Wednesday, December 7, 2016

35. Role of the Moon for Progeny.

Sun Light is trapped in the leaves by the plants to convert water absorbed by roots and carbon-di-oxide got from atmosphere into a form of energy called Glucose. Science has termed this process as Photosynthesis. It is most vital for the survival of the plant. The Sun Light is absorbed by Chlorophyll, a green pigment in leaves.

Will the leaves get anything from the moon light???

What has our scriptures got to say about it. Let us see.

Purusha Sukta which is a part of Rig Veda describes the Cosmic Being. While mentioning the advent of moon it says “Chandrama Manaso Jatha” meaning out of the Cosmic Beings mind came the moon. Generally when addressing a mentally ill person we hear people use the word “Lunatic” the word Luna is moon in Latin.

We Indians know since ages that moon represents the mind. The emotions of a person have a subtle link to the waxing and waning of the moon. There are instances where people often complain to the psychiatrist that their sleep is disrupted on full moon day. Despite all the available modern comforts to sleep lunar cycles still alter our brain activity to influence the mind and disrupt sleep. So the influence of moon on mind is not a mystery.

Our ancients believe that Surya is Atma Karaka and Chandra is Manah Karaka. Consciousness is Sun and Mind is Moon. Sri Sri Sankara explains very well in Tattva Bodha the characteristic of the Jeevatma (Individual Consciousness).

Jeevatma is an amalgamation of Consciousness and Mind. Jeevatma feels like Paramatama (Absolute Consciousness) and thinks it is invincible. This Jeevatma is likened to an iron ball which is black and cold in Tattva Bodha. When the iron ball which is black and cold is thrown into a blazing fire the ball will become hot and red by acquiring the characteristics of the fire. Without Consciousness the Jeevatma is just a Preta (cluster of thought). This cluster of thoughts is also referred to as Sukshma Deha (Subtle Body).

In Akshara Parabrahma Yoga, the chapter 8 of Bhagavad-Gita Sri Krishna talks of two paths taken by the Sukshma Deha after death. Those who have attained liberation merge with Him by taking the Sun Path (merger with Absolute Consciousness). Those with unfulfilled desires and untold ambitions take the form of Preta and is reborn again to fulfil them. The Pret takes the Moon patha and from there it takes the route to the vital fluid of male species through plants.

The Moon sheds light what is called Chandrakanti which is absorbed by the leaves. The Preta slips from the moon beam onto the leaf and the leaf takes shape of the bud and the bud blossoms to be a flower and from the flower comes the produce, be it a fruit or a grain. The male species consume it and deposit it in the womb of the female species. The progeny continues.......

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

34. Mind & Consciousness....

The moment the mind realises that “I am, so the World is” then it has comprehended the Vedantic reality. The mind which imagines that “World is, so I am” it is yet in the iron clutches of materialism. What is written in the first line as “Mind” is that which is inside when it projects outside it is matter. When projected outside it assumes the form of subject, whereas in relative sense it is only an object to the subject (Consciousness). Mind exists because of Consciousness. 

Consciousness and the Mind are like Sun and Moon respectively. Moon shines because of the Sun, Mind flourishes because of Consciousness. So in that sense both are inseparable. 

Mind performs dual role. In one role it induces desire which incites action. In the other role it reacts or responds to the situations. When Ego dominates Mind reacts, when in conjunction with Consciousness Mind responds.

We humans are born with a bundle of thoughts. There is thought sphere in which we all are functioning. It is hard to conclude whether the thoughts come from outside or they are transmitted through the genes, or both. In the process of dispensing with them we accumulate more and more of them. The memories of the past and the fantasies of the future are the fodder for the thought. 

Mind full of thoughts is clouded. When Mind is clouded it cannot transmit the light of Consciousness in fullness. Mind has to be crystal clear. The clouded Mind does not grasp the whole. The flip flop of the Mind makes it clouded. Mind does not stay in one place it is always oscillating between the past and the future. It is this oscillation that formulates the Mind. If the Mind is in the present it is no longer needed. Mind has its presence in the future as well as in the past not in the present. 
This oscillation between the past and the future entwines the thought to become a knot, and astonishingly it is the same Mind which untangles it. 

It is interesting to know that the very instrument used to free ourselves from the thing called “Mind”, is the Mind. Hence some ancient seers and modern thinkers feel that there is no such thing called Mind. Hence they point out to Consciousness reiterating the Mahavakya of Upanishad “Tat Tvam Asi.”  That is what Advaita mean the oneness.  

If this is true does Mind exist???

  • Yes, Mind does exist but it has four features. Mind still is Divine; Mind swaying is Human; Mind stalled is Guru; Mind swinging is psychotic.

Monday, February 15, 2016

33. Know your Mind better so that it can mind you Better….!

Western psychologists relate Mind in terms of Consciousness and according to them Mind and Consciousness are used as equivalents to each other. The Mind they refer to has no satisfactory Sanskrit word as the notion is different. When I speak of Mind in our ancient scriptures I am pointing to refer “Inner Conscience” (Antahkarana), which consists of Manas (sensory information receiver and processor), Buddhi (Intellect), Chitta (Memory storage), Ahamkara (Ego). While these four function within the “Outer Instruments” (Bahyakarana) the sensory organs work outward, amazingly both require Consciousness (Chaitanya) to make it felt.

Antahkarana illuminates from the light of Chaitanya just as Moon shines with the help of light from Sun. But on what would Antahkarana sustain? Scriptures say it sustains on the food we take. Once a master taught his disciple a sloka. The disciple was very good in reciting the sloka by memory. The master asked his disciple to go on fast. After a week master asked him to recite, he was able to recite with a little difficulty. Master asked him to continue fasting for another week. Then he asked him to recite the sloka. Now the disciple was not able to recollect the sloka properly. The master pointed out to the disciple that food was required to sustain the Antahkarana even though it is illuminated by Chaitanya.

Antahkarana is by itself a Jada Vastu (inert), only due to Chaitanya it is lively and makes us believe that it is vibrant, powerful, energetic and pulsating. It is a bridge between the physical body and the higher Self. For the physical body to experience the higher Self the bridge has to be in perfect condition that is Anthakarana has to be Crystal Clear. 

How to have a Crystal Clear Antahkarana? 

We need not think of doing great virtues and practising austerities. If I want my shirt clean all I do is remove the dirt, I do not attempt to make it clean. Similarly, by just letting go all the negative traits Anthakarana gets purified automatically. The negative traits are the Arishadvargas (six inner enemies) called desire, anger, greed, infatuation, pride and jealousy which are to be addressed.

How did these negative traits reside in us did we invite them?  Or have they gained access without our permission?  

No, they are the results of ignorance about the higher Self. Instead of identifying our self with the physical body or the “Bridge” mind, if we can get identified with our higher Self, which is immortal and bliss itself. I feel to get identified with higher Self, one needs total commitment and sincere enquiry. As one advance in this enquiry with an unbiased mind, the negative traits just like that detach themselves without his knowledge.

So, does it mean that practising positive trait is of no use?  No it is not so, the positive trait I practice will help the harmony of the society I live to a larger extent and I can use my physical body and “Bridge” mind as tools for it. I observe that in a garden the gardener not only keep an eye on weeds, but also plant and nurture flower bearing plants so that weeds do not sprout. Similarly, if I feed only the positive thoughts, the negative ones will wither and die. And to overcome attachment, we can attach to the highest so that the lower attachments weaken and fall off.

I agree that sometimes these positive traits can inflate Ego. But when I am struggling to overcome negative traits I need practice positive traits and use them as in the pole vault event at Olympics the pole-vaulter requires the pole to rise above the bar. Though he has to abandon the pole at the right moment to soar over the bar and clear it. I need to use positive traits to fight the negative and ultimately let go both.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

32. Beware of Mind Attacks!!!!!

When the blood flowing to and from the heart is blocked we suffer a Heart Attack. This could lead to immediate death of an individual. Fortunately we have Cardiac Sonographers who can help us scan the heart by doing electrocardiogram and echo cardiogram to locate blockages. The blockage is then repaired by Angioplasty and the patient can have a new lease of life. The reason for this blockage could be anything from rupture in the plaque to cholesterol build up in blood vessels or low potassium or magnesium in blood to stress and strain. Whatever could be the reason if one is precautions to get the Echo-cardiogram done he can be treated appropriately.

There is another attack which happens almost unnoticed which is called Mind Attack. The cause for this attack is negative thinking. When thinking itself is in the realm of mind, a thought that surfaces could be positive or negative. As humans we do not have control over the thought. But we can understand that if a thought is negative it can drive us to depression and there is worry which follows and finally fear engulfs.

Depending on the type of thoughts that are generated our closeness to our Self is decided. A negative though drags us far away from our true Self while a positive thought takes us closer to it. When there is a continues flow of negative thoughts our mind develops Mind Attack and this attack on mind would then need several births to get repaired not as easy as the repair done to heart in Angioplasty.

Mind attack caused due to persons or things outside us can be healed in a matter of few days as they are like common cold. When the mind is attacked by our own negative thinking it takes much more time to heal as it could be chronic. Mind Attack by other person could be healed just by forgiving that very person but the attack inflicted by our negative thinking though could be healed takes a lot of time and energy.

Every time a negative thought props up our intellect warns us to discard and get diverted from it but the sad thing is often the warning is neglect. As the mind is satisfied by running after those thoughts which gives instant pleasure, forgetting what is pleasing for us in the long run.

In my childhood days my grandparents would warn me of having negative thoughts by mentioning about “Asthu Devathas.”  They would tell me that Asthu Devatas, two in number were demigods who keep uttering “So Be It” and the moment I have a negative thought and they utter “So Be It” the inauspicious might happen. The point though was to highlight “Yat Bhavo Tat Bhavathi” (As your dispositions, so are the Happenings) which Lord Krishna preached Arjuna when taking about the Trigunas namely Sattva (positive) Rajas (passion) and Tamo (passive) in me.

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will……..What say???  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

31. Who is bound to whom?????

Once a Guru was taking his disciples to the near by village temple. On the way they had to cross a market-place. Guru was a practical man and he taught his disciples showing them real life situations. 

The group saw a man pulling his buffalo by a rope. Guru went up to the man and said, “Stop!” 

He then turned to his disciples and said, “Now all of you stand before this man and the buffalo I am going to teach you something today.” 

The man looked at the Guru and thought the Guru might reveal some insight which he can also imbibe. He wondered what the Guru would teach using him and his buffalo. 

Guru asked his disciples, “Who is bound to whom? Is the buffalo bound to this man or is this man bound to this buffalo?” 

After a short time of silence the disciples said, “As we saw the man pulling the buffalo by rope it is obvious that the buffalo is bound to this man. This man is the master of this buffalo and it has to go with him wherever he drags it to. So the man is the master and the buffalo is the subordinate.”

Then the Guru said, “So you all agree that the buffalo is bound to this man, right. Now look what happens.”

Guru looked at the man and said, “Hand over the rope to me.” The man eager to know what might really happen handed the rope to the Guru. 

Once the rope was in the hands of the Guru, he let the buffalo lose and the buffalo started to escape and ran away. The man who could not believe what happened instantly ran behind the buffalo.

Looking at the man running behind the buffalo Guru told his disciples, “Look, the scene has completely changed see now who is bound to whom! The buffalo is no more interested to be with this man whom you all said was the master. In fact the buffalo is escaping from him.” 

The buffalo had picked up the speed and was quickly out of sight. The man exhausted came back and was very angry. He asked the Guru, “What kind of practical learning is this? My buffalo is gone.”

But the Guru was busy explaining the practical learning to his disciples. He said, “Exactly similar is the situation with regard to your mind. The entire nonsense in the way of bitter memories, fears, anxieties, grief, guilt and much much more that you are carrying inside is not interested in you just like that buffalo. You are interested in it, you are keeping it together somehow and because of it you are restless. You are dragging it towards you just like that man who was pulling the buffalo with his rope. The moment you let them out and become disinterested with them they will start disappearing; just like that buffalo.” 

The Guru did teach a lesson on how powerful our attachments to unwanted and uncalled for matters could be.  The more we get attached to those unwanted matters the more we have to suffer because of them. Suppose we fail to achieve something we instantly search for the reason and mostly blame ourselves for it. There is no necessity to identify with the failure, as failure is just an event. If we have the mindset to learn from the failure and move forward we have achieved a lot……What say? 

Monday, March 16, 2015

30. Advantages of Transcending beyond the Realm of Mind………….

A Spiritual seeker with a little knowledge of the scriptures knows that he is not the body or the mind but the Self. The enquiry of the self leads to a series of thought process in his mind. “I am neither the Senses, nor the Mind and Ego; I am beyond all that I am Pure Consciousness.”  So the body and mind is not what we think we are, other living beings like animals do not have a thought to transcend beyond the mind and this is how we humans are a shade better than them. The true potential of human beings is not in the power of mind but in the thought to transcend the mind and reach a higher state of Pure Consciousness. This is the state in which we are aligned with divinity, the source from which we descended. We are in chaos until we reach this state; the mayhem is between what we are and our true nature. This rift is the cause of the stress and strain in us. Once we are aware that we are that Pure Consciousness we are not inclining to judge our past and worry about the future. Thus we automatically become stress free.      

By not venturing a lot into the past and future if we do our duty (Karma) of today we are entitled to enjoy every moment and will reap the benefit of the present. Our mind is tensed and confused when the work of the present is compared to the past or is worried about the work of the future. Our mind is what we are. Our attitude determines the altitude of our presentation in any chosen field. If we are proud of doing a great work, we are also guilty if the work done is shabby. The feel of guilt and pride are like the two sides of the same coin.

In Bhagavad-Gita Lord Krishna explains to the whole world a secret of how “to live with the mind and yet to transcend it”. The secret of Karma Yoga is that it teaches how to perform action rather than to tell what attitude one should have while performing it. It is not right to avoid action but we have to adopt the right attitude to perform it.

An example will make us understand better. Let us say an archer aims his arrow at the target. When he aims at the target without any expectation in his mind just for the fun of it the arrow reaches the desired destination. The whole act is so natural. But when the archer’s mind is fixed on a gold medal then the game becomes a stressful. An unknown fear creeps in to his mind. His mind is no more fixed on the target completely. While one part of his mind is drawn towards the medal to be won, the other part is trying to aim at the target. This is where the mind is in duality. There is a gold medal at stake and his mind is now more concerned with the praise that he is going to get if successful than the target. In such a situation his talent suffers. There is division, confusion and affliction in the mind. This is the nature of our mind. Instead of being in the present it swings either to the past or into the future but it fails to understand that to live in the present means to enjoy what is served to the extreme. Expecting the results of action means to swing to the future that is yet to come.

Lord Krishna says, “Sacrifice the fruits of your action to Me.” Thus the fear and tension of the result does not hamper our performance. Fear and tension are for those who dwell in the mind by carrying their ego into every action they perform. They are slaves of their own egoistic mind. We should practice detached attachment for this is the only way to attain consistency and contentment. The world which we are living offers us variety, novelty and diversity but no stability. We can see that wherever there is stability there is consistency contentment and this makes us look for a stable life rather than seeking pleasurable pursuits. Thus surrendering the fruits of our action to the Lord in the way of "Iswararpanam" (offering to Absolute) by just thinking "Na Idam Mama" (this is not mine) is the right way. This is eternal TRUTH.

Friday, February 13, 2015

29. Edgy Mind is one of the reasons to create Phobia in us…..

There is no object or a thing in this entire universe that can induce fear in us if we are not mindful of it. It is our edgy mind that projects the fear of an object. There is no ominous situation in the environment which should cause fear in us, yet we cannot free ourselves from fears, negative feelings, and uncertainty. This is one of the influences of phobia. Phobia is non objective reality.

It is true that we are afraid of death which is inevitable. We know that it snatches away all our earthly desires, affection, ownerships. But the fear of what happens after death is the false fear which hunts us and makes us look ungainly. This fear of imagination takes away passion to live a happy life when alive.

Fear is based on something that we predict may happen in the future, it is clearly a mental process which attempts to foresee the future, the reason of fear is a projection of our mind. For instance, we may be afraid of falling, but once we fall, we are afraid of hitting the ground, once we hit the ground, we are afraid of a worse injury, once there is a worse injury due to fall, we are afraid of the pain and the consequences of not being able to work for some days or become disabled etc, etc., So we can conclude that fear is always based on something that which has not happened yet. Hence it is more of a fantasy of our mind rather than fact.

When these fantasies go out of control it grows into something called phobia, it only means that the mind is needlessly exaggerating the situation. In such circumstances our mind is off the track and starts to view a cat as a lion. The remedy to phobia is not medication it is important to back the edgy mind to normal by calming it down through meditation or being extrovert or social with all.

Two commuters sat in a compartment of a train; one was an elderly person and the other a young handsome man. Just to start up a conversation, the young man asked the elderly man,

“What’s the time, sir?”

The elderly man with a frown face responded: “I know this is how you youngsters start it all. I will tell you the time and as the train moves along, you will start talking on politics then the discussions will move on to movies. You name some stupid flicks and talk about the hero and heroine. Then after that topic is over you talk of share market. And then you would like to share breakfast with me. This will get us to become friends. That is not all; by the time we reach our destination we would become extremely close. Then naturally, I would invite you home for a cup of coffee. You would come to my home and meet my daughter. And then you would propose to marry her”.

The young man was baffled did not utter a word.

After a little pause, came the final punch from the elderly man, “Let me tell you frankly now itself that I am NOT going to give my consent to the marriage!”

Young man who was cool all the while wanted to pull the leg of the elderly man so he asked the reason for his non-approval to marry his daughter.

Much to the irritation of the young man, the elderly person replied: “How could a man with good sense give his daughters hand to a man who doesn’t even own a watch?”

This is in fact the way our mind behaves if it is afraid of false fears based on sheer doubts, suspicions, assumptions, hypothesis.……etc., etc.,