This post aims to cover few points from sarga 13-16 of upaSama prakaraNa. These sargas are called manO vinivAraNam, svacitta nirUpaNam, trSNA varNanam and trSNA cikitsa.
What is mind? it is only a contraction of infinite consciousness into an imaginary container. This imaginary container is the thought that superimposed “this body I am”. By just giving up the limitation the infinite consciousness shines brightly in the heart. The notions of this is agreeable and this is not are all relative to this contracted container. There is nothing which is either profitable or painful without this limitation. All these notions give rise to appearance of thoughts. A container filled with such bundles of thoughts is mind which is causing all the confusion.
In reality the mind itself is non-existent. But could causes death just like a person dies with the shock when someone says: “you have just consumed poison”. Just like a concept of a ghost causes fear in the boy, this mind causes all the confusion in an ignorant person.
Is it difficult to overcome mind? No. what is the difficulty in overcoming a non-existent thing? It is just the memory and repeated assertion of existence of the mind which strengthens the concept of mind. It is stupidity to believe the mind without questioning it. Only due to this stupidity and ignorance all the misery is generated in this world.
These teachings are not for those who have a strong faith in the mind and memory. The bundle of experiences based on the notions & thoughts, stored in the container is the memory. By mutual reinforcement of notions/thoughts and experiences/memories both get strengthened and attain some virtual reality!
A modification of the combination of notions and memories is craving. Craving causes all the movement of action in the world appearance. Only by this tRshNa wind moves, water flows, mountains stand, earth rotate and hold all the environment and why to enumerate? Everything happens only due to this craving i.e, tRshNa!
So, give up craving, give up notions! How to do this? There are two kinds of practices. One based on the direct experience of rising beyond these notions (jnEyam) the other is through the contemplation (dhEyam) Give up the acceptance and rejection of things. Conduct yourself in doing the duties as they are aught to be done. See the actions as temporary and the results are also temporary and there by do not get attached to them.
Contemplate on the source “self” of everything. Include everything in the self as dhEyam and exclude everything from self as jnEyam. This will surely make you rise beyond the duality of acceptance and rejection.
On the eve of utpatti EkAdaSi, we reach the end of 16th sarga of upasama prakaraNa and this marks the end of day 11 of this great discussion between Sage vaSishTha and Lord Sri RAma.