Application - that is what 'Workings-days' are about!
VEDANTA IN ACTION.
This is the title of a publication from CM which, whilst it of course has items by Gurudev, also includes selections of writing from other well-esteemed Gurus from the Vedantic tradition as well as leading businessmen. Its focus is the working life. We shall be exploring these essays for the next few weeks on Workings-day as, clearly, they pertain directly to the premise of this section of AVBlog! As ever, you are encouraged to read back over previous posts, to ensure full benefit.
We now enter the third and final section of the booklet, and as with the previous two sections, it is introduced with a lengthy quote, giving an example of what follows.
3: Actionless Action.
"The very best and utmost of attainments in this life is to remain still and let God act and speak in thee." (Meister Eckhart)
The king Muktachuda, having heard that his son, Hemachuda, had become a jiivanmukta, consulted his other son. Both agreed that Hemachuda was not as before, but that he had changed so that he was no longer affected by the greatest of pleasures or the worst of sorrows; that he treated friend and foe alike; that he was indifferent to loss or gain; that he engaged in royal duties like an actor in a play; that he seemed like a man always intoxicated with wine; and that he did his duty well, notwithstanding his absent-minded and other-worldly look.
They pondered the matter and wondered much. Then they sought him in private and asked him the reason for his change. When they heard him speak of his state, they too desired to be instructed by him, and finally became jiivanmuktas like him.
The ministers were, in their turn, desirous of attaining that state and eventually reached it after receiving proper instructions from the king. So were the citizens, the artisans and all classes of people in that city. All of them gained the summum bonum of life and transcended desire, anger and lust. Even the children and the very old people were no longer moved by passions.
There were still worldly transactions in the ideal state, because the people consciously acted their parts as the actors in a drama, in accord with the rest of creation. A mother would rock the cradle with lullabies expressive of the highest Truth; a master and his servants dealt with one another in the Light of the Truth; players entertained the audience with plays depicting the Truth; singers sang only songs on Truth; the court fools caricatured ignorance as ludicrous; the academy only taught lessons on God-Knowledge.
The whole state was thus composed only of sages and philosophers, be they men or women, servants or dramatists or fashionable folk, whether artisans or labourers, ministers or harlots. They nevertheless acted in their professions in harmony with creation. They never cared to recapitulate the past or speculate on the future with a view to gain pleasure or avoid pain, but acted for the time being, laughing, rejoicing, crying or shouting like drunkards, thus dissipated all their latent tendencies (vaasanas).
From the Tripura Rahasya (Mystery of The Trinity) which is attributed to Sri Dattatreya.