One feels a gnawing “lack” in imbibing the teaching. This is more glaringly obvious in the Western Advaita circles. The final message is well articulated, repeatedly emphasized by many Non-dual teachers but the listener goes away with a feeling of being left out, carrying with him a burden of dissatisfaction – a feel of ‘missing something.’ A number of teachers apparently tasted the beauty of that Oneness, understood it in every cell of their body, yet seem to search for suitable words to impart the teaching. A number of others teachers, not knowing how to help the seeker to extricate himself/herself from this predicament, only repeat their message. Rupert Spira, is perhaps the only exception in this. He patiently points out that it takes time for the body to fall in alignment with the new understanding because the body is slow in letting go its long standing old habits of feeling and functioning as a separate self. He offers a repertoire of exercises to help the process.
To quote Swami Hariharananda Saraswati from his work, advaitabodhadipika:
“After repeatedly hearing from the master about the Self, reflecting on It and directly knowing It, the seeker should give up the shAstra-s [scriptures] even as the pole used to stir up the corpse in the burning ground is finally consigned to the burning fire of the corpse. From a study of the shAstra-s let the seeker of Liberation gather an indirect knowledge of the Self and put it into practice by reflecting on It until by experiencing It a direct knowledge is gained; later like a gatherer of grains who takes the grain and rejects the chaff, let him leave the shAstra-s aside.” – Ramesam cf. ‘Advaita Vision’
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