'Text-days' are for delving into the words and theory of Advaita Vedanta.
We are now studying Aatmabodha. As always, with each week, you are encouraged to review the previous teachings and spend some time in contemplation of the meanings as the affect your life. Please do consider purchasing the text. Remember, also, to recite the mangala charana before each study and review the lessons before each new one.
The text now continues to explore the moment of 'Realisation'.
Aé[enev vaexen pUvR< sNtmse ùte,
tt Aaiv_aRvedaTma Svymeva<zumainv.43.
Aruneneva vodhen puurvam santamse hRte,
Tata aavirbhavedaatmaa svayamevaaM-shumaaniva ||43||
Just as the sun rises soon after Lord Aruna has dispelled the thick darkness that existed before, so too the Self manifests on its own accord, once the right Knowledge has dispelled ignorance.
Aruna is the deity of the dawn. More specifically, he is that pre-dawn shimmer who heralds the full emergence of the sun.
Ignorance is the thick, sticky darkness of all our vaasanas through which we must trudge until we reach awareness of Truth, the Knowledge Divine, and it is said here that the experience of that final understanding of the Truth of Self is akin to a shining dawn. All our mental agitations and small self-absorption acts as a veil to the vision of Self. We need to utilise all techniques of quietening the mind and exercising self-control; gradual withdrawal from all things extrovert and a move into introversion. Not in the modern usage which tends to the negative, shy, uninvolved sense, but, rather, in the full original meaning of the word which is about self-containment, self-management, self-sufficiency… knowing oneself to be in the world, but not being seduced or ravaged by it. The greater our introversion, the nearer we can draw to that Unity of Self.
There is little more to say here on the matter. These shlokas are provided as a 'promissory note', if you will. To have brought yourself to this stage of study, which is still yet in its infancy, it is still worth knowing and being reminded what exactly it is one is studying for. Students of geology or physics, for example, are encouraged by going on field trips and feeling, even for a brief time, a bit more 'hands on' and in touch with the goal.
Let us then keep this short today. Ponder the possibilities on offer for the dedicated seeker of spiritual advancement. Permit yourself, for a moment, to dream of attaining that highest of high qualifications… and check in with yourself as to the 'hour of the night' in which you currently sit. Do not despair. There are nights, particularly in winter (tough times) when the night can seem interminable; but with patience dawn will come. Not everyone can make it through the night… but the promise of dawn, which has been seen by so many others, so many times, provides hope and incentive to stand strong and act well even as we work our way through it.