Its a very frequently asked question that what one should do in life, how to best conduct it, what should one aim for and why. In other words people are looking for a purpose or meaning, an end goal of their lives. In this meeting we will try to find all these answers.
Depending on the kinds of experiences we can classify the knowledge. This makes understanding of these billions of experiences easy. What kind of knowledge is most important? What should I know? What is its use? What is it, knowing which, everthing is known? Such questions are answered in this episode, however we do not go in details, just hints, to keep it light.
Knowledge is a structure in the memory. It resides in the mind, which is the collector of knowledge. We see how the structure is formed and the role of experience in it. We also see the major affliction of this process, which are beliefs - structures that form without the foundation of any experience. Some sources of knowledge are also discussed.
We add a bit more to the topic of Truth and see how reliable or meaningful that concept is. We find that there are some pitfalls a beginner needs to be aware of. A better option is to simply know and use your experience without worrying too much about what constitutes absolute truth, as there is no such thing.
Once you are aware and awakon, there will be questions naturally, and you may want to find out the truth. Here I am going to pull out the ground below your feet by claiming that there is no such thing as absolute truth.
Spiritual lifestyle begins with a rise of awareness, which is the knowledge that I am conscious, and even that I am consciousness, not the names, memories, a body or tags. As soon as there is an awareness, we begin to question. This is the beginning of awakening. In this episode we also discuss the issues related to meaning of these big words. They don't usually mean what you think they mean.
Sleep is an interesting state of the mind. In this meeting, this state is explored in brief. We find that sleep is a treasure box of knowledge and insights, when we study it properly. Later we find that it seems to be the closest state to pure happiness, peace, bliss, samadhi, consciousness without contents, and death itself. Some ways to gain direct knowledge of sleep, especially deep sleep, are also discussed.
In this meeting we continue on with the Abilities and Afflictions of the mind, we focus on Ethics and Aesthetics and their illusory nature. We also discuss guidelines for the seekers in order to free ourselves from their afflictions.
Pleasure, pain and emotions are processes in the mind that are founded on a mechanism of reward and punishment and are geared towards survival of the mind and the body. We study them in this talk and reflect on the related afflictions.