In the The Reality-1 we saw the types of realities according to the Upanishads.
In The Reality-2 blog we saw the 3rd reality means the enlightenment state in little depth. We tried to learn, what is Brahman?
In this blog we will try to understand what are the steps to know this brahmin and self. the steps to wake up from the day today reality into the enlightenment state.
so here we will brush up again some things.
What is the most profound statement of Advait Vedanta?
I am Brahmin.
So here two questions arises.
- What am I?
- What is Brahmin?
So lets ask yourself.
There is a beautiful statement in Vedanta:
I am not what is experienced but I am the one who experiences it.
to understand it we will see some part again in little depth.
- Are you this body? Physical body?
You may say , yes I am.
Ok then, so you mean to say right now your right hand Is also you.
Suppose If we cut you right hand (just for imagination, I am not that cruel yet …), what will you say?
Is it still you? You will say that my right hand is laying there. But it will be your hand not you, yourself.
You are still there even your hand has gone. Like this, if we remove most of the organs, still you will be there (obviously in worst pain and cursing me for it). And the point will come where it will be your body lying somewhere and you are observing it. Which means a dead body without you inside it. What does that mean?
I AM NOT THE BODY.
2. Are you the mind? Your emotions?
You will say yes.
Ok let’s accept you are your mind.
Have you observed that your mind runs so freely all the time? When you sleep in the dream state you feel that you are in the dream itself.
When you wake up your world is changed totally. So is it really you? At the same time you know you can control your mind.
Isn’t it a obvious statement which says you can control your mind, means you and your mind are different things. You are something above the mind.
So when we go to that depth then we understand one thing.
I AM NOT MIND OR EMOTIONS
3. Are you the Intellect?
We claim or say or do everything in our life what our intellect command us. Even when I say that “I am Mayur”, that means its my knowledge. My name is Mayur, and having knowledge about it is my intellect. So almost everything we do in our life is only because of our intellect.
But a point when we are in the deep sleep. At that time nothing exists, neither any knowledge about self, or others or even dream state. For those moments we are like a dead person. But still something exists there which is silently observing that state as well. But it is not intellect.
So Intellect is a very deep identity of myself but we can say that I AM NOT INTELLECT either.
So exactly what am I? which is not my body, mind or intellect.
Vedanta says brahmin is the same. According to Vedanta brahmin is the one Which cannot be experienced.
So obviously according to Advait Vedanta, Brahmin is a state is which is beyond explanation. It is a state of just being and bliss which cannot be explained.
Then the obvious question would come like, how can we believe that such thing does even exist?
If the Brahmin is beyond the senses of physical body, beyond the imagination of the mind and beyond the knowledge of intellectual then how to realise it?
So how can one experience which is beyond experience of physical sense , emotional or mental sense or even intellectual sense? To experience that bliss. That permanent being.
The Advaita Vedanta says one cannot know the real Brahmin or himself as the divine because of ignorance. And what is the ignorance? The ignorance of self. As most of the human being identify themselves as either human body or mind or intellectual. The Brahmin is beyond all this.
Now the most confusing statements will come here so try to read it very slowly by understanding the meaning of each statement.
Advait Vedanta says you always have realisation of yourself. How?
Because we always know I do exist, Whether I am in a dream state or awakens state or deep sleep state. Just we don’t try to feel it. What does that exactly means?
I will try to give a simple example what we face everyday. We look at the other people, we look at all the objects around us. But have you seen your own eyes or your own face? no I am not talking about the face you look into the mirror for any kind of reflective surface. I am talking about directly looking into your eyes for your face. It’s impossible. Whatever you do, you are not capable to look at our own face directly. Does it mean that you don’t have eyes or face? No. You have a face.
Even though we don’t have the direct experience of the eyes or our face but we have always realisation that I have eyes and I have a face. This is the realisation of the fact.
if you correlate this example with the Brahmin or the soul or divine yourself, You will realise that you do exist always irrespective of your body, mind or intellectual.
That is why Swami Vivekananda used to say that I feel so sad because you cannot understand what you are.
so this is the first step to acknowledge and repeat yourself that I am not the body, I am not the mind, I am not the intellectual, I am not the sufferer, but I am the Brahman who do exists permanently. And repeating this continuously will lead you to the real realisation of yourself.
then the automatic question will arise that is this theoretical knowledge sufficient to realise what I am? Will it give realisation as well?
Asking the question daily about “What am I? “ is the start of the journey towards inward. To know ourselves, to get escape from all the suffering and pain and even happiness. Towards Bliss. Which is the true nature of self. Understanding it deeply most of the time in the day to day life we will start realising things.
How to make all these practices profound and flawless also has techniques.
The steps towards the realisation are
- Shravan (listening as exact translation, but it means collecting knowledge by listening or reading the texts from self realised people or gurus and masters.)
- Manan ( thinking about it deeply)
- Nididhyasa (trying realizing those words what your mind has accepted by now.)
I will try to explain these 3 main things in the next part of Reality:4.
what are the difficulties or questions one may ask while doing above things. There might be many doubts while walking this path. So will mainly discuss the process of walking down this path.
Till the time let’s start with the very basic thing by asking a most profound question. At least we know by now with our theoretical knowledge that I am not body, mind or intellectual.
SO start asking one question from now again and again and deeply…….
“ WHAT AM I?”
Am I this body?
Am I this mind?
Am I this intellectual?
Then what am I??
I am the soul of soul. I am the Brahmin . I am the supreme Devine . Am not the surlfferer, but I am the constant bliss. The silent observer.
-Mayur The Lone Wolf
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