Abstract Thinking: [09.08] Bhavana Of Restraint - The Summit of Sadhana: Dissociation

Published: 12.11.2006
Updated: 06.10.2008

Passion is not the characteristic of consciousness. It is an infatuation encumbering it. It is a delusion, a distortion, not a characteristic. Therefore, it is possible to wipe it out The encumbrance can be removed, cut off. There are many ways of cancelling it out. The most important of these is - the experiencing of awareness, restraint-pure utility. In the moment of experiencing consciousness, we are in a state of restraint in ourselves we become an obstruction to the influx of karman. No passion can defile the moment of awareness. Passions appear when awareness is lost. When consciousness is infatuated, when it is covered, it provides an opportunity for passions to emerge. In the presence of awareness, passions cannot bide.

The principle of our sadhana is constant awareness. In a state of continuing awareness, our capacity for restraint is reinforced. With the exercise of restraint the door is closed. With the experiencing of consciousness, all the doors are shut No door remains open. All the doors, all the windows are closed. At that time, no passion, no excitement, no heterogeneous element can enter. There is no possibility of intrusion. All get dissociated. That is why Lord Mahavira said. “The high summit of sadhana is dissociation".

All encumbrances end here. The Hindi word 'a-yoga', meaning dissociation, is very significant. All the acharyas employed the word, ‘yoga' (meaning: 'coming together’). They said, "Practise yoga!"

But Lord Mahavir said: "Practise a-yoga; do away with all unions. Break up all bonds!”

What is achieved thereby? Everything. Because there is nothing to be achieved; nothing to be accepted from outside. We are all fulfilled in ourselves. Nothing else has any utility. There is nothing outside which might prove beneficial. It is in our interest to abandon all that lies outside us. The final summit is - dissociation. When there comes into effects the restraint created by lightness, or the restraint created by a vow, or that created by alertness or by the absence of passions, there appears the last peak - the restraint of dissociation. The moment we cut off all relationship, dissociation is effected. Then is accomplished total development, and the realisation of the supreme Spirit With the coming into being of the restraint of dissociation, all material relationship encumbering the soul are disconnected at once. With the beginning of the experiencing of awareness, all extrinsic unions begin to disintegrate. The dense ring of infatuation dissolves. All our karmic associations came into being because of our obliviousness of consciousness. Whenever we grow unmindful of the spirit, some material particle clings to us and gets established. When we are fully aware, in all our senses, then the material particles begin to lose their influence and disappear. They gradually move away, farther and farther. Then only does our unique individuality manifest itself.

Sources
  • Abstract Thinking
    by Acharya Mahaprajna, © 1988
  • Edited by  Muni Dulheraj
  • Translated by Muni Mahendra Kumar
  • Published by Jain Vishva Barati
  • Edition 1999 compiled by Samani Stith Pragya

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