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  1. garry420

    garry420 Well-Known Member

    In order to become happy in oneself with oneself, a person has to become steadfast in knowledge of ātmā. This is not possible for a person who looks upon ātmā as a samsāri, a limited, sorrowful sinful person. The moment such a person thinks of himself or herself, he or she is unhappy because ātmā is looked upon as a doer, an enjoyer, as one who has limited knowledge, an imperfect person, a sinner and so on.

    Because he or she cannot be happy in the ātmā, the person has to look towards something other than the self and must manipulate the world or the mind in order to gain a small degree of happiness.

    An enjoyer, bhogi, manipulates the world and a yogi manipulates the mind.

    A bhogi is one who looks upon the world as something to be enjoyed and who goes about manipulating situations, manipulating the world, to create conducive situations where in he or she can discover a moment of joy. the situation thus created pleases the person - but only for the time being, whereupon the process of manipulation must begin again.

    A yogi on the other hand, is one who does not manipulate the world. such a person is concerned only with his or her thoughts, contending that the pleasurable mental disposition picked up by the bhogi through manipulating the world can be created straight away in the mind.

    Thus a yogi goes about manipulating the mind and the the.bhogi, goes about manipulating the world.

    Then there is yet another person, the rogi, who is so diseased that he or she cannot manipulate the world much less the mind. such a person cannot keep himself or herself in good humour because of the pain of illness. nor is he or she healthy enough to manipulate the world.

    Yogic postures, āsanas, breath control, prānāyāma, and so on, all create a conducive situation where in the yogi can pick up a moment of joy. The bhogi of course manipulates the world for enjoyment and the rogi is unable to do anything in order to enjoy. The point here is that all three of them look upon the ātmā as something that has to become something. This becoming creates a lot of problems.

    Any becoming is unbecoming because it always requires yet another becoming. Thus becoming is nothing but continuous becoming. Before becoming there are nothing but problems; while becoming, there is a lot of pain; and after becoming, the person has to become something else again. the problem is therefore never solved.

    - Pujya Swamiji

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