'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.
With the previous shloka, there as an attempt at explaining the existence of Pure, Unconditioned Consciousness within a conditioned form, that is to say, within the jiivanmukta. The nature of this "PUC" is to have a human being who is unattached and indifferent to the world;
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Upaadhi-stho-pi taddhar-maira-lipto vyomavanmuniH,
Sarvavin-muuDhavat-tishthed-asakto vaayu-vach-charet ||52||
Though he lives in the conditionings, just as the space, the contemplative one may remain like a fool, ever unconcerned with anything - or he may move about like the wind, totally unattached.
The perfected personality is one who has renounced all his clinging attachments to the finite objects. The mind has a tendency to hold on to something or the other, and what is the alternative offered here? It is the constant Bliss in him.
What happens, though, is that at times he appears to be associated with the world. How to reconcile this? Even though he may be outwardly cognising and appearing to be aware of their physical existence, we are assured that these upaadhis (BMI) no longer bind the soul to them, for true freedom has been won. As an illumined person, s/he has learnt to live constantly in that Knowledge of Self and the conditionings have no weight to pull them down.
This can lead to such a personality appearing, to those of us who remain mere ego-bound jiivas, eccentric, even insane; certainly aloof. They may move about like a devil, a child or as if drunk. Be assured, the only 'intoxication' is the Bliss of Realisation!
This does not always have to be the case. Some will still operate within their communities but will not feel the bindings of obligation or get caught up in the minutiae of living. Their day to day operations will be untainted by ego and everything will be dealt with in a manner unlike any other. Even if they are not in a direct teaching role in their current incarnation, they will still set an example of what is the best of service. They do not look for accolade or any of the other accrual of human life. Once the work day is ended, they will re-enter their samaadhi contemplation and cannot be pinned down - they will move about as freely as any breeze.
The reference to space is to make us think. Space has absolutely no boundaries. We can look at the room in which we sit and call this the lounge space; or the place where we cook as the kitchen space and so on. We in our limited state place walls and fences and name the 'spaces'. However, space itself has no concept of being labelled, of having compartments or divisions or multiplicity. Quite simply, space has none of these things. When the walls and fences and names are removed, space remains space and revolves around itself only ever as space. This is the condition of the Realised Master who now resides in the Self, which knows now containers, boundaries or names.