Who gets Liberated? by Swami Sarvapriyananda. New MJ Awakening Blog
May 18, 2020


WHO GET’S LIBERATED? by Swami Sarvapriyananda

“In the 13th chapter, 2nd verse of the Bhagavad Gita, the question is asked, Who get’s liberated?”

Questioner: “Brahman cannot have ignorance. I am Brahman so I also cannot have ignorance. So whose ignorance is removed by Vedanta?”
Shankarachya: “Why are you asking this question?”
Questioner: “Because I don’t know, I’m asking.”
Shankarachya: “Therefore you’ve got ignorance, you just said you don’t know.”
Questioner: “Well I’m Brahman.”
Shankaracharya: “Yes, but do you know that??”
Questioner: “No”
Shankaracharya: “In that case you’ve got ignorance.”

“The paradox is there because the individual, the jiva, is an illusory state. It’s not a real thing with real problems. The real thing only is Brahman; it has no problems at all. Therefore this state of uncertainty, this state of inconsistency will remain.

Only when you get liberated, what will happen is you will see, ‘I was never in bondage.’ So the question, ‘Who was in bondage, who gets liberated?’ finally is rendered moot. The problem will not be solved, it just will be dissolved.”

-Swami Sarvapriyananda

MICHAEL: The Real doesn’t need liberation and the false cannot be liberated because only the Real exists.

Where do the THOUGHTS I appear to think come from? New MJ Awakening Blog
May 18, 2019


Where do the THOUGHTS I appear to think come from?

What is their Source?

Where do the WORDS I appear to speak come from?

What is their Source?

To maintain my IGNORANCE, I must ignore/not take seriously/remain distracted from looking deeply into these two fundamental questions.

Michael Jeffreys

IGNORANCE is why I keep grasping at the MIND’S EMPTY IMAGES. New MJ Awakening Blog
May 8, 2019

car mirror reflection


Grasping at the empty images of the mind is like grasping at the images in a mirror. They may look real, or funny or scary or boring, or upsetting or lovable, but what do they all have in common? They are all, without exception, empty. You can’t hold on to them despite your repeated best efforts.

Suffering is when I try to hold on to these empty mind images as if they are graspable, as if I could really get hold of one. But like images in the mirror, they are there, yet not there. They appear to be there, but when I reach toward/into the mirror, I can never actually get hold of anything. And the harder I try, the more suffering I experience. Why? Because what I thought was real was only ever an appearance.

Seeking can only take place as long as I believe the transient images in the mirror/mind are real. Meaning I have yet to see clearly their inherent emptiness, which includes the “me” object, that is no different from any other object reflecting off/in the empty mirror/mind. This is called ignorance. I am ignorant of the inherent emptiness of all appearances.

Michael Jeffreys


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