The Magic of Pratyahara

Excerpt from ESOTERICS Course

 

Evolution of the Senses

Purification of Physical and Emotional Bodies

A new energy activated
that changes the way the senses interpret information, the way the mind perceives life events and the way the heart relates

 

  1.   Able to see through obstacles such as a wall
  2.   Able to see internal organs, including one’s own
  3.   Ability to see what others are doing at another location
  4.   Ability to see thought currents
  5.   Ability to see the color and tone of a person’s aura and emotional state
  6.   Ability to smell the character of a person or the quality of environment
  7.   Ability to manifest and heal with hands
  8.   Ability to levitate and sky travel
  9.   Breathing Shifts from Oxygen to Prana
  10.   Ability to smell danger or entities or devas or deities

 

THE SENSES

In the image above, the horses represent our senses and our mind, ready to lead us into different directions and into the battle of chaos and into confusion.

When we gain an understanding of how the lower mind and our senses command and drive our life, we discover that we are truly, the one who ultimately has the power to drive the life. Through this understanding, we are able to break free from the confusion of the senses and the lower mind and their tendencies to create chaos in the field of desire.

In the same way that we experience dreaming as real when we are asleep, we change our identity to fit the role and play the story that is running through our dream-mind. We begin to believe that the dream story is real, until we wake up and realize that we were only dreaming.

The same thing happens when we wake up to
super-consciousness

Often, we develop and play out a character inside of an illusion to manage life events. In that moment, when we suddenly wake up, the distinction of who we are and who we have made up becomes obvious

This distinction is the benchmark of awakening. One has finally, pierced through the veil, the cloud that had formed and was hiding the human: spirit inhabiting a mechanical, physical form based on a genetic coding that colors how it behaves emotionally – another separate component within the machine of form.

As we witness the changes from season to season, from light to dark with the movement of the sun and even the waves of the ocean moving from shore and back to the ocean, in the same way, our senses perceive the motion of time.

One can see how we perceive time through our senses in one simple exercise. When we sit and share with someone we love, it seems as though time passes quickly as our visit is over too soon. In contrast, if we are sitting with someone who we have no affection for, it can seem like hours have passed and the day has been long.

As long as the mind is observing, time exists. And if we look deeper into our minds habits, we see that the mind moves between past and future, continuously, with no distinction and rarely does it enter into the present moment. When we can observe this happening inside of us, we can become the witness and step into a place of detachment. In this place we realize that all of life is a drama, a dream maintained for our pleasure or emotional current that often drives the machine and the mental thought-field.

The more we practice observing, being the witness, the more we realize the distinction of what is real and what is made-up. All transformations are related to our relationship with time and space, which are played out through the thought-field

First, we see the distinction of time, then we see how our thoughts color our day, then we see how our moods impact our relationships and further yet, we see our emotions and understand that we are not our reactions. This is the witness, observing, awakening and taking the reins of the chariot back into the hands, consciously driving the life. This method of awakening and developing one’s own unique way of operating life is fostered through the university’s course: Astrology & Cosmology, a twenty-four week course that culminates a large variety of methods to unravel and clearly experience one’s own life path and purpose while gaining comprehensive skills to assist others through the mutation currently happening with humanity.

As one travels deeper and deeper into the place of the witness, observing thoughts and actions, losing the reactions and moving from a centered place, time loses its grip on our reality and the senses no longer have the power to persuade us towards chaos or confusion.

This act of witnessing, which is a form of purifying, is the master key to our spiritual unfolding.

Every being is on a spiritual journey, whether they are aware of it or not. The problem rests in the fact that we often live out other people’s lives and desires, ignoring our own, distracting us terribly from our own evolutionary process. Because of this, we continue to reincarnate and attempt to live another life seeking fulfillment, over and over.

Once we realize that we are more than this body, more than our mind and that we exist beyond our senses and desires, we realize the absurdity of participating in the worlds madness of the endless pursuit of desires. And when this realization happens, a quantum shift occurs inside of our being.

As the Master states simply, “Just an understanding that we are beyond material pursuits is enough to liberate us”.

 

13.21In the production of the body and the senses, praktri is said to be the cause; In the experience of pleasure and pain, purusa is said to be the cause.

13.22The living entity in the material nature follows the way of life,enjoying the moods of nature.Due to association with the material nature,it meets the good or evil among various species.

13.23Yet, in this body there is a transcendental energy. He who is divine, who exists as an owner of the witness, supporter, enjoyer, and the pure witnessing consciousness,is known as Paramatman.

13.24One who understands this philosophy concerning material nature, the living entity and the interaction of the modes of nature is sure to attain liberation. He will not take birth again, regardless of his present position.

~ Bhagavad Gita ~

 

The Way to Peace

Bhagwan Sri Nithyananda Parashivam

“Our senses are turbulent and however much we try to control them, they stay out of control.

The mind cannot be stopped. 

Thoughts cannot be stopped as long as the body exists.
You can only focus your mind on something that transcends sensory pleasures and it will become quiet by itself.

You can never destroy thoughts or suppress them. You can only witness thoughts and not get involved in them and gradually the mind will settle down. When you settle into the present moment with no expectations and no attachments, you will find that your mind becomes quiet and your senses slow down.

From attachments springs desire, from desire arises anger, from anger arises delusion, from delusion comes loss of memory, and from loss of memory develops loss of discrimination which then leads to one’s destruction. The only way to stop this is to control one’s senses, center oneself in the present and surrender to the Divine, the Universal energy, and achieve everlasting peace.

………..The moment we fail to take responsibility for our actions, we lose all our powers of intellectual discrimination between right and wrong and resign ourselves to being unaware and engaging in unconscious behaviour. This is a one-way road to disaster.

You can never be peaceful unless you are aware and conscious.

You cannot be aware if you are lead by your senses.

Therefore, as long as your senses lead you into what you think is a pleasurable journey, you cannot really be happy or peaceful. It is just another trick your mind is playing on you.”

~ Swamiji