The meaning of the word “being” is endless. When using the expression, “I am” means, I am in a state of endlessness and not bound by anything. In that state the thoughts do not exist because they bind a person’s consciousness. In other words when no thoughts exist one is in a state of being without limit. Put yourself the question “who am I” not in the sense of ego but in the sense of just “who”. If the answer is, “I am Ram”. The answer is not correct, because the name Ram has been given to the body. The body is transitional and does not exist after a certain life period. Who is the other part? It is the part, which is no more in the body after the death. The answer then would be “a being”, in a state, which gives life to a human being. Every thing in the universe is in a state of “being”, which means a universal state. In Sanskrit language it is “ Aham Brahma Asmi” or I am the Brahma. Brahma means the universe. This is an expression for the existence of a state and the universe is in a state of existence or being.
A State of Being
Anything, living or nonliving is in a state of “being”. The living being possesses life and the nonliving thing has no life in it. Possessing life means, it carries on functions, which makes it a living being. It should be able to reproduce, to move, possess sense organs, possess brain to orient itself, to take nutrition and absorb oxygen from different sources like the air to produce energy out of the nutrition. This energy is needed for various purposes to keep it alve and replace parts lost due to wear and tear. The system for these functions is inbuilt in a living being, which works automatically for a limited period of life. Some of these functions take place unconsciously and others consciously. To be conscious of its existence the requirement is a system, which makes it aware of its surroundings. These requirements are the sense organs. The sense organs must be able to recognize the objects of a surrounding. The eyes fulfil a part of the requirements. Eyes alone are not enough to make a living being conscious of its surroundings. The surrounding is also full of sources of sound, smell, touch and the tastes. To sense these qualities specialised sense organs are required, which are the eyes, the ears, the nose, the skin and the tongue. The five qualities, sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are not constant. They keep on changing for which sensitiveness to differences are important. If these five qualities remained unchanged, the sensitiveness to differences would not be required. The sense organs would then remain in a primitive state of development. The state of being conscious would also remain primitive. The sense organs need the relationship to their surroundings. Only then their functions are complete to make the living being conscious of the self. If in a surrounding no material objects with their changing forms existed, then in spite of the nervous system and of the sense organs the living being will not be able to become conscious of its state. This would be a stupor state because it will have nothing to compare and also to itself.
It is not enough to have the specialised sense organs in a living being. The living being would still not be able to be conscious of its state without certain other conditions. Therefore, the other requirement is the development of a system to convey the impressions of the sense organs to a centralized place like brain, where the impressions of the five sense organs are collected and recognised. For this the nervous system to convey the impressions and the brain to receive them in order to recognise them are the other requirements.
In order to fulfil the conditions to become a full fledged conscious living being the first requirement is the development of nervous system before the sense organs begin to develop. The next requirement is the material surrounding to which it is able to relate itself. To the question, when does the soul enter the embryo? The answer would be, the development of the nervous system and the formations of sense organs and the existence of the material surroundings. The first two conditions, the nervous system and the sense organs begin a coordinated function. The coordinated function leads to a third state, the conscious state. With the development of consciousness the whole system becomes a conscious living being.
It is a general belief that everything, living or nonliving, possesses a soul. In this sense it would mean everything is in a state of being. Therefore, soul is a state of being. In order to be conscious of the surrounding and to be able to think a soul needs a nervous system, the sense organs and a body. In living being the soul is a life giving process. A life giving process depends upon a functioning system, which has its own existence. In the living being a functioning system consists of cell organisations. When the functioning system becomes unusable, the life giving process, the soul, separates from the system. This is known as death.
The soul after the death of a living being is without the means of sense organs, of nervous system and of the body. The soul is then in its own state of being.
In comparison a nonliving being lacks the conscious state towards the changes of its surroundings. The nonliving being simply exists in a state of being, which remains constant. The effect of time on the physical part of it moves only in one direction, which is disintegration.
The existence of “I”, the ego and also the metabolism in the body depends upon the living Being or the soul. The “I” or the ego on its own cannot even move a finger. The “I” has to request the living “Being” to fulfil its wishes. On its own it is helpless. The living Being is the one, who informs the “I” that it suffers with pain. Only then the “I” becomes aware of the pain and suffers. It is then up to the “I” to take steps to get rid of its suffering. When a person undergoes an operation in the hospital, he is put under narcosis. Under this condition the “I”, or the conscious self, simply disappears. When the doctor’s knife cuts into the body no sign of pain is shown because the living Being has the “I” missing to whom it could inform. This shows that the living Being and the body are neutral to what happens in the body. According to the yog wisdom dependence upon the “”I” or the ego or the conscious being is not reliable. In the practice of yog to go deep into oneself with the help of sadhan is the only way. Through sadhan it enables a person to control the “I”.
The higher self in a person depends upon truth and wisdom. The lower self depends upon his egoistic dealings.
To enjoy, the human being turns outwards to the material world. He seeks new sources of enjoyment all the time because he is not satisfied with one for a longer period. Turn the conscious self inwards and you will never need to change. Inside you, your conscious state is the only one you will find.
Guru Nitya Chaitannya Yeti
Guru Nitya Chaitannya Yeti
Yog is a dynamic science because it deals with the life and the soul exclusively. Without life and soul no accomplishment can be achieved. Everything would come to a standstill and disintegrate. The concept in the practice of yog is to heighten the awareness of the conscious state. Additionally the practice should strengthen the body to support its weight with lightness and to balance the functions of the organs to achieve perfection. These are the means to unfold the self and not the aim.
The Power of Thoughts
The diversity of thoughts in a human being is endless. There is the thought of love, of enmity, of indifference, of helplessness, of obstinacy, of happiness, of tension, of defiance, of sensitiveness, of hopelessness, of meanness, of helpfulness, of sociality, of assertion, of self protection, of selfishness, of negligence, of self sacrifice, of dedication and so on and on. There are endless variations of thoughts. The consciousness and the body have to carry the burden of these thoughts most of the time. Each kind of thought affects our person mentally and physically in a particular way. A thought is made up of waves or frequencies of energy having a certain pattern. Depending upon the kind of thought it has its own pattern of waves of energy and its own kind of information, which is sent through the nerve chains to a body part. This part of the body then reacts according to the information it receives from the thought. For example, there arises a thought in the brain to go for a walk. The information of the thought is sent through the nerve chains to the leg muscles or to the required parts of the body, like the heart, the lungs, the blood circulations, the glands etc. The muscles of these organs coordinate with each other for the walking process. Thus so many parts of the body get in action. A particular thought arises in the conscious mind and sends messages to the parts in the form of a wish to go for a walk. In the history of evolution the human being developed an urge to have contact with the outer world. The reasons varied from the search for food to survive and the curiosity to know the wider surroundings. This urge led to the development of the consciousness in the human being. The ego in the human being followed the consciousness.
Thus thoughts are responsible for all our actions. Our negative or positive actions are due to corresponding thoughts. Indiscriminate application of the thoughts becomes dangerous. It is therefore wise and good sense to take time before letting the thoughts go into action. Very often the thoughts lie so close to each other that the difference becomes very subtle. Not being able to recognise the subtle differences one is led to make the false decision taking it to be the right one. Therefore, the practice of guiding the conscious mind to the inner world of non-matter helps to sensitise the decision-making quality. A person then sees the problems with clarity, which helps to lead a successful life.
The conscious mind can be trained to the extent when it can concentrate and accumulate the power of awareness in the brain. This energy of the power of awareness is unlimited. The body can supply only a limited amount of energy. The brain controls the movements of the body parts and uses them as a means to express the energy in various ways. In the TV program sometimes interesting news are shown. A Chinese chowlin monk from a distance of about two meters threw a sewing needle with such a speed as to pierce a thumb thick glass plate right through it leaving a hole behind. How is it possible to accomplish such a feat? The answer is the power of awareness known as Chi, which is converted into the speed of a needle piercing the glass plate.
When an action is carried out whereby the concentration is turned inwards it stimulates higher activities of the brain cells. For example standing with the inner sides of both feet joined together with closed eyes demands a higher concentration to keep the balance. In the practice of Yog it is normal to close the eyes, so that the concentration is turned inwards to keep the brain activities at high level.
Another example of the power of awareness is of a yogi Shri Chinmoy in New York printed in the newspaper Weser Kurier of Bremen, Germany, dated 14th November 2004. Shri Chinmoy heaved a yacht weighing 2250 Kg, heaved a helicopter and also a sport aeroplane. For the common understanding these feats are unimaginable. Yet such accomplishments take place in today’s world also. Certainly all these amazing feats could not have been performed merely with the bodily energy. In the human being there exists the unlimited possibility of expressing the power of awareness. To achieve this power of awareness the practice of yog of the inner world of nonmatter is the prerequisite.
The above examples have two sides to consider. Unless such feats are shown to the public the power of awareness would remain secret. The other side of it according to the yog science this potentiality of the power of awareness should not be wasted in public performances. This potentiality is for the advancement of one’s own conscious mind.
The potentiality of awareness or chaitanyata has the possibility of utilizing the energy in making the body cells in a state of high alertness. Only in the alert state can the cells defend themselves against many kinds of human illnesses and against ageing problems. Normally the body cells in spite of external life activities remain in a sleep state. Any one who sleeps is an easy victim. It is the awareness of the conscious mind in the inner world of the human being, which makes all the difference.
The difference between a yogi and the general public is, the yogi suffers seldom with the kinds of diseases, which the public population does. The cause of the health is, during the practice of all kinds of yog for example, Yog-asans, Pranayam, Sadhan (meditation) etc. the body radiates hardly any energy as heat. All the energy produced in the practice of yog remains inside the body in the form of awareness. Thus the heightened energy of the body is used to invigorate the immune system and the metabolic activities of the cells. Energy lies at the root of all activities.
Thoughts are the product of time belonging both to the future and to the past. The time of the future as it approaches the present keeps shrinking until it becomes nothing or shunnya. The present state is therefore a timeless state and automatically no thoughts can occur. Living in the present means freedom from the binding maladies of interfering thoughts. In this state one experiences him self actively.
Within the self exists an intense power of awareness. One who experiences the present state finds him self also in a state of intense awareness. Awareness is a powerful instrument with which to dive deep into the self in search of knowledge of wisdom. In a state of awareness one is rich in wisdom. In the present state only awareness reigns and so is a powerful instrument in the hands of human beings.
The self is itself a present state and is therefore the awareness itself. Awareness has the power to awaken the faculty of extra sensory perception in a person. This means the faculty of this kind of perception exists only in the present.
The dynamism exists only in the present. Any work, which has to be done, can be done only in the present. That is why the present is called the dynamic state. The dynamism is such that it enables a person to develop his ability to heighten the awareness endlessly. It is this awareness, which is able to unfold the potential lying dormant in every person. One, who has learnt to live in the present lives dynamically and experiences the unfolding of his potential. In order to succeed one must create a state inside him self, which promotes the process of awareness.