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Mystic Visions and Attachment to Them

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  • medit8ionsociety
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 21, 2010
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      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.
      Enjoy!

      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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    • sandeep chatterjee
      ... From: medit8ionsociety Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Mystic Visions and Attachment to Them To:
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 21, 2010
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        --- On Sun, 3/21/10, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

        From: medit8ionsociety <no_reply@yahoogroups.com>
        Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Mystic Visions and Attachment to Them
        To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Sunday, March 21, 2010, 6:42 PM

         

        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.
        Enjoy!

        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).


        ======

        And finally (without the connotation of a final event in time)..

        ..indifference and attachment.......relishments and detachment....

        ...BOTH have no relevance.....


        ...since the hook  on which  composite things rest.....


        ......is itself no more hooked up ...and....nothing is a thingy anymore.


        .

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