What is the Soul? The veil of maya on the consciousness consists of three layers. When we attain this vision, we destroy the veil of Maya or illusion. Practice aims to draw back the veils that shroud this space. Maya can be realized only after the heart-knot is released” Tavistock Institute . Part 126
What is the Soul?
The soul is the entity in the body, which fire cannot burn, weapons can not cut, water can not make wet & air can not make dry. Saying one is eternal means one was there from the beginning of creation; he is here now and will be here in the future too. He is immutable, unmoved and unchanged.
Though we are a part of the Universal Soul, we are acting like good actors in this worldly stage, playing the role of people in suffering and distress under the veil of Maya or ignorance. The difference between the Individual soul (Jivatma) and the Universal Soul (Paramatma) lies in the fact that Paramatma is free from all sins and bindings generated out of this ignorance and bondage.
Bodily Pleasure and Salvation.
The intellect of the person who is not attached with the Universal Soul, is not definite. It means his intellect is directionless and averse to the path of Yoga. His/her mind is full of desires and cannot perceive the Divine Light. The mind of this person is always restless, always full of thoughts of desire and lust. Such a restless mind cannot bring bliss. The Aantarjagat (internal world) becomes covered with a dark cloud because of the veil, and the Divine Light cannot manifest. To overcome this, self-control is very much required. Otherwise it is very difficult to control the outward senses. Without this, there will be no progress on the spiritual path.
Expectations cause many problems. There is no end to expectations. Once fulfilled, another expectation begins. The process is never ending. One does not take shelter in one’s good thoughts because of attraction towards bodily pleasures. One cannot easily forget the bodily pleasure and if he/she sees anything which can give bodily pleasure, one’s lust gets ignited.
The Sadhak knows in his heart that bodily pleasures result in death. In spite of that he continues to try to get hold of these bodily pleasures. At this point, self-determination is a must. Also, it is required to practice Kriya following strict discipline. If one practices Kriya following strict discipline and with self-determination, he/she will be free from this cycle of birth and death forever.
Satya, Rajo, and Tamo Gunas (Three types of effects on the mind)
Our mind is always ruled by one of the three Gunas i.e. Satya, Rajo and Tamo. For this reason, one or another type of desire is always occupying our mind.
The veil of maya on the consciousness consists of three layers, which conform to its three gunas (attributes; satva, rajas and tamas). The consciousness is conditioned by maya’s three qualities into three different forms as satvic, rajasic and tamasic.
The Sanskrit word Upanishad translates roughly as “instruction received at the feet of the master.” The writings known collectively as “The Upanishads” are important spiritual treatises (the oldest were written between 800 and 400 B.C.E.) that underlie the Hindu faith. These teachings are based upon the belief that reality can only be experienced as the unity of Atman (the eternal spark within each being) and Brahman (the universal transcendent). When we attain this vision, we destroy the veil of Maya or illusion. The study which leads to this liberation is called Yoga.
When we attain this vision, we destroy the veil of Maya or illusion. Practice aims to draw back the veils that shroud this space.
Because Sansara is the bustle of the world ; it is full not their eyes are covered with the veil of Maya. The veil of maya makes us feel our own.
The Concept of ‘Maya’, Illusion We are all bubbles in the foam and waves of the cosmic ocean of the universe and, as such, our whole existence is a ‘make-believe’ world or magic. What all we perceive is just an image on the screen, on the retina. Remove the screen the objects disappear.
This Mind is ‘Maya’, the illusion that brings about further creation of perishable and futile objects that further covers our pure consciousness. This Mind cannot overcome ‘Maya’, the illusion since the mind itself is maya, the illusion. It cannot eliminate itself. Hence, one should have a clear sense of the world he lives in and strive for understanding the `Sat’ or the truth. This is the path of redemption from cycle of births and deaths.
Maya is Anadi-Santam (beginning-less but has the end) only for the Jnani who has the knowledge of the Sel. Maya can be realized only after the heart-knot is released. Unless one is fit from mamata and attachment maya cannot be realised. It is very difficult to realize the Maya and once Maya is realized there exists no world or sansar for the released one, the `Jnyani’.
The goal of life is to; stilling the mind. It is quietening the mind and stopping its vibration. When the vibrations that cause china vrittis cease, automatically, the mind comes to rest. This is the right state of mind to transcend time and space by contemplation. But this is not an easy task. The mind is ever active and, the mind and the senses always search for new thrill and excitement and the intensity and velocity of vibrations increase
Attaining Self is the means of breaking this cycle of life and be liberated into freedom. Only the Self is capable of controlling the mind since the Self is the master of the Mind. Contemplating on Mind in dhyan and meditation is the right way to control the mind.
“Maya can be realized only after the heart-knot is released”.
Open the heart knot with meditation and mantras There is a subtle knot of the ego holding us back from fully opening to our divinity. It is in our subtle bodies at the heart—a knot of separation from the divine. The knot is called Vishnu granthi. Vishnu is the Hindu God of Maintenance. This symbolically reflects our tendency to want to hold onto status quo, not allowing old modes of thinking and being to dissolve to create new ones. It binds the ego to doer-ship and attachment to the physical realm, attachment to compassion and to alleviation of suffering. There is nothing wrong with that; however, as we evolve, we understand that challenges and suffering are for our expansion. We learn to allow a person’s soul journey to occur by stepping back and not engaging so actively in being their saviour: preventing, relieving or fixing. We become a ‘compassion master’ with support and love. Our egos like to ‘do’ and ‘control’, whereas unravelling the knot is surrendering to God—to the divine inside us and allowing each person to have their full experience.
Its energy regenerates every cell, filling it with light, dissolves all negativities, misunderstandings, clears the heart; unravels the heart knot and breaks the bondage of ego identification.
The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it. As long the mind is in power and the heart knot is closed the ego will design a world that´s fits the ego and it will enslave everyone into its Matrix. The ego use the five senses to feed the mind with ego-control-information that strenghten separation, creates division in the mind, and feeding it with ignorance, feeding it with fear based “news”. Everything on Earth is basically a design to keep mankind in a state of low vibrational frequencies within a Matrix, and prevent everyone to pierce the knot of the heart.
The goal is to; untie the heart-knot and clear it of obstructions.
There is no direct, permanent, or public access to the divine. Each destiny has a unique curvature and must find its own spiritual belonging and direction. Individuality is the only gateway to spiritual potential and blessing. The heavens will always speak to man on earth. For it is the established order of creation, that life and light should descend from the higher to the lower, from the interior to the external, from the inner to the outer circles of existence.
This saying by a famous Indian mystic clearly demonstrates the gap between the “ rational ” mind and the loving heart.
Healing the mind takes place in two ways : In the first , we bring attention to the content of our thoughts and learn to redirect them
“The deepest you is the nothing inside, the side which you don’t know. Don’t be afraid of nothing.” —Alan Watts
The unseen is the uneatable ones and the secluded one is the lord, the almighty, the healer for all wounds. The invisible sees and knows everything your life consists of, because the appearance is such a beautiful bliss. Nothing can separate you from it, only the secluded one can limit your days of reality.
The goal is to; untie the heart-knot and clear it of obstructions.
Primitive and ancient seers most likely would not agree with Meier (1989) that “Western man seems to be roughly on the level of the Anahata.” In fact the Pueblo Amerindian’s criticism of the White Man, referred to by Meier, seems to make precisely this point — that the White Man is not on the level of the anahata, but more or less over and against it in a pathological detach-ment from the natural seat of the soul in the body. The Western White Man is fixated in immaturity— i.e., acting as an ignorant fool whose “…heart fretteth against the Lord” (Mal 1:9). That is, Western psychology is caught up in a swoon produced by the romantic dream that, as a result of virtuous seeking and/or intellectual understanding.
In the Tibetan Vajrayan path of Tantric Buddhism the “Fulfillment Stage” required knowledge of how to immerse oneself in existentiality.
It has been said that all understanding in the Fulfillment Stage must stem from immersion in one’s existentiality, which must take place mainly in the heart focal point. This is because the essential feature of the Fulfillment Stage, the realization of both the apparitional existence and the radiant light … depends on unraveling the “knots” in the heart [Guenther, 1971, p. 142].
The “knots” of the heart were unraveled by loosening them, not by attempt-ing to tie them in different ways, as so many modern individuals, engaged in the unguided pursuit of short-cuts to enlightenment through “religious disciplines” purveyed in eclectic cults, seem determined to do. In the ancient Indian religious traditions the heart is clearly an essential way-station on the path toward enlightenment, its importance varying among traditions but its pivotal role remaining intact.
The “knots” of the heart were unraveled by loosening them, not by attempting to tie them in different ways. as so many modern individuals. engaged in the unguided pursuit of short-cuts to enlightenment through “religious disciplines” purveyed in eclectic cults. seem determined to do. In the ancient Indian religious traditions the heart is clearly an essential way-station on the path toward enlightenment, its importance varying among traditions but its pivotal role remaining intact.
Muller-Ortega (1989) summarizes the early Indian discourse of the heart as follows:
Depending upon the context, views about the contents of the Heart vary. In the Vedic contexts, the soma is found in the Heart, along with visions, sounds. light, and liquids. which all either are contained in or flow from the Heart. In the Upanisadic texts. the Heart becomes the abode of atman, the Self. Because of the powerful equation between the atman and the Mailman, the Heart becomes a kind of interior universe, a repository of wholeness and completeness. This interior universe is referred to in the texts as the City of Brahman. In the Yoga-sutra. the Heart is in a sense demoted. Because of the total transcendence of the peruse demanded by the Samkhya-Yoga scheme, the Heart becomes the abode of the buddhi, the closest prakrtic counterpart to the atman. The curious fact about this entire process of change is that while new inflections of meaning continue to occur around the symbol. the older meanings do not fade totally from the scene. Instead they remain pres-ent in a subtly reinflected form Ipp. 74-5).
The reason the heart-soul did not and could not entirely disappear from these religious traditions was that it remained the experiential location of spiritual transformation, however that may have been defined and described.
Another reason why this experiential location remained central may be found in the Kundalini tradition which is based on differentiating the various locations of concentrated spiritual energy in the body. In the Indian psycho-biology of the Kundaiini the name of the heart cakra. the anahara-cakra, means the “unassailable” and this cakra is associated with the emergence of the Self or alma” (Meier, 1989): ‘Here, too, is the embodied anna (jivarma), like the tapering flame of a lamp” (Avalon, 1972, p. lxi). The anahata represents the element air, which in turn is represented by the lungs wherein the heart is embedded and the heart where the prana (breath) inspires the heart-soul.
After full enlighttment, there is no more birth and death. Total salvation is achieved.
Such is the nature of afflicted mind. This is due to ignorance that shrouds the Reality. Love dissipates when Man loses his sense of God. Extreme ego, identification with oneself in his body and mind and the earthly possessions makes him blind. It is this blindness that is the cause of all problems of life. Pure, unconditional love is associated with spirituality. Science and rationality know no love; and, love is a divine quality.