Awareness and Observation

Upadesha on "Wisdom's Path." All states of consciousness already exist. There is just one mind. Pure awareness does not change. Judge your observance. Thought and observation. Observe from the quiet mind; access intuition. Superconscious, subsuperconscious and subconscious; through meditation realize profound answers on mystical subjects.

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Guru brahma, guru vishnu, guru devo maheshwaraha guru sakshat para brahma tasmai sri gurave namah.

Tomorrow starts Chapter Six in "Merging With Siva, Wisdom's Path"

"To the awakened mystic, there is only one mind. There is no 'your mind' and 'my mind,' just one mind, finished, completed in all stages of manifestation. Man's individual awareness flows through the mind as the traveler treads the globe. Just as the free citizen moves from city to city and country to country, awareness moves through the multitude of forms in the mind."

Well that's an interesting concept to ponder. "Just one mind, finished, completed in all stages of manifestation." So, we don't usually look at it like that. When it comes to the mind and various states of consciousness that we experience, we tend to see one state evolving or changing into another. We don't tend to see it this way where all states of consciousness always exist. You also tend to think of it as we create the state of consciousness, before we get into the sense of striving or sitting in meditation, striving real hard in the sense that we have to create this deep state of consciousness. We strive hard enough, we're bound to create it. But it already exists, that's the point. All states of consciousness always exist, so, we don't have to create anything by effort of the will. In fact, an effort of the will can obscure a subtle state of consciousness. The mere idea of striving hard is a certain motion in the mind which can cover up something that's subtle. So, taking this idea, it's already there; we just have to find it. Don't have to create it. All states of consciousness are already there; we just have to find it, or relax into it, or figure out how to get from one place to another to another and there it is.

There is no your mind and my mind. So we also tend to do that. We see people and we label them: I like this person, I don't like that person, this person is this way, that person is that way. We're not really seeing things accurately; there's just the mind and we can all experience whatever part of it we choose to, or life chooses for us, if we don't make our own choices. Very clearly it's just the mind, so, one person's mind isn't different than another person's mind. Someone, that's why a guru can understand things clearly because there's only one mind. It's like watching children grow up. You know, we're not all different. There's a certain similarity there. You know, when you're six years old you do things one way; when you're twelve years old you're quite different. Why? Because there's only one mind, there's one pattern and everyone follows along in a similar way to a large degree, particularly in growing up. Where we get more differentiation is after, if we are grown up and what we do at that point. But the process of growing up shows very nicely the different ages and what kids naturally do at different ages, how there's just one mind. There's not your mind and my mind.

"Before we meditate, we view the cycles of our life and erroneously conclude that the mind changes, that it evolves. We view joy one moment, and despair the next and, because we feel so different in these states, assume we have changed. We grow up and look back on our childhood and again see the appearance of change. Through meditation, however, we observe that we have not changed at all. Awareness becomes our real identity, and it is pure and changeless. It was the same at seven years of age as it is today. It is the same in happiness as it is in sadness. Pure awareness cannot change. It is simply aware. Therefore, you are right now the totality of yourself. You never were different, and you never will be. You are perfect at this very moment. Change is only a seeming concept created through false identification with the experiences we have in various areas of the one mind."

So that's an interesting meditation; the idea of finding that which hasn't changed. We were talking about growing up, so what is it that was the same in us at six years of age, twelve years of age, eighteen years of age and where we are today? It's our awareness. It hasn't changed. So, finding that which is the same is an interesting meditation.

There's a famous meditation among the Maharishis: "Who Am I?" mediation. So an interesting, it relates to this. Normally, you say: I am this, and I am that, I am six years old, I am twelve years old, I am happy, I am sad, I am here in Kauai, I am somewhere else. You always add something after I am, right? But if you can go: "I am" and thump, keep going you know; instead of "I am here" just say: "I am" then you're looking at awareness. So, that's one answer to the question: "Who am I?" we're awareness, we're the experiencer we're not what we experience and we don't change. Just the idea here, we only think we change because of the: "False identification with the experiences we have in various areas of the one mind."

"Everything in the world and everything in the mind is as it should be, in a perfect state of evolution. Superconsciously, we can clearly see this through the eyes of our soul. When looking at it through the instinctive-intellectual mind, we don't see this perfection. It is as if we have blinders on both sides of our eyes, like a donkey. The carrot of desire dangles right in front of our nose when we are in the instinctive-intellectual mind, and we are going after it, step at a time, step at a time, with our blinders on. We have to go in and in and in and reach an expanded state of awareness and gain the mountaintop consciousness where we perceive that there is no injustice in the world. There is not one wrong thing. All is in perfect order and rhythm in Siva's cosmic dance."

So, we talked about that a few weeks ago, that idea that everything is perfect. So, a lot of our frustrations in life come because we're not able to accept conditions as they are. We want them to be different. Usually we want other people to be different, right? Cause we're always just fine. There're the ones that are messed up. So we want other people to be different; we want them to relate to us differently. And because of that we're frustrated. And the frustration is a disturbance in the mind. The opposite of this point of view, which is the ability to accept people and conditions as they are. Doesn't mean we don't want to make them better, but, it means we're not frustrated by the way they are. The way they are makes sense to us. OK this is the way it should be, it shouldn't be different. Particularly, when difficulties come our way it can be hard to accept this is the way it should be. It's easier when good fortune comes our way, right? Open the mail and there's a big check somehow. Bonus from work. Oh this is great. But you know, get a big bill in the mail, whoops. Hard to think that things are perfect, but, either way they are and everything is the way it is because of what's been set in motion in the past. So, our big opportunity is in how we create the future by how we live in the present. That present is there but it's much more limited and it's harder. But, the ability to create the future, we have total flexibility there. We create the future how we want to by how we live in the present.

"Should we acquire the ability to identify as the experiencer instead of the experience, the true and valid nature of awareness and its patterns of movement in the mind become evident. We see the mind as a total manifestation, containing all of the past and future evolutions in the eternal now. The mind is vast in its combinations of time, space and form. It contains every vibration, from subtle to gross. Awareness is free to travel in the mind according to our knowledge, our discipline and our ability to detach from the objects of awareness and see ourselves as the experience of awareness itself. (Thank you.) This explains many of the so-called mysteries of life."

So that's a, expands our concept even more. So, everything that will be in the future has to exist in the present, in the mind. The computer that will be designed and created twenty years from now has to already exist. So will be the same. Nothing doesn't exist. It's just found in the mind. Have to go to the place in the mind where it already exists. And so they're the same. "We see the mind as a total manifestation, containing all of the past and future evolutions in the eternal now." So some people, that's how they can predict the future; they just go to where the future is. You know, it's not that distinct from the present to them, they have the ability to go and look at something in the future for it exists in the mind.

"There are people with the ability to look back into the past and ahead to the future accurately and in detail. That feat is understood clearly in the light of awareness traveling through the mind. Comes like a just spring. The entire mind exists right now -- past and future included. These psychically talented individuals have trained their awareness to flow into areas of the mind that are unavailable to the average person. They go into the mind itself to view these phenomena. Similarly, ESP, mind-reading and other mystical wonders are illumined by the knowledge that there is only one mind, and all phases of it are open to the spiritually awakened person."

Well, we just commented on that. Sometimes you do that, you know it's coming up so you simply.

"Observation is the first faculty to appear in the awakening of the superconscious regions. Observation, when perceptively performed, is cultivated by abstinence from excessive talk. Talk dissipates the energies of the aura and of the vital body of man. A mystic generally does not talk very much, for his intuition works through reason, but does not use the processes of reason. Any intuitive breakthrough will be quite reasonable, but it does not use the processes of reason. Reason takes time. Superconsciousness acts in the now. All superconscious knowing comes in a flash, out of the nowhere. Intuition is more direct than reason, and far more accurate. Therefore, the mystic does not ask many questions or enter into lengthy conversations."

So this is an important point, observation. A good way of judging your observation is to go walking with a child. Say a child would be seven to ten years old, you would know better than I. But, before the intellect really turns on a lot in the child; a child is extremely observant. Will point out things, you know: "What's this, what's that?" that you don't even see. How can that be? You know the child's more observant than you are. Shouldn't you be more observant than the child, you know? Isn't this an ability which improves with age? You would think so, right? You can out-reason the child but you can't out, usually don't out observe a child. Why is that? Well, it's because we have thoughts going on in our head. We're thinking more than children are. So, that thought, part of our awareness goes into our thoughts. We're not seeing with a hundred percent of our faculties. We're seeing with maybe fifty percent of our faculties and fifty percent are wrapped up in the thoughts to some degree. But the child isn't thinking, hasn't turned that on yet, very much, and so one hundred percent of awareness is in observation. Well, it's a very interesting practice; judge your observance.

So, what is the key? Well the key is not to think unnecessarily. We don't want the mind going all the time. And one of the ways of harnessing that is by harnessing our speech. Speech is more evident than thinking. So therefore, it's easier to harness our speech and so keyword here is excessive talk. Abstinence from excessive talk, not abstinence from talk. Well abstinence from talk is OK but, you know, on special occasions. But, social conversation is, it's part of life, in otherwise, it creates tension. You don't say, you don't say enough you know, it creates a tension. So, excessive talk is just rambling on unnecessarily about frivolous things. It's, as Gurudeva points out, it dissipates our energy. The energy could go higher into more creative thinking, well into intuition. If we excessively talk we're using it at a fairly mundane level. We're using up a lot of energy and if we talk excessively it also means we think excessively. So likewise, if we back up on excessive talk, we back up on excessive thinking and we become more observant. Where our mind becomes quieted. So, that's the important thing. We need to be observant to experience intuition. Intuition is there, but, there's too much distraction, there's too much noise going on in out head immediately to identify it. So, it's like a, you know, a radio that's always on but it's turned very low. So, to hear it when you get relaxed, you have to get rid of all the other noise, all right. You say: "Oh, there it is. I like that sound, I like that song." Trying to hear it when all the other noise goes away so that's like intuition. It's on but it's quiet. It's easily covered up by the other noise that's going on inside of us, so therefore we need to quiet down enough to hear it and then it's there. [laughing thrush contributes song]

"Ponder over this and apply it to yourself."

So, written one more point. "Therefore the mystic does not ask many questions or enter into lengthy conversations." Why is that? Well, the mystic is trying to get a deeper answer than reason would give. Trying to understand something in a profound way. So, if you would throw it out into reason, we can stop the process. In other words, if you want an answer to something and you ask someone to give it to you, you would stop the process, right? You're not going to keep thinking about it, normally, unless you don't like the answer. You know you say: "That sounds reasonable." But, if you want the most profound answer on a mystical subject you'd have to get it from your own intuition. So, that's what this is saying, you're asking yourself the question. And therefore, you don't end up in a lot of lengthy conversations; you're asking yourself the question and trying to find the answer in meditation, which can take a while. For most people intuition is delayed. It's not instantaneous. You ask the question, you don't instantaneously get the answer. Most people don't, they ask the question, they might get the answer in a few days or in a few hours. Throw the question in the subconscious, let it bounce around a while and the answer can come. Gurudeva calls that subsuperconscious. Superconscious working through the subconscious is not immediate. Superconscious is immediate. You ask the question, you get an answer. Subsuperconscious is a time delay. Sometimes the same principle you were looking at before relates to what we're trying too hard. The answer's right there in front of us but we're trying too hard. So, this kind of practice works well on something that's black and white, you know. Something that's right or wrong. Such as mathematics or logic or something. Trying to solve a problem and you can't solve it. You go away, come back in fifteen minutes and the answer's self-evident. Well, what was going on? Well you were trying too hard. The mere act of trying was blocking the answer from coming. So, that can happen. So, sometimes the best way to find an answer is to take a walk or something. Come back, try again. You know, regroup. So, we're not taught that though. We're taught, you just push ahead. Use our willpower; we can solve this. But if the willpower doesn't work, then take a break and relax; maybe the answer will come to you afterwards. So that's superconscious.

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You have only to quiet all things of the mind to realize your identity with the eternity of God Siva, the Spirit, the eternal Self within you.