February 14, 2010

Swami Vivekananda 1.2.5

  • Freedom
    • Karma refers to causation, as law means a series to repeat itself. When this repeat happens, it is called Vyapti as they are all allowed in one association. The pervasiveness of association is called Vyapti. Law is thus a series of phenomena in our minds.
    • The universe is portion of existence which is called Deshakala-nimitta which is the space, time and causation. The world is composed of space, time and causation but because causation does not exist as law because it does not extend byond the world of our minds. Only when it comes under being or existence, it forms the law of causation as every law has it's essence in causation. Thus when we come out from the knowledge of causation, space and time, we come from the bondage and are free. Similar way, the world comes from freedom, rests in bondage and goes back to freedom again. Our minds are translated for the not the infinite universe but a portion of it, and the universe is also one spec of it. It is Trishna or the thirst after life.
    • Thus no such place with space, time and causation would give us freedom. To give up, Neti, Neti (Not This, Not That) and Iti (This) has to be used. Also you can use reasoning to give up attachment. A human is like a current who gets into the whirl, gets invoulved into space, time and causation and comes out to regain it's own freedom. It is the centrifugal and centripetal forces of nature that act against us.
    • Misery comes through attachment, not through work. Thus misery creates "I and mine" which were are slaves to. Selfishness must be removed, so that you do not have the mind of checking the selfish ways. Just as a lotus' leaf cannot touch water, Vairagya or non-attachment is formed. Everything that is done under compulsion builds up attachment.
    • To give up on attachement, one who does not believe in God has to say "I must be nonattached" and for the ones who believe in God, it shall be that everything is for him, as the man is a servant. We should always say "In search of wealth in this world,
      Thou art the only wealth I have found; I sacrifice myself unto Thee. In search of some one to
      be loved, Thou art the only one beloved I have found; I sacrifice myself unto Thee" or "Nothing for me; no matter whether the thing is good, bad, or indifferent; I do not care for it; I sacrifice all unto Thee."
    • The highest man does not seek for his name or fame. They work silently by themselves as their names are never known to us. They are called Sattvikas who cannot make any stir but melt down in love. 
    • The Rajas preach towards the world as the highest kind of men collect the true and noble ideas. Those who have becomes associated with the Self, there is no work. 
    • One major idea against non-attachment is to give up the fruit and we shall achieve freedom. For Karma-Yogis, freedom is evidently needed. 

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