Rama and sage Vasishta – ll

Rama: Sir, egolessness is also after all a feeling. Any sort of feeling is a part of superimposition. How does one get rid of it?

Vasishta: We add the paste of a water purifying fruit (Strychnos potatorum) to turbid water. It actually amounts to adding more turbidity in the form of a paste. But does not the paste and the water turbidity get precipitated get precipitated together? In the same way, if one practices egolessness it combines with the ego and together the two get destroyed. So the key is to generate egolessness every time the ego appears.

The first step towards this end is to conquer greed, etc.

Rama! Avarice, shyness in practice, pride, misapprehension, etc., should be overcome to start with. Vedanta is a dangerous game for an unprepared person. Why should such a man enter into this path? Hence adopt proper methods and achieve egolessness.

Ths sum and substance of all of this is that the practice of feeling that there is no agency of action for the Self is the best way to attain the Supreme (Brahman). You thought that inaction is to sit tight restraining the organs of action, but that is a plain mistake. I explained to you that the main foundation for inaction is egolessness, and constant observation of egolessness will remove both the ego and egolessness, resulting in the feeling of non-doership. I also indicated that control of the organs is a prerequisite for this.


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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