“An entangled mind habitually runs in circles around inconsequential objects. The identification of happiness with the objects obscures the Luminous Intelligence completely.”
Laws of Growth
If left on its own, an ordinary mind laws has a tendency to find solace in inertia and sensuality. You let it pursue its own liking and disliking, it will celebrate in objects external. The reins must be tightened if any progress is to be made. There is a strenuous struggle in the beginning—Luminosity versus darkness; Truth versus sophistry; Immortality versus impermanence. If you want to swim in a river, but are unwilling to enter the waters-you might have any number of excuses to do that—then, you need to be thrown into the river. If you are certain that you must become a master of your mind, you must have its reins in your own hands. If you want to enjoy the eternal infinite bliss hidden within you, you must get rid of the unhappiness coming from the turbulence. You have to take the first step now. If it does not go on its own, you need to throw the mind into the river of unactivity. Let it swim in the waters of purity, compassion, peace and joy. Initially, there may be some difficulty—the water may be cold or too deep for you—as you might not appreciate this eviction from sensuality and inertia. But, this is the battle that you have yourself chosen to wage. This is the loftiest battlefield and victory in this encounter with yourself will give you the kingdom of unshakeable stability.
Before drawing out the strategy and executing it with all your might, let us remind ourselves of the facts about the mind we discussed before. Based on them, the following laws of evolution of mind can be deduced:
Whatever you take to be real, your whole being—your thoughts, your emotions, your personality—respond accordingly.
Your current definition of reality is what you are in the present. It is your tacit acceptance of one or the other qualities of mind as the best truth. Inactivity, activity or unactivity—you take any of these or a particular combination of these as the best way of living. You get attached to their corresponding objects. Then, you ignore, consciously or unconsciously, the other combinations of the same qualities, either as inferior to yours or not real at all.
Some consider money to be the best truth; some others believe family relationships to be the best support for existence. Some give up their lives for their countries; some live for the entire humanity. Some have a strong ego because in their view, reputation is what one should live for; others believe in the effacement of ego as the greatest blessedness. Some consider the opposite sex as the real pleasure of living; others die for good food. Some take history to be the most educating subject; others dwell in physics even in their dreams. Some try to find pleasure in jealousy and vilification; some would find solace in nonstop gossiping.
The three qualities differ from each other in what they are grasping at for fighting the incompleteness. For an inactive person, ceaseless running around trifles, too much sleep, procrastination, indecision, lamenting about the past, fleeing from mental or physical activity and sometimes drugs or alcohol could be the best way of living. An active person would reside mostly in money, reputation, family and relentless activity. An unactive person would feel comfortable in euphoria, knowledge, peace and contentment. Whatever you take to be real, your thoughts, emotions and your whole personality would respond to that reality. You would be willingly, enthusiastically and sincerely following that reality of yours as the best way of finding happiness. You might however speak in favor of another reality—as some pseudo monks do—but you would be doing only lip service aimed at some ulterior benefit related to your own reality and spirituality.
This does not mean that you cannot change at all. The current definitions are to be replaced by the new ones. Otherwise, how would any growth be possible? The mind is a malleable entity. The requirement for change is getting fed up with the lower and hankering for the higher. A willingness for ceaseless struggle is required until establishment in the higher becomes an accomplished fact.
Your definition of reality depends on your definition of yourself.
Who are you? Have you ever stopped to ponder over this important question? Are you following the definitions given by society? Does it not amount to saying that you are a second-hand individual?
I am a banker; I am a stockbroker; I am an American; I am a father; I am an environmentalist; I am an astronaut; I am happy in the company of women; I am unhappy as a gardener. These are some of the innumerable limiting adjuncts we associate ourselves with. We love to get bound. Having given ourselves a restraining definition, our concept of reality is patterned accordingly. We start getting attracted towards some objects and repelled by some others. ‘Good’ & ‘bad’, ‘right’ & ‘wrong’, ‘suitable’ & ‘unsuitable’ and sometimes ‘ethical’ and ‘unethical’ take the same color as our definitions of ourselves.
Evolution of mind means moving from a lower center of consciousness to a higher center of consciousness.
Mind is changeable and spiritual meditation. The definitions need expansion. For a limited mind, it is no doubt very difficult to assimilate the absolute Reality, but, slow and steady expansion is possible for all. It is impossible to jump the rungs of the ladder of evolution; but, it is very much practicable to go for the next higher rung. The conception of reality will expand in all—deliberately or unconsciously. Courage lies in getting hold over this whole process and letting it happen in front of one’s own eyes.
Inactivity into activity and activity into unactivity—this is the way. Unactivity leads one into the Absolute. The Absolute is immanent in all of us. We are all potentially perfect. There is actually no need to go anywhere or do anything for those who are ready to happily give up the lower for the higher. The only requirement for them is that they appreciate, cognize and apprehend the Real as a state of their own minds. But, for others, slow evolution is the only choice left.
Meditation is not a routine job. It is a way of life.
Concentration must be supported by an acceptance of right knowledge. That brings ethics into the picture. Though meditation appears to be different from morality, it needs its support for its intensification. Moving higher means acceptance of truths of meditation in one’s day to day life. One cannot lie to oneself. There cannot be equivocation, double standards and cheating to oneself. The life should be straight based on upright thinking. If the mind is found to follow stratagem with itself, there is a dire need to look at and correct the priorities immediately. If one is not living an ethical life, meditation is an impossibility spiritual meditation.
As one expands, the heart starts to take over from the intellect. Seeing the play of the same consciousness everywhere, one becomes more loving towards all. Compassion and selfless care become major priorities. The life finds itself celebrating the freedom developing out of selflessness. The existence finds new meaning. Great worth is found in one’s living. But, all this happens only when meditation is done with digestion and not for mere fashion. When Truth is integrated into one’s life, nothing but blessedness blossoms.
Growth is not possible without outgrowth.
One must start from where one is currently standing. This can be easily found out by looking at the current priorities and propensities. From here, one needs to go for the next higher rung of the ladder. One must take the support and protection of the environment one is living in. However, for growth, for moving on to the more elevated states, the lower supports and protections need to be given up. Every stage has its own supporting structure. New and more subtle succor is found as one moves. Attachment with the lower structures could lead to fanaticism. It must be made clear to oneself that Truth ought not be sacrificed for inconsequential props. It is the expansion of heart which should be given the topmost priority.
Everybody wants happiness.
This is a utilitarian law of the mind. Nobody wants unhappiness. All the numerous entanglements we find ourselves bound by, all the objects we are craving for, all the attachments we have and all the dissatisfactions we are surrounded by are for the sake of that elusive happiness that is never permanently achieved by anyone. We are all struggling only for that moment of happiness which is running away from us at the speed of light. Never getting it does not make us look towards other avenues. The same old hackneyed paths, the same old repetitious living—we never get fed up with it. One day we leave the stage for good and some others, following our example, start on the same fruitless journey. It never occurs to us while we are living, that the road that we are treading leads nowhere. It is a futile expedition.
Still, it cannot be denied that everybody wants happiness. If we are not getting it in the receptacle we are searching, we might look into another. Let us be comforted by the fact that there are many who have really found it. They are the ones who never live a moment of their lives fruitlessly. They have given us the maps that they have followed. The effort of walking on this path has to be done by us. Nobody else can do it for us.
The Realization of the Absolute is the same as the realization of the inherent divinity within all of us.
When mind outgrows its likings and dislikings, the thoughts become redundant and a state of total quietness is attained. In this experience of wholeness, the realization occurs that one’s true self is this eternal consciousness and not a body mind complex. With this experience, the notions of ‘I’ and ‘mine’ also get annihilated. When the identification with the body-mind complex is not there, where is then the bondage or misery? Only eternal, conscious bliss remain.
1. Whatever you take to be real, your whole being responds to that reality.
2. Your definition of reality depends on your conception of yourself.
3. Evolution of mind means moving from a lower center of consciousness to a higher one.
4. Meditation is a way of life, not a routine job.
5. Growth is not possible without outgrowth.
6. Everybody wants happiness.
7. The realization of the absolute is the same as the realization of the inherent divinity in all of us.