Accept the fact that you are a superconscious being. Be more silent and observing. Observation, 'liim' in Shum, is to look out through the two physical eyes into the two and three dimensional world. The Mahadevas of the third world are in a state of 'tyemmuif' during the intensity of a puja. The screen between worlds becomes tight and therefore you can see through it. When awareness is steadied, balikana, the light without images can be seen. When balikana is sustained in a state without thinking, prolonged awareness, only aware of itself, you are in a state of milinaka, the concentrated bliss of 'kaif.'
Master Course Trilogy, Merging with Siva, Lesson 39
Gurudeva's Shum-Tyeif Tyeshum
Good morning everyone.
Talk this morning is based on Merging with Siva, Chapter 6, Wisdom's Path, Lesson 39:
"The Power of Observation
"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.
"Ponder over this and apply it to yourself. Take this into yourself and feel it is for you. Do not feel it is being shared with you to simply know more about the mind and its processes. Apply it to yourself, for you are on the spiritual path toward merger with Siva. Begin to feel that observation is one of your finest faculties, one that you most cherish. It is the first faculty of the awakening of your superconscious. Mentally say to yourself many times, 'I have good observation. Therefore, I am superconscious.' This will help you to program your subconscious to accept the fact that, yes, you are a superconscious being, not a temporal being that is only on this planet a short span of years and then disappears forever. Remember, your powers of observation are cultivated by abstinence from excessive talk. That is all you have to do to begin with--be more silent and observing, not wasting or dissipating this most vital power. Some people on the spiritual path cannot wait to talk about their meditations even before they come out of them. They really should stop doing this. It lessens their vital energies and proves to perceptive people that they are not superconscious beings."
I looked up the Shum word for observation and it relates first to glance, view or glimpse: 'liim' Glance, view or glimpse; to look out through the two physical eyes into the two and three dimensional world.
Then we get the observation:
'Jiliim': Being attentive at all times, practicing observation, the first soul quality.
So, that's our Shum word: 'jiliim'.
A related idea to observation: "... when perceptively performed, is cultivated by abstinence from excessive talk..." Gurudeva doesn't develop this in that particular lesson but develops it elsewhere.
"A second way of cultivating observation is by abstinence from excessive thinking."
Gurudeva develops this idea in the first of the 54 mambashum. So he starts talking about: 'Tyemmuif'.
"'Tyemmuif is a sixth-dimensional monogram through which we find the spiritual practice that should be performed constantly throughout our life. Tyemmuif clearly names the state one is in when looking at the exterior world and simultaneously into the sub-second, second and third worlds as deeply as one can, depending on his sadhana well-performed."
And there is a parenthetical definition:
"The sub-second world is the part of the second world that borders the first world.
"The Mahadevas of the third world are in a state of tyemmuif during the intensity of a puja when the screen of the sub-second world is stretched tight and they can look into the first world..."
It's a important idea that puja, during the puja, the screen becomes tight and therefore you can see through it.
"... The individual is in a state of tyemmuif who, with eyes open, reminisces just having had a vision of a deva in the second world or a Mahadeva in the third world. This state of seeing inwardly and externally simultaneously is one which this particular sixth-dimensional monogram names. It is difficult to remain in a state of tyemmuif for long periods of time if niimf has become externalized into insamf, indaf, or indamf states." (Which we don't have time to explain this morning.)
"Nimrehnimling and Sikamchacha
"Nimrehnimling, a portrait of the fourth dimension, a realm within the sub-second world, is a most important experience to understand. Nimrehnimling is an experience directly related to tyemmuif. While looking within, looking back into the head with the eyes slightly opened (in a state of tyemmuif), we see pictures within the mind. The light that lights these pictures, making them visible is nimrehnimling.
"Looking into the sub-second world, into the fourth dimension of the mind, is an experience that everyone has often throughout their day. Any form of thought from those aspects of the first world of desires and fantasies promoted by the individual personality creates pictures in the mind in this fourth dimension. These pictures are clearly seen, illuminated by the light called nimrehnimling. The pictures themselves are called sikamchacha, which is also a fourth-dimensional sub-second world portrait.
"Our desires and fantasies take their expression through sikamchacha uu nimrehnimling. The portrait 'uu' when used between two portraits, such as sikamchacha and nimrehnimling, binds them together or shows that they are interrelating one with another, creating a single concept. Thus we have sikamchacha, mental images, flowing through the field of nimrehnimling, the light. Nimrehnimling is not a mystical experience; it is an area quite natural to all persons in all states of consciousness, as is sikamchacha."
Okay. Now, we're getting to the point, the next one:
"Balikana is the name of the of the light without sikamchacha, images. When awareness is steadied through the control of prana by means of the cross-breathing pranayama--in one nostril and out the other--the currents in the body of the first world, the astral body of the second world, as well as the mental body, become so harmonized, so steadied, that balikana can be seen.
"When you have succeeded in removing all sikamchacha and are seeing nothing but a moon-like glow where the mental pictures (sikamchacha) used to be, this is called balikana. Balikana is another name for the same light of the mind seen while experiencing the state of tyemmuif when sikamchacha, mental pictures, are not present. Nimrehnimling names the same light when sikamchacha is present. The portrait milinaka names the same light, balikana, experienced over a long period of time.
"The state of kaif, easily, can easily be attained through first obtaining balikana, then prolonging it to milinaka. Then awareness will naturally be aware of itself as you sit in the concentrated bliss of kaif."
I stuck in the definition of 'milinaka' which is:
Balikana sustained over a long period of time; when balikana is seen as a natural state all through the day, you are in a state of milinaka.
You may be wondering exactly how you would function through the day without thinking, in a state of milinaka. Many things are done through the day without thinking about them. You ingest/digest your food. You perform various duties through habit once they have been well learned. When driving an automobile, you have to think to learn how to drive. Later it becomes automatic to you. In fact, for sikamchacha (mental pictures) to come unbidden across nimrehnimling is a 'disease.' It is like an itch that always needs scratching. 'The more you scratch, the more it itches.' One should only create sikamchacha when there is definite subject matter one chooses to think about. Sikamchacha uu nimrehnimling is not the natural inner state of man.
So all of that is Gurudeva's way of explaining for a mystic, we don't want to always be thinking. Thinking is something we should turn on and off just like a computer. Computers are a useful tool if you use it only when you need to use it to do something. But if you're kind of stuck in all day, exploring this and that at random, then it's ramifying the mind. Whereas as a tool it can help you do things more efficiently.
So we turn it on, we do something and then we turn it off. Likewise we want to look at our thinking process as the same thing. There's no reason to have it turned on if we don't need it to analyze something. Otherwise we keep it turned off and through a state of tyemmuif looking within and without simultaneously we see the natural light of the mind which in Shum is called balikana.
Thank you very much.