Dhyana

July 28, 2016

Sri Ramana Maharshi ~~~ Talk 371.

Q.: How are lust, anger, acquisitiveness, confusion,
pride and jealousy overcome?

M.: By dhyana.

Q.: What is dhyana?

M.: Dhyana is holding on to a single thought and
putting off all other thoughts.

Q.: What is to be meditated upon?

M.: Anything that you prefer.

Q.: Siva, Vishnu, and Gayatri are said to be equally efficacious.
Which should I meditate upon?

M.: Any one you like best.
They are all equal in their effect.


Anger

July 24, 2016

I’ve been going through my notes looking for ideas about anger and I found this quote from Vernon Howard.

“Anyone can conceal anger, but the spiritual hero is one who ends its cause, which is unconscious egotism.”

Unmet expectations can create all kinds on emotions but what conditions create anger? I think it is self-righteousness. When a person over-values themselves and under-values others then the tendency is toward anger.

Anger with its excess energy yells, “How dare you do this to ME!!!!” Which is to say its high self-opinion says, “I’m worth so much more than this. Don’t you know who I am?” Anger and superiority seem to go together.

Simultaneously with anger comes the great cooling factor: desire. Lust, greed, gluttony, intemperance, etc.

Self-wrongeousness would say, “Of course you would do this to me. I’m not worthy. I’m not deserving. I ought to be punished.” It goes down into depression and worthlessness.

When we perceive voids within then we become hungry for them. We become a predator. That hunting is putting your own needs above others – it is the desire to consume, take and even kill. It is the path to violence and anger.

Self-righteousness appears to be the product of ignorance – the inability to see full quantum. Thus the antidote for anger is owning what is missing, recognising equality with others and the contentment of full quantum awareness. ie humbling and levelling down.


The Fault of Vision

July 24, 2016

It is very difficult to understand what contentment is. Some argue that contentment would put a stop to all progress and that only when man has got greater and greater ambitions, he will be goaded to do further actions and make further progress. But what is progress? Progress in worldly matters will only bind us more and more. This world is a mere valueless husk to be rejected, and therefore, such progress is a virtue which has got no value in the eye of a seeker. For him the sense of value is different. The seeker says that in the pleasures of the world does not lie the realisation of his true nature.

Swami Chidananda


Tactics

July 21, 2016

Why continue learning the principles when you can talk tactics all day long?

– Alexander William Ford


Rumi Parade

July 20, 2016

Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about.

~ Rumi

As you begin to walk out on the way
The way appears.

~ Rumi

A good man complains of no one, he does not look to faults.

~ Shams Tabrizi

I do not want to waste my words on tired minds. I can only talk to those who are thirsty for the sea.

~ Rumi


Stay Quiet

July 20, 2016

“Do your work in the world, but inwardly keep quiet. Then all will come to you. Do not rely on your work for realization. It may profit others, but not you. Your hope lies in keeping silent in your mind and quiet in your heart. Realized people are very quiet.”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj


Pray

July 18, 2016

Man cannot achieve anything by himself. There is only one thing to be done – pray to God and pray unceasingly. Thus we may get rid of the ego altogether and remember that God alone is true, that He alone is the real. Then only we can be freed from the clutches of ego and ignorance.

– Swami Chidananda


Nirodha

July 18, 2016

You know if a particular muscle is not exercised, it shrinks and becomes atrophied. Just like that, the physical action of the mind becomes atrophied. So a habit is formed. If a thought comes, the mind goes to the action constantly checking the senses, and this habit acts as a sort of Nirodha. Nirodha means something that checks.

Swami Chidananda


Evil Actions

July 17, 2016

We have found how external discipline is very necessary, because it has got a very great influence on the mind. If evil thoughts arise in the mind, the duty would be to inhibit the actions which come as their result.

Swami Chidananda


As If Driven By Force

July 16, 2016

A few days ago I read this in the Bhagavad Gita:

“Arjuna said: What is it that impels a man to commit sin, even involuntarily, as if driven by force, O Varshneya? (3.36)

“The Blessed Lord said: It is desire, it is anger, born of rajo-guna, all-consuming and most evil. Know this to be the enemy here on earth. (3.37)”

It occurred to me that this is Yin and Yang. Desire is Yin. Anger is Yang. They are two sides of the same coin.

I am wondering if all intense desire (such as addiction) originates from anger.

According to JD the origin of emotional imbalance is misperception. Yang is the mind and perception. Yin is the heart and feeling. So problems start with Yang and are solved by Yin.

Misperceived experiences create impressions in the mind. They are fixed points that are stamped into the psyche. Fixed points are Yang: singular, unchanging, and without options to move. Yin is flexible, changing, and has multiple options to move.

So the solvent for fixed points is Yin. A fixed point by nature is hot, angry, intense, painful and demanding, but it is unable to express itself. Yin arises spontaneously to dissipate that energy. However, if Yin doesn’t have the capacity to stand the heat, then it takes the line of least resistance and may express it in the form of addictive behaviour: alcohol, drugs, work, food, sex, etc.

My thoughts haven’t been around how Yin expresses the energy, more about how Yin dissolves the fire of Yang and finally solves the problem.

It seems to me that Yin has two main aspects: feeling (inner) and relationship (outer). So the first avenue for dissolving the fire of Yang is simply to feel the energy and let it dissipate. This is most effective when the energy is subtle.

If the energy is too strong then the solution appears to be relationship, ie finding and applying the opposite – a kind of match-making. Finding the antidote is like cracking a safe – it requires listening very carefully until you hear the click. This is when the DM, OM, Integra Protocol, Great Discovery and similar methods come in.

If the fiery Yang energy is still too strong, as in the case with many addictions, then Yin cycles back to feeling – but on a grosser level. This is where methods like Somatic Experiencing are great – letting the energy dissipate and shake out through the body.

Finally if the inner charges are not resolved within then they become manifest without in the form of circumstances and people. Yin switches from feeling to relationship and the energy is played out externally with others, rather than being dissolved internally.

It seems to me that the power behind compulsive behaviour is anger. Without it the desire alone would not “impel a man to commit sin, even involuntarily, as if driven by force.” A big desire without big anger – wouldn’t that be like a one-sided magnet? Thwarted desire often seems to be accompanied by anger.

If you have any thoughts about whether anger is the origin of addiction and compulsive behavior, then please let me know.