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.