Wisdom from the rec.knives group
- "The brightly shining mind is never absent but is
colored by the thoughts and emotions that people
put upon it. If you were to see the luminous
freedom of this mind, you would cultivate it
before any other, keeping it free from all
Small universe that it is, here's Swami Sivananda
commenting about attachment the same day (11/11/07)
in the Sivananda Digest:
SIVANANDA DAILY READING FOR 11 NOVEMBER
FREEDOM FROM ATTACHMENT
Attachment produces infatuation and causes entanglement.
Fear exists on account of attachment and desire.
Infatuation or delusion is a stigma on pure love.
Attachment to the objects of the world is due to
ignorance of their true nature. Nothing but the
atman (self) really exists. Objects are illusion.
Attachment is indicative of the feeling
that the objective possession brings happiness.
This idea has to be removed from the mind.
Happiness is not in the objects but in one's
own atman. Attachment is the impure vasana (feeling)
of love or hate that is entertained by
the mind for the diverse objects of this world.
If you remain unaffected by joy, envy and sorrow,
you have relinquished all attachments. If, without
rejoicing in joy, or pining under pain, you
do not subject yourself to the trammels of desire,
then you can be said to have rid yourself of attachment.
If you can be content with whatever you get, then
you have cast off attachment. Through attachment,
desire for material objects arises.
Renunciation of attachment is said to be moksa
(release). Through its destruction all rebirth ceases.
Destroy the association of the mind
with the objects and attain the state of the jivanmukta
Pleasure does not lie in the objects but in the
condition of the mind. The mind goes out in search of
pleasure. At the same time there
is pain as the mind is straying away from the truth.
When the object is attained, the mind ceases to function
and rests on the atman, the substratum. Then it
unconsciously tastes the bliss of the Atman.
Sublimate your inward longings through discrimination,
dispassion, enquiry and meditation. You will attain
Develop vairagya (dispassion). Sharpen the intellect.
Give up kutarka and viparita bhavana (distorted and
perverted thinking). Identify yourself with the pure
atman. You will soon attain knowledge of the self.
If you are careless and non-vigilant, if you are
irregular in meditation, if your dispassion wanes,
if you yield even a bit to sense pleasures, the mind
will continue to go downward. Maya (illusion) closes
in even upon a wise man if he stops his sadhana
(practice) and meditation even for a short time.
Be careful. Be alert. Be regular in your meditation.