Rishiji’s talk a few weeks ago, either in Seattle or Portland ( i am not sure where !) But does it matter , its just awesome like him…. Also Rishiji was in Kansas City yesterday and today will post some photos soon. We had a BLAST !!!! Jaigurudev
At deepest level there is just ‘nothingness’, from which all forms emerge and dissolve. Everything living and nonliving are manifestation of this
Three levels of listening, intellectual (right, wrong, judgmental), emotional and with open heart (open enquiry, exploring, like a scientist). We all are bundles of consciousness, a Soul going through a journey; and through this journey it collects many impressions.5 elements of consciousness – Gross to subtle, (earth, water, air, fire, space).
Forms of the Consciousness have properties of Satwic, Rajasic, Tamasic. As various laws operate in external world, laws such as gravity,thermodynamics; similarly there are laws of consciousness. Knowing of law or not knowing of laws does not matter. Things we do or happen to us do influence us/ our consciousness. There are two worlds, external world of people, situation and things and Inner world consists 7 layers of Body, breadth, mind, intelligence, memory, ego and soul also called levels of existence: Body Breath Mind
Intelligence – understanding how life functions, discrimination Memory – It is storehouse/hard disk, it has compartments: 1. Conscious memory – remembers events, address. 2. Subconscious memory – collects impressions from many life times, collects effects of events (Karma Fal), habits, emotions. This subconscious memory stays and propagates to next life.
Quality of your life, how you experience life, depends on inner world. You may be in best of outer world, in luxury but if your inner world is not happy,
disturbed, your will not be able to enjoy.
Experience of external world depends on state of internal world. State of inner state creates quality of life from moment to moment.This is how life works. This whole path is making your inner world independent of outer world. In any situation, any state of outer world, when things are conducive or not as per your expectation, maintaining inner beauty, maintaining inner joy, pleasantness, enthusiasm, bliss, is all about this training. Your perception of life:
In different situation, different flavors in you get exposed, different behavior from people, different flavor from you get exposed. If you observe,
there is a Specific repetitive patterns, specific tendency/ habit, your mind might have. In a particular type of situation these same pattern comes up, again and again. It is not we do this once or twice, or occasionally we do it, it is the same behavior is repeated. If different people are criticized, their way to respond is quite different. Some people, as soon as they are criticized – they go to defense mode, some people can go to victim consciousness mode, some people close themselves – aloofness. These tendencies are called Vritties. Sanskar leads to Vritti – tendency/ flavor of consciousness.
Each mind has its own pattern – Vritti/tendencies, habits, these vritties are coloring your Perception, Observation and your Expression. Perception – outside to inside / Observation – inside to inside Expression – inside to outside All these things/behavior are instigated by these habits. If you understand mind, you will see there are Vritties Some Vritties are life enriching – Love, Joy, Bliss, Peace; and some Vritties are life diminishing – such as Krodh which prevents us from enjoying true nature of JOY. Klishtha Vritti – harmful tendencies/ patterns A-Klishtha Vritti – beneficial tendencies/ patterns If you are able to identify these Vritties, we can enhance useful habits and release harmful habits. You can accelerate your path of liberation.
More in the next post