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Abstract Thinking: [17.04] Bhavana Of Indifference - Seeing Itself is Objectivity

Published: 27.02.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

Being established in the middle path, 'holy' indifference, objectivity, is a form of preksha (feeing') itself. He, who sees, keeps equanimous. He is not attached to what is pleasant, nor averse to what is unpleasant. He is indifferent to both the pleasant and the unpleasant - looks at them closely and is thus able to keep his poise, established, in the middle, not running to extremes, objective. Indifference or objectivity cannot be separated from preksha. The man who is indifferent to this great world, sees it from near, goes about merrily with all his senses awake.

The eye views the scene outside. It has not created the scene, nor does it seek any gratification from it. It exists without a cause, unknowable. It does nothing, I know nothing similarly, consciousness, too, is causeless, unknowable. It does nothing; it knows nothing. When a self-realized person only knows and sees, he does not create any bondage of Karman, nor does he experience the tuition of Karman.

He who acquires the capacity of only knowing and seeing, looks at the disease or any other suffering that visits himself, comes to know it, but’ does not identify himself with it. Through the observation of his distress, not only does a man experience the lessening of pain, but also he develops his capacity for observing the bondage, the sway, the rise and dissociation of Karman. The question arises as to what it is that we should observe. What to see? We should observe whatever comes - good or bed.

If anger comes, we should observe that. If pride erupts, we should see that. In fact, only he, who observes anger, can observe pride. Anger is our grossest instinct. It manifests itself before all. Pride lies hidden; it is less apparent. Anger manifests itself instantaneously. Observe your anger; observe your pride - the whole cycle of it. Thus observing, go right up to suffering. Now witness your suffering. Look at the measures you adopt; see all the factors, and the fear. See the effect. The effect of anger is - suffering. So witness your suffering. Also observe your pleasure. Mark the sensations of pleasure, and those of pain. See the pleasant as well as the unpleasant. Observe your breathing, your body. Witness equability; witness indifference. Witness another seer and see where there is no other. Mark the pure character of consciousness where there is nothing except knowing and seeing. That is the highest vision. There is nothing beyond that. Do not draw a dividing line such as, "I shall see this and not that. I shall witness the good, but not what is evil."

In the sphere of observation, there is nothing good or evil. These options lie within the field of thought. Observe whatever comes up. As you go on observing, you will reach a point, where there is nothing more to see. You reach the ultimate. There our pilgrimage ends, there we reach the absolute. Then shall we directly experience pure awareness, and arrive at the wholeness of knowledge and vision. Where there is only knowing and seeing; all else dissolves. That is the ultimate point of our pilgrimage.

  • 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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