My question is about dualism and non-dualism. I know dualism refers to physical and mental consciousness and non-dualism refers to concentrating on the Brahman, the Absolute. I do know both lead to Brahman, then why the divide? – Arun
You might be knowing the definition of Advaita (non-dualism), Dwaita (dualism) and for that matter you may find many scholars who would further be able to debate endlessly upon their knowledge on further refinements (better call it individual interpretations) like Visishtadvaita, Achintya Bheda Abhed, Shuddhadvaita and so on.. however this knowing is NOT knowing and thus not liberating or enlightening. You can vouch for it, I am sure for knowing Dualism and Non-dualism has done no good to you either except creating a serious scholarly interest in understanding these concepts even more from different point of views or may be from different people in different languages. And knowing is not liberating in that sense in which any spiritually inclined person would want it to be.
Arun, The Truth is undivided it is only your experience which divides it. The day intellect was born the relativity and logic entered the psyche of humans and since then in order to understand the world and its law he has been continuously breaking things in to smallest of identifiable, definable pieces on one end and also taking pleasure in arranging those pieces in a unique fashion to be able to create the whole once again. This works well in reality outside and there is need too but the inner reality or the experience of Truth, which is all-inclusive doesn’t require it rather it becomes the biggest roadblock to your spiritual growth.
The divide will always be there because the undercurrent of relativity of experiences would not cease to exist. You are born with eyes to see the world outside and your first experience is “World” but when you become contemplative then you realize there is a “Seer” too and on that very moment divide has happened. Your experience says you are not the world. But when you go deeper in your being by travelling the path shown by your Master your distinctions start disappearing and then depending upon the individual’s taste, capability, intelligence and emotional state one deciphers things in one’s unique way. And that is the reason what worked for Madhavacharya did not work for Chaitanya and what worked for Nanak did not work for Mahavir but whatever way they walked or the recipe which worked for them was given a logical sounding name however the Truth they touched upon, the bliss they experienced, the light and love they felt is all the same.
What do you think now divide exists for?
Love and Light
– Ach. Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath
Thank you so much for answering the question in such detail and with such clarity. I do understand now, that all these are paths to attaining the “Ultimate”. I recently read more on this subject. The same question was posed to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and he answered in a wonderful way. If I remember correctly, he said, ” There are many doors in to a house, a back door, a front door, a side door. You can enter the house through any door. What is important is entering the house!”
Also, Swami Vivekananda, shunned samadhi and said helping people is the real attainment of god. Wow! Such thought, such examples to show the right way! What then matters, who is who and what is what.
Thank you Guruji.
With best regards and respects,
Its nice to see you understanding things.
Parables are innumerable for putting across the things through the gates of mind however thats not my way. The light of Truth when passed through the understanding of Prism it is bound to split in multitudes of colors. You may fall in love with any of the shades and hues and continue relishing the beaity of it but the real “Purushartha” and real seeking would mean using any of the colors as a string which would make you reach the “Source”..
And here methods assume importance because contemplation is just a mental process trggering the electrical flashed within the brain.. burning some of of the neural node to form a knot of understanding but once again remind you, Truth is beyond understanding. Truth is experiential.
Get trained in some method.. become “deekshit” or what you call get initiated. Let master choose a suitable technique and discipline for you.. rest will follow.
Love and Light
– Ach. Agyaatdarshan