Were my Dvaitam practices a waste?
After coming onto the Advaitam path, the thought arises whether all the Dvaitam practices done for the past decades were a waste?
No dear, that is just the Ego throwing tantrums. Ignore the tantrums and recognize the progression of the teachings that help one move from Ignorance to Knowledge.
When a person is Ignorant, he has no idea that he is not the body-mind. He has a firm conviction in being the body-mind.
The conviction is borne out of the wrong identification with the body-mind. Because of the wrong identification, it is almost impossible for such an ignorant person to be convinced of the opposite. The Ignorant man feels that the Sage is asking him to stop breathing when he is asked to recognize that he is not the body-mind.
For wiping out such a strong ignorance, practices directed towards the body-mind were created. These practices help give some time to the mind to absorb this truth. All Dvaitam practices are done to soften the mind so that it can finally surrender to the witness. A stiff ego will never ever surrender. Without surrender, how much ever, a sage shows the path, the mind will resist.
So please don’t consider the Dvaitam practices of mantra, breath technique, yoga postures, pranayama, etc as a waste. They are like school. School is required before you get admission into University.
Seeds of Knowledge:
On the Dvaitam path, you were given controlled doses of ‘You are not the doer’ and ‘This world is a dream’. These were seeds being sowed in the soil of your mind.
One did not have the [Patrata] ability to tolerate/bear the Truth, yet, so the details were not discussed. This was preparation time.
Once you start the Advaitam path, and manage to grasp the Knowledge, it means that you have developed the Patrata. On the Advaitam path, you are first shown a glimpse of ‘You are the Witness Consciousness! You are not the Ego!’ This creates a shift. The direct experience of recognizing the ‘witnessing aspect within yourself’ creates the shift.
This glimpse also provides the strength to recognize the hard-to-swallow truth for Ego:
- The world is an illusion.
- Only Consciousness IS!
Now that you have made the journey from Dvaitam to Advaitam, recognize that you are the Pure Consciousness! Don’t think you are! Know you are!
Lastly, I would like to add that there are several people who make the journey from Ignorance to Knowledge without ever stepping onto Dvaitam practices. We all have our own individual journeys. Everyone’s journey is essentially crafted by the Consciousness as per the individual’s needs. Respect the design of this journey! Respect what has come your way!
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