Reincarnation, non-dual love and gunas - James Swartz - Yoga of Love, Vedanta, Bhakti Sutra Narada

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Free will. Making no choice and turning it over to ishvara. Issue of free will: what values are determining your use of free will? Those values are chosen by the gunas. If tamas predominates fear will inform your choices. If rajas predominates desire will inform your choices. The self has no values. It is value-neutral. Reincarnation view: this person will transmigrate and will be the same person in the next incarnation. The person‘s karma is coming along with them. But: when the body goes this person is never coming back. The only thing that transcends time are the subtle and the causal body. The circumstances of the next birth will be different. You will have a new identity. The person that you think you are is a conceptual person, no actual person. You claim that subjective and objective events equal ‚I‘. Transmigration: What reincarnates is the subtle body powered by the vasanas. Your parents will be selected by ishvara according to your vasanas. Non-eternal jiva. Eternal jiva is consciousness. It is the same ‚I‘ for everyone and it is eternal. Irrelevance of the personal story and the experiences of the person when you know your nature. I. Sense is an image or a reflection of the I. The reflection is not the Self. Vedanta is a complete teaching. Since we are multi faceted people we need to understand the self from different angles. 360 ° knowledge of the self and the world. Verse 51: „The essential nature of pure love of God is beyond description.“ But you can know it. Verse 52: “Trying to describe the experience of pure love of God is like a mute trying to describe a particular taste.” Verse 53: „Occasionally, pure love of God is revealed in a qualified person.” In great souls you find this kind of love that is totally different from worldly love. Verse 54: “Pure love of God is devoid of material qualities and desires, manifests more and more every moment, is uninterrupted and is always experienced as one’s innermost consciousness.” Verse 55 “Having discovered non-dual love, you see only the self everywhere, hear the self in every word, speak only of the self and think only of the self.” You can discover love but you can‘t make it happen. You get rid of your concepts and discover that you are love. The gunas influence the way you experience love. Then it is love conditioned by the gunas. Verse 56 “Secondary devotional service is of three kinds, according to which of the gunas predominates at any time or according to the motivation – distress, desire or knowledge – that brings one to devotion.” Verse 57: “Each succeeding type of devotee is superior to the preceding type.” Rajasic devotees are superior to tamasic devotees, sattvic devotees are superior to rajasic devotees and nondual devotees are superior to sattvic devotees. You need rajas to get out of tamas. Tamas means you live in a fantasy world. In rajas you are driven by ambition. You need sattva and knowledge to get out of rajas. Self inquiry renders the gunas non binding, so you can overcome attachment to sattva. More Vedanta seminars. More english yoga seminars: Please visit Yoga Vidya for more inspiring talks and spiritual community:

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