Om. I am neither the mind,
Intelligence, ego, nor ’chitta’,
Neither the ears, nor the tongue,
Nor the senses of smell and sight,
Neither ether, nor air,
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!
Some people think they need to find "home" to live in the light, depending on their disposition, you might call them seekers. I want to tell seekers that they really have two options, there is "home" or there's what we choose to do with our lives, and the best choice before finding "home" is sublimation of negative emotion into positive creation of some kind. Whether that's helping someone else to feel better, committing to living more ethically, or creating art - there are so many ways to take what holds us down and use it as fuel to act in accordance with our higher selves. The paradoxical danger of sublimation is that it solves our problem of suffering and thus stops us finding the ultimate solution of becoming at "home". Probably, sublimation should be used but also there's something more we should not stop searching for despite better managing our emotions and behaviors. Positive emotions can be fleeting, unless we find the joy of our Spirit. Negative emotions can be crippling if we don't have a meaningful daily task list and schedule that keeps us going. The thing that makes this all so comical is that all this trauma and heartache exists only in the mind, which in itself is an illusion. The ego is formed from the thought of separateness thinking that "I" am the doer, instead of holding steady that there are universal forces, some may call them God, who are in fact in control of all things. We think that our reactions to external events are justified and natural but they in fact bind us to Maya and ignorance and to our smaller selves, our egos, our minds. Spirit is infinite, it is a reflection of the All Pervading, that is who we are, if we can only realize it. That's not just a mental recognition, it's a becoming that happens through Self-Realization, but even just knowing this mentally can be liberating to a degree.(I would urge you not to be satisfied with illusory mental understanding though) People however are often lost in their feelings and only the feeling of liberation from connecting wholely with one's Spirit is satisfying enough to stop all further desires. The only eternal desire is to become one with God. The only true knowledge is the eternal knowledge, all else fades away as the temporal body leaves us and we pass back into the realm of pure consciousness (results varying depending on our individual fates and levels of perception at the time of passing). The Buddhists say that life is dukkha (suffering), and that the transcendence of dukkha comes from eliminating all desire and attachments. The detachment to everything temporal happens effortlessly when we become attached to experiencing our Spirit. Spirituality is the most practical thing, it solves all our human wants and tribulations. God will overflow your cup with love and joy, if you only sit and open your hands to receive it. Truth is a paradox, you have to close your eyes to open them.
It's your choice, you can receive your Self-Realization and start your journey of Spirit today.
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I discovered a new text recently. Love it. From the Tamil, Southern India, The Thirumandiram has a slightly different vibe from the northern, Kashmiri literature that I am a little more used to. These teachings of Siddhar Thirumoolar are said to be the seed that later blossomed into Saiva Siddhanta, a very heartfelt and devotional approach to the worship of Shiva and the understanding of the universe.
The book is three separate volumes, and contains nine Tantras within. I've perused up to Tantra five, at which point it was clear to me that I need to spend some more time with the first four. Which is fine, because they are plenty remarkable.
I want to share with you the first verse of the first Tantra. It is delightful, full of Bhakti, and much like the first sutra of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, seems to sum up the whole deal. If you think I'm wrong, I'm happy to hear your argument. I am new to this text, after all.