[Advaita-l] Dying to live Peacefully-2

H S Chandramouli hschandramouli at gmail.com
Tue Dec 26 01:24:05 EST 2017


Reasoning advanced by CharvAkAs is similar. But conclusions entirely
different. According to them , death is inevitable. So why worry about it.
Enjoy to the brim while alive without a thought about death. Dont worry
about right or wrong either. What is enjoyable is what is to be sought.



On Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 9:50 AM, kuntimaddi sadananda via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Dying to Live Peacefully -II
> JK says: Death is going to strip you of everything - your family, your
> sons, your character, your ambitions.
> So why not strip yourself of all that now? When you do it, then you will
> know what death is”.
> Fundamental question then is how to strip yourself of everything while
> living?
> Continuing the discussion:
> --------------------------
> JK, in essence, has a point in terms of how to die every minute - die to
> the past. The best exercise as a part of meditation that I suggest, that I
> myself do is, to mentally withdraw yourself from the body and feel your own
> death and see the consequence of what dying involves. I am not talking
> about the physical pains etc. but mental withdrawal to everything that we
> think as ours starting our own body as it does not really belong to us, as
> we have to leave body right where it is. It is an instrument given to us
> for our transactions in this world. After its purpose is over we have to
> leave it here and go. JK puts it, strip yourself of everything; name, fame,
> all relationships, all wealth, all poverty, all possessions, obligations,
> relationships and all transactions. Swami Paramarthanandaji calls it with
> acronym, PORT (possessions, obligations, relationships and transactions)
> that one has to give up slowly or at least mentally). When we strip
> ourselves from all belongings we recognize that nothing really belongs to
> us. The ownership that involves ‘this is mine’ or mamakaara is based on
> false understanding. Nothing really belongs to us, that includes anything
> and everything that can be put under the category of ‘this’, or that can be
> objectified.  We came into this world with nothing and we are going to
> leave taking nothing with us. Any objectifiable entity that comes under the
> category of ‘this’ is not us nor it belongs to us. Vedanta puts simply –
> you are not ‘this’ (ahankaara) and any ‘this’ does not belong to you
> (mamakaara). You have to leave all that which can be put under the category
> of ‘this’, i.e., any objectifiable entity since you are not an object but
> the only subject in the universe, as for as you are concerned.  This is
> true from everyone’s reference.
> Stripping oneself from all these mentally is mental sanyaasa.  One can do
> that as mental exercise, and slowly do it even at transactional level to
> the degree that the mind can get detached from the PORT. Leaving means
> withdrawal of the ownership (which is actually notional) as you can see how
> your parents/grandparents/great grandparents left everything including
> their own body when they died, without taking anything with them.  They
> left it, whether they liked it or not, because whatever they left really
> did not belong to them. Similarly nothing in this world belongs to us.
> Vedanta says all that you can take with you is your dharma, locked in your
> mind as your vaasanaas. If death involves leaving everything, then why not
> leave all that ‘now’ voluntarily, and experience the beauty of death. You
> will find that the mind becomes fresh and free from the dead past and the
> unknown future. This mental exercise itself will help detach oneself from
> the final death, since you are dying every day, nay, every second; yet
> alive to experience the present, nay your own real presence stripped out of
> everything. You can see yourself that you do not die, yet you are only
> dying to all that you claimed that it is yours. You are Free; unlike in the
> deep-sleep state, you are conscious of yourself free as there is nothing to
> bind you. ‘Now’ transcends the time since it is a thin line where the past
> meets the future. It can be second, microsecond, peco second …. ; at last
> no time left and what is left is only you who is conscious of the
> disappearing present.  You alone are real since everything is stripped out.
> That is the essence of Vedantic teaching, tat tvam asi, you are that. The
> rest are details.
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> To be continued
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