Rama and sage Vasishta

If reality is ONENESS, how can there be any sense of lack, hence any desire? There is no ‘other’ to be related to. Reminds me of Socrates’ speech in the Symposium (one of Plato’s dialogues) after other speakers had rendered their tribute to Eros, the god of Love. On his turn Socrates said that the highest love is that of philosophy, which takes one on its wings to the highest attainment, the knowledge of that by which everything is understood: the summum bonum, Highest Good…

There is also this conversation of Rama with Sage Vasishta from YogavaasishTa, Sarga 37, Book II, Chapter VI. It runs something like this:

Rama: If everything is Consciousness (Brahman), even desire is Consciousness. Why should then one abjure wanting things in the world?

Sage Vasishta: It is true that desire too is Consciousness. But the moment you have this awareness, no desires generate in you! After all, Consciousness does not arise or set, (like desires seem to)! All the prohibitory injunctions are meant for those who are not Self-realized. There are no mandatory stipulations for a Self-realized person. Let us look at it from the other side:  (TO BE CONTINUED)


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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