Question 151: Self and self-awareness

three demons The young Rama tells the sage, you have advised me to be like Bhim, Bhas and Dridh and not like Dam, Vyal and Kat. Sage Vasishtha tells the story of Dam, Vyal and Kat, and so doing, exposes sankalpa (will), ego, and awareness of the body and the desires that arise from that. It is an interesting – and thoughtful – narrative.

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Question 148: The mind takes the form of the World: turn the vision inwards.

Question 148: The mind takes the form of the World: turn the vision inwards. The Young Rama asks the sage about impure vision – how can this come about when the Atma is purity itself? Recognition of objects as real or unreal depends on the determination and discrimination – and the attitude – of the seer. The famous saying, “the seen reflects the seer” tells that story … just as there is the fact that the mind takes the form of whatever it is pointed at. We need to recognise the world is out there, yes, it is unreal, and yes, we can be established in our true self within.

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Atma bala: the innate strength.

Atma bala: the innate strength. The pandemic has brought challenges in its wake, unexpected demands and unforseen results. Many – including parents – have been challenged to rise to new situations that have not been envisaged. The cost of not being prepared is mental illness. This mental illness has afflicted those working from home, parents helping with home schooling, children and students separated from their friends and peers. We have an innate strength, the strength that comes from the Atma within.

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Question 145-146: the Dream states

the dream stateWhat is the relevance of the four states of consciousness? It is said that this world is a waking dream. What is the meaning of “waking dream”? What is does it mean when someone says Prajnanam Brahman, consciousness is the Self? These and other questions arise as the young Rama questions Sage Vasishtha.

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Question 144: When different worlds arise

Zen gardenThe young Rama asks about the worlds of different people. Do they mix with one another or not? Sage Vasishtha tells that everything arises from Atma, and those with different worlds (think, world-views is all a function of chitta which arises from Atma. Another issue is considered: how do we recognise or come to know our true nature? Do we cognise when we are awake? Or asleep? What about the fourth state of consciousness, the turiya state? When do we know and how do we know we are the Atma? That we are one with Brahman?

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Question 141-142: Bound, unbound: Who is bound, who is not bound?

Yin and Yang


The young Rama asks – in the light of the Sukra story – what is the difference between the wise one, and the ignorant? Sage Vasishtha reminds the young Rama of vasana, will and how the ignorant is bound within and without. The principle of the Shukra story is given.

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