4–Requisites: Detachment vairagya (continued)
One who can discriminate becomes detached from the Body. The Detachment is not physical or subtle & is not any kind of action or change in the condition or state of the Body. The Detachment is always a state of Knowledge. It is clarity regarding one’s Identity. Detachment from the Body means that one remains free & unperturbed regardless of whatever state the Body is in. It is not being senseless as one under anesthesia; it is Transcendence, so that, with or without the Senses, with or without the Body, one abides as Being, & Being remains as it is, unmoved & unchanging. In Absolute Being, there are no such things as the Senses or Bodies. Transcendence means clear Knowledge regarding the Truth of one’s Identity.
The phrase previously quoted from Sri Shankara, “from the Body to” means inclusive of everything from the physical to the subtle [astral] to the mental to the notion of “I.” All that is perceived & conceived is transient. What is the use of being attached to that which can never last anyway ? What is transient is not the abiding Reality. What is the use of being attached to the unreal ? What is transient is not the Self but is merely witnessed by the Self which is of the nature of non-objective Consciousness. What is the use of imagining a connection with that which can never actually be oneself ? What is transient cannot provide lasting Happiness & Peace. What is the use of continuing to imagine that it can so provide ?
Even the concept of the Absolute, the concept of “Brahman” is not eternal. Brahman alone knows Brahman, & that in a no conceptual manner. That is to say, the Self realizes itself in a Knowledge that is not dependent on, or produced by, thought. The idea, “the Self” is not the Self.
No idea is the Eternal. The Eternal Self is beyond any idea. It is more Subjective than, or interior to, any idea. There is no need to be attached to one’s idea of the Self or the Absolute, for when all ideas are relinquished, the ever-present, real Existence-Consciousness still remains, Self-luminous, Self-knowing, replete with its Innate Bliss.
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