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No Effort - Ease

The following is all verifiable and observable in practice.

 

Why is it when we allow the sound to arise without any effort (including no-effort into no-effort), we often find it the hardest thing to do - to be in EASE? Put another way why do we sometimes choose dis-ease?

 

The sanskrit is clear, there is a threefold division of inherent effort into udaatta; focus between the eyes, anudaatta; focus between in the heart and svarita; focus in the larynx. They can be observed in practice by sounding or listening in the three centers and noting the different energy imparted to the sound. This in itself can be transformative and nourishing to the heart of real communication and can be practiced at any time formally or informally. These are natural efforts that impart resonance to the basic sounds of creation (swaras) They are inherent and do not require tiring interference which leads to physical exhaustion, mental and physical dis-ease.

 

In the iishaa upanishad, the seed mantra:

 

puurNamadaH puurNamidaM puurNaat purNamudacyate,

 

puurNasya puurNamaadaaya purNamevaavashiShyate

 

aum shaantiH shaantiH shaantiH

 

“That is perfect, this is perfect, perfect comes from perfect, take perfect from perfect, the remainder is perfect”

The Ten Principe Upanishads, Yeats and Swami, faber and faber, 1937

 

 

Verse 1

 

iishaa vaasyamidam  sarva~n yatki~nca jagatyaa~n jagat,

 

 

tena tyaktena bhu~njiithaa maa gRRidhaH kasyasviddhanam

 

 

 

This creation is pervaded and enveloped by iishaa. By means of that realisation enjoy and delight in everything but let go and do not grasp.

 

It can be observed that the invocation represents the seed resonance and that the first verse elucidates one means of that realisation. The practice being bhu~njiithaa maa gRRidhaH, enjoy life fully in the moment but do not hold on, allow EASE.

 

Why is it so important to let go? It is as the seed resonance indicates - all of this is pervaded by the iishaa. It is not ours to claim and to hold onto despite how much effort we put into doing so. Tiring effort that leads to clinging is not only dis-easing but is entirely useless and not needed.

 

In reflection one may see that harmful things from the past (n.b. puurvatraasiddham) and the future not yet come (n.b. heyam duHkhamanaagatam) will slip harmlessly away in the minds eye unless held onto. In fact further reflection may show a whole side show can be formed by holding on - a dressing room full with hangers named guilt, anger, greed e.t.c.....Some of these old habits can be  difficult to clear away as they come to be seen as part of what the person is in contradiction to puurNamadaH puurNamidaM and iishaa vaasyamidam  sarva~n yatki~nca jagatyaa~n jagat -all of this is enveloped and pervaded by iishaa- enjoy and let go, allow EASE.

 

Remembering that sanskrit does what it says and that these verses are meant to be sounded, the resonance of bhu~njiithaa maa gRRidhaH can be practiced informally as well as formally. With commitment, this practice can help correct bad habits leading to a life transformative EASE.

 

Why choose dis-ease?

 

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