Mind produces an illusory reality, but it is not totally useless. The mind arranges it as symbols or icons. It assigns them a meaning and a purpose. The only reason for that is, survival. It ensures persistence of the structures of the mind. Icons are made up of fundamental experiences of Tanmatras. It is possible to manipulate the reality if we study its iconic nature.
We are going to continue the discussion on the first facet of reality, which is, illusion. We see the mechanics of perception, and we see that all experience is derived out of change. Change is nothing, but energy and information. We see that all experience must be necessarily a distortion of, what exists.
We are going to see the first facet of the diamond, reality is illusory, or it is dream like. The key here is the meaning of the word , illusion. It seems that this word is a cause of a lot of confusion. What is an illusion?
A brief introduction to the series of talks on the nature of reality. Even though it is highly nebulous and subjective concept, we can extract some essential characteristics of what exists. We find that existence has many facets. It is complex, but has simplicity at its core, it is chaotic, but in an orderly way.
For the purpose of this discussion, I will use the following model/metaphor of a diamond with many facets. The facets or characteristics of reality are - 1. Illusory 2.Iconic 3. Mental 4. Impermanence 5. Entropy reduction 6. Relative 7. Multilevel 8. Multidimensional 9. Cyclic 10. Infinitely potent 11. Based on ignorance 12. Identical to the Self 13. Unknowable.
When seen from a higher perspective, food is that which is keeping us chained to an earthly existence. Many spiritual practices result in a detachment from food, naturally. Practices result in many side effects such as changes in diatary preferences, food sensitivities, aversion to certain foods, intolerance, suffering due to attachment to food etc. What is the correct food? What effects should a practice cause? What changes are needed regarding food and eating habits? Why this seemingly worldly matter is so important? All these questions are answered here.
A slightly unconventional and introductory view on what death is and what it is not. It seems that the death is largely misunderstood as an event of decay and destruction. Here we find that death is a tiny but important part of the continuous flow of experiences we call life. The opposite of death is birth, life has no opposites.