TRUTH IS IMPERSONAL

Personality is unique response to an external stimuli. Recognize  that you are not the personality  but the witnessing consciousness. Personality is always in flux (changing ) and is an energy pattern, a part of the cosmic energy. You misapprehend it to be yours while all the while it belongs to the cosmic Energy. You are the unchanging consciousness witnessing the play of energy. Dis - identifying with your persona frees that energy and it merges in the cosmic energy. By this supremely rewarding recognition of Truth your sense of identity is freed from the vortex of constant change of energies (thinking).  From thinking attention shifts to just 'Being'.  Upasana or meditation is any practice repeated to access presence  so as to take control of our persona's response to any situation or stimuli.
When individual energy play based on the unethical perspective ":what is in it for me " ceases, cosmic energy takes over and harmony is experienced. Pursuits based on assumed wrong identification of "I and mine" for personal pleasures, disregarding  others' good and happiness  continue even after many rebuttals.  This mind-born persistence to prove yourself in a chosen field leads to fixed compulsive behaviours which may not be suitable for the given situation. Due to this obsession other favorable  options or alternatives are lost sight of.
The Recognition of Truth which frees one from all compulsive behaviour patterns of the  'persona' occurs due to grace of Antaryami (Inner controller)or Guru. Such person without individual identity, who is the Infinite -  is not rigid and best options occur by chance  due to receptivity to the play of cosmic energy!

I belong to God and God belongs to me !

Both these statements look similar! But a huge difference underlies them. If we adopt God , He  becomes our burden ( child). If He adopts us, we become His burden.

The spirituality that we create out of our individual volition is an appearance (illusion) , a good feeling at the most. But the spirituality that happens in life due to Grace is deep, beyond the mind ego complex, so it culminates in God experience or simply put thoughtless Being.
The Lord sends death or misery as the forerunner to grace. On encountering death ( of loved ones ) or misery, one  becomes aware of a power above human effort  and ego that controls our lives. We surrender to It and on surrender It reveals Its true form by its own grace. Grace chooses a form according to our need and reveals the Truth ( Being without the mind)  as our own very nature. Thus RECOGNIZING our own very Nature as Being ( Existence without thought) we become free from -  seeming individuality and its miseries of volition, thought, anticipation,anxiety and effort. 
What Grace can confer on us , we cannot create for ourselves by any amount of effort, planning and skills.
It is Grace of that Existence - Consciousness  - Bliss ( God or our essential nature) that frees us from the seeming indomitable tyrant - thought or mind.

3 books / activities for a spiritual aspirant

 The actual path differs from person to person. 
 
As  a program that can charted out in general, we should do three types of activities.
 
Jnana kanda (Upanishads, Gita)
Upasana Kanda ( texts like Srimad  Bhagavata, or Devi mahatmya)
Some personal ritual (Japa of some mantra  or Divine Name that appeals to us the most)- Karma Kanda
 
We as a person need these three basic strokes ie
 Jnana or books that deal with pure knowledge (Awareness)
 Upasana or our dream world where our personal god is supreme
 and Karma or ritual like muttering  a chosen Name of God.
 
Jnana kanda for causal body or 'I' or aham; Upasana kanda for the mind or sukshma sharira (mental sheath) and ritual or Karma kanda for the body (physical sheath )
 Then alone all aspects of our being will be nurtured
 
 For those who have faith in Nirguna aspect of God (books like Ashtavakra Gita or Ribhu Gita or Avadhoota Gita or Yoga vashishta) should be read instead of Bhagavata.
 
As Jnana or Recognition of God is different from Upasana in any form, be it Nirguna or Saguna, a Nirguna ( formless aspect of God ) worshipper too should reverentially read the Upanishads (Jnana Kanda).

Existence is bliss , is Freedom and is 'I'

 

Divine tradition(sampradaya) is based on experience of existence (Self) or  Jnana. This experience of existence (Self awareness or being) is same for Siva, Brahma, Narada, seers and all. It is I am and not what I think I am. The latter is mere concept while the former is experience. Santhi or peace or experience of existence  is no-mind and not in new mind..Involvement of mind which is mere shadow distorts experience and creates ego and suffering. 
The sun is another name for light. Consciousness is another name  for experience. The sun is self effulgent. Existence itself is consciousness. It is aware of itself. 
The cloud appears between the sun and our eye , blocking  the light. In the same way the intellect ( thought) appears and distorts the experience creating the non existent conceptual bondage. Our vision of the sun is blocked by the cloud, all the while the sun remains radiant. Similarly our perception of who we are is affected by intellect, not who we truly are. That is bondage exists only in who we think to be,  never in who we really are. Bondage is conceptual. Self effulgent consciousness  which is existence is Freedom. By nature we are  free and blissful. By thought ( what we take ourselves to be) we are  bound and wretched.  
Existence is bliss , is Freedom and is 'I', if only we  care  to enquire our experience, disregarding our mind.

Upasana

World is a play of interaction of energy patterns  under the control  of an unknown  destiny. The human behaviour is most often driven by the unconscious mind. While doing upasana (worship of Being in the chosen form) the unconscious is brought into conscious level ,where it gets sublimated in the particular Devata  (chosen form of god or deity) or  inner controller. The problem is not in the seen world  (drishya) which is neutral but how your mind (unconscious) interprets it . 
The Gita reveals the unique precious truth that recognition of ego- less Ultimate Consciousness (God) itself evolves an upasana mode for you.
The  presence or vigilance  of the man of recognition helps him to disidentify with the energy pattern of his unconscious mind ,freeing him from taking up the agency (doership ) of any action. Thus the particular energy pattern (the unconscious ) instead of overwhelming its victim and making him feel guilty , gets deprived of motivative power and subsides.  The enlightened man gets back his true nature  ie freedom from the compulsive behaviour of the mind. At last he is free from the mind itself.


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