Agony of the soul (?) etc
ahudli at APPN.CI.IN.AMERITECH.COM
Thu Jan 16 12:48:51 CST 1997
Charles A. Hillig wrote:
> Until we move beyond a spiritual hierarchy that seeks to stratify
> people, how can we ever experience the loving equanimity demonstrated so
> beautifully in how Maharshi lived out his life and related so
> compassionately to those around him?
> You cannot really "achieve" liberation. How can you become freer than
> you already are? Moksha is not something to be gained, but something only
> to be discovered. It is always fully present. Bondage is illusory.
Does this mean that we do not have practice any discipline to "gain"
mokshha? If we are already free then why should we?
I think when someone says mokshha is to be gained, it means that
impediments to the natural state of mokshha should be removed. All
disciplines, studies, meditations, etc are meant for removing these
obstacles which obscure the natural state. No practice will confer
mokshha on us, but the utility of such practices should not be undermined.
Once we realize that we are free, we will understand that bondage is
illusory, nor before. When we dream, we do not realize that we are
dreaming. Only when we wake up, we dismiss all the objects that we had
seen in the dream as not real.
The tiger in the dream is illusory, and so is the fear of it.
But the fearful dream-tiger caused the dream to come to an end.
Similar is the effect of striving for mokshha. (I don't mean
striving for mokshha is fearful. :-) )
More information about the Advaita-l mailing list