emphasis is on gaining the knowledge (via studying the texts, transmission from a realized master, contemplation and meditation), along with cessation of the mind, for one who has realized the Self already, the emphasis is on dropping the habitual patterns of behavior that arise from activated karma. 

Even if ones Awakening is like Krakatoa and it seems nothing is left - there are remains. The "work" - the "practice" is entirely different - but a great deal is still in the works. 

The subtle bodies require effort - even in no-effort.

Faint remains - are often not so faint.

Measuring ones head cannot be a discarded habit.

 

Thankfully - hopefully - patience and grace and prior practice endure and carry through. It is said it takes 10 years before one should teach - this seems good guidance - and it is not a long time - particularly in no time/no space.

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Post Awakening Qi Gong has been an excellent non-doing doing-in of "remnants".

Patience and Grace as well.

 

It is extraordinary to find the ball and chain of willfulness nearly gone - in the vast peace and patience - riding out what appears and happens and attending to facing subtle and not so subtle constrictions and well worn paths is beautiful and IN Grace - but it is also a constant fresh abidance very much embodied in changes taking place.

 

You don't need to look in the mirror - you see and feel it in everything - a chaos that is OK - 

 

It would be interesting if you could elaborate more on:      "activated karma"

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