“There is an energy that is making life happen,” Ragi said as he began last evenings session on Advaita Vedanta. According to that statement of fact and science, this energy is universal. Thereby laws of cause and effect are in place, though we assume one precedes the other only due to our linear perception of time.
We can trust in the fact that, whatever choice we make, we cannot make a mistake. It is the same energy that makes the choice that has to face the consequences – good or bad. Yet can we ever then claim responsibility if all actions are reactions and thereby interconnected? The moment you claim responsibility you are claiming you are seperate from everyone else and that very interconnectivity that some call God” – Ragi.
A two year old child has yet to make the distinction of ‘I’. Through his eyes he is part of the interconnectivity of all things – the one energy that flows through all that is. He is fascinated by all that he discovers as extensions of himself.
By age four the conditioning begins from the moment you are taught to say ‘I’ and identify with your ego. Then you lose that magic. You begin to feel bored. You need to distract yourself with meaningless entertainment and chase unnecessary goals – imaginary cheese – to add some artificial significance to your life. This is also the age that long term memories begin to form. This is how social conditioning works.
However, if you self-realize, awaken and turn the inward eye, you seek that state of mind of a two year old child again. What if you never lost it? What if you were never sent to school or kindergarten?
What if instead your parents spent the same amount of money on employing a guru to teach you how to keep the magic while the rest of the world suffers from greed, shame, hatred, guilt and blame.
Ragi, my nondualist friend, said “we create discord by seperating ourselves, however superficially, from oneness.” He also asked, “has a wave ever been seperate from the ocean?” Think about that for a while, meditate on it, imagine that you are the wave. Then who is the ocean?
The sponsory thought, as Ragi calls it, is ‘I’ from which every thought stems. “By implication there is a ‘me’ as soon as you mention an ‘other’. When you ask any question instead ask yourself ‘who wants to know?’ All our questions arise from us forgetting that we are puppets on strings,” he said.
Consciousness as the nondual becomes the Universe as a reflection of itself, and we must alter our perception so that everything around us becomes a mirror pointing back at the answer that is hidden within – tucked away safely from the hazards of this material world that sells souls for wages, and allows for interest rates and inflation. There are bigger evils out there that all stem from this one dangerous distinction of ‘I’.
I am not ‘I’; I am nothing.