Re: [Meditation Society of America] Mystic Visions and Attachment to Them
--- On Sun, 3/21/10, medit8ionsociety <email@example.com> wrote:
From: medit8ionsociety <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Mystic Visions and Attachment to Them
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.
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
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..