Let’s start from where we left previous topic Astavakara Geeta Part 2 : Types of beings according to CURIOSITY
, it was about starting of meditation/spirituality, as meditation & spirituality working together here we are going to discuss simultaneously, in fact they are complementary & supporters of each other.
While talking to King JANAK, Ashtavakra started to explain about Eternal freedom (moksha) & Eternal knowledge& truth. He said meditation & eternal freedom (moksha) can’t be got by roaming around or by hard efforts also he added you will even be thrown away from eternal knowledge, meditation &spirituality by doing efforts and finally it makes you tired & demoralized.
The fact is that peace, freedom & truth already lies inside us & inside everyone that can be achieved by not doing anything means being in rest condition which is starting of meditation (rest not only physically but mentally too).
Here Rishi ashtavakra is different from all others, generally we all have learnt up till that to get something one has to attempt or effort something but here Ashtavakra saying totally opposite. The actual difference is “to get physical or social things like social status, wealth, power, property you have to effort and run a lot but to for spiritual growth one doesn’t have to do anything special”. Just keep your soul in rest & witness condition.
With the word of witness Rishi Ashtavakra is trying to say that the person who is seeking for true knowledge or who is already a true knowledgeable about spiritual sense, is always ego less because where “I” comes there always present an ego & while having ego (presence or importance of physical body) spirituality is not possible.
Hence being in a witness condition “I” i.e. subject dissolved & object feeling emerges, because even if we try a hard we can’tbe eternal on earth that means physical body that we are considering as our self is only a temporary physical form of soul. It may be somewhere else in future & I may had somewhere else in the past.
Then the question arise who we are actually??& what is the meaning of this witness feeling? How spirituality can be started?
Try to understand with examples,
- Consider a horizon where sky & earth looks like meeting at far and but as you go ahead horizon is also going ahead that means horizon is an illusion, it looks like meeting at far distance but actually its not.
Same way we know that philosophically & scientifically, Human being is made of Body (earth/physical material) & Soul (sky/energy) hence living human is combination like horizon because it’s the place where earth & sky seems to meet but actually is not, because this body & soul combination is present till human is living. So naturally it’s not permanent form of us.
Let’s have another example,
- Suppose you are travelling from one place to another and while travelling you are visiting certain stations. For example Mumbai, so while visiting Mumbai u can’t say that u are a Mumbai you are just a witness that you have seen Mumbai city, so we are just a visitor of a Mumbai.
With this examples we can understand that human body & soul are different things & that’s why their nature, rules & behavioral styles are different. so to get things that is used by body one has to effort but to get things that are important to soul there should not be any effort again it leads us to complete rest condition(body + soul rest).
Now as we are not permanent in this world we are just a visitor of a long journey (recall example of Mumbai given above) so we can’t give our identity as per our body and as we are not permanent we are just a witness of long journey.
So overall, having in rest (vishram) condition + witness feeling of any condition is the starting of meditation, and it is always achieved by doing nothing. Meditation is effortless, free & eternal condition of human soul. While having meditation condition one can have experience of spirituality just by letting go everything repeat everything…..
To be continued…………………….