Summary: Talks on spiritual and philosophical topics, mostly related to the path of knowledge and Advaita Vedanta or Non-dualism. Subjects such as the consciousness, mind, reality, metaphysics and various ways to study these are discussed.
The Master gives four essential requirements for Self Enquiry to be effective. These are - discrimination, dispassion, cessation of worldly activities and an intense desire for liberation. He explains what happens when some of them or any of them are lacking. He concludes that no matter what you think you have, these four are absolutely necessary for any seeker.
What are we seeking? What does a seeker want to achieve? Where will the spiritual path take you? Is there a destination? Is it an endless journey? What happens when you reach your destination? Lets explore these questions and more.
Chapter three starts, which is about the means and ways to achieve liberation from the ignorance or Maya or the illusion, also known as the Samsara. The solution is stilling of mind. There is no other way. The master then goes into the details of how to do that and what kind of student is qualified to do that.
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.
The Maya is seen as not really there when the awakening dawns. Its play is seen as meaningless or purposeless. Since it is not there, the meaning and purpose is also not there. The ignorance is eternal, it just is. When the oneness is realized, the ignorance is also seen as illusory. The knowledge is a product of Maya, and hence it is illusory also. All knowledge is just refined ignorance. The One is beyond knowledge, beyond mind. Even though the knowledge arises out of Maya, it is effective in burning down the veil of Maya. In the end both Maya and knowledge disappear.
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.
Sharing of knowledge and information is a natural human tendency. Whatever knowledge we have is a gift from someone else, and so it feels the right thing to do, to give it away. However, it is not so easy, there are pitfalls and consequences. What happens when you try to share your knowledge, especially, spiritual knowledge, among people? Who is ready or worthy of receiving spiritual teachings? What are the do's and don'ts in this matter? How to effectively disseminate the knowledge for other's benefit, and your own pleasure? Link to mentioned article
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. A link to the book.
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. Link to the summary and animation
In the part 2, of the talk on judgement and evaluation of the mind, we study the 3rd and 4th layers of the mind, which are connected, respectively, with tribal and emotional behaviours, speech and thoughts. We can also see some major afflictions of these layers. Link to the summary and animation
In this part of the series, we read about the mechanisms of Maya, the force, latent in the existence itself, which wakes up through minds and project an illusory experience. We also see how an illusion of ego arises, and how can one Self/existence appear as many egos. We explore the beginning and cause of the Maya.
Evaluation of one's current status of evolution, is essential for rapid progress. It is possible to do so, both for the self and for others. While judging others, it must be kept in the mind that, the resulting action must be such, that it corrects your own behaviour instead of correcting others. In this part we discuss the basics such as, what is judgment, how to evaluate a mind, what criteria to use, is it moral to do so, etc. We also study the animalistic and hedonistic minds in this part of the talk. Link to the animation.
Causality is just an idea, a concept, a creation of the mind. Cause and effect apply in a tiny area of the Ego and are related to survival. Cause and effect do not provide a convincing explanation for the reality or for our own direct experiences. Why does it seem like there are causes for events and there are effects of them? How does the mind create causation? If not in terms of cause and effect, how else can we understand this continuous change we call the experience?