Monday, July 5, 2010

The advaita Manifesto

In the Introduction to his book In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan offers the following Eater's Manifesto. "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

As simple as it may seem, the beneficial implications of this manifesto are enormous.

Recently, I've been offering classes on the bhagavad gItA and have discovered that there is a simple way to state the message of this beloved scripture. "Be good. Love God. See God everywhere."

Many on the advaita path are tempted to try and bypass goodness and devotion, in order to jump straight into seeing God everywhere. The trouble with this approach is that it is like bypassing necessary training and going straight into cliff climbing. The result will most likely be disastrous.

When one falls on the advaita path, one falls, as explained by the late Swami Adiswarananda, on the jagged rocks of egotism, loss of faith, intellectual understanding, and selfishness.

How to avoid falling in this manner is simple: Be good. Love God. See God everywhere.

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