Q: When I eat chocolate I feel happy. So, does it not mean that happiness is in chocolate?
A: When a mosquito bites you, scratching the area gives you happiness. That does not mean that happiness is caused by mosquito.
There are latent desires in the causal body (unconscious mind) that create internal stresses. Some stresses can be recognised easily as they express themselves in terms of known feelings like the feeling of hunger for example. But, your mind gets used to other types of stresses and does not recognise them as stresses. But, when a stress is relieved there is a rush of happiness. This happiness comes with stress removal. It does not come from any external object. Happiness is there inside you but is clouded by stresses, the moment one stress gets removed providing some passage for the happiness to flow, it makes its presence felt. The following figure explains this with an analogy:
Another analogy can be gives using Kabir’s, “Ghoonghat ke pat khol re tohe piya milenge*” which means, “Raise the veil and you find your husband”. A newly wed traditional Indian girl covers her face by ghoonghat. She can see her husband when she opens ghoonghat. Here ghoonghat is the obstruction, husband is like happiness and the girl is the seeker.
*There are different ways to look at these words. It can also be said that the world is maya (illusion) and one needs to go beyond maya to find the truth.
Moko kahan dhoondhe re bande
Main to tere paas mein
Na teerath mein na moorat mein
Na kanth niwas mein
Na mandir mein na masjid main
Na Kabe Kailas mein
Na main jap mein na main tap mein
Na main barat upaas mein
Na main kiriya karam mein rehata
Na hi jog sanyas mein
Na hi pran mein na hi pind mein
Na bramhand aakaash mein
Na main prakrati pravar gufa mein
Sab swason ki saans mein
Khoji hoye turat mil jaoon
Ek pal ki taalas mein
Kehat Kabir suno bhai saadho
Main to hoon vishvas mein
Q: If I see an incident that is unacceptable as per my conscience, should I follow the acceptance teaching and do nothing about it?
A: Acceptance teaching means, “accept it without grumbling if you cannot change it”. If you see an incident that is unacceptable in your view and you are in a position to do something about it, stop it from happening. But, if you are not in a position to influence the situation, then there is no point grumbling about it. If you do not accept it as the wish of the universe, you will be forced to swallow the bitter pill anyway. It is the attachment to our views that causes grumbling. Acceptance removes attachment but we may still have our views. The desire to change the event or any other desire is also fine as long as it is in tune with swadharma and there is no attachment to the desire.
Jnana/Knowledge of the Self evokes bhakti/devotion towards the Self. It is this bhakti that acts as anchor for the mind. Yoga means union or integration. Normally mind is divided in many parallel activities consciously, subconsciously and unconsciously jointly. Most of the times inner-chatter/verbalisation goes on in the mind in the background while we perform some act. It is bhakti that integrates the divided mind and union/yoga happens.
There is Cosmic Mind with static (memory container) & dynamic (creativity/imagination/memory content) nature causing the creation and the dissolution cyclically. The static nature of the mind acts as the knower/seer and the dynamic nature acts as creator projecting the ever changing world of forms. Creation is with respect to a reference object and this reference object is the window through which cosmic mind experiences its own creation. This reference object itself is present in the creation just like a dreamer may be present in his own dream. Experiencing the creation through a particular form leads to the identification of knower with that specific form. Identification with a form is due to ignorance as knower does not understand about the world being mere projection of imagination and erroneously takes the world to be real. Since knower is identified with form, now it has ego-sense or “I-Sense”. The most important but unfortunate aspect of this ego-sense is the deepening of impressions in the memory. This ego-sense claims the ownership of actions though the dynamic nature of the mind as a whole is the owner of all actions. Due to “I-Sense” being associated with identification with a form, the Cosmic Mind appears to be marginalised and now it can be called just the CosmicMmind. The process of identification with different objects/bodies continues and the mind enjoys/suffers due to attachment/identification or “I-Sense”. With more and more experiences, memory keeps on learning and finally figures out the nature of reality that everything including itself eventually is, “Impersonal Awareness” and the ownership of actions by the “I-Sense” is false. Now, new deep binding impressions are not created in the memory and old ones are erased. The “I-Sense” associated with a form fades away. Eventually, “I-Sense” is erased from the memory and now the world of forms is ineffective in creating “I-Sense” due to the presence of firm knowledge of the reality and the memory becomes pure having no binding impressions.
Due to the laws of nature, it is impossible to remain inactive. Therefore, it is necessary to do the right thing. Doing right thing means (1) doing things according to swabhava/nature (2) not doing something against your conscience. An empty mind can become devil’s workshop by doing wrong work. Or, an empty mind can be consumed by random thoughts draining vital energy compromising health. An attitude of doing natural work considering it as your need to do so is Karma-Yoga.
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