The good, The bad and The Ugly

There were times when Mahabharata was the most loved television program. You could not stop watching without a blink of an eye. I loved watching all the characters the heroes and villains, they all have especial traits. We used to mimic all the characters esp. sakuni’s famous dialogue starting with Bhanje. I was pretty bad whilst my friends were awesome.

One particular day I had an urge to read the most loved book Bhagavad Gita. I wanted to know what does the war between kaurava and pandava signify. Is it only a war between good, bad and the ugly or does it have more then what I have perceived watching tv a long time ago in my childhood. I googled and found that there were many interpretations of Bhagavad Gita. After couple of research I chose Paramhansa Yogananda’s interpretation edited by his disciple swami kriyananda.

As you start going though the chapters you will find that you are actually exploring yourself( your consciousness) in a deeper level. Bhagavad Gita which is a part of Mahabharata is an allegory which is woven upon a history. It is said that the main characters in the story actually did live but most of the characters are inventions which symbolizes psychological traits and states of consciousness.
The main characters of Mahabharata are:

King Dhritarashtra – the blind mind
Sanjaya -introspection
Prince Duryodhana – king of material desires
Dronacharya – habits/ mental tendencies/ past samskaras(Dronachaya is the guru of both pandavas and kuravas i.e. the good and the bad guys. we all have the habits that are good and bad- the upward qualities and downward tendencies.)
Bhisma – ego identiy(he has a power to die only when he himself wills it and so is with the ego. You can only relinquish your ego willingly no any other human can help you.). The commander in chief of kurava is Bhisma and they do every thing to protect bhisma(ego identity).

Draupadi – Draupadi is fated to marry all five pandava brothers. The five brother stands for the five chakras in the spine. It signifies the kundalini’s union with each chakra.

Before the war starts krishna drives  his chariot to a  point between the two armies.  Arjuna sees he is fighting against his own family, teacher and friends and replies to krishna:

O Slayer of madhu and destroyer of Foes( Krishna)! How can I make war, shooting arrows[of concentration] against Bhishma[my own deep-seated ego-reality] and against Drona[my own “preceptor” of past tendencies, which have always defined me as I was ( and perhaps am)]? Those great warriors deserve (only my) respect and reverence! I would find even a life of begging preferable to slaying( these, my ancient and self defining realities), preceptors of all that I have ever been and known. Even if they are wrong, they have nevertheless been my teachers. What happiness could I find if, in seeking it, I (stooped so low as) to shed their blood?

And Krishna’s teaching goes on and on….  Finally I found all these characters live inside me-the good, the bad and the ugly 😛

Mind, No mind

I went to kriya yoga initiation program  taught by Shibendu Lahiri on April 2013. It is a kriya yoga in the Lahiri Mahashaya family tradition. Recently,  while cleaning my room I just found the pages of instruction that was given in the initiation program. It had 3 pages of instruction where the second page was talking about the mind and no mind. I thought  it would be worth sharing. It is just a copy paste from this particular section.

Four kind of religion of mind.

First is the product of ignorance

Ego does not accept its ignorance. Hence it asserts aggressively that whatever it knows, is the final and the highest. This breeds fanaticism, fundamentalism and all the blood-shed in the name of religion. Perhaps more blood has been shed in the name of religion than in any other name. This “religion” says that even war can be religious – the holy war, crusade, Jihad! If war is holy, then what is unholy? This perverted religion of the mind had destroyed man’s integrity by turning him against the wholeness of life, by provoking him to destroy life. Belief-systems of this religion of the mind are mere strategies to deceive mankind and to keep man perpetually miserable.

Second is the product of fear

All kinds of fear and guilt are introduced through myths, stories and surmises. Man is here only to be punished, to repent of “Original Sin”. The idea of hell is the final fear!

Third is the product of greed

All kinds of fancy, fantasy, expectation, hope, ambition, cravings and greed are generated to promote this kind of religion of the mind to keep man always in agitation and disturbance. The concept of heaven is the ultimate greed.

Fourth is the product of theology

All the thesis, anti-thesis, synthesis, all controversies and contradictions, all assertions and denials, all holy concepts and high-sounding phrases, all productions and postulates of the mind are nothing but pigs’ droppings.

There is no truth in all the above stated four kinds of religion of the mind

     Now let us try to understand the religion of “no-mind” in its three dimensions. This religiousness is only one, having three integral aspects. This deep religiousness removes all dark emotions and sentiments in the name of religion which are sick, ugly and nauseating. Mind corrupts you, “no-mind” (not mindlessness) corrects  you. You can misuse mind, but not “no-mind”.This religion of “no-mind” is the science of deprogramming our mind. It needs no prophets, saviors, popes, avatars, paramhansas, mahamandaleshwars,etc. Energy of understanding and intelligence is enough. Mind provides information, “no-mind” provokes transfarmation.

First dimension for the religiousness of “no-mind”

Sat-pure living- Atithi Bhava. that is to live with an attitude of a guest. We are all guests. No body is a permanent resident of this world. A guest lives without attachment, but with all sense of proportion. He does not cause any disorder in the living quality of life.

Second dimension for the religiousness of “no-mind”

Chit-pure consciousness-Sakshi Bhava. That is to exist as an witness, without choice, without converting the consciousness into a battleground of competing thoughts. An awareness in which equanimity is never compromised.

Third dimension for the religiousness of “no-mind”

Ananda-pure joy(not pleasure)- Sampati Bhava. That is to have emphasis on ending and not get caught in the trap of the cultivation of the opposites. The cultivated opposite of evil is not goodness. It is cunning calculation of the mind. Goodness flowers when evil is utterly ceased. When sorrow due to selfish cravings and wanting comes to an end as a consequence of the “no-mind” phenomenon, the bliss of anand is.