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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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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Question 134-135: Does the Universe exist in the Atma?

James Webb Space Telescope

When the James Webb Space Telescope is launched into space later this year, it will carry 18 gold-plated hexagonal mirrors that will help astronomers see back more than 13 billion years—a time when the first stars and galaxies were forming from the darkness of the early universe. Those mirrors are made of beryllium, a relatively rare metal that is one-third the weight of aluminium but six times stronger than steel.

Looking back more than 13 million years is like attempting to see the origin of the Universe and what was there before the Universe. These questions are as old as those living in duality. Read on as the young Lord Rama asks the sage questions about creation and pralaya.

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Question 129: The Seven States of Ignorance, the Seven States of Knowledge:

hmmmmLife is a journey from womb to tomb; how do we avoid coming through another womb in the present life? The sage offers young Rama a lecture about the seven states of ignorance, and the seven states of bliss. Awareness of Atma is fruit of long effort, determination, discrimination and detachment. Read the advice of the sage to young Rama.

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