Is purification of mind really necessary? How should we approach it, especially on the path of knowledge? Why is spirituality so topsy turvy and not straight? Why do people worship idols and what are temples for?
Suppression is a time bomb. Desires control the mind. Mind is nothing but unceasing activity of desires. How to take back the control? What is the final cure for the anarchy of desires? In the concluding part of this series, we reveal it all.
Desires find a way. There can be supernatural ways. We explore them in this part. We find that it can be either a trap or a path to liberation.
After realizing that there is no doer, a question is often asked - what should I do now? How to live this life? What is an ideal action? etc. It is paradoxical, how can you act when you are not the actor? The answer is surprisingly simple. That is what we discuss here.
The world is an illusion. Not a plain boring illusion, it is a mad mad world. A mutually agreed upon insanity. Why do we insist that it is real? If not this which one is the real? Is there any experience which is more sane, more rational, less miserable?
Human life is about balance. Imbalance is seen as suffering and dissatisfaction. But balance of what? Of the activity of various layers of the mind. These intricate, interdependent and dynamic parts of the whole human being, when functioning optimally in perfect balance, produce a perfect experience of this life. This is manifested as total happiness and freedom. Now, what causes imbalance and how to fix it?
Logic is about true and false. A powerful and well developed ability of logic is a must for any truth seeker. A spiritual seeker is seeking the truth, and therefore, it is a logical necessity that he must sharpen this tool of the mind. How to do that? Is this only an intellectual exercise? What is the utility of logic?
The individual mind, although it appears to be segregated, resides in a sea of minds, all present right here and right now. It is always influencing other minds and is being influenced by them. Supernatural influences are the ones, where the source is nonphysical. Its always our own tendencies that allow, other minds to influence us. Since a mind cannot remain unaffected by influences, it is useful to know which influences are beneficial for us, and which ones are not.
Beliefs are assumptions, ideas not founded on the evidence gained via direct experience or logic. Beliefs lead to suffering, for they are just ignorance. They can be difficult to get rid of, they are parasitic. A gyani must always keep his guard up against blind beliefs. Not knowing is of more value than knowing.
The individual mind is merely a concept, an idea, an assumption. There is no individual, except in the form of a temporary ignorance of the whole. Any mind, is always a group mind. An interconnected whole of potentially many.This realization turns our view of individual minds or a person, upside down.
What are the applications of occult techniques? What can go wrong when they are indiscriminately practiced? Why were they suppressed? Will they remain hidden forever? In spite of their power and effectiveness, such practices remain a double edged sword. However, there are some milder versions, which a seeker can learn and benefit from.
The techniques for manipulating the mind and to empower it, enhance it with various abilities, have been clubbed under the occult, and are generally called the left hand paths. Although they are condemned by great masters or traditions around the world, and were largely suppressed, they still survive, albeit in a corrupted and ruined form. These can be effectively used to bring the mind to a detached and desireless state very quickly, accelerating its evolution, but are ridden with danger and pitfalls.
The Self is the essence of that which I am. But is it really there?
The trick is to see without the filters of concepts and ideas. It is seen as just another concept, just another division, a creation of the mind. Let's explore and destroy the Self.
In this concluding part of the series on technology of the mind, the essential steps for entering in this field are discussed. Some examples of applications are mentioned, along with their negative counterparts. Just like any other technology, the technology of the mind can be misused, and can have major consequences. Hence, it is highly recommended to take precautions, to have a good control over the lower mental tendencies, and to practice under an experienced master. There is no limit to what these techniques can achieve.
Some more examples of the advanced ancient technology of the mind can be found, which amazes us. Initiation into this field is surprisingly easy, however its mastery is difficult, it involves effort and practice, just like any other art or technology. In the field of mind, the actions are also mental, the motive force behind the manipulation is intention, or an internal action. When done correctly, it produces the desired effect, else it is mostly ineffective, as is the experience of many, who practice this art without really understanding it.
If it is useful, it survives. The ruins of the technology of the mind can be seen in the rituals, ancient buildings like temples, mantras, deities and symbolism that still exists in a hollow or corrupted form. With enough knowledge, one can decipher the meaning from such practices, and can see that in ancient times, the technology of the mind was extremely evolved. There is a possibility to revive most of it, to reinvent it, or to invent new mental technologies.
Technology is an art of manipulating our experience in order to achieve desired outcomes. Since all there is, is mind, all technology is simply a manipulation of the mind, or its nothing but technology of mind. The lowers layers of the mind are more accessible at this time and have been mastered to some degree, however the higher layers are generally unknown to most and remain under developed. Perhaps the technology of the mind was highly advanced in distant past, especially the higher layers, but was lost. Fortunately, it seems that we are on a rising curve once again.
In this part of the series, we read, about the collective illusion of the universal mind, the Ishvara. We learn that some teachings are sugar coated and diluted to suit the level of evolution of a student. The teachings of a creator and a creation are some among many such skillful means to purify a mind and bring it to nondual wisdom. Finally we see that there is only one ignorance of one Self, and liberation of one mind brings an end to all ignorance there is.
In this part on the topic of evaluation of minds, we discuss the higher layers of the mind - the intellect, spiritual and liberated layers. We see that not only they are very interesting, but are also very complex and very rare. In conclusion, some cautions are mentioned and further actions are recommended.