'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.
We saw last week a directional verse from the Guru. It is followed up with another crucial saadhana shloka - to be meditated upon.
yd!d&:q!va napr< d&Zy< yÑuTva n pun_aRv>,
yJ}aTva napr< }ey< td!äüeTyvxaryet!.55.
Yad-dRshTvaa naaparam dRshyam yad-bhuTvaa na punarbhavaH,
Yajjnaatva naaparam jneyam tad-brahmetya-vadhaarayet ||55||
Realise That to be Brahman, having seen which nothing more remains to be seen, having become which, one is not born again in this world, and having known which, nothing remains to be known.
At casual glance this can appear to be a straight repetition of the previous verse. However, closer inspection reveals some difference of focus for the shishya to work with.
The first of these saadhana verses more or less demanded the seeker to properly seek and offered a 'pointer' as to what is sought. "Go there and leave this behind", sort of thing. Now there is an assumption that one may be approaching destination and there is more motivation provided as to what the experience may be like. We are told that, in such a perfected state, there lies immense tranquillity such that nothing can now destroy it. Peace perfect peace. If, indeed, we have any idea of 'wanting' within us still, then we have further to go, for the destination has not yet been reached. The slightest agitation or lingering of longings in the bosom of the seeker will disturb progress, no matter how advanced.
In the state of Perfection, there is absolutely no desire or concept of need at all. There may be awareness of the external, we are after all still anchored to the BMI matrix, but the inner being no longer finds any attachment there and therefore does not 'see' anything and, what is more, Knowledge is complete. Aatmavidya (Knowledge of Self) shows that all other knowledges are but pale reflections of the Consciousness attempting to find its way back to source. All other knowledge can only shine in reflected light of the True Knowledge. All knowledges, all objects and experiences of them melt into the brightness that now shines.
Further, in attaining this exalted state, we finally pay off all debts of karma. Once the praarabdha of the body is complete, this reunited soul will not again face rebirth.