Negation and the Other

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In my previous two blogs I had written about the ailment and its cure. In itself this should have been sufficient but some have endavoured to seek the very essence of excellence. Sages have maintained that self realisation is not to be attained gradually. Though there is no road to it yet the very fact of realisation cannot be denied.

A very sincere Yogi once told me that it may take time to assemble the bow and arrow but it doesn't take time to pierce the target. Shankara the famous propounder of non-dual wisdom states in his commentary of the great Advaitic treatise Brahmsutra Bhasya while elucidating the first opening Sutra (aphorism) "Hence, begins the inquiry into Brahmn," that it indicates the aspirant can begin the inquiry not before he has accquired the fourfold virtues. These virtues are Vivek (discrimination), Vairagya(renunciation), Shad Sampat (Six austerities concerning body & mind) and Mumuksatava(intense desire for liberation).

After having seen oneself clearly in the mirror of life, what is there but to set aside instantly and as a whole the activity of me or self.

In fact it would be more appropriate to say the the insight into the totality of this structure of "me" and the action of setting it aside are not two different activities but one automatically follows the other.

Shankara felt that for a seeker who is fully prepared such an insight is a result of directly perceiving the import of Mahavakyas (great sayings) of the Upnishads which declare the identity of Atma (Self) and Brahmn (Absolute).