Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Astavakra said

"Distaste for sense-objects is liberation; passion for sense-objects is bondage. Such indeed is Knowledge. Now you do as you please."
( Astavakra Gita )
"The arrogant-ego, seeking its satisfaction, hungers for sense-gratifications and its entire attention gets dissipated into the world of sense-objects. This is the State-of-bondage.
Having explained thus, Astavakra gives the student full freedom to plan his own life and live his days in complete freedom, as he likes. Those who have yet Vasana-s to fulfil, they must continue living in the sense-world for exhausting them. There is no other way. Those in whom the vigor of Vasana-s has calmed down, in them there is a natural sense of growing distaste towards sense-objects.
Force and compulsion can do nothing in this great path of Self-Rediscovery. It is an evolution, and not a revolution. As such, all Masters, after their advice, leave the student to plan out his life, according to his own inner impulses."
( Swami Chinmayananda )
The concluding verse with which Krishna ends His main discourse in the Gita we hear again a similar sentiment expressed by the Lord. ( Ch. 18 / 63 ).
"इति ते ज्ञानमाख्यातं गुह्याद्गुह्यतरं मया |
विमृश्यैतदशेषेण यथेच्छसि तथा कुरु ||
" Thus, I have explained to you this knowledge that is more secret than all secrets. Ponder over it deeply, and then do as you wish."

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