The Field is body, mind, also the deep causal layer that holds them together

Chapter 13 of the Bhagavad Gita is said by Śaṅkara to be mainly a Knowledge-chapter. It begins with the knowledge of the Field (body, mind, also the deep causal layer that holds them together) and the Field-knower, which is the witness-consciousness that sees and is not affected or bound by what it sees. The Gītā itself …

Read moreThe Field is body, mind, also the deep causal layer that holds them together

The ego seizes its opportunity and usurps the throne of Atman

If a person goes missing, and has not been seen by anybody for a sufficiently long time, they are pronounced legally to be “missing, believed dead”, although those who are real friends and loved them, still keep faith with them. They go on hoping and believing that they will eventually turn out to be alive …

Read moreThe ego seizes its opportunity and usurps the throne of Atman

Shri Shankara says that the ignorant man is guilty of killing Atman in two different ways

Shri Shankara in his commentary on the thirteenth chapter of the Gita says: “There is a view (he says) which holds: ‘I am a sansarin subject to pleasure and pain. To bring about the cessation of sansara I should first acquire a discriminative knowledge of the field and the knower of the field. And then …

Read moreShri Shankara says that the ignorant man is guilty of killing Atman in two different ways

Maya is the desire fulfilling heavenly cow which yields milk in the form of duality

Swami Vidyaranya points out forcefully, that we are all drunk on the intoxicating milk of Maya—the desire fulfilling, heavenly cow—which yields milk in the form of duality. “Maya is said to be the desire-fulfilling, heavenly cow. It has two calves, Jiva and Ishwara. It yields milk in the form of duality. Drink of it as …

Read moreMaya is the desire fulfilling heavenly cow which yields milk in the form of duality

We cannot reality through the local consciousness, but through the cosmic consciousness

In more than one of his lectures in America Paramahansa Swami Rama Tirtha takes up the theme of the when and why of the world, and he makes the point with great clarity and simplicity that all such questions as “when did the world begin?”, “where did the world come from?” and “why was the …

Read moreWe cannot reality through the local consciousness, but through the cosmic consciousness

Consciousness, The Realisation of Brahman through Love and Knowledge.

The Realisation of Brahman through Love and Knowledge. Knowledge in the sense in which Shri Shankara uses the term, means the highest knowledge, a supra-mental knowledge through a spontaneous experience of the Self as the highest good and intensest Reality. The “otherness” of the absolute Reality passes away like a dream and the individual self …

Read moreConsciousness, The Realisation of Brahman through Love and Knowledge.

Consciousness, Shri Shankara on the Charvaka and Nyaya-Vaisheshika Theories.

The Charvaka and Nyaya-Vaisheshika Theories. In Shri Shankara‘s time there was a crude form of materialism associated with the school of Charvaka. A good account of this erroneous theory is found in Sarva Darshana Sangraha. According to this school, Consciousness is a by-product of matter. It is like the infatuating property of the drug Cannabis …

Read moreConsciousness, Shri Shankara on the Charvaka and Nyaya-Vaisheshika Theories.

Consciousness, Shri Shankara on the Kshanika-Vijnana and Madhyamika theories

The Kshanika-Vijnana and Madhyamika theories. The Madhyamika nihilists of the Buddhist school, deluded as they are, deny the very existence of Consciousness and audaciously reduce it to Pure Nothing. Before them, the Yogachara school of the Buddhists reduced everything to momentary flashes of consciousness. William James held a similar position and challenged the existence of …

Read moreConsciousness, Shri Shankara on the Kshanika-Vijnana and Madhyamika theories

Consciousness, Shri Shankara on the Adwaita theory

The Adwaita Theory In his great commentary on the Prashna Upanishad, Shri Shankara defines and refutes successively the rival theories of Consciousness which were current at his time. His exposition reads as freshly to-day as at the time when he wrote it. These theories are defined as follows:- 1.Consciousness is born and destroyed every moment …

Read moreConsciousness, Shri Shankara on the Adwaita theory

Consciousness (Chit)

CHIT (CONSCIOUSNESS) “IN ATTEMPTING TO COMPREHEND THE ‘VEDA, EVEN THE HIGHEST INTELLECTS ARE ONLY BEWILDERED.” (Shrimad Bhagawatam) The essence of the philosophic wisdom of the East flows from one great source, and it is the Adwaita philosophy as formulated on a logical and rational basis by the greatest of Eastern philosophers, Shri Bhagawadpad Shankaracharya. The …

Read moreConsciousness (Chit)

When we meditate, we take an idea, and it has a two-fold benefit

A few hints on meditation. The texts of meditation are ideas, not thoughts, because thoughts arise spontaneously and are not governed by any visible law. Ideas are set and fixed, and they are like seeds planted in the mind. When we meditate, we take an idea, and it has a two-fold benefit:  (1) it comes …

Read moreWhen we meditate, we take an idea, and it has a two-fold benefit

We should guard our lips as the gates of the palace of a king are guarded. We can never be too careful

A holy text (“Vivekachudamani” 367) : “The first door to Yoga (here Yoga means liberation) is control of the speech…” (We should guard our lips as the gates of the palace of a king are guarded. We can never be too careful. One of the sayings of Hazrat Ali is: “You will often regret what …

Read moreWe should guard our lips as the gates of the palace of a king are guarded. We can never be too careful

In the morning, usually your mind is like a blank paper. Deep sleep has stilled it, and rajas and tamas have fallen out of it.

In the morning, usually your mind is like a blank paper. Deep sleep has stilled it, and rajas and tamas have fallen out of it. The morning verily is the best time for remembrance of the Lord, for meditation, for study, and for spiritual reflection. In the morning, write on the mind. “I am Brahman. …

Read moreIn the morning, usually your mind is like a blank paper. Deep sleep has stilled it, and rajas and tamas have fallen out of it.

It is spiritual living to think consciously and to direct the mind towards a particular goal.

Some of the functions of the mind are mechanical, but there are some which are volitional. As in the case of our nerves, which are sympathetic and otherwise (involuntary and voluntary) , such is the case with our mind also. The mechanical functions of the mind are planted by nature with a special purpose, and …

Read moreIt is spiritual living to think consciously and to direct the mind towards a particular goal.

The body and the mind are instruments of the spirit

The body and the mind are instruments of the spirit, through which it expresses itself, to discover itself, its identity with the whole God -creating Beauty, expanding its range in the progressive discovery of Truth and defusing its light as goodness.  The body with its anatomical and physiological parts is a house; the mind is …

Read moreThe body and the mind are instruments of the spirit

The threefold method of realisation is: Shruti, reasoning and contemplation.

Ashtavakra Gita”, Chapter 2 verses 1-16: To know the Self, Atman, as the essence and substratum of the universe, including the mind individual and cosmic, two methods are recommended as preliminary ones. The first is: Control the mind, and prevent it from going towards tamas and rajas. To control the mind means to prevent the …

Read moreThe threefold method of realisation is: Shruti, reasoning and contemplation.