'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 sutra given in yesterday's Narada Bhakti Sutra post, regarding the nature of a supreme devotee, was short and to the point… 'tanmayaaH'… living absorbed (in that Divine Love). As so often occurs when learning Vedanta, texts find points at which there is strong cross-pollination, as it were; a juncture which ties much together. So it is that we now have a shloka in this text which endorses the absorption, but now from the view of the jnaani.
sMyiGv}anvaNyaegI SvaTmNyevaiol< iSwtm!,
@k< c svRmaTmanmI]te }anc]u;a.47.
Samyagvijnaanavanyogii svaatmanyevakhilam sthitam,
Ekam cha sarvamaatmaanamiikshate jnaanachakshushaa ||47||
The perfect yogi of Realisation and Enlightenment sees, through his 'eye of wisdom', the entire universe in his own Self, and regards everything else as his own Self and nothing else.
The jnaani who has applied his or herself to the path of knowledge and who comes to the stage of Self Realisation; who has completely integrated the mind so that it sees the Oneness of Self everywhere; who has rubbed clean the lower nature and the ego in order to live harmoniously with the Higher within; whose BMI are fully controlled and no longer disturbed by the pull and allure of the pluralistic world; such a jnaani ca be considered Mahaatman - a great soul - and this one see the entire world as but a manifestation of that Self now identified with and thus knows that the Self is in every contact now made.
This pure personality sees no separate factor driving the outside world as to that driving the Self within it. There is total absorption in That Unity of Existence and nothing exists separately from it; such is the belief and experience of the yogi.
The individualised soul, the jiivaatman, was held back by ego; held I the bondage of limitations. Now it is blasted away and only the Aatman exists. There is total and absolute fulfilment of being for the yogi and the completion of life's purpose is theirs.
These may seem like short readings… but remember at all times just reading and closing the page is not the purpose here. Take these concepts and teachings into your own bosom. Roll them around in you mind and intellect. Meditate upon them. Nothing here is simple theory. Everything has been lived by the wise ones who have walked before us. Let these promises, these examples, be the motivators, the carrots to follow. Such declarations are here to provide us hope that we too can perfect ourselves.