Adventures in Advaita Vedanta, the philosophy and science of spirit. We are one you and I; are you curious why?..


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BMI... Nutshell

Hari Om
Each 'Choose-day' we will investigate the process by which we can reassess our activity and interaction with the world of plurality.

The BMI chart. It was established by the Rsis that the development of the individualised spirit as a personality comes about from a triumvirate of things; the experience, the experiencer, and the relationship between them, the experiencing.

Thus we have the instruments of experiencing, which are the body, the mind and the intellect; we have the things to experience, which are the objects, the emotions and the thoughts, and we are those who experience through perception, feeling and thinking. The subject in thinking mode identifies with the intellect and experiences through the medium of thought. Likewise, that subject who identifies with the mind, will experience emotions and thus express through feelings. Then the subject who identifies with the body finds experiential interaction by how it percieves the objects and beings of the world. We all of us have all three connections from the external to the internal.

What is unseen is that which connects us all - the Consciousness, as represented by the OM. What clouds our seeing this common bond, this shared root, is the veil of ignorance created by our Vasana layer.

We shall break this down further, but for the next week spend five to ten minutes each day continuing to look at the chart and memorising the parts and the flow between them. Take note during each day which part of yourself is manifesting in each moment. This is a tool of self-observation. Look back over your day and note in your books places where it was clear that you were identifying mostly with your body, or with the mind, or with the intellect. Note, also, if you think that there might have been a choice to be had about which part you used.

Word Contemplations; C

Hari Om
Monday is AUM-day; in search of meditation

These articles first appeared on Yamini-amma's personal blog. They were designed to promote deeper thinking on values, personal growth, Vedantic understanding - and to prompt conversation. Use them for contemplation either before or after your regular meditative practice.

Charanavat - of good conduct.

cr/char = conduct; by extending with the [/n, it relates to walking and to stability by reference to root of a tree, or pillar; vt!/vat = possessed of.

One might ask, 'is this not the same as yesterday's post?' The answer would be, 'no.' Brahmacharya is undoubtedly about good conduct, but it is contained only within ourselves. Charanavat is our conduct in our external dealings, with other beings and with the environment.

This may seem an obvious word to use concerning self-improvement, but the point is, how well do we apply it?

It pays to be questioned at times, to be challenged. It pays to examine ourselves and hold ourselves culpable for falling below the mark.

What is the mark, exactly?

Each must decide this for themselves. However, there are some marks which are quite generally accepted by society as to what is appropriate behaviour and what is not. That is what rules and law are about. The basics, then, are clear.

At a personal level, though, we can do better than the basic - can't we? This is why people join up with various spiritual organisations, or other groups which hold high philosophical ideals that we are expected to adhere to if we seek to belong and, what is more, attain the self-improvement we seek. It is how self-help billionaires have made their money, cashing in on people's desire to get better at being who they think they are.

Here's a rocker for you. It should cost you nothing other than your purushaartha, your self-effort. The Lord helps those who help themselves.

Most of us need something to get us properly on the road, though. So joining a group is absolutely fine. Until the time when we can consistently and adequately walk on our own, we need our aides. People who are travelling with us and who can offer support and guidance and point out where we might be going adrift. We need guides to help us see ourselves and to learn how to measure our conduct against the standard we have chosen.

Today, then, think about the current level of conduct, at work or home, and consider whether there might be cause for raising the bar, for working to improve. Regardless how high your standard, it might be surprising to find that there is still room to lift.


Hari OM

Sounds-day is for listening/viewing a variety of devotional items from and for all ages and traditions.

A clip of chanting on the mantra which is also a name.