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The four categories of people in the world and spiritual life

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In our experience we will find four categories of individuals in this world --

  1. pāmara -- The spiritually blind
  2. vishayi -- The spiritually inept
  3. jigñāsu -- The spiritual seeker
  4. mukta -- The (spiritually) liberated

 

Isn't it strange to encounter some people who seem to be completely oblivious to spirituality in their lives, and live day-to-day in the quest of sense pleasures, wealth and the acquisition of more and more of the same? There is no scope for spirituality in these people, rather they move from sense reaction to sense reaction. Such people operate from the lower three chakras, but mainly the second and third chakras --- sensual desires and power/wealth/control/ego. Such people are called "pāmara" in the Vedantic traditions. 

 

Then we find many others, who are caught up in their lives and livelihood, though with a tinge of spirituality. These people have some spiritual inclination, even it is a token lighting of a lamp or candle at a place of worship or a daily prayer. These are called "vishayi". 

 

Then we find the rarer few who are genuinely driven by a thirst for spiritual knowledge, albeit with varying degrees of intensity. Such people undertake spiritual practices and maintain a regular practice etc. This category is called "jgñāsu" (the seekers). 

 

Finally, far and few are the muktas, the liberated ones. They shine their light and show us the way to move from darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge and Self-realization. 

 

Would love to read some thoughts on this subject :) 

 

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There’s a parallel with the four competencies.

 

pāmara - unconsciously incompetent

vishayi -  consciously incompetent

jigñāsu - consciously competent

mukta - unconsciouly competent

 

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56 minutes ago, rex said:

There’s a parallel with the four competencies.

 

pāmara - unconsciously incompetent

vishayi -  consciously incompetent

jigñāsu - consciously competent

mukta - unconsciouly competent

 

Nice. Very nice! :) 

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More  categories of 4 for my collection

 

'Spiritually inept'  is an interesting one ;     a person tries to be 'spiritual' but they just are not any good at it   :) 

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Can it also map onto the Panchadasi's seven stages?

 

pamara: ajnana and avarana

vishayi: vikshepa

jignasu: paroksha-jnana, aporoksha jnana, 

mukta: soka nirvritti, tripiti

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2 hours ago, forestofemptiness said:

Can it also map onto the Panchadasi's seven stages?

 

pamara: ajnana and avarana

vishayi: vikshepa

jignasu: paroksha-jnana, aporoksha jnana, 

mukta: soka nirvritti, tripiti

Indeed. That is the source :) 

 

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Posted (edited)

ah the dubious and often slippery slope of putting folks in boxes, with Sanskrit based names or otherwise....

 

btw, the so called lower 3 chakras are just fine when used in what one might call the proper way..it is the 7 below the root or below the 1st that should be mentioned as being far more problematic or demonic.  As most know it is widely taught that lord of the  1st chakra is the  Mahadeva of very great importance in Hinduism, Lord Ganesha!

 

  

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