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Priceless, Divine Diamonds - XI Sriman Sant Isher Singh Ji Maharaj Rara Sahib Wale 61. Four means to blissful life 1. Dispassion (Vairãg · ਵੈਰਾਗ) 2. Patience - (Dhīraj · ਧੀਰਜ) 3. Contentment - (Sanṯokẖ · ਸੰਤੋਖ) 4. Enquiry (Vīchār · ਵੀਚਾਰ) These four means are highly fruitful for the attainment of highest spiritual wisdom (brahmgyān - ਬ੍ਰਹਮਗਿਆਨ), and for living a blissful life. It is essential for serious seekers to retain them in their minds. 1. Dispassion - (Vairãg · ਵੈਰਾਗ) — Constant awareness of the fact that the entire physical world, and everything in it, is perishable and therefore is cause of suffering. 2. Forbearance - (Dhīraj · ਧੀਰਜ) — All forms of life undergo moments of pain, pleasure and difficulty, etc. To be able to live blissfully, one should face these phases with patience. 3. Contentment - (Sanṯokẖ · ਸੰਤੋਖ) — One should remain content with whatever one has been preordinated in this life (Prārbadha · ਪ੍ਰਾਰਭਧ); to be free from desire for 'more'. 4. Enquiry - (Vīchār · ਵੀਚਾਰ) — Self-Enquiry and Wisdom are both the same thing. Enquiry involves discrimination between the Real and the unreal; reflection on the unreal nature of the world about us, and that everything, whether it is within or beyond the reach of the sense organs, is nothing but physical manifestation of the Formless One. When such realisation takes place in the intellect, the only entity that remains then is the Non-dual, Formless source of Supreme Bliss that is unaffected by any modifications of the mind. In this state, the wise one (Gyānī) sees himself pervading in everything, and everything in himself. The establishment in this unshakable state is called 'Samādhī' - I am Everything. ॥ Nirvikalpohaṅ(g) ॥ 62. Bodiless state while living A clay pitcher is nothing but moulded clay. In the same way, the physical body is nothing else but Self (Atmā). Intrinstic nature of the body - birth, death, pleasure, pain, sadness, respect, dishonour, profit, loss, etc. are mere forms of the Self. But Self (Atmā) is free from all modifications. Therefore, nothing else exists apart from the One that is beyond modifications. One that possesses this wisdom is liberated while living, as there is no identification with the body; in such a state only Self (Atmā) exists. ~ NirVikalpa Samādhī ~ Controlling the Horse-like Mind Put reins of enquiry on the horse-like mind, and place on it a firm saddle of concentration. Fasten that saddle with control of the sense organs. Repeatedly smack the chattery back of that horse with the whip of spiritual practice (Abhyās). Make it take steps of devotion on the path to salvation, cross the stages of attentive listening (Shravaṇa) and contemplation (Manana), and finally establish it in the temple of profound meditation (Nidhyāsana). With spontaneity, increase the Spiritual practice and realise the true Self. Live physical life this way — perpetually intoxicated in Spiritual bliss, and achieve disembodied salvation once the preordained karams (Prãrbadha) end; this is the sole purpose of human life. 63. Sãs Grãs (Prāṇa Apāṇa) The physical body remains alive as long as Prāṇa operates in it, and dies when the knot of Prāṇa is opened, i.e., when it leaves the body. Prāṇa and Apāṇa are vital airs. Prāṇa arises from the heart and expands outwardly up to a distance equivalent to approximately twelve fingers, then returns back to the heart in the form of Apāṇa where it changes back into Prāṇa, and the cycle continues. There is also a small cessation between a Prāṇa Apāṇa cycle, which is known as Kumbhaka. This is how the movement of vital airs happens in the body. This very movement (also known as Sãs Grãs) is the instrument with which Simran takes place. Essence of Vedānta ਸਰਬ ਰੂਪ ਸਭ ਤੇ ਪਰੇ, ਮਮ ਸਰੂਪ ਹੈ ਸੋਇ ॥ ਯਹੀ ਸਾਰ ਸਿਧਾਂਤ ਹੈ, ਤਿਸ ਬਿਨ ਅਵਰ ਨ ਕੋਇ ॥ Sarab rūp sabh tē parē, mam sarūp hai sō'e ॥ Yahī sār sidhānt hai, tis bin avar na kō'e. ॥ 1. Nirgun form — There are absolutely no thoughts or desires in (my) Self (Atmā); only thing that exists is a state of Samādhi where there is no mind, knowledge, knower or the known whatsoever. 2. Sargun form — The physical manifestations are nothing more a projection of (my) Self (Atmā). Just like a dreamer who takes on different forms in his dreams, the Self, with the power of Māyā and ignorance, appears fragmented in myriads of forms about us. In reality however, these forms are nothing but the same indivisible Self. Therefore, one and many both are the same Self only. 64. Two Aspects — Nishedh Pakẖ and Vidhān Pakẖ 1. Nishedh Aspect (ਨਿਸ਼ੇਧ ਪੱਖ) — In this form of enquiry, attributes of body and Self are observed separately – Physical body is untrue, insentient, fragmented and is form of suffering, whereas the Self (Atmā) is existence, knowledge, bliss and is Absolute. Such enquiry elevates awareness from the level of name and form (Nām-Rūpa) and moves it towards the Absolute. However – 2. Vidhān Aspect (ਵਿਧਾਨ ਪੱਖ) — In this, duality totally vanishes. Pitcher is nothing but clay, waves of the ocean are nothing but water, and ornaments are nothing but gold. Similarly, cause and effect, Self and body, these are only aspects of the same form. The Self is beyond past, present and future. At the highest stage, all sorts of fragmentation ─ body, world, mind etc. disappear, duality is completely annihilated and the Self (Atmã) is the only entity that pervades. Cause is always prevalent in its effect. Like, water is the cause and wave its effect. Similarly, the Abosulte (Brahm) is the cause and world is its effect. Therefore, the Absolute is always present in all physical manifestations. This universe cannot exist or sustain itself without the Absolute. Whatever action and reaction that occurs happens in the realm of the Absolute, and thus is nothing more than its own form. It is Non-Dual, Formless, Supreme Bliss, and free from all modifications. It is Samãdhī. 65. Self is beyond all Action Self (Atmā) has absolutely no connection with action. Action, or duty, is connected with: 1. Physical manifestations (Asthūl Sarīr · ਅਸਥੂਲ ਸਰੀਰ) 2. Fourfold internal organ - Mind (Mann), intellect (Buddh), subconcious mind (Chitt), and ego (Ahaṅkār) (Antahkarṇa · ਅੰਤਹਕਰਣ) 3. Organs of senses and actions ( Sabh Indrē · ਸਭ ਇੰਦਰੇ) 4. Controller of these senses (Indriyoṅ Ke Devtā · ਇੰਦਰਿਓਂ ਕੇ ਦੇਵਤਾ) 5. Preordained actions (Prārbhadha · ਪ੍ਰਾਰਭਧ) A combination of these five causes action. However, the Self (Atmā) is totally detached from all these and is self-existent. The body will last as long as preordained actions remain, and will end with the end of these assigned actions. The Self, which is my true reality, will forever remain established in its innate Supreme bliss. … to be continued … Link to Part I - Priceless, Divine Diamonds - Part I Link to Part II - Priceless, Divine Diamonds - Part II Link to Part III - Priceless, Divine Diamonds - Part III Link to Part IV - Priceless, Divine Diamonds - Part IV Link to Part V - Priceless, Divine Diamonds - Part V Link to Part VI - Priceless, Divine Diamonds - Part VI Link to Part VII - Priceless, Divine Diamonds - Part VII Link to Part VIII - Priceless, Divine Diamonds - Part VIII Link to Part IX - Priceless, Divine Diamonds - Part IX Link to Part X - Priceless, Divine Diamonds - Part X Guru Roop Sangat Jeo please forgive this moorakh for all the mistakes in the post :waheguru: Gurfateh!