“Treason from within” ll

The last entry was about the threat to society that consists in the “treason from within”. What could this treason or enemy be, metaphorically speaking, with respect of the individual, which can be resumed to the individual mind? One certainly cannot say that the mind is an enemy, or the enemy pure and simple. The enemy can only be the tendency or habit of having, entertaining self-centered desires; any desire that is particularised for ‘this’ individual, that is, this particular, seemingly autonomous center with which the “I” principle is identified – and which thus is unable “to see beyond one’s nose”. A center which, instead of irradiating, absorbs energy for its own consumption. Ambition, envy, jealousy, vanity are good examples of this tendency, but also certain creeds and beliefs. In advaita Vedanta it is precisely the so-called vasanas, tendencies, which are the main (exclusive? No, ignorance is first) impediments to “see the light”, to see beyond one’s ego, which is the first condition for awakening.
Intimatelly related to this are the following two quotations:

Nowadays profanity is considered to be truth; only illusion is sacred.
[In many contexts today] the good are afraid of the bad, and the bad are afraid of nothing.

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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