Through living comes the spiritual journey. In this human existence is the key and the trigger for one to seek that which is the source of this existence. That is what Sages have always said.
Osho once expressed surprise that a culture – the Dharmic – which has always asserted that Truth is beyond physical has not produced adventurers who could go to the Mt Everest or to Moon or Space for the first time. “So afraid are they and so stuck they are to their love for body”, he lamented.
Well, IMHO he got it totally wrong in this case. Yes, the Sages have known that the existence is fundamentally beyond physical and body is not the be-all and end-all. But for anyone the path goes through the human body. The reason why Yogis have not just preserved their bodies but also tuned it to be at its peak is not because of their love for the body, but because it is the ONLY gateway to the beyond. That is the beauty and the criticality of the body. And, unlike many who fall into this spiritual untruth, the life in this body is not a drag or full of sorrow. It is so for those who do not know what to do with it. Those who know can live blissfully.
Dualism is the perspective of existence that one comes to when one is rooted in the physical. Physicality is necessarily dual. It cannot exist without the occurrence of dualism in this creation.
But Non-Dualism (or Advaita as it is known) is not a “different” perspective but a perceiving of the reality the way it is. When one looks and lives on the surface, the entanglement in duality is a given. It only dissapears when one can experience the whole existence (and non-existence) the way it is. One Universal Consciousness.
(Oct 2005) Today, I had a discussion with a friend in the temple. He believe that Vedic philosophy believes in the trinity of God, Being and Nature, while “Vedantic” believes in everything being one. And he was not being able to reconcile between the two. What he thinks is trinity … is what has been called time and again as Maya… and what he thinks is “Vedantic” non-dualism .. is the final stage of a human perception and knowledge. If I were to take his definitions as the basis.. then “Vedic” will be “Vedantic” when it gets spiritually evolved! As simple as that. Dualism – difference between observer and observed – will be gone.. when the observer ceases to be and be one with the God.
Here is a invocation from Vasistha’s Yoga which actually rejoices in this “illusionary basis of perception”!
Salutations to that reality in which all the elements, and all the animate and inanimate beings shine as if they have an independent existence, and in which they exist for a time and into which they merge.
Salutations to that consciousness which is the source of the apparently distict threefold divisions of knower, knowledge and the known, seer, sight and seen, doer, doing and deed.
Salutations to that bliss absolute (ocean of bliss) which is the life of all beings whose happiness and unfoldment is derived from the shower of spray from that ocean of bliss.
Don’t start commenting on the Sage’s words without going back to your fundamental mathematics class where you first learned Calculus and the impossible ways of infinite curve. A curve which was defined by every point of the curve, yet no number of points could complete the curve fully!
The understanding that world is an infinite consciousness. And yet, it can be fully defined by each point and component of this creation, is not statement of rejection of just one non-dual existence, but to somehow bridge the gap between physical and the quantum states.
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This post was first published on Oct 31, 2005 @ 07:34