Thursday, September 8, 2016

Q: I am convinced that I am, but I am not convinced of what I am. Intellectually I know that I am the Self but I don't experience this. I have to make a lot of effort.

To experience the Self you have to dive deep into the consciousness 'I am'

Q: You mean I should keep the mind there?

Yes. When you see the rope as a rope there is no snake. You also know that there never was a snake.

When you cease to imagine that you are a body and a mind, reality shines of its own accord. If you stabilise in this state you can see that the mind didn't go anywhere; you understand that it never really existed. 'Keeping the mind in its source' is just another way of saying 'Understanding that it never existed'

Q: But how is one to awaken from perpetual body-consciousness? For consciousness to manifest one must have a body.

If there is the constant meditation that consciousness is your own reality in with all phenomena are appearing and disappearing, that meditation is the activity of the sattvic mind. It is this activity which erases and dissolves the tamas and rajas which cover the reality.

The human body is the only vehicle in which it is very convenient to realise the unmanifest self. With the body and the mind we can investigate and discover the reality which remains unaffected by the body and the mind. With a good care we can travel fast and reach our destination. We know that the car is not the person; the person is in the car. We should regard the body in the same way what we regard a car. We should not think 'I am the body'. We should think 'This body is a useful vehicle. If I maintain it and give it proper fuel, I can use it to take me to my destination'

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