Isha Upanishad- MIRA

Track Running Sin an Evil

Question: What is this demand for light dependent on?
Answer: The individual must be sufficiently baked and there must be a sufficient will coming from within. When these two things are combined, this wall can be broken.

Question: What is this baking like?
Answer: Agni has been put into this inconscient and Agni is heat. By the warmth that is imparted to the inconscient this baking process takes place. The word ‘baking’ is an analogy also used in the Vedas, which says that you must bake your jar; that is to say the body should be sufficiently baked. On what will our decision depend to want to remove the error in which we get fixed? As long as we do not try to come out of error it becomes falsehood. As long as it is groping, error is good – but error is error, when you refuse to come out of the error, it becomes falsehood and this is the evil. This is the precise location of evil. If somebody makes an error it is not an evil thing. He is groping, experimenting, but having made the error if one fixes it, justifies it, wants to remain there and does not want to budge out of it then that state is called falsehood. This is what we call sin and evil.

Question: Does it mean sin and evil are wilful?
Answer: Exactly, because of imposition of the law of inconscient; unless there is a will, unless you say I want to be delivered into the light, it will not impose itself. We are told by other philosophies not to ask this question, because there is no answer to it. You are suffering, but unless you know the real sting of the problem, the remedy that is given is not the complete remedy. We are normally told that if you attain vidya, you will be free from all troubles; but the Upanishad says that if you have only vidya then you will go into a greater darkness. If you remain in avidya then also there is darkness. Even that is not a solution. The solution is to know the precise point where both the things are to be known. In this emerging movement, error has to be understood as the pathfinder of the truth; so you salute error. Error is not to be rejected. Only when you begin to insist upon error and refuse to budge from it, that is where the problem lies and that is where we are all now. We are all in a state of error and considering the purpose that is in view, up till now nothing wrong has happened. God is not shy for of all that has happened. He is not irresponsible for anything. He has deliberately allowed all this.

To make the inconscient agree to consent without imposing upon it, three or four things can be done. First of all, you can allow the falsehood to experience its own consequences until a point is reached when the falsehood says, “Please, now I really do not want it”. The second method is that the Agni which is within everyone can be strengthened. This can be done in three ways – one is through shruti. The individual who is groping can be told, there is Agni, awaken it and strengthen it, by knowing the exact method of strengthening Agni. The third method is, if the Divine decides that the right moment has come, Agni becomes powerful, begins to flame out under the pressure of which the inconscience begins to feel the baking sufficiently and consents to accept.

All these are Vedic methods. The whole Veda is written to reveal these methods; therefore, the Veda is called shruti. We say that the Veda is full of vidhis – various methods and procedures of making a sacrifice or lighting fire − outer fire. Actually, all this knowledge is the knowledge of the inner fire but to people who are ignorant it is given in the form of external fire so that a message can be given that you have the power to ignite the fire. All these procedures are inner procedures, a real internal vidhi, which is Yoga Shastra. Veda is actually Yoga Shastra, it is not only vidhi shastra of outer sacrifice but it is the vidhi shastra by which yoga is practised internally, systematically, and methodically.

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