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17058Mystic Visions and Attachment to Them

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Mar 21, 2010
      It seems somewhat common that when someone has
      a transcendent vision, their mind chatter tells
      them that they are now "special" and that God
      has chosen to bless them, and s/he clings to it
      and seeks to repeat that specific event.
      They often then claim enlightenment to
      themselves and tend to deny the enlightenment of
      those who haven't had that same type experience
      or who denies the value of the one s/he has had.
      This attachment can be seen as simply another
      example of egoism and a mind trap that stops
      further "Real" evolution in consciousness.
      Here's a take on that by the Venerable Sun Lun Sayadaw.

      The Sun Lun Sayadaw explains the Seven Purities
      (Visuddhis) in these terms.

      While the YogÊs mind is observing sensation with
      mindfulness, he has his sense faculities fully
      guarded, so he is possessed of Purity of Morality
      (SÊla Visuddhi). As his mind is fixed on the sensation,
      it amounts to Purity of Mind (Citta Visuddhi). When
      the morality is pure and the mind is pure, the Yogi
      can see things as they really are, i.e., he can see
      sparks of light at the pores of his skin, as when a
      lighter is being struck. Then he understand that he
      has no legs or hands or body but a compounded phenomena
      of mentality and physicality. That means he has Purity
      of View (DiÔÔhi Visuddhi).

      When his view has thus become pure, he holds no
      more doubts. His conviction in the Buddha, the
      Dhamma and the Sanghe becomes unshakable. Freedom
      from doubts means Purity in Dispelling Doubts
      (Ka~khee-vitaraoa Visuddhi).

      As the Yogi is able to turn sensation as a concept
      into a source of knowledge, he will experience
      unprecedented emission of aura from his body which
      is extremely pure and clear, together with deep
      satisfaction and peace. This experience is not to
      be relished. If you are attached to that wonderful
      experience, it means you are bogged down into
      ten dangers. That is in fact experienced only
      after a long struggle. It is called Nikanti.

      When you are able to forsake them, the stability
      of the mind is there by achieved. Then mind
      consciousness at the mind-door arises followed
      by the knowledge of indifference (or Equanimity)
      towards composite things (Sa~kherupekkhe-oeoa).

      Method of Meditation Practice taught by the
      late Sun Lun Gu Kyaung Sayadaw

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