Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Meditate on These for Wisdom
The aspirant should separate himself also from the sadurmis (six waves in the ocean of samsara (worldly life), viz., birth and death, hunger and thirst, exhilaration and grief). Birth and death belong to the physical body; hunger and thirst belong to the prana (life); exhilaration and grief are the attributes of the mind. The soul is unattached. The six waves cannot touch the Atman (Self) which is subtle like the all-pervading ether. He should also separate himself from the indriyas (senses). He should not take upon himself the functions of the indriyas. He should stand as a spectator and witness of the activities of the mind, prana and the indriyas. The indriyas and the mind are like iron pieces in contact with a magnet. They function by borrowing the light and power from the source the eternal Atman.
Meditation on the following slokas (verses) of the Gita and on the special formulae of Sri Shankara will pave a way in the development of your viveka (wisdom) and in separating yourself from the illusory vehicles, viz. indriyas prana, mind and the five sheaths.
The formulae of Sri Shankaracharya are, "Brahman (the eternal) alone is truth this world is unreal; the jiva (soul) is identical with Brahman". The Gita says, "The unreal hath no being; the real never ceaseth to be; the truth about both hath been perceived by the seers of the essence of things." (Chapter II Verse 16). Reflection on this sloka will infuse viveka.
"I do not do anything" so should the harmonised one think, who knoweth the essence of things. Seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating, moving, sleeping, breathing, speaking, giving, grasping, opening and closing the eyes, he knows that the senses move among the objects of the senses." (Chapter V Verses 8, 9). You can separate yourself from the indriyas by meditating upon the meaning of these slokas.
"All actions are wrought by the qualities of nature only. The self, deluded by egoism, thinketh, 'I am the doer'. But he, who knoweth the essence of the divisions of the qualities and functions holding that 'the qualities' move amid the qualities, is not attached." By meditating upon these two slokas you can separate yourself from the three gunas (qualities of nature). "He who seeth that prakrti (nature) verily performeth all actions and that the Self is actionless, he seeth." (Chapter XIII Verse 2).