Friday, March 20, 2009

Aloneness -- the Lesser and Greater Freedoms

Again, it has been along time since I have posted. My apologies to those who have been following this blog.

The goal of Yoga is a Sanskrit word called Kaivalya; it is difficult to translate into English. It is usually translated as "aloneness", but has nothing to do with loneliness. Perhaps it's better translation would be the use of multiple English words such as permanent and unsullied imperturbability -- One who is single and incorruptible; a person who is objective and sees reality exactly as it is in itself, and in whom the three Gunas or three forces or holy Trinity have become un-braided, so that one becomes absolutely free of all lower laws connected with this incarnation.

This does not mean that one's body is no longer subject to gravity, and it does not mean that one's mind is no longer subject to the flickering attention, but certainly it means that one's emotions belong to one's Self, and are not in control of one's manifestation; rather quite the opposite. In one who has reached Kaivalya, one is considered JivaMukti, that is freed while alive.

Then a MAN can do. He spends the money but the money does not spend him. He smokes a cigarette butt the cigarette does not smoke him. He does, but nothing happens through him accepting by the will of the higher forces to which he had submitted. He becomes a servant of the Almighty. He can leave or return to life at will. He has WILL, where as most men are simply blown back and forth by a confluence of desires and aversions.

How does a man reach this station, which is not a passing thing but something permanent?

How does a man gain these freedoms? As he is, he is under local laws. You may get away with breaking them, like jaywalking or smoking in a non-smoking zone. He may go through a red light and not get caught. Then again, he might get a ticket. He might suffer a misdemeanor or even a felony conviction.

If this man joins the military he falls under military law. This releases him from local ordinances so that the police who arrest him cannot detain him except to call the military police, who come and get him. Perhaps they will simply forget about it or ship him off somewhere els or he will go to the brig and suffer a court-martial, but this is not likel unless he breaks a military law, so he has freedom from a lower law but is subject to a higher law which is more strict.

Perhaps this man in the military then joins special services -- he may then be freed of the military law and placed under diplomatic law. He may become a special agent and not be under any lower laws, excepting the law of his commander -- but he must not get caught breaking those laws or he might simply disappear or be court-martialed and shot or hung as a traitor.

So forth and on and on. There are laws everywhere, and one cannot escape all the laws, but one can place oneself under higher laws and be freed of lower laws.

More to follow soon.

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