Liberation from bondage can dawn in a variety of ways. Feeling miserable from the agitations of happiness and sorrow alternating each other, one seeks to know the root cause thereof. A Buddha discovers it to be sankhara, a Shankara discovers to be avidya-ignorance of one’s own essential nature, a Rama discovers it to be desire and so on. However, all of them appreciate a basic fact about happiness/ sorrow. it is impermanent. it is changeable. It is anitya.Read More »
Continuing from Who am I- Part I
B- Okay! I understand that adhyas cannot be destroyed without destruction of avidya. Thus, adhyas can be destroyed only through vidya which is also known as jnana.
A- Yes. You are right. Just keep in mind that avidya is not some existing entity. it is a name, mere name, which indicates the absence of vidya. Vidya is an an object, an entity, while avidya is merely absence thereof. thus, the destruction of avidya by vidya is not like killing a bird by stone wherein one existing entity destroys another. It is rather like filling an empty glass with water wherein an existing object destroys a non-existing object.Read More »
An important question arises with respect to the evidence of knowledge. When one claims to be in possession of knowledge about a statement of fact, how should he verify about the existence of that very knowledge in himself. Epistemology defines knowledge to be justified true belief. The question relates to the method of verification as to whether one really knows the stuff which he believes that he knows.Read More »
It is an experiential fact that the entire diversity of dream-world is nothing but one singular entity, one’s own mind. It appears as real, tangible and diverse only so long as one is dreaming. Once awake, one realizes that the experienced plurality of dream was actually one stuff, the mind.Read More »
The story of humanity can be summed up as the fate of an animal which is tethered to a pole. The animal moves around in a circle, doing same stuff all the time and knows not that it is tied and bound. The human beings behave exactly in same fashion, day in and day out. They do exactly same things every day, propelled by same basic propensities and yet believe themselves to be free and independent. Is it not a big paradox? One is tied, so strongly that it is evident after even a casual inquiry, and yet believes oneself to be free.Read More »
It is an accepted fact that all religions preach us to be equanimous. We are expected not to jump in joy and not to sink in sorrow. We are supposed to be calm and composed in the ups and downs of life. We are advised not to crave for desirable objects and not to have aversion for things which we don’t like.Read More »