Wednesday, 04 September 2013
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Hello friends,
When we see the chatter in our minds during the day, or the mind is ruminating over something.. If I ask myself “who is this?” and begin to question, the chatter is interrupted and stops. I remember an instructor giving some example of observing a rabbit or some animal in a garden, any sudden moves and the rabbit flees, our ego hides (excuse me if that's incorrect or taken out of context). Is this because the inquiry is coming from the intellect rather than it being a conscious perceptive inquiry- like spying on the ego? In the lecture, Our True Nature, the lecturer talks about how the questioning can just turn into thinking and how it's important to learn to perceive how you perceive. It would be upsetting for us to believe we're meditating and transforming impressions, but really we're just thinking. Is the goal to be able to just watch the ego and inquire into it without interrupting it and without thought? Any advice would be much appreciated. I do understand I need to work harder (without exertion, of course).:)

Also, in the 3rd Meditation without Exertion lecture, the lecturer states “We tend to see everyone else through the projection of our own mind. So that's a very long topic we could spend several lectures just on that, but we need to move ahead.” Has there been any lectures since that have covered this, even partially?

Many Thanks!!
10 years ago
To goal is to use conscious control over the mind. This is known as psychological Judo. This control is a form of observation, but deepened through practice and conscious action. The more we renounce to the mind, the more we observe and stop feeding our bad habits, the greater control and strength we have within our psyche. This enables us to enact the Laconic Action of the Being, which is the capacity for God to act in us in accordance with our discipline and compliance to His commands.

Discipline is realized through work with the three factors: 1) birth: transmutation of sexual energy in order to strengthen our consciousness, 2) death: renunciation, comprehension, and annihilation of our defects, and 3) sacrifice: generosity and conscious love, pure spiritual action, for the benefit of humanity.

Observation is the beginning, and we learn to develop control over our interior universe the more we deepen our capacities to self-observe. The more we can perceive, the more we can control. However, this is not mental exertion, as you mentioned, but another type of discipline where God can act through us. This takes tremendous willpower, but through the peace of non-exertion of mind. Comprehension replaces mental effort and transforms us radically.

I would say that the Bhavachakra course explains the illusion of our perception very well, as well as lecture series on "The Knowledge of this Moment," which I have referenced below.
10 years ago
Thank you so much
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