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The three steps (with love)

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This time I will not write directly about my experiences here, because we know that some experiences don’t have place, some experiences can be uppermost than that who or what brings us the spark to have the experience. I was wondering what makes us part of the life of some place or someone; sometimes it can be slowly, sometimes it can be fast, but every time it seems to be a process that whatever for a place or for a person it is the same. I am talking about to enter in a place’s life or in a person’s life. It was my spark to remember one stanza from an old Sanskrit literature,Bhagavad Gītā, for that purpose, it gives aprocess as three steps, three actions that we should do. Three verbs, in the infinitive, give us one base to think about this issue. The three steps are to know (jñātum),to see (draṣṭum) and then to enter (praveṣṭum).
I call it three steps only for a lack of a better term, because of course it doesn’t mean a process that you have to do the first step for doing the next one. Although to enter can only exist with that two ‘previous’ actions. Think of an image: a triangle. We have the two vertices converging to another one, it is like we look at it, and we always have the vertex on the top; it means that we look at a triangle with two vertices like a base for a vertex on the top happens, otherwise this vertex on the top would be alone and then an image could not be seen. Did you take? The actions to know and to see are the base, to enter isthe action to where these actions have to converge, for having a better process we must have a good connection between the first two actions (a good base), but each one of the base actions must have a straight connection with the action to enter. If we have this, we will have an“equilateral triangle”, a perfect process, because one action will help another, and not only this, each one will improve the other. This is a process to attain the reality (the Sanskrit verb praveṣṭum also means “to attain”).
But what love has to do with that? These three actions are possible by love. This is the first line of thatGītā stanza, by the way. And it is not difficult to understand. First, we have to understand that “love” here doesn’t mean (only) the feeling and it has nothing to do with the romantic love we are used to listen about. So, let us call it an attitude, it is exactly how the Gītā philosophy talks about it. If we want to know some thing or a person we must have some passivity, I mean in the beginning we cannot transform the thing or the person we are knowing, otherwise we will not know them. This attitude is even easier to understand with the action to see, how can we change the person we are seeing? With this action the reality shows itself exactlyas it is. Then we can enter in.
So we can only know, see and enter in the reality through love, and it doesn’t matter if is a scientist trying to enter in the reality of subatomic particles or a man wishing to be part of a woman’s life. The reality has its levels as well as these actions have their too, and this is a kind of experience we can have all the time and everywhere.

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