Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The ego, the desire, the beliefs and enlightenment by Atman Nityananda


The ego, the desire, the beliefs and enlightenment
 by Atman Nityananda

The ego and the negative emotions are not a creation of beliefs. The negative emotions and the false beliefs are a creation of the ego and the ignorance.

The ego is a set of several disorders (vital, emotional and mental) such as lust, gluttony, anger, greed, fear, disappointment, impatience, envy, hatred etc. These psychological disorders are directly related to lust and desire which are modified sexual energy crystallized in our energy field and the mind.

The ego has two main branches, desire and pride. All other branches of the ego are related to these main branches.
 
 The ego in its various forms uses the mind (thinking capacity and other skills of the mind), the body, the prana and energy to enjoy pleasure and feel superior or special.

Lust and desire for pleasure through the senses whose main expressions are lasciviousness, gluttony, lust for drinks and other substances, greed for money and possessions, power, etc., and envy.

Their sons and among many are like-dislike, attraction-aversion, anger, hatred, fear, disappointment, depression, impatience, anxiety, discontentment and dissatisfaction, lack of fulfillment.

When we entertain sexual thoughts, these thoughts are triggered and feeded by lasciviousness. Lasciviousness uses these lustful thoughts to enjoy sexual pleasure. This is clearest in the dreams. The ego of lasciviousness uses the mind during sleep and creates sexual forms and sexual imaginations to experience sexual pleasure.

Pride is related to the superiority, inferiority, self-esteem, self-image, specialty, self-importance, insecurity, fear, anger, hatred, and is also related to desire. Pride uses the power, the money, the bodily, mental and emotional capabilities, the possessions, positions, in order to feel better, special or higher.
When something impede the expression of Pride and desire they assume the form of anger, hate, fear, anxiety, insecurity, anxiety, etc.

The processes by which the ego functions are the identification, projection, superimposition, association and imagination and the qualities that support these processes are the gunas rajas and tamas.

All these disorders together consist what we call ego or selfishness. Therefore the ego in us is not a singularity but a plurality.
This pluralistic ego is identified with the body, thoughts, emotions and the objects.
The egoic energies is ego  (lust, anger, envy, greed, greed, fear, greed, lust, hatred, etc.) and the qualities (gunas) Rajas and Tamas hypnotize the mind (Buddhi and Manas).

The impure or egoic mind is asleep and identifies with the external and internal forms and therefore it is incapable to perceive the light of consciousness which shines eternally, and realize that the consciousness is its source and that it (the mind) is identical with consciousness.

When the mind, by ceaseless practice becomes free from the egoic  energies and the gunas rajas and tamas and
becomes pure and sattvic, then by Self-enquiry or meditation merges with its source, the consciousness.In this state of total union man becomes God and God becomes man, the two become a perfect unity in the deepest sense.

This is enlightenment, this is liberation, this is the divinization (apotheosis) of man.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

IS THERE ENLIGHTENMENT? - ARE WE ALREADY ENLIGHTENED? by Atman Nityananda


IS THERE ENLIGHTENMENT? - ARE WE ALREADY ENLIGHTENED? 
 by Atman Nityananda

Are we already enlightened?
Of course we are not already enlightened. The Self or Atman (consciousness) which is our true identity is already enlightened but this does not mean that we as human beings are already enlightened.

Is there enlightenment and what is enlightenment?

Of course there is enlightenment. But enlightenment is neither for the ego nor for consciousness that is already enlightened.

The enlightenment is for the mind and the mind attains enlightenment when it becomes pure, sattvic and free from ego.

When the mind becomes pure, sattvic and totally free from all egoic energies, desires, the Iness and Mineness then the mind reaches the state of enlightenment and becomes identical with consciousness.

Consciousness needs a tool to be aware of itself and experience the peace and the bliss that are their innate qualities and also to express its wisdom and creativity creating this universe.

And this instrument is the human mind. The minds of the animals do not have this ability because they have the higher part called Buddhi.

When the mind is impure (rajasotamásic) creates in us the illusory identity of ego, and the identification with body. The impure mind is extroverted and constantly identifies with the sense objects experiencing pleasure and pain.

When the mind through various spiritual practices and meditation becomes pure and sattvic then stops to identify with objects and naturally seeks its origin (consciousness) to experience the eternal bliss of the spirit.

The pure mind easily meditates on its source (consciousness) and by constant meditation finally merges in it and acquires the nature of consciousness.
When the mind is united completely with consciousness, the ego and all its forms dissolve completely and this ilumimated mind radiates light, love, peace and the bliss of the spirit. This mind is an enlightened mind.

The man who has attained enlightenment is free from all suffering, free from the law of karma and reincarnation.
He constantly enjoys eternal peace and bliss.

Peace, Love, Harmony


Friday, July 24, 2015

What is enlightenment and how we can achieve it? by Atman Nityananda



What is enlightenment and how we can achieve it?
by Atman Nityananda

When the mind becomes pure and sattvic, that is to say free from egoic energies, rajas and tamas gunas, awakens and merges with its source, consciousness. In this state of total union man becomes God and God becomes man, the two become a perfect unity in the deepest sense. This is enlightenment, this is liberation, this is the divinization (apotheosis) of human being.

The liberation of the mind of egoic energies and self-realization neither happen by chance nor are products of inertia.

The idea that we can dissolve these energies and achieve enlightenment doing nothing is a misconception. Neither the body can survive by doing nothing. It is necessary to put food in our mouth, chew it and swallow it.

Changing erroneous beliefs is an important step to dissolve the egoic energies but it is not enough to get it.

Of course, spirituality does not mean accumulating knowledge in the mind or acquire something from outside.

Spirituality is something 100% practical. It is the purification and transformation of the mind (thinking mind, emotional mind and intellect), and the  purification and transformation of prana and sexual energy.

Besides purification, it is necessary to create balance and harmony in all levels of our existence. It is necessary to increase the sattva guna, the ojas, the prana and the tejas and transform the sexual energy. It is necessary to control the senses and the mind, to stop the mind wander and identify with thoughts, emotions, objects, body and stop forgetting our Beingness.

It is also true that there is not a spiritual path for all. There are actually as many ways as humans. Each one according to his maturity, his mental constitution, his experiences and his needs follows its own unique way.

In short, to achieve enlightenment it is necessary follow a sattvic life oriented in spirituality, not in theory but in practice.
It takes a lot of consistent practice, determination, sincerity, courage, faith, self-confidence, dedication and most of all a burning longing to realize the truth.

Peace, Love, Harmony