The Body-Mind and its Vasanas, March 5, 2010

The Body-Mind and its Vasanas, March 5, 2010

Moderator: A viewer in Australia comments, “I thought I knew what the body-mind is; now I realize it’s as much of an unknown as the Absolute.”

David: Correct. It is the Absolute. It is the Absolute. It can be nothing else. All the understandings of the body-mind arise from what various religious and metaphysical systems have told us. Once you negate their authority and no longer blindly believe what you’ve been told and subject all conclusions and descriptions of the body to common sense and spiritual inquiry, you’ll find that you don’t know what the body-mind is, you don’t even know who you are.

You’re born in to this unique Judeo-Christian-Islamic monotheistic delusion in the West. You’re born in to it whether you like it or not. It’s deeper then what your conscious psyche recognizes. It’s what Carl Jung called the Collective Unconscious. It’s deeper than your conscious mind and it permeates the underlying levels of your thinking process. In other words, these delusions and illusions and hallucinations become imbedded, embedded, near the root of your consciousness. And you don’t even know that they are there, they are not in a place where you can really locate unless you begin to do sadhana which turns your mind or your feeling process, back toward the roots, the root dimensions of Consciousness Itself. And there you can begin to reveal, peel away and explode these root vasanas, these vasanas, these seeds of perspective and energy that perpetuate various mental patterns.

The vasanas produce automatic thinking. Thinking that is not inspected so your consciousness is ready made thanks to the vasanas, and what you need to do as a spiritual aspirant is go back down into those vasanas and produce the heat born in sadhana and roast them. This is all in traditional Vedic literature. The samskaras are roasted, that’s how they become dysfunctional. If you don’t put the heat down there they keep sprouting, which means tendencies keep sprouting. Tendencies are what? They’re habits, habit patterns.

So you have the vasanas, the samskaras, they are very similar. They can be used interchangeably, although they might mean different things in some subtle way, but they both point toward very subtle processes which are ongoing and autonomic until you inspect or meditate through them with your spiritual awareness. And it’s tapas, it’s heat, the fire of Consciousness Itself which will roast those tendencies, those vasanas.

Participant: I thought it was samhadi that, that goes…

David: Samadhi will not kill all the vasanas.

Participant: All the…

David: Until you have nirvikalpa, then you are beyond all the vasanas, you know who you are. Temporary samadhis will not kill them. You’ve got to stay rooted in the Self long enough for the mind to dislocate from the push and pull of the vasanas. You need to bring the mind under control. Not that you control the mind but it is brought under control automatically through meditation and other spiritual practices.

You may also like

Beyond the Formless, January 9, 2007
Self Realization is an empty state. It contains nothing within It. That state, actually, comes about as the mind dissolves into the Absolute. When that dissolution is final, then Self Realization is permanent. The mind, however, does continue to ...
Only Consciousness Is, August 14, 2007
Enlightenment is not a subjective experience. It's not a particular subjective experience and it is not an experience that is ongoing in your subjectivity. Enlightenment is the waking up of Consciousness Itself, the disintegration of the ...
Tasting Vedanta, March 12, 2008
Enlightenment must be to your satisfaction. No Guru, no Master, no Enlightened Being can tell you when your process has consummated. It's simply a question of quenching all of your spiritual thirsts and only you can truly know when that happens. ...
Forgiving the Teacher, September 15, 2007
Attendee: That seems to be a difficult one for most people that I know. It's like a very difficult one, especially “certain teachers,” who shall remain “nameless” — you know, who have committed actual criminal acts and still seem to have ...
Exploring Consciousness, August 7, 2007
And so each person has a great journey to travel. A journey which will not be replicated in anyone else. So when you become enlightened, it's not he Buddha becoming enlightened again, it's not Krishna remembering his divinity again, it's a whole ...
Ocean of Consciousness, February 15, 2008
David: Really, these frequencies of Transmission belong to nobody. They don't live in any individual being. So to take ownership of them and say that they are “mine” is incorrect. If you’ve heard me say something that's sounds like that, then ...
Shiva and Shakti, November 22, 2005
Even when we sit here, in this intimate, small group, we can become aware of two things: one is the deep, witness-based Silence of Total Meditation; the other is the profound Current or Energy that runs through that Silence. In the ancient ...
Be Who You Are, September 9, 2007
We don't know how to approach something without motive. We don't know how to do that because we’re trained to always be seeking for result, always be seeking for something that’s quantifiable, something discernible, something you can put your ...
Self-Realization and Awakening, September 26, 2007
There can be great explosions of perceptual unity in this Upanishadic Unity Consciousness, where the Self -- the One Self -- is everything [and] that everything is arising out of this One Being. Amazing displays of Light and Energy can occur. ...
Inwardness & Beyond Part 2, May 13, 2003
David: Feels good just to cut doesn’t it? Does that feel good? When you realize that I don’t have to go on? My discourse isn’t built upon saying things in a causative sequence. I just talk. I could either be a lazy thinker, or who knows what. ...
Inwardness & Beyond Part 1, May 13, 2003
We can only go downhill from here. There’s nothing that can clarify or elucidate or give more meaning… to existence, than meditation. So we’re about to take a descent into language. Descent doesn’t mean “bad;” it just means that we’re flowing ...
Attention and Consciousness, July 26, 2008
Even though attention appears to be bound, it can and does still carry the total force of Liberated Consciousness - because its root is in There. It's rooted completely in that Unmanifest Being. The nature of that transformation from bound ...

Page 1 of 13

Have any Question or Comment?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Easy Grace

Easy Grace
Meditations on Love, Awakening and the Ecstatic Heart

Newly Released DVDs