Shankara – Vasanas and the nature of liberation

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Tom: Liberation is total destruction of habitual egoic desires or vasanas. Only then does suffering end and ethical behaviour naturally arise. Only then do the vedic teachings come to fruition.

Vasanas naturally start to fall away once the illusion of a separate limited ‘me’ is seen through, and life becomes correspondingly easier as the freedom of no-self is seen, but just that seeing alone is not the full liberation until the vasanas have completely dropped off. Until then suffering and egoic behaviour will continue despite the realisation of freedom.

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Even after the ‘Truth has been realised’, remain as the Self to root out ignorance and vasanas.

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One thought on “Shankara – Vasanas and the nature of liberation

  1. Tom,

    Who is being rooted of vasanas? The light is ON…. but is there anyone home to worry about?

    Also Tom… when I am pondering a situation and my response… I often make this sound… sometimes out loud before responding… ummmm.. oh yeah this and that and so and so. Is this my body centering itself with the primordial sound OM… before answering??

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