Rama asked: When one abandons action and the will to perform actions, the body falls away. How then is it possible for a living being to live in such a state?
Vasishta replied: The abandonment of mental conditioning and notions is appropriate only to the living creature, not to one that is dead. What is Kalpana, notion or mental activity? It is only the egosense. When that is realised to be void, there is abandonment of the egosense. The notion created within oneself by the external object is known as Kalpana. When that notion takes on the characteristic of void or space, there is the abandonment of the notion. Memory is kalpana. Hence, the wise say that non-remembering is the best. Memory encompasses that which has been experienced as well as that which has not been experienced. Abandon ‘remembering’ what has been experienced and what has not been experienced and remain established in the Self, like a baby who is half-awake.
Even as the potter’s wheel keeps revolving on account of past momentum, continue to live and act here without entertaining any notions, without the operation of the mind which has now been transformed into pure Sattva. I declare with uplifted arms:”The abandonment of notions is the supreme good.”Why do people not listen? How powerful is delusion. Under its influence one who holds the precious gem of Vichara, self-enquiry, on his palm does not abandon his delusion. This alone is one’s supreme good: the non-perception of objects and the non-arising of notions. This should be experienced.
If you rest peacefully in your own Self, you will know that in comparison even the state of an emperor is like a blade of grass. When one has made up his mind to go to a certain place, his feet function without any mental activity. Function like those feet, and perform action here. Act hereafter abandoning desire for reward or the fruits of actions, without the motivation of pleasure or profit. Then the objects of the senses will be devoid of attraction but will be what they are. Even when sensation of pleasure arises on contact with the objects, let it lead you inward to the Self. Do not long for the fruits of action; do not be inactive either. Or, be devoted to both or neither, as it might happen. For, it is the will to do or not to do that binds, and its absence is liberation. There is in fact neither a must nor a must-not; all this is pure being. Let your intelligence not recognise any of these. Remain forever what you are in truth. The awareness of ‘I’and ‘mine’is the root of sorrow; its cessation is emancipation. Do what appeals to you.
(To be continued)
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