From Merging with Shiva
by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
THE PATH OF UNFOLDMENT
Meditate on man being like a lotus flower. He comes through the mud,
his instinctive mind, and he's aware of the things of the instinctive
mind: hate and greed and love and passion, and jealousy and sorrow,
and happiness and joy and excitement. He comes into the intellectual
mind. He becomes aware of ancient history and predictions about the
future, politics, all sorts of systems, all sorts of organizations,
institutions and opinions of other people. And this consumes and
overshadows the soul, life after life after life, just as the desires
and cravings of the instinctive mind overshadow the soul life after
life after life after life.
But all this time, the body of the soul is growing up. It's getting
stronger. It's absorbing the reactions of each lifetime, drawing more
energies from the central source of energy to build up and absorb
these reactions; and this is food for the soul.
Then finally awareness comes into its bud state. It says, "Here I am,
a bud, and I'm out of the mud, and I'm out of the water." We'll look
at the mud as being the instinct, we'll look at the water as being
the intellect and we'll look at the air as superconsciousness. "Now I
want to unfold and be of service to mankind and everyone else who is
unfolding, I see them all down in the mud, caught in the mud like I
was at one time. I want to help them out of the mud. Then I see
hundreds of people caught in the intellect. They're all in the water.
They think they're a stem, but I know I'm a bud."
Then begins the process on the path of enlightenment for this bud
unfolding and awareness expanding. First it becomes aware of the
inner processes of the body and how breath controls thought. Then it
becomes aware of the inner processes of the mind, how light moves
through the body, how the mind of light begins to work, and it goes
on unfolding and unfolding and unfolding through the ages.
If we look at the past as a catalog and the future as a planning
book, and now as the only reality of time, we have dodged the past
and we have dodged the future, because we have brought them both into
the eternity of the moment. The mystic on the path of unfoldment
doesn't allow his awareness to go into the past and flow through all
the yesterdays and relive in his mind what formerly happened to him
physically. The mystic doesn't go into the future and live
emotionally experiences that may or may not happen to him. The mystic
remains in the present, right now, using the catalog of the
experiences of the past and a planning book for his future. This
makes him wise, for intellect when it is correctly used at the right
time is wisdom.
Holding the eternity-of-the-moment feeling and the feeling of the
being within that has never changed, finally you don't even say it's
a being within. That in itself is duality. You just identify it as
you, an immortal being who's lived for thousands of years, which
never changes except it unfolds more, and it lives now. The past and
the future are only intellectual concepts that we live with and have
been developed by man himself in that particular area of the mind.