To obtain the true knowledge, shedding ignorance is not sufficient. We must also come out of false knowledge. Similarly, rejecting matter (in the process of upasana) is not enough; we must also reject the material manifestations, in order to receive the embrace of the Pure Spirit. If we do not endeavor to understand these concepts and entities ‘both together’, then we will fall. If we are stuck in a ‘higher’ stage of ignorance, for instance, we fall harder than the ones below on the ‘lower rung’ of this (mental) ladder. But if we climb ‘both together’ these two ‘rungs’ of avidya and false-vidya, then we attain ‘immortality’, the true knowledge of the Self. Then, truly we transcend ‘avidya’ (the dotted line in the figure above). From this point, there is no fall.
- Know the Lord of Infinite Glory as immanent in all beings, seated in the hearts of all – (īśā vāsyam idaṃ sarvaṃ, sarvabhūteṣu cātmānaṃ)
- Know the body as destructible (bhasmāntaṃ śarīram) and only the Lord, the Self, as eternal (asnāviraṃ, chāśvatībhyaḥ)
- Finally, surrender oneself completely to the Lord forsaking all karmas (symbolized by hiraṇmayena pātreṇa); seek sole-refuge (Eka-Sarana in the GitaTPPT and the BhagavataTPPT) in Him.
- When a man sees the Self in all beings, He (the Self) does not ‘hide’ from him;
- The hiraṇmayena pātreṇa (theory of karma) is keeping the Self hidden from man; He is, as it were, ‘hiding’ from him;