Chapter 7: What Is Wisdom?
The pleasure-happiness of living depends on the
maintenance of many psycho-physical conditions. If those
conditions change or disappear, we react, suffer, struggle,
and soon become bewildered until death. Therefore, existence
as dependence on the conditions of pleasure-happiness is
itself a trap, a torment, and an inevitable failure. We must
Awaken to the Wisdom of self-transcending God-Communion and
thus transform our participation in the play of experience.
In that case, we will presume the disposition of service,
surrender, love, tolerance, and transcendence of the effects
of experience, while fulfilling the role or conventional
obligation to which we are suited or led.
Even so, as we continue to live in the mode of ecstatic
God-Communion (or inherence in the Radiant Transcendental
Being) we will become more and more profoundly free of the
mechanics, motives, and effects of experience. Thus, as the
devotee matures he becomes more and more detached and
sublimely indifferent to the psycho-physical patterns of
experience. And such true detachment or sublime indifference
is not the result of mere reactive emotional dissociation,
nor is it chronically and outwardly demonstrated as rigid
and loveless coolness. Rather, it is a happy and ultimate
expression of Ecstatic Inherence in God and the dissolution
of the unenlightened link to the body-mind that enforces the
relentless cycle of self-defining, self-limiting, and
self-frustrating psycho-physical events. Such indifference
is essentially a quality of freedom, not of world rejection.
Indeed, such “indifferent freedom” is, paradoxically, the
root of the most creative impulses toward the loving service
of the living world of beings.