क्रियानाशाद्भवेच्चिन्तानाशोऽस्माद्वासनाक्षयः ।वासनाप्रक्षयो मोक्षः सा जीवन्मुक्तिरिष्यते ॥ १२॥
kriyānāśādbhaveccintānāśo’smādvāsanākṣayaḥ ।vāsanāprakṣayo mokṣaḥ sā jīvanmuktiriṣyate ॥ 12॥
The destruction of actions leads to that of thought; thence results the dwindling of innate impulses (to act). The obliteration of innate impulses is liberation; it is held to be freedom in life. || 12||
~ Adhyaatm Upanishad (Verse 12)
Questioner (Q): Acharya Ji, Pranaam! I am aware that I have innate impulses like anger, greed, pride, fear, and attachments. Kindly help me understand this process of dwindling of innate impulses, as mentioned in this verse.
Acharya Prashant (AP): It is the path, the method that proceeds from the gross and goes towards the subtle. This method is for those who cannot begin from the subtle-most.
There is the path of realization.
The path of realization says, “Begin from your center, begin from your Heart, Atma. Let that guide and dictate your mind. Let that which comes from your Heart shape your thoughts, and then let your mind dictate your actions. Let your thoughts seamlessly transform into your actions.”
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