Meditation and Action

May 16, 2018 | By More

By Ivy Xie-McIsaac

The last state of meditation is Vegetative state. In this state, the Self is not coloured by the mind.


The Yoga Sūtra (4.34) says:

When the highest purpose of life is achieved the three basic qualities do not excite responses in the mind. That is freedom. In other words, the Perceiver is no longer coloured by the mind.


The liberation from being limited by the mind (mokṣa) is the beginning of living spiritually in the phenomenon world. How to transform the experience into reality material life is another challenge. After reaching the summit of a mountain, are we going to stay on top of the mountain or will we go back home? Orienting the Self to place and time can be difficult after liberation. Where are we living? Do we have full awareness of the world around us? How to maintain the day to day life? Only if we are able to go back home and able to perform daily duties, this is enlightenment.

Most of us don’t like duties. Not many students like to study. We wish to be able to make lots of money without working hard, and when we are getting old we don’t want to face the fact that death is near. We take supplements, drugs, and have operations to extent existence instead of learning about death. We are hoping that our only duty is to enjoy without working and forget there is no free lunch. Sooner or later we have to pay the price because of the Law of Karma. And the Law of Karma, like the Law of Gravity, works on everyone.

Stay in a comfortable cage or fly in the sky, what will we choose? An eagle and a pigeon will choose differently. Do we have the ability to live freely without performing duties and accept the results of the freedom? At different stages a human being has different primary duties to perform. At the same time, the duties of a monk and a householder are not the same. We should not blindly follow others ways to perform duties.

Ivy’s Chinese background and training has given her a natural understanding of ancient eastern wisdom. Living, studying and teaching in Canada has provided her the opportunity to develop her practice in a modern western way. Her book A Complete Yoga Manual is a bridge between east and west, modern and ancient, theory and practice. A Complete Yoga Manual by Ivy Xie-McIsaac is available at Singing Pebble Books.

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