820Re: Name and form
- Dec 10, 2004--- In SanghaOnline@yahoogroups.com, "Bhikkhu Pesala" <pesala@a...>
>Dear Venerable Sir,
> What is matter, never mind!
> What is mind, no matter!
I do not understand this reply. Perhaps it is a cryptic answer to a
cryptic question. The truth is I have been experiencing altered
states of mind periodically over the past years, (but I do not take
intoxicants) . Sometimes, it feels like most/all intelectuality is
gone and what's left is a vacuity, or that the naming function in the
mind is gone or very slowed down. Or that reality is dissolving away.
Is there a way to work with such states in meditation? (These states
occur in normal waking hours).I am but a beginning meditator and in
truth I would like to deal with these states better because of
Do such states have significance in a religious sense? Is it good or
bad karma? If it is good or bad karma, what is the cause in this life
or previous lives? Or are they signs of a mind gone awry, an
exhausted mind, for I also have periods of depression and racing
Perhaps, with this information and self-disclosure, the Venerable can
give me a clearer answer.
May all sentient beings be well and happy.
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